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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.


Sep
22
answered Gently stretching a lightly sprained ankle
Sep
22
comment Pendlay Row: It doesnt connect the lats
Lastly, if you can do pull ups, feel free to add them in. Just do 3 sets for as many reps as possible after all the required work is done. It's best to maintain that skill.
Sep
22
comment Pendlay Row: It doesnt connect the lats
Also, and this is very important, DOMS is a poor indicator of what was actually worked. All DOMS tells you is that you hit your muscles in a way they weren't used to. If you built up the volume every time you wouldn't see the DOMS. However, you said you started at 65 and went to 80 lbs since July this year. The way I wrote the progression was to build up the volume each time. You shouldn't be able to increase 15 lbs in 8 weeks time. There was a reason we started at 3x8 and added a rep each time to 3x12 with every weight increase.
Sep
22
comment Pendlay Row: It doesnt connect the lats
Without seeing any video, it's hard to diagnose. You might be cheating by using the rest of the back to explode the bar up. You might be rounding at the low back or just be in a bad position.
Sep
20
comment Pendlay Row: It doesnt connect the lats
Practice is an important aspect of performing lifts, however assistance work can help fill in areas where you are weak. There are variations of rows that hit the muscles slightly differently, so they all have their place.
Sep
20
comment Does stretching muscles help build / tone them?
There's a lot of value in stretching. It just doesn't build muscle. It does, on the other hand, help it work better. I wouldn't take my answer to mean "don't stretch".
Sep
19
revised How to prevent blisters on plam during normal excercises such as dumb bells
grammar
Sep
19
answered How to prevent blisters on plam during normal excercises such as dumb bells
Sep
19
comment How to prevent blisters on plam during normal excercises such as dumb bells
Any pointers for helping him grip the implements better?
Sep
19
comment How to prevent blisters on plam during normal excercises such as dumb bells
RE: Update... NO! Gloves actually make it worse by making it harder to grip the bar and easier to pinch the skin. That results in more callouses, and added friction increases the chance of blisters... but now with more opportunities (like between fingers).
Sep
18
comment hip and oblique muscle imbalance
The rear leg resting on a bench forces the front leg to do more work. Essentially it increases the difficulty of the exercise. Regular split squats (no legs elevated) are also a decent exercise, but there is a little more cooperation with the two legs than the Bulgarian variation.
Sep
15
comment ways to improve a glute/leg workout?
I'm confused by the statement that you can't increase your squats because you can't get the bar over your head. Aren't you squatting out of a rack of some sort?
Sep
15
comment ways to improve a glute/leg workout?
To a lesser extent, Romanian deadlifts and stiff legged deadlifts also help. Those are more hamstring dominant though.
Sep
15
revised Does stretching muscles help build / tone them?
grammar. too instead of two
Sep
15
comment How to lose fat while lifting weights and not doing any cardio?
Just remember, reducing rest increases fatigue during training. Be patient with yourself while you get used to it.
Sep
15
comment How to lose fat while lifting weights and not doing any cardio?
Provided that you do your main work first and you are doing your assistance work in circuits you won't have any problems. Alternatively you can have a day dedicated to 1 big grueling circuit.
Sep
12
comment Is my training volume too large for optimal gains
Cutting is like rowing into a headwind. You'll make progress, but it's a bit more effort. How deep a cut corresponds to how strong the headwind is.
Sep
12
answered Is my training volume too large for optimal gains
Sep
11
comment Does eating late at night cause weight gain?
I've also learned a few things since I answered this 3 years ago.
Sep
11
comment Strange signs on my skin
Looks like stretchmarks. Unsure if there is any reliable way to get rid of them. It's pretty common for women to get them while they are pregnant. The home remedies to prevent them usually involve rubbing olive oil or something on the skin to let it stretch naturally. Not sure about anything after the fact though.