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  1. So last fall I was a complete noob when it came to lifting. 135lbs and didn't lift anything heavier than my toddler daughter. Started on Stronglifts. Now I am 150lbs, leaner, and I can squat over 300lbs. I didn't even think I could squat 200lbs. And my wife says after nine years of marriage, I look better than I did when I was in my early 20s. I have noticed that I am starting to stall so I decided to start doing the Texas Method. I love lifting but I am wondering how long it is going to be until I see more definition? I would say that my goals are 60% aesthetics, 40% strength. Should I be adding cardio (running, boxing, row machine?) to my workouts? I usually only have time for workouts on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday between my career and my kids. Suggestions? Anyone recommend any workouts? Should I switch "guilds?"
  2. Hey all. So I started Stronglifts back in September. Started with the bar and gradually progressed. Took my 5'2", 135lb self to 150lbs, and squatting 280lbs. Now as I move forward toward 300lb I am feeling myself stall. I plan on milking 5x5 for what it is worth but now I am wondering if there is anything in particular I should look forward to? I suppose my goals, for the moment, are definition/aesthetics. Any workout program people could recommend? Or anything to supplement 5x5? I have been throwing in barbell curls as well as pull-ups and chin-ups.
  3. I will be the first to admit...when I started weightlifting back in September, I was terrified of doing back squats to the point that I was having dreams of being decapitated or crushed in the power rack. I even attempted to try to find research that this was somehow dangerous and detrimental for your back. But I started with the bar. I added weight. I worked my way up. I have no prior experience with squatting whatsoever. And aside from carrying my toddler daughter around, I didn't pick up anything heavier than a fountain pen before September. I am 5'2" A relatively small guy. I weighed 135 lbs. I now weigh almost 150. And I am squatting 280lbs. Take your time. Look into Starting Strength or Mehdi's Stronglifts 5x5. You'll get there.
  4. Hey all. So I started the Stronglifts 5x5 today. So I did my barbell squats. I did about 50lbs for my first time. I guess my question is, when you started doing squats for the first time, did you feel like you were doing them wrong? I mean, I was fine for the first sets of five but as I was getting to my fourth and fifth, I found it difficult to get my arms settled on the bar. I'm not a big guy. I'm about 5'2" and I weigh about 130lb. I guess my concern is arm positioning. It is difficult to get my arms closer together, so I did them pretty far apart. Maybe I am also just afraid of injuring my spine or decapitating myself. Are kettlebell goblet squats equally effective? Thanks
  5. I have seen them before. My wedding band is silver. I put it in my gym bag along with my watch before I workout. I've never had a woman throw themselves at me or flirt with me while working out. Maybe I am in the minority. However, I have also learned from past experience with women flirting with me in the workplace, at restaurants, bars, clubs, etc....if a woman is determined to make a move (as well as a man), a little band of gold or silver ain't going to stop them.
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