Shoulder surgery-biceps tenodesis+ – 1st post op

Matt at his first post-op

DISCLAIMER – Just to re-emphasize the point, this information is provided as a record of my particular experiences and should not be construed as medical advice. Each surgeon, patient, surgery, and recovery protocol is particular to that situation.

Today was my first postop about five days after surgery. They […]

Shoulder Surgery – Biceps Tenodesis+ – Surgery Day

Surgery day for my SLAP tear. What did I prepare, what should I have prepared, and how was the first 24 hours? […]

Shoulder Surgery – Biceps Tenodesis+ – The Lead-Up

After injuring myself with a SLAP tear in a martial arts class and doing physical therapy, then getting an arthrogram, it turned out that I needed shoulder surgery. Here’s how the process went from injury to diagnosis, to the week of surgery. […]

Arthrogram MRI

Fluoroscopy of shoulder – needle injecting contrast

Well this was fun. Prior to having shoulder surgery which you can read about here I had to have a shoulder arthrogram MRI. This is basically a special type of MRI where they inject contrast fluid directly into the joint. This lets them see things that they […]

Get S.M.A.R.T. with your goals

It’s that time of year when people are making and breaking resolutions. The New Year always brings thoughts of change, how much better we’ll be this year, and how much more productive.

Resolutions don’t produce though. A quick Google search for a definition of ‘resolution’ finds this: “A firm decision to do or not do […]

Empty Your Cup to Fill Your Mind

There is a common story in Buddhism about a scholar who went to talk to a zen master. The scholar spends most of the time talking over the master, basically showing off. The master eventually starts pouring tea for the scholar, but doesn’t stop pouring. When the tea fills the cup and starts to overflow […]

Quick Tip – Stinky Containers

Protein shakes are a fantastic pre, post, and during workout drink. Sometimes I’ll blend a fruit smoothie or even blend eggs to scramble. If they get washed out right away, no problem. If not… 

Then no matter how much you wash it, that stink remains. It’s the putrid, disgusting scent of old protein and it […]


What is grit? Grit is the strength of mind that permits a person to withstand pain and overcome struggles. Grit is essential for every athlete. It is vital to your success to be mentally prepared. Athletics supply one of the best places to cultivate grit and determination. The most successful athlete will not always be […]

Believe Big: Face It, Fight It, Overcome It

Believe Big is an organization founded by Ivelisse and Jimmy Page after her fight with colon cancer. The organization serves to educate, connect, and support cancer patients and families as they walk through the cancer journey. The organization was invaluable to our family and serves hundreds of families each year through online resources, classes, […]

Bazooka Jo is Back!

God is so incredibly faithful.

This past Saturday I competed in my first powerlifting meet in about two years. Shortly after my last competition we got the news about Jess being diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer. I believed God would heal her miraculously, but I was devastated. I absolutely love working out, but every […]