June 8, 2006
Positive gains, positive pains
Dan Wenger knew he wouldn't be doing much running after his U.S. Army Bowl appearance last January. The 6-foot-4, 280-pound center understood squats and cleans were out too after a severe ankle injury left him in a rehabilitation boot, cramping his workout regimen for more than a month.
But that frustration quickly grew when Wenger's upper body lifts, even something as simple as the bench press, became exercises in annoyance.
"Even the lifts I could do, it was tough because of that big boot," Wenger said. "Everything was off-balance. I couldn't get that good push off for some upper body lifts so I just had to suck it up. I knew that as soon as the rehab was over that it was really time to push it. As soon as I was cleared, there was no holding back."
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