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  1. I've done the roll of Glory a few times. It wasn't so bad. But to be honest I hurt myself pretty bad when I landed 90kg on my chest. Managed to tear some intercostal muscles and trap a few nerves. Was a bad few weeks and a total loss of training. So it's kinda got into my head a bit now. May have to revisit. Bench has always been pretty bad for me so I've failed more reps than I like (probably 1 every few months). Especially on 5/3/1 when I hit the single. I've definitely noticed that getting DBs into position for the bench is more challenging even at 25kg each. I have to kind of roll back and use my weight to swing them into position and then the same to put them safely down...fair to say it looks mildly ridiculous lol.
  2. Sorry for the delay in replies all, crazy busy with work and where I live there's very little internet when it rains (which is always) I've worked the numbers differently to treat is a different lift at the moment. But I'm giving serious consideration to the dumbbell bench press. I find the smith machine pretty uncomfortable and I'm never very happy with my position under it. Also started to get little niggles and aches in my shoulders that I never got before. Only downside to dumbbell bench is that I guess I might drop a dumbbell on my face
  3. Recently moved to a new gym, and away from my gym buddies so I've switched to using a smith machine for benching after a bad experience trapping myself under the bar. Only used the machine a few times before I had to take some time off due to an injury to my left trap (done at work). Went back today and from a single press of 82.5kg I couldn't even budge 70kg of my chest! I was only out the gym 2.5 weeks or so. I'm wondering if it might be related to the position the machine forces you into, it feels WAY more shoulder dominant than chest. Thinking maybe a narrower grip to move more onto the chest? Basically just wanting some advice. Falling back under a bodyweight would be deeply depressing lol. Maybe I should just risk the bench again?
  4. I've been doing 5/3/1 for a few cycles now, and I only get my OHP up 2.5kg per cycle for a single. I have to second Wildross, it's a pain to improve on. A video might be good if possible.
  5. I did hung kuen for years and I don't remember there being any drunken forms to be honest. I don't think I've ever encountered a school that teaches it as a style, though as JBurns08 said above, some schools teach it as a set of forms. I get the impression it's pretty rare to find, even in China. Though I'll stand to correction on that. Your far more likely to find Hung Gar and Shaolin schools. But it wouldn't hurt to contact local schools and see if they know of anyone that teaches it. As an aside, any kung fu with monkey as an animal may be worth looking into. I've had a little experience with it, and it's got a lot of the elements that make drunken styles popular. The swaying, rolling motions and all the twists and turns. But in short I think you'll have the same problem I've had trying to find Mandarin Duck Style, some things are just rare and hard to find. But keep looking
  6. Ah! I actually hadn't noticed that until right then! ...think I'll just slink away in embarrassment now!
  7. Only in the sense that her answer was smack in the middle between 30 and 50. I admit it's a tenuous "right" but it seemed to clarify things a little
  8. Just some ones reply with a distance is helpfully, especially in a program At least I know 30-50ft is about right.
  9. Haven't had internet for awhile but decided to report back on my attempts. Window wipers flung me from the bar! Shoulders couldn't take it. I managed a few of the paused reps, they really are killers of men! My new gym has a pull up bar bolted to the wall, which means that when I do a leg raise and lower my legs down my back hits the wall. So I get zero momentum for the next leg raise which has made it much harder, even though i tried to be strict about not swinging. So working on getting back to 5x10 all the way up to the bar again.
  10. A few months ago I decided to add loaded carries to my workout, which at the time meant trap bar carries. Having moved house I've also moved gym and now only have access to frames for farmers walk (not that I mind). Anyway, I've currently been doing maximum weight for 30ft for 3-5 reps, my old gym only had 30ft clear and you couldn't turn around. However the huge dude next to me flipping tractor tires suggested I should aim for a longer distance. Even if I'm using the exercise for strength rather than conditioning. Apparently I should aim for 50ft as that's about competitive length. To be honest I'm finding the whole distance/weight to strength/conditioning thing pretty confusing. Especially now I have plenty of space. In short, thinking of expanding to 50ft and just wondering what other people think about this, or how they decided to set the distance when you aren't competing? If I was competing then at least I'd have a set distance.
  11. Both seem like fun options Rest week this week, but when I'm back on it next week I'll try both variations and see how I get on. Thanks guys!
  12. On my current program I've been doing hanging leg raises from some monkey bars in my gym. I worked up to 5x10 just lifting my legs to parallel. But now I've got to 5x15 and can get my legs up to the bar above my head. So now I'm stuck for how to make it more difficult again? I don't really want to add more reps as I'm finding I get a bit of pain in my shoulder when I do them for this long. Also thinking maybe ankle weights? Or a new exercise if anyone has one to recommend?
  13. When I work long days I try and slip off to gym during my lunch hour and get done what I can. It's hard but not impossible
  14. Thanks for all the feedback and ideas I went over to symmetricstrength.com the other night and entered my 1 rep totals from the last competition we had here. It was interesting and depressing in equal measure lol. Back squat and deadlift well ahead, bench and OHP behind, and OHP buy about 9%! But the site also shows an anatomical breakdown of muscles with a strength rating. All of mine show intermediate except for pecs, anterior and lateral delts and triceps. So at least I know where to aim now. To make myself feel better, the end of my current benching cycle should bring my pecs up to the right level with everything else. In the mean time here is my adjusted workout plan, my additions in italics: Current program 5/3/1/ BBB variation OHP, 5x10 pullups (still debating changing these to weighted anyway), 5x10-12 alternating delt raises. Thinking of adding paused reps here for the 5x10 ohp Deadlift, 5x10 hanging leg raises, trap bar carry Bench, 5x10 barbell row, 5x10-12 dumbell flys and treating lighter sets as spoto press. Might also try and pause some of the 5x10 sets and see how that goes. Squat, 5x10 hypers, trap bar carry Added the carries because I always liked the idea of doing them, but justifying them as another full body workout including shoulders but I could stand to loose them in the name of other weaknesses. But hoping this plan adds enough to get those muscles sorted out. May need to add tricep work somewhere still.
  15. This thing about life spans is interesting. What is clear from archaeological records is that the move from hunter gathering to farming actually pushed down life expectancy and general health even as it allowed us to maintain a greater population. There are changes over the generations of modern humans though. Both between early generations of modern humans and ourselves and generations much closer and ourselves. For example between Julius Caesar and ourselves, the average skull thickness has decreased and so has tooth size. Our genes do control how our bodies respond to various stimulus. But the idea that our genes are fixed at birth with responses set permanently on or off is now an outdated view. Epigenetics is an area of research relating to how gene expression can be modified by stimulus. They can turn on and off to deal with our environment more efficiently. Interesting reading anyway. Society has changed us and messed with us for about 10 000 years or so. A lot of it was not great. Most of the terrible diseases we have to deal with are the results of humans packing together in ever larger numbers. Electric lights and industrialisation messed with sleep and work patterns. And we're mostly detached from the food production process. BUT we have unprecedented life spans, access to more food, wealth, entertainment, art and culture than even our grandfathers would have imagined. We may have lost some natural things in the process but we've gained a lot to, and awareness of the problems that have arisen put us in a position to do something about them.
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