325 Front Squat 2/19/14

Here’s me, three-ish years removed from surgery cranking out a 325 pound front squat. If you have knee surgery, all hope is not lost. Work hard in rehab and keep training after rehab is over, and you can be just as strong as you were before (if not stronger)

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All Hail the Reester Bunny: A Poster Miracle

Check out this article on my other page if you like my sense of humor.

http://andrewsacksperformance.com/2013/04/02/all-hail-the-reester-bunny-a-poster-miracle/

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“Semi-professional” Baseball, Quotation Marks, and Plantar Fasciitis: A “Winning” Combination

It’s been a little over a year since my last post, so I figured I’d throw up a new post to update people on my continued progress. In short, my knees are awesome. I’ve spent A LOT of time strengthening my legs, and it has paid off in spades. I’m back to squatting over 300 pounds, and I’m able to play sports without favoring either knee. I haven’t fully regained my jumping ability from before my injuries -my vertical jump is about 2 inches less than before- but it’s not terribly important to me anymore. And I feel confident that I could regain those 2 inches with plyometric training if I really wanted to. Continue reading

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The Motivational Value of Competition

Well, it’s been a little over a year since I had my two knee surgeries, and now that they’re completely healed, I’m going to attempt to squat 400 pounds, deadlift 500 pounds, and have a 33 inch vertical jump by Christmas. Well, kind of. Really, I just need to get closer to those numbers than my friend Dan Blewett.

Loser

God I hope this picture shows up when people do a Google image search for DAN BLEWETT

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Finding Humor in a Horrible Situation

One of the best ways to retain your sanity during recovery from knee surgery (or any surgery, for that matter) is to try to find the humor in your plight. If you’re laughing, it’s nearly impossible to be in a bad mood; If you can make somebody else laugh, even better.

My main reason for starting this blog was to kill time while recovering from surgery, since I can only watch the entire South Park series so many times before losing my mind. I decided early on that I actually wanted other people to read this thing, and it’s such an uninteresting topic that I had better try to make it funny. Nobody wants to read a bunch of bitching and complaining; there’s enough of that nonsense on Facebook. I, personally, would prefer to read things that make me chuckle, so I assume everybody else shares that preference. Also, I don’t want to be a negativity spreader. Continue reading

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Top 5 Craziest Knee Injuries

While I was recovering from my ACL surgery, I took solace in knowing that literally thousands of other people besides me had suffered through the same ordeal and come out the other end largely unaffected. Guys like NFL running backs Gale Sayers and Willis McGahee became my new role models due to their successful battles with ACL rehabilitation. Sayers especially, since he played in the NFL during the 1960s: a time when knee surgeries were about as advanced as the Ethiopian space program. Continue reading

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3 Month Checkup: Stationary Bikes are your Perineum’s Worst Enemy

Well, it’s been 3 months since I’ve written anything on here, so I figure that now is as good a time as ever to add some new content to this thing. The main reason why I haven’t written anything is that, frankly, there hasn’t been anything interesting to write about. Months 1-3 of ACL rehab consist of very few things that aren’t mind-numbingly boring; Continue reading

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