Kevin Simons – Saturday BB Complex @ 315#:
This is something I posted earlier today for the camp attendees in Novato. I am re-posting it here to make sure that everyone gets an opportunity to see it…
I would like to quickly take this opportunity to sincerely apologize for something that I believe was both incredibly unfortunate, and was one of the most scary times of my life.
As has been quickly spread on the Internet, I was unable to attend the third day of our training camp in Novato, California. This was a circumstance that was so unexpected, that we had no fall back plan in order, and quite honestly I was so shocked by it that I could not even fathom a resolution at the time it was happening.
On the flight across to Seattle I picked up some sort of a nasty upper respiratory virus (later found out it was strep), during the Seattle camp I kept it in check with Advil and cough meds and was feeling better by the time we traveled to San Francisco. Once in San Francisco I noticed I was having some chest pains and difficulty breathing. I thought I would just take it easy and the remnants of the virus would clear. By early Tuesday afternoon I began to have chest pains and started to down Advil again to control them. By Tuesday night they were severe and I began to worry if I’d developed pneumonia or something else. I took a large enough dose to get through the night, but woke at 4am Wednesday morning almost unable to breath. I made the decision to drive myself to the hospital hoping if I got in early enough I could get some meds or a shot and would be able to make it back in by the start of camp.
To try to quickly summarize; once I got to the hospital I was quickly admitted and immediately put on heart monitoring machines, had blood drawn and was scheduled for a battery of tests. After 3-4 hours of tests (including a cat scan which scared the hell out of me) the cardiologist met with me and explained that the strep I had thought I was over had moved through my lungs and had begun to attack my heart. He explained that I had a condition called pericarditis, that the sack surrounding my heart was inflamed, and that there was some damage to my heart. I told him I needed to leave and he said he would not discharge me for at least 48 hours.
I have never been sick like this in any way, and it was quite honestly the scariest moment of my life.
TJ of TJ’s gym was absolutely a hero through this whole ordeal. He and his staff did a impromptu clinic for the attendees and thank you is not enough for the work they put in to try to salvage the camp.
To the campers, I pray that you can accept my most humble and sincere apology for my lack of attendance. I could not have ever imagined anything like this happening and we will be setting up safe guards for future camps to insure that it doesn’t. We are going to do everything we can to make this situation right. We are already making plans for a free camp to make up for this one and will do whatever is necessary to accommodate everyone. Please understand, this is one of the saddest moments of my life, and I am beyond grateful for the support many of you have shown us. We are here simply to serve you all, in any way we can, and to hopefully make your experience as an athlete as successful and enjoyable as possible.
Thank you all again for your support.
Notes: These should be performed UB if possible, but it is not required.
- 2a) 3X3 Snatch First Pulls + Hang Snatch Pulls – heavy, rest 60 sec.
Pause for 3 counts at the top of the first pull. Then, from the hang position (end of the first pull), perform a snatch pull.
2b) 3X3 Snatch Grip Push Press + OHS – heavy, rest 60 sec.
Notes: This is a chest-facing-wall handstand performed with ONLY the nose and toes of the athlete in contact with the wall. A common fault with this movement is placing the hands too far from the wall. Make sure they are no further than 5″ from the wall.