Eight Ways To Tell If Someone Is Using Steroids

I found a good video, which explains eight ways to tell if someone is using steroids:

This video somewhat addresses the increases in strength that are attainable by someone who is not using steroids, versus someone who is using steroids.

For instance, this video creator explains that it took him four years of weight training to increase his bench press from 200 lb to 300 lb, without using steroids.  He states that when you see someone increase their bench press by 100 lb in a matter of months, that this is a definite sign of steroid use.



Jason Dodge For Sheriff Of Bowman County, North Dakota

Today I read an article in the Bowman County Pioneer Newspaper about a person named Jason Dodge running for Sheriff of Bowman County.  When I first saw this newspaper article headline, I thought to myself, is everybody running for Sheriff now?

I am glad that I read this entire newspaper article, because it looks like Jason Dodge would be by far the best person for Sheriff of Bowman County at this time.  I have met the other candidates who are running for Sheriff, and they are nice people, but Jason Dodge is a much better candidate.

There are four main areas that I can point to, to explain why Jason Dodge is what Bowman County needs at this time:  1)  He is not afraid to clearly identify several very significant problems with the Bowman County Sheriff Department and the Bowman Police Department that need to be corrected right away.  2)  He has specific remedies and solutions to fix these significant problems that need to be corrected right away.  3)  He has identified the drug problem in North Dakota as the primary source of most crime, he has vowed to aggressively root out all drug activity in Bowman County, and he has explained his plans for how he would attack the drug problem in Bowman County.  4)  He has had much more extensive and intensive training in law enforcement from having worked for the U.S. State Department Diplomatic Security Service.

To first address Jason Dodge’s qualifications, after serving in the military, he became employed with the Diplomatic Security Service.  This involves working in foreign countries, where every day, 24 hours per day, of your tour of duty, you have to expect, detect, and defend against a bombing, terrorist attack, assassination attempt, kidnapping, espionage, sabotage, theft of classified material, spying, blackmail, extortion, counter intelligence operations, and compromise of personnel.  This is much more intense duty than most Sheriff Departments, Police Departments, or Highway Patrol Departments.

Jason has stated that he will have his personal telephone number posted in the local phone book, so that he can be reached 24 hours per day, and that he will make sure that the Sheriff Deputy on duty will always be reachable by telephone.  He has promised that he or his deputies will respond to all calls, even if they might appear to others as trivial or frivolous.

Jason has stated that he will make sure that there will be complete cooperation between the Bowman County Sheriff Department and the City of Bowman Police Department.  He recognizes that there must be sharing of information, resources, and working together with other law enforcement agencies.

Jason has expressed that he will have zero tolerance for illegal drug use, and that he will have Sheriff Deputies receive additional training in recognizing illegal drug users and illegal drug behavior.  This is the first time that I have seen any member of law enforcement in North Dakota understand that you have to recognize drug users as the first step in following the trail back to the small dealers, bigger dealers, suppliers, and transporters of illegal drugs.

I hope that the people in Bowman County realize the chance that they now have to run the crime out of their county.  The Bowman County Pioneer Newspaper article was very thorough, here is the link to this article http://bowmanextra.com/2018/06/08/dodge-runs-for-bowman-county-sheriff/

Stark County Sheriff’s Ron VanDoorne Disciplined For Disorderly Conduct

I just now read a June 6, 2018 Dickinson Press Newspaper article titled “School resource officer disciplined for disorderly conduct”.  This article starts off with “The school resource officer for the Stark County Sheriff’s Department, Ron VanDoorne, was involved in a disorderly conduct incident May 27 at his residence, where Dickinson Police responded to a frantic phone call that said VanDoorne was in the house with a gun.”

After reading this entire Dickinson Press Newspaper article, in essence what this article described, was that Ron VanDoorne had lost his temper after an incident happened in the kitchen of his home, where he was cooking dinner for his wife, adult kids, and grandchildren.  One of the young grandchildren got underfoot when Ron was cooking, which caused a big pot of boiling water to be spilled on himself, and a grandchild.

