So I guess a little update is in its place.
I first and foremost am very thankful for all the input and comments you lads and ladies has come with, even though it varies alot
its reassuring to know, I'm not alone with this (even though it feels like it at times ). now I'd like to say that I got a proper talk with the cardiologist.
but alas I have to wait til September.. so for training i did get a thing, I have to follow called the Borg scale, which is neat. Though it is limiting, i currently have removed vig compound lift such as squats and deadlifts til further notice in September. I also have been following the Borg guideline thingy and doing overload progression with 15-20 reps and only adding weight when I can do 20. , And breathing normallyish. It's hard to I've grown to enjoy it. Now for inr i have finished AND am now doing to myself
I'm sorry for the long time between this reply but I've had alot happening as of late (also starting work again the 13th) again thanks everyone for your replies and lovely messages. Froller
Also @TheGymGuy IL check your post later as it caught my interest
I had a mechanical valve replacement without any other issues (no aneurysm etc) so I don’t know how transferable my experience is. I’ve made a conscious effort to limit max weight lifts and for the most part train at 12 reps and then pyramid down to 4 or so. I’m still hitting 405 squats and 275 bench etc. but I do so rarely and try to limit any valsalva / intense effort.
That said, I’m confident you can build significant mass over time with a 12 rep scheme, but you need to nail your diet and training consistency. Id think of those as the variables you can tweak hard since your weight progression will be more muted than it may otherwise be. You won’t be a real mass monster without juicing or great genetics anyway, but you can definitely have a good lifter aesthetic, and that’s more conventionally attractive anyway (although I too yearn for 21” arms ).
As an aside, I have a hard time understanding how it’s different to hit a set of 12 where the 12th rep is near failure vs hitting 6 where the 6th is near failure. You’re near max effort in either case aren’t you?
FWIW We’ve done stress tests and no issues after HR as high as 160. If anything I’m worried about the thrombogenesis issue w the valve post exercise after my time on this forum and this seems more related to any exercise induced HR increase not specific to lifting.
Agreed, I don’t even think about it anymore in honesty. I do what I think is sensible (still sticking to higher rep sets e.g 15-20) and not doing one rep maxes, but that’s more or less it.Man it’s just so hard to know or give advice as everyone’s “easy” or “hard” is so subjective.
I can bench and do pull ups pretty easily - decent weight and reps, that’s considered “max exertion” for some.
For me, I keep coming back to the basketball dudes. I reckon if the NBA blokes who have had a Dacron tubes put in are sending it pretty hard with other top tier professionals on the court. then my measly workouts and runs are probably safe. Take a look at the dude in the video I posted above. He is a freak.
Not a scientific approach but I’m done worrying about it.
Yep, sounds a lot like how I am going about it too. It’s the only way!Agreed, I don’t even think about it anymore in honesty. I do what I think is sensible (still sticking to higher rep sets e.g 15-20) and not doing one rep maxes, but that’s more or less it.
The weight has obviously gone up over time as I’ve built muscle and got stronger. I also agree with the point about the basketball players; if they’ve been cleared to play at a high level I imagine they must be doing some fairly strenuous strength workouts despite having an aortic graft!
So I'm definitely going to get better, been slacking with the breathing as I've been adding weights fast over the last month.
Do i do too much? I honestly feel it's too much st times, but my eager and stubbornes makes it hard for me to change without someone telling me to change.
Any help is appreciated
Have been lifting for nearly a year after surgery and been doing exactly what Aqua_Grim7 said. Aiming for 20 reps a set is what I do and hopefully that keeps me from straining too much. But, all is going well and I'm happy to be back in the gym (and on the trails).Agreed, I don’t even think about it anymore in honesty. I do what I think is sensible (still sticking to higher rep sets e.g 15-20) and not doing one rep maxes, but that’s more or less it.
What kind of lifts you doing? I’ve been keeping it fairly simple with compound movements really, but looking to add some more. Are there any you think we should steer clear of or is anything pretty much good to go?Yep, sounds a lot like how I am going about it too. It’s the only way!
I think’s power cleans and deadlifts are probably the ones that are gonna jack your BP pretty highWhat kind of lifts you doing? I’ve been keeping it fairly simple with compound movements really, but looking to add some more. Are there any you think we should steer clear of or is anything pretty much good to go?
Nice! Seems like you’ve got a pretty decent routine there…like I said, I’m mainly doing full body compound stuff three times a week (Bench, OHP, Squat, Bodyweight Rows) but I would like to add a few more isolation exercises.So full upper body twice a week:
bench, overhead press, pull ups, push ups, fly’s, lat pulls, bent over rows.
I used to do a lot of cleans (I used to love them) but have let those go. And I don’t dead lift anymore.
Lower body once a week:
Back squats, front squats, leg press. Maybe some kettlebell goblet squats
Then it’s just running on the off days.