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  1. Serena Williams, anyone? Also, speaking of Toph, her daughters and grand daughter definitely count in The Legend of Korra. Not to mention Toph herself is well into her eighties and still kicking ass and taking names.
  2. Getting fairly close to graduating to weighted pullups. I just recently did a set of 8 with the other sets having a decent amount of reps.
  3. I've always wondered what the deal with chocolate is. Why chocolate specifically? I would imagine there is some sort of nutrient in there that the body wants, but I can't think of any that are exclusive to chocolate that the body would logically want around the time of menstruation.
  4. So as it turns out,it was a form issue holding me back. Specifically, I wasn't focusing on my grip, and it was slipping without me being aware, causing the rest of my form to deteriorate. In fact, I was losing focus on the lift in general. I am now pleased to say that I just did 205 lbs for a set of 5 with no form issues.
  5. The buckling happens at the start of the lift, before the bar reaches my knees.
  6. Is it ok if I do deadlifts more than once a week to correct serious knee caving issues, or would I just be working against myself recovery-wise? My knees are caving in all of a sudden at weights were they weren't before, and my deadlift isn't all that heavy to begin with (185 lbs, just barely got 190 lbs today with very bad caving on first rep). The weird part is that this only happens on the first rep, and I never have caving issues on my squat. In fact, I don't even think about my knees on squats anymore.
  7. I can now do a deadhang pullup! *cheering* Now to work on the issue of one side pulling faster than the other side
  8. Not to mention better access to food and possessing the knowledge that bathing on a regular basis won't kill you.
  9. No diet/hunger changes here. Then again I don't experience any of the usual symptoms.
  10. I still can't do a deadhang pull up, but I can do partials with my arms almost fully extended. Basically, my gym has a pullup station with a step for shorter people who can't jump to the bar from the floor. If I step up on that, I can do partials for 3 sets of 3 unassisted. Not there yet, but much better than I was doing before.
  11. That reminds me of a story my mom told me of when she was in nursing school and had to do some work in a psych ward for credit hours. There was this guy that constantly had his eyes closed, and he constantly complained about not being able to see. When asked why he didn't simply open his eyes, he said he was afraid that would be able to see. I just realized that the majority of women have a psychologically insane view of strength and muscles. They want to have a lean, muscular look, but don't want to lift heavy weights, because they are afraid of having a muscular appearance.
  12. Google 'paleo snacks'. But to get you started, fruits and vegetables like carrot sticks make for a nice grain-free snack. As for protein snacks, any kind of jerky is good. Just be sure to watch the salt intake.
  13. The only thing I batch cook is meat and fish. I simply buy whatever value-pack sized amount of meat happens to be on sale that week (this week happend to be chicken thighs), toss it into a pan, season with onion and garlic powder and an off-the-shelf seasoning that is made for that type of meat, and bake for an hour. Done. I then have luch and diner for the week, all I have to do is steam some frozen vegetables in the microwave for 15 min, and even that is done in batches.
  14. Greetings fellow technology enthusiast! What ever your goals, you'll find plenty of people here to help.
  15. You may want to read this article. Your clients have nothing to worry about.
  16. When I see headlines like that and comments about "bulging muscles look mannish", I just think back to my time spent working in a Target stockroom and all the wonderful things my muscles enabled me to do for myself and customers, and have a good laugh. Then I laugh some more at the strong possibility that the women pictured in linked articles have smaller body measurments than the writer.
  17. The only thing that will result in body fat disappearing from around your waist is consuming fewer calories than your body uses. Beyond that, anything in way of exercise will work, though you may want to do some type of strength training to ensure that you don't lose muscle along with the fat.
  18. "I would assume that you should follow the training that females do (mainly core/ cardio), due to the elevated estrogen in your body,..." I think that as you spend more time here, you'll find that statement to be very inaccurate. While there are some who do mostly cardio exercises, plenty of other females do heavy weight training. There is no reason why men and women can't train the same way. Nellodee, I have no idea what effects transitioning has on the body, but Tanuki's advice is pretty solid. It takes years and years of dedicated effort to get big muscle mass, even for men who don't transition, so if you do start to put on more mass than desired, your body will give plenty of warning way ahead of time.
  19. Here are more videos of my deadlift. Hopefully the angle is better and people can see these. Set 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zuk7UX2KtKQ Set 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6aCZWPgF9fw Set 3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ml5HX-8E5PQ
  20. Deadlift: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oNnKdpM94vQ Squat: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6pCWq9Auvtg OHP: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rUtLKV8nwhc
  21. From what you've described, no, my deadhangs aren't completely inactive. Plus, I only do sets of 1, so when I return to a deadhang, I drop down. Also, yes, the only method I'm using is to keep trying for a pull up unitl it happens. I've looked into bands, but I don't know which sort to get, and the method I'm using now has gotten me accustomed to what my own bodyweight feels like so it won't be a surprise later on. Another note, I did start with inverse rows before moving on to this.
  22. Is it normal to feel a lot of discomfort in my shoulders when working up to my first pull up? Right now, my strategy is to simply start from a dead hang, which I can do without any pain, and pull myself as far as I can and then hold for as long as possible. I only feel pain when I drop down and move my shoulders around, and only for the first set. Every set after feels ok though. I'll record a video for form check, but I was just hoping to get some input.
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