Not much detail is given in this article about what was said and done right when this happened in the kitchen, but someone made a “frantic” phone call to the Police, saying that Ron “had a gun”.  Ron walked to a nearby park to cool off.  When he returned home a short time later, the Dickinson Police were there.

Sheriff Terry Oestreich said, “Ron was walking back and there was four or five officers present and Ron was not in a good mood, he was very upset,”……”Yeah, he said some inappropriate things to the officers. He was handcuffed and he has apologized to me.”

Captain David Wilkie of the Dickinson police said VanDoorne had been “uncooperative” on that night, but confirmed there were no charges filed.

This incident is funny to me, and I will explain why.  In 2014, there was an advertisement for an opening with the City of Dickinson Police Department.  This job advertisement was hidden, it was not posted on the websites North Dakota Job Services, Monster.com, Careerbuilder.com, Indeed.com, or the Dickinson Press Newspaper classifieds.  I believe that this job opening was posted on the most obscure website possible, so that the only people who would know about it, were people who were personally told about it.

I applied for this opening with the City of Dickinson Police Department, and the application paperwork was very lengthy and time consuming.  After I had already turned in my completed application package, one day before the deadline, I received an e-mail stating that I needed to submit my high school transcripts, before the end of the following day, or my application would not be considered.

I believed that the City of Dickinson had not only hidden this job opening advertisement, but they waited until the last minute, the day before the deadline, to send me an e-mail requiring that I get my high school transcripts from Florida, where I had graduated more than twenty-five years ago.  Without receiving the required payment, a county archivist in Florida went to a warehouse, went through boxes of records to get my high school transcripts, scanned them, and faxed them to the UPS store in Dickinson, so that I would have them before the deadline.

I passed my three written tests for the Frontline National Law Enforcement Exam.  Then I was scheduled to have an interview before a panel with the City of Dickinson human resources person, and three City of Dickinson Police Officers.  I was doing O.K. at the interview, until Ron VanDoorne sunk me.

Ron VanDoorne asked me, “How do you feel about doing customer service?”  I said something like, “I can do customer service, I don’t mind doing customer service, but I understand that being a Police Officer, I would have to do a variety of things, customer service, patrol, responding to calls, writing reports, but that I wouldn’t be doing just one thing all day long, that is what I was looking forward to.”

Ron VanDoorne followed up by asking me if I did not want to do customer service, and I pictured in my mind sitting at a desk all day taking in customer complaints, and I replied that I wanted a job where I did a variety of things, that I didn’t want to do just one thing all day long.  I believed that this line of questioning by Ron VanDoorne, was what caused me to not be hired, because I did not want to do “customer service”.  Really, what a Police Officer is required to do, is be professional, courteous, and civil with everyone, it’s not exactly the same thing as customer service.

The truth is, no I don’t want to do customer service all day long, or I would have applied for a customer service job at a call center.  I should have seen that Ron VanDoorne was just looking to disqualify me anyway, that I should have seen this question for what it was.  It goes without saying, that a Police Officer is supposed to be professional, courteous, and civil at all times.

The hidden job advertisement, the last minute request for high school transcripts from twenty-five years ago, and being disqualified because I answered truthfully that I did not want to do “customer service” all day long, made me a little disgusted and angry with the City of Dickinson, and the City of Dickinson Police Department.

So yes, I think that it is funny that Ron VanDoorne had the Police called on him by his own family, that he got put in handcuffs, that he received disciplinary action, and that this was reported in the newspaper.  Maybe in addition to his required alcohol evaluation, he get some “customer service” counseling, because you can’t go losing your temper with the public and the Police like that.

To summarize for the readers who never agree with what I write, I think that it is funny that Ron VanDoorne got in trouble for blowing up at his family and the Police were called on him, after he disqualified me for potentially not being able to maintain a civil demeanor with people.

