Random health and exercise thoughts

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  1. mrchariybrown

    mrchariybrown Senior member Affiliate Vendor

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    All this talk of squats. I can't wait to do some box squats and free squats with chains tomorrow!
     
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    I stomp a lot. I mean, not noticeably loud, but I find just emphatically placing my feet down helps with squat position, or for having a strong base in anything overhead. Of course, I try to stomp when I do PCs or else I catch it in a full upright position.

    I try not to grunt but it happens.

    Re: Squat stuff: I can't imagine having my arms out. In nice and tight makes my back "shelf" much better.
     
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    What books/booklets would you recommend for beginning lifting?
     
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    The bigger and stronger your back gets, the farther out you'll be able to place your hands.

    It's best to inch out little by little every session.

    When I first tried a wider grip with a smaller back, my body just caved lol
     
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    right now i have my pinkies about an inch in from the rings and i can go out to pinkies on the rings comfortably. any wider and my wrists flip back instantly. needs more swole?
     
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    Yeah, that and try going out little by little. Week by week, move an 0.5-1" wider.
     
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    hendrix Ill-proportioned

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    i don't even know where i keep my hands, just where it feels natural i guess.

    Might check that next week.
     
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    Occasionally see this huge russian man who looks strong as fuck squat with his hands at the collars. He isn't though, he struggles through 185lb. Im guessing this is because his fat back acts like a shelf for the bar and he doesnt really need to squeeze it together.
     
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    I have the same grip as Jarude, just have to sort of wedge myself in. I guess I'm doing it wrong by trying to make my grip as narrow as possible to maximize bar security then?
     
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    Nah, like I've said in previous posts earlier today, it's really just to the person. Whatever feels more comfortable. There's no right/wrong way.

    In my experience, some people start running into shoulder, elbow, and bicep problems with a narrow grip.
     
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    last night = bro night with screaming, shouting, and lots of starring into the mirror when performing exercises (back exercises)

    i just blankly starred.
     
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    hendrix Ill-proportioned

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    lol toasty you're a funny dude
     
  13. Khayembii Communique

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    That's what I'm saying. I know people are saying it's personal preference but the way I lift that bar is going absolutely nowhere, it can't "slip" and all of the weight is being transferred directly to my back.

    It's from Starting Strength. The mistake in the photo is that the weight should be centered over the heel not the center of the foot.

    That's funny, I have a really weird squat setup. I do some stretches by going in front of the bar and pushing up, then come out and hang off it a bit, then go in and take like a whole minute stepping around with my feet until they feel right, then I reset the bar on my shoulder like 20 times until I feel it in the right spot, then I lift up. Usually I'll have to set it down and reset it on my shoulders and get it in the right position again because it won't feel evenly distributed on my back. Sometimes I even take a while stepping around to set my feet properly after backing up and getting ready to go down for the first rep.

    I'm like the Ryan Braun of squats. :slayer:

    Anyone else do weird shit like this?

    Starting Strength

    I can't even do a narrow grip, my arms aren't flexible enough or something haha (tho I am doing arm work beforehand which I think causes this problem).
     
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    Hah I feel you. A "narrow grip" for me isn't so narrow.
     

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