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Re: Strength & Fitness 2016
« Reply #750 on: March 27, 2016, 07:15:56 PM »
Bump- how are we this weekend?   Anyone get into the gym?

Nope, but I did hit the road yesterday.  Ran 11.5 miles and really felt no worse for wear this morning.  That is pretty neat.

Gym tomorrow.  Only 20 days until my half marathon, then I can shorten my runs and focus on the gym more.

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Re: Strength & Fitness 2016
« Reply #751 on: March 28, 2016, 06:35:48 AM »
Bump- how are we this weekend?   Anyone get into the gym?

HEAR ME ROARRRRR

Took a couple days off since work was crazy. Wasn't planning on attempting to max out my lifts till the 1st of April. Said, what the heck, let's do this.

WAHHHH PR'D EVERYTHING LIKE A BOSSSSS

225# bench
245# back squat
335# deadlift

That puts me in the 805# club! Nearly a hundred pounds more than I was lifting back in October. Even if I could have squeezed out a couple more pounds, the loss in form wouldn't have been worth it. It feels awesome to see progress and do something you've never been able to do before.  I almost yelled in excitement after I got the deadlift haha, but suppressed it because I didn't want to be "that guy". Either way, still got a way to go! And need to stop neglecting the handstand pushup stuff...

Quick question: for those of you who are lifting types, what's the best way to warm up to a 1RM lift attempt? I did a bodyweight warmup circuit of 2x10 reps of everything (push/pull/air squat/dip/situp) and then for each major lift, did like 50% of 1RM x1, 75% 1RM x1, and then went all the way for the PR. Not sure if there's a better or recommended way...



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Re: Strength & Fitness 2016
« Reply #752 on: March 28, 2016, 07:50:53 AM »
I've hit my spring busy time at work. That combined with poor planning on my part and a bit of crazy weather have thrown my normal workout schedule in a bit of a tailspin. That said, I did complete all my training runs last week, threw in a swim and some body weight strength work. Most of the workouts were just clustered in a four day stretch, leaving me feeling a bit more tired than usual today.

DH and I have a half marathon this Saturday. I don't think my 2:20 goal is likely on this course, it looks pretty tough and, being rather slow on a good day,  I think the 2:20 half is a bit of a stretch goal for me. That said, my running has been so good this spring and faster paces have been feeling quite comfortable lately, so who knows? 

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Re: Strength & Fitness 2016
« Reply #753 on: March 28, 2016, 08:24:12 AM »
Bump- how are we this weekend?   Anyone get into the gym?

Nope, but I did hit the road yesterday.  Ran 11.5 miles and really felt no worse for wear this morning.  That is pretty neat.

Gym tomorrow.  Only 20 days until my half marathon, then I can shorten my runs and focus on the gym more.

nice nice!!! 11.5 is a hefty run great job!

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Re: Strength & Fitness 2016
« Reply #754 on: March 28, 2016, 08:29:02 AM »
Bump- how are we this weekend?   Anyone get into the gym?

HEAR ME ROARRRRR

Took a couple days off since work was crazy. Wasn't planning on attempting to max out my lifts till the 1st of April. Said, what the heck, let's do this.

WAHHHH PR'D EVERYTHING LIKE A BOSSSSS

225# bench
245# back squat
335# deadlift

That puts me in the 805# club! Nearly a hundred pounds more than I was lifting back in October. Even if I could have squeezed out a couple more pounds, the loss in form wouldn't have been worth it. It feels awesome to see progress and do something you've never been able to do before.  I almost yelled in excitement after I got the deadlift haha, but suppressed it because I didn't want to be "that guy". Either way, still got a way to go! And need to stop neglecting the handstand pushup stuff...

Quick question: for those of you who are lifting types, what's the best way to warm up to a 1RM lift attempt? I did a bodyweight warmup circuit of 2x10 reps of everything (push/pull/air squat/dip/situp) and then for each major lift, did like 50% of 1RM x1, 75% 1RM x1, and then went all the way for the PR. Not sure if there's a better or recommended way...

taking sometime off usually brings you back super strong!  So great job!!!

OH GOD 10 is to much TO MUCH TO MUCH!!!

I had a reasonable lay out for my warm ups.- I think this is roughly what I did for my testing of my last 1 rep max aiming for 250.
Typically I jump rope/box jump (Box jumping preps the CNS extremely well for squatting) for a few minutes
1 x 8 @ 45 (the bar)
1 x 6 @ 115
1 x 4 @ 115
1 x 4 @ 135
1 x 3 @ 155/165
1 x 1 @ 185
Depending on how I feel at 185 I'll hit 215 or not.

First attempt- 225#
rest- usually 15-20 minutes
Second attempt- 235#
rest - usually 15-20 minutes
Third attempt 245#

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Re: Strength & Fitness 2016
« Reply #755 on: March 28, 2016, 09:00:18 AM »
Bump- how are we this weekend?   Anyone get into the gym?

I've been busy and haven't check in for 2 weeks! Overall things are going well. Down 5lbs since the end of last month. I'm hitting my strength twice a week and cardio 2-3 times/week. My Achilles is still irritated here and there, so I've been doing less running and more cycling. Still getting in my yoga and mobility stretches in twice a week after strength too.

It seems that my squat stability is finally starting to get better too. I don't feel like I'm leaning forward every time I air squat, which means I might actually be allowed to safely get under a barbell again! I really hope so.

P.S. Healthier eating = lower grocery bill & less eating out. Woo!
P.P.S. I got a new job, which I'll be starting in late April, matching my contracting salary WITH benefits (so effectively a raise b/c less taxes & more benefits). I'm excited! We're moving to Arizona from Missouri, which should be interesting.

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Re: Strength & Fitness 2016
« Reply #756 on: March 28, 2016, 09:35:04 AM »
I attended the NPC Governor's Cup bodybuilding competition this weekend. One of my good friends was competing for her first time in the Bikini division. She looked great but didn't get quite lean enough to place in the top 5. Being at the competition made me want to do it again, but I know that I need several more years to be truly ready and competitive. So, my motivation is back and I start a 12 week daily undulating periodization program today! :)

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Re: Strength & Fitness 2016
« Reply #757 on: March 28, 2016, 09:40:08 AM »
Bump- how are we this weekend?   Anyone get into the gym?

I've been busy and haven't check in for 2 weeks! Overall things are going well. Down 5lbs since the end of last month. I'm hitting my strength twice a week and cardio 2-3 times/week. My Achilles is still irritated here and there, so I've been doing less running and more cycling. Still getting in my yoga and mobility stretches in twice a week after strength too.

It seems that my squat stability is finally starting to get better too. I don't feel like I'm leaning forward every time I air squat, which means I might actually be allowed to safely get under a barbell again! I really hope so.

