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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 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 ups..now 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).

Comment by Mike S. on May 28, 2015 at 5:45am

Marvin - Deadlifts, in my opinion, are one of the best lifts out there, right up with squats. Deadlifts work more muscles than any other single movement, to include squats. Most importantly, deadlifts strengthen your back and core which are crucial to every lift you do. Strengthening your back and core provide a stable base for all lifts and help prevent injury. Additionally, because it works so many muscles, it can be another big mass builder. For me, one of the big reasons I like it is because of its practical application. Lifting something off of the ground is one of the most basic movements we make on a regular basis. Think about when you have to move furniture, lift a heavy box, pick up an injured buddy, etc... all deadlift. 

Comment by Matt Daly on May 28, 2015 at 5:34am
Hey Richard I think your arms are so sore is because you are using machines. I've been working out for 25 yrs and I've found machine stretch the muscle too much. Use free weights or body weight and you will find less soreness and better results. Hope that helps.
Comment by Marvin on May 26, 2015 at 8:21am

So have I been missing out on not doing deadlifts? I've done squats, but not deadlifts...and I'm looking for strength and a beautiful rear to acquire. However, the deadlift space is always taken.

 

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