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    Here's the getting my Nerve Restore(d)


    First, I need to send a huge thank you to Dsade for allowing me to try this out. A little background on why I wanted to try this out. In undergrad, I was heavily into MMA for 5 years. After undergrad ended and grad school began, I slowly began to stop training. The fire was still inside of me (and it sparks every now and then), but I could seldom make it to practice and I needed to find something else to fulfill my athletic endeavors. Luckily, there was a group of powerlifters that rented out a space in my old MMA gym and it was an instant segue for me.

    However, it has not been the easiest thing physically. I haven't had anything major in terms of injuries, but there have been many, many sprains and strains along the way. Right now, my two biggest problems are my right AC and my lower back. It is primarily my quadratus lumborum in my back that is tight and it causes my hips to be uneven.

    So far, I've taken the product twice and it's obviously too early to tell anything outside of that I tolerate it well in terms of my GI. I will also be adding in some Eviscerate on my chest, arms, and shoulders once my tattoo heals completely.
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    It took me a bit to lock in on the day, but I am noticing some big things already. Number one is my kinesthetic awareness was much better today than it has been in a long time. I could feel my hips go into external rotation easier on my squats and it helped my speed immensely, which has been a hit or miss for me since October-ish. Secondly, my M-M connection was vastly improved. It wasn't so much present on the squats as that is not the goal, but I could (finally) feel the contraction during my shrugs. I've been having issues for years with my right shoulder and I have been unable to bench more than a handful of times in months. Part of this reason is that my ability to stabilize my scapula is compromised right now and I haven't been able to feel my upper traps contracting during shrugs. Today, that changed and I was able to feel the contraction on each rep. I'm really hoping this is where I start to turn the corner towards benching again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rodja View Post
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    It took me a bit to lock in on the day, but I am noticing some big things already. Number one is my kinesthetic awareness was much better today than it has been in a long time. I could feel my hips go into external rotation easier on my squats and it helped my speed immensely, which has been a hit or miss for me since October-ish. Secondly, my M-M connection was vastly improved. It wasn't so much present on the squats as that is not the goal, but I could (finally) feel the contraction during my shrugs. I've been having issues for years with my right shoulder and I have been unable to bench more than a handful of times in months. Part of this reason is that my ability to stabilize my scapula is compromised right now and I haven't been able to feel my upper traps contracting during shrugs. Today, that changed and I was able to feel the contraction on each rep. I'm really hoping this is where I start to turn the corner towards benching again.
    I don't think you're the only one that struggles with proper scapular movement. With all the exercises that pull down on the lats (e.g., deads, pull ups, etc.), upward scapular rotation is definitely hindered. I've been adding in some specific movements (like landmine press) to help with my shoulder/scapular issues.
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    Quote Originally Posted by domore View Post
    I don't think you're the only one that struggles with proper scapular movement. With all the exercises that pull down on the lats (e.g., deads, pull ups, etc.), upward scapular rotation is definitely hindered. I've been adding in some specific movements (like landmine press) to help with my shoulder/scapular issues.
    It's a newer issue for me as, until recently, I have always had great thoracic mobility. However, I've been unable to contract and hold my upper back in the appropriate positions for each lift.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rodja View Post
    It's a newer issue for me as, until recently, I have always had great thoracic mobility. However, I've been unable to contract and hold my upper back in the appropriate positions for each lift.
    Ahh, got it. I really like Eric Cressey's take on shoulder/thoracic mobility. I've been implementing a series of exercises prior to my workouts to improve those issues.
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    I woke up with something I haven't had in ages: soreness in my upper traps. I was able to successfully work an almost "dead" muscle in terms of M-M connection. I have also been having issues with feeling my right lat contract (due to the tight supraspinatus) and I noticed an improvement in connection. It is by no means where it needs to be or has been in the past, but any improvement is progress on getting the area back to where it needs to be.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rodja View Post
    3/3 OHP 135x6 145x6x2 145x10 Meadows Row 90x10x3 115x10 Suspended BW Row/Pullaparts (monster mini) BWx10x3/10x3 Cambered Curl/Tate Press 85x12x3/40x12x3 I woke up with something I haven't had in ages: soreness in my upper traps. I was able to successfully work an almost "dead" muscle in terms of M-M connection. I have also been having issues with feeling my right lat contract (due to the tight supraspinatus) and I noticed an improvement in connection. It is by no means where it needs to be or has been in the past, but any improvement is progress on getting the area back to where it needs to be.
    What other modalities are you using (alongside Nerve Restore) to help with the issue?
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    Quote Originally Posted by domore View Post
    What other modalities are you using (alongside Nerve Restore) to help with the issue?
    MFR with different instruments (Rumble Roller, PVC, baseball, Beastie) along with Eric Cressey scapula/shoulder mobility.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rodja View Post
    MFR with different instruments (Rumble Roller, PVC, baseball, Beastie) along with Eric Cressey scapula/shoulder mobility.
    That's a nice game plan. I've been practically making love to a lacrosse ball to loosen up my psoas.
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    Quote Originally Posted by domore View Post
    That's a nice game plan. I've been practically making love to a lacrosse ball to loosen up my psoas.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rodja View Post
    First, I need to send a huge thank you to Dsade for allowing me to try this out. A little background on why I wanted to try this out. In undergrad, I was heavily into MMA for 5 years. After undergrad ended and grad school began, I slowly began to stop training. The fire was still inside of me (and it sparks every now and then), but I could seldom make it to practice and I needed to find something else to fulfill my athletic endeavors. Luckily, there was a group of powerlifters that rented out a space in my old MMA gym and it was an instant segue for me.

