ACL & PCL Reconstruction and Meniscus Remuval
A few years ago I dislocated my knee in a car crash, which resulted with a full tear of my ACL and PCL in my right knee, and with a tear of the medial meniscus.
The Liagments were reconstructed and the Meniscus was removed. Sevral months later I finished my rehabilitation (PT, hydrotherapy, some pilates my orthopedic wanted me to do), and stated weight-training for the first time in my life.
After two months of "general weight training", I started to attend a Crossfit Class near my house doing pretty much everything, execpt for Olimpic-weightlifting movements.
Thing is, I'd like to start Olimpic weightlifting aswell (or even instead of Crossfit). I'm a guy who likes knowing what he's doing so I got a copy of Greg's book from amazon and started reading.
a little about me:
Weight: about 80kg
Low bar Squat: 75kg for 5 reps
Deadlift: 90kg for 5 reps
Press: 45kg for 5 reps
There's a weightlifting class I can attend, but first I'd like to ask a few questions.
1) Should I get any special gear I should use from the begining? (I've got WL shoes for now)
2) Should I take a "prep phase" before starting, in which I shall learn how to HB squat and work on my flexibility? (my LB squat breaks parallel, but I can't do a full ranged HB Squat yet) How should I program it?
Any other information would be much welcomed.
Thanks in advance!
2. No need to do a prep phase. The class should teach you the high bar squat and every other movement you will need to learn. You can work on flexibility as you learn the movements.
My advice to anyone is to just get started!! Good luck!! :D
Weightlifting shoes is all you need.
I think it's a good idea to get a couple private lessons to make sure you have a good understanding of the lifts along with squatting correctly; preferably with a trainer who specializes in weightlifting instead of just learning the movements on the fly during the CrossFit class. If you do HB squats as well as flexibility/mobility work, the range of motion will come.
I had reconstructive ACL surgery and have been HB squatting every since. Then again, I did have an athletic background prior to that injury. For any questions regarding your knee, I would refer back to your PT for some tips.
Thank for all the help.
For the mean while, I'll get started with the "Technique Development Program" described in Greg's book, and then I'll check in to the weightlifting class.
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