P.S. Healthier eating = lower grocery bill & less eating out. Woo!
P.P.S. I got a new job, which I'll be starting in late April, matching my contracting salary WITH benefits (so effectively a raise b/c less taxes & more benefits). I'm excited! We're moving to Arizona from Missouri, which should be interesting.

awesome- have you tried using a broom at home? I find using a broom or PVC pipe helps me work on technique for barbell- air squats do nothing for me in translation.

bonus- lower grocery bills!!!  (I find the opposite is true for me actually- mostly b/c i tend to buy more fresh produce and that is $$$)

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Re: Strength & Fitness 2016
« Reply #758 on: March 28, 2016, 01:01:46 PM »
Easter really screwed up my workout plans. Bleh. Ate so much garbage. My dear MIL managed to *burn a ham* IN A CROCKPOT. That is impressively bad cooking, my friends. Anyway, I felt terrible when I got home from too many potato chips and wine to ease my hunger, so no workout yesterday.

Workout today focused on front squat and pull ups. God are my poor elbows gonna hurt. Nothing acute, they're just not used to working this hard anymore.

Squat: Front squat, PR, 115lbs 2x1, and 3x3 at 95lbs
OH: 5x5 push press with the bar, working on grip technique
Other: husband-assisted pull-ups, 4x3, with a hold and slow release on the last one of each set

I'm also adding a new page to my fitness tracking spreadsheet, which is "sun time". Basically, how long am I spending outside each day (does not necessarily have to have sunshine- in Oregon, that would be impossible!). On non-work days, I'm going to try and set a 15min minimum. I do better the more outside time I get. As spring marches on, I want to try and get up to a 4 hour weekly minimum.

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Re: Strength & Fitness 2016
« Reply #759 on: March 28, 2016, 01:16:05 PM »
awesome- have you tried using a broom at home? I find using a broom or PVC pipe helps me work on technique for barbell- air squats do nothing for me in translation.

I have, but it's so lightweight that I can still do the squat wrong. However, it just occurred to me that I could practice pvc pipe back squats in a doorway so that the pvc pipe physically can't go forward. I'm trying this once my quads recover from all of the lunges I did on Saturday.

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Re: Strength & Fitness 2016
« Reply #760 on: March 28, 2016, 01:24:42 PM »
not a bad idea!!

I video regularly to critique my squat form to monitor for variations and weakness- that might help you as well.

@Braken_Joy- heh- I've burned stuff in a crock pot- but I'm never feeding anyone but me and my poor cats.  I'd be mortified if we were having a big meal and I burned a ham in the crock pot LOL- poor lady>

That's okay- plenty of peeps and jelly beans to eat!

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Re: Strength & Fitness 2016
« Reply #761 on: March 28, 2016, 01:33:15 PM »
not a bad idea!!

I video regularly to critique my squat form to monitor for variations and weakness- that might help you as well.

@Braken_Joy- heh- I've burned stuff in a crock pot- but I'm never feeding anyone but me and my poor cats.  I'd be mortified if we were having a big meal and I burned a ham in the crock pot LOL- poor lady>

That's okay- plenty of peeps and jelly beans to eat!

I should note, the ham was fully submerged in liquid. That is why it is so very, very impressive.

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Re: Strength & Fitness 2016
« Reply #762 on: March 29, 2016, 06:43:41 AM »
not a bad idea!!

I video regularly to critique my squat form to monitor for variations and weakness- that might help you as well.

@Braken_Joy- heh- I've burned stuff in a crock pot- but I'm never feeding anyone but me and my poor cats.  I'd be mortified if we were having a big meal and I burned a ham in the crock pot LOL- poor lady>

That's okay- plenty of peeps and jelly beans to eat!

I should note, the ham was fully submerged in liquid. That is why it is so very, very impressive.

heh. that's kind of hysterical.

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Re: Strength & Fitness 2016
« Reply #763 on: March 29, 2016, 06:47:55 AM »
In October I could barely swim 50 yards using breaststroke before getting tired.

Yesterday after 5 months of USMS swimming classes once a week I swam 1.43 miles (2525 yards) in 55:00!!

Yippee

Body weight is also down to the 203-204 range.

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Re: Strength & Fitness 2016
« Reply #764 on: March 29, 2016, 06:54:28 AM »
wanted to share essentially the end of my program. technically it is a 6 week program - but it does have the flexibility to allow you 2 lifts a week instead of 3 to allow you to recover as the weights go up- so it's stretched out a little longer for me but this is technically the last lift- I'll attempt it one more time on Thursday to see if I can get closer to 20 reps.

I did fail. And I'm still extremely proud of the work I've done. 2 years ago- I ran this exact same program and I started at 95 pounds and worked up to 175 and failed at 175.   I felt like I was not as strong across the board and I mentally struggled much more with the work. This time around it was less mentally taxing- it was still extremely difficult and these last 4 or 5 lifts were significantly mentally challenging. But I smashed 180- and felt really solid on 185- and really the true work for me was 190, 195 and 200- and the fact I managed to add this kind of weight and still feel comfortable makes me really happy.

https://youtu.be/ayEP-f6m98I

I feel like watching this I can get more- but- my issue is getting out of the hole- which I mentally apparently struggle with- I lose all bracing through my torso and just can't hold my body up.  This program is to be run without a belt- which is good and bad- I'm a MUCH better squatter with a belt- I can hold my tension much much better (duh)- but half the point of this is to improve without it. So- no belt. But- it's a weakness and it needs work.

never the less- there you go. squatsmegee here LOL
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Re: Strength & Fitness 2016
« Reply #765 on: March 29, 2016, 08:25:49 AM »
wanted to share essentially the end of my program. technically it is a 6 week program - but it does have the flexibility to allow you 2 lifts a week instead of 3 to allow you to recover as the weights go up- so it's stretched out a little longer for me but this is technically the last lift- I'll attempt it one more time on Thursday to see if I can get closer to 20 reps.

I did fail. And I'm still extremely proud of the work I've done. 2 years ago- I ran this exact same program and I started at 95 pounds and worked up to 175 and failed at 175.   I felt like I was not as strong across the board and I mentally struggled much more with the work. This time around it was less mentally taxing- it was still extremely difficult and these last 4 or 5 lifts were significantly mentally challenging. But I smashed 180- and felt really solid on 185- and really the true work for me was 190, 195 and 200- and the fact I managed to add this kind of weight and still feel comfortable makes me really happy.

https://youtu.be/ayEP-f6m98I

I feel like watching this I can get more- but- my issue is getting out of the hole- which I mentally apparently struggle with- I lose all bracing through my torso and just can't hold my body up.  This program is to be run without a belt- which is good and bad- I'm a MUCH better squatter with a belt- I can hold my tension much much better (duh)- but half the point of this is to improve without it. So- no belt. But- it's a weakness and it needs work.

never the less- there you go. squatsmegee here LOL

Nice work, that's some serious progress in a few years! I can't watch the video from work, so I'll check it out later today when I get home. :) I love squat videos! :D

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Re: Strength & Fitness 2016
« Reply #766 on: March 29, 2016, 08:33:20 AM »
I finally made it back into the gym yesterday! I hit a breaking point mentally with my coach and training and just needed to walk away. I took about 2 weeks off and have transitioned to "intuitive eating" (like how normal people eat :P ) and just feel a lot happier. I was still getting in some light cardio or yoga most days but I haven't touched a weight since March 11.

