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Aug
23
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?
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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
20
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
19
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
19
revised Stronglifts - Why is my bench press/row progress lagging behind?
Added additional info as requested.
Aug
19
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
19
answered Exercise increases creativity?
Aug
19
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.
Aug
19
asked Stronglifts - Why is my bench press/row progress lagging behind?
Aug
19
accepted How can I make myself get enough sleep?
Aug
19
comment How can I make myself get enough sleep?
Could you explain the suggestion to "air out the bedroom beforehand"? Are you suggesting I open the windows and turn a fan on before going to bed? How would that help?
Aug
19
comment How can I make myself get enough sleep?
Thanks for a very very thorough answer! As regards exercise, as I said I found that exercising before bed has a very negative effect on my ability to sleep, so I don't do that anymore. I used to do it every now and then because I didn't have time to exercise early in the day and my gym is 24-hours. But now I know better.
Aug
18
comment How can I make myself get enough sleep?
Salsero69 - I'm sure that's a factor sometimes. But the fact is that this is a problem I've been facing every day for years, so it's not caused by anxiety or excitement about anything in particular. I do tend to have a very active mind at night (it's part of the "night owl" thing I can't seem to change).
Aug
18
comment Exercises for a programmer sitting by the PC all day
+1. And my experience mirrors @tr9sh's.
Aug
18
asked How can I make myself get enough sleep?