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I'm a regular over at http://ironstrong.org, started lifting weights regularly in April 2011 after I lost 85lbs of weight. I started modestly, with just the bar on most exercises, and as of April 2014, I'm able to lift:

  • Squat: 455lb
  • Bench: 290lb
  • Overhead press: 170lb
  • Deadlift: 520lb

I'm still improving, both in the amount I can lift, and removing the amount of fat I'm carrying around.


Oct
6
comment Weight training without putting on fat
@DaveLiepmann, I like that suggestion. In a calorie deficit you don't have the fuel for a linear progression program, so you stall out quicker. However, a calorie deficit is the only way to lose weight. I was able to keep getting stronger but still cut fat while doing something like 5/3/1. I also think that using 5/3/1 on the earlier side helps teach patience with the strength process. A lesson that is harder to learn after a beginner program like Grey Skull or Starting Strength.
Oct
2
comment Does stretching muscles help build / tone them?
I'm inclined to interpret that as the weight and the bird's innate reaction to keep the wing where it's supposed to be as the exercise stimulus that caused the growth.
Oct
1
comment Pendlay Row: It doesnt connect the lats
Check this video that came out not too long ago. It may explain why you aren't getting lat activation like you want: youtu.be/G8l_8chR5BE
Oct
1
awarded  Nice Answer
Sep
30
awarded  Explainer
Sep
30
comment How to prevent blisters on plam during normal excercises such as dumb bells
Don't forget to wrap your fingers around the bar and grip tightly.
Sep
30
comment How to prevent blisters on plam during normal excercises such as dumb bells
For pressing movements: stronglifts.com/wp-content/uploads/bench-press-setup.jpg
Sep
30
comment How to prevent blisters on plam during normal excercises such as dumb bells
For pulling movements: cdn.stronglifts.com/wp-content/uploads/…
Sep
30
awarded  Nice Answer
Sep
26
comment Should I take a wight gainer without doing workout?
Just eat more real food.
Sep
26
awarded  Pundit
Sep
25
comment Biochemistry of working out while under psychosocial stress
There's some information in this article: gregnuckols.com/2014/08/13/stress-the-silent-killer-of-gains
Sep
24
comment Is it ok to just randomly ask someone to spot me?
Racist? Really? I live and train in America, and aside from gyms that cater to barbell sports, there's not many people I would ask for a spot. Or is it racist to say that people in Russia seem to know how to train?
Sep
24
awarded  Autobiographer
Sep
24
comment When training on a weight lifting routine, how close to failure is optimal
Forget optimal. You need a range of work at different rep ranges, and to get bigger/stronger you need to build more volume over time. Optimal is both impossible to define nor an absolute concept. Just put in work.
Sep
24
comment I'm trying to choose BarBell for power lifting training.
Keep in mind that Eleiko and Ivanko are like buying the top of the line, and Rogue/Pendlay is like buying high quality mid-range equipment.
Sep
24
comment Is it ok to just randomly ask someone to spot me?
Maybe it's just me, but it seems a lot more people in Russia know a thing or two about lifting than in America--even in the free weight section of a gym.
Sep
24
answered Is it ok to just randomly ask someone to spot me?
Sep
24
answered I'm trying to choose BarBell for power lifting training.
Sep
22
comment Do body fat scales get more accurate with price, and if so, how exactly?
The increase in price doesn't necessarily mean an increase in accuracy. It's still just an approximation based on an approximation. Good enough for general use, but don't put too much confidence in the answers you get.