Paul Oneid – Down but not out

After a number of months dealing with knee and hip pain, it was revealed that I have a torn lateral meniscus in my left knee, which requires arthroscopic surgery. I am currently scheduled to have the surgery on December 4th. Training until then is devoted to hypertrophy, as I likely will not compete until the summer. My goal right now is to put some size on my upper body and to balance out my lower body in order to facilitate the post surgery recovery.   I am still working with Scott Paltos for my nutrition as well as some jacked and tan workouts.

I have an answer to the injury question and unfortunately it requires surgery.  December 4th I will be have arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn lateral meniscus in my left knee.  Normally, I would not have proceeded with a meniscus surgery, but the nature of mine was that with repeated use it would get worse very quickly.  Essentially where the meniscus tore was being frayed away.  I could rehab it and get it done after the Arnold, but instead of losing 25%, it could be closer to 75%+ having to be removed.  Better to deal with it now and get back to training the way I want to without dealing with pain.

My state of mind is that I am young and powerlifting isn’t going anywhere.  The time away from heavy lifting will only serve to balance my physique and get me fired up to train again.

Training looks like this for now:

Monday: Upper body push (Bench)

Tuesday: Lower (TKE’s, good mornings, low box step ups, banded leg curls, KB Swings) * I loaded the good mornings up to a triple with RPE of 7 beltless.  Felt good to push a bit here.  Good thing is the shift in my hips is fixed!

Wednesday: Upper body Pull

Thursday: REST

Friday: Lower

Saturday: Upper body Push (Shoulders)

Sunday: Upper body Pull

Lots of volume and huge pumps!  I have 4 weeks until the surgery, so I will likely deload at that point and take an entire week off from training.  I have had my right knee scoped in the past and from my memory, I was able to start training as soon as the stitches came out.  No clue if that will be the case this time, but I think conservatively I will be able to get back to normal training in February.

I am a year older as of Nov 3, and I feel like I am getting wiser… kinda?… sorta?… ok probably not, but I am definitely mature enough to realize that a set back is just an opportunity for a comeback.  2000lbs is close, but I need to be healthy to do it!

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Paul Oneid

Paul is an elite level raw Powerlifter with personal bests of an 805lbs squat, 440lbs bench, 725lbs deadlift and a 1960lbs total in the 242lbs class, as well as an 800lbs squat, 430lbs bench, 700lbs deadlift and 1930lbs total in the 220lbs class. Paul brings a deep educational background to the team as he has earned Master’s degrees in both Sports Management and Exercise Science. He is a former D1 Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coach, who now works as a Functional Rehabilitation Specialist in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Paul provides coaching services in the areas of training and nutrition through his company Master Athletic Performance and is also the co-founder of a technology company, 1-Life Inc. Stay tuned for more information on that in the future!
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