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post #18811 of 47754
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Originally Posted by bbaquiran View Post

Do you know of a decent powerlifting/weightlifting gym in Singapore? I am there every couple of months.
I use my university's gym. FOC and facilities are comparable to California Fitness.

Maybe FitnessFirst will be decent for you. My friend's brother uses it and he says the place is alright. About 150 a month?
http://www.fitnessfirst.com.sg/sg/home.asp

Sorry wasn't much of a help.
post #18812 of 47754
yes i am canadian, i only got a brief taste of merican freedom before i came back home to my socialist paradise to catch up on hockey news. i hit the states every couple of months or so, its a fun trip. do like americans and american pricing on stuff, even paying tax at the border i ended up saving a couple hundred bux. i had an american baconator last night, so amazing, totally made up for getting lost in port huron at night when my gps died. lol.
post #18813 of 47754
4x McDonalds breakfast sandwiches and 2x Burger King breakfast sandwiches today.
post #18814 of 47754
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Originally Posted by Rambo View Post

4x McDonalds breakfast sandwiches and 2x Burger King breakfast sandwiches today.

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post #18815 of 47754
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Originally Posted by Flame View Post

I use my university's gym. FOC and facilities are comparable to California Fitness.
Maybe FitnessFirst will be decent for you. My friend's brother uses it and he says the place is alright. About 150 a month?
http://www.fitnessfirst.com.sg/sg/home.asp
Sorry wasn't much of a help.

I am pretty sure that I have used fitness first when I was in Singapore, the one I used was on just down the road from the marriott, maybe 2-3 buildings, across from food republic. they advertised 3 day free membership, and I went in and told them that I was just in town for business, not a potential customer, and they gave me the access pass anyway. there were plenty of people lifting weights so I was able to get a spotter for bench pressing easily. if I remember correctly, the one weakness was no squat rack so I did overhead squats. they did have some other cool stuff like kettlebells, if I remember correctly.


I tried several other places, and they weren't interested in letting me pay drop in rates and use it for a day or two.
post #18816 of 47754

3 McDoubles pwo for $3.18, yes plz.

post #18817 of 47754
Coming to the end of first cycle on the generic bulking routine, its been pretty good. Put on about 6lb in 5 weeks, lifts have all gone up slightly for the rep range. Legs are noticeably bigger, chest a tiny bit, and arms have grown almost a.... quater of an inch (FML do i even lift?)

On the next cycle i will be switching a lot of focus to building some delts to help hide my horribly narrow clavicles, which i have realised are the reason i still look so skinny at almost 190lb. Apparently its all about the DB press using only the middle of the ROM, and then high rep lateral raises. Will probably just do away with bicep isolation in order to fit more shoulder work in, hopefully pull ups will hit bi's hard enough. Although i dont think i can manage 3 sets of 6 pull ups so i might not be able to use them as my pulling movement. Does this look like a well rounded upper workout?

bench 3 x 6-8
pull ups 3 x 6
DB press 3 x 6-8
lateral raises 3 x 10-12
lat pulldown 2 x 10-12
tricep extension 2 x 10-12
post #18818 of 47754
damn nutrition industry has got to poor ol' dad. he retired and spends half his days reading, and he just picked up "wheat belly." he commenced ripping on me for making wheat-flour pancakes after he microwaved 3 hot dog weiners and ate them with ketchup. ffffuuuu.gif
post #18819 of 47754
I'm sorry^^ that's rough. Breaking family of bad habits can be the hardest and most "touchy"
post #18820 of 47754
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Originally Posted by Eason View Post

Cray cray, how do you train every day?

It's actually a bit out of necessity. There's just so many exercises that I enjoy doing that if I condensed it down to a 4 day split, I would be in the gym for 2.5 hours each of those days.

And I guess I wasn't completely honest, I average a day off every 2 weeks.
post #18821 of 47754
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Originally Posted by globetrotter View Post

I am pretty sure that I have used fitness first when I was in Singapore, the one I used was on just down the road from the marriott, maybe 2-3 buildings, across from food republic. they advertised 3 day free membership, and I went in and told them that I was just in town for business, not a potential customer, and they gave me the access pass anyway. there were plenty of people lifting weights so I was able to get a spotter for bench pressing easily. if I remember correctly, the one weakness was no squat rack so I did overhead squats. they did have some other cool stuff like kettlebells, if I remember correctly.
I tried several other places, and they weren't interested in letting me pay drop in rates and use it for a day or two.
should be the paragon branch...mostly caters to women doing yoga/aerobics and crossfit people.

Found this, might help.
http://www.expatsingapore.com/forum/index.php?topic=75738.0

FYI, California's @ Bugis has squat racks, as i was brought there before as a guest by a friend.
Edited by Flame - 7/15/12 at 5:57pm
post #18822 of 47754
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Originally Posted by db_ggmm View Post

I am pretty sure I get what you are saying.
You have a desire to lower your hips to reduce your back angle. The issue being the hip height and back angle is largely dictated to you when you take the correct form. The bar should be over the mid foot, the stance should be comfortable and powerful, the bar should be against the shin, and at least Rippetoe suggests to consider the scapula behind the bar. When you do these things, the hip and back fall into place.
You can modify those positions small amounts by making minor tweaks, but you may want to ask yourself if you are trying to turn your deadlift into a squat. A conventional DL is not a squat off the ground.
The issue I see with widening your stance is that despite allowing you to drop your hips a fraction, if your hands are already just outside your shins then your grip must widen to accommodate the stance which can turn right back around and drop your shoulders lower. I appear to gain more shoulder height and thereby lessen the back angle by bringing my stance in, opening up more room around my knees, allowing me to bring my hands further in than expected.
Best case scenario that I see is if you have gradually been widening your stance over time to drop your hips and your arms are knocking your knees. Try reversing this, bring the stance in, hang the arms straight down, and lose the back angle.
Maybe this has something to do with your incomplete recovery between leg workouts?

By lowering my hips it is turning the DL into the squat. If I sit back to 90 degrees I have almost no power. My hip flexors hurt and 135 lbs feels like 405. My legs are narrow, less than shoulder width. It feels like my arms need to be 6 inches longer to be able to do it right.
post #18823 of 47754
get some vids up, also, sumo stance.

knee still hurts which is sad, but hitting back twice a week and unleashing my inner bro is not sad. do want bane traps, so the absence of deadlifting is troubling.
post #18824 of 47754
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Originally Posted by Eason View Post


By lowering my hips it is turning the DL into the squat. If I sit back to 90 degrees I have almost no power. My hip flexors hurt and 135 lbs feels like 405. My legs are narrow, less than shoulder width. It feels like my arms need to be 6 inches longer to be able to do it right.

 

I have very short arms, and do not have this problem. I suspect you may also have very tight hips. Do you do much work on hip mobility? With short arms, I find I need to get my knees out in order to get into a good pulling position. 

post #18825 of 47754
What do you mean by "get my knees out"?
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