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Haha not offended at all - I just think the guys who sit their lifting way more than they should then run around bragging are just as bad as the guys who sit their doing curls between phone calls. Haha, the gym brings out the best and worst in everyone. But whatever, do what you enjoy/will help with your goals. I've sat their lifting 5s for rear delts - but I feel it, could care less what anyone else thinks.
How are you progressing these days, still hitting the scale lighter and lighter each week?
I have plateaued a little thanks to bad weekend habits (this weekend especially being on the road and a few too many beverages on Saturday) but still around 225-226 with lowest weight being 223 early last week.
Standing tricep extensions (or whatever they are called behind your head) - case in point on the lighter weights. Doesn't take much at all to feel some effectiveness there.
Lot of ways to do this obviously. You mentioned muscle confusion...one of the authors of a book I read recently believes that whole concept is nonsense. Another book - with a different lifting philosophy all together - states it is mandatory for sustained growth. Both are obviously successful and have their supporters. (like the full body vs. splits debate - they both work)
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Medium day: leg press, incline bench, bent rows, upright rows,dips, and barbell curls
Light day: Leg extensions, dumbell flys, pulldowns, rear laterals, overhead tri extensions, concentration curls. You can mix up the exercises on light day if you want, You're going for more of a "pump" during this workout.
The key to this program in my opinion was keeping the journal in order to track your progress. Also, if you have a good workout partner it will help you greatly during the heavy workouts.
Routines have more to do with the persons genetics doing them. And I'd also say your experience (beginner ect). I have done almost everything. Currently I'm doing Crossfit at least 3 days a week, heavy lifts at least twice a week (typically some deads, push presses, power cleans, or bench variations) and I'm on a 5x5 squat routine that requires squatting 3 times a week. Hectic routine requiring some pretty unique time and recovery methods but its what my body currently needs. I'm wanting to increase cardiac capacity/metabolic capacity yet keep my size and strength. Also my squat form has always been bad so I figured I'd volume overload my legs and force them to grow and adapt to the mobility requirements Crossfit requires. So far everything is going very well but I've been heavily invested in training for 8 years.
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Hey, I was working out, busting BP, squats, powercleans, etc. when you were playing with your Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.....except I took a sabbatical from 1992-1994, again from 1995-2003, and finally the last break from 2004 until July 2012. I tried to workout a little within those sabbaticals but never lasted long. Because of my HS football days and weight program we had, I have pretty good form in the compound exercises. No one really talked about "core" back then but we were getting a good dose of work there anyway because the emphasis was on full-body, explosive lifts like squats and cleans.
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My roommate and I in undergrad each ponied up for it. The article above was correct - it was brutal. If you did the lifting part, you were going to see gains. We couldn't keep it up longer than two weeks, the supplements were incredibly overpriced and the diet was whack. It focused on a lot of negative reps and simply destroyed your muscles to the point where you had no desire to go back to the gym that week.
I've just found it very hard to get a good mind muscle connection when you lift too much weight, there is a point where you are just moving it from point a to point b, which for my goals, isn't as effective IMO. Again no wrong, just a personal preference.
Ya unfortunately the drinking will hold you back, it's hard to balance your social life and fitness. I actually don't really drink or party much, I've just never been a really social guy so it works out well for me. All in moderation tho hey.
Also, don't get caught up reading all this shvt about workouts in books, everyone is different - you need to figure out what works for you, there is no blueprint. But that one book - how are you suppose to progress without confusing your muscles? Technically even moving up weights is confusing your muscles. I wouldn't recommend switching your routines all the time, but it can work for you. But lifting the same weights in the same order for over 4 weeks - good luck. Especially when your past the beginning stages and you really got to grind to make progress haha. Like isn't that the definition of insanity haha?
Dan would benefit from a pay cut.
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