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Mar
17
awarded  Nice Answer
Mar
17
comment Is there any objective reason for the hatred towards the pulldown machine?
One method I use when I can't pick between two overlapping exercise is to split the volume: instead of 3x5 with A, I do 2x5 with A and 1x5 or 2x5 with B. And overtraining doesn't happen muscle-by-muscle or all of a sudden. The goal is to stress your muscle groups and other soft tissues, that's why you're doing these exercises
Mar
16
comment Is there any objective reason for the hatred towards the pulldown machine?
@Mephisto Yet again, this is a situation where your real question is a lot more interesting and answerable than the one you posted. Go ahead and add a set or two of lat pull-downs after you do your ring rows. Maintain strict form and increase the weight every time. If there's an assisted pull-up machine, use that instead.
Mar
16
answered Is there any objective reason for the hatred towards the pulldown machine?
Mar
16
comment You've heard it said, “Lift with your knees, not your back.” What in the world is a deadlift, then?
1) I don't see any advantage in terms of dropping a real-life object between pseudo-squatting or pseudo-deadlifting, and 2) if one has a solid deadlift, I see no reason to avoid the movement with real objects of moderate weight.
Mar
14
answered You've heard it said, “Lift with your knees, not your back.” What in the world is a deadlift, then?
Mar
14
comment You've heard it said, “Lift with your knees, not your back.” What in the world is a deadlift, then?
possible duplicate of Why aren't stiff legged deadlifts bad for your back?
Mar
14
comment You've heard it said, “Lift with your knees, not your back.” What in the world is a deadlift, then?
I disagree gently with the second section but the first is a fantastic description of why "lift with your legs" doesn't always apply.
Mar
14
comment You've heard it said, “Lift with your knees, not your back.” What in the world is a deadlift, then?
@Tyler Lower back soreness can occur with both correctly and incorrectly performed deadlifts, in my experience.
Mar
12
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Mar
11
comment What do I do when goblet squat weight isnt enough?
(Grip can be an issue with the clean, but you should be fine if you hook grip.)
Mar
11
comment What do I do when goblet squat weight isnt enough?
Grip should really not be an issue with front squats. To get a feeling for the front rack position used in front squats, you could try cleaning the bar to your shoulders and then removing your hands entirely to do zombie squats. Best of luck.
Mar
11
answered What do I do when goblet squat weight isnt enough?
Mar
9
comment Gaining strength at constant body weight vs bulking up followed by losing weight
@s3v3ns I do not. The "you" in my sentence means Mephisto, not people generally.
Mar
9
comment Gaining strength at constant body weight vs bulking up followed by losing weight
Bulking and cutting doesn't fit your goals--you just want to gradually get stronger and look better at approximately this size. Working out and fueling that workout generally works for that purpose without explicit bulks and cuts.
Mar
8
answered Gaining strength at constant body weight vs bulking up followed by losing weight
Mar
8
comment Wendler 5-3-1 without squats
@Committingtoaname I power clean about 85% of my front squat, but I hear there are some people who can clean 100% of their front squat.
Mar
8
answered Wendler 5-3-1 without squats
Mar
8
comment Gaining strength at constant body weight vs bulking up followed by losing weight
Why do you want to stay the same weight?
Mar
8
comment Gaining strength at constant body weight vs bulking up followed by losing weight
Why do you want to stay the same weight? What is your height and weight? Could you phrase your question more specifically than "can anybody explain ___?"