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  1. Hm... maybe this is no longer maintained? Female 90kg / 198.4lb lifted 57.4kg / 126.5lb bodyweight.
  2. 2014-2015: Ex martial-artist/mountain-biker had kids, got out of shape, joined Nerd Fitness, hit the gym, got in great shape and fell in love with lifting. 2015: Knee injury. Shoulder injury. Walking with a cane. Lots of physical therapy. No fun at all. 2016: A little bit nervous about returning to the gym, so I worked out a little at home whilst getting into some of the free 'learn to code' websites to keep myself occupied. This progressed quite rapidly. I got quite good. In 2017 I applied for, was accepted to and attended a coding bootcamp in the city, graduated early this year and am now working as a software developer. I'm pretty amazed it's all worked out! So what this DOES mean is I've had 6 months of super-crazy intellectual activity but also near-total inactivity: long hours, stationary job. I've thrown in the odd workout here and a few bouldering sessions and there but I can feel old injuries creeping back in and I know what worked for me last time was the accountability of the NF challenges. I have around 2-3kg to lose (I suspect I'm 59kg right now, 130lb, and would like to be at least 123lb before I decide to lose/gain more) and a shitload of weight to put back on the bar. From what I can see from my old posts, my overhead press once sat around 5 x 32.5kg, I was squatting in the 40kgs but I ramped up too quickly, 1RM'd at 45kg and blasted my knee so that was clever, and deadlifted 65kg a few times but was too uncertain about my form to go for 70kg. Right now? I'm too nervous to lift more than 25kg overhead and squat, and I just tentatively deadlifted 40kg today and thought 'crikey I used to squat this.' I still have some muscle tone but it's long lost under a layer of flub which I giving me an odd shape in skinny jeans. Do not like. Challenge time.
  3. Frozen shoulder is the devil's work - if it gets inflamed, especially, that's the nightmare part. Have you had it checked out? There are a handful of stretches that should break the adhesions and give you the mobility back. Mine was caught early and I was about 95% sorted in 4 months, though there'd still be times after that I'd do something fun in the gym and feel a fresh degree of *pop*, relief and freedom as the last remnants were dealt with. I imagine most of the moves can be found online, to be fair. I can hunt around for a link. They sound stupidly simple on paper, but like you say - if you can't get your arm above parallel, suddenly "move arm up a wall" isn't so easy. If the adhesions are too stuck fast, see if you can look into the hydrodilation procedure; they flood the area with water and pop the adhesions that way. It can at least give you enough mobility to stretch it out yourself. It may not come cheap - even here in the UK I was looking into it privately (as it wasn't available on the National Health) and it was around £350. The cheaper options include a general anaesthetic and a forcible full rotation, which doesn't pop as many adhesions and is kind of medieval in theory.
  4. A new Bouldering Centre opened near me with weights gym... Oh yes. Bring it.

  5. Howdy! It's been a while. I'm just about healed up and ready to get back under the bar. Before my last injury and time out, I found I was very fond of using the back extension bench (whilst holding plates) and the Glute-Ham developer bench (occasionally made tougher by holding dumbbells and kettlebells). I now consider these my personal 'must-haves', but alas - I am unlikely to be rejoining the gym that has them. I am more likely to be joining a gym that has neither. My muscle-knowledge is a little shabby. Which lifts will hit the same muscles, in the same way, as a back extension and a GHD? Or calisthenics moves, I'm flexible. If there are no substitutes, do you consider them something I should place a high importance on (just a few weeks of using them and my back felt amazing and my other lifts felt incredible. It was like actual magic) or should I simply explore the wider world of accessory lifts and conditioning work that will also support my main lifts and not get too hung up on the two moves I'm losing?
  6. My first MRI. New fitness goal, um, walk again I guess.

    1. Noname123


      What happened?!

    2. Raincloak


      Oh cool, mad science. What did you find out?

    3. bim


      Walking again is a great first goal, seriously. Lifting can happen again when you're physically and emotionally ready. There's life after knee surgery. One of my most badass martial arts trainers has had multiple knee surgeries and does all the things now. If you do your PT and don't rush your recovery, you can almost certainly come back full force and stronger than you were before.

