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Temporary Setback

Blog Article ImageLast week I traveled with GNC to Las Vegas to attend the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Annual Conference. I have been a member of the NSCA and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) since 1996. I have been fortunate to attend the last 11 Annual Conferences.  I typically spend most of my time talking with strength coaches in the GNC Booth and attending as many of the lectures that I can. Each time I attend this conference I pick up more training and rehab information. I credit my decision to join the NSCA and become a CSCS as one of the best things I ever did to improve my overall strength training knowledge.  It is my recommendation that anyone that is serious about strength training should join the NSCA.   

Unfortunately, I will not be competing at the USAPL Nationals this next weekend.  Following my trip home from Australia in April I had some lower leg pain that gradually got worse.  After I got back from the Empire Classic I decided it was time to see a doctor.  It turns out that I had a blood clot form in my left calf during the long flight home from Melbourne.  Having made many international trips in the past; I felt that I had really become a well-seasoned veteran of how to handle long periods of time sitting in cramped seats.  This trip home turned out to be a little different. The plane was completely packed, and storms over the Pacific Ocean caused lots of turbulence.  This resulted in the pilot keeping the seatbelt signs on the majority of the flight.  I simply did not stand up enough and I ended up with what some call the “Economy Class Syndrome (ECS)”.  ECS refers to deep vein thrombosis (DVT) associated with airline passengers making long trips while sitting in cramped airline seats. Bottom line… make sure to get up and walk around during long flights. Fortunately, I caught my problem fairly early and the clot was limited to the calf. I feel like the clot is almost gone, but the medicine “blood thinners” that I am taking have made heavy training impossible.  I have less than a month left on the medicine and then I am hopeful to get back to heavy training sometime in September.  Right now I am lifting light, doing cardio, and taking HMB to help with the recovery process.

Train smart, stay healthy, set your goals high, and make sure to add GNC Pro Performance HMB to your supplement list.

Good luck to all of the competitors at the 2014 USAPL RAW Nationals!!

Posted on July 17, 2014


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