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NASM Certified Personal Trainer, 27+ years in the martial arts


Oct
26
comment Progressing to a new program
I'm actually back on 5/3/1 - I was sick for a bit and drop significantly, I used StrongLifts while recovering and back to 5/3/1 - maxs: squat 305, bench 265, dead 455, press 185. I'm 100% behind 5/3/1
Aug
10
comment Shoulder pain during pull ups
@Kneel-Before-ZOD - no, I don't sleep that way...???...
Jul
24
comment Improve overhead press by clean'ing
@Kneel-Before-ZOD - that was my thought, but it actually seems to work. Not sure if it's the momentum or the body getting in better position by performing the clean first
Apr
8
comment Cramping in chest after working out
Popping my sternum? no
Apr
1
comment Shoulder pain during pull ups
@Kneel-Before-ZOD - Been working out for most of my life, last few focusing on lifting....its part of life, eat, lift, drink, make love.
Apr
1
comment Shoulder pain during pull ups
@Kneel-Before-ZOD - I currently work out 4-5 times a week for 17 months and going strong, on the 5/3/1 program...I workout enough :)
Apr
1
comment Shoulder pain during pull ups
@Kneel-Before-ZOD - the pain is still there, but after the first set of 10 it goes away. I'm assuming is arthritis and the movement pumps fluid into the joint to reduce the pain. Just part of life and being over 50
Mar
26
comment Progressing to a new program
I haven't tried strong lifts, but I did do MadCow and thought that was a great pure linear program - 2 cycles and then moved on to 5/3/1
Mar
25
comment Progressing to a new program
I'm actually back on 5/3/1 - cycle 4. I was looking for something 'new' and found 5/3/1 with a little customization was best for me - thanks
Mar
4
comment Best information to keep in a exercise journal and how to keep it
@JohnP - thanks - I modified both title and added to the question
Feb
12
comment Squats with the Smith Machine
Not trying to be sarcastic...but I have strong feelings about focusing on the primary lifts :)
Feb
12
comment Squats with the Smith Machine
@DanAndrews - if 'standard' (non smith machine) squats are better for you - why not focus on them? I know we should do many different things, but shouldn't we focus on the primary lifts and use accessory lifts secondary? FredikD wanted my opinion regarding smith machines (anything to add)...and my base feeling is that the best exercise that you can do is a standard back squat...then if you have time: dead lifts, bench, overhead press, rows...and if you have energy after that - overhead squats, front squats, rack pulls...and if you have energy after that hill sprints
Feb
11
comment Squats with the Smith Machine
FredrikD - don't use a smith machine (simple answer). Here's a link to why: stronglifts.com/smith-machine-squats-power-rack-free-weights
Jan
28
comment cant do push-ups
I would imagine that you would UNLESS you have any long term medical condition (but I would highly suspect that you just pulled or tore something and time heals those things). Never give up
Jan
26
comment Cable pull throughs as alternatives to traditional deadlifts
Why are you looking for an alternative? Is it a location restriction (you don't have the room or ability to deadlift where you are), physical (you have a physical limitation like a lower back problem) or equipment (you just don't have a barbell)?
Jan
26
comment Mitigate workout exhaustion
@ErikAigner - 1g per body weight per day (so if you're 200 lbs, it's 200 grams) - sounds like a lot AND it is. I use creatine pre workout only.
Jan
26
comment Needing some tips on toning up
@Jessica - You took the biggest step, know it's more tough work to get your plan together and follow it. I would start by learning all the basic lifts (deadlift, squat, bench, press) and practicing them for 2-3 weeks (you'll never stop learning how to improve on them). During that time look into the various weight lifting plans (5x5 starting strenght, madcow, 5/3/1) - pick one- and stick with it for 2-3 month min....never give up, never look back and never put yourself in position where you'll get hurt and not be able to train the next day. let us know how it goes - GOOD LUCK
Jan
24
comment How long do I wait after a failed lift?
@ssteinberg - that was it for the day, believe me! My questions is, do I wait a week, month, etc. prior to reattempting the lift?
Jan
23
comment How long do I wait after a failed lift?
No - I ramped up to 455 my prior RM was 435, so I tried to move up 20
Jan
8
comment Cramping in chest after working out
Sorry, the 3-4 months is the time I've had pains - the pain/cramping usually lasts for only a few days - and has happened 2-3 times over the last 3-4 months.