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  1. Have you tried taking a couple of days off?
  2. I tried looking up agomelanin, but I didn't have any luck. Are there any side effects to the medication that might be contributing to your physical issues? You mentioned pain in your legs and feet - can you be more precise as to where they hurt? What kind of shoes are you wearing? You're walking dogs - what kind of ground are you walking on? Pavement? Grass? Sidewalks?
  3. Lots and lots of self-talk. A couple of tricks that sometimes help get me in motion: 1. If you're tired of starting over, stop quitting. (and other motivational cliches) *Where would I be today, if I'd been consistent last month? Last year? *One step at a time, one rep at a time. 2. Don't confuse emotion with exhaustion. Being excited and motivated helps, certainly. But it is absolutely not required in order to get up and do the needful. *Some folks have called this "negative motivation" or "discipline" or even "habit" - all are true, but I also think of it as mindfulness, or moving meditation. Be aware of the feelings that are telling you that you don't want to go, recognize them as emotions and not legitimate reasons (i.e. a broken leg), and go do the needful. Focus on the activity and let the emotions float by, like clouds in the sky. 3. Don't break the chain. (http://lifehacker.com/281626/jerry-seinfelds-productivity-secret) 4. Look at pretty pictures. I have bookmarks of fitness models, muscles flexed, exercise GIFs, videos, whatever. *I enjoy lifting weights, even more now that I'm seeing physical transformations, never mind the primal joy of picking up things, moving them around, and putting them down. *The videos and GIFs are a visual reminder of my goals, and get my mind thinking about the activity; I start to visualize myself doing the activity, and the ball starts rolling. 5. Use a log to track workouts. Little victories, similar to "not breaking the chain" - and having a log of your efforts are a tangible reminder of the effort so far.
  4. Found a use for the Smith Machine after all - it's perfect for barbell hip thrusts, if you need some space to comfortably set up under the bar.

  5. Whoops, forgot to follow my own post. 145 is my max, at 1x1. I think I need to spend more time for volume at the 85 pound range. That 135 was done at the end of sets, so I wasn't fresh. I'll work on maintaining tension throughout and see how it feels, thanks!
  6. Because of an abused rotator cuff and poor shoulder mobility, I've shelved the back squat for a while and I'm working on the front squat. Because of poor wrist mobility and that pesky rotator cuff, I'm using the crossed arm form. Video 1 - bar only Video 2 - 95 pounds (in total) Video 3 - 135 pounds (in total)
  7. BCAA powder is primarily a Base. Sugar - like found in the Vitalyte, I bet, is an Acid. Mixing the two together is probably the culprit, although that seems like a lot of foam. You might consider mixing in components one at a time, and see what triggers the foam to help narrow down what factors are specifically in play. ETA: I should add, I believe I read the base/acid hypothesis in another weightlifting/body-building forum.
  8. Stumbled across this story and found it interesting enough to pass along - particularly for those of you contemplating learning pull-ups. The program is called "Zero to Twenty-plus" and is designed for everyone, from absolute novice to more advanced users. The blurb from the article: (http://www.marines.mil/News/NewsDisplay/tabid/3258/Article/673308/zero-to-twenty-plus-marine-develops-program-to-improve-pull-ups.aspx) I've included a series of links found in the article, as well as a website that seems to be re-posting the same information. http://www.marines.mil/Portals/59/Docs/SecretToPullupsHowToGoFrom0To20.pdf http://www.marines.mil/Portals/59/Docs/PullupTrainingProgramNovice.pdf http://www.marines.mil/Portals/59/Docs/PullupTrainingGuide.pdf http://www.noexceptions2016.com/documents/ Disclaimers: I am not now, nor have I ever been a Marine. I am not currently following the program, but I am incorporating some aspects into my training routine; I will likely be including more as time progresses, as the absolute novice program seems pretty straight-forward.
  9. Gym was empty tonight, so I goofed around on some equipment I would never normally touch, including the "quad/glute machine".  Tomorrow morning is going to interesting.

    1. ian1824


      hope your morning D.O.M.S is not to painful.

    2. TMedina


      Surprisingly, not too bad.  Definitely felt it though.  Think I'll be adding it to my squat training program to focus on, well, quads and glutes.

    3. ian1824


      good effort i have just come back been hitting running and kettle bell work outs hard this week i attempted the gym but unfortunately i can only lift the bar no weight but at least im trying hang in there man stay stong. 

  10. That awkward moment when you start to strip away old, bad habits and realize you have nothing to replace them with.

    1. Davlamin


      I know how that goes! I've gotten rid (or hidden) most social media from myself, and now I'm fighting the itch to habitually check up on things I used to like too much (sports news, scores). It's almost like that was my "boredom eating" but for my mind.


      Food is easier, since I could just grab another can of sardines or handful of almonds, though thankfully the hunger doesn't come to me as strong as it used to.


      Best of luck filling the void left by bad habits!

  11. I can't like this. We absolutely need a "yeah, I'm hating this with you!" button.
  12. Have you considered trying a cheap neoprene knee brace? Something for both support and keeping the joint warm? I also really like the idea of spending time warming up the knee(s) prior to work - from a certain point of view, your work could be viewed as a bodyweight drill, which you're trying without proper prep work. That said, you might want to consider talking to a medical professional - particularly if you don't see yourself changing jobs anytime soon.
  13. Another day done, and I think I'm still employed. Not sure how, though.

    1. Raincloak


      Maybe the market is inefficient? :P

  14. Added 20 pounds to my DL. Front squat is progressing nicely. And I'm looking for several icepacks.

  15. Hrrrrm - good to know, thanks! I might still try a cheap one for testing my commitment to the effort, before committing to a better model for long term use.
  16. I'm debating getting a blender to create a pulpy drink mix - for example: two peeled oranges with ice cubes turned into a pulpy orange drink mix. Has anyone tried this before? Any recommendations for an economy, or an entry-level blender that would work?
  17. Might not be losing weight, but it is re-distributing. I can now comfortably fit into a formerly snug pair of 2XL exercise shorts. Whether or not I have the nerve to wear them to the gym, on the other hand...

    1. JedgeJerns


      Nice, sounds like you're waist size is reducing -- while you may not be losing weigh on the scale per say, your body fat percentage is dropping. Nice -Jedge

  18. Developing new respect for leg machines. Hyruk.

  19. Should still too stiff to back squat - perfect time to investigate front squats!

  20. See if you continue to have the cramping issue. Your treadmill time is a new change to your workout and your body is adjusting. Depending on the yoga poses, you were taxing already fatigued muscles. But I also agree with the others - make sure you're hydrating, especially if you're sweating a lot after the treadmill. It takes, if I recall correctly, hours for the body to properly absorb water, so be mindful of your overall consumption. Watered down Gatorade might not be a bad idea either to help take the edge off, if your body is slow to adjust to new pace.
  21. It's detox - and there's no way around it, except to push through. You can try drinking a lot more water to force your system to process. You can also try low dose aspirin to help with the pain and blood flow. As suggested earlier, a bit of caffeine might help stimulate your system and "fake" the sugar rush. But yeah, at the end of the day, there isn't a lot else that will help you speed up the detox process. All that said, you can do it!
  22. Ignore them - we all had to start somewhere, even if they don't want to admit it.
  23. Fear is healthy. It keeps us alive. It's also conservative, and would drown us in the familiar, the safe, and the secure. Assess your fears - are they rational? Legitimate? Work to address them. Are they intangible? Peer pressure? Social pressure? Ignore them. You have every right to use the squat rack too. Unless you're curling in the squat rack. Then you're scum. (I keeed, I keeeeed.)
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