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post #34591 of 47733
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Originally Posted by TRINI View Post

Dudes, who makes good hooded fleece sweatshirts these days?
I just bought a bunch of $7 FOTL specials from Walmart. Hoping they get nice with their first wash. I still love my Uniqlo sweatshirt but I feel like it's too nice for pit and neck stains
post #34592 of 47733
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Originally Posted by Van Veen View Post

I would be interested in seeing an actual study on belt vs. no belt. Everything I read seems like a lot of educated guessing and speculation.

I'd also be curious to take a group of "belts make you weaker" types, give them belts, and take the belts away a group of people who regularly train with belts. (And let's give them a week or so to get used to the switch.) Which will be greater, the increase in the first group's 1RMs or the decrease in the second's? Not exactly scientific, but might be interesting.

Anyway isn't the best of both worlds is to only use the belt for the last one or two warmups and your work sets, and never use the belt for deload/light/recovery days? Your warmup and recovery weights should be increasing as your work weights increase, so your "super raw" unbelted squat will increase, as well.

Trust me, those kind of studies are really not that useful and could not be run long enough to be worthwhile. A week won't do much to get ''used to'' a new technique.

You want the best study out there? Train a full cycle (3-6 months) with a belt on most of the time. Train another full cycle without one. Compare. Mix and match. Do it again with your modifications. The only good study is the one you try for yourself. See TKJTG, he seems to train easily without a belt while Charly for example uses one. Personally, I can't replicate what TKJTG does without a belt. More power to him.

The last part sounds right to me. I usually belt up when reaching around 225-245 lbs because for me, it's around that time that I feel that I need the belt to keep warming up properly. Don't belt up 100% of your lifts but it is an interesting tool when going heavy.

Just my 2 cents.
post #34593 of 47733
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Originally Posted by virus646 View Post

Trust me, those kind of studies are really not that useful and could not be run long enough to be worthwhile. A week won't do much to get ''used to'' a new technique.

I realize this. It's very hard to control. This belt thing will just be one of those never-ending pissing matches. ("I can lift more weight!" ... "So what? You're cheating, and I have stronger abs!")

Every time this comes up I just need to remember that, as someone who never will be an elite athlete, it really doesn't matter all that much.
post #34594 of 47733
I keep getting wrist pains after sets of low-bar squats, any help?
post #34595 of 47733
Keep your wrists neutral
post #34596 of 47733
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Originally Posted by Donut View Post

I keep getting wrist pains after sets of low-bar squats, any help?

Yep, neutral wrists. Also, make sure the bar is not TOO low which makes it impossible to keep neutral wrists. I haven't had any wrist problems since I figured this out.

You may also want to try a thumbless grip.
post #34597 of 47733
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Originally Posted by TRINI View Post

Dudes, who makes good hooded fleece sweatshirts these days?

 

lululemon makes a good one.  mine's like 8 years old and going strong.

post #34598 of 47733
i also have a lululemon sweatshirt. comfy as hell but the hood is weird on it, probably sw&d sacrelige too.
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Had a great session today at the gym. Have slept 9+ hours for the last days, loaded up with carbs yesterday evening for todays session and I had the gym all by myself. Also had one of those technique revelations, this time for the squat.

 

I gripped the bar in inch or so wider than usual to be able to place it further down on my delts (I do low bar) and widened my stance. Being 6'3 with long legs, I've always had issues with the squat but now the movement felt a lot more natural. Was able to get the prescribed weight and reps (+5 lbs from last week) for 3 sets of 5 easy so I pushed for +10 lbs for a triple. Figured I could increase more so I got +15 pounds up from last week for 4 reps. Feels good to finally be able to do 2 plate squat for reps.

 

All other lifts went up too and I had more energy left at the end of the workout so I threw in some other stuff. Do you guys ever do the same? Do you always go with whats prescribed for the session or do you sometimes push for more weight, reps and sets if you feel you can handle it? The only bad about the latter could be that it takes away from your recovery, I guess.

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I rarely follow 100% what I write down prior to the gym. I do a lot of changing around depending on how I feel. That's as far as accessory work goes, I follow my main lift weights and reps.
post #34601 of 47733
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Originally Posted by Van Veen View Post

I would be interested in seeing an actual study on belt vs. no belt. Everything I read seems like a lot of educated guessing and speculation.

I'd also be curious to take a group of "belts make you weaker" types, give them belts, and take the belts away a group of people who regularly train with belts. (And let's give them a week or so to get used to the switch.) Which will be greater, the increase in the first group's 1RMs or the decrease in the second's? Not exactly scientific, but might be interesting.

Anyway isn't the best of both worlds is to only use the belt for the last one or two warmups and your work sets, and never use the belt for deload/light/recovery days? Your warmup and recovery weights should be increasing as your work weights increase, so your "super raw" unbelted squat will increase, as well.

The reasoning might be educated guessing and speculation... but the results are from years and years of experience from strong as fuck guys that have trained themselves and others. Isn't that enough?

Nope, just because you don't use a belt for your warmups, doesn't mean your raw squat is increasing. If you really want to train your unbelted squat (which is fine if you don't compete), then just train it unbelted. Not rocket science everyone. smile.gif

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Originally Posted by Cool The Kid View Post

Charly can you post that vid on how to put on wrist wraps again
post #34602 of 47733
Did more volume than usual yesterday, finally feeling sore smile.gif
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Looking for the source of that, I found this... paper towels?!?
post #34605 of 47733
Damn. Bar speed looks like my warmups.
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