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post #36886 of 57259
I just realized how stupid it was to even consider the idea of cutting while enjoying strength gains on a high frequency routine. dumb dumb dumb, brb eating.
post #36887 of 57259
12lbs in 6 weeks seems pretty fast
post #36888 of 57259
I guess. I'd assume at least a couple are just water from drastic carb reduction. Trying to be lean by mid-late December though.
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post #36889 of 57259
I have a difficult time building the mind/muscle connection and getting a pump with my lats. Thoughts, suggestions?
post #36890 of 57259
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Originally Posted by VLSI View Post

Conceptionist (or anyone else) , did you stall during your cut?

Yeah, presses and pulls stalled around 6-7 weeks in IIRC. I dropped worksets from 3 x 5 to 2 x 5, and eventually 3 x 3 at the end to keep progressing. Was able to get PRs that way while being in the biggest deficit of the cut.

I did front squats during my cut and those as well as arms and abs went up the whole way through. Dropped a workset on those as well.
post #36891 of 57259
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Originally Posted by MarkI View Post

I have a difficult time building the mind/muscle connection and getting a pump with my lats. Thoughts, suggestions?

Hammer Strength machines if you have them. I love them
post #36892 of 57259
internet favorite Clarence Kennedy is retiring, posted an MRI pic of his left knee. Stage 4 patellar tendonosis in both knees it seems.
post #36893 of 57259

Damn, that sucks. Can't say I've followed him but his lifting was very impressive. Self coached, no? Amazing anyway.

 

 

Lifting progress has been good lately. I used to run 2 x 5 for my main lifts but technique went to shit and stalled all lifts. Deloaded and switched up the rep scheme so I'm now building up to a max single or double and then doing 3 sets of 5 for backoffs where I go for max reps on the last set. Have got single and rep PRs every workout so far.

post #36894 of 57259
pawel najdek I believe coached him

some opine that his time without proper coaching is what got him there but that's probably just internet talk
post #36895 of 57259
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Originally Posted by MarkI View Post

I have a difficult time building the mind/muscle connection and getting a pump with my lats. Thoughts, suggestions?

Mark, check this video out: http://youtu.be/zRCs4qTPXOI
post #36896 of 57259
that guy is annoying as fuck
post #36897 of 57259
Mark...I used to have the same issue. What helped for me was this:

-On back day, go ahead and do all your standard compound lifts
-Fatigue your biceps with whatever curls you want
-Go to cable lat pulldown machine, use widest grip possible and do low weight. Exaggerate the movement. I feel my lats activate more if I lordose my lumber spine and exaggerate my posture.

Doing that I was finally able to really feel my lats pulling and it's transferred over to other lifts.

Something that's always helped me with mind-muscle connection is visualize the muscle contracting. If I visualize my lats pulling, it helps me isolate them.
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got drunk at a potluck and my friend took this pic of me

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post #36899 of 57259
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Originally Posted by TRINI View Post

Mark, check this video out: http://youtu.be/zRCs4qTPXOI

His idea is to basically pre-exhaust, similar to what TK is saying. I'll try it out.
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Originally Posted by TeeKay View Post

Mark...I used to have the same issue. What helped for me was this:

-On back day, go ahead and do all your standard compound lifts
-Fatigue your biceps with whatever curls you want
-Go to cable lat pulldown machine, use widest grip possible and do low weight. Exaggerate the movement. I feel my lats activate more if I lordose my lumber spine and exaggerate my posture.

Doing that I was finally able to really feel my lats pulling and it's transferred over to other lifts.

Something that's always helped me with mind-muscle connection is visualize the muscle contracting. If I visualize my lats pulling, it helps me isolate them.

You know whats weird is that on the lat pulldown, I feel my lats more with a narrower grip, do you ever do narrow grip with that? Also, do you do underhand or overhand grip?
post #36900 of 57259
What has helped me is pulling my shoulders down + back a-la bench setup, then focus on pulling back through the elbows. Also, using straps on freeweight rowing movements makes it a hell of a lot easier to focus on getting the lats involved. DB rows are a good movement to learn the lat pulling motion with.

I'm convinced everyone should read "Squat every day" for some perspective on recovery and overtraining. Even if you have zero interest in squatting daily, it provides a pretty great insight on ideas like supercompensation and the CNS boogeyman. I'm not at the kool-aid stage, but I think a lot of whats in the book has merit for the average joe lifter.
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