Random health and exercise thoughts

Discussion in 'Health & Body' started by Eason, Dec 20, 2009.

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  1. hendrix

    hendrix Ill-proportioned

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    Yeah, I've never bothered with barbell rows. DB rows FTW, IMO.
    I started doing barbell rows because I didn't want to buy new dumbbells and I was having a hard time adding weight / chains / plates to an inverted row. I don't seem to have any trouble with falling over, but I am doing "Pendlay" rows where each rep starts on the ground. http://stronglifts.com/how-to-perfor...ect-technique/
    I've tried Pendlay rows and just felt like i was wasting my time too. Maybe it's cos i wasn't using chalk. gonna try again.
    I love slow rep count (really) WIDE GRIP bent barbell rows... but you better have your back in shape or rest your head on a bench. Reverse-grip BB bent rows are also handy.
    To be honest i got so pissed off with not being able to get the form that i've just been doing seated row (shock horror) Anyways, i've just finally settled on this program. I know you're not meant to fuck with Bill Starr's 5x5 but i did anyway: Monday: Low Back Back Squat Benchpress Powercleans Wednesday: Pullups (40 reps in as few sets as possible) Deadlifts Press (Pendlay) Row (seated at the moment) Friday: Front Squat Incline dumbbell bench High pulls For everything but pullups, the formula is 4 sets of 5 reps, ramping weight up each time. 5th set increase weight a bit more for 3 reps.
     
  2. Pennglock

    Pennglock Senior member

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    5/3/1 is a great program, glad to see some trying it out. Ive found it's the most effective kind of programming for getting stronger while maintaining bodyweight and/or adding conditioning. It's what I used to do every year ramping up toward wrestling season.
     
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    about11oclock Senior member

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    Can anyone recommend a good quality scale that also calculates BF % with a modicum of accuracy? Thanks!
     
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    db_ggmm Senior member

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    I could be wrong the the basic principle by which those scales operate will never deliver a modicum of accuracy.
     
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    Rikkar501 Senior member

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    Can anyone recommend a good quality scale that also calculates BF % with a modicum of accuracy? Thanks!

    Keep the scale for measuring weight and the calipers for measuring BF %. A scale can't take the place of a skinfold test.
     
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    about11oclock Senior member

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    Keep the scale for measuring weight and the calipers for measuring BF %. A scale can't take the place of a skinfold test.

    Noted. Can anyone recommend an economical scale they like?
     
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    Noted. Can anyone recommend an economical scale they like?

    I have this one: http://www.amazon.com/Omron-HBF-400-...6613323&sr=1-2

    Works fine for my needs, just keep in mind the already mentioned problems with the body fat measurements. If your interested in fat loss, pair it with a tape measure and you'll be fine.
     
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    Slopho Senior member

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    I need help staying motivated to go to the gym. Any advice/help.
     
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    RedLantern Senior member

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    1. Caffeine
    2. Picture of yourself that motivates you (either looking really good, or really bad)
    3. Youtube clips of things that inspire you
    4. Progressive (periodized) lifting program
     
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    Felt strong in gym today and set 2 PRs at 130lbs bodyweight.

    Weighted pullups: 3 strict reps with +50lbs on dip belt
    Weighted dips: 2 sets of 3 reps with +85lbs on dip belt.

    My palms hurt after the weighted dips but it felt easy - going for +90lbs next time. That will be a milestone for 2010 - +2/3 of bodyweight on weighted dips.
     
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    +2/3 of bodyweight on weighted dips.

    very nice.
     
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    Scrumhalf Senior member

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    very nice.

    Thanks! I will revise my goals for 2010 to try for +bodyweight on weighted dips. That will be a tall order but we'll see. [​IMG]
     
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    Rikkar501 Senior member

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    Felt strong in gym today and set 2 PRs at 130lbs bodyweight.

    Weighted pullups: 3 strict reps with +50lbs on dip belt
    Weighted dips: 2 sets of 3 reps with +85lbs on dip belt.

    My palms hurt after the weighted dips but it felt easy - going for +90lbs next time. That will be a milestone for 2010 - +2/3 of bodyweight on weighted dips.


    Very nice! A couple months ago I worked up to a +70lb dip at 155-160lbs., good luck with the bodyweight goal [​IMG]
     
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    Scrumhalf Senior member

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    I need help staying motivated to go to the gym. Any advice/help.
    Here is a 4 step approach: 1. Watch this Navy SEAL BUD/S series. Start with the one below and keep linking to the rest of the parts. This is Choice 1.
    IMPORTANT NOTICE: No media files are hosted on these forums. By clicking the link below you agree to view content from an external website. We can not be held responsible for the suitability or legality of this material. If the video does not play, wait a minute or try again later. I AGREE

    TIP: to embed Youtube clips, put only the encoded part of the Youtube URL, e.g. eBGIQ7ZuuiU between the tags. 2. Walk around a nearby mall, grocery store, etc. and look at all the lardasses waddling around. This is Choice 2. 3. Realize that you may never make it through the 1st day of BUD/S but at least you'd rather be closer to Choice 1 than Choice 2 on the in-shape scale. 4. Go 100% in the gym, eat clean and when you are afraid you are losing focus, think of Choice 1 vs. Choice 2.
     

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