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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.


Mar
19
answered For bench press, should I use dumbbells, a barbell, or the Smith machine?
Mar
19
comment Information overload makes me unsure of how to lose fat weight
RE: pull ups... I agree that pull ups are a very useful exercise, however inability to do them is not just the fact they aren't strong enough. It could very well be too much fat. You also don't provide any guidance for how to get strong enough to do pull ups. I personally get about half way up and can't finish the rep--that's due to the extra fat I'm carrying.
Mar
18
answered Information overload makes me unsure of how to lose fat weight
Mar
14
answered Can StrongLifts be modified to be just as effective with light weight?
Mar
11
comment Can alternating grip result in muscle imbalances?
If you keep at it, you'll be able to get over 200kg. It'll probably take more than a year, but you should be able to hit it eventually.
Mar
11
answered Can alternating grip result in muscle imbalances?
Mar
10
answered Good workout regimen for building muscle and losing fat?
Mar
3
awarded  Famous Question
Mar
1
answered Lower back pain during heavy squats
Mar
1
answered Next to no glute / hamstring activation when squatting
Mar
1
awarded  squats
Feb
26
comment How do I check my own form doing weight lifting?
Agreed. I have historically used ironstrong.org for that purpose, and have always gotten good feedback. I still post there, even though I'm working with a coach now.
Feb
26
answered How do I check my own form doing weight lifting?
Feb
26
comment passing out when holding breath
When you say intensive training, what are you doing? Some activities require holding your breath for proper bracing, and other activities where it is both ill advised and potentially dangerous. Do understand that as effort increases so does your need for oxygen.
Feb
20
answered Sharp rib pain after squats in StrongLifts 5x5, breathe problems
Feb
19
comment Are there benefits in having a post workout shake before a workout?
A lot more are referenced in this article: t-nation.com/free_online_article/…
Feb
19
comment Are there benefits in having a post workout shake before a workout?
Here's one study: easacademy.org/research-news/article/…
Feb
19
answered Are there benefits in having a post workout shake before a workout?
Feb
19
comment Are there benefits in having a post workout shake before a workout?
The window of heightened protein synthesis after training is 24 hours long. It's easy to take advantage of that.
Feb
17
comment Mass doubling for a healthy man from marathon training (summer) to weight training (winter)? Normal?
As to bulking, your body is in the optimal muscle making hormonal profile between 10-15% body fat. If you start at or below 10% and keep bulking at a slow and steady pace until you hit 15%, you are in a very good position to remove the fat while keeping just about all your muscle. Don't go overboard and eat the world just because you're bulking. Stick with good foods, just more of them. A good pace for increasing mass would be 3/4 of a pound a week. You can't realistically put on more muscle than that naturally.