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post #57181 of 57266
Just got done deadlifting. I put one of those platforms below me which raised me like 4-5 inches from the floor so the bar was closer to my feet. I think I can feel a difference. It feels like my glutes got more of a workout.

I also saw something that confused me. Some guy was working out and had this mouth covering thing that looked like an air filter. I googled around just now and I think it was a mask like this. Never heard of this before:

https://jet.com/product/detail/a79a057df4d74783873cce9dfd79cea3?jcmp=pla:ggl:gen_sporting_goods_a1:athletics_general_purpose_athletic_equipment_a1_other:na:PLA_345660300_23686974300_pla-161669919900:na:na:na:2&code=PLA15&ds_c=gen_sporting_goods_a1&ds_cid=&ds_ag=athletics_general_purpose_athletic_equipment_a1_other&product_id=a79a057df4d74783873cce9dfd79cea3&product_partition_id=161669919900&gclid=CPrqiNX88c8CFQ5EfgodakYDFQ&gclsrc=aw.ds

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The Elevation Training Mask 2.0 minimizes training time and maximizes performance in a variety of exercises and sports. Breathe and control the flow of air delivered into your body by creating resistance through the mask's flux valves. This multi-level respiratory device trains your lungs to take deeper breaths and use oxygen more efficiently in altitude resistances up to 18,000 feet. Take training to the next level with the Training Mask 2.0.

That sounds like the dumbest thing I've ever heard. If only this alternative was made 10 years ago David Carradine would still be alive today.
post #57182 of 57266
Weird. When I was younger, we'd fly to a wrestling camp in the mountains of Colorado. The change in altitude was excruciating, but when we returned, we'd totally dominate our out of breath peers.

I'd feel kind of weird trying to replicate that with a mask, though.
post #57183 of 57266
Altitude is about oxygen percentage in the air.

Do lung muscles ever struggle to fill the lungs with air - there's little resistance unless you have asthma...it's more about maximizing the transfer into the blood right? And that's about surface area which really comes down to lung capacity which has nothing to do with resistance training.

If you're making it harder to breathe I guess that would lower O2 saturation in the blood which might speed up some physiological adaptations in the muscles such as what happens after cardio maybe. but I can't see what the relevance of resistance training the lungs is.
post #57184 of 57266
Altitude affects air density, not oxygen percentage. Training in thinner air helps boost red blood cell production and endurance.

Problem with those masks is they don't work and they look stupid.

Altitude is not bad if you allow yourself to acclimate to it. Wifey and I were fine in Peru. I was more gassed running around Europe last month than I was hiking all up and down Machu Picchu.
post #57185 of 57266
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Originally Posted by Cool The Kid View Post

Altitude affects air density, not oxygen percentage. .

indeed, stupid mistake.
post #57186 of 57266
Unrelated: Can anyone link to a solid guide or have any advice for avoiding things like BPA or things that would throw your hormones out of whack?

I just read a scary article about prostate woes/cancer and would like to avoid them; I've also noticed a growing amount of friends and acquaintances with things like low T at a disturbingly young age.

I'm looking around at my 'healthy' foods, and am unclear whether even things like bread sold in those ubiquitous plastic bags or individually-wrapped diet ice cream bars should be avoided. (Apparently, they also made people eat canned soup for a week and found a 1000% increase in BPA concentrations). frown.gif
post #57187 of 57266
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Originally Posted by noob in 89 View Post

Unrelated: Can anyone link to a solid guide or have any advice for avoiding things like BPA or things that would throw your hormones out of whack?

I just read a scary article about prostate woes/cancer and would like to avoid them; I've also noticed a growing amount of friends and acquaintances with things like low T at a disturbingly young age.

I'm looking around at my 'healthy' foods, and am unclear whether even things like bread sold in those ubiquitous plastic bags or individually-wrapped diet ice cream bars should be avoided. (Apparently, they also made people eat canned soup for a week and found a 1000% increase in BPA concentrations). frown.gif

The increased prevalence of low T today is probably more related to obesity and high calorie foods than BPA. That and the fact that American doctors love to prescribe for the low half of the bell curve...

That said being safe and doing your own research is never a bad idea.
post #57188 of 57266
Whats up guys first post in here, anyone have tips for better vascularity? I'm like 12-14% bf and have tiny as shit veins after a big surgery on my arm last year. Is it solely based on bf or is there something else I can do?
post #57189 of 57266
Just discovered that the smith machine in my apartment gym is actually a smith/squat rack combo, and they have some barbells stashed in a corner I didn't see. Plus bumper plates (but god help you if you drop the weights!)