Remembering What I Forgot About Steroids

I have no interest in pharmaceutical steroids, testosterone, or human growth hormone.  I do not have very much interest in powerlifting or bodybuilding either.  I did have my own idea about what I wanted for my own physical strength and health.

I wanted to have useful strength, for the work that I did, and the things that I was involved in.  But once I became over 27 years old, I did not want to spend a couple of hours in the gym every day.  Partly, I no longer had time in my schedule to spend a couple of hours in the gym every day, and the other part was that it was no longer important to me to be overly strong or overly big.  Getting my work completed and making money was more important to me.

In my mid 30s, after I moved away from the city and had more free time, I began lifting weights again.  I was putting in good effort, but I was careful not to damage my knees, back, elbows, or shoulders by trying to lift too much weight.   Again, it was not important to me to be overly strong or overly big.

In my early 40s, I began trying harder to improve my strength, and it was something that I looked forward to, to try to make gains in the gym.  I was pleased with my bench press, dumbbell press, overhead press, lat pull downs, triceps dips, triceps curls, biceps curls, pretty much all my lifts and exercises, considering that I was now in my early 40s.

When I had to leave my home in Idaho in 2011 to begin working in the oil fields in North Dakota, Utah, and Texas, my life was disrupted in many ways.  One of the worst things that happened to me, was getting my back hurt so bad in 2011, that I couldn’t walk for several months.  But other things that were always a problem working in the oil fields, were lack of normal housing, and general chaos in just about everything else.

Working in North Dakota, for a couple of years I had to sleep in small campers on company property, and sometimes take showers at the Tiger Truck Stop.  There was a shortage of housing, and housing was extremely expensive.  Once it gets to be below 0 degrees Fahrenheit and you live in a small camper, just staying clean and warm, and not dying, is what you are paying attention to.

It has only been in the past couple of years, once the oil boom ended in North Dakota, that I have had the time and opportunity to begin trying to go to gyms on a regular basis again.  The West River Community Center in Dickinson, North Dakota where I live is one of the nicest gym facilities in the United States.  However, it is a community center with men, women, children, and the elderly.

I never had a problem with the elderly people in the WRCC, they were not a nuisance at all.  The men were typical of what you would find in a gym anywhere.  But the women and the children in the WRCC were a nuisance, annoyance, and a distraction to me:  sitting on equipment and not using the equipment, placing belongings on equipment that they were not using, taking up equipment that they did not need for that exercise, getting too close and not understanding that they could get hurt, and fooling around being a distraction.

This year, I thought that I had found a small gym with only heavy duty power lifting training equipment, a place that would not have any women and children in it.  There was nothing in this small gym to be of any interest to women and children, I thought.  A couple of days ago when I was in this gym, everything that I hated about the West River Community Center, happened here in this small gym.

A couple of women came in, and were talking, socializing, fooling around, placing belongings on equipment, sitting on equipment that I wanted to use, and me having to worry about hitting them with a weight bar because they were close to what I was doing.  I was angry, and I wrote a blog post about what happened.  The owners of the gym and I got into a dispute over this, and they told me not to come back.

During the argument about women being in the gym, and in comments to my blog post, the gym owners, power lifters, and especially women, were telling me that there were women who could kick my ass in the gym.  I doubted this.  There were claims made about what weight women were lifting, so I looked it up.

I looked up the USPA 2017 Montana state records for women, which showed something like 238 lb bench press, and 315 lb squat, which sounded about right to me.  Then I looked up a specific woman who was given as an example, and her bench press and squat were maybe 268 lb and 400 lb in 2015, which still sounded about right to me.

When commenters began citing even higher numbers for female power lifters, and higher numbers for some of the women power lifters that I had already looked up, I checked more records as was suggested to me, and suddenly I realized what was going on.

For adult women who were power lifters, who had been training for several years or more, who had entered and won power lifting competitions, there was a record of what their bench press, squat, and dead lift were for each meet.  After several years or more of focusing on diet, nutrition, supplements, training, exercising, and working very hard, these numbers for bench press, squat, and dead lift represented a peak or plateau that they had reached, after several years or more of work.

