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post #34861 of 46405
I've been focusing on keeping my scapulae back/down during benching. Gotta check my elbows next time.
post #34862 of 46405
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Originally Posted by Coldsnap View Post

I don't get the correlation, that's how I bench. Welcome to benching with your back, tricep, and front delt.
 

I do PL bench too and I def feel it more in those muscles than my pecs. Only when I do high rep, super strict bench press I get some kind of pec soreness.

My pecs are kind of small but I rotate floor presses, DB flat / inc press and DB flyes to get some more size.

 

@ Gettoasty:

You've said you feel a bit too fat for your liking, tight? You don't think it's your diet?

I might be wrong here, but I get the impression from your posts that you eat a lot of fast food with fries, bread, etc. That stuff has a lot of bad fats and sodium and makes you hold water, looking bloated. Try eating the same calories but clean up you carb sources. Eat mostly rice and potatoes and limit wheat and legumes for less bloat and optimal starchy carbs. I def look better while doing so and I know Coldsnap has commented on it too.

post #34863 of 46405
^the only thing I can be guilty about is the bread. Though I don't eat it daily, on the weekends if there is new baked bread available at home I usually devour it (had some "soda pop bread" this weekend). Other than that I actually only eat brown-white mixed rice with a mix of pork/beef/chicken/fish served with vegetables 5 days a week. I don;t eat any sweets aside from fruits (my diet is pretty limited because I strictly stay away from anything with dairy, and try to stay away from soy but nowadays everything has soy byproduct in it).

Today was my 3rd time entire month I had burgers. Weekends lately I have been eating a lot more pasta I guess. Out of the food types you listed I predominately eat a lot of rice+potatoes (yams, sweetened potatoes).

But I cannot really say I eat bad food i.e. sweets, fast food, carbs, etc. The only time I grab bread is if I need a quick snack before the gym and spread some peanut butter, which is not often.

In October I will try to be more strict with the bread, and I guess I should lay off the fries. They were really greasy and salty today FWIW. Perhaps I should also lay off the cereal? lol

I do not feel fat or tight. I feel loose and disproportional lol8[1].gif Bottom line is I feel like I am not getting enough protein, and am still finding it tough to find a dairy/soy free supplement. I did find this: Vega Sport It is $50 for only 29.2 oz/25 servings and 25 g/serving. I find it $$$, and I read some odd reviews in regards to the stevia causing bad reactions
post #34864 of 46405

Alright, sounds a lot better than I thought. It was just that when people asked you, most of the time you replied with that you were at some fast food joint.

Fries and bread is in moderation (just like everything else). Don't stress it.

 

I love cereals and ate it every post workout during my cut. Nowadays I'd rather go for something that's more filling per calorie as my appetite has shot way up.

post #34865 of 46405
^true haha. I just like commenting while i'm waiting for my food


post #34866 of 46405
This past week I have eaten:
-Chinese buffet x2
-Taco bell x2
-Chipotle x2
-Wendy's x1
-Mexican food x1
-Frozen pizza x2
-3 donuts
-1 slice cake(big slice)

Let the good times roll!!
post #34867 of 46405

Critique my squat, bros!

I'm trying to do a semi-wide stance low bar style.

 

Here's 225 x 5 from today. Pretty sloppy but a PR nonetheless (if the depth is considered enough).

From what I can see:

- too much forward lean which makes the bar path shifts forward on the ascent

- unstable core that cause too much low back extension

- not all reps are low enough

- neck too much forward

- perhaps I could point my elbows more down?

- unstable side to side (I think it's caused by one of my legs that is half an inch longer = uneven hips)

 

Here's two light sets for technique work

Here you can see how wide my stance and grip is.

Thinking about bringing in the stance a bit again after looking at how the knee tracks.

 

Anything more?

Thanks

post #34868 of 46405
WTF are you squatting in an incline bench for???
post #34869 of 46405
Thread Starter 
I think your light weight technique looks quite good, but keep playing with it until you feel more comfortable
post #34870 of 46405
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Originally Posted by TKJTG View Post

WTF are you squatting in an incline bench for???

Shitty gym on campus.
They've got 3 leg ext machines but no power rack...
post #34871 of 46405
Ugh...you know that day after you get paid and getting ready to stock up at Sam's Club but have no food in the fridge? Cottage cheese and instant oatmeal for breakfast.
post #34872 of 46405
First day in DC. Thoughts:
-how is a guy supposed to bum a cig in a town where everyone is obsessed with jogging
-does anyone even lift
-whole lotta sloots walkin around with their phones in their faces
-holy shit parking is a nightmare

Still on quest to find gym.

Only grocery nearby is trader joes. Good night sweet gains frown.gif
post #34873 of 46405
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Originally Posted by TKJTG View Post

This past week I have eaten:
-Chinese buffet x2
-Taco bell x2
-Chipotle x2
-Wendy's x1
-Mexican food x1
-Frozen pizza x2
-3 donuts
-1 slice cake(big slice)

Let the good times roll!!

Gaining weight correctly!
post #34874 of 46405
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Originally Posted by VLSI View Post

Are you doing a 24 hour or 2 hour weigh in this time? What percent of that weight do you think is fat/muscle/water?

24 hour weigh in again.

Most of it's water (80+%)

Some fat and muscle probably. No clue to be quite honest. And don't really care as long as I make weight AND it doesn't affect my performance.
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Originally Posted by steveoffice View Post

3-4 pounds a week? how is your diet like during cutting so that you don't lose on your lifts?

Can't give away all my secrets now, can I?

I'll just say that when I'm coming off of about 4.5-5k calories a day and a lot of salt, I tend to drop a lot of water.
post #34875 of 46405
conceptionist - Some thoughts. Ha, squatting in the incline bench rack is seriously next level. Good on you for finding a way to squat though regardless of environment. I think your 225 x 5 looks good. This is just me but the depth on all those looked good. That looked above 90% in terms of difficulty and on my 3 x 5 LP I've followed the mantra of nailing your first rep and just let the rest follow, we talking inches here in lost depth and imo that doesn't matter much. If you were cutting it way way short it would be a problem, but I think your depth is perfect.

Back extension is a lot better than back flexion, to me your back looks like it's in the right position.

As far as stance width goes you are squatting in chucks and I think you've chosen the correct stance. Wide stance and sitting way back. I think any narrower your knee is going to track wrong and your'e not going to be able to sit back as much. If I squatted in chucks I'd squat like a geared lifter, which you sorta do.
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