My new training program started last night with a strength oriented leg day:
Squats 135x6 for 4 sets
Front Squats 75x8 for 4 sets
Barbell Lunges 65x8 for 4 sets
Barbell Hip Thrusts 95x8 for 5 sets
Rope Pull Throughs 30x8 for 5 sets
Calf Raises on Smith 90x25, 25, 25, 20, 18, 20

That's a volume PR for me on Squats! :D I had a really great glute pump going on too. The whole workout took an hour and a half.

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Re: Strength & Fitness 2016
« Reply #767 on: March 29, 2016, 10:08:25 AM »
I haven't checked in in awhile...


mostly because this ninja warrior thing has disrupted my normal training - I've stopped my normal power lifting regiment completely, just been doing crossfit and ninja warrior specific training, but neither has really easy to quantify progression standards (like - 5 reps, X pounds, compared to Y pounds last week), so it feels like there is nothing specific enough to report.


I did a practice "competition" at the Ninja Warrior gym, failed on an original obstacle by Brian Ketcsh (trampoline jump to an extra fat diameter steel trapeze bar, I'd guess about a 4inch diameter pipe).  Hurt my wrist pretty good on my second attempt at it, its been slowly getting better over the past week, I have one week left to get to 100% before the real thing.


After ANW I'll start going back to dedicated strength training (I don't want to add mass before ANW since so much of it is lifting my own bodyweight), try to bulk up for this year's Bay to Breakers, and also start running.


On the plus side, I can at least say we have been pretty consistently going to crossfit (which covers both strength and cardio) 2-3 times a week, plus my one ANW training each week means we have been keeping up with the process goals




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Re: Strength & Fitness 2016
« Reply #768 on: March 29, 2016, 10:09:03 AM »
I finally made it back into the gym yesterday! I hit a breaking point mentally with my coach and training and just needed to walk away. I took about 2 weeks off and have transitioned to "intuitive eating" (like how normal people eat :P ) and just feel a lot happier. I was still getting in some light cardio or yoga most days but I haven't touched a weight since March 11.

My new training program started last night with a strength oriented leg day:
Squats 135x6 for 4 sets
Front Squats 75x8 for 4 sets
Barbell Lunges 65x8 for 4 sets
Barbell Hip Thrusts 95x8 for 5 sets
Rope Pull Throughs 30x8 for 5 sets
Calf Raises on Smith 90x25, 25, 25, 20, 18, 20

That's a volume PR for me on Squats! :D I had a really great glute pump going on too. The whole workout took an hour and a half.

Thank you (for the previous comment)

And welcome back to the gym after your break!!!  that's a lot of booty work especially after a 2 week hiatus!! that's awesome!   How are you feeling today?  little creaky I bet!  (I know I am from yesterdays)

I'm debating if i want to jump onto a program that does body parts- haven't done that in years- but it's so fun!!! go blast some buns with lunges and bb hip thrusts and what not- it's just SO much fun to torture yourself like that. I LOVE it.



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Re: Strength & Fitness 2016
« Reply #769 on: March 29, 2016, 11:15:43 AM »
In October I could barely swim 50 yards using breaststroke before getting tired.

Yesterday after 5 months of USMS swimming classes once a week I swam 1.43 miles (2525 yards) in 55:00!!

Yippee

Body weight is also down to the 203-204 range.

Way to go! I just started swimming last August and it's still a struggle at times. haha! I'm super impressed by your time/distance! I can usually do a (pool) mile in about an hour.

I still haven't quite grasped why the pool mile is shorter than a real mile. So I usually push a few more laps to know I got in a 'full' mile. 

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Re: Strength & Fitness 2016
« Reply #770 on: March 29, 2016, 12:11:59 PM »
I finally made it back into the gym yesterday! I hit a breaking point mentally with my coach and training and just needed to walk away. I took about 2 weeks off and have transitioned to "intuitive eating" (like how normal people eat :P ) and just feel a lot happier. I was still getting in some light cardio or yoga most days but I haven't touched a weight since March 11.

My new training program started last night with a strength oriented leg day:
Squats 135x6 for 4 sets
Front Squats 75x8 for 4 sets
Barbell Lunges 65x8 for 4 sets
Barbell Hip Thrusts 95x8 for 5 sets
Rope Pull Throughs 30x8 for 5 sets
Calf Raises on Smith 90x25, 25, 25, 20, 18, 20

That's a volume PR for me on Squats! :D I had a really great glute pump going on too. The whole workout took an hour and a half.

Thank you (for the previous comment)

And welcome back to the gym after your break!!!  that's a lot of booty work especially after a 2 week hiatus!! that's awesome!   How are you feeling today?  little creaky I bet!  (I know I am from yesterdays)

I'm debating if i want to jump onto a program that does body parts- haven't done that in years- but it's so fun!!! go blast some buns with lunges and bb hip thrusts and what not- it's just SO much fun to torture yourself like that. I LOVE it.

Booty is sore! Lol, but feels good to be back. I designed the program for both myself and my DH, I need the glute work to keep up my "figure" for bikini competitions, he needs it because he is seriously imbalanced between quad strength and glute strength and I'm hoping this will help fix his tendency to injure his back when going heavy on squats and deads.

Gotta love the bodybuilding body part splits! I've always trained that way, I am afraid to jump into some of the other training styles were you squat, bench and dead all in one day. Maybe for my next cycle?

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Re: Strength & Fitness 2016
« Reply #771 on: March 29, 2016, 01:53:10 PM »
I finally made it back into the gym yesterday! I hit a breaking point mentally with my coach and training and just needed to walk away. I took about 2 weeks off and have transitioned to "intuitive eating" (like how normal people eat :P ) and just feel a lot happier. I was still getting in some light cardio or yoga most days but I haven't touched a weight since March 11.

My new training program started last night with a strength oriented leg day:
Squats 135x6 for 4 sets
Front Squats 75x8 for 4 sets
Barbell Lunges 65x8 for 4 sets
Barbell Hip Thrusts 95x8 for 5 sets
Rope Pull Throughs 30x8 for 5 sets
Calf Raises on Smith 90x25, 25, 25, 20, 18, 20

That's a volume PR for me on Squats! :D I had a really great glute pump going on too. The whole workout took an hour and a half.

Thank you (for the previous comment)

And welcome back to the gym after your break!!!  that's a lot of booty work especially after a 2 week hiatus!! that's awesome!   How are you feeling today?  little creaky I bet!  (I know I am from yesterdays)

I'm debating if i want to jump onto a program that does body parts- haven't done that in years- but it's so fun!!! go blast some buns with lunges and bb hip thrusts and what not- it's just SO much fun to torture yourself like that. I LOVE it.

