Hi folks, welcome! It’s good to be here.
You can ask for advice, but you would still be well advised to think through your personal situation when it comes to exercise with a dangerous health challenge.
As I entered the weight room this morning, which felt great, I started to calculate: what can I do to maintain my general level of fitness, prior to impending surgery, that would not put my abdominal aortic aneurysm at risk (now sitting nicely at 5.0+ cm), whilst providing some support to the outer aortic wall, and have me more fit for surgery?
Here is what I came up with:
- Core exercises to gently maintain intra-abdominal pressure, which should support the aneurysm, whilst taking care to avoid increasing lower abdominal pressure markedly. Largely abdominal muscle work, but not anything as violent as a crunch.
- Standard arm (sitting roll ups, bicep curl, kick backs with care), shoulder (shrugs, dumbbell raises), chest (bench press with feet on bench, light fly), and lat (standing cords, sitting pull) exercises generally confined to sitting or bench, but nothing that involves bending at the waste, such as a reverse fly. Oh! Yes! I forgot dips!
- Sitting calf raises and gentle single leg standing calf raises, with special reference to strengthening my arches, needed for when I return to attempting another Boston qualifier.
Chez Ollie If you really want to know how to lift weights, read this guy’s early books. He was a remarkable athlete at the time.
- Quad extensions, but with light weights, lots of reps, plus adductor and abductor machine, with light weights lots of reps.
- Not sure about a safe hamstring exercises – any ideas?
- Sit when the gym is quiet and just appreciate being alive.
That, plus walking the dogs and effortless swimming, should keep me toned until my leak is fixed. Remember, training for surgery could be more important than training for the Ironman. You can always stop and walk away from a triathlon (which is sometimes the best thing to do).
All ideas and input would be much appreciated, as I keep FatOldDog at bay.