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  1. Ok, here's me on my last set of squats 80 lbs: I know, my form isn't the greatest there. You can see the butt tuck as I struggled to push up. I actually nearly caved when I finished my second set; I got up on the last rep, I nearly stumbled to get to the rack. I just started doing Starting Strength after following Stage 1 of the New Rules of Lifting for Women (great book to get started on, but I wanted to actually lift heavier so I shifted to doing this). I had questions as to when to start lowering my reps and increasing weight. My squat reps were 2 sets of 75lbs x 15 before I start
  2. Hey guys, So yesterday was the first day I went to the gym and I wrote down some questions that I want to ask you guys about stuff I didn't know how to do or didn't understand. 1. Can you use the Squat Bar for Deadlifts? 2. What is the correct form for the bent over row? 3. My wrists roll on the bench press? Is that okay? 4. I can do 15 lbs dumbells with my dominant hand (left) on incline curls, but with my non dominant (right) hand I need to swing my whole body to get the weight up and it is noticeably weaker? Is this an issue? How do I solve this? Any information wou
  3. Hey guys !! FIrst thing first : Exams are a success ! I'll be a doctor !! (ok maybe in 10years+ but i'll be a doctor ^^) With that said let's dive into penguin mode : But, why penguin ? Well for those who followed me during my last challenge it's no secret that my wrists are not really usable right now (tendinosis LVL99 on both). So i'll try to keep moving without using them too much. Wich mean no (or barely) upper body work and lots of mobility. 1) Penguin slide his way to recovery : Each day i shall meditate twice : 2 sessions of 10min. One without any "gadget". Th
  4. I am slowly closing in on 1,000 lbs! I noticed some other folks chasing that as well so I thought I would start a thread for those who are trying to reach that milestone! If you have already reached it, congrats! Feel free to cheer us on I know @Castiel, and @Mattyboy7one8 are getting close. Who else? I tested my 1RMs on 21Jan2015 and lifted.... 265 lbs bench press 315 lbs squat 365 lbs deadlift 945 lbs total! I am keeping my progression pretty slow and using a 5-3-1 program currently. I have another informal competition in July and hope to be well past 1,000 lbs by then. I will test
  5. So Im hoping I havent been screwing myself over the last month or so with my squat form.....basically, I was doing low bar (Ill call it low bar position A) for the longest time and I was getting to the point where the bar would just scoot down/roll down my back. According to Rippetoe thats how you know the bar is too low because its not sitting firmly on the "spine of the scapula" (god how he loves that term.) So I decided to do an experiment. I will line up the bar with the middle of my chest, bring the shoulders back (aka form the shelf that the bar should rest on), duck under the bar, and
  6. "It can only be called fate... That here, I would again gather the three with the crests... That I should lay my hand on that which grants the wishes of the beholder. That when power, wisdom, and courage come together, the gods would have no choice but to come down... The power of the gods... The Triforce! He who touches it will have whatever he desires granted!" — Ganondorf Hello again, lazy monks. I, The Shogun, am your new fitness overlord for this week. I have but one simple goal. To transform your flabby wimey body into a more efficient machine of doom. You will now thank me for se
  7. As promised form check videos for three of my excercises. Any feedback would be great. The set up for the squat for me is usually the hardest part especially with getting it on the right place on my back. And my depth needs to be improved I think. OP https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NGHeoKqEiGQ SQ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bDzv8NjQlUI Row https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bDzv8NjQlUI https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fZKmCGa90zs
  8. This started initially as a goal in one of my challenges. Since then I've just been using it to keep track of my form changes and improvements.
