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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
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.
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.