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post #1006 of 48405
Peanut butter, low-fat CC, Granny Smith apples and a sprinkle of cinnamon... perfect pre-wo meal if I do say so myself.
post #1007 of 48405
After despairing somewhat about the gyms in my area (south windsor terrace), my life is much better now that a trainer from my hometown just alerted me to the existence of 5th avenue gym in park slope.
post #1008 of 48405
Never realized that neutral grip chin-ups are easier than regular chins before. I'm not sure why, though - leverages? Or do they recruit more arm muscles?
post #1009 of 48405
Fuck me I cannot bench press anything if I tried. I've been stuck at my bodyweight plateau for months. I reset down to 135 or so, focus on form, and I still end up shitting the bed at 185.
post #1010 of 48405
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Originally Posted by jarude View Post
Fuck me I cannot bench press anything if I tried. I've been stuck at my bodyweight plateau for months. I reset down to 135 or so, focus on form, and I still end up shitting the bed at 185.

Where is your sticking point in the lift, and what kind of programming are you doing?

Bodyweight is where a lot of the easy gains on bench stop coming for a lot of people.
post #1011 of 48405
Make sure you're pinching your shoulders. Sounds simple, but after 3 years I reailzed that was my big problem.
post #1012 of 48405
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Originally Posted by milosz View Post
Never realized that neutral grip chin-ups are easier than regular chins before. I'm not sure why, though - leverages? Or do they recruit more arm muscles?

That's funny. Neutral grips are harder for me. How wide, or narrow, is your grip?

I used to find pull-ups a lot easier than chin-ups, until I injured my shoulder and had to revert to chin-ups. I say doing something regularly makes them a whole lot easier.

I do neutrals with a grip slightly wider than my shoulders. All the way down and all the way up.
post #1013 of 48405
Why the fuck do I still have this belt of fat on my lower back/upper hips that just won't go away, even though I have a 30 inch waist at 6'5"
post #1014 of 48405
Stubborn fat man, it's the last to go.
post #1015 of 48405
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Originally Posted by volatility smile View Post
Why the fuck do I still have this belt of fat on my lower back/upper hips that just won't go away, even though I have a 30 inch waist at 6'5"

As men we are genetically predisposed to store fat in our lower back, upper thighs, and stomache. It's hard to get rid of it.
post #1016 of 48405
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Originally Posted by jarude View Post
Fuck me I cannot bench press anything if I tried. I've been stuck at my bodyweight plateau for months. I reset down to 135 or so, focus on form, and I still end up shitting the bed at 185.
Lower volume, not intensity...
post #1017 of 48405
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Originally Posted by GraphicNovelty View Post
Make sure you're pinching your shoulders. Sounds simple, but after 3 years I reailzed that was my big problem.

What do you mean by that?
post #1018 of 48405
Hit 3 dead hang weighted pullups (strict, no kipping, chin over bar) with 45lbs on the belt. At 132lbs bodyweight. Getting stronger... slowly...
post #1019 of 48405
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Originally Posted by ramp View Post
What do you mean by that?
When you bench, make sure your shoulderblades are all the way back (pretend you're holding a tennis ball between them) so that you're getting mostly chest engagement rather than making press a weird front-delt excercize. You might be weaker at the start (I know I was) but you'll quickly catch up (and break through your plateau) because your pecs are made to handle a ton of weight.
post #1020 of 48405
Have you looked at the Dave Tate vid on youtube? It's "how to fix your bench" or something like that.
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