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iPhone/iPad developer by day - gym nut by night.

Current strength:

  • Deadlift 250kg (551lb)
  • Squat 200kg (440lb)
  • Bench 140kg (308lb)

@ 82.5kg (181lb) 9% fat


Aug
9
suggested suggested edit on In a bench press, are there any tricks for determining which muscles are the weakest?
Aug
8
comment How do I bench press safely without a spotter?
I tried the roll of shame once, and it really hurt rolling over my pelvis
Aug
8
comment How do I bench press safely without a spotter?
so you'd recommend the power rack then with the safety squat bars?
Aug
8
comment How do I bench press safely without a spotter?
@Chelonian hehe - yeah I think most lifters out there have had this experience once upon a time!
Aug
8
comment How do I bench press safely without a spotter?
let us continue this discussion in chat
Aug
8
comment How do I bench press safely without a spotter?
@DaveLiepmann I maintain that if you want to get to your goal physique as quickly as possible going to (and through) failure along with enough caloric intake will get you where you want to go the quickest. The HARDER you train (when you train), the greater your body's adaptive response. It takes a while of repeatedly hitting the wall of failure or pain (pain is usually the first wall for legs) to find a gap in this wall and push harder. It sounds like nonsense to people that don't train incredibly hard but its the best way I can explain it.
Aug
7
comment How do I bench press safely without a spotter?
@DaveLiepmann Which part? "The last reps should always be hard..." are you quoting passages from the books these programs are from? I'm not sure what you want me to comment on. Since muscle building is about every increasing levels of intensity, a beginner or early intermediate won't have to go to failure to get gains, because the level of intensity is sufficient to stimulate an adaptive reaction in the body. Is this what you are referring to?
Aug
7
comment Why can extreme athletes eat so many calories without health risk?
@medmal don't worry I understand - I LOVE the olympics.
Aug
7
comment Why can extreme athletes eat so many calories without health risk?
Its a common phenomenon that "everyone knows" science (or broscience) is often a few decades behind what the scientists know. It takes a while for new knowledge to filter down to universities and especially schools. Most of us stop caring/learning once we leave our educational institutions and continue to parrot what we were taught decades prior. I would hope that people on this site answering questions are always reading the latest research.
Aug
7
comment Why can extreme athletes eat so many calories without health risk?
+1 million!! @RobinAshe you are so correct about the cholesterol. Sustained levels of insulin (mostly caused by high levels of digested glucose) is what scientists are seeing causes the inflammation in the first place which is what causes the liver to release the cholesterol!!
Aug
7
comment Is a diet high in fruit as detrimental as one that includes sugary snacks?
if thats ALL the OP is eating, then they need to be stepping up their calories ;).
Aug
7
comment How do I train my calf muscles?
Are you really in your 90s :)?
Aug
7
comment How do I bench press safely without a spotter?
@DaveLiepmann - Dangerous to go to failure with squats?? I'm speechless. Are any of the guys/girls on this site answering questions < 10% body fat and able to lift decent amounts of weight? The one thing that separates the good physiques from the mediocre is a lot of hard work - that means lifting as much as you possibly can (in reps or weight), every set, every day, every exercise. Tapering volume through sets and over the particular number of weeks in your training cycle helps your body recover as fatigue builds - not doing half assed lifts.
Aug
7
answered When are the physical benefits of a single workout realized?
Aug
7
comment How to sculpt masculine VS feminine chest?
@JeremyLikness +1 for helping to debunk the widespread sculpting myths!
Aug
7
comment How do I train my calf muscles?
@Sancho is that pounds or kilograms when you say you've improved your squat to 240?
Aug
6
comment What can a vegetarian eat on a low carb diet?
Cardio is NOT the most efficient way to improve your body composition. Your bodies ADAPTIVE response is always the most prominent one. Through cardio, your body burns fat (and muscle) so that you have enough fuel to continue doing your activity. In other words, your body EATS itself to supply enough fuel for your endurance activity. Strength training, BUILDS your body and causes it to ADAPT to hold potential energy stores as muscle not fat. Eating a controlled diet whilst strength training and NO CARDIO is the single most best thing I've ever done for my physique.
Aug
6
comment Is a diet high in fruit as detrimental as one that includes sugary snacks?
why you trying to split hairs? YES eating the quantities of fruit the OP described in his question's content WILL make him fat and there is NOT much difference between sugary snacks and a glass of orange juice. A glass of orange juice has about 80-90% of the calories (mostly from sugar) of a can of coke.
Aug
6
comment How do I bench press safely without a spotter?
@MeadeRubenstein Obviously I'm saying he should rush out and buy some apparatus so he CAN go to failure and see some real gains. Wasting your time otherwise. Our bodies are an adaptive organism. Push it beyond what it can currently do, and it will grow to accommodate your new activities. Repping away without straining yourself waiting for the magic fairy to bless them with muscle once you've gone through the dance routine - I see it all the time. There are so many people at my gym doing that and looking the same year after year. Here's the 'secret': PAIN - HARD WORK - PAIN.
Aug
6
comment Is a diet high in fruit as detrimental as one that includes sugary snacks?
To much fruit will still make you fat - which is the reason why the OP asked the question in the first place.