I far prefer lat pulldowns. Progression isn't dictated by my bodyweight.
I went to see the new Pirates movie. Pretty entertaining, allthough the movie does have a different feel than the previous ones. Good movie nonetheless.
Went out for dinner afterwards. Had 1.5 rack of spareribs and some fries. Im not too worried about it as i had a great time with my girlfriend, which is more important than hitting my macro's for the day. Im sure it wasnt even too bad.
Going to have to move around my training days as it looks like i wont be able to train on Saturday. Will go in tonight for cardio.
How did the spinach riot go LOL. Stellar work on the pullups bud.
Gonna go see that on Weds.
And you're right, having a great time with your gf is more important than a night's macros lol.
Keep up the good work mate!
I want to see Pirates as well but with movie tickets at $10 a pop in my area I'm going to skip pirates and instead see The Hangover Part II. Good choice to have a night out with the girlfriend and have some dinner, I think it's important to have some fun once in awhile as the others said. Great work on the workouts too LuNa. I agree w/ pull ups having a better feel than Lat pulldowns as well.
No comparison between lat pulldowns and pullups for back development. Neutral pullups absolutely obliterate my lats. I actually find chins and neutral to hit my back harder than standard pullups. Seems like standard pullups have too much forearm involved.
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And tbh I also feel my forearms pump massively whilst doing neutral grips - might be simply because of the very slippy grips meaning I have to hold on tightly.
The pull ups are looking great man! You'll be banging out sets wit ha 45 attached at the waist in no time.
I used your ideas regarding progressing, alternating between BW and weighted, so lets hope it works well for both of us.
If you want to do pull-ups, the only difference that your grip/hand placement makes is how favorable the angles are across your shoulder and elbow joints. Wide grip, palms facing away (pronated) pull-ups are the hardest for two reasons: One, your shoulders are at a bad angle, the lats (the prime movers) being put in a position that makes it harder for them to contract efficiently, and two, your forearms are rotated in such a way that your biceps cannot pull efficiently. So yes, these are harder than narrow-grip, palms facing you (supinated) pull-ups. But they're NOT a better exercise. The only reason to do them? If you're being tested on your wide grip, palms pronated pull-ups. Otherwise, stick to the easier, more comfortable exercise. Picture what your lats are doing in each motion. The SAME DAMN THING. In both cases, you're hauling your sorry carcass up from a hanging position, so you're doing the same amount of work. It's just hurting less.
I hope so, i think its one of those things that sets weak apart from strong. Thanks John!
The thing I noticed about neutral/curl vs standard pullups is the opposite of what you find on the internet. They say neutral/curl works the biceps more...I actually find that it simply puts the biceps in a mechanically better position, so that your BACK actually tires before your biceps. As long as you still focus on pulling with your back, I find them superior to standard pullups for that reason.
40 mins on treadmill, same template as before.
Nautilus ab machine
Hanging leg raises
Interesting read regarding the size of Powerlifters vs. Bodybuilders:
Because of that variability, I don't do chins or pullups at the moment. Still a damn good exercise, but not that great for HIT-style training IMO.
It's funny though, the exercises I'm 'good' at relative to my other lifts I always drop lol. Dips--got up to 105x6-8 reps. Dropped em. Flat bench 250x2. Dropped. Chinups 70#x4-5, gone. Lmao. Finally hit 340 on squats. Gone. 110s in db benching for a few reps. Out.
I'm only happy if I'm doing exercises I suck at. Hence all the military pressing.
Powerlifting has more to do with leverages, the nervous system, and technique refinement, while bodybuilding has more to do with aesthetics, symmetry, muscularity, and conditioning.
So fucking true. Not to say PLers can't be muscular (insert Invain example here) of course.
I loved the article...great shit.
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