Booty is sore! Lol, but feels good to be back. I designed the program for both myself and my DH, I need the glute work to keep up my "figure" for bikini competitions, he needs it because he is seriously imbalanced between quad strength and glute strength and I'm hoping this will help fix his tendency to injure his back when going heavy on squats and deads.

Gotta love the bodybuilding body part splits! I've always trained that way, I am afraid to jump into some of the other training styles were you squat, bench and dead all in one day. Maybe for my next cycle?

honestly- unless you're goal is driving for more strength and adding weight to the numbers- the only reason to do it would be out of boredom from what you're doing now.

the only reason I don't do splits- is because I favor powerlifting over stage competition- so my goals are more about #'s than looks (being said I am a professional bellydancer- what I look like- sort of does matter).

I like doing multiple compounds on the same day- but you never get that "burn" and you never get a pump. You just get kicked in the teeth kind of exhausted.
But I like it.

So- if you're going to keep doing stage stuff- totally "eh" LOL- Really doing one 10-12 week rotation of volume strength training will probably help you put on size and build your strength and make you feel really good going into a sculpting stage.  If you like splits- adn you're competing on the stage- I'd stick with splits.

Unless you're really bored- then do something like that because- it's sick and fun in it's own way LOL

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« Reply #772 on: March 29, 2016, 02:01:34 PM »
My goal is to ride my bike early in the mornings at least three days a week. I don't go very far, a little more than 3 miles, but some of that is uphill. I like the feeling of my leg muscles when I'm done. :)

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Re: Strength & Fitness 2016
« Reply #773 on: March 29, 2016, 04:35:27 PM »
wanted to share essentially the end of my program. technically it is a 6 week program - but it does have the flexibility to allow you 2 lifts a week instead of 3 to allow you to recover as the weights go up- so it's stretched out a little longer for me but this is technically the last lift- I'll attempt it one more time on Thursday to see if I can get closer to 20 reps.

I did fail. And I'm still extremely proud of the work I've done. 2 years ago- I ran this exact same program and I started at 95 pounds and worked up to 175 and failed at 175.   I felt like I was not as strong across the board and I mentally struggled much more with the work. This time around it was less mentally taxing- it was still extremely difficult and these last 4 or 5 lifts were significantly mentally challenging. But I smashed 180- and felt really solid on 185- and really the true work for me was 190, 195 and 200- and the fact I managed to add this kind of weight and still feel comfortable makes me really happy.

https://youtu.be/ayEP-f6m98I

I feel like watching this I can get more- but- my issue is getting out of the hole- which I mentally apparently struggle with- I lose all bracing through my torso and just can't hold my body up.  This program is to be run without a belt- which is good and bad- I'm a MUCH better squatter with a belt- I can hold my tension much much better (duh)- but half the point of this is to improve without it. So- no belt. But- it's a weakness and it needs work.

never the less- there you go. squatsmegee here LOL

Excellent lifting, those are quite a few reps to be pulling off in one set with that much weight.  Def something to be proud of.  My only thoughts:

1. I notice you do a fair amount of fidgeting with your legs early in your set between reps.  Maybe you don't realize you do it in the moment, but that alone is easily good for 1-2 reps worth of squat on that set.  Next time try really concentrating on eliminating any movement not associated with the squat.  The same way a runner would strive to make every stride most-efficient, right?

2. As far as your torso strength is concerned - do you do heavy straight-legged deadlifts and bent-over barbell rows?  If you integrate these as power movements for a few months I bet you'll find your spinal erectors aren't an issue going forward.  If you already do them then I recommend giving them as much attention as you're giving your squats.

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Re: Strength & Fitness 2016
« Reply #774 on: March 29, 2016, 04:53:00 PM »
My goal is to ride my bike early in the mornings at least three days a week. I don't go very far, a little more than 3 miles, but some of that is uphill. I like the feeling of my leg muscles when I'm done. :)

Welcome to the gauntlet!! I've got you added to the tracking post.

wanted to share essentially the end of my program. technically it is a 6 week program - but it does have the flexibility to allow you 2 lifts a week instead of 3 to allow you to recover as the weights go up- so it's stretched out a little longer for me but this is technically the last lift- I'll attempt it one more time on Thursday to see if I can get closer to 20 reps.
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never the less- there you go. squatsmegee here LOL

JoRocka, way to fabulously kick ass on that program!!

I haven't checked in in awhile...


mostly because this ninja warrior thing has disrupted my normal training - I've stopped my normal power lifting regiment completely, just been doing crossfit and ninja warrior specific training, but neither has really easy to quantify progression standards (like - 5 reps, X pounds, compared to Y pounds last week), so it feels like there is nothing specific enough to report.


I did a practice "competition" at the Ninja Warrior gym, failed on an original obstacle by Brian Ketcsh (trampoline jump to an extra fat diameter steel trapeze bar, I'd guess about a 4inch diameter pipe).  Hurt my wrist pretty good on my second attempt at it, its been slowly getting better over the past week, I have one week left to get to 100% before the real thing.

Damn, that sucks. Are you able to do a pullup without the wrist giving you crap, or is it going to be hurting on the course? I usually have a show on in the background as I work, and I've gone back to Season 4 of ANW. I'm getting ridiculously excited for you to compete.

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« Reply #775 on: March 29, 2016, 09:29:10 PM »


Damn, that sucks. Are you able to do a pullup without the wrist giving you crap, or is it going to be hurting on the course? I usually have a show on in the background as I work, and I've gone back to Season 4 of ANW. I'm getting ridiculously excited for you to compete.


I can do pullups.  I def. feel it, but its more like soreness than like a sharp pain.  It feels about 50% better after 1 week, so if I'm lucky I'll be at at least 90% in one more week

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« Reply #776 on: March 30, 2016, 06:40:33 AM »
wanted to share essentially the end of my program. technically it is a 6 week program - but it does have the flexibility to allow you 2 lifts a week instead of 3 to allow you to recover as the weights go up- so it's stretched out a little longer for me but this is technically the last lift- I'll attempt it one more time on Thursday to see if I can get closer to 20 reps.

I did fail. And I'm still extremely proud of the work I've done. 2 years ago- I ran this exact same program and I started at 95 pounds and worked up to 175 and failed at 175.   I felt like I was not as strong across the board and I mentally struggled much more with the work. This time around it was less mentally taxing- it was still extremely difficult and these last 4 or 5 lifts were significantly mentally challenging. But I smashed 180- and felt really solid on 185- and really the true work for me was 190, 195 and 200- and the fact I managed to add this kind of weight and still feel comfortable makes me really happy.

https://youtu.be/ayEP-f6m98I

I feel like watching this I can get more- but- my issue is getting out of the hole- which I mentally apparently struggle with- I lose all bracing through my torso and just can't hold my body up.  This program is to be run without a belt- which is good and bad- I'm a MUCH better squatter with a belt- I can hold my tension much much better (duh)- but half the point of this is to improve without it. So- no belt. But- it's a weakness and it needs work.

never the less- there you go. squatsmegee here LOL

Excellent lifting, those are quite a few reps to be pulling off in one set with that much weight.  Def something to be proud of.  My only thoughts:

1. I notice you do a fair amount of fidgeting with your legs early in your set between reps.  Maybe you don't realize you do it in the moment, but that alone is easily good for 1-2 reps worth of squat on that set.  Next time try really concentrating on eliminating any movement not associated with the squat.  The same way a runner would strive to make every stride most-efficient, right?

