Danny Bellmore / End of 10 Weeks Off Season

I just completed a 10 week off season . I took the last week to test where I am at in my training and it will give me a good idea how to program my next 10 weeks of off season.
On Tuesday night I had tested my raw bench along with my shirted bench. I ended up with a 345 raw and 490 with an old shirt. I was down on myself about this not being better but as I went through things, I must keep in mind I have had 4 shoulder surgeries, two cervical fusions and both of my lats are torn off from the Humerus. I just don’t like to set limitations on myself, I don’t want to be that guy who has excuses.

Thursday, we did some deadlifting. I will say this night was a wash. I ended up with 550 with straps down. I did 530×2 a week before and it was a solid set. I felt this was more of a position problem than a strength problem. I need to come up with the correct combination once it comes to the gear.
Squats went well. I ended with a 655 with my Predator briefs and Black Beauty wraps. I def had more in me so we are making progress there. My best in the past was 640.

If you ever followed my log you know that it has been idle for almost a year. There were two major reasons for this.

1. January 12, 2018, I underwent surgery to repair C3/C4 vertebrae.
This makes the second neck fusion I have underwent and I will say it had set me back further then the first one. I know have two plates in my neck with ongoing issues from time to time. I have slightly modified my training to compensate. This is what is so great about the 10/20 Life training its versatile.

2. On February 27, 2018 I ran into some trouble with the Federal Government. It’s an understatement when I say this must have been one of the worst years of my life. I will say I have some great friends who have been there for me through the good and bad. I will also say the people that were around for the good times went away very quickly.

On the training front there have been some positives. One of the original Hardcore lifters has come back to train. Scott Blanchard has a lot of training knowledge and its nice to be able to have someone to bounce ideas back and forth from. I also worked my ass of to get my QL to calm down. I credit the McGill big 3 and walking for this along with some manipulation and acupuncture. I know at any time the QL can flare up and give me fits. Im trying to stay ahead of it and be pro active.

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Danny Bellmore

Danny has been involved in powerlifting since 1994. The first swing at a career was short lived due to a major back injury in 1999 that resulted in a 3-level spinal (lumbar) fusion. At that point, he took a 10-year break. Avoiding the gym all together because his body, and back, just never felt right. In 2010, Danny went to handle a good friend at a local meet. That experience re-ignited the fire within and he was back under the bar, never looking back. Danny established an elite total at my first meet back in 2010 and then accomplished a win at the 2012 APF Masters Nationals. Through his win at the APF Masters, he was training using the Conjugate Method, but he wanted a change. He needed a change. Danny reached out to a friend who stated that Brian and the Samson Barbell crew had it going on. In the process of connecting with Brian, he has endured a few setbacks. During our initial discussions, he had torn my rotator cuff and labrum, along with a separated AC joint. The surgery did not "take" and just nine months later, he was back under the knife for a "do-over." During the healing process, he had lost feeling and strength in my right arm. Being pig headed, he waited and waited. My choice to remain stubborn backfired, and I was back in the OR for another spinal (cervical) fusion. Now healed, and a few years under Brian, Danny’s total has moved to 1871 @ 165. He doesn’t like to predict or talk about goals, but he wants more, and feels like he has more. Plans now are to compete at the Senior Nationals in Jacksonville, Florida this June.
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