Random health and exercise thoughts - Page 2406
Been on that Lagging Shoulders Crew for quite some time. Today said fuck it and tried doing something different...lowered the weight on lateral raises and focused on keeping my scapulae stationary throughout the movement. Holy shit that hit my lateral delts harder than I'd ever experienced before and had crazy pump afterwards. I think I might be on to something here.
I do lateral raises with pretty light weights for high reps and keep the range of movement pretty limited to keep the tension on the lateral head.
Works for me.
But I have stopped doing those since I found the lateral raise machine. Love it. Can go up in ~2-3% weight increments, don't need to worry about grip. Just wish they had equivalent machines for chest and lats.
Depends on what you want really, but some good ones I have are:
"Beyond Brawn", Stuart McRobert (general, good tips)
"Greyskull LP", Johnny Pain (nothing spectacular, but the program is very close to IFC 5x5 which you're running, right?)
"Maximum Muscle" & "Squat Every Day", Matt Perrymann (both are really good, but might not be you're looking for. Not strictly related to lifting. Covers other areas such as biology, neuroscience, philosophy, etc)
"Supertraining", Yuri Verkhoshansky & Mel C. Stiff (looks great. haven't started yet)
Some off Jason Ferrugia's work. His books are more bro-ey than scientific but there are some good stuff, especially his Renegade Diet.
But alas I do love my cleans, jerks (made 152kg rack jerk easy last week), and snatches way more, so my powerlifting total will probably not be seeing rapid improvement anytime soon.