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    Quote Originally Posted by Time+Patience View Post
    Slow and steady progress is great as long as you don't get too antsy about how slow the progress comes along. If you can be patient then you will be a happy man. It's much more realistic to add 5-10 pounds per month on a movement rather than looking for 5 pound jumps every workout.

    I can't wait until I can squat again, whenever that is? I have been pheening to squat again.
    I am in no hurry. As long as I hit 220 lbs by October, I'm good.

    Quote Originally Posted by mchicia1 View Post
    My weight loss has been the same...ill drop a pound, hold steady for like 4-5 days, then suddenly drop another pound.
    After Monday, my high carb day, the weight is dropped by Wednesday. It's like my body holds onto the weight on lower carb days.

    Quote Originally Posted by macdaknife View Post
    I weighed and measured this morning too... in the last 3 weeks (well, 19 days) I've put on 4lbs whilst dropping 2 notches on my belt. I've added an inch to my right upper arm but only half an inch to the left... I guess that niggle I've been feeling in my left Bicep has been causing me more problems than I realised!
    Sounds like some great progress.

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    Good work OR, lookin good buddy.
    Thanks Mark.

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    good work OR, like the arm workout ,a lot of weight in the ez curls keep it up.
    Curls are functional

    Quote Originally Posted by Brian Hopper View Post
    What kind of rack and bar do you have?
    I have a cheap Powerline cage. But it is functional and has held up to dropping 500lb rack pulls on the pins. My bar is a cheap Chinese chrome Oly bar that I got with my Standard weight set. It is now bent to crap and the sleeves don't spin any more. Time for a new one.

    Hell, I might pull more with a decent bar
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    Have you weighed the cheap Chinese bar? I weighed mine a while back and damn thing is 36.8lbs. Stupid QC in China. Luckily I scored another decent bar that's actually close to 45lbs from Craigslist.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark! View Post
    Have you weighed the cheap Chinese bar? I weighed mine a while back and damn thing is 36.8lbs. Stupid QC in China. Luckily I scored another decent bar that's actually close to 45lbs from Craigslist.
    Ya, it weighs right at 42 lbs. But some of my plates weigh heavy, so it's a wash.
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    You're right OR!! Overall downward trend is the goal!
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    nice lifting man. what kind of bars are you looking at?

    even tho youre in a deficit, the added work to an area that hasnt adapted should give you some size i think

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    I have a cheap Powerline cage. But it is functional and has held up to dropping 500lb rack pulls on the pins. My bar is a cheap Chinese chrome Oly bar that I got with my Standard weight set. It is now bent to crap and the sleeves don't spin any more. Time for a new one.


    That's cool, I have my eye on getting a powertec rack. They seem pretty beefy and looks like they can handle some abuse.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HJP View Post
    You're right OR!! Overall downward trend is the goal!
    Yes, I don't expect it to be a steady loss. If it was, it would probably be too fast.

    Quote Originally Posted by f=ma View Post
    nice lifting man. what kind of bars are you looking at?

    even tho youre in a deficit, the added work to an area that hasnt adapted should give you some size i think
    That's what I was thinking. Since I don't regularly worout my arms I'd think they'd actually see some gains even when cutting. I'm just getting a cheap bar that is decent quality. I don't need anything too fancy. I ordered one off ebay that Tom Mutaffis found. At least it wasn't made in China like my last one.

    Quote Originally Posted by Brian Hopper View Post

    That's cool, I have my eye on getting a powertec rack. They seem pretty beefy and looks like they can handle some abuse.
    Ya, that looks like a good cage. My cage is nothing fancy but it does what it's supposed to. I wish it was taller and I wish the pin holes were closer spaced, but it holds the weight and keeps me from crushing myself.
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    Ya, that looks like a good cage. My cage is nothing fancy but it does what it's supposed to. I wish it was taller and I wish the pin holes were closer spaced, but it holds the weight and keeps me from crushing myself.
    I've also been looking at some cages with the 1" spacing but they seem to be more money. I'm still in the market, so who knows maybe I'll find one pretty cheap. My main concern is trying to bench heavy. If I can set the pins at the right spot so I won't die, then I'll be ok
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian Hopper View Post
    I've also been looking at some cages with the 1" spacing but they seem to be more money. I'm still in the market, so who knows maybe I'll find one pretty cheap. My main concern is trying to bench heavy. If I can set the pins at the right spot so I won't die, then I'll be ok
    I got lucky with my pin placement for bench. I can deflate my chest and rest the bar on the pins.
    I ordered the barbell last night. Now I'd like to start shopping for a new bench, mine wobbles like crazy.
    I think with better equipment, I'll probably see a better increase in numbers. A wobbly bench can't be good for getting a stable position - lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by Off Road View Post
    I got lucky with my pin placement for bench. I can deflate my chest and rest the bar on the pins.
    I ordered the barbell last night. Now I'd like to start shopping for a new bench, mine wobbles like crazy.
    I think with better equipment, I'll probably see a better increase in numbers. A wobbly bench can't be good for getting a stable position - lol
    This is me as well, pins are perfect for benching with in my rack, easy to just exhale and bail.
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    Do you guys find it hard to lift off the weight by yourself?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian Hopper View Post
    Do you guys find it hard to lift off the weight by yourself?
    Until I actually knew what a lift off felt like...nope. Now that I know what it feels like...it's not hard...just different. I've learned to get the j hooks as close to my bar path as possible without hitting them, that way you're not doing a triceps extension just to get the bar over you, plus it helps keep tightness in the shoulders. You just have to learn different techniques to benching alone, and getting it down. There's a guy I met at house of pain, he lives like 30 seconds away from me, walking. Curious to see if he actually lifts or just does MMA, looks like just MMA stuff. Would be nice to get another hardcore lifter with me.
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    I comfortable lifting up to a certain weight by myself. I've just been getting liftoffs ever since I started powerlifting. But I'm sure i'll be ok
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    I wouldn't even know what it is like to get a handoff on bench.
    Heck, I've only been benching for a short time...I'm a dipper
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    Getting a handoff on the bench makes a big difference imo. However, not having a spotter rip the bar up on the first sight of a slight stall outweighs getting a liftoff .