Then in less than a year, their bench press, squat, and dead lift all suddenly increased by 40%, after they had already reached their physical plateau?  They had been working for several years to make gains of 10% to 20% per year, reaching their physical plateau, then all of a sudden all of their lifts increased by 40% in one year.  What was going on?

Let me put it this way.  Does a college senior baseball pitcher enter Major League Baseball and begin throwing 40% faster, No.  Does a college track athlete ever begin running 40% faster one year later, No.  Does a college swimmer ever begin swimming 40% faster one year later, No.  Does a college high jumper ever begin jumping 40% higher one year later, No.

So how could an adult athlete who has been training for years, suddenly have a 40% increase in strength?

Remembering What I Forgot About Steroids, Testosterone, And Human Growth Hormone 

Reading the records of the women power lifters, this started me thinking about everything that I knew about steroids, testosterone, and human growth hormone.  I will give some examples.

#1.  When I was in junior high school, about 8th grade, there was a school assembly in the gymnasium, where a 30 year old man was going to perform a demonstration.  This man named Chuck, he was from this town, he had joined the Navy, and he had taken up power lifting.  He had achieved some kind of powerlifting record, and today he was going to give a talk, and then bench press 500 lb.  At the time, I didn’t think that this was worthy of a school wide assembly, but I was glad to get out of class.

The point of this demonstration and school assembly, was that the school principal had been convinced that this was motivational, that this might give some kids an inspiration to get involved in power lifting, to put effort into something positive, rather than getting into trouble.  To Chuck, this was partly an opportunity to get publicity for the new gym that he was opening in town.

However, within about a year of Chuck’s gym opening, it was shut down, by the Police.  Chuck, his gym, and his gym members were found to be using, bringing in, and selling steroids, testosterone, and human growth hormones.  It turns out that Chuck’s above average strength, was primarily from steroid use, etc.  Within about a year of this drug bust by the Police, where Chuck was prohibited from using steroids as part of his probation, Chuck’s appearance changed, he became just a normal looking, average sized guy.

#2.  When I was in high school, our high school hired a strength and conditioning coach for the football program.  One of my friends named Bob, who was on the football team, his older brother played professional football.  Bob was only about 5’-10” and 180 lbs, and he knew full well that he was not going to be able to play professional football.

Bob had a brother named Todd, who was two years younger than Bob.  Todd was even smaller than Bob.  In elementary school, junior high school, and high school, Bob and Todd lifted weights together.  Bob tried to push Todd to do more weight, but Todd could only do what he could do.  For instance, when Bob was a junior in high school, he could bench press about 210 lb.  His younger brother Todd could maybe bench press 180 lb at this time when he was a freshman.

After Bob and I graduated from high school, when his younger brother Todd was a junior in high school, Todd was all of a sudden bench pressing 365 lb.  Within a year Todd went from bench pressing 215 lb, to bench pressing 365 lb.  Bob was really mad about it, because his younger brother was using steroids, and his physical appearance totally changed.  He said he told him, Todd, you are only 5’-7”, you are never going to play professional football, probably not even college football, so why are you doing this to yourself taking steroids?

There were several kids who were high school football players, who weighed about 135 lbs their sophomore year and were skinny, who within a year went up to weighing over 200 lb their junior year.  There were so many cases of steroid, testosterone, and human growth hormone use by the high school football players, that an investigation was done, and it was found that these pharmaceuticals were being administered by the strength and conditioning coach, who was then fired.

#3.  When I was a college student, some of my friends became involved in powerlifting and bodybuilding.  Even though they were training regularly, and working hard, there came a point when they quit making advances in their strength and muscle size, so they began experimenting with steroids and other drugs such as GHB.

