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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.


Aug
30
answered What is the genetic potential for muscular development?
Aug
30
answered 5BX XBX or alternative daily “busy people” workout
Aug
30
comment Is it necessary to eat fewer carbs in order to lose weight?
The problem with the simple linear scale like this is where the energy comes from. The body will rob your muscles and organs at the same time it robs the fat. Since muscle tissue only contains 600 Calories worth of energy per pound, they deplete faster than fat tissue which contains 3500 Calories worth of energy per pound. Assuming protein is sufficient to protect the muscle content, your equations will work. The body is equally happy using fat or carbs for energy. All too often, simple calorie deficit diets cut protein sources first. Big mistake.
Aug
30
comment How to lose fat and gain muscle at the same time?
The last comment I want to make is that working out while in a state of ketosis is very hard. When the carb content is very low (under 40g/day), you will go into ketosis. A guy I know did that while cutting, and felt sick after his first set. He had to rest a lot longer between sets just to get through the session. That said, if you reduce your carbs to a relatively low level (but not enough for ketosis), you can usually keep enough energy to work out without the adverse effects on energy.
Aug
30
comment How to lose fat and gain muscle at the same time?
... The point being not that protein is poison, but that the liver is already working hard every day. The best approach is to get the energy in a more readily usable state, but not in too high a proportion.
Aug
30
comment How to lose fat and gain muscle at the same time?
Good logic about the way the body uses the diet overall. Carbs provide energy, plain and simple. In short they help with recovery, not necessarily with building stronger or larger muscles. As you pointed out, fat does the same thing. The biggest concern about a very protein rich diet is the process by which the body coverts the excess protein to glycogen. Essentially it puts more work on the kidneys and the liver. As long as you have healthy kidneys (as most people do) they will be fine. The liver comes to play in dealing with poisons, etc.
Aug
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Aug
20
answered What are the true implications of the abdominals being actually just one muscle?
Aug
20
answered How to lose fat and gain muscle at the same time?
Aug
20
comment What are the true implications of the abdominals being actually just one muscle?
Wouldn't that bulge be related to fat, and not muscle content? Abs work in concert with the obliques and the back muscles to keep your spine in proper alignment. The truth is the abs are a bunch of related muscles working together. They give the effect of one wall of muscle, but are in fact several. muscle-fitness-tips.net/abdominal-muscles.html
Aug
20
comment Stronglifts - Why is my bench press/row progress lagging behind?
They start out heavier (65lbs vs. 45lbs). Perhaps some people stall on them first. I only stalled one time on them, although now I've switched to doing power cleans instead of rows.
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
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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.