2. As far as your torso strength is concerned - do you do heavy straight-legged deadlifts and bent-over barbell rows?  If you integrate these as power movements for a few months I bet you'll find your spinal erectors aren't an issue going forward.  If you already do them then I recommend giving them as much attention as you're giving your squats.

Thank you :)

Yes- I am painfully aware of my set up- I've been trying to work to adjust a major imbalance that was causing my left hip to dip down and back at the bottom of my squat- like my right side would hit the bottom and the left kept going. It was really bad- no pain- but I knew it was going to be. I was in physical therapy for the better part of 7 months- it's better- but I'm now struggling with a clean set up (evidently) and some SI joint issues.   I actually noticed on my 195 set- I re-adjusted at the end of my first five squats and immediately felt tired- so yeppers- lost a lot out of the fussing. It's super annoying- I move my feet every so slightly right before I sit down so when I come up I feel like I need to readust.   

2.)- Yes- ISH.
I am currently doing 1 x 15 of stiff leg deadlifts-I usually pull 155-165 for those- and I can get those without my grip giving up.
I noticed I pull those crooked as well- so I'm REALLY fighting to get even.
My BB rows I do 3 x 10-15 depending on the day and how heavy (usually 115 for me without momentum pulls)


 I am going to be incorporating more posterior chain work in the next rotation of programming- more single leg stuff and more glute work. It's something I tend to leave off when I'm doing all power lifting stuff- me thinks- after almost 3 years of pure power training it's time to switch to a program that addresses more imbalances and is a full body split type work rather than strength.  I'd like to get stronger but not at the risk of increasing my noticeable imbalances.

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Re: Strength & Fitness 2016
« Reply #777 on: March 30, 2016, 07:46:08 AM »
I am going to be incorporating more posterior chain work in the next rotation of programming- more single leg stuff and more glute work. It's something I tend to leave off when I'm doing all power lifting stuff- me thinks- after almost 3 years of pure power training it's time to switch to a program that addresses more imbalances and is a full body split type work rather than strength.  I'd like to get stronger but not at the risk of increasing my noticeable imbalances.
Single leg posterior chain work is my life right now. Single leg deadlifts, single leg bridges, single leg squats (w/ trx), single leg lunges (w/ trx, but Bulgarian split squats are effective too). Not only have my glutes & hammies gotten stronger, but my midline stability has improved too which reduces those pesky imbalances.

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« Reply #778 on: March 30, 2016, 09:22:44 AM »
PR'd my Bench Press last night up to 110 lbs 1 RM. Was previously 105. It's all in my head, the 110 went up so easy so I took a breather and tried to go back in for 115 but I've got a sticking point about 2 inches off my chest, guess it's time to incorporate some paused benching again.

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« Reply #779 on: March 30, 2016, 10:22:54 AM »
I am going to be incorporating more posterior chain work in the next rotation of programming- more single leg stuff and more glute work. It's something I tend to leave off when I'm doing all power lifting stuff- me thinks- after almost 3 years of pure power training it's time to switch to a program that addresses more imbalances and is a full body split type work rather than strength.  I'd like to get stronger but not at the risk of increasing my noticeable imbalances.
Single leg posterior chain work is my life right now. Single leg deadlifts, single leg bridges, single leg squats (w/ trx), single leg lunges (w/ trx, but Bulgarian split squats are effective too). Not only have my glutes & hammies gotten stronger, but my midline stability has improved too which reduces those pesky imbalances.

I was doing much more in PT for my inbalance till my SI joint started bothering me- and single leg stuff w/ an SI joint issue is... problematic- but the steroid shot only sort of worked- and the PT only sort of worked- so I'm just going to say fuck it and keep doing the single leg work until I can find someone who is specalizd enough to fix my mechanical issues.
Both of these things are tied together- and since the SI joint isn't going away- might as well keep working on fixing the unbalances to NOT mess my back up under load.

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« Reply #780 on: March 30, 2016, 01:10:40 PM »
I am going to be incorporating more posterior chain work in the next rotation of programming- more single leg stuff and more glute work. It's something I tend to leave off when I'm doing all power lifting stuff- me thinks- after almost 3 years of pure power training it's time to switch to a program that addresses more imbalances and is a full body split type work rather than strength.  I'd like to get stronger but not at the risk of increasing my noticeable imbalances.
Single leg posterior chain work is my life right now. Single leg deadlifts, single leg bridges, single leg squats (w/ trx), single leg lunges (w/ trx, but Bulgarian split squats are effective too). Not only have my glutes & hammies gotten stronger, but my midline stability has improved too which reduces those pesky imbalances.

I was doing much more in PT for my inbalance till my SI joint started bothering me- and single leg stuff w/ an SI joint issue is... problematic- but the steroid shot only sort of worked- and the PT only sort of worked- so I'm just going to say fuck it and keep doing the single leg work until I can find someone who is specalizd enough to fix my mechanical issues.
Both of these things are tied together- and since the SI joint isn't going away- might as well keep working on fixing the unbalances to NOT mess my back up under load.
That doesn't sound fun. I can't believe your PT's response was to give a shot to mask the SI joint pain instead of fixing your movement. I hope it gets better soon.

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« Reply #781 on: March 30, 2016, 04:57:29 PM »
A few exploratory 100 metre runs on both the flat surfaced soft sand, and on the harder sloped sand in the surf zone. No Achilles discomfort. Might be good to go. The soft sand is definitely more work...but the slope of the surface zone is on quite an angle, which could be troublesome.

And I'm going to do a few drop-ins at what I thought to be a gringo-centric gym - turns out it's mostly Mexicans in there. Pretty cheap too. Not quite the setup of my northern gym, but it will serve. Need to throw some iron around before I "wither".

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« Reply #782 on: March 30, 2016, 09:41:11 PM »
The sparkly chickens are working wonders, and I haven't missed a stretch session in 3 weeks. So yay!

A proper-priced gym ($10/month) has finally opened in Vancouver, so I think I might join up. The I can continue on with my new found Zombies, Run! addiction on an elliptical. Seriously, that thing is addictive.

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« Reply #783 on: March 31, 2016, 08:48:08 AM »
A few exploratory 100 metre runs on both the flat surfaced soft sand, and on the harder sloped sand in the surf zone. No Achilles discomfort. Might be good to go. The soft sand is definitely more work...but the slope of the surface zone is on quite an angle, which could be troublesome.

