I came down with the Delta Variant in late August, 2021.
On September 4th, my O2 levels dipped below 90%, so I checked into a hospital - That's when my problems really began. Not knowing anything at the time, I allowed the hospital to give me Remdesivir:
These were my stats on March 15, 2022:
6’4”, 238, 16% body fat
When I checked into the hospital on September 4th, I weighed 224 pounds.
These were the stats when I left the hospital on the 14th:
6’4”, 185lbs, 18% body fat (estimated)
I left against medical advice after 10 days because I was starting to get worse - I was improving for a while, but by day 8 I was exhausted from lack of sleep, I was getting weaker, and my breathing was getting worse! I knew I was on a bad track, so I left the hospital on oxygen.
So I lost 40 pounds in those 10 days, more than 30 pounds of muscle!
I have organ damage - Kidneys and Heart - perhaps more,
I can’t sing anymore,
I have a gut for the first time in my life, but I didn't give up:
Last October, my doctor release me to try and start working out, but to "be careful".
I found that I couldn't do hardly any cardio, but I did what I could.
I was able to lift weights though (very light weights), so I decided that part of my healing would involve adding muscle to my frame - 'Perhaps this would improve my immune system'.
Since October, I haven’t missed too many days.
I’m stronger than I’ve been for the last 5 years, and I’m not giving up!
It’s a privilege to wake up each day, and I thank God I’m still here fighting, living, loving, and enjoying life.
After a few months working out at home (with a chin-up bar and 25lb dumbbells), I started going to a gym to make variation a lot easier.
The log below started the first day I entered a gym after COVID and I was already pretty strong from the at-home work-outs!
One last note:
I work out "every day" with occasional interuptions - Push, Pull, Legs, Repeat (When Cardio gets easier, I may give Cardio it's own day).
If I'm too sore, I postpone a day. I also let life get in the way occasionally - "Every day" usually ends up being 5 or 6 days a week, but not less than that!
One must protect their workouts as if life depends on it. In my case, it might!
March 30, 2022
Max effort - OH DB Press x 8
20x8, 40x8, 60x6
Post-COVID personal best.
7th set was slow, so I stripped 20lbs of for the last 3.
6.5 min workout. No big deal!
10 sets every 30 seconds
135lbs with 50lb of chains for progressive resistance.
Reps ranged from 8 to 1!
Thrusters with 55lb dumbbells
DB bench press x 6
25, 50, 75, 90x6!!!
I haven’t fought against gravity this well for a long time!
and I’m confident there are more epic battles to come!!
5 minute AMRAP
DB OH Press
As always, followed up with about 20 sets of support work on complimentary muscle groups.
Finished with a slow walk and a protein bar.
Not a great max effort day, but terrific progress has been made since getting up from a COVID death bed in October, 2021!!!
God is good, all the time!
Incline bench x 8
45, 95, 135x9
Don’t ignore your weaknesses!
(He says to himself almost weekly)
Incline bench is a monster weakness for me.
DB bench x 10 on 30-degree incline
20, 40, 50, 60 x 8.5
Upper chest and front delts are a weak point for sure! Always have been.
So I’m not going to ignore them.
It ended at 70lbs.
Used to end at 110.
Getting there though!
1RM Pull ups
BW x 2, +50x1, +75 x 1/2,
+30 x 6
BW x 10
Took it easy ‘cause I’m nursing a slight tear in the left biceps:
Wide grip chins x 12.
Max reps, Wide grip chins
16, I think. I lost count. Could have been 15
Still nursing a muscle strain in the left biceps.
Strength increasing while I nurse a minor injury!!!!
DB Pullovers on flat bench x 15
25, 50, 75, 90, 100 x 12.
DB Pullovers on flat bench x 15
25, 50, 75, 100 x 9
Back squats x 5 - max effort.
Ended with 225 x 6
Not many reps per set
Re-racked after every set
My goodness! What was I thinking?
Try it. I double dog dare you!
Did triples on squats with 80lb resistance bands!
45lbs. Okay that was harder than I thought!
225x2 - this felt like every ounce of 385 at the top, or more. Legs are still weak from a bout with Remdesivir.
1 leg squats on a smith machine.
45 x 5
65 x 4
80 x 3
80 x 3
Alternated with one leg calf raises x 15
45x8, 135x8, 225x6
Squats @ 225 again
5 min AMRAP
2 better than last time!