Danny Bellmore – Off Season/MRI Results


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.



This week has been pretty much an idle week for me. I received my results from my MRI. It appears the disk above my neck fusion has been herniated causing impingement to the nerve roots on both sides. Thankfully I only have pain on one of the sides. I will be be seeing a neurosurgeon soon very soon for a consul. There are number of things that happen to you when you have pressure on your nerve. A usual day for me is I wake up and as soon as I get on my feet I have a very odd tingling that goes down my shoulder into my arm. As I’m finishing showering and dressing the trap starts firing hard on my left side. Basically, it feels like someone has a firm grip on my trap and the grip varies throughout the day. My arm and hand fall asleep off and on as the day goes on. But I must say the oddest thing that happens at various times is that I have this feeling like bugs are crawling up my neck (odd as hell) just another side effect of a nerve impingement.


I will post more updates as I hear more.


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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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