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    Quote Originally Posted by K.Diesel View Post
    Thank you Bill!

    Update:

    Our tests were negative. �� But I’m not feeling any better. �� I have the same symptoms, and it hasn’t changed much (better or worse) for a week now. Sometimes, I don’t feel bad at all, but then a few minutes later I might be short of breath and/or coughing for no apparent reason. I haven’t been to work all week. I want to train, but I’m not sure that’s a good idea. Maybe I’ll do some pull-ups and presses here at home. ����‍♂️

    I have a virtual follow-up with my primary doctor tomorrow afternoon. We’ll see what happens.
    Great news on the test, although a second to confirm might not be a bad idea since you're still experiencing the symptoms. I'm not closely following developments, but it seems like there are quite a few "false" results, both positive and negative. At least enough that I'd go with a second test, regardless of the initial outcome.

    Take it easy and recover well!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Anders View Post
    Great news on the test, although a second to confirm might not be a bad idea since you're still experiencing the symptoms. I'm not closely following developments, but it seems like there are quite a few "false" results, both positive and negative. At least enough that I'd go with a second test, regardless of the initial outcome.

    Take it easy and recover well!
    Thank you sir! I had a second test yesterday, and that was negative as well. Itís just odd. Other than a fever, Iíve had about every Covid symptom over the last 2 weeks, but I donít have Covid. I think my respiratory illness is generally better after a round of antibiotics and steroids, but some sub-freezing air hit my lungs this morning, and it was like I took two steps backwards on that. And just when I think ďmaybe Iíll lift something todayĒ, something tells me ďnope, not today!Ē 😄 Iím still just tired, and Iím either sleeping too much, or I canít sleep at all. I really need to get after it tomorrow. Nothing to failure or anything, but just to get moving again. Iím planning to go back to work on Friday.

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    Well, that's partially good news (the second negative). It sounds like your body is telling you that it's time to take a breather, which it sounds like you're doing (nothing to failure or anything). Good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Anders View Post
    Well, that's partially good news (the second negative). It sounds like your body is telling you that it's time to take a breather, which it sounds like you're doing (nothing to failure or anything). Good luck!

    ďPartially good newsĒ is how I would describe it. I tested negative twice, 8 days apart. The first was the test for which you have to wait a few days to get results. The second was a rapid test that I got the results of within an hour. Is it possible that I got two false negatives? Proabably. Is it likely that I got two false negatives? I donít know, but after the last two days, Iím starting to wonder.

    I went back to work Friday. 9 hours, 8.0 miles, 17,054 steps, 13 floors

    Good news: I didnít have anything to deliver besides my route. Bad news: it snowed on Wednesday and Thursday, so all my hiking was in boots, and on snow and ice. I didnít feel too bad for most of the day, but by the time I parked my vehicle at the post office, my legs and knees felt like they were made of lead. I planned on going to the gym that night and working on Saturday. Instead, I crashed on the couch, and slept in.

    Sat. 12/19/20

    To get reacclimated to the gym, I decided to pause my A/B split that I was doing before I got sick and go back in with some full body sessions. For the first week or so, I donít plan to take any sets to failure (I did one by accident). I just want to get back to moving some weight, especially during what is usually our busiest week of the year, and with the longest hours.

    Calf Press & Stretch (on horizontal leg press)

    press: 70/15 - one second negatives
    press: 100/15 - one second negatives
    stretch: 160/90 seconds

    Horizontal Leg Press - I never use the horizontal leg press for leg presses

    100/25
    175/15
    250/15
    325/15 - This was with the whole stack, and the set was probably @6 RPE.

    Seated Leg Curl

    80/15
    130/15

    Seated Shoulder Press Machine - pronated grip

    40/12
    85/8 - harder than I expected, stopped it here; @9 RPE
    80/10 @10 RPE - went to failure by accident

    Seated Pulldown Machine - pronated grip

    55/15
    85/15
    130/15 @7 RPE - Did this set in the dark. The gym was closing in 5 minutes, so they hit the lunk alarm and turned off the lights as a warning.

    Push-ups: 1 set, 25 reps, deliberate positives and negatives

    I finished this in 40 minutes, and normally this wouldnít be tough. I was sweating a lot more than normal, and breathing hard. I had to sit in the car for a few minutes to catch my breath before I went home, and ended up needing my inhaler later at home. Thatís uncommon for a workout with no squats, no deadlifts, no plate loaded leg press, and no exercises that require me to stand. Itís also uncommon for a return to the gym after a vacation or layoff for another reason. Iíve heard of people who had Covid continuing to have respiratory problems after the fact, and this is what I was referring to earlier about falseness negatives. Iím going off the assumption that the results were correct, but this made me wonder.

    SIDE NOTES

    Bodyweight this morning was 207.2 lbs. I havenít drank any shakes, or taken any supplements in 2 weeks (since 12/5). Since Iím using this time to reset my training, Iím doing the same with my nutrition and supplementation. Iím going to try and see if I can maintain my weight on solid food alone. If I can do that over the next few weeks, then I can start adding shakes back in with an expectation that Iíll start gaining some weight.

    If all goes well, Iíll train Monday and Wednesday since the gym closes early on Thursday and will obviously be closed on Friday. By then, I might have a few home training options to mix in with training at PF.