And I'm going to do a few drop-ins at what I thought to be a gringo-centric gym - turns out it's mostly Mexicans in there. Pretty cheap too. Not quite the setup of my northern gym, but it will serve. Need to throw some iron around before I "wither".

Iron is iron! ;) I'm sure you can modify exercises/lifts to work to your needs.

I am going to be incorporating more posterior chain work in the next rotation of programming- more single leg stuff and more glute work. It's something I tend to leave off when I'm doing all power lifting stuff- me thinks- after almost 3 years of pure power training it's time to switch to a program that addresses more imbalances and is a full body split type work rather than strength.  I'd like to get stronger but not at the risk of increasing my noticeable imbalances.
Single leg posterior chain work is my life right now. Single leg deadlifts, single leg bridges, single leg squats (w/ trx), single leg lunges (w/ trx, but Bulgarian split squats are effective too). Not only have my glutes & hammies gotten stronger, but my midline stability has improved too which reduces those pesky imbalances.

I was doing much more in PT for my inbalance till my SI joint started bothering me- and single leg stuff w/ an SI joint issue is... problematic- but the steroid shot only sort of worked- and the PT only sort of worked- so I'm just going to say fuck it and keep doing the single leg work until I can find someone who is specalizd enough to fix my mechanical issues.
Both of these things are tied together- and since the SI joint isn't going away- might as well keep working on fixing the unbalances to NOT mess my back up under load.
That doesn't sound fun. I can't believe your PT's response was to give a shot to mask the SI joint pain instead of fixing your movement. I hope it gets better soon.

I have had trouble with my SI joint too, I saw a PT that specialized in McKenzie therapy and he fixed me with only one exercise! I had reduced pain in a week and total function in about 6. I still get problems occasionally, but I just know I need to reincorporate my PT exercise again.

The sparkly chickens are working wonders, and I haven't missed a stretch session in 3 weeks. So yay!

A proper-priced gym ($10/month) has finally opened in Vancouver, so I think I might join up. The I can continue on with my new found Zombies, Run! addiction on an elliptical. Seriously, that thing is addictive.
I really like the sticker idea. I'm glad it's working! And "Zombie, Run!" is it like a game on the machine? I've heard of/seen those on rowers (fish and darts) but not on the elliptical!

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« Reply #784 on: March 31, 2016, 08:49:09 AM »
Took the dogs for a nice 2ish mile walk yesterday. It was a gorgeous 75 degrees out and sunny.

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« Reply #785 on: March 31, 2016, 10:04:37 AM »
The sparkly chickens are working wonders, and I haven't missed a stretch session in 3 weeks. So yay!

A proper-priced gym ($10/month) has finally opened in Vancouver, so I think I might join up. The I can continue on with my new found Zombies, Run! addiction on an elliptical. Seriously, that thing is addictive.
I really like the sticker idea. I'm glad it's working! And "Zombie, Run!" is it like a game on the machine? I've heard of/seen those on rowers (fish and darts) but not on the elliptical!

Zombies, Run! is actually a story-based app that you can use when running, or doing other cardio - it's a zombie-apocalypse story that you progress through. You run around gathering supplies for your base, and occasionally have to outrun a horde of zombies. You use headphones, so it's actually fairly realistic - you have people from your base radioing you and stuff. I'm just starting it, but the story seems pretty cool so far. After surviving a helicopter crash, I had to locate secret CDC files in an abandoned hospital and get them to the human settlement, with a horde of zombies hot on my trail.

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« Reply #786 on: March 31, 2016, 10:37:17 AM »

A proper-priced gym ($10/month) has finally opened in Vancouver, so I think I might join up. The I can continue on with my new found Zombies, Run! addiction on an elliptical. Seriously, that thing is addictive.
HOLY Crap! $10/month? Canadian? Where did you find a deal like that? That's awesome! I am so jealous.

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« Reply #787 on: March 31, 2016, 10:44:42 AM »

A proper-priced gym ($10/month) has finally opened in Vancouver, so I think I might join up. The I can continue on with my new found Zombies, Run! addiction on an elliptical. Seriously, that thing is addictive.
HOLY Crap! $10/month? Canadian? Where did you find a deal like that? That's awesome! I am so jealous.

It's called "Fit4Less" and basically just a really basic gym - no classes or personal trainers, etc. But that's fine with me - I just want to outrun zombies. They're opening up quite a few of them around Canada it seems.

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« Reply #788 on: March 31, 2016, 11:56:37 AM »
The sparkly chickens are working wonders, and I haven't missed a stretch session in 3 weeks. So yay!

A proper-priced gym ($10/month) has finally opened in Vancouver, so I think I might join up. The I can continue on with my new found Zombies, Run! addiction on an elliptical. Seriously, that thing is addictive.
I really like the sticker idea. I'm glad it's working! And "Zombie, Run!" is it like a game on the machine? I've heard of/seen those on rowers (fish and darts) but not on the elliptical!

Zikoris, glad you are liking that app. I have never used it on a stationary machine, only for running around the lake.

ETYL, check the resource post. It's an android app you install. Fun stuff.

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« Reply #789 on: March 31, 2016, 12:49:09 PM »
The sparkly chickens are working wonders, and I haven't missed a stretch session in 3 weeks. So yay!

A proper-priced gym ($10/month) has finally opened in Vancouver, so I think I might join up. The I can continue on with my new found Zombies, Run! addiction on an elliptical. Seriously, that thing is addictive.
I really like the sticker idea. I'm glad it's working! And "Zombie, Run!" is it like a game on the machine? I've heard of/seen those on rowers (fish and darts) but not on the elliptical!

Zikoris, glad you are liking that app. I have never used it on a stationary machine, only for running around the lake.

ETYL, check the resource post. It's an android app you install. Fun stuff.
Awesome! I could use cardio motivation some days, that looks like a good one. :)

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« Reply #790 on: March 31, 2016, 12:52:48 PM »
The sparkly chickens are working wonders, and I haven't missed a stretch session in 3 weeks. So yay!

A proper-priced gym ($10/month) has finally opened in Vancouver, so I think I might join up. The I can continue on with my new found Zombies, Run! addiction on an elliptical. Seriously, that thing is addictive.
I really like the sticker idea. I'm glad it's working! And "Zombie, Run!" is it like a game on the machine? I've heard of/seen those on rowers (fish and darts) but not on the elliptical!

Zikoris, glad you are liking that app. I have never used it on a stationary machine, only for running around the lake.

ETYL, check the resource post. It's an android app you install. Fun stuff.
Awesome! I could use cardio motivation some days, that looks like a good one. :)

When I said it's the only thing that makes me enjoy running, I wasn't kidding. If you turn on 'intervals' in the settings, occasional swarms of zombies approach and you have to up your speed (by 10% or something like that) or you start dropping stuff/dying.  I did it with biking for a while, but every time I needed to hurry up, I was going uphill. Grrr. Try the free version and let us know how you like it.

