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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.


Feb
14
answered Are dumbbells alone enough to build strength?
Feb
14
answered What weight dumbbells should I buy?
Feb
13
answered Worthwhile to cross-train while preparing for half-marathon
Feb
13
comment If I build up my muscles and then don't use them for a while, then will the “build-up” regress after a while?
Also important to note is the effect of "muscle memory". When you start training again, your body will regain its old strength faster the second time than it took the first time.
Feb
13
answered What is the cheapest, quickest way to gain some basic muscle?
Feb
10
answered Is the Pendlay row the same as a bent-over barbell row?
Feb
9
comment weight/bodyweight training and some of its “negative” side effects
Look into LeanGains or something similar. You don't have to do the intermittent fasting part, although that does accelerate things a bit. However, carb and calorie cycling (both parts of the protocol) are proven workers. If you are within 15% body fat (flat stomach, no definition), then you can use the "Recomp" protocol. +20% on training days, -20% on rest days--training 3 days a week.
Feb
9
answered weight/bodyweight training and some of its “negative” side effects
Feb
7
answered Guidelines for taking useful progress pictures
Feb
7
comment How to keep fit while travelling long-term?
Describe what travelling long term means. There's only so much you can do while on a bus, but when you are not sitting there are some things you can do. It just helps to understand what the days look like.
Feb
6
answered Do carbs make people sleepy?
Feb
6
comment Any authoritative references for strength training nutrition requirements?
It's the proportions that are off. Fats are an important part of dietary requirements--not to mention the number of fat born vitamins that are quite necessary to weightlifting like Vitamin D, and the Omega-3 balance needed as well.
Feb
4
comment Any authoritative references for strength training nutrition requirements?
That is contrary to most weightlifting dietary guidelines I've found. The insulin spike needed from carb intake post workout is well documented, and restores the glycogen you just depleted. However, keeping the insulin spiked too much for too long leads to inducing a cortisol response as well as putting someone in an insulin resistant state. Very not good.
Feb
3
comment Working out - do taller people have it harder?
@Ivo Flipse: I believe you provided the definition of power. Power is even more telling when you are comparing Olympic lifts to the slower "power lifts". Moving a barbell the same distance, but at a faster rate of speed requires more power.
Feb
3
answered Any authoritative references for strength training nutrition requirements?
Feb
2
answered How do I increase my stamina for dancing?
Feb
2
comment How do I increase my stamina for dancing?
Conditioning, like all exercise is specific. If you condition yourself for low intensity long periods of activity--that's all you will be able to do. If you condition yourself for reasonable bursts of activity and corresponding amount of rest as you have in your class, you can get your wind up. But if you don't do anything hard, you will live groundhog day.
Feb
1
answered Incorporating kettlebell exercises into an existing workout plan
Feb
1
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Jan
31
comment What is the best Olympic weightlifting instructional?
Ah, I think that got lost. If you edit your answer to put the instructional videos first, and draw more attention to it, this would be a much better answer. I agree that the Wendler program is great, but it should be an addendum, and not the first part of your answer.