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Professional developer since 2000. Currently Senior Developer at Virtual Advantage. I work on ScoutCMS.


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awarded  Nice Question
Aug
26
comment Is it possible to self learn any hand combat skills or martial arts?
The question is broad enough that the answer is almost certainly "yes". 'Can I learn any hand-to-hand combat skills to any degree by myself?' Yes, I'm sure if you worked by yourself to improve your hand-to-hand combat that it would at least be possible for you to learn or accomplish something. But I doubt you'd be the equal of someone who trained with an instructor. If your question was more specific, eg "is it possible to attain green-belt level karate proficiency by self-study", it might be easier to give a yes or no answer (probably "no").
Aug
26
comment How can I reconcile the need for rest with “greasing the groove” on pull ups?
Regarding your statement in the last paragraph - that rest is overgeneralized and that there are people who do hard labor every day without resting - well, finding out the reason for that is pretty much the intent of my question. I'm wondering why this is so.
Aug
24
answered When are electrolyte/sports drinks necessary?
Aug
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accepted How can I reconcile the need for rest with “greasing the groove” on pull ups?
Aug
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comment How can I reconcile the need for rest with “greasing the groove” on pull ups?
So would jumping at the bar for 1 rep 4-5 times throughout the day qualify as "sub maximal"? I would think that if you can't even do 1 pull-up, that any attempt you make would be maximal effort.
Aug
23
comment How can I reconcile the need for rest with “greasing the groove” on pull ups?
@Dave - Thanks. I'm still figuring this out. The author of the Stronglifts site suggests that if you want to do pull-ups/chin-ups you can do them after your deadlift on your "B" workout, roughly 3 times per 2 weeks. So that's what I'm going to do for now. But I'm still curious why the two approaches I mentioned seem so different.
Aug
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asked How can I reconcile the need for rest with “greasing the groove” on pull ups?
Aug
20
comment Stronglifts - Why is my bench press/row progress lagging behind?
I started my bench press and rows at 52 lbs for both, according to my records. The suggested Stronglifts goals that I linked to list a target bench press weight that's 20 lbs higher than rows. I'm curious why you think rows should be the heavier lift.
Aug
20
revised Stronglifts - Why is my bench press/row progress lagging behind?
Added graph
Aug
20
comment Stronglifts - Why is my bench press/row progress lagging behind?
Thanks for a helpful answer. +1 especially for using shorter sets during warmup. I didn't realize Stronglifts suggests using fewer reps as you increase the warm up weight. But I just went back and re-read it, and yes. It does say that. Also you're right I am not sleeping as well as I should, as per my question from a couple days ago link.
Aug
20
accepted Stronglifts - Why is my bench press/row progress lagging behind?
Aug
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comment Stronglifts - Why is my bench press/row progress lagging behind?
I actually just re-read the Stronglifts ebook that I have, and it actually says to switch to 3x5 after you've deloaded twice on an exercise. I never noticed that before! So this is definitely the right answer. Thanks.
Aug
19
comment Stronglifts - Why is my bench press/row progress lagging behind?
I think I may take your advice. One thing - do you think I need to switch to 3x5 for all exercises, or maybe I should do 3x5 squats followed by 5x5 bench press & rows?
Aug
19
comment How can I make myself get enough sleep?
@Matt Chan - Just General Practitioners/Internal Medicine. I was getting my normal bi-annual checkup about 5 years ago, and I asked her about my sleep problem. More recently, I went for a checkup about 2 years ago as a follow up after having bronchitis, and I asked that doctor about my sleeping as well (Still my primary care doctor, but it was a adifferent doctor after my insurance changed).
Aug
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comment Stronglifts - Why is my bench press/row progress lagging behind?
@StupidOne - Added requested info above. I don't really do anything to alter my exercises other than changing the weight. I've heard a lot of mixed opinions about this, but at least I believe I'm doing what other people who have successfully followed Stronglifts have done.
Aug
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revised Stronglifts - Why is my bench press/row progress lagging behind?
Added additional info as requested.
Aug
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comment Stronglifts - Why is my bench press/row progress lagging behind?
@David Liepmann - Yes, I've deloaded many times. When I get home from work I could post a graph, but I don't have the data here. Typically when I fail bench press or rows, I fail on the 3rd or 4th set at some point. Failing bench press typically means the weight goes down to my chest and I can't get it back up no matter what I do. It feels like I crawled under my car and tried to lift it by pushing on the bottom. The weight is NOT going anywhere. When I fail in rows, that typically means I can't get the bar to my chest (or near it). I can always lift the weight SOME distance with rows.
Aug
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answered Exercise increases creativity?
Aug
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comment Exercise increases creativity?
I respectfully disagree with Chris Pietschmann, A question discussing the benefits of exercise, and trying to make others see the benefit of it, seems like a good fit for this site.