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suggestions for a starter weightlifting program..

Discussion in 'Health & Body' started by mayborne, Feb 5, 2012.

  1. mayborne

    mayborne Well-Known Member

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    Built-in bar? Sounds like a smith machine. Avoid.
     
  3. mayborne

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    ahh yes i believe it is. it's easy to use tho hehe! i want one in my home.

    i'll try to do squats on the real power rack next time..
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    smith machines are not good for several reasons. definitely use a real power rack from now on!
     
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    squats from a power rack wasn't as hard as i initially thought. i'm getting one for home use. maybe also a bench press (the contraption i saw kinda had the bench built in already but yeah freeweights still).

    also everyone keeps telling me i should do something else like dropsets or something when they see me doing my 5x5 LOL!
     
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    If you get a power rack then you can just get a separate bench (without attached rack arms) and put it inside the rack when you want to bench press.
     
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    Just buy Starting Strength, new third edition just came out. Do the program for year and then come back and worry about the rest.
     
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    Someone said switch to barbells... this isn' t necessary, just get dumbells that have more capacity (wider version). I haven' t had problems with the ROM on wider dumbells.
     
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    *double post*
     
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    Yeah, dumbbells work really well for squats, wut?
     
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    Good luck finding dumbbells that are 150#+ to deadlift or maybe double that to goblet squat.

    Get a barbell, some serious weight, bumpers if you can swing them so you can power clean, and a pull-up bar. That is all you need to get stronger for a long time.
     
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    [​IMG]

    was thinking the same thing. perhaps this would work better? i don't think i'd drop the bar anyways.
     
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    can't dump a squat as safely out of that. Can't do rack pulls. Would recommend a full cage.
     
  14. Slickman

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    Go to scoobysworkshop.com, watch and read everything on there before you even lift 1 lb, you must first learn proper form and nutrition basics
     
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    I'd just spend the money on bumpers over a cage so you can drop weight freely - maybe it is my personal preference to do cleans and more Westside style dynamic days. But it all depends on your situation.
     
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    Never feel comfortable just dropping the bar off my back onto the floor. Always feels like im gonna hurt myself. Prefer to just set it down onto pins. Probably won't hurt yourself just dropping it off your back though. I would not be surprised if the cost for bumpers over metal plates is greater then the cost difference of a cage over stands.
    Scooby says squats are bad, disregard scooby.
     
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    Who the hell is scooby anyway? Not sure why anyone would listen to anything some random joe on the internet posts versus a real trainer with real results like Rippetoe or Louie Simmons.
     
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    Good weightlifting discs will deffo run you a lot more than a regular set of plates, but if you're going to do srs OL stuff, they're ofc required. Hate rippletits' advice on the power clean, other than that SS is pretty solid.
     
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    Do you know why they're so expensive? I know they're very accurate weight as in a 25kg plate is at most like 25.005kg or something when it comes out of the factory and they look nice, but for the cost of a 25kg eleiko or ivanko plate you could probably buy a few hundred pounds of crappy metal plates.
     
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    Not to mention this guy is average gym rat size at best.
     

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