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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.


Jul
18
answered How can I gain a lot of weight in one month?
Jul
18
answered How can I lose 100 pounds?
Jul
17
comment Tips to lose fat without running, jogging etc (have bad knee)
My comment had nothing to do with thermodynamics. The single most influential part of your makeup that influences BMR is your muscle mass. The only way to protect your muscle mass is to consume enough protein for that purpose (and plenty of water to help process it). In my weight loss journey, my BMR changed very little even though I had a severe calorie deficit. The diet was a ketogenic diet, which means virtually no carbs and sufficient protein from various sources. This affect was observed on several people who went through the same diet plan.
Jul
15
comment Tips to lose fat without running, jogging etc (have bad knee)
@Evan Plaice, that's assuming the person isn't eating enough protein to maintain their muscle mass. BMR is tied to your lean body weight. Your body will attempt to adapt to the way it is fed. If you are getting enough protein, and balancing your remaining caloric intake between the carbs and fats then you can sustain a caloric deficit for a time without having too bad an impact on your BMR. Problem is, most people cut protein first because they want a lot of food on their plate. That's the worst thing you can do.
Jul
15
comment Should I stretch before exercising?
I thoroughly disagree with your first statement. Many of the compound lifts build a stretch into the movement such as squats, bench press, etc. In order to execute the technique properly, and to position the bar properly, you need to be limber enough to do it. I'd like to see some backup material for that statement. For my argument, I've got the Starting Strength book as well as several articles a Google search away.
Jul
14
answered Bench press starting position - what should I be looking at?
Jul
14
answered Should I stretch before exercising?
Jul
14
answered Any trick to make going to the gym less intimidating?
Jul
14
comment How to strengthen the “foot muscle”
Agreed. Funnily enough, most "barefoot runners" I've conversed with use the minimalist shoes.
Jul
13
comment Recommended amount of cardio exercise
crossfit.com
Jul
13
comment Recommended amount of cardio exercise
I recommend that you check out Cross-Fit for some surprising information. In short, it really depends on your whole activity level.
Jul
11
comment What are some good 5x5 programs I can follow?
The SL 5x5 program works, but I wasn't a fan of the way the information was presented. I like the way the SS program is presented, but not a fan of the forum there. I use the IronStrength.org forum--there's a lot of StrongLifters there, but the community as a whole is program agnostic.
Jul
11
comment What are some good 5x5 programs I can follow?
That activity is new, and a shame that it started happening. When I got the report I just got the report. A couple months later I got an email or two asking how I was doing or any challenges. Other than that no SL 5x5 email. If that's the case, then I will have to recommend Starting Strength.
Jul
11
comment How to strenghten my wrists?
If your fingertips can't handle your weight yet, start doing the pushups at your knee instead of your foot. Keep adding reps until you can do a set of 12, and then switch to your foot. The goal is 3 sets of 12.
Jul
11
answered Free Weight Exercises
Jul
11
comment How to strenghten my wrists?
Don't forget the fingertip pushups. No equipment needed there.
Jul
11
answered How much exercise for children?
Jul
11
answered What exercises should I do to strengthen my groin muscles?
Jul
11
answered How to strenghten my wrists?
Jul
11
comment How does the angle of the squat machine affect muscle activation?
I suppose I should qualify that I am a strength trainer, so I am trying to recruit as many muscles into a lift as I can. I understand that body builders have different goals than I do, however, my observations about using the different tools still hold. You just aren't recruiting as many muscles in your lift as you would with a barbell.