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  1. Form is the foundation you build weight on. If the amount of weight you're using is causing your form to catastrophically collapse, your issue isn't with lifting too much weight, it is that your foundation is too weak. I mean, of course you're not going to see perfect form on a max effort (and if you do, it's not a true max effort) but you should have grooved the movement pattern to the point that any form discrepancy is going to highlight your weak points, not make the whole lift fall apart in a brilliant explosion of slipped disks and torn muscles.
  2. The head balance alone would make the pretty impressive
  3. I don't know what a tricep curl is, but I'd recommend replacing it with a squat
  4. It's not that I never share, you're just the first person here who has ever asked :P. I don't compete, so my 'big lifts' are trap bar deadlifts (currently pulling 321kg for 5 reps), high bar squats (218kg for 3 reps), bench (158kg for 5 reps) and weighted pull ups (85kg added weight). I don't really take videos, because I life alone and I've got people I can come ask and check my form if I need it. That said, here's a 5x5 with 185kg from about six months ago when I visited some friends in North QLD.
  5. That would certainly be the case with a pad made of rigid material. Unless you're using something like a squat sponge or manta ray, once you get in the mid-100kgs and above, you can't even tell there's a pad there because of how much weight is pushing through the padding. I've done partials and iso holds with significant amounts of weight on my back with and without a pad and could not tell the difference. On the flip side, I've seen dozens of men and women work up the courage to join a gym and try lifting weights, only to be bullied off by passing comments on equipment they're using to ease the transition. Does that happen at every gym? No. Would it happen in this community? Of course not. But the fact it has happened has given me a strong opinion on the subject (even if it is purely anecdotal). As for gloves. My wife likes massages. I like to lift in multiples of my bodyweight. The compromise is a good set of kevlar reinforced gloves. Rippetoe can hate if he wants because Rippetoe doesn't get to massage a beautiful woman at night- maybe he's just not too good with his hands
  6. In my experience, those 'cons' are vastly overstated by people looking to belittle anything that isn't 'hardcore'. A bar with any appreciable amount of weight on it isn't going anywhere whether you've got a pad or not. Gloves aren't going to make or break your PR attempt. Let people train how they want to train and support them in it, because at the end of the day, the lifting community is a relatively small one compared to those straddling a couch watching whatever they deem important enough to justify being weak.
  7. I don't see a problem with using a pad if it's going to help you stick with lifting. The same goes with gloves, compression gear and whatever else takes anyones fancy. You lift for yourself, not for anyone else, and if you want to use squat pad and that's going to make sure you get your squats in, then that's great. People will hate and give you nonsense reasoning- "pads will make the bar unstable on your back", "gloves limit your grip strength"- but those people forget that consistency is king. It's no good being a super hard tough lifter who only lasts six weeks because they hate coming home with a straight bar bruise across their back or torn up hands every week.
  8. Towel would provide a measure of padding for a high bar squat. Beginners are more likely to use both lower weights and a padded squat bar. I'd say it's still a squat set up but you might not know for sure unless you stake out your gym hidden in bright colours amongst the fitballs.
  9. Sleep is big, nutrition (including hydration) is big. Other things that help is low level activity (walking is great), electrical nerve stimulation, massage, epsom salt baths, pump (hot/cold) showers and myofascial release (foam rolling, etc). Once you get to a high level of performance, deloading is important too.
  10. Volume is a huge driver of progress. If you want to get better at deadlifting, start deadlifting multiple times per week.
  11. But the carbs are the best part!
  12. Yes. Bodyweight multiples are something everyone can relate to. Sure, there's variance there, but those specifics are superfluous. When someone tells you they can squat triple their bodyweight, you don't analyse how easy or hard that is based on their total weight, because that variance isn't large enough to change the fact that if you're squatting triple bodyweight then you're a heck of a lot stronger than your average joe. Aspiring to master multiple amounts of your bodyweight is a much more tangible- and therefore inspiring- goal for most people simply because knowing your bodyweight and how to multiply (or work a calculator) is much easier than dedicating years of your time, effort and money to becoming a world champion in competition with others who likely have a genetic head start. Of course those measures are anecdotal and everyone will surely have a different opinion as they are allowed to, but I stick by them because I believe they have value. Value that (in my own opinion) stretches well beyond the IPF.
  13. That sounds like a flawed assumption to me. Not every ridiculously strong person out there showcases their ability on a stage.
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