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Originally Posted by Coldsnap View Post

so what else is good for traps other than shrugs? Don't say deadlift. stuff for lower traps too. don't say facepulls.

Overhead carries, high pulls and really letting your traps and rhomboids stretch when doing cable rows.
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I've been on ibuprofen for my elbow issue but i have no pain from the squats yesterday. If it takes some ibuprofen post squat workout to do that, then I'm on board.

Feeling excited about this if a bit cautious. Being able to do front squats will totally bode pretty Damn well for overall progress. Just doing hex deads once a week over the last month or two has really helped too.
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So, I completed my third meet yesterday.

 

Weighted in at 200 lbs.

Went 9 for 9 with PRs in bench and deadlift with room for more.

 

As some of you may remember, I had some problem with my knees last fall and I'm still ramping up the weights for squats and deadlifts.

 

Haven't squatted anything over 230 lbs since September and didn't want to risk anything yesterday so I'm pretty satisfied with the 300 squat.

My old bench PR was an ugly 225 from a meet in Nov. The 240 yesterday felt a lot smoother and easier.

My previous best deadlift was 330 from a meet last May. Again, 370 felt pretty easy. 

 

My goals for this year was originally 375 squat, 270 bench and 400 deadlift. Judging from yesterdays performance, I think I'll reach it faster.

 

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Damn dude, you'll be at 1000 total before you know it!

Solid work. You looked super smooth on all of those.

Weird question: are hex bars, safety squat bars, etc allowed in competition?
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Originally Posted by ridethecliche View Post

Damn dude, you'll be at 1000 total before you know it!

Solid work. You looked super smooth on all of those.

Weird question: are hex bars, safety squat bars, etc allowed in competition?

Thanks.

Yeah, my technique has improved a ton the last months.

 

No, IPF only allow the regular Eleiko bar and plates. No deadlift bar either.

post #50496 of 57313
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Originally Posted by Coldsnap View Post

so what else is good for traps other than shrugs? Don't say deadlift. stuff for lower traps too. don't say facepulls.

Clean pull and snatch pull destroy my traps.
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Yeah best bet for traps is the oly lifts. High pulls are great. If you don't want to do that then lay face down on an incline bench and do mid back shrugs. Or pendlays where you exaggerate the stretch and basically separate the movements. Relax lats and get a good stretch > pull shoulder blades together > then row > pause for a second
Edited by OccultaVexillum - 2/8/15 at 11:04am
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I do shrugs with every one of my deadlifts. My shoulders/upper back are fucking wiped the next day. 

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How long are you going to Mexico for?

And Damn dude you shoulda come to the meetup!

 

I have a one-way ticket. Planning to make my way through Central America then who knows.

 

I went climbing today for the first time in awhile and climbed for two hours, I have a feeling my fingers are going to be insanely sore by tomorrow.

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Is there any evidence that varying grip for cable rows is helpful in targeting different muscle regions?

 

I usually use two flye handles so I have to work more with individual hands and skip the v-grip. Wonder if I should switch it up every few weeks.

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so what else is good for traps other than shrugs? Don't say deadlift. stuff for lower traps too. don't say facepulls.
Lateral raises and seated cable rows
post #50502 of 57313
I can't tell if you're joking? If you're doing lat raises and hitting the traps you're doing them all wrong. Yea, a lot of people engage the traps when they do them but that's not a good thing and the overload you get from it isn't going to give you meaty traps anyway. But most importantly you are doing raises wrong.

Edit: inb4 lolwut stfu talk cos I already know its coming.
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I have a buddy who gets super pumped traps when he does lateral raises. His traps are huge in proportion to his delts.


I'm the opposite.

I wonder whether he's doing them wrong or whether it's just a curiosity of our different bone structures.
post #50504 of 57313
Considering lateral raises are a shoulder exercise and the goal is to stimulate the delts, esp the medial delts, and not the traps, then letting the traps do too much work is, by definition, doing then wrong.
Slight forward lean, pinkies up, lift the DBs to a few inches above 90°, keep your chin up, and only lower to about 30°. And most importantly concentrate on using the shoulders not your traps.
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Originally Posted by OccultaVexillum View Post

I can't tell if you're joking? If you're doing lat raises and hitting the traps you're doing them all wrong. Yea, a lot of people engage the traps when they do them but that's not a good thing and the overload you get from it isn't going to give you meaty traps anyway. But most importantly you are doing raises wrong.

Edit: inb4 lolwut stfu talk cos I already know its coming.
Lateral raises hit my traps no matter how I do them and my medial delts aren't small at all.
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