Terrible Things Happen in Three? Really? Why?!! — Updated

UPDATED: I’ve uploaded a new training program if anyone is interested. It’s pretty hardcore, even if I have to say so for myself. I’ve used a combination of authors to aid me in my search for the ultimate form of torture for my dungeon. I’ve made use of advice from Paul Brouard, Eric Horst, Steve McClure and a few of my own ideas.

I’ve set it up for 3 days on and 1 day of rest. I’ve completed the first two days and so far I’m wasted… I think it is a good balance of pure power and strength. Its in the BOX section to the right and it’s called Brian’s Training Program for Power. Try it. Let me know if you need any more information or advice.

It’s the middle of the week and I’m having a great session. I’m working out all the moves and I’m feeling strong. What I didn’t plan on was the really unbearable, loud popping sound which is the later collateral ligament in my left knee deciding that it can’t do it. Shit. I’m on the ground, I’m in a lot of pain, I’m really unhappy. The first thing I think is this: “at least it’s not my finger again!”

Bad things happen in 3s

Bad things happen in 3s

How’s that for optimism?

I was genuinely happy that I hurt my knee and not my finger. Well, let me tell you why; with a knee injury I can still get really strong. I can still train hard; I can still campus; I can still boulder with one leg (after I’ve recovered a little more). So, all in all, I think I’m going to come back from this more psyched than ever.

Yesterday I spent most of the day in bed, trying to recover a little but today I had to be out and about. Good news is that I can drive and I can walk pretty much normally. Sitting in a chair isn’t a pleasant experience so I’m probably going to have to ask to work remotely for a while. I am seeing the orthopedic surgeon on Tuesday. Hopefully it won’t be that bad and I might not need surgery, but I won’t hold my breath.

I’ve already started my new training program.

My Torture Chamber

My Torture Chamber

Today I did a combination of programs:

1. 20 minutes of pull-ups. 6 pull-ups every minute on the minute focusing on being explosive on the way up and controlled on the way down.

2. Offset Pulls – 5 pull up either side with the upper hand on the jug on my Metolius board and my lower hand in the good slot on my Beastmaker. 1 minute rest between each set.

3. The Chris Webb Parson program: I’m still using the good slot on the Beastmaker but I’ve added a pinch block for the other hand, rather than a sling. I’m not sure if this is better but it is different. I couldn’t hold the full locks today.

4. Pull-up/Pushup pyramid: 10 pulls, 10 push, then 9, 8, 7, etc down to 1. The emphasis is control. I tried to rest as little as possible but focused on control. I used the upper right edges for 4 fingers on the Metolius board. Nice and wide.

5. Pinch training: using my wooden pinch blocks, I would try to pinch the sides of the blocks, keeping my fingers away from the top, so that I could maximise effort. The objective is to hold a 90 degree lock for 5 seconds at a time. I find this really difficult, but I’m going to try to extend it to 10 and the longer as I grow accustomed to it. Pinch strength is a weakness for me, thus I bought the blocks.

I measured my heart rate throughout.


So, I’ll track all the training that I do during my recovery time. I’m going to keep a log in Excel so I can see how things change in the coming weeks. Till next time!

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