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    Quote Originally Posted by K.Diesel View Post
    “Partially good news” is how I would describe it. I tested negative twice, 8 days apart. The first was the test for which you have to wait a few days to get results. The second was a rapid test that I got the results of within an hour. Is it possible that I got two false negatives? Proabably. Is it likely that I got two false negatives? I don’t know, but after the last two days, I’m starting to wonder.
    I'm pretty sure that no one knows the answers to those questions. You could keep taking them, but when do you stop? When you get a positive that you can point to and say "see, I knew I was positive!"? But who knows if that positive is correct. So you continue. That's just crazy. It's certainly no way to live life.

    Those respiratory issues certainly would be a concern. Hopefully you're on the mend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Anders View Post
    I'm pretty sure that no one knows the answers to those questions. You could keep taking them, but when do you stop? When you get a positive that you can point to and say "see, I knew I was positive!"? But who knows if that positive is correct. So you continue. That's just crazy. It's certainly no way to live life.

    Those respiratory issues certainly would be a concern. Hopefully you're on the mend.
    Thank you. Iíve been doing much better in terms of the symptoms like muscle ache, fatigue, and insomnia. However, my respiratory issues have gotten worse. At this point, Iím sure that my current respiratory problems are asthma related (or at least mostly). I donít know if the weather is making it worse, or if whatever illness I had (have?) is making it worse. But my inhaler gives some relief, unless Iím having severe difficulty, in which case Iím responding favorably to nebulizer treatments so far.

    This is throwing me for a mental loop. I had asthma as a child. It was basically dormant for about 35 years, then came back in a noticeable way 2-3 years ago. Now it has become a real problem in the last 2 months or so. Actually, Iím about to hit that nebulizer as soon as I finish typing this log entry.

    As for the gym: I weighed 204.8 lbs yesterday, and 205.0 this morning. Iím back in the 93 kg weight class. 🙁 Thatís not where my best strength potential is. Also, the USAPL calendar doesnít have anything nearby on the 2021 calendar in March or later. Iím going to really put everything into getting swole - as in, hypertrophy - until I have an idea of when Iíll have a chance to compete again. I may have panicked a little. I already abandoned what I said in my last post about full body sessions, and have gone back to an upper/lower split, with direct arm work on the lower body day. Iím going to alternate between 2 lower workouts (A1, A2) and 2 upper workouts (B1, B2) instead of 3 each. I got started with session 1 today.

    Sat. 12/26, A1: quads, hamstrings, calves, biceps, triceps

    Smith Machine Squat - low bar; weights listed are the plates only + the bar

    bar/10
    90+/10
    180+/5
    230+/5
    280+/5 - started using mouth guard
    320+/5 @7 RPE
    230+/10 6 RPE in terms of muscle, @8 RPE in terms of lungs

    Unilateral Leg Press - this is the horizontal leg press that I used the whole stack on last week

    55/10 left + 10 right
    100/20 left - mouth guard; stopped for 2 deep breaths after reps 16 & 18
    100/20 right - stopped for 2 deep breaths after rep 11

    Calf Press & Stretch - on horizontal leg press

    100/20 - 1-2 second negatives
    150/15 - 1-2 second negatives
    stretch: 200/60 seconds - this was tough

    Seated Leg Curl - 1 second positives, 2 second negatives, no jerky or explosive movements

    55/12
    90/12
    105/20 @8 RPE

    Seated Triceps Press Machine - basically a machine that mimics dips

    90/15
    160/12
    200/16 - mouth guard; stopped when I felt my pecs starting to work

    Seated Biceps Curl Machine - This machine is made to be used bilaterally, but I used it unilaterally

    40/10 left + 10 right
    60/10 left + 10 right
    70/12 left + 12 right + 6 both @9RPE - no breaks on the transitions; mouth guard

    Done in 1 hour 15 minutes

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    Do they have bench press at this gym?
    Can you deadlift?

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    Quote Originally Posted by K.Diesel View Post
    Thank you. Iíve been doing much better in terms of the symptoms like muscle ache, fatigue, and insomnia. However, my respiratory issues have gotten worse. At this point, Iím sure that my current respiratory problems are asthma related (or at least mostly). I donít know if the weather is making it worse, or if whatever illness I had (have?) is making it worse. But my inhaler gives some relief, unless Iím having severe difficulty, in which case Iím responding favorably to nebulizer treatments so far.

    This is throwing me for a mental loop. I had asthma as a child. It was basically dormant for about 35 years, then came back in a noticeable way 2-3 years ago. Now it has become a real problem in the last 2 months or so. Actually, Iím about to hit that nebulizer as soon as I finish typing this log entry.
    Well that's a mixed bag of news, Kaisheem. Hopefully that nebulizer is providing a bit of relief.

    Similarly, my wife discovered at 38 that she has exercise-induced asthma that only kicks in above 6,000'. The problem was that she realized it when we were on a hike where we would spend weeks+ fully above that elevation. Once she got her nebulizer, she buried me; I joke that she was on steroids.

    Keep at it, both at the gym and recovery.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Myles View Post
    Do they have bench press at this gym?
    Can you deadlift?
    Go back and read his whole log here (it's only 3 pages worth), including watching the videos. You'll find the answers to your questions here, plus see some pretty impressive adaptation to this whole COVID mess.

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    Dang man, this is good stuff. Except the sickness. Hope you get feeling better soon!!

    As far as nutrition, how many calories are you getting in? I work 12 hour shifts and do a similar amount of walking on shift. I've just now started to find my groove when it comes to nutrition and am curious what you are doing when gaining weight.

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