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post #50566 of 57266
What do people use to make benches "stickier"

I hit heavy bench today and found myself sliding up the bench. Not fun. I remember seeing someone using some kind of rubber strap?
post #50567 of 57266
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Originally Posted by Eason View Post


You mean neutral at the bottom? No.

 

Neutral the entire way through. Kinda like doing a flye the whole way through except you're doing a DB bench. I'm going to start here when I get back at it. Stresses tricep more but you can get some pec lovin' out of it. 

 

Side note: I found some cray stretch marks on my anterior delts. 

post #50568 of 57266
Think I'm coming down with the flu. Had a slightly runny nose today but thought nothing of it. Pushed it real hard on pulls tonight. Immediately afterward, I'm overcome by chills, sore throat, and significant runny nose.
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Originally Posted by Cool The Kid View Post

What do people use to make benches "stickier"

I hit heavy bench today and found myself sliding up the bench. Not fun. I remember seeing someone using some kind of rubber strap?

Wrap bands around the length of the bench. The rubber provides great friction to keep body in place. Or you can try heavily chalking the bench and your traps.
post #50569 of 57266
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Originally Posted by OccultaVexillum View Post

Yeah it's pretty rad. Still need to get some hardware to hang the chinup bar and dip bar.
And still waiting on some heavier db's I ordered.

My wife and I worked it out and it was costing ~$170/month for me to go to the gym. 
$65/month membership
32 mile round trip x 5 days/week = ~$105 petrol/month
~$2,040/ year. This will pay for itself in no time (considering I sold my old rack to off-set the cost of this rack and pull up bar and other shit it will pay for itself in about 2-3 months).
Fuck man thats expensive as shit! You can def rationalize a sick home gym with that money.
post #50570 of 57266

Yeah it was pretty brutal once we figured out the cost, and that's not taking into account all the extra stuff that adds up (it was putting an extra ~6,000 miles on my car ever year which leads to a lot of other costs), plus the 30min drive each way sucked. Hoping to get the pullup bar and dip bar set up this weekend when the 110 and 120 dbs arrive and then I should be good for a while.

post #50571 of 57266
Just curious, is there no nearer gym or did you stick to one that crazy far for a specific reason? Gym I go to is shit (actually they call it a fitness club, no squat rack, no dropping stuff, no being loud) but it's only 1.7 miles away which is as convenient as it gets. Plus all the people who are afraid to sweat don't actually occupy the fun stuff.
post #50572 of 57266
You lift at planet fitness?
post #50573 of 57266

There are 2 "gyms" in my town. 1 of them is literally cardio only, not a single barbell, dumbell or weight plate. The other one is a tiny gym at a small arts college with a single rack, single bar, about 400lbs total weight and db's to 55, and they charge non-students $10/day, no monthly payments.

The next closest are the YMCA which I was going to or a Golds Gym which is about 2 miles further. 

post #50574 of 57266
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Originally Posted by ridethecliche View Post

You lift at planet fitness?
Feels like. But it's a private owned one. The owner really knows his stuff but he's not dumb and markets it in exactly the right way to cater to the slightly older and those who are willing to spend a bit more. Only thing that really bothers me is the lack of a squat rack, therefore I've actually considered to make a basement gym, too.

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Originally Posted by OccultaVexillum View Post

There are 2 "gyms" in my town. 1 of them is literally cardio only, not a single barbell, dumbell or weight plate. The other one is a tiny gym at a small arts college with a single rack, single bar, about 400lbs total weight and db's to 55, and they charge non-students $10/day, no monthly payments.
The next closest are the YMCA which I was going to or a Golds Gym which is about 2 miles further. 
Wow, that really sucks. Getting your own stuff obviously is the right choice.
post #50575 of 57266
Damn that sucks man. I'm pretty much covered at home and work for like $40/month all in. All we need is an indoor pool facility for wifey and we will be good.
post #50576 of 57266

that makes me feel bad for not going just cuz I have to wait 20min for a squat rack to open up

post #50577 of 57266
So I was thinking the other day about my messed up injured body and frankly I'm starting to think it's a blessing in disguise. For an injury that keeps me from powerlifting, a rotator cuff issue is really minor in the grand scheme of things. While I miss going heavy (I was so close to the 1000 lb club!), it's probably for the best, as I know I'd keep pushing myself until something really bad happens. I've reached my aesthetic goals already and lifting relatively light seems to be carrying me pretty well through this cut (maintaining a relatively easy 750 cal deficit, already 1.5 lbs down). Once I'm back from my ACL tear I'll be able to focus on other aspects of fitness (flexibility, cardio endurance, speed) without pouring all of my energy into lifting. It's also kind of nice being able to get everything you need at the gym for $10 a month.

The ACL tear is still a piece of shit though. I just know it's gonna make me scared to get back on the pitch.
post #50578 of 57266

One of the shit things about a small ass town that's 20miles from an even shittier, small "city" (Syracuse). Not to mention having 15" of snow on Monday and the expected high temp for tomorrow is -8, that's why the garage gym didn't work in the winter.

No worries though, in a few years we'll either be moving south east to the Carolinas or back home to Sydney. Fuck this snow.

post #50579 of 57266
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Originally Posted by GraphicNovelty View Post

So I was thinking the other day about my messed up injured body and frankly I'm starting to think it's a blessing in disguise. For an injury that keeps me from powerlifting, a rotator cuff issue is really minor in the grand scheme of things. While I miss going heavy (I was so close to the 1000 lb club!), it's probably for the best, as I know I'd keep pushing myself until something really bad happens. I've reached my aesthetic goals already and lifting relatively light seems to be carrying me pretty well through this cut (maintaining a relatively easy 750 cal deficit, already 1.5 lbs down). Once I'm back from my ACL tear I'll be able to focus on other aspects of fitness (flexibility, cardio endurance, speed) without pouring all of my energy into lifting. It's also kind of nice being able to get everything you need at the gym for $10 a month.

The ACL tear is still a piece of shit though. I just know it's gonna make me scared to get back on the pitch.

Eh. I think the limits you're putting are self imposed. I definitely agree that one needs to evaluate goals post injury and that's why ive been taking it so slow in terms of progress.

That said, you can get a solid workout in without going stupid heavy and can work in higher rep ranges. It's definitively important to have goals in mind if you're not in the mindset to increase weights forever.

I really do wonder if ill be able to ride hard again. That would honestly be a priority for me. I might start seeing a physio for the next bit to see how to get things going.

Shit happens. You have to build confidence back up slowly. Take your time, but don't write yourself off just yet.
post #50580 of 57266
The thing about a SLAP tear is that it doesn't get better without surgery, and recovery from that's a bitch.

With PT it has become manageable and I can do pushups with bands, pull-ups etc., but basically anything that puts pressure on the joint is going to cause pain (including sqauts, deadlifts, bench, dips etc.)
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