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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.


Oct
6
comment Weight training without putting on fat
@DaveLiepmann, I like that suggestion. In a calorie deficit you don't have the fuel for a linear progression program, so you stall out quicker. However, a calorie deficit is the only way to lose weight. I was able to keep getting stronger but still cut fat while doing something like 5/3/1. I also think that using 5/3/1 on the earlier side helps teach patience with the strength process. A lesson that is harder to learn after a beginner program like Grey Skull or Starting Strength.
Oct
2
comment Does stretching muscles help build / tone them?
I'm inclined to interpret that as the weight and the bird's innate reaction to keep the wing where it's supposed to be as the exercise stimulus that caused the growth.
Oct
1
comment Pendlay Row: It doesnt connect the lats
Check this video that came out not too long ago. It may explain why you aren't getting lat activation like you want: youtu.be/G8l_8chR5BE
Sep
30
comment How to prevent blisters on plam during normal excercises such as dumb bells
Don't forget to wrap your fingers around the bar and grip tightly.
Sep
30
comment How to prevent blisters on plam during normal excercises such as dumb bells
For pressing movements: stronglifts.com/wp-content/uploads/bench-press-setup.jpg
Sep
30
comment How to prevent blisters on plam during normal excercises such as dumb bells
For pulling movements: cdn.stronglifts.com/wp-content/uploads/…
Sep
26
comment Should I take a wight gainer without doing workout?
Just eat more real food.
Sep
25
comment Biochemistry of working out while under psychosocial stress
There's some information in this article: gregnuckols.com/2014/08/13/stress-the-silent-killer-of-gains
Sep
24
comment Is it ok to just randomly ask someone to spot me?
Racist? Really? I live and train in America, and aside from gyms that cater to barbell sports, there's not many people I would ask for a spot. Or is it racist to say that people in Russia seem to know how to train?
Sep
24
comment When training on a weight lifting routine, how close to failure is optimal
Forget optimal. You need a range of work at different rep ranges, and to get bigger/stronger you need to build more volume over time. Optimal is both impossible to define nor an absolute concept. Just put in work.
Sep
24
comment I'm trying to choose BarBell for power lifting training.
Keep in mind that Eleiko and Ivanko are like buying the top of the line, and Rogue/Pendlay is like buying high quality mid-range equipment.
Sep
24
comment Is it ok to just randomly ask someone to spot me?
Maybe it's just me, but it seems a lot more people in Russia know a thing or two about lifting than in America--even in the free weight section of a gym.
Sep
22
comment Do body fat scales get more accurate with price, and if so, how exactly?
The increase in price doesn't necessarily mean an increase in accuracy. It's still just an approximation based on an approximation. Good enough for general use, but don't put too much confidence in the answers you get.
Sep
22
comment Pendlay Row: It doesnt connect the lats
Lastly, if you can do pull ups, feel free to add them in. Just do 3 sets for as many reps as possible after all the required work is done. It's best to maintain that skill.
Sep
22
comment Pendlay Row: It doesnt connect the lats
Also, and this is very important, DOMS is a poor indicator of what was actually worked. All DOMS tells you is that you hit your muscles in a way they weren't used to. If you built up the volume every time you wouldn't see the DOMS. However, you said you started at 65 and went to 80 lbs since July this year. The way I wrote the progression was to build up the volume each time. You shouldn't be able to increase 15 lbs in 8 weeks time. There was a reason we started at 3x8 and added a rep each time to 3x12 with every weight increase.
Sep
22
comment Pendlay Row: It doesnt connect the lats
Without seeing any video, it's hard to diagnose. You might be cheating by using the rest of the back to explode the bar up. You might be rounding at the low back or just be in a bad position.
Sep
20
comment Pendlay Row: It doesnt connect the lats
Practice is an important aspect of performing lifts, however assistance work can help fill in areas where you are weak. There are variations of rows that hit the muscles slightly differently, so they all have their place.
Sep
20
comment Does stretching muscles help build / tone them?
There's a lot of value in stretching. It just doesn't build muscle. It does, on the other hand, help it work better. I wouldn't take my answer to mean "don't stretch".
Sep
19
comment How to prevent blisters on plam during normal excercises such as dumb bells
Any pointers for helping him grip the implements better?
Sep
19
comment How to prevent blisters on plam during normal excercises such as dumb bells
RE: Update... NO! Gloves actually make it worse by making it harder to grip the bar and easier to pinch the skin. That results in more callouses, and added friction increases the chance of blisters... but now with more opportunities (like between fingers).