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    Agreed, I'm always good for a few more reps or extra weight when getting a GOOD liftoff. I've been training solo the past year or so and I'm just now developing a technique for unracking the bar alone. Seems like a good bar you got OR, can't really beat that for $100 shipped.

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    Best way to bench solo is to set up so that your head is actually behind the bar. So when you unrack, you are basically pin pressing it off the rack.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian Hopper View Post
    I comfortable lifting up to a certain weight by myself. I've just been getting liftoffs ever since I started powerlifting. But I'm sure i'll be ok
    Quote Originally Posted by LuNa View Post
    Getting a handoff on the bench makes a big difference imo. However, not having a spotter rip the bar up on the first sight of a slight stall outweighs getting a liftoff .
    Quote Originally Posted by KIBBLES N BITS View Post
    Agreed, I'm always good for a few more reps or extra weight when getting a GOOD liftoff. I've been training solo the past year or so and I'm just now developing a technique for unracking the bar alone. Seems like a good bar you got OR, can't really beat that for $100 shipped.
    Quote Originally Posted by mchicia1 View Post
    Best way to bench solo is to set up so that your head is actually behind the bar. So when you unrack, you are basically pin pressing it off the rack.
    You guys and your fancy-schmancy training methods.
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    Monday, May 23, 2011

    Squats, high bar, close stance
    130 lbs x 5
    160 lbs x 5
    190 lbs x 5
    220 lbs x 3
    250 lbs x 3
    285 lbs x 7

    18" Rack Pulls
    165 lbs x 5
    205 lbs x 5
    245 lbs x 5
    285 lbs x 3
    325 lbs x 3
    365 lbs x 7

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    100 lbs x 15 (each side)
    100 lbs x 15 (each side)

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    80 lbs x 2 laps
    125 lbs x 2 laps
    170 lbs x 2 laps
    220 lbs x 2 laps

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    Both the squats and the deads were pretty easy, but I stopped the reps at 7 to save it for next week's max rep-a-thon. The rows were done in a very slow and strict form, real killers. And finally, the sleds finished me off pretty good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Off Road View Post
    The rows were done in a very slow and strict form, real killers.
    Hah! Got the guilt trip from that back article too, eh?
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    Got a lot done there OR, I'm sure you're ready for a nice huge dinner...oh wait you're on a diet
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    Quote Originally Posted by StLRPh View Post
    Got a lot done there OR, I'm sure you're ready for a nice huge dinner...oh wait you're on a diet
    pwned

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    Quote Originally Posted by GazzyG View Post
    Hah! Got the guilt trip from that back article too, eh?
    Haha that line about cranking the lawn mower made me go "shit, I think that's me."

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    Quote Originally Posted by GazzyG View Post
    Hah! Got the guilt trip from that back article too, eh?
    Yes, yes, yes I did.

    Quote Originally Posted by StLRPh View Post
    Got a lot done there OR, I'm sure you're ready for a nice huge dinner...oh wait you're on a diet
    You sir, bring the suck I was enjoying my ground turkey and brown rice until you piped in - lol

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    pwned
    You guys are mean ...

    Quote Originally Posted by bloodybob View Post
    Haha that line about cranking the lawn mower made me go "shit, I think that's me."
    I think both slow and strict along with some heavier and sloppier sessions is okay.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bloodybob View Post
    Haha that line about cranking the lawn mower made me go "shit, I think that's me."
    lol - ditto!

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    You sir, bring the suck I was enjoying my ground turkey and brown rice until you piped in - lol
    My girlfriend works on a farm - they sell bison and ostrich burgers. She's gonna get me some. Apparently they're both some of the healthiest meat you can get!
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