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post #31711 of 57262
Use a false handgrip for muscleups. Rings are more fun.

Practice handstands with your belly towards a wall, hands as close to the wall as possible, and feet touching the wall. Lift one foot off and practice taking the other foot off or alternate feet. Make sure you can fall into a roll tho

I've been practicing handstand walks. Hard to keep legs straight and hips solid.
post #31712 of 57262
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Originally Posted by MarkI View Post

Just got bloodwork done, now all the more curious to see my levels. I hope you can manage to get everything in check V

Good luck. what panel did you choosek?
post #31713 of 57262

A lil bulking update:

 

Weighted myself for the first time since I started this bulk 6 weeks ago. Up 5 lbs so far. I've got visible lower ab veins some days when I'm not bloated so maybe I'm still sub 10% bf? I don't look much fatter but I'm def bigger.

 

Either way, lifts are going up. Set a Squat PR today for 2 sets of 5 and thought it wasn't hard enough, so I did my first 20 rep set afterwards. Very low weight but it'll help me dial in my form at the very least.

 

While all lower body lifts are going up quickly, I'm struggling with the pressing. Bee pressing roughly the same weights for some time now. Thinking it has to do with my form, since the other lifts are increasing. Or is it common that upper body progress is slower?

post #31714 of 57262
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Originally Posted by VLSI View Post

Good luck. what panel did you choosek?

Whatchu mean...? I just went to my doc and told him I want bloodwork done and have my test levels checked.
post #31715 of 57262
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Originally Posted by MarkI View Post

Whatchu mean...? I just went to my doc and told him I want bloodwork done and have my test levels checked.

Meant like lipid panel, thyroid panel, metabolic panel, etc. So you know if he's checking free test too?

Still waiting on my full results... how long does it take to send an email? plain.gif
post #31716 of 57262
More and more, I am thinking that people who are consistent with gym attendance and follow a semi legitimate program that encourages progression, yet fail to see strength improvements, would at the very least be on the low end of the range for test. I think people can mask this issue by gaining body fat, which improves leverages / function and forces the body to add their comparatively minor amount of muscle. It seems a real quandary, as moderate low test still allows for sexual function and intermediate levels of fitness with significant work, so is TRT/HRT really indicated? Is that the best use of limited resources? Would you really start HRT and be stuck on that shit for life just so your total would go up by 20% and you'd be a couple percent leaner? Is that worth it?
post #31717 of 57262
My fever just broke and I feel amazing, yay. Going to eat 3 chipotle burritos today and a ton of food during the weekend to get bloated back up. Not really sure about what I'll do for the gym next week. I was only sick for three days but at one point I felt like I had a 103* fever..
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Originally Posted by db_ggmm View Post

More and more, I am thinking that people who are consistent with gym attendance and follow a semi legitimate program that encourages progression, yet fail to see strength improvements, would at the very least be on the low end of the range for test. I think people can mask this issue by gaining body fat, which improves leverages / function and forces the body to add their comparatively minor amount of muscle. It seems a real quandary, as moderate low test still allows for sexual function and intermediate levels of fitness with significant work, so is TRT/HRT really indicated? Is that the best use of limited resources? Would you really start HRT and be stuck on that shit for life just so your total would go up by 20% and you'd be a couple percent leaner? Is that worth it?

I think I'm a direct example that a decent level test does not equal the natural ability to get strong.
post #31718 of 57262
Free test: 6.4
TSH: 5.32

Diagnose me rhet doctors.

Also now realized they only did TSH even though I asked for the whole panel, so pretty much guaranteed I needlessly have to get blood drawn again.
Edited by VLSI - 7/18/13 at 4:24pm
post #31719 of 57262
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Originally Posted by GraphicNovelty View Post

Yoga classes In pursuit of yoga chicks.

Gonna attempt to do a full handstand as my next goal.
Yoga is where I learned to do head and shoulder stands. Never did them as a kid, so I'm amazed to be doing them now. Actually going to a yoga workshop on inversions this Saturday. Lots of health benefits are associated with inversions.
post #31720 of 57262
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Originally Posted by Coldsnap View Post

I betcha lifting with The Rock would be awesome.

Speaking of The Rock, he posted his diet on twitter a few weeks ago. Was curious so I did a quick calc on myfitnesspal. Looks like ~ 4500cal 40p/35c/25f.

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post #31721 of 57262
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Originally Posted by VLSI View Post

Free test: 6.4
TSH: 5.32

Diagnose me rhet doctors.

Also now realized they only did TSH even though I asked for the whole panel, so pretty much guaranteed I needlessly have to get blood drawn again.

You don't really need the full thyroid panel to diagnose hypothyroidism if you have symptoms of it. A doc could put you on synthroid with just that info.

And your free test is below normal. Again -- might correct itself if thyroid issue is addressed.
post #31722 of 57262
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Originally Posted by VLSI View Post

250, potential hypothyroid issues too... need to see an endo before they'll treat me, apparently I just went to a clinic. Waiting to get full results sent, they just talked to me on phone so far.

 

What's your diet like? With all this talk of thyroid function, it's also worth remembering that diet and lifestyle can have a pretty dramatic effect on testosterone levels. Your body needs certain nutrients in order to produce testosterone. If you aren't getting enough of these nutrients in your diet, your T levels will be low even if everything is working the way it's supposed to. 

 

Key nutrients for testosterone production include saturated fats and cholesterol. Do you eat enough of both? Micronutrients like zinc, magnesium, and selenium (though be careful not to overdo the selenium) make a difference. Also, how many hours of sleep do you get per night, on average? Testosterone production peaks during sleep, so if you aren't getting enough, that can have a big effect.

 

There have been studies where subjects have double their testosterone levels in a few months with just diet and lifestyle changes. 

post #31723 of 57262
I'm aware of all of those things. I was initially tested about a month and a half ago and came in at 388. Since then, I began eating more fats, 100mg zinc, 5000iu vitamin D, fish oil, and a multi every day, increased sleep and made it more regular. When I went back, I also asked for thyroid check due to known issues in my immediate family. Now I'm off to see an endo. At this point, I have serious doubts that anything "natural" could fix my levels.
post #31724 of 57262
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Originally Posted by VLSI View Post

I'm aware of all of those things. I was initially tested about a month and a half ago and came in at 388. Since then, I began eating more fats, 100mg zinc, 5000iu vitamin D, fish oil, and a multi every day, increased sleep and made it more regular. When I went back, I also asked for thyroid check due to known issues in my immediate family. Now I'm off to see an endo. At this point, I have serious doubts that anything "natural" could fix my levels.

 

Fair enough. So even with positive lifestyle, changes T levels are dropping?

post #31725 of 57262
Weightlifters:

Do you guys find that when you do high pull followed immediately by hang clean, your clean is significantly weaker than just single hang cleans?

I did them yesterday, and felt like my hip drive was greatly reduced evidence by the fact that my receiving position was quite a bit lower than it normally is at the same weight. Is that normal? I didn't think my hip thrust would fatigue that easily.

I suppose it's good to get used to a lower receiving position for when I go for maximum weight.

Maybe my hips just need to get better endurance as well.
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