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Lifting stats as of 12/18/11:

5'11", 215lbs, SQ/BP/DL = 435/275/500


Dec
9
comment Can Starting Strength be done by women realistically?
Make sure you're eating enough. If you are dieting, Rippetoe would say You're Not Doing The Program.
Dec
7
comment Taking Protein powder with Artificial sweeteners?
Agreed, as it stands: should you stick to natural powders for what reason? If you think there's a performance tie-in, then it would fit here, but it appears to be about general health concerns, which is not in scope for this site.
Dec
5
comment I am on the Atkins diet and weightlifting everyday, what is this doing to my body?
Just don't confuse low-carb with low-calorie. Though you may find you do lose some fat, SS is a strength program, NOT a weight loss program, and you'll hamper your results if you don't eat enough.
Nov
23
comment What are some ingredients in this protein powder that may negatively effect my health?
Questions about general health and nutrition when not directly concerning exercise/fitness are off-topic for this site.
Nov
7
comment How do gymnasts and dancers remain so slim, yet so agile and strong?
Agree with both these points, however the main points of this answer are correct - weight and specific practice are key. I can speak as a former 200lb wanna-be gymnast (I was once the worst vaulter in the entire NCAA! :-))
Nov
2
comment When starting weights, do I need to take breaks?
Excellent answer. It's amazing how much progress you'll be able to make (in everything, not just strength) with one of those barbell programs and reasonable nutrition. Toss out the "routine" - looks like a giant time-waster!
Nov
2
comment When starting weights, do I need to take breaks?
Don't go into this with a "though not by much" attitude. You want to be as strong as you can be, and shooting high will get you to "normal" much more effectively. Good luck!
Oct
30
comment Can someone who takes steroids get muscle mass even without lifting?
The data shows me that steroids are required for building tricep mass!
Oct
30
comment Can someone who takes steroids get muscle mass even without lifting?
Tiny quibble: mood altering (i.e. roid rage) may be a myth - claim by Bigger Stronger Faster (interesting video on facts & myths of steroids)
Oct
30
comment Can I skip carbohydrates altogether?
I don't have a reference handy, but as an inspiration for another answer I would look into correlations between very low carb intake and lowered testosterone.
Oct
22
comment How can I remove the security tag that holds shoes together?
This question appears to be off-topic because it is not about fitness.
Oct
17
comment Bodyweight Exercise Resources
This would be a better answer if an overview of your recommended routines were given. The links to the books and to your website can be given as a follow-up for more detail, but should not "linkwall" the actual answer.
Sep
22
comment Afraid of dropping weight plates on feet
heh - don't hold the plates over your feet!
Sep
17
comment Troubleshooting “Body By Science” workout
@Ben Nope, I threw this out as bunk a long time ago. I think that Berin is onto something: maybe this could work for a novice. However, almost anything can work for a novice, so I am not a believer.
Sep
1
comment Building muscle and trimming fat at same time? bulking/cutting phases?
As a beginner, you probably CAN lose fat and gain muscle at the same time. Consider barbell training (squats, deadlifts, presses) to replace some of the isolation exercise I infer that you're doing - and I would do the weights before cardio (else you're too tired out to really build strength). Good luck!
Aug
4
comment Replacement for chicken breast for high protein?
Often you get what you pay for. Quality matters.
Jul
9
comment How many pounds of water retention will be caused by 2300 mg of sodium?
I suspect there are way, way too many confounding factors to answer this in vivo. What is your current electrolyte balance (not just sodium, but all of them)? How hydrated were you? How quickly is that sodium digested, and in what form? How hot is it outside? How much will you sweat? I think you get the idea...
Jun
7
comment Losing weight by fasting every other day?
@JohnP I don't think it has to be about "exercise" per se to be on topic. Body re-composition is fair game.
May
23
comment Weight training without putting on fat
What are you eating?
May
21
comment Dumbbell lifts vs Smith Machine lifts
Maybe time to join a new gym! :-X