    However, it has not been the easiest thing physically. I haven't had anything major in terms of injuries, but there have been many, many sprains and strains along the way. Right now, my two biggest problems are my right AC and my lower back. It is primarily my quadratus lumborum in my back that is tight and it causes my hips to be uneven.

    So far, I've taken the product twice and it's obviously too early to tell anything outside of that I tolerate it well in terms of my GI. I will also be adding in some Eviscerate on my chest, arms, and shoulders once my tattoo heals completely.
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    Shoulder was cranky as hell yesterday and I could never get comfortable on the incline so I did extra TUT and pauses. It was the first time I've done the extensions on the straps in awhile and they're just as tough as I remember. The position at the top didn't irritate my shoulder so I'm hoping to implement some push-ups on them to get in some extra pressing.
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    Today freaking sucked. I pulled my hamstring near the medial insertion on 415 and thought it was just a cramp at first, but it was more than that. Even getting into a lunge position later in the session irritated the area. Training has been maddeningly inconsistent lately as I'll have 2-3 great sessions and then an absolutely awful session.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rodja View Post
    3/9 Squat 415x2 465x0 DB Shrugs 95x15x4 Prone Incline Shrugs/Pullaparts (mini) 70x15x3/15x3 Today freaking sucked. I pulled my hamstring near the medial insertion on 415 and thought it was just a cramp at first, but it was more than that. Even getting into a lunge position later in the session irritated the area. Training has been maddeningly inconsistent lately as I'll have 2-3 great sessions and then an absolutely awful session.
    Ah, Rodja! I feel for you. You can look at the injury a couple of ways. This may be a change up that will get you away from the inconsistency. Yes, rehab is never fun, but a step back may get you back on your track.
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    Damn, bud. How's the hammy feeling today?
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    Cranky and tender. It's been a ****ty training year so far.
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    ****ing sucks. I'm having Graston done tomorrow for my shoulder. I'll let ya know how it works for the ol' AC.
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    I've done some self-Graston with a butter knife and lotion. It definitely helps to break up the junk in the area.
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    That sounds terrible.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rodja View Post
    I've done some self-Graston with a butter knife and lotion. It definitely helps to break up the junk in the area.
    That sounds like a story of one wild night...
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    The area was very bruised, but it didn't hurt that much during the technique itself.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rodja View Post
    I've done some self-Graston with a butter knife and lotion. It definitely helps to break up the junk in the area.
    Did you think it improved your areas? I have a good friend who is regularly treated with Graston and swears by it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Geoforce View Post
    Did you think it improved your areas? I have a good friend who is regularly treated with Graston and swears by it. I really hope that hammy improves R.
    I haven't done it enough to really give it any sort of solid feedback. I did, however, notice that the fascia in the area was smoother (for lack of a better word).
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    Okay, all caught up.

    Really sorry to hear about the hamstring, man. That truly sucks (especially when you think it's just a cramp and then try to push through it to realize it was certainly more than that). Hoping it will heal quickly for you.

    Glad to hear that the M&M connection is improving for you. This is one area that would be very interesting for me to see if I could improve it more. I know in my first few years, I was just moving things and then that's when it finally kicked in as an awareness where I can feel every single contraction; if something is off only by mere millimeters, etc. But just like your hip imbalance, I have one as well, that has led to a slight imbalance in my shoulders/upper back and also my legs, obviously. So on some of my work, I won't feel the contractions in the lats that I should. I've been lucky to have no real injuries, but that imbalance is something that has really bothered me because of the M&M connection -- because I can tell just how slightly everything is off.
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    And just because none of you touched this (shame on all of you!) :

    Quote Originally Posted by dsade View Post
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    ROCK YOU LIKE A HURRICANE!
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    3/11

    OHP
    150x6x2
    150x9

    HS Row (pronated)
    145x10x4

    Blast Strap Inverted Row/Pullaparts (mini)
    BWx10x3/20x3

    Cambered Curls/Blast Strap Tri Extension
    75x12/BWx12
    85x10x2/BW+15x10

    Side Laterals/DB Curls
    30x15/40x10
    30x15/40x8

    I've made the decision to not even test the shoulder with anything except for OHP and incline DB. I came to this decision when I attempted a push-up on the straps and it felt like the the joint was about to sheer off. I may add in some HS pressing since I need to still have pec work beyond some incline. Another thing I noticed, which was odd, was that my right bicep was unable to keep up with my left bicep on the DB curls. I've been working out some junk in the area and I hope that corrects the issue.
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