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  1. I've been lifting heavy and hard for roughly a year now, and raised all of my maxes significantly. But within the last few months, I've hit a hard plateau on my bench press at 200/205. I've tried multiple different programs to break though it, but I always end up failing sets around this weight. Programs attempted thus far: 1. Stronglifts 5x5 - This is where I started, and this got me to about 150-160. 2. Effortless Superhuman (Tim Ferris, 4 Hour Body) - This worked well up until I hit the 200/205 plateau. Despite multiple resets, I couldn't break it. 3. Eating the Elepha
  2. I am essentially a beginner and have been doing the 5x5 Stronglifts program for a couple of months. I've hit a bit of a plateau with my overhead press, I'm close to plateauing with my bench press however, I have more to go with my squats and deadlifts. Because I'm plateauing or close to it on a couple of exercises, I have some questions. I have heard of a few things to improve my strength, do you have a preference for one of these (or another preferred option)? deloading then having a run at increasing again 50 reps (any number of sets, just reach 50) at 80% 5x5
  3. Long time no post, but the short version is: I dropped from 67 kg to 59 over the summer, carefully bulked to 62, maintained over the holidays consistently at 62-63 kg. I was planning to cut to 57 from end of January to mid-March so I could bulk a bit before the summer, but I've had to say bye-bye to that plan because nothing is happening. If anything, my weight is increasing - this morning I weighed 64, and almost fainted and/or cried because I can't recall the last time I weighed that much. I don't understand. I've been told time and time again that CICO works, and it did work for me in the
  4. I thought I would put this topic out there (it likely already exists, but no matter) since I tend to hit this level and struggle to beat it every time. The longer it takes you to recognise you're fighting this epic boss, the more damage it does, and the harder it is to respawn. I know this because I have respawned so.many.times. There is victory in coming back and pressing "start" again, however. And sometimes it doesn't hurt to look up a walkthrough (like the NF forums and articles) to help you out when fighting this evil. So I'm curious to hear from other rebels about how they deal with
  5. So it looks like I'm finally starting to break through my weight loss plateau. I had a weigh-in today with my trainer (we do body fat % and weight once a month) and I am down 4lbs from my last weigh in! Finally. I've been stuck around the same number since May! Let's hope the scale keeps moving.
  6. Aloha~ I'm Zuri Wynter but you may call me Zuri for name's sake. I had started my fitness journey exactly a year ago and lost 30 pounds, but hit a plateau upon getting very ill and now injuring my shoulder at a previous job. Since then, over the past three months, I've gained 10 to 15 of those pounds back and feel my progression has reached a dead halt. I've been lurking among the forums for quite a while before taking the plunge because even though I have all the tools I need at my fingertips, I lack the motivation to dive back in. I absolutely LOVE cardio -- there was a time where two
  7. Hey all! I'm super excited to have found NF, and I'm really hoping some accountability will help me on my journey. A little (lot of) backstory? Ok, since you asked: 25 yr old female, 5' 8", about 158lbs, mother to the world's greatest cat, studying to be an optician while living in a funky 60's (read: falling apart) house with my nerdy partner-in-crime. I've ranged from "chubby" to "very overweight" through my life. My parents, although they are wonderful, have terrible eating habits, which I inherited. I've always been a nerd, and was more interested in staying inside and reading or draw
  8. For a long time now I've been building up my back squat getting close to 100kg and then getting injured or some other circumstances have stopped me getting there. I've tested multiple times and made numerous attempts at 100 but never made it, much to my frustration. But I've persevered and today I finally got the 100kg back squat I have been trying to get for over a year In fact I blew past it and got 105kg! (231 pounds) Feels so great to finally make it into the 100 club and reach a long term goal
  9. Herro! So basically I've lost 40 pounds right? I've kept it off for a year and recently over four months ago started weight lifting. I've hit a plateau on my weight loss, and I know the scale isn't supposed to be a guide but I'm definitely not where I want to be physically. YES I'm talking aesthetics, jesus. My starting weight was 193, I'm currently hovering around 150-153. I've never hit the 140s, and I'm becoming EXTREMELY frustrated. I keep buggering off and eating like, 4000cals in one day over the weekend. I started getting into the habit of counting everything on MFP so wicked f
  10. Hello, fellow rebels. I am a 22-year-old male, 67 kg bodyweight. I have been doing the stronglifts 5x5 program for the past three months and have seen some impressive gains. I started from an empty barbell and here is the weight I can currently move, inclusive of the bar weight: Squat - 55 kg Bench press - 50 kg Deadlift - 85 kg Rows - 55 kg Overhead press - 30 kg I know some of those weights are disproportionate, and although these stats may be irrelevant, I thought of including them just in case they may indicate any sort of imbalance that I need to work on. Anyway, to the point. Lately,
  11. So usually in one week these past 4 months, my weight would go down 2 lbs then go back up 1 lb, go down 2 lbs and so on and so on. I wouldn't say I use the scale to gauge progress, but more to track patterns in regard to my eating habits. 3 weeks ago I noticed that my weight hadn't changed at all for a solid week without a change in food intake and didn't know what had caused it. Since I had increased my cardio and lifting, I decided to increase my calories thinking my body was going into starvation mode; weight still stayed the same. IT DROVE ME BONKERS!!! In trying to keep my sanity, I t
  12. Or a "Derp!" moment, depending on how you look at it. I've been actively working on losing fat and building muscle while eating paleo and have been around the same composition for a couple weeks now. Since January, I've lost 14 lbs and have gone from approximately 27% body fat to 19-20%. As I was preparing a dinner of 3 eggs, 3 slices center cut bacon, spinach and mushrooms, I suddenly realized that maybe I should be cutting down on my portions now that my composition has changed. I've been eating the same things in roughly the same quantities for almost 3 whole months. I kinda felt like
  13. Hey everyone So I've been going to the gym for the better part of three weeks now, and so far I've been getting a pretty linear increase in performance. Been increasing weigth on every exercise (Deadlift, Squat, Benchpress) by 5kg (~10 pounds) per week. I'm also working towards the first pullup of my life, currently transitioning from Body Weigth Rows to Assisted Pullups/Inverted Pullups. So much for my general situation Now, I hit a plateau on the Benchpresses. I can do ~8reps with 40kg but I just can't increase that. I was thinking to start doing some pushup action (after reading about a
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