One of my friends began ordering veterinary and ranch pharmaceuticals through the mail.  One of the things that I remember him receiving, were “feed lot heffer” cattle implant pellets, which were used by ranchers to implant in cattle ear flaps, to slowly release steroids into the cattle to make them put on weight.  He would grind these pellets up using a mortar and pestal, add linseed oil or propylene glycol to make a solution, heat it up in the microwave to make it dissolve, draw the solution into a hypodermic needle, and then inject the solution into his buttocks muscle.

One college student got arrested for receiving veterinary pharmaceuticals in the mail.  My friend passed out a couple of times, once inside of a gym, and he was very nearly arrested for various drug charges.  One of our friends who was a successful personal trainer and competitive body builder died at the age of 25 from drug complications.

My friends were using Dan Duchaine’s books, “The Underground Steroid Handbooks 1 & 2” as a reference manual on how to obtain and use steroids and other substances.  Dan Duchaine was arrested and put in prison twice for his involvement with selling steroids and GHB.  Dan Duchesne later died at the age of 48 from kidney disease.

#4.  My friends’ idol or role model were people like Dorian Yates, a British bodybuilder who was known not just for winning bodybuilding competitions such as the Mr. Olympia six consecutive times, but because he trained with very heavy weights, almost like a power lifter would use, and he was very strong, large, and well defined.

This was in the 1990s, and the professional bodybuilders were becoming so outrageously large in muscle size, and the professional powerlifters were making such enormous increases in weight lifts, that it was obvious that steroids and other pharmaceuticals were being widely used.  Very few competitors would admit this at the time, but now, many of these competitors who are now retired are coming out and admitting to their drug use, and are giving details about what went on.

Most of the competitors that are telling about their experiences now, said that they used drugs in order to be someone, in order to be a champion, in order to be successful, to be able to have things in life that they would otherwise not have had.  They said that the risks were worth the reward to them, at the time, in their mind.

These competitors also described the kind of psychological addiction to steroids and other drugs, the drugs that enabled them to lift enormous weight, have a huge physique, and  stand out in a crowd.  Once they had to quit taking steroids due to health problems, they became depressed and wanted to withdraw, because they could not live up to the image of themselves that people had become familiar with.

This first video does not have any commentary.  It shows the contrast between Dorian Yates when he was using steroids during his professional bodybuilding career, and what he looks like after he retired and ceased using steroids.

This second video is a discussion where Dorian Yates explains his steroid use during his professional bodybuilding career.

The problem is, that once people begin taking a serious interest in bodybuilding or powerlifting, begin training seriously, working hard, reading and learning more, keeping a record of their work out weights and repetitions, after several years of making gains they will realize that they have reached their physical plateau, where they are no longer making gains, and may even begin going backwards.

From what they have read, learned, seen, and heard by this time, they have to choose whether they are going to stay where they are, or are they going to try to make further gains by using steroids, testosterone, human growth hormone, or other substances.  Women are no different than men now in their willingness to take steroids, testosterone, and human growth hormones.  I think that some women are even more likely to use these drugs not solely to make gains in their weight lifting or muscle size, but to try to have equal or greater strength than men.

This last video, gives another person’s perspective on his steroid use, who was not a professional bodybuilder or powerlifter.

Women Are So Sneaky, But That’s O.K.

What I am going to write about, is one of the funniest things that I have seen recently.  Women are always jumping on me, for writing about women who I see or meet, accusing me of being a stalker.  But I have known for a long time, that women are way sneakier and snoopier than men.

On Memorial Day, I went to the West River Community Center.  I parked my vehicle in the parking lot, and a young lady driving a vehicle with a license plate from an oil producing state, drove past me.  I was vaguely aware of what kind of vehicle she was driving, but what I thought was funny, was that I did not think that she was a house wife, I got the impression that she worked for an oil company and she got sent up here to Dickinson.

It was funny to me, because I was thinking that an oil company sending her here to Dickinson, was kind of a mean trick on her.  I believe that she had probably figured that out in a matter of days after arriving here in Dickinson.

