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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.


Aug
20
answered Stronglifts - Why is my bench press/row progress lagging behind?
Aug
20
comment Does boiling time change an egg's nutritional content?
The compound is neither poisonous nor beneficial. It's a recombining of the elements already in the egg. Ferrous sulfide pills are sometimes given to postpartem mothers to replenish Iron. Having too much iron (like having too much of anything) is not good for you: emedicine.medscape.com/article/1011689-overview. But, you are having no more iron in an egg that is boiled too much than an egg not cooked enough. The compound just makes the yolk green and can impart a funny smell.
Aug
19
answered Is wearing weight adders on arms beneficial?
Aug
19
comment How to properly stretch your Iliotibial Band?
The first question is: are you stretching cold? You do need to properly warm up before and cool down afterwards. Stretching cold muscles is counter-productive.
Aug
18
answered Are military presses any worse than any other exercise?
Aug
18
answered How do you break through a weightlifting plateau?
Aug
18
answered Should you work through soreness?
Aug
18
comment What is proprioception?
Ok, I've heard of it as your kinesthetic sense. It is very important when you are performing your exercise.
Aug
18
answered How to find your one repetition maximum?
Aug
18
answered How to properly stretch your Iliotibial Band?
Aug
17
awarded  Talkative
Aug
17
comment What should be recorded in my workout journal
How you feel is very important, particularly when working with a coach. According to Practical Programming, severe overtraining can come with symptoms that look/feel like clinical depression--and mild overtraining can have reduced performance, symptoms of stress, etc.
Aug
17
comment What's the minimum amount of strength training that will yield a measurable benefit?
Texas method is an intermediate program (weekly gains), as per the reference you cited. 3x5 program is doing me loads of good at the moment. I'll be riding that one until I hit intermediate levels (i.e. I can't increase weight every session).
Aug
15
answered Are there any alternatives to deadlifts?
Aug
12
comment What should I eat to recover from eating only `raw' fruits and vegetables for 6 months?
Bottom line, is that carbs are necessary, but not in the quantity most people eat them.
Aug
12
comment What should I eat to recover from eating only `raw' fruits and vegetables for 6 months?
The major failing of the "food pyramid" is that they don't count starchy vegetables and fruits as carbohydrates. You could follow the USDA's guidelines and have 80% carbohydrates. I think we can all agree that would be disastrous to our waistbands. I also don't believe for a minute that our ancestors did not have any carbohydrates at all. They are contained in fruits and vegetables which they did eat. You can say that our ancestors did anything a million years ago and no one could support or deny it.
Aug
12
comment Is increasing resistance the only possibility to build more muscle mass?
The idea is to increase the potential that your sarcoplasmic hypertrophy work will be able to produce. But yes, if you never increase the weight, you will only get so big.
Aug
12
comment Is increasing resistance the only possibility to build more muscle mass?
@Marco, they will get stronger, however, the two are producing different adaptations. The 1-5 rep range increases the myofibrillar hypertrophy more readily. That means you actually get more strength. The 8-12 rep range increases the sarcoplasmic hypertrophy more readily. That means you get more glycogen reserves and cell infrastructure. Your strength increases will be slower. That said, there are limits for how much the cells will adapt to support the existing amount of strength. This is why I'm advocating alternating programs that focus on strength and then endurance.
Aug
12
comment Best timing and amount of protein intake for building mass
Your body does make use of it throughout the day as well. However, if you spike it before you go to bed, the worst that can happen is that the excess gets turned to glycogen. At some point you have to make intelligent experiments to see what works for you.
Aug
11
answered What should I eat to recover from eating only `raw' fruits and vegetables for 6 months?