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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 October 2013, I'm able to lift:

  • Squat: 455lb
  • Bench: 275lb
  • Overhead press: 170lb
  • Deadlift: 505lb

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


Apr
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awarded  Nice Answer
Apr
1
answered Is supplementing with Glutamine beneficial to exercise performance?
Apr
1
comment Vertical Leap Improvement Plan?
I'm not sure what you are asking here. Are you asking how to improve your vertical in the context of basketball, or are you asking what drills interfere with vertical training, or both? Please decide on one aspect and clarify the question. It has the potential to be a good question.
Apr
1
comment restless neck while doing exercise
charlieweingroff.com/2010/11/packing-in-the-neck
Apr
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comment restless neck while doing exercise
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Apr
1
answered Leg workouts without squats or lunges
Apr
1
comment restless neck while doing exercise
Wouldn't "packing" the neck be more appropriate? I.e. keeps the neck in a neutral position and maintains the tightness required during most exercises.
Apr
1
comment How to determine the quality of a training program
Love the specific, measurable goals. I wish more personal trainers really worked with their clients to develop those. I think I would have gotten a lot more out of the time I used a personal trainer had he taken the time to define what "more fit" meant. I work with a strength coach now, and one of the things he did in addition to this was to take time to find out what did work well for me, and what didn't work as well for me.
Mar
26
comment Are too many carbohydrates proven to be the cause of many diseases?
I think he's making too much out of epidemiological studies. For sedentary people there is nothing wrong with following his advice, and it may or may not work for them. For any athlete, the demands for carbohydrates are much higher as the body needs to replenish glycogen in the muscles. Not every doctor's advice applies to you specifically. Since grains are effective at providing carbohydrates, it is silly to simply exclude them from an athlete's diet. Focusing on high fiber grains controls the insulin response, and helps keep you satisfied longer.
Mar
25
comment lying Leg raises, hand under head
This is the same approach I use. Legs are hanging off the bench so that I have to keep the abs engaged when the legs are at the bottom position.
Mar
25
answered Are too many carbohydrates proven to be the cause of many diseases?
Mar
24
answered Does BMI really matter?
Mar
23
comment How to breathe in lifts requiring tight core (squats, deadlifts)
Conventional, Sumo, hex-bar apply. RDLs and SLDLs are typically assistance exercises that you aren't loading very heavy (compared to a regular deadlift). As a result you can probably get away with normal breathing with them. Do use your core muscles to brace, but if you practice you can breath while doing that.
Mar
22
answered 2 workouts a day, supplementation
Mar
22
comment 2 workouts a day, supplementation
Additionally, they only consider human studies (excluding rat studies).
Mar
22
revised How to breathe in lifts requiring tight core (squats, deadlifts)
add missing words to make it clearer
Mar
22
answered How to breathe in lifts requiring tight core (squats, deadlifts)
Mar
21
answered Gaining muscle but scale showing more body fat percentage?
Mar
21
comment DOMS: Good or Bad?
More accurately, DOMS can mask fatigue. I'm not sure of the mechanisms of DOMS itself, some hypotheses attribute it to lactic acid buildup in your muscles, other say that isn't true but don't really provide an understandable explanation. Fatigue is something you will deal with over time with weight training--it's one of the primary reasons we stop making progress. DOMS is ignore-able pain. But yes, the best approach is to keep making progress in either weight or volume week to week or month to month.
Mar
20
comment DOMS: Good or Bad?
Potentially not, but the last article I linked to (compounding fatigue) has a lot of good information to understand yourself better and what to do when you are fatigued. I have trained when very sore and had no problems some days, and other days I have had problems. It's not a sure bet.