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  1. Please give me feedback on my deadlift form. Thanks. https://youtu.be/p2U7cX-ydWU
  2. This morning I went to the gym and it was dead so I was able to get some videos of my workout. I did bench press, squats, dead lifts, and push presses. I have video of me using just the bar (45lbs), 55lbs, and 65lbs. Which videos should I post? Some of the exercises I do better with just the bar and others I feel are more graceful with some added weight. I guess I will start with videos where I just have the bar.... Would you critique me please? I would really appreciate the feed back. Bench Press: I find with the bench press my arms wobble a lot, not shaky because I can't lift the bar, they just don't stay "quiet" enough to make the whole thing a fluid motion. Does this get better with practise? Should I be doing it slower? I am still wobbly with added weight, my bar just doesn't stay straight. Squat: My squats feels good, I don't have any issues...I don't think. Now I can squat low enough to rest the bar on the bumpers, should I go that low or should I stop just before I put the bar on them? And the front view. Dead lift: Is dead lift one word or two? I never know. My dead lifts feel pretty good. I am not sure if I should have the bar sitting on a higher stand. Is my butt going low enough when I bring the bar back down? I am getting better at "scraping" the bar up my shins and legs, I am going to have to start wearing pants on DL days. Push Press: The push press is the toughest/weirdest exercise for me. I feel like I am curving my back inward (belly out) when I fully extend up. Am I leaning too far forward? Am I doing it right? Should I be using a rack where the bar starts off at shoulder height or is it ok to "flip" it up from my thighs to my shoulders? Thanks for all the constructive criticism, tips, and tricks. I can also put up the videos with extra weight on the bar if that helps.
  3. I went to the gym for the first time today at my university: an accomplishment in and of itself. BUT I tried out weight lifting and it was AMAZING! I know it's not a big deal (everyone and their mom lifts now), but it's huge. I wasn't able to add much weight, but I always managed to do ten reps in a set and have about 5-10 sets per exercise with the bar (which is 45 lb). And the squats? I can squat over a hundred pounds! I mean, this is my first time ever doing anything like this. I'm sorry, it's just a huge accomplishment. At the beginning of this year, I couldn't even squat properly. Now I can do it with weights. I could get into this feeling.
  4. Krisptonite, cos I eat too many crisps, so they're like my Kryptonite. Like Superman. Sort of. Geddit? Puns! My Main Goal for this challenge is to get back into strength training and eating properly. This might seem like a simple, generic challenge, but It needs to be done. NO CRISPS! Be mindful of eating and watch out for bad emotional eating habits. My danger behaviour is retreating to my room with a massive bag of crisps. I need to not do that any more. I think I understand the reasons why it has been happening, so I will address them in my life challenge. This element of my challenge will involve cooking more, minimal buying of ready made stuff and NO CRISPS. CON:4 Go to the gym 3 times a week. I've just (tonight) joined the ace gym that i learned to lift at at the beginning of the year. It takes an hour to get there (sometimes more) and I have to get two buses, but I don't care. I love the atmosphere, the people, the equipment. I need to remind myself that. I need to get addicted to endorphins again. STA: 3, CON:1 Dead lift 100kg. Bench 60kg. Yup. When I was lifting regularly, my PBs were 80kg dead lift and 45kg bench. Totally doable goals, I hope. STR:5 Life challenge: Make time for myself. I have a lot of extra curricular activities, and a chronically ill housemate/best friend who isn't coping very well. I will do one thing each day that benefits me and me only. I will finish reading The Nao of Brown, I will play the piano, I will paint my fingernails, I will sit quietly in a room and breath. As well as keeping up with all my regular responsibilities, of course. WIS:2
  5. So... my first challenge. Here are my goals for summer: Diet Eat a caloric deficit of 2500 calories per week. Cook or eat seafood at least once per week. I eat too much chicken and beef... need more Omega 3!No booze 2 days a week. I like wine with dinner and a bourbon warm-up... Time to cut back a little bit. Exercise Squat 160 lbs. 5x5Dead Lift 200 lbs. 1x5Reduce body fat to 19% or less (currently 22%)Level Up Take a weekend backpacking trip with my cousin carrying a 40lb pack at least 15 miles.