I wanted a day pass at the West River Community Center, and I printed my full name on the guest sign in sheet at the front desk.  Then I went to the weight area of the gym.  I was only paying a little attention to what women were in the gym.

Today, Tuesday, I was at home looking on my Facebook page for “People You May Know”.  The “People You May Know”, are usually people who are “Facebook Friends” of people who are already your “Facebook Friends”.  However, some of the people who show up on Facebook as “People You May Know”, who are not “Facebook Friends” of people you already know, are people who have recently viewed your profile.

So, here on Facebook under my “People You May Know” today, was a young lady that I do not know.  And, she was not a “Facebook Friend” of someone that I already know.  She was young and fairly attractive.  So I looked at her profile, she is a particular kind of engineer, from an oil producing state far away from here, who recently began working for a particular oil company here in Dickinson.

Then I realized what had happened, and who this was.  On Memorial Day when I got out of my vehicle in the West River Community Center parking lot, I was wearing a particular oil company T-shirt, with the oil company logo in very big letters on the front of my shirt.  A young lady driving a vehicle from an oil producing state far away from here, drove past me in the parking lot, and I thought that an oil company must have sent her here, because she was a long way from home.

It turns out, that this young lady is an engineer working for the oil company whose logo was on my T-shirt in big letters.  She came into the gym right behind me, she saw me printing my name on the sign in sheet, she read my name off of the sign in sheet, and she used my name to perform an internet search or a Facebook search for me.  Now, I remembered her and recognized her.

In order to be completely clear for the women readers who find fault with everything that I write, this young lady who showed up in my “People You May Know” today, she is not from Dickinson, she is not friends with anyone that I know, and she showed up in my “People You May Know” list because she recently viewed my profile.  Why would she view my profile, I don’t know her, how did she get my name?  She got my full name from the guest sign in sheet, and she wanted to look me up because I was wearing an oil company shirt, of the company where she had been recently hired to work in Dickinson.  Once a few of these things dawned on me, I then remembered her as the young lady that I had seen at the WRCC.

I don’t mind that she read my name from the guest sign in sheet and looked me up on the internet.  She was just curious, this is not illegal, or unethical in my opinion.  Engineers try to take whatever little information they can get, and use it to find out what is going on.  I don’t mind, however, if I did this to a woman, I would be banned from the West River Community Center, the police would be called, and the police would likely try to find something to charge me with criminally, such as stalking, even though this is not illegal.  I would be in all kinds of trouble.

I will send her a polite message on Facebook.  I expect that she will not respond, or block me from viewing her profile again.  That will be O.K. with me, but I want to try to be hospitable or gracious anyway, in case she does want to talk to me.

A Quick Story About Men Wanting To Get Away From Women

When I was living in Idaho, this was about eight years ago, I was friends with a man who managed a bar and restaurant.  I will call this man John, though that is not his real name.  John and his brothers had each played every sport in high school, basketball, baseball, football, hockey, wrestling, and they boxed too.

John had joined the Marines after high school, and several of his brothers became football coaches at different schools in Idaho.  John, his brothers, and most of their friends were married.  John was in his early fifties by the way.

When there were college football playoffs, especially when Boise State University was playing, John, his brothers, and some of their friends would get together at someone’s house to watch the football games.  They had a lot of food, snacks, and beverages.

The problem became, that one or more of the men would show up to watch the football game with their wife.  The wives would say that they wanted to come, but once they got there, they didn’t really want to be there or watch the game.  Inevitably, some of the wives would begin complaining more and more about wanting to go home.

When some of the wives started to complain about not wanting to be there, this didn’t just annoy their own husband, it annoyed everyone there.

So, beginning four years prior to meeting John, he and his friends decided to rent a large hotel suite in order to watch the football game, without their wives complaining.  The whole point of renting the hotel room, which was rented by the most serious football watchers, the football coaches, the whole point was to be left alone to watch the game.

