Random health and exercise thoughts - Page 2516
It's probably not a real stall. This has happened a few times before, where I seem to stall, then lose 2-3 lbs. overnight. I just have to ignore the scale, especially if I refeed today.
Oh yeah? Well I bet your Rear Double Bicep is off and you probably have a sub-par Front Lat Spread.
The upside is that when you've fixed one area, you only need to do some basic stuff and lift with proper form to maintain it. I do't do nearly as much for the hips and shoulder these days. Now I just need to get back on it to fix my supinated feet (collapsed ankles) and bad external rotation of the other arm .
And yeah, the couch stretch hurts a lot and is really tough when you start doing it. I've shown it to some friends and they nearly cried and gave up about a minute in. Just remember to keep the front legs shin vertical, neutral spine and squeeze your glutes hard to keep the spine in that position. My top tip for doing boring static mobility work like the couch stretch, bottom squat sits or external hip mobility flossing, is to distract yourself. I can easily 10+ minutes in a position if I'm reading a magazine or watching a series or whatever, whereas I would stop about 2-3 minutes in otherwise due to pain and it being boring.
Elbows in the squat: I think Rippetoe is one of the only coaches that advocate the elbows pointing back thing, and as you know his way of teaching the squat leaves is not the best.
Elbows back can make you lean forward and round your upper back. Elbows under and driving forward when you come up of the hole prevents that.
I'll keep the elbows thing in mind next squat day, I could see it fixing a couple of things and giving me more power from the bottom.
Conceptionist do you (or anyone) have a source for that elbows thing? That isn't like a T-nation article? Not saying Rippetoe is the be-all end-all of form advice but the book's popular for a reason.
My gym is so crowded lately, I find myself having to skip lifts especially if it's Monday. Frustrating :( not looking forward to January one bit. They also replaced the nice open space we had for deadlifts/rows with this giant fucking fake grass abomination...