  6. I'm a bit late but fuck it! Short: Lose weight, build muscle Long: Get down to 13-15% bf. I am currently 82kg and about 23-26% bf. When I started: Deadlift: 40kg by 8 reps (on last set) Squat: 20kg by 10 reps (2 sets) Bench: 20kg by 10 reps (3 sets, 2nd set is more like 8-9 reps and last is like 6-7) Goals for end of 6 week challenge : Deadlift: 80kg by 8 reps on last set. squat: 50kg by 10 reps all 3 sets Bench: 40kg by 10 reps 3 sets I had been doing well with weight loss, when I started training I got hungry and put on a little weight, went up to 84kg, now fixed diet up a little and back down to 82kg. Was down at 80.5kg before weight training started. Main quest Goal 1: Eat primal and keep with in 2,000 calories per day, whilst hitting protein goals. Goal 2: Hit the gym 4 days a week and do my program set by PT Goal 3: Push hard at gym and try increase weight where possible whilst having good form. Life side quest: Pass all my subjects this semester at University. I have had on my wall for the past 3 months a piece of paper saying I want to be 80kg by Novemeber 1st. Also a friend gave me a bottle of scotch that says I can't open till I hit 75kg. Grading system: Goal 1: A: Track calories, stick under 2000 calories and hit at least 150g of protein every day. (1-2 cheat days allowed). B: Track calories every day, stick under 2000 calories per day (1-2 cheat days). C: Track calories every day. D: Track most days. E: Track most days but eat too much when I do track. F Don't track at all, eat whatever. Goal 2: A: Hit the gym every day I have designated. (only can skip if injured) B: Skip a gym day and not make it up. C: Skip 2 days with out making it up. D: Skip 3 days. E: Skip 4 days. F: Skip more than 5 days. Goal 3: A: Increase weight or reps on at least 2 exercises per work out. B: Increase weight or reps on at least a exercise per work out. C: Increase weight or reps on an exercise on 3 out of 4 work outs a week. D: Increase reps or weight on 2 out of 4 exercises a week. E: increase weight or reps on at least 1 work out a week. F: No increase in weights or reps. Progress so far on goals: So my update, diet was doing well, then slackened off because of increased hunger from strength training. #1:I have cleaned it up even more to leaner foods and more green veg, started tracking calories and taking appetite suppressants. #2: good as have not missed a day in the gym #3: fairly well been adding weight on most stuff, could maybe push a little harder when I am on my own in the gym. Form has been good, but I did screw up a little and it lead to my neck being sore. Life quest: did well on a test, but I need to study more
  7. hello all! heres an overview of what i bring to the table, where i've been, and where im hoping to go. Nerdiness: Im a voracious reader. i play video games on my ps3. i play board games and card games. im a lab analyst. and i have a mildly embarrassing obsession with disney movies, animations, manga, firefly, ect. and i enjoy singing really loudly in the car. "Athletic" history: i taught swimming lessons for 7 years, and took a year of that to figure out how to swim butterfly without looking like i was drowning (the indicator being that lifeguards stopped asking if i was okay....or if i needed help. just kidding. most of my peers just sat on the edge and chuckled. always glad to be of entertainment.). i was a powerlifter in High school, enjoying deadlift the most. at my best- i could deadlift 215lbs. after reading born to run a year or so ago- i became a runner. i enjoyed 5k's for quite some time until i inexplicably hurt my left foot. no really- no idea what happened. could be a stress fracture. could be a tendon. could be aliens. x ray showed nothing. so...with instructions to baby my foot *humph* i thought i'd try body weight exercises and weight lifting. i also played coed roller hockey, soccer and such like but nothing really fit until swimming. Battle Strategy: i initially planned on working out in the morning so that i wasnt able to just sit on my butt afterwards. however, i recently purchased a new bed and its the most comfortable cloud....er - bed ive ever slept on. getting up earlier than absolutely necessary is now much more difficult. i swear- gravity increased. i stand all day at work (and essentially run around like a chicken with my head cut off) and when i get back home im tired. i also bike to and from work the days weather permits. lurking around the site here, i discovered the basic body weight exercises. i'm going to work that as a circuit. and during my stretches- im going to work on being able to do the splits. (since it really only adds 4 mins to the stretch time im not overly worried about this) i planned on viewing the NF vids for proper form on lifting so that i dont injure myself. its been awhile since high school power lifting and i cant promise that i remember how to do it correctly. Any advice? Strategies? good books to read? =) see you on the interwebs...
  8. Tonight I dead lifted twice my body-weight! I weigh 80kg, so that's 160kg or 352lbs or 25 stone!! Second woot is the guys on my team told me how impressed they were with my muscle gain since September as a result of my gym sessions. The phrase "you're huge" was mentioned. I got home and danced around the kitchen. AND, it's cheat meal day!
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