I have seen a lot of .....for lack of a better word........ "Bad-ass-ness" recently. Now I am fairly open minded and realize that locations, occupations, experiences, physical ability, etc all…Continue
"Progressive overload is the gradual increase of stress placed upon the body during exercise training
To gain strength this stress is usually an increase in weight for a given range of repetitions. So if you were doing a 5 x 5 program (5 reps for 5…"
"Nope. Change your thought process. If you need to drop weight to use free weights (this is common compared to machines) then do it. Machines may have their place, but free weights will give you more "bang for the buck"."
"I completely agree with your #5. If yu want to do everything you need to do it in blocks. Doing it in specific blocks will allow you to make the most progress for that specific goal and will allow adequate recovery. Trying to do everything at once…"
"But what is this "90 day regimen" ? And what are your goals? How can we determine if you working a body part split would be beneficial if no-one knows what you are trying to do. I agree that nutrition may be among your biggest issues."
"I suspected that as well. But then he mentioned weight lifting and trying to replicate routines and that kinda threw me. Either way I stand by my post. Could be so many variables that we will never know why he is not progressing given the…"
"I have no idea what "Hyper Fit" is, and to be honest, anything called that is something that I would not put forth the effort to google. If you are not seeing results it could be almost anything. It could be because you go to the gym…"
"I never get anything for rear delts on upright rows. I always felt this was an anterior delt exercise......for me anyways. If I am going to concentrate on rear delts I would primarily do face-pulls and maybe some cable rows bringing the bar to my…"
"I have quit twice. The first time for about 6 years. This time for almost 9. Yah, the first step is hard.....but the relapses can be a bitch. I can go for years without thinking about it and then one day be checking my pockets for a smoke."
"Perhaps part of our confusion is because of terminology or it could just be completely different viewpoints. I believe that SS and Stronglifts or any 5 x 5 is a great beginning program. In fact SS strongly emphasizes proper form and starts fairly…"
"Sorry but the best way to stop smoking is to "just quit smoking". Yah....it's tough. I know. But no drugs or patch is going to make you stop. You have to actually want it.
The eating thing can be difficult if you are having trouble…"
"I have earned my respect over and over
Now try earning the respect of others. You are passionate, but you need to learn to focus that. Throw a little humility in there since you haven't actually done anything yourself. Learn some independence…"
"No worries, I get where you are coming from. I was looking at the OP and then the post that said "slowly start inching towards the compound lifts". A relatively healthy person should not have to slowly work towards compound…"
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God told Moses to send men to spy out the land of Canaan. He told him to send a man from each tribe. Twelve men were sent. They were to find out about the land and the people in the land. Moses said to find out if the people were strong or weak. Did they live in cities or in camps? He wanted to know what the fruit of the land was like, and if they had forests or not. He asked them to bring back some of the fruit that was ripe.
"Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled"
THE PILGRIMS :
We are the Pilgrims, master; we shall go
Always a little further: it may be
Beyond the last blue mountain barred with snow,
Across that angry or that glimmering sea,
White on a throne or guarded in a cave
There lives a prophet who can understand
Why men were born: but surely we are brave,
Who make the Golden Journey to Samarkand.
"We sleep safe in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm." ---George Orwell on a BBC broadcast, April 4, 1942
"When the highest and strongest drives, breaking passionately out, carry the individual far above and beyond the average and lowlands of the herd conscience, the self-confidence of the community goes to pieces, its faith in itself, its spine as it were, is broken: consequently it is precisely these drives that are most branded and calumniated. Lofty spiritual independence, the will to stand alone, great intelligence even, are felt to be dangerous; everything that raises the individual above the herd and makes his neighbour quail is henceforth called evil."
Friedrich Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil, 1886, 201
"Somewhere a True Believer is training to kill you. He is training with minimal food or water, in austere conditions, training day and night. The only thing clean on him is his weapon and he made his web gear. He doesn't worry about what workout to do - his ruck weighs what it weighs, his runs end when the enemy stops chasing him. This True Believer is not concerned about 'how hard it is;' he knows either he wins or dies. He doesn't go home at 17:00, he is home. He knows only The Cause. Still want to quit?"
Ha ha, we'll see about that. Trying to bust out of a bench plateau, goings been slow, but 5 3 1 is excellent for that.
I like doing dumbbell presses one arm at a time, really throws balance into the mix and involves the core muscles more. The 5 3 1 keeps me in the gym for an hour tops, letting me focus all my up-front energy on the major lift. Then I can go, or have play time with assistance work. As you can tell, I almost never skip assistance work.
I've spotted a guy with similar, his doctor told him to just not come down all the way to his chest on the bench; seemed to work for him.
But if you can't bench that way, I'm in agreement that you'll progress out of that weight quickly with dumbbells. I've seen you do your hybrid deadlift/squats and that's incredible weight you have there. Maybe you are past what the 5 3 1 can offer you? All I know it's been working with me, but then again I am way behind you strength-wise.
Hmmm...I don't use dumbbells for my core movements, it's the Olympic bar. I use dumbbells for the assistance work, and that certainly does not need to include dumbbells, it can be anything. To me that's the "fun" part because the core movements do get boring.
When I do the conversion to pounds I get 83; that's a heavy dumbbell.
If you need more than those I'd say you are already one strong mofo!
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