  9. I'm sure there have been countless topics on this in the past, but I couldn't see any recent ones, so apologies if I'm being repetitive. I'm getting beaten by butt wink. When I first started squatting I was a bit of a natural. I could get good depth without my lower back rounding and the first time I tested my 1RM, only a couple of months into lifting, it was more than my bodyweight (with good form). So I got complacent, took my eye off the ball and stopped recording my squats (I work out alone). Several months later I decided to record myself, and found that I had developed a case of butt
  10. Welcome to my 8th challenge thread I've now been on these forums for one year (anniversary on January 3rd) so I'll start with a motivational list of some of the things I've accomplished in that time:recovered from a shoulder injuryimproved Spanish listening and speakinglearned to walk across a slacklinetracked macronutrients for a weeklearned not to set overly-ambitious challengesheld a 10-second handbalancecreated a YouTube video of my handstand progressjoined a second gymnastics gymbought climbing shoes so I can go bouldering properlyentered a Spartan Raceincreased strength in the bench pre
  11. "Hey fatass! Hey, hey fa- yea, you! Why dont you go to the gym you disgusting piece of lard?"<---------very rude individual trying to be mean "Yes my buns are fat.....from squatting over 200lbs you tool. Now go fuck off"<----------Me, now squatting 210
  12. Hello! I just hit a goal squat of 150 lbs today, and I'm so stoked that I finally got off my ass and joined the forums here... Been reading NF for several years, but never got involved in the community before. I started doing the powerlifts several years ago, but never nailed down the forms, and didn't stick it out past 1 month. Now I've been going to the gym 3 x week for 7 weeks without skipping, following Starting Strength and dialing in form, and I'm starting to see real gains (starting working weight to current working weight): (Bodyweight: 140) Squat: 85 --> 150 Deadlift: 135 -->
  13. So I've been gone from here for a while now. So long that I had to read the rules again. The bright side: I've been working out regularly for the past month and a half, and semi-regularly since October. My diet, however, is pretty much the worst it's been since...ever. So I figured it's time for a good old-fashioned "Hollywood reboot." Now, none of my goals from my first challenge are really things I want to work on right now, so I'm not just going to redo that challenge. And come on, when's the last time a series reboot stayed anywhere near to the original anyway? I was debating basing this
  14. The title of this quest has a dual meaning: I want to take advantage of the last few weeks of the September-October challenge as a warm-up for the following one, but at the same time I want to learn to appreciate the early part of the day. I have a schedule that's preposterously full of stuff (full-time job, music lessons, dance lessons, band rehearsals and concerts) and once I'm finally home it's hard to summon the energy -- or even find the time -- to work out. Years ago, however, I had very good experiences working out on my way to work. I want to try that again, at least one or two da
  15. How do I internet? So a Battle Log...hmmm, does it matter that this is kind of 8 months late? Or that I took about a 2 month break? No? Well, good! I do the Stronglifts 5x5 program: Been doing it since February, kinda got sidetracked during June and finally got my act together back in late August. Due to a bulging disk Ive been loathe to do deadlifts, and I wasnt really pain free enough for pendlay rows so those numbers dont/wont reflect where I actually should be. A little more info: started pure bar with squats, pure bar with press and ~60-75lbs with bench. Tues 10/28: Squat 100lb 5x
  16. Ok, finally managed to take a couple form check videos where enough of me might be visible enough to critique. Squat: http://vid1368.photobucket.com/albums/ag163/eewallace/2014-10-9-squat_zps8977d57d.mp4 Pushup: http://vid1368.photobucket.com/albums/ag163/eewallace/2014-10-9-pushup_zpsedf9ce33.mp4 Standing lunge: http://vid1368.photobucket.com/albums/ag163/eewallace/2014-10-9-lunge_zps4be516ff.mp4 Squats have felt pretty good. That front view one looks a little wide, but I think my knees are at least tracking ok; it's a little hard to tell without a better view of my feet, though. I
  17. My first ever Warrior challenge!! I am SO PUMPED to crank out this challenge and really blow my numbers out the water! Challenge 1: Raise my Squat to 185 lbs, Deadlift to 195 lbs and my OHP to 130 lbs -Do my Strong Lifts 5x5 workout Tues, Thursday, and Saturday (or 3x week with 1-2 days off for recovery) -Grading will be as follows: A: Reach or exceed all stated goals B: Reach 90% of stated goals C: Reach 70% of stated goals D: Reach 50% of stated goals F: Either no gains or actual strength losses Challenge 2: Decrease my body weight by 12 lbs, with at least 80% fat loss -Continue to
