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  • Birthday 12/22/1989

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  1. I ended up answering my own question on the hotel pull-up bar. Yes it fits, but the door frame was too creaky for me to trust it. I didn't feel like accidentally ripping the door frame off my bathroom my first night there. Instead, I decided to replace the pull-ups with inverted rows for the week. I must say, though, the transition from inverted rows to pull-ups has not been kind to me. It's my second day back to Stronglifts, and adding 35 pull-ups at the end of the day is not fun. I still manage to complete them, so it's not all bad. I've been doing them in pyramid sets (start at 1 rep, slo
  2. I'll have to take a break from Stronglifts next week. I'll be heading out of town next week for work, so I won't have access to a gym during that time. I'll still have time to do the PLPs, so hopefully my pull-up bar will fit on the door frames in the hotel room. Also, I hit 10 pull-ups in one set a couple days ago! Lately, I've started spacing out my PLPs into smaller sets, but I'm still able to do them all in a single session, so that's good. I started getting some icky-looking calluses/blisters on my hands from pinching my skin, so I've had to work on my grip a bit to prevent that.
  3. Finished up my third week of Stronglifts, so I decided to post some update videos to see how my form is doing. Bench Press, 65lb (front) (side) Overhead Press, 52lb (front) (side) Deadlift, 135lb Squat, 80lb (I realized now that the squat video was a little crooked) I tried getting a full shot of the squat, but it was tough to get a good camera angle with all the other equipment in the way. I've been focusing on my grip for the bench and overhead presses and switched to using a thumbless grip for both of them. I still forget about tightening the shoulder blades when I do the bench press.
  4. I feel a little bad for having to miss a PLP yesterday. I remembered around 5 pm yesterday that I needed to do them, but we were already heading over to a friend's house. At the very least, though, I'm not missing two of them in a row, so I could just count yesterday as a rest day.
  5. Question for traveling: I have a doorway pull-up bar that hangs on the door frame for doing pull-ups. I'm gonna be traveling out of town for work for a week sometime before Christmas, and I was wondering if I'd be able to use that pull-up bar inside a hotel room? I can't remember if hotel bathrooms had big enough door frames to position the pull-up bar onto. As for the PLP progress, I'm starting to question how I'm gonna manage past the halfway point. I've hit 18 reps so far, and the pull-ups are starting to wear me down pretty fast. I'd like to be able to do all the reps in one session, bu
  6. Two weeks in, and so far, so good. I decided to throw in 5 lunges before each workout as a warm-up. Also, I'm traveling out of town each weekend to visit my girlfriend who's taking classes for the next five weeks, and I'm questioning where I'll be able to do pull ups on Saturdays. I found a park I can do them in, but that might be problematic when the snow falls. I thought I could bring my pull up bar with me, but it doesn't fit in any of the door frames of the place she's staying at (they're all too wide). As for Stronglifts, people seem to be offering good advice on my form so far. I'm plann
  7. I filmed the barbell rows today, hopefully with better form than the first time I did them. I know my back looks a little rounded, but it was the best I could do to keep it straight. Barbell Row, 55lb I'm also gonna add this link to my first post.
  8. Yeah, I need to get a little more creative with how I film the squats; I've just been positioning my phone on nearby objects. I know my feet flare out quite a bit when I squat, but it's hard for me to angle them in when I'm down into a squat. Thanks! I had forgotten about the thumb-less grip. I'll keep that in mind when I do my presses on Friday. The plan for Friday is to fix my form on the barbell rows (gonna go for the Pendlay Rows) and post the videos after work.
  9. Welcome to the forums! I had been in the same boat of being a reader that finally joined the forums. I decided to join when I started lifting again for the fall/winter and wanted to stay consistent on my exercise. It's only been a couple weeks, but I've stayed on track so far.
  10. Does anyone hail from North-eastern Minnesota? I'm living snugly in the Iron Range (more specifically, Virginia, MN), and I'm curious to see who else lives close by.
  11. I'm making a second attempt at Stronglifts, and I'd like to start checking my form early on to catch any mistakes I'm making. All my starting videos will be at 45 lb, except for the deadlift, which will be at 95 lb. I'm gonna post the barbell row later, because after looking over the Stronglifts stuff again, I realized that I've been doing the barbell rows wrong (my back was at a 40 degree angle). Next time I do those, I'll fix my form and film it again. Squat Bench Press (side) (front) Overhead Press (side) (front) Deadlift Barbell Row, 55lb Once I hit 95 lb on my squat (or sooner, if I
  12. I usually just buy a mass of groceries at the start of a job and feed off that, but I could purchase daily if needed. I'd also need to remember to bring a couple containers with me so I'd have a place to keep the meat in.
  13. I'm only a week into this, and already I remember how big of a potential road block my work can be for working out. Having to work 10-15 hour shifts Friday through Sunday, I never got a chance to do my lifts this weekend. However, I never let that get in the way of doing my PLP's each morning, so yay for me! Also, I wonder if I should increase the number of lunges I do in a PLP or just keep doing them at the same rate as the pull-ups and push-ups. I'm at the point where pull-ups are becoming difficult, but lunges hardly feel like anything. I'm thinking about increasing my lunge reps by 5 or
  14. Alright, it's time to get my battle log out there for the world to see! As of last Sunday (Oct-12), I am doing the Stronglifts 5x5 program and the 60-day PLP challenge side-by-side. I was gonna start on Monday, but I was already motivated on Sunday, so I started early. Stats (10/12/2014) Age: 24 Gender: Male Height: 5'9" Weight: 150.8 lb My main goal, other than completing the programs, is to stay consistent with these programs. For Stronglifts, that means always fitting in three workouts in a week. For PLP, that means not missing a single day (if, in the event I DO miss a day, I'll ju
  15. I did like having boiled eggs on hand for lunch, but I never knew how long they kept outside of the fridge. My only worry for meat would be that my hotel room wouldn't have a fridge, although I suppose that could easily be solved by keeping a cooler on hand. I'll definitely keep the eggs in mind for future trips.
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