Plans for getting back on the horse have been accelerated, and I made a feeble attempt at a workout today. Kind of depressing to be at like 1/3 of where I was, but that's my own damned fault for taking 2 years off.
post #57190 of 57266

Air density/air percentage.... similar result in the end. Less oxygen hits your lungs and diffusion is affected. You raise your hematocrit to grab more of it. Hence the altitude training. 

post #57191 of 57266
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Originally Posted by ridethecliche View Post

Air density/air percentage.... similar result in the end. Less oxygen hits your lungs and diffusion is affected. You raise your hematocrit to grab more of it. Hence the altitude training. 
You could always develop sleep apnea for similar results.
post #57192 of 57266
Ouch. Do people still walk around breathing out of straws?


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Originally Posted by hendrix View Post

The increased prevalence of low T today is probably more related to obesity and high calorie foods than BPA. That and the fact that American doctors love to prescribe for the low half of the bell curve...

That said being safe and doing your own research is never a bad idea.

Well, at least thats a relief. The doc said that plastic/a high percentage of canned drinks and food was one thing to avoid for prostate woes -- but just noting what I ate over a few days, it seems literally impossible to do anything but cut down. Interwebs research seems to confirm.
post #57193 of 57266
Need some advice here. I'm nearing the end of my first real cut. I've always been fairly lean by normal standards, so I've never dieted down much in the past and decided about 15 weeks ago that I wanted to lean out before doing a slow bulk. This is also the first time I've religiously tracked my macros on a daily basis. In approximately 15 weeks I went from 174.9 to 159.8 and lost between 2.8-3% body fat. A rough estimation is for every 1.0% reduction body fat I needed to drop 5 pounds in weight. I've been using a scale to track my body fat, and while scales aren't that accurate for measuring actual body fat percentage, this one has been accurate in terms of measuring how much body fat I've lost. I've seen people track their body fat with underwater weighing during a comp prep, and use this scale simultaneously. In terms of the drop in body fat percentage, the scale was almost spot on, so I'm fairly comfortable with the estimation.

I've read that often times the fat around your stomach/lower back is the last to go. While I've lost a considerable amount of fat in those areas there's still a bit more I'd like to lose. I'm fairly lean (my guess is 11-13%). The dilemma I'm having is I don't want to get much skinnier. I'm 5'11 and 159lbs is the lightest I've been in 13 years. None of my dress pants fit and my custom shirts look off-the-rack. To see some more progress I'd have to cut at least another 5lbs. Would you suck it up and drop some more weight, or slowly transition back to maintenance and ease into a slow bulk? I'm trying to find a local place to get underwater testing done to better benchmark my progress.
post #57194 of 57266
@suited I would start your bulk. For starters when you are deep in a cut you get flat and stringy as fuck. Bumping the calories back up to maintenance pumps you up fast and gives a huge morale boost. Plus we are about to get into winter (at least in the northern hemisphere) so more definition now would go to waste. Plus once you get lean if you are disciplined with calories it's not hard to stay leanish. I'm about 3 months and maybe 10lbs up from my last cut and I'm not itching to cut again. Def softer but still much leaner than when I started the cut.

Ultimately I'm guessing the end result is a good bit of mass and definition.... 5' 11 @ 159 you probably have a good way to go. Just keep plugging. At this point cuts are just for a morale boost in the summer and to not get too fat.
post #57195 of 57266
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Originally Posted by Cool The Kid View Post

@suited I would start your bulk. For starters when you are deep in a cut you get flat and stringy as fuck. Bumping the calories back up to maintenance pumps you up fast and gives a huge morale boost. Plus we are about to get into winter (at least in the northern hemisphere) so more definition now would go to waste. Plus once you get lean if you are disciplined with calories it's not hard to stay leanish. I'm about 3 months and maybe 10lbs up from my last cut and I'm not itching to cut again. Def softer but still much leaner than when I started the cut.

Ultimately I'm guessing the end result is a good bit of mass and definition.... 5' 11 @ 159 you probably have a good way to go. Just keep plugging. At this point cuts are just for a morale boost in the summer and to not get too fat.

Thank you for the insight. I was set on bulking a few days ago, but was going back and forth thinking about it. I'm not really cutting for any particular season/climate since we live in south FL. The only reason I was considering to continue the cut would be the possibility of having the additional fat loss be more concentrated from my stomach/lower back, but that could be largely dependent on genetics. Yes you're correct, the end result is decent mass and definition. At one point I was around 200lbs at 11%, but that was about 12 years ago and I had a little help. Even then I never religiously tracked my macros, so I'm hoping this bulk will be much more successful than previous ones. In the past I've tended to bulk too fast and put on too much fat.
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