  7. As a big guy, yes, 115lb might seem crazy to you, but I'm a short female around 160cm high. It's not so big a deal down here The ratio is supposed to be for everyone. So, yeah, 0.8 x 290 means 232. To be honest, though, you could probably adjust for your goals, especially if you're trying to lose weight. You might want to make a thread specifically about it though.
  8. Likely a lateral meniscus tear. Knee not responding to electrotherapy. Being referred for a scan. My first MRI. Yay? Maybe my first knee surgery. My first anything surgery. How am I supposed to bounce back from this? How am I ever going to work up the nerve to get back under the bar? I just don't feel right now like I can ever risk a repeat of this. Walking, functioning, has to come first. I found something I loved and now it may be gone.
  9. I actually do all of those things. I don't consider them 'primal' or anything, they're just the way my life panned out and are pretty much just normal things to me. My parents are the opposite. The differences in our lifestyles create some tension. I could probably chat some more about it. But you seem really angry in your responses and I don't really know how much I want to keep being yelled at. You keep using 'you' and 'your' like you're accusing the reader, and it doesn't exactly capture your audience. Y'know, just... be nice.
  10. Week 4: Hangin' On. Not sure how this week's gonna go. Seems like everything's ending rather than beginning. Leg, still shitty to be honest. I now feel it's something far more than just 'walking' or 'a little sprain' because it's no better, continually aggravated and causing a pronounced limp. I'll be seeking further advice this week. I'm pretty certain I did it during my squats on Weds 3rd. I did 4 sets at 40kg, but then paused to talk to the trainer. 15 mins? 20? Then I did my final set. 5 more reps. I guess I was cooled down. Or stiff. Or the valgus collapse finally got me. Why didn't I feel it? Stupid body. Nutrition, onwards and upwards, doing my best despite barely any calorie burn from exercise, so it's basically just nibbling apples and staying under my TDEE and not going insane. Protein all sorted, fat sorted, carbs under control. Workouts: at home. Resistance bands. Shoulder work, leg work, abductor work. Overhead press work. Bodyweight. Push, pull, dip. Gym: Ha, yeah. So I joined because they were open late enough - 10pm - that my husband could get home around 6.30, 7pm, and I could then leave, takes a out 25 mins to get there. So I start working out 7.30pm, sometimes 8pm. But I'm happy. I have ages. It's the only time of the day I don't have to keep an eye on the clock because I have to BE somewhere soon. I warm up. I try out new things. I pick up different dumbbells and experiment. I have all the time in the world. But lately they've had sporadic opening. "Sorry guys, closed today" they'll announce in the morning. "Closed all weekend, sorry!" Sometimes people turned up and found the doors locked. Now they're closing at lunchtime on Fri, Sat and Sun. And closing at 8.30pm Mon-Thurs. Oh sure, I could rush around, stare at the clock, skip a set or two. But fuck that. It was a choice between this gym (chosen as closer to home) or the 24 hour city gym, and I'd much rather be there, taking as long as I please at whatever time I please. So. A challenge begins at full strength with a fresh new gym, and within 4 weeks, I'm limping and have no gym. But! Head up Not quitting just yet.
  11. There really is no magic cure. To be honest, the only tip I can offer is to stop calling it 'a sugar addiction'. That's giving you something to shift the blame on - OK, grabbing my keys and heading out to the store, because my sugar addiction is making me. You're choosing to walk to the store and eat a whole family cake, which is your choice - nothing forced you to. You simply have to not do that. This is the time you say 'right, I'm an adult, Im not going to behave like a greedy kid anymore.' One tip: you're hungry, so instead of reaching for sugar, reach for protein. Be that food like chicken, Greek yoghurt (also check out Skyr and Arla Quark at your local Tesco), or a protein shake, satisfy your hunger. If you're quite active, you might feel a difference in how you feel as your body is more able to repair itself. I sure did. Consider using MyFitnessPal to log your food and track your intake and your macros - keeping your protein and fat up will make you feel full and could cut the cravings down. Hitting my protein goal each day stopped my cravings almost entirely, it was the best thing I ever did! (approx 0.8g per 1lb of your bodyweight a day.) Fruit is sugary. Eat more There are things you can eat to wean yourself off, and then later, you can wean off those to kick the habit entirely. Consider Quest protein bars (I get mine on Ebay, some UK sites sell them in boxes.) They come in all kinds of sweet flavours like cookies and cream, double chocolate, apple pie and so on, and yet are relatively low cal and low sugar. You might find other protein bars you like - personally I've found most others to be pretty vile. The Protein Works and other fitness sites sells cookies and flapjacks. Don't just snarf them - for one, all that protein in one go could constipate you up something terrible, so be mindful of your intake. Use them to satiate hunger and satisfy a craving at the same time, but you'll suffer for it if you eat 6 of their 32g protein cookies. Also, look into sugar-free sweets (I have a box of Tic Tacs and sugar-free Werthers for those times I want to eat something sweet without the calories, M&S do sugarfree sweets too, by the tills) but again, don't eat the whole box, they warn of laxative effects. Myself, I find it takes me about 10 days off the sugar-foods to stop thinking about them. Sometimes I go cold-turkey, other times I substitute with the above items.