  18. Im pretty sure IM hitting parallel on all my squats, but Im worried IM not keeping my chest up enough. Also, Ive watched a lot of videos on proper bench form with guys arching themselves in half to bench (I cant do that, my back/body just isnt that flexible.) So there's that. Having back issues in the past I want to make sure IM not screwing up my back again/ hurting my shoulders. Thanks in advance folks!! *WARNING!!!!!!* Ginormous buns and thighs Squat warmup<-----------empty bar Still warming up<----------95 lbs Workset<--------------------120lbs 5x5 (in total) Bench warmup<-
  19. I'm making a second attempt at Stronglifts, and I'd like to start checking my form early on to catch any mistakes I'm making. All my starting videos will be at 45 lb, except for the deadlift, which will be at 95 lb. I'm gonna post the barbell row later, because after looking over the Stronglifts stuff again, I realized that I've been doing the barbell rows wrong (my back was at a 40 degree angle). Next time I do those, I'll fix my form and film it again. Squat Bench Press (side) (front) Overhead Press (side) (front) Deadlift Barbell Row, 55lb Once I hit 95 lb on my squat (or sooner, if I
  20. Hey all So I went to do my usual workout tonight (Squat, Press, Deadlift-go Stronglifts!) and I really wanted to focus on getting my form right. I watched a video by Mark Rippetoe about correct hand position on the bar, so I went to the gym and tried to replicate what I saw. Narrow grip was a no-go; apparently Im not flexible enough for that yet (note: Mark was emphasizing not getting your wrist under the bar, as that deflects some of the weight and can lead to elbow pain/problems). Anyway I thought "No problem, just widen the grip", so I did and oh my god the pain! My front shoulders hurt so
  21. So I was not planning on doing a challenge this time round because....well my excuses are pretty lame hence why I am now writing this. Since I started my full time job (4 weeks ago) I have not exercised once. The only exercise I get is walking to and from work to the train station. I'm feeling miserable. Not only is there lack of exercise in my life but my diet is slowly becoming more unhealthy. I can feel myself becoming...depressed is probably the wrong word but I don't know how else to describe it. The worst part about the slump I am currently in is that my knee pain that had disappeare
  22. Hey guys. After reading some post i decided to try this filming thing and do some form checks. I recently decided to try stronglifts so still using lighter weights so any advice would be welcomed. Sorry if the place is kinda dark the place was well overcast. http://youtu.be/DOcx-GjxPsk Squat set 1 95lbs http://youtu.be/IojEkl0Fv3Q Squat set 5 95lbs http://youtu.be/4HyXyjhTrck over head press set 5 45lbs http://youtu.be/eyh4R9Z243M deadlift 90lbs Thanks in advance
  23. This is my first quest here, as the current quest is nearly finished, this 6-week challenge shall be the one that starts on November 10th. I shall provide an update on how close I am on the first day. MAIN QUEST: Increase my strength so that I am able to lift more than my own bodyweight. Goal 1: Squat with a barbell 110% my own bodyweight (5 sets of 10). Goal 2: Bench press 110% my own bodyweight (5 sets of 10). Goal 3: Bent over row a barbell 110% my own bodyweight (5 sets of 10). Life side quest: As this quest ends on the same day as my semester, my life side quest is to achieve at least 50%
  24. I started lifting few months ago and have progressed just fine in terms of strength in 3 out of 4 major movements. I can deadlift 245 lb for 5 reps without any problem, so I'm quite sure it's not weakness, but my squat really sucks. I can't go past 175 lb without my form breaking down terribly. I believe it is my mobility. After some analysis of my form, I noticed the following flaws: - My knees go well past my toes, even when I point my toes out and have a stance wider than my shoulders - My torso leans forward, even in a high bar squat - I can't keep an upright torso without putting the
  25. Exercise Preference Strictly bodyweight/ring exercises for upper body, squats and deadlifts for lower body Current Physical Stats Male245'7153 lb. Previous Training History Lifting for 2 years (ish). Started with 5x5 for 6 months, moved to general lifting (I didn't have a program for a while and that was a mistake) but I would squat & deadlift occasionally for about 9 months. Then started current program. (If you're like me you will notice this doesn't add up to two years. About 6 months into starting I took a break from lifting for about 4-5 months. I don't know that that matter but mat
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