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post #91 of 48556
I always wait a minute. I feel like I'm losing upper body strength, as if I'm just sapped by the end of my work out. I'll wait two minutes next time. It's the obvious thing to try next, but each time I go up for my 2nd set of push ups or pull/chin ups and I fail miserably after a minute, I'm in fucking disbelief at it.

I spent a lot of time reading tmuscle articles about how many people are in the gym without actually exerting themselves, but maybe I've pushed too far. I know I haven't been eating enough and maybe I've fucked stuff up. My bench using a 5x5 scheme has been at failure on the fifth set for three months. I have multiple exercises that I perform to failure and have been doing so for 12+ weeks. Taking a break over Xmas / NYear's hasn't seemed to help.

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Did the same thing as wmmk. Craig's List Oly weight and bar, Amazon squat rack, cheapo bench. Found out no heater is gonna take the bite off my garage in winter, so bought a yr membership at a Powerhouse for $150. I prefer working out at home without distraction.
post #92 of 48556
Chin-ups are not a good benchmark exercise since their success is heavily-dependent on the rest of the body. Getting worse at chin-ups after starting a 5x5 probably occurs more than getting better at them.

As for the rest of your lifts: adjust the set/rep scheme. Do some 3x3s and such and work on getting one exercise up at a time. Be smart about your program, not stubborn. Right now you're bashing your head into a wall and wondering why you haven't made a crack after three weeks of trying.
post #93 of 48556
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I had a good leg workout today, worked up to 185 on my last set of squats, did single leg presses and weighted lunges, calf killers, still having trouble walking normally.
post #94 of 48556
Anyone recommend a good free online exercise/nutrition log?

Please don't just tell me to make a spreadsheet, I'm lazy.
post #95 of 48556
fit day, gym america
post #96 of 48556
^ I heard good things about www.fitday.com
post #97 of 48556
fitday is what I have used for a couple of years. Works well for me. I have set up a bunch of custom items like a slice of my favorite bread, a cup of the cottage cheese I buy, etc. etc. so that creating/charting my menu for the day takes just a minute or two.
post #98 of 48556
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Chin-ups are not a good benchmark exercise since their success is heavily-dependent on the rest of the body. Getting worse at chin-ups after starting a 5x5 probably occurs more than getting better at them.

Heavy weighted pull-ups are a great benchmark exercise for upper body strength.
post #99 of 48556
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Originally Posted by Hangdog View Post
Heavy weighted pull-ups are a great benchmark exercise for upper body strength.

I don't see why. They add the completely confounding variable of your bodyweight to the equation.
post #100 of 48556
Thread Starter 
^^I like his understanding of the term "benchmark"
post #101 of 48556
Pre-early-morning-workout energy drinks make my armpits sweaty for the rest of the day.
post #102 of 48556
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Originally Posted by Pennglock View Post
I don't see why. They add the completely confounding variable of your bodyweight to the equation.

Confounding? You fucking weigh yourself before you do it, you add the weight. What's confounding is why no one wants to do them.
post #103 of 48556
An unpopular exercise not a good benchmark.
post #104 of 48556
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Confounding? You fucking weigh yourself before you do it, you add the weight. What's confounding is why no one wants to do them.

It doesn't work like that. Where the weight is added matters a lot...
post #105 of 48556
Explain this to me. Because it's harder if the weight is hanging around your neck than your waist, or because it's harder if you're holding a dumbbell between your ankles instead of using a chain belt?
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