  12. This! You wouldn't go about trying to change your friends'/relatives' religion, would you? Nag them about their hairstyle, shoe choice, favourite movies? People's diet and weight is not public property; no matter how worried you are you can't tell others what to do, just the same as a religious type worried their friend is going to hell or a movie nut worried their friend is deeply suffering because they haven't seen a French romance from 1976. If Friend #1 wants to make changes - truly wants to make them, rather than just saying 'I'd like to lose weight', because some people just like to say this all the time to start a conversation, not actually meaning it - then she'll do it. It's tough if she has to spend every day in restaurants, but she may just have to whip up the courage to ask for a plain chicken sandwich, or choose hotels with kitchen areas so she can make a packed lunch and tell the client she already ate. Or I dunno. I can't imagine a life where you're forced to eat in restaurants every day, even food critics don't do that. And food tasters spit it out, knowing they cannot simply consume food all day. The others, you're being really mean! You can't sit there bossing people around and sneering at pasta because you've decided your way is best.
  13. What would you suggest we take? Apart from the obvious like avoiding eating takeout and donuts and sitting down for 17 hours a day. We can't hunt our own food (at least not in my area!) though we can take some care in choosing it and we cannot perform manual labour all day (well, we could if we all became construction workers, but again, not a realistic lifestyle change we can all adopt right now.) Sometimes I think the romanticism of nomadic/hunter-gatherer lifestyles is the byproduct of the very same comfortable Western lifestyle the speaker wishes to reject.
  14. For all the bitchin' and whinin', gym today. Still not quite up to dong the full prescribed squat program, but I gave it a shot. Band warm-ups and stuff. 1-arm rows with 10kg / 22lb dumbbell, which was really just me messing around waiting for the squat rack to be free. Run to rack. Cardio. Squats @ 35kg, 5 x 5. My 40kgs have faded into the distance with inactivity, but I'll be back on 'em next week I'm sure. Pause squats 22.5kg, 3x8. Speed squats 22.5kg, 3x8. Then I was over squats and wanted to deadlift. 40, 50, 60, 65kg, 3-5 reps ish, and thought 'oh ok, I want to do 70kg / 154lb now.' (that's 30lb away from 1.5x bodyweight.) So I did. Just the one. Form is iffy and I don't want to attempt any higher until I've had the trainer fix it. GHD thingumybob, 3x8 with my hands full of 13lb of stone cold iron. I mean, 3kg dumbbells. So, incidentally, strength progression through challenge so far: Overhead press increased from 5 reps o' 30kg to 5 reps of 32.5kg / 72lb. Deadlift up from 60ish, did I ever do 65? Can't remember - to 70kg. Squat 1RM at 45kg, up from previous sporadic reps of 42.5kg and a clear 5x5 of 40kg. Not bad for a) three weeks, b ) in a deficit, c) whilst endlessly complaining about leg pain and being a wuss. I don't want to jinx things, but the knee is feeling a little bit better today.
  15. Oooooh boy. So, it may be that my hopes and dreams are all based on a typo. My shoulder healed but I was still a little gun-shy. And then I saw the local big, glitzy Strongman comp and the first-time category and the weights used in it. 20, 30, 40kg pyramid press. 80kg deadlift for reps. And I was elated. I was already capable of pressing 30kg and deadlifting 70kg. I was just 10kg away from being competiton ready! And I did it on my living room floor! I mean, that made me proud. I had been logging my numbers, sure, but now I felt my numbers were really something to be proud of, and I felt very sure I could add 10kg and more to my lifts in 16 months. I signed up for the gym, paid for Strongman sessions and my goal was fixed. They posted 'the final weights' the other day. To the surprise of many FB commenters, the women's numbers had all risen - 30, 40, 50kg pyramid press, and the heaviest sandbag no longer 45kg but 55kg. The women's novice category had also gone up by 10. Now thankfully, the organisers posted 'there'd been a mistake' and they'd be correcting it shortly. That was 10 days ago. No corrections yet. So which is right? One set of figures makes me feel I am almost ready, ready to work on my 40kg press and make it perfect and build the foundations good and strong, deadlift 80kg not just once but many times, and the other set of figures basically tells me I'm not ready, and cannot hope to compete next year. One set inspired me; the next will crush me. Anyway I've sent them a message asking for clarification so hopefully I'll know if I'm a champ-in-training or a housebound n00b sometime soon.
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