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comment Under What Conditions Will Muscles End Up Weaker After Work Out?
And where do you work out? Are you sure it's always the same bar?
7h
comment Under What Conditions Will Muscles End Up Weaker After Work Out?
Oh, and how about form in the bench press? Did you switch your stance, set-up, or the standards you hold yourself to? I lost forty pounds on my bench once when I stopped cheating with a back arch and bouncing reps.
7h
comment Under What Conditions Will Muscles End Up Weaker After Work Out?
Whoa, I just saw the 3 mile run for warm-up. Has that changed at all in pace, environment, or feeling? Have you tried a shorter run before a 5RM attempt on bench?
7h
comment Under What Conditions Will Muscles End Up Weaker After Work Out?
What happens when these lifts drop? Do you fail the last rep, do you hurt yourself, do you not have the energy to do the set at all, do you chicken out? How is your pre-workout ritual, and how have your energy levels been generally and during each workout?
17h
comment Under What Conditions Will Muscles End Up Weaker After Work Out?
What were your push-ups like six months ago? Were they 3x17 then too?
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comment Under What Conditions Will Muscles End Up Weaker After Work Out?
A comprehensive list is a bit broad. Maybe narrow this down by specifying your situation? What lifts, what sets and reps and weights, what days of the week, with what diet, and a description of your sleep and stresses.
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comment Do explosive movements necessarily lead to injury over time?
@CortAmmon your comments would make a good answer
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comment Do explosive movements necessarily lead to injury over time?
@cheaterpushups That's a separate question, and a fairly broad one.
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comment Do explosive movements necessarily lead to injury over time?
@cheaterpushups Yes, the question's initial assumption being wrong is my point. As to slow & deliberate versus fast, there's a lot of additional nuance but yes, fast is generally more productive.
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comment When is 5x5 deadlifts too much volume?
@AlexL I think the paragraph containing the sentence you reference stands as a coherent thought on that matter. Doubles aren't the relevant variable, mass on the bar is. Singles and doubles and 1x5 and other set/rep schemes are merely tools to manipulate the relevant variable. Personally I think that since he's taken 5x5 to 325 he should switch to 1x5 and see how far he can go. In my own training, singles & doubles work but require a different kind of recovery and attitude towards training sets.
Aug
28
comment Are protein supplements used outside of bodybuilding?
@MischaArefiev This is a situation where I find the claim so basic that I just googled "protein satiation" and got a full page of relevant links. Here's one example: ajcn.nutrition.org/content/82/1/1.full
Aug
28
comment Are protein supplements used outside of bodybuilding?
@MischaArefiev It's not quite so absurd. High-protein diets can be an excellent way to lose fat weight, since protein is usually highly satiating and relatively low-calorie compared to fat or carb, thereby reducing overall calorie intake. High protein diets are also superior in maintaining muscle mass while on a caloric deficit. I don't believe shakes are a great way to accomplish this goal but it's not like drinking protein shakes for body recomp is an idea built on ludicrous assumptions.
Aug
27
comment What is meant by the assertion that high repetitions of pushups do not build strength?
The athlete would be more muscular, even more capable, but not stronger. Someone who can exert greater peak force (in this case, bench press more) than another person is stronger than that other person, regardless of other factors. The disparity in push-up ability reflects the subjective nature of the push-up: it is reflective of not just absolute strength, but relative strength and muscular endurance and body mass. I fail to see how this is a problem. A person can be superior to another person in one dimension but inferior in others.
Aug
27
comment What is meant by the assertion that high repetitions of pushups do not build strength?
@RobSterach Strength is a technical term; it is not worried about the supposed contradiction such a scenario poses. Regardless, the terms "absolute strength" and "relative strength" are used to distinguish your two hypothetical persons.
Aug
24
comment What is meant by the assertion that high repetitions of pushups do not build strength?
Sure, no problem. The distinction is that maximal effort is not maximal force. Maximal effort is required to take a single step at the end of running an ultramarathon, but that doesn't demonstrate strength (in the technical sense). One must distinguish "strength" in everyday language (meaning effort, physicality, or mental fortitude) from "strength" the technical term (meaning how much peak force one can exert).
Aug
14
comment Deadlifts are tiring me out faster than squats and bench press?
"5 lifts" = 5 sets or 5 reps? What kind of weight (or proportions of bodyweight) are we talking about here?
Jul
23
comment Technique Improvement for StrongLifts [Form Check]
Looking at it again, the big thing you need to do is stop breathing during each rep. Take a big breath before each rep, brace your core, and hold your breath throughout the rep. Exhale when done with the rep, take a breath or two if necessary before the next one, then inhale and brace again. You could squat 25 more pounds today if you do that and get your mind right.
Jul
23
comment Technique Improvement for StrongLifts [Form Check]
@PrakashWadhwani With the kind of bar speed in those videos, there is absolutely no way you should be failing with 5 or 10 more pounds on any of those lifts. You have a lot of room to add weight, as long as you recognize that the bar will move more slowly and that you'll have to brace yourself, breath, and reset between reps.
Jul
23
comment How to reduce fatigue at the gym
@Amir Cardio means essentially "anything that makes you sweaty and out of breath", so all sorts of options exist—swimming, running, calisthenic circuits—but none of these will be both easier and more effective.
Jul
23
comment How to reduce fatigue at the gym
You tried 5-6 times over what kind of time span? One week, or six months?