Canadian IFBB Pro bodybuilder Fouad Abiad has torn his inner quad while doing machine squats in preparation for the upcoming Arnold Classic.
“I’ve had strains in my quads before but this felt more like the lat tear from the previous year,” Abiad posted on his Instagram account. “I immediately had a flashback to the year before, same excruciating pain, same mental anguish, I was pissed. I unloaded the machine and headed straight for the therapy office.”
(This pic was taken the day after, swelling got worse for the next couple days) ***this post was not meant for pity/sympathy, only to show things aren’t norm talked about*** Last Monday was a reoccurring nightmare for me. I wasn’t going to say anything but I pride myself on always being straight up and real with you guys so this should be no different. Last year as most of you know four weeks out from the TO Pro I tore my teres major (upper lat area) and it devastated me. That day I gave up. I went home, binged, wallowed in my sorrow and then tried to play catch up and get on stage. I ended up fat and in 3rd place. Well, when you get older shit happens. Last Monday just under three weeks out, I was doing some machine squats when I felt my inner quad (sartorius, adductor area) tear pretty badly. I’ve had strains in my quads before but this felt more like the lat tear from the previous year. I immediately had a flashback to the year before, same excruciating pain, same mental anguish, I was pissed. I unloaded the machine and headed straight for the therapy office. This year was different though, I didn’t want to give up so easily. The previous years incident had made me stronger and taught me to keep going. After the tear I went home, made my fish and rice and stayed right on track. Switched cardio to elliptical because it doesn’t seem to bother my leg as much, getting therapy every single day and just staying focused. Now, I don’t know what’s going to come of all this. I haven’t trained legs since last Monday and I can still only walk up the stairs using my good leg. Ultimately the swelling is still there which is killing my condition in one leg but I’m hopeful it will be gone by show time. So there you have it. The truth, but still, no fuckin excuses. I’m still focused, I’m still training, I’m still doing all my cardio and I am doing my best to rehab this thing so I can get on stage at my best. I feel like too many of you are supporting me to let you down, so even with a major injury I am going to make this happen the best I can. This is the life of a competitive bodybuilder. #hoss #keepworking #whattear #sacrificewithoutregret #realshit
Abiad, who is receiving therapy on a daily basis, still wants to compete in the Arnold and is hoping the swelling is gone by show time. The Arnold Classic is taking place on March 2 to 5 in Columbus, Ohio.
Abiad’s injury comes in the wake of another IFBB Pro Evan Centopani also suffering a serious tear in his quad tendon. Centopani slipped on a pavement and suffered a full tear in his quadriceps tendon. He was hoping to compete in the 2017 New York Pro in May after completing one of his most successful off-seasons ever. “Seeing an entire year’s worth of effort, focus and progress flushed away in an instant is a real bitch,” Centopani said in a press statement.
Cutting up some papaya which has become a daily staple in my post-op diet. My overall carbohydrate consumption had been significantly reduced not only because I don’t need a ton of carbs right now but also to help knock down extra inflammation a bit. I have however increased my consumption of papaya and pineapple in hopes that their high enzyme content will aid the healing process. I’m very conscious about the consumption of sugar right now but I do make an exception for these two fruits. Additionally, I have been using systemic enzymes on an empty stomach several times each day. A post shared by Evan Centopani (@evancentopani) on
Eight-time Arnold Strongman Classic champion Zydrunas Savickas has announced his withdrawal from this year’s Arnold Classic after sustaining an injury in training.
Savickas stated: “With sadness I must announce that practicing superyoke got injury and not able to participate in the Arnold Strongman Classic 2017. Superyoke weighing 710kg squeezed my nerves and disconnect my deltoid muscle. Rehabilitation may take about 2 months. I hope asap to return to competition.” The 41-year-old Lithuanian won the Arnold Strongman Classic in 2016.
With sadness I must announce that practicing superyoke got injury and not able to participate in the Arnold Strongman Classic 2017. Superyoke weighing 710kg squeezed my nerves and disconnect my deltoid muscle. Reahabilitation may take about 2 months. I hope asap to return to competitions. Thank you to all my fans and I am sorry that in this Arnold appear. I wish for all the participants good performance and prevent injuries. Here my last training, earm up with 500kg superyoke #strongman #lithuanian #superyoke #arnoldclassic2017