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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.


Jan
30
comment What should skinny people do to track progress?
Use the big compound lifts like overhead press, bench press, squat, and deadlift to build muscle mass. You can tone it all up with machines and dumbbells once you have it.
Jan
30
answered Adverse effects of NSAIDs during training?
Jan
30
comment What is the best Olympic weightlifting instructional?
NOTE: I like 5-3-1, and am currently using it. It just isn't the answer to the OP's question.
Jan
30
answered What is the best Olympic weightlifting instructional?
Jan
30
comment What is the best Olympic weightlifting instructional?
5/3/1 isn't designed around the Oly lifts, even though they can complement the program. Nor does it provide any input on how to perform the Oly lifts as the OP wanted.
Jan
27
comment Working out - do taller people have it harder?
Sorry about that...
Jan
27
answered Working out - do taller people have it harder?
Jan
26
comment 2 weekly 1 hour cardio sessions vs 4 weekly sessions of 30 min
Hmm, 20 minutes of HIIT is more effective at burning fat than an hour of cardio. Perhaps four 20 minute sessions of HIIT for time economy and more effectiveness... Now I have to find that reference...
Jan
26
comment Foods I can eat a lot of and still be healthy
Be warned, you can have too much fiber, which will leach vitamins/minerals from your intestines before they can be absorbed. Total fiber should be somewhere between 20-35g for the day. Too much and you do more harm than good. Too little and you have constipation issues.
Jan
25
comment Foods I can eat a lot of and still be healthy
Which is again, pretty satiating. However, white chicken meat, and fish are high in protein and lower in fat/calories.
Jan
25
answered Foods I can eat a lot of and still be healthy
Jan
25
answered How healthy is my diet? For maintaining health, and become more fit
Jan
23
comment Is this appropriate training for a person with lumbar L4-L5 and neck C4-C5 protuding disks?
In general, your back should not be bending during most exercise. Instead, you should be pivoting at the hips and keeping the thoracic and lumbar regions rigid. Your core is responsible for this action. You may want to start with planks rather than ab machines, which require no flexion in the back. Back extensions are good as well--AS LONG AS you bend at the hips and not the back. That should help you get a base to start something more substantial with.
Jan
23
answered Elliptical trainer for home use: Concerns about noise
Jan
23
comment What is the best Olympic weightlifting instructional?
I believe this is something that truly requires a coach.
Jan
20
answered Do I need to gain weight if I'm overweight? (Starting StrongLifts program)
Jan
19
answered Are small workouts worth the time?
Jan
19
comment How to accurately measure muscle mass versus body fat?
I'm not thinking in terms of raw accuracy. I'm thinking more in terms of consistency. Just a little difference in hydration can have a profound affect on the percentage that the device shows. And that can be affected by how dry the air is in your house, how much you drank (or didn't), etc.
Jan
18
comment How to accurately measure muscle mass versus body fat?
fitness.stackexchange.com/questions/262/… NOTE: bio-electric impedance devices are notoriously inaccurate--particularly for athletic people (even with the "Athletic Mode").
Jan
18
answered How to accurately measure muscle mass versus body fat?