After about the first year, the wives couldn’t stand this, not being able to ruin the football game for their husbands.  So they would try to ask and find out what hotel room their husband was going to be at.  Then someone’s wife would show up at the hotel room to ruin the game.

Finally, just the football coaches would rent a hotel suite to watch the football game, and they would not tell anybody else where it was, absolutely not.  They couldn’t afford to invite anyone else, even their friends, because this always caused someone’s wife to show up.  They might have even had to go to a neighboring town, so that no one’s wife could go looking for their truck in the hotel parking lots.

I will end this blog post with a joke:  “Why do married women close their eyes when they are having sex?……………Because they can’t stand to see their husbands having a good time.”

My Ongoing Weight Lifting Numbers

On the last Saturday and Sunday in May, I got into a dispute with owners of The Pit Gym in Dickinson after I updated my December 2017 blog post about their gym, and I wrote a new blog post titled “The Beginning Of The Ruining Of The Pit Gym”.

The gym owners strongly disagreed with what I wrote about their gym, and they shared my new blog post with other people.  As of today, Monday, this blog post has received about 1,200 views.  I believe that the comment numbers are at about 60 comments.  About 25 of these comments are my response.  Of the remaining 35 comments, many of these comments are from the same people.

Altogether, out of the 1,200 blog post views, about 20 people commented.  Though most of the comments were negative and intended to be insulting, there was some exchange of information.  I was told many times that there were women power lifters who would kick my ass in the gym.

I looked up the power lifting women record holders to see what their numbers were.  All of the women power lifting record holders, except one, had a bench press of about 240 lb or less, a squat of about 450 lb, and a dead lift of about 450 lb.

I was kind of interested to see if I could beat these numbers of the women power lifting record holders.  I am 49 years old, and not in very good shape.  I didn’t say that I was weak, I said that I was not in very good shape.

I do not like to do squats and deadlifts because I injured my back very badly in 2011, to where I could not walk for more than about 50 feet and sometimes not at all, for several months.  It took me one year, to regain about 90% of my back functionality.  Here is my back X-Ray from 2011.


Like I said, I do not like to do squat and dead lift exercises.  In 2012, I did a lot of stomach and back strengthening exercises, most often doing sit ups and back raises using a bosu ball.  One year later, at 90% recovered, someone who had broken their back recommended to me that I take the supplement glucosamine with chondroitin, and this supplement helped me to become almost completely recovered.

After recovering from this back injury, and being able to walk again, for a long time I was protective of my back, and I tried to be careful not to lift anything so heavy that I would injure my back again.  Especially not doing squats and deadlifts.

Myself, I was contented to walk 4 to 8 miles, do some leg machine exercises, do some sit ups and stomach crunches, and reverse sit ups, to maintain my leg and back strength.  There was no need for me to do squats or deadlifts, being 49 years old now.

I received so many insults from The Pit Gym owners, their friends who they shared my blog post with, other power lifters, and especially women power lifters, that I will now begin again to see how much weight I can build up to in squat, dead lift, and bench, though I have no interest in power lifting, and think that this is a good way to get injured.

Here is where I am at now:

  • Flat bench press, 270 lb x one rep
  • Incline bench press, 240 lb x one rep
  • Seated overhead press, 195 lb x one rep
  • Dumbbell press, two 100 lb x six reps
  • Prone triceps curls, 135 lb x two reps
  • Standing biceps curls, ??
  • Dead lift, 345 lb x one rep
  • Squat, ??

I did not say that this was a lot of weight, I said that this is where I am at now.  I will update this list above, as I make gains.

All I was looking for, before the insults, was to get back to 315 lb bench, 265 lb incline bench, 245 lb overhead press,  120 lb x 6 reps dumbbell press, 165 lb prone triceps curls, 135 lb standing biceps curls, which were what I used to do.

When I dead lifted 345 lb today, I had not dead lifted anything in the past seven years.  It was not difficult, but I could feel that there were parts of my lower back that were not ready for it.  I expect to be able to dead lift 405 lb, in about six weeks, more or less.