Danny Bellmore – Off Season Limbo Status

I just completed the 2017 APF Senior Nationals. With just a small set back the meet went fairly well. I finished with a win in the Masters and the Open. I will be going into a long off season with nothing planned as far as meets go.


Right now, I am currently playing the insurance game for my neck issues. After many years of dealing with this sort of stuff you would think I would be used to it by now. I used this week to figure out what I can and cannot do and wrote up a 5-week program. I will only program myself 5 weeks at a time for now. Idle time does not work well for me it gives me way too much time to think about the negative things.

Squats don’t seem to bother my neck all that much so I will keep doing those. I will be adding a large amount of belt squat variations to the routine. The bench will basically factor on how my arm feels that day. There are days my arm is fully asleep and days where its ok.  Deadlifts are out and that would be the reason for the increase in belt squats. The Zercher squat harness does not feel bad if I set my head position and don’t move it through the movement. Basically, I will do what I am able to at the time. It gives me something to at least focus on.

I will be headed down to Fort Lauderdale to watch/help Byrd, Lisa and Jason compete this coming weekend. Best of luck to them.

When I get back it’s time to clean up the diet and focus on feeling better.

We also have a state meet coming up and I will be helping the guys out as much as I can.


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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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