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« Reply #791 on: March 31, 2016, 01:54:26 PM »
The sparkly chickens are working wonders, and I haven't missed a stretch session in 3 weeks. So yay!

A proper-priced gym ($10/month) has finally opened in Vancouver, so I think I might join up. The I can continue on with my new found Zombies, Run! addiction on an elliptical. Seriously, that thing is addictive.
I really like the sticker idea. I'm glad it's working! And "Zombie, Run!" is it like a game on the machine? I've heard of/seen those on rowers (fish and darts) but not on the elliptical!

Zikoris, glad you are liking that app. I have never used it on a stationary machine, only for running around the lake.

ETYL, check the resource post. It's an android app you install. Fun stuff.
Awesome! I could use cardio motivation some days, that looks like a good one. :)

When I said it's the only thing that makes me enjoy running, I wasn't kidding. If you turn on 'intervals' in the settings, occasional swarms of zombies approach and you have to up your speed (by 10% or something like that) or you start dropping stuff/dying.  I did it with biking for a while, but every time I needed to hurry up, I was going uphill. Grrr. Try the free version and let us know how you like it.

Outbiking zombies! I must try this. Any problems with not hearing stuff around you? I've never biked with headphones on before. I wonder if I'd still be able to hear the audio with just one in.

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« Reply #792 on: March 31, 2016, 01:59:13 PM »
The sparkly chickens are working wonders, and I haven't missed a stretch session in 3 weeks. So yay!

A proper-priced gym ($10/month) has finally opened in Vancouver, so I think I might join up. The I can continue on with my new found Zombies, Run! addiction on an elliptical. Seriously, that thing is addictive.
I really like the sticker idea. I'm glad it's working! And "Zombie, Run!" is it like a game on the machine? I've heard of/seen those on rowers (fish and darts) but not on the elliptical!

Zikoris, glad you are liking that app. I have never used it on a stationary machine, only for running around the lake.

ETYL, check the resource post. It's an android app you install. Fun stuff.

For others looking, Zombies, Run is also on Apple. I just finished the last mission of season 4 last night! I actually turned off the Zombie chases and use it less for an interval thing than just an enjoyable story when I run. I highly recommend to folks though if you want to listen to something besides straight music while exercising. Its a fun story and this year they have really made the missions customizable for time/length. which is nice!

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« Reply #793 on: March 31, 2016, 02:21:04 PM »
The sparkly chickens are working wonders, and I haven't missed a stretch session in 3 weeks. So yay!

A proper-priced gym ($10/month) has finally opened in Vancouver, so I think I might join up. The I can continue on with my new found Zombies, Run! addiction on an elliptical. Seriously, that thing is addictive.
I really like the sticker idea. I'm glad it's working! And "Zombie, Run!" is it like a game on the machine? I've heard of/seen those on rowers (fish and darts) but not on the elliptical!

Zikoris, glad you are liking that app. I have never used it on a stationary machine, only for running around the lake.

ETYL, check the resource post. It's an android app you install. Fun stuff.
Awesome! I could use cardio motivation some days, that looks like a good one. :)

When I said it's the only thing that makes me enjoy running, I wasn't kidding. If you turn on 'intervals' in the settings, occasional swarms of zombies approach and you have to up your speed (by 10% or something like that) or you start dropping stuff/dying.  I did it with biking for a while, but every time I needed to hurry up, I was going uphill. Grrr. Try the free version and let us know how you like it.

Outbiking zombies! I must try this. Any problems with not hearing stuff around you? I've never biked with headphones on before. I wonder if I'd still be able to hear the audio with just one in.

It's a great time!! That being said, you are correct. You can still hear the audio with one headphone in, and I would never suggest blocking out your hearing, especially if you are street riding. I used to do a single ear bud on trails around here. It takes a touch of practice though to get used to it. I now use a bastardized version of air tube headphones. No buds, just the tube wrapping around my ear. It takes a touch of tweaking, but it doesn't block ambient sound at all.

For others looking, Zombies, Run is also on Apple. I just finished the last mission of season 4 last night! I actually turned off the Zombie chases and use it less for an interval thing than just an enjoyable story when I run. I highly recommend to folks though if you want to listen to something besides straight music while exercising. Its a fun story and this year they have really made the missions customizable for time/length. which is nice!

Thanks for that HC. I keep forgetting that those phones exist. :)

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« Reply #794 on: March 31, 2016, 05:47:56 PM »
Thank you :)

Yes- I am painfully aware of my set up- I've been trying to work to adjust a major imbalance that was causing my left hip to dip down and back at the bottom of my squat- like my right side would hit the bottom and the left kept going. It was really bad- no pain- but I knew it was going to be. I was in physical therapy for the better part of 7 months- it's better- but I'm now struggling with a clean set up (evidently) and some SI joint issues.   I actually noticed on my 195 set- I re-adjusted at the end of my first five squats and immediately felt tired- so yeppers- lost a lot out of the fussing. It's super annoying- I move my feet every so slightly right before I sit down so when I come up I feel like I need to readust.   

2.)- Yes- ISH.
I am currently doing 1 x 15 of stiff leg deadlifts-I usually pull 155-165 for those- and I can get those without my grip giving up.
I noticed I pull those crooked as well- so I'm REALLY fighting to get even.
My BB rows I do 3 x 10-15 depending on the day and how heavy (usually 115 for me without momentum pulls)


 I am going to be incorporating more posterior chain work in the next rotation of programming- more single leg stuff and more glute work. It's something I tend to leave off when I'm doing all power lifting stuff- me thinks- after almost 3 years of pure power training it's time to switch to a program that addresses more imbalances and is a full body split type work rather than strength.  I'd like to get stronger but not at the risk of increasing my noticeable imbalances.

As far as the fidgeting is concerned, if you're keeping your muscles (quads/hams/glutes) under tension at all times, even at the top-pause of your rep then you shouldn't find yourself moving things around.  Can't really tell from your vid - women tend to have more "jiggle" so it's tough to delineate fat vs. muscle movement (lol, no disrespect!).  Your feet should feel velcro'd to the floor.  The whole thing should be smooth and perfectly-controlled.  That all starts with making sure your feet are planted from the beginning of the first rep which is why I recommend visualizing Velcro on the bottom of your shoes.

I'm also wondering about your SI joint issues.  Certainly a couple posts on the internet aren't enough for me to give a good opinion, but anything that is causing you to have to go and get therapy and cortisone shots (I'm assuming that's what it was) isn't working.  If this is a long-time ongoing problem, even if it's intermittent, perhaps there's something biomechanical in your body that just isn't made to do really heavy squats. 

I had a very similar problem with my left shoulder when I started bodybuilding and certain exercises always injured and irritated it.  Tried everything blah blah and several years later randomly found out I have a subluxed vertebra that causes a slight thoracic scoliosis and imbalance in my left shoulder.  No amount of special PT or exercises was ever going to make up for that so I had to adapt and avoid the exercises that irritated it.  Problem solved and I look better than ever.  Hard to say in your case, but very few of us have perfect bilateral symmetry, whether it's skeletal or central nervous system, and some imbalances we're just stuck with.  Hopefully you can work through your problems, but always remember that this stuff adds up over time as we age and it would suck to lose sight of the forest for the trees.  Good luck to you either way, again - hoping you can sort it out.

