Mike Dimond Built Up 32 Pounds Of Muscle And Might After Suffering A Terrible Injury!

Mike Dimond suffered a terrible right hand and wrist injury and was told he'd never be active again. But he changed his destiny! Find out how Mike built up 32 pounds of muscle to get in the best shape of his life!

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Vital Stats
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Name: Mike Dimond

Email: Dimond.6@buckeyemail.osu.edu

BodySpace: OSUDimond

Mike Dimond Mike Dimond

Before:

Age:
22
Height:
6'
Weight:
155 lbs
Body Fat:
9%
Waist:
31"
Thighs:
21"

After:

Age:
23
Height:
6'
Weight:
187 lbs
Body Fat:
10%
Waist:
32"
Thighs:
25"

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Why I Got Started
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I had a severe injury that caused me to lose all of the strength and size that I worked so hard to get. I wasn't supposed to ever regain the use of my hand or lift weights again, but I wasn't ready to accept that future. I felt as if a major part of my life had been taken away and I would not be complete and happy until I got it back. I set a goal for myself to be bigger and stronger than I was before injuring myself and I have achieved that goal.

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How I Did It
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Motivation was the most important factor that helped me get back to the point I am. When I was told I would not be able to lift weights again or live an active lifestyle I felt like a big part of my life was missing. I made the decision that I would do whatever I had to do in order to not only recover, but come back bigger and stronger.

I made some big lifestyle changes that really helped me to focus on rebuilding my body. I dropped fast food and alcohol and started making sleep a priority. After my second surgery I began to notice slow and steady improvement in my hand function and started to gain back my confidence. I attend OSU and took a swim conditioning class and a rock climbing class because I knew they would challenge me and give me no choice but to continue learning to use my right hand and wrist again.

I learned how to use my left hand for just about everything during my recovery so now I am ambidextrous and sometimes use my left hand because I forget that my right hand is nearly fully functional again. Since I do not have full strength back in my wrist and grip I have adapted by using lifting hooks and a wrist strap for cable exercises. These have enabled me to bypass my weak link so it does not hold me back from pushing the rest of my body.

I felt like I was given a second chance and will never forget what it was like to have the privilege of weightlifting taken away. I feel like I have an advantage over everyone in the gym because I know that my drive and motivation is so much greater.

I Feel Like I Have An Advantage Over Everyone In The Gym Because I Know That My Drive And Motivation Is So Much Greater
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I Feel Like I Have An Advantage Over Everyone In The Gym Because
I Know That My Drive And Motivation Is So Much Greater.

I lift six days per week and look forward to every single chance I have to get in the gym. Sometimes I can't sleep because I am so excited to wake up and get in a good lift. I have a large scar on my right arm that ensures my motivation never falls, because it is a constant reminder of the physical and emotional pain I went through. I can go back in time and imagine my follow-up visit from my original surgery and I am reminded of how lucky I am to be where I am.

I don't know if I could have ever developed such a love for weightlifting and fitness if I would not have been through this experience. If anyone is having trouble finding motivation to get off the couch and get to the gym try to imagine what it would be like to never have a chance to work out for the rest of your life. It is truly a privilege and I am grateful that I have been fortunate enough to learn this valuable lesson.

I want to thank my surgeon Dr. Paul Cook, my occupational therapist Denise Gravois and my girlfriend Erin Davis for helping me to stay strong and keep a positive outlook. I know I would not have been able to do this without the help of my girlfriend and family. At any point I began to lose my confidence or motivation, they would remind me that I could accomplish anything I put my mind to and nothing was impossible.

If Anyone Is Having Trouble Finding Motivation To Get Off The Couch And Get To The Gym Try To Imagine What It Would Be Like To Never Have A Chance To Work Out For The Rest Of Your Life If Anyone Is Having Trouble Finding Motivation To Get Off The Couch And Get To The Gym Try To Imagine What It Would Be Like To Never Have A Chance To Work Out For The Rest Of Your Life
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If Anyone Is Having Trouble Finding Motivation To Get Off The Couch And Get To The Gym Try To Imagine What It Would Be Like To Never Have A Chance To Work Out For The Rest Of Your Life.

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Supplements

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Note: Supplement dosages and schedule listed below in Diet section.

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Diet
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Meal 1:

Meal 2: Pre Workout

Meal 3: Post Workout

Meal 4:

Meal 5:

Meal 6:

Meal 7: Before Bed

This is a basic outline of what my diet looks like. I eat a ton of fruit and nuts in between meals and have a lot of meals on the go. I am in school and work so I pack lunches and snacks with me wherever I go to make sure that I have healthy food to eat when I am not at home.

Since my weight was so low and my activity level so high I have not really had to watch what I eat. I try to eat as much as I can as often as I can and stay away from any fast food or processed food.

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Training
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TERMS YOU'LL NEED TO KNOW
Failure - That point in an exercise at which you have so fully fatigued your working muscles that they can no longer complete an additional repetition of a movement with strict biomechanics. You should always take your post-warm-up sets at least to the point of momentary muscular failure, and frequently past that point.

Day 1: Chest/Back/Shoulders/Traps/Abs

Day 2: Legs/Triceps/Biceps/Calves

Day 3: Chest/Shoulders/Traps/Back/Abs

Day 4: Legs/Triceps/Biceps/Calves

Day 5: Chest/Back/Shoulders/Traps/Abs

Day 6: Legs/Biceps/Triceps/Calves

Day 7: Cardio

  • 1 hour Treadmill (intervals) -or- Outside Run 3-6 miles -or- Stationary bike (30-45 min)

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Suggestions For Others
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Treat every time in the gym as if it were your last. Nothing is impossible. If you really want something then you will make sacrifices and work harder than you thought was possible. Put most of the focus on strict form and contraction and less focus on the amount of weight being used.

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