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post #37456 of 57259
Jarude I told you like three times it sounds like you have a nerve entrapment. Google nerve entrapment tests and I'll be surprised if you pass any if them.

take a whole week off. Take nsaids for three days then do nerve flossing three times a day for ten reps.
post #37457 of 57259
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Originally Posted by wochuiniubi View Post

I was at the gym yesterday and a very obese 8-10 yr old was getting a fitness assessment with his dad and a trainer. I had this really elaborate daydream about the different emotions the three might be experiencing between deadlifts.
kiz3I6

For whatever reason this has me laughing out loud.
post #37458 of 57259

Apparently a Crossfit gym has opened 5 mins away from my apartment back in Sweden while I've been in HK.

 

Looked it up online and it actually seems really nice. A ton of Eleiko bars and plates, a prowler (first one I've seen in Sweden), and a big Kelly Starrett quote on the home page :nodding:

Also saw some pics in their gallery of people doing banded mobility drills and stuff like that. 

 

I guess the only thing they lack is dumbbells. Still gonna have to check it out to see whats it like in person (the space and their workouts).

post #37459 of 57259

Before you get too excited, check out the costs if that matters to you, the Crossfit gym next to my office is $169 per month.  Also, I am not sure if you can "do your own thing" at a Crossfit gym, think you have the follow their "Class." 

post #37460 of 57259
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Originally Posted by conceptionist View Post

Apparently a Crossfit gym has opened 5 mins away from my apartment back in Sweden while I've been in HK.

Looked it up online and it actually seems really nice. A ton of Eleiko bars and plates, a prowler (first one I've seen in Sweden), and a big Kelly Starrett quote on the home page nod%5B1%5D.gif
Also saw some pics in their gallery of people doing banded mobility drills and stuff like that. 

I guess the only thing they lack is dumbbells. Still gonna have to check it out to see whats it like in person (the space and their workouts).

That's the killer. Most Crossfit gyms have pretty sick equipment... tons of bars, racks, bumpers, squat stands, plates, etc. But there are not many that will just allow you to go in on your own and do whatever you want-- unless you're a Crossfit icon or coach. I've tried, when I go home for holidays, to see about using the local Crossfit gym to do weight lifting for a week or so, but the standard response is "You can buy a package of 10 classes for $150" or some shit like that. Even when I tell the I compete in weight lifting, I get the response "Oh! Well, we have Olympic weightlifting classes that you can pay for!" Yeah, okay.

It's a shame, I think a lot of them could get some decent supplementary income from having a few hours daily of non-Crossfit open gym for anyone to do whatever they want.
post #37461 of 57259
the open gym hours for a lot of facilities are complete and utter shit. I mean there isn't any and if there is it's always exactly when you can't go and something like twice a wk. I realize why that is, but it's a bummer still.

all that nice shit... getting a semi thinking 'bout those sweet sweet eleiko bars
post #37462 of 57259
Ughhh... You guys are right.

Just checked out their costs and they only have these stupidly expensive packages of workouts that you can buy.

Saw a video of a guy doing some squats and ohp on his own though and they seem to have two hours a day on their schedule with no classes. Will have to check it out.

I still have one of the country's better Oly and PL clubs in the same town, just another 10 mins away on a bike.
post #37463 of 57259
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Originally Posted by Lagrangian View Post

the open gym hours for a lot of facilities are complete and utter shit. I mean there isn't any and if there is it's always exactly when you can't go and something like twice a wk. I realize why that is, but it's a bummer still.

all that nice shit... getting a semi thinking 'bout those sweet sweet eleiko bars

My gym has nice equipment, so I don't really know what i'm talking about, but how can a bar be shitty? After all it's essentially a metal pipe, as long as it weighs 45lbs and the collars move smoothly what more do you need?
post #37464 of 57259
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Originally Posted by MarkI View Post

My gym has nice equipment, so I don't really know what i'm talking about, but how can a bar be shitty? After all it's essentially a metal pipe, as long as it weighs 45lbs and the collars move smoothly what more do you need?

Length, thickness, knurling depth, knurling placement, stiffness of the bar.. if it's bent or not.

I wouldn't want a thin whippy bar without very sharp knurling in the center and all across the bar during squats.

Nor would I want a thicker, standard length bar while I deadlift since I'm used to a Texas deadlift bar.
post #37465 of 57259
The bars with the smooth centre with no knurling are heavenly for front squats.
post #37466 of 57259
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Originally Posted by TRINI View Post

The bars with the smooth centre with no knurling are heavenly for front squats.

Nah, gotta let that knurling cut into your neck for the adrenaline response.
post #37467 of 57259
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Originally Posted by VLSI View Post

Nah, gotta let that knurling cut into your neck for the adrenaline response.

I already find the bar cutting off my circulation mildly autoerotic.
post #37468 of 57259
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Originally Posted by MarkI View Post

I don't really know what i'm talking about

this

try snatching on something that doesn't spin and doesn't have a good knurl.
post #37469 of 57259
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Originally Posted by MarkI View Post

I only ask because I never see people deadlifting in real life, and the internet has completely skewed my perception on deadlifts. I did my working sets (3x5) with 295 last week and was pretty proud of myself, but felt I should not be because everyone on the web lifts 400 easily.

I prefaced my question with "not trying to be a dick" so yeah...

Deadlifting 295 is impressive in the same way that finishing a marathon is impressive. It can be achieved by a healthy male in under 6 months of dedicated training. You should be proud of yourself, but it's not something to brag about. At least that's how I feel about it...
post #37470 of 57259
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Originally Posted by jarude View Post

eg

45x10
95x8
135x5
185x3
225x2
275x1
315x1
(more singles if I feel like it)
then i back off to whatever rep scheme I'm going to work at for the day, 275x3's, 295x2's, 225x10, etc.

it looks to me that you are wasting a lot of either time and/or effort on warmups - if you are doing your last warmup set x 8, you're either cooking yourself for your work sets or its too light to be worthwhile. even if your work sets are for 5's, i really like the idea of hitting a heavier single beforehand simply to make your 5rm weights feel much lighter. post-activation potentiation i think its called. i dont pay too much attention to ***science*** but 275x10 after 375x1 was a breeze, whereas when im warming up the idea of even 275x10 is like a kick in the balls.

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Originally Posted by conceptionist View Post

I do the same squat programming as Jarude.
Start with the bar x 10, then do 135 x 5, then increase each warm up set with 30 pounds and taper reps so the last warmup sets are singles.

Then I go for a heavy top single or double. Don't go balls out 100% of your max on this. That'll just lead to injury. You want to train yourself to lift with good technique and confidence near your max, so go 90-95% or whatever where your bar speed and form is still decent.

Then I drop down to my work sets of 3x5, 5x5 or what I am using at that time. The top single def makes the back offs feel easier and it has greatly improved my technique with near max weigths.

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Originally Posted by MarkI View Post

I definitely like the sound of it, gonna try it out.

How do you program deadlifts?

I tried this today and it worked remarkably well. Will be doing this from now on.

Conceptionist, question for you, how would you try to incorporate leangains into a schedule where you work 9 - 5 and can only make it to the gym after work, not before.
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