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« Reply #795 on: April 01, 2016, 08:39:42 AM »
A few exploratory 100 metre runs on both the flat surfaced soft sand, and on the harder sloped sand in the surf zone. No Achilles discomfort. Might be good to go. The soft sand is definitely more work...but the slope of the surface zone is on quite an angle, which could be troublesome.

And I'm going to do a few drop-ins at what I thought to be a gringo-centric gym - turns out it's mostly Mexicans in there. Pretty cheap too. Not quite the setup of my northern gym, but it will serve. Need to throw some iron around before I "wither".

I'm not going to lie- I'm mildly offended by this.   

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Re: Strength & Fitness 2016
« Reply #796 on: April 01, 2016, 09:05:55 AM »
And I'm going to do a few drop-ins at what I thought to be a gringo-centric gym - turns out it's mostly Mexicans in there. Pretty cheap too. Not quite the setup of my northern gym, but it will serve. Need to throw some iron around before I "wither".

I'm not going to lie- I'm mildly offended by this.   

Ha ha. He is in mexico, and initially thought the gym was very much all touristy (for gringos), and was thinking more along the lines of finding one that locals (Mexicans) use. He was mistaken in his assumption and got mostly what he wanted. It's not worth the energy to be mildly offended (oh, and he's Canadian, so I'm sure that he will apologize for it not coming across politely).

Unless you are Canadian, in which case what I just said was intentionally stereotypical, which is worth getting mildly offended over. But then remember I smile as I type it.



Not related, but I did think of you JoRocka. Something odd happened yesterday, and once I wrapped my head around it, the only thing I could think is that it would totally qualify as 'being fabulous'. And gave me additional motivation to ensure that I kick ass this year. It's all vanity based, but since that's a common side effect of working out, I'm fine with it. Spartana and I were chatting, and when I revisit New Orleans, I'm now committed to taking photos of myself in my old stripper clothes. It would not be pretty currently, so in the interest of sparing people grossness, that's a new motivation to keep on keeping on. Does shaved legs and a g-string qualify as fabulous?

If that's TMI, I apologize thread (photos will not be posted here). :)

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Re: Strength & Fitness 2016
« Reply #797 on: April 01, 2016, 09:37:16 AM »
And I'm going to do a few drop-ins at what I thought to be a gringo-centric gym - turns out it's mostly Mexicans in there. Pretty cheap too. Not quite the setup of my northern gym, but it will serve. Need to throw some iron around before I "wither".

I'm not going to lie- I'm mildly offended by this.   

Ha ha. He is in mexico, and initially thought the gym was very much all touristy (for gringos), and was thinking more along the lines of finding one that locals (Mexicans) use. He was mistaken in his assumption and got mostly what he wanted. It's not worth the energy to be mildly offended (oh, and he's Canadian, so I'm sure that he will apologize for it not coming across politely).

Unless you are Canadian, in which case what I just said was intentionally stereotypical, which is worth getting mildly offended over. But then remember I smile as I type it.



Not related, but I did think of you JoRocka. Something odd happened yesterday, and once I wrapped my head around it, the only thing I could think is that it would totally qualify as 'being fabulous'. And gave me additional motivation to ensure that I kick ass this year. It's all vanity based, but since that's a common side effect of working out, I'm fine with it. Spartana and I were chatting, and when I revisit New Orleans, I'm now committed to taking photos of myself in my old stripper clothes. It would not be pretty currently, so in the interest of sparing people grossness, that's a new motivation to keep on keeping on. Does shaved legs and a g-string qualify as fabulous?

If that's TMI, I apologize thread (photos will not be posted here). :)

I'm excited, and that is motivation indeed. That is how I managed to get strict and committed to my goals, signing up for a bikini competition and knowing that I'd be walking on stage in front of hundreds of people and be blasted all over the internet... ;)

So, do you have a deadline (because that is very motivating) and do you have a plan? Have you started weight lifting yet?

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Re: Strength & Fitness 2016
« Reply #798 on: April 01, 2016, 09:38:15 AM »
And I'm going to do a few drop-ins at what I thought to be a gringo-centric gym - turns out it's mostly Mexicans in there. Pretty cheap too. Not quite the setup of my northern gym, but it will serve. Need to throw some iron around before I "wither".

I'm not going to lie- I'm mildly offended by this.   

Ha ha. He is in mexico, and initially thought the gym was very much all touristy (for gringos), and was thinking more along the lines of finding one that locals (Mexicans) use. He was mistaken in his assumption and got mostly what he wanted. It's not worth the energy to be mildly offended (oh, and he's Canadian, so I'm sure that he will apologize for it not coming across politely).

Unless you are Canadian, in which case what I just said was intentionally stereotypical, which is worth getting mildly offended over. But then remember I smile as I type it.



Not related, but I did think of you JoRocka. Something odd happened yesterday, and once I wrapped my head around it, the only thing I could think is that it would totally qualify as 'being fabulous'. And gave me additional motivation to ensure that I kick ass this year. It's all vanity based, but since that's a common side effect of working out, I'm fine with it. Spartana and I were chatting, and when I revisit New Orleans, I'm now committed to taking photos of myself in my old stripper clothes. It would not be pretty currently, so in the interest of sparing people grossness, that's a new motivation to keep on keeping on. Does shaved legs and a g-string qualify as fabulous?

If that's TMI, I apologize thread (photos will not be posted here). :)

Okay- that makes WAY more sense.  I grew up in SoCal- and I go to a gym now in NJ that is a heavily bilingual (a lot of Tagalog and Spanish spoken)- I guess more "off putting" would have made sense- I just never felt like I needed to describe a gym with any ethnicity- which is why I was kind of off put... but that makes total sense.  Thank you for clearing it up.  I'm not usually "offended" it just seemed a really really odd way to describe a gym.

on to your second comment. YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAASSSSSSSSSS GIRL YASSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

a little vanity is okay- (I'm all about dem booty gainz purely b/c I'm a bellydancer and moar booty is moar better)- so YES- EFFING FABULOUS is a goal- and that's an awesome new goal!!! I LOVE IT!!!

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Re: Strength & Fitness 2016
« Reply #799 on: April 01, 2016, 09:55:12 AM »

partana and I were chatting, and when I revisit New Orleans, I'm now committed to taking photos of myself in my old stripper clothes. It would not be pretty currently, so in the interest of sparing people grossness, that's a new motivation to keep on keeping on. Does shaved legs and a g-string qualify as fabulous?

Jordan, I love this challenge. I'm not entirely sure I could be up for it myself, being a good 8 years out of my stripper shape...but maybe it's time I consider this challenge...