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Brett McKay's pull-up routine

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Comment by Rick Shelton on September 28, 2015 at 2:46pm

Clinton and David,

I let my mind wander on every run.  Over time my pace improves.  I'm going more for distance right now not time.  If you're new to jogging or running then don't worry about time or pace, worry about running the whole distance, improving your distance, and getting your body into shape.  The time for timing or pacing yourself is later when you've reached your distance goal and can run it without stopping.  Then work your pace up by listening to cadence music and trying to keep time with the music.  Or get a military cadence track and use that to pace yourself.

Comment by Clinton R. Ausmus on September 28, 2015 at 2:25pm

David, when I'm not into it, I crank up the music and just let my mind work on all the issues I'm having in my daily life.

You can't let pace, time, HR, reps, etc. rule every run. Sometimes you just need to take a break and let your mind go.

Comment by Errol R. Alger on September 27, 2015 at 1:08pm

I'm in for a lifetime -- has to be a long-term daily goal. I've accomplished that with reading: a chapter a day in the Bible since October 15, 2009. So now, I'm into the third week of a daily routine of exercise. It has been a while, so I had to start small (few reps) to get motivated. I work out at home five days a week and two at the gym. For variety (which I have to have), I alternate three programs: stretching with push-ups and sit-ups; weights [(pushing) at home]; treadmill and weights [(pulling) at the gym]. I'm literally looking forward to the next day's workout -- and the increased energy I'm already experiencing. I'm doing this to extend the number of hours in a day that I can work. Lot's I want to do!

Comment by David on September 27, 2015 at 10:53am

New to the group. Going into my 6th. week of jogging, three times a week. Gets tough to do. Sometimes my mind is just not into it. But I know its good for me. I am in for 10 weeks total, so I have 4 weeks to go. Any advice is welcome.

Comment by Mongoose on August 26, 2015 at 8:36am

OK, so it's been a year and several months, but I think I'm starting to see results. I had slowed down a bit a few months ago, stopped taking all supps, and restarted training three weeks ago.

Here's what I did different this time: rather than 3 sets of 10 reps, I switched to 6 sets of 12 reps. I also resumed my MZA supplement at night on an empty stomach.

Additionally, last week, I resumed taking creatine (still creatine loading at the moment) and resumed taking something called A2 (a pre-cursor to Nitros Oxide or something like that). I have noted my arms, chest, and V-shaped muscles (back and sides?) are actually appearing bigger in the mirror.

So this makes me feel that there's hope for me.

Comment by Joseph Suter on August 18, 2015 at 2:46pm

Upright row with rope and a kettle bell via SwingThis Kettlebell and Functional Strength

Comment by Mike S. on May 29, 2015 at 8:54pm

Marvin - your back is considered part of your core. A lot of people think of your core as being your abs and obliques, but that is just half of it. You definitely won't feel it in either of those areas. Some things to consider when you are deadlifting: 1) Think of it more as a pushing motion than a pulling motion. What I mean by that is instead of focusing on pulling the weight up using your back muscles, focus more on pushing your heels through the floor and standing straight up. This will help your form and ensure you are activating the right muscles. 2) Make sure you aren't tensing up your arms too much. A lot of people get really stiff arms and lock their elbows. This is a result of my former point - they are looking at it as a pulling exercise. Just keep a tight grip and a relatively loose wrist, then stand up. 3) Pay very close attention to your back and ensure you do not round it out. 

Comment by Tim on May 29, 2015 at 10:20am

Matt, I agree with you about chin/pull ups..they are the among the best (and simplest) exercises to build upper body mass & strength. I started out early last year doing barely 6 pull I can do 15-20 easily. Am working on weighted pull-ups since regular pull ups feel so easy now!

Comment by Matt Daly on May 28, 2015 at 7:02pm

one of my fav exercises are pull ups/chin ups. I get asked by boys at school how often i curl and do bicep work, i tell them i haven't curled in about 5 years. Look at gymnasts arms they have the most impressive and I think pull/chins are the best upper body exercises going round!

Deadlift is great for whole body too i do like them as well !

Comment by Marvin on May 28, 2015 at 12:20pm

Mike S. - Thank you. Today was my second day of doing deadlifts and I progressed to 205 lbs. I mainly felt the burn in my lower back, some of my legs, and my glutes, but not all over my body including core. Also, I progressed to 245 (my bodyweight) on the barbell squat, but I can't seem to activate my glutes how matter how hard I clench. Ultimately, I'm only sore when I flex my back muscle, but otherwise I never come home feeling as if I did anything, even after sweating a pig and going heavy (for my body).


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