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  1. 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?

  2. 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.


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  3. 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)


  4. 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.

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  5. 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:

    MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va. -- “I haven’t met someone yet who I haven’t been able to train to do a pull-up.”

    Major Misty Posey, the plans officer for Manpower Integration, developed a pull-up training program to help all Marines improve their pull-ups no matter their starting point, and says she has yet to find a Marine she has not been able to help.



    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.






    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.

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    Throwing it at the floor with force after each set with no plates on it so as to make maximum noise. He was also doing other daft things but that was the objectionable one.


    I can't like this.  We absolutely need a "yeah, I'm hating this with you!" button.

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  7. Under one of my posts before the forum re-vamping, I had a number of spoiler tags to help sort the information.


    After the forum re-vamp, none of the old spoiler tags worked.  So I re-created them with the "spoiler" button on the menu bar and they work, cool!


    Except I have small dumping ground of empty spoiler tags that I can't seem to delete, or remove.


    Any ideas?

  8. 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.  

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  9. 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?

  10. 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.

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  11. 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! :D

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  12. 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.)

  13. So, why are you exercising?  


    I'm not trying to be funny.  It's a question you have to answer for yourself.  When you hate getting up and going to do the thing, you'll ask yourself, "why am I doing this again?"


    And you need to have your answer ready.  And the quality of that answer is determined in whether or not you get up and go, or turn around and grab a book instead.


    As others have noted, it can help, a lot, to have a physical activity that you enjoy - the chore becomes less onerous if you enjoy it.


    For myself, it's to improve my quality of life.  And I enjoy the rush from weight-lifting.  Little victories, like adding another five pounds to my bench press, keep me interested.  

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