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#81
I've been noticing i've been fluctuating in weight recently. I'll weigh 150 for a couple of days, then go back to 145, then back to 150, then 145. Its really wierd and annoying since im trying to gain some weight.

I guess my question is, is this unhealthy?
#82
Quote by Sammythedruggie
I've been noticing i've been fluctuating in weight recently. I'll weigh 150 for a couple of days, then go back to 145, then back to 150, then 145. Its really wierd and annoying since im trying to gain some weight.

I guess my question is, is this unhealthy?



Its perfectly normal. It's probably just slight variations in water weight, how much you've had to eat, what you're wearing etc.
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#83
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How much will i have to be eating to make some serious muscle gains with this program?

Impossible for us to say. Certain people gain really easily others don't. As a general principle though, when you want to make big muscle gains you generally have to put on some fat.
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i've been looking to make a bit of progress for the summer, so to lose some belly fat by june (about 3 1/2 months) is this something thats possible with this program?

Yes you can definitely lose some fat by June. Generally, a good to great week for fat loss is somewhere between .5 lbs. to 2 lbs. Of course, these numbers are not set in stone and can vary deeply from person to person. People who are very overweight could lose 4 lbs. or more a week, etc.
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should i be consuming more or less than 2,000 cals per day? ive been consuming less for cutting and have been doing excess cardio as well.

You find to find an online calorie calculator. I don't know how truly active you are so I can't answer that.
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is it alright to go to the gym and do just cardio on my days off?

Yes. That's the way I do it. Remember walking counts for cardio too. Just make sure to take one day a week off.

I think SS and 5x5 are great programs. They are more tailored towards building strength and muscle though.
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#85
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#86
Whoever gave the psychological tips for benching in the old thread, thank you. I tried both methods last night. Putting the weight up and just lifting the bar off didn't really make much difference in all honesty. But looking at my dominant arm did actually make reps easier to do.

Another question here, on behalf of my dad. Is there are a certain type of tea that reduces water retention? He's been on slimming world diet and since joining the gym he hasn't lost as much weight as he did prior to working out, people at slimming world say it's to do with water retention. Is this true and if so how can it be reduced?
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#87
^ he could get wasted every night. I always wake up super dehydrated after a good night of drinking.
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#88
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^ he could get wasted every night. I always wake up super dehydrated after a good night of drinking.

except that drinking a lot of alcohol on top of a normal diet will make you gain weight and makes you retain even more water after a period of time
#89
Hey guys, care to critique my 3 day split?

Workout A: Legs
- BB squats
- Romanian deadlifts
- Leg press
- Lunges
- Lying hamstring curls
- Leg extension.

Workout B: Push
- Bench press (alternate BB/DB)
- Shoulder press (alternate BB/DB)
- DB incline press
- Dips
- Lateral raises
- Skullcrushers/french press

Workout C: Pull
- Deadlifts
- Pull-ups
- Bent-over row
- Reverse grip pull-downs (Mainly because I'll be too tired for chins at this point)
- Vertical traction (special machine my gym has. Like a neutral grip pull-up, but the handles move inwards as you pull down so you can get a better ROM)
- BB/DB bicep curls

Most exercises are 3x10 for hypertrophy but I do 3x5 for squats and deads.

Any comments? I was a bit iffy about putting lateral raises on push day, but I've always paired them with shoulder press.
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#90
This seem odd to me.
My left arm is noticeably weaker. Even while doing things like push ups I notice myself putting more weight on my right arm because its stronger.
How do I fix this?
Is it just a matter of working with my left arm?
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#91
Usually my workouts go as follows:

1. 15-20 mins of rowing
2. Free weights for arms
3. Chest press
4. Lat pulldown
5. shoulder press
6. pec fly
(only one with a set placement is the rowing at the start, the others are all variable in their times)

And then I rotate through steps 2-6 until I get bored or tired. Yesterday I was told that rotating through different muscles like this was actually quite bad. Does this matter at all? Should I Do my sets one muscle at a time?
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#92
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Usually my workouts go as follows:

1. 15-20 mins of rowing
2. Free weights for arms
3. Chest press
4. Lat pulldown
5. shoulder press
6. pec fly
(only one with a set placement is the rowing at the start, the others are all variable in their times)

And then I rotate through steps 2-6 until I get bored or tired. Yesterday I was told that rotating through different muscles like this was actually quite bad. Does this matter at all? Should I Do my sets one muscle at a time?

Split workouts are better in my opinion, because you can work out a few muscles really well in a workout, and over a period, i see better results with them.
However on full body workouts, i can't work out my muscles as harder, because i don't have the energy, and the time to work them all out. If i don't use any weights, i normally do body-weight exercises and do a full body workout; and I find that this mixed in with cardio helps burning fat and tone up muscle.
#93
Quote by jmonko
This seem odd to me.
My left arm is noticeably weaker. Even while doing things like push ups I notice myself putting more weight on my right arm because its stronger.
How do I fix this?
Is it just a matter of working with my left arm?


work out more and they should even out. Soon you might even notice your left arm is the bigger one.
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#94
Quote by jmonko
This seem odd to me.
My left arm is noticeably weaker. Even while doing things like push ups I notice myself putting more weight on my right arm because its stronger.
How do I fix this?
Is it just a matter of working with my left arm?

possibly too much "work" with the right

if you want to fix your imbalance, you can use dumbbells instead of the barbell. if it is a gross imbalance, you might need to do a couple more sets with your weaker side only after your regular training.

EDIT - how long have you been training seriously for? If it's been less than a year, I would suggest keep working out normally and get your strength up. Normally, when you start out, one side will be noticeably stronger than the other, but as you continue training, the imbalances will get smaller, although they might not disappear entirely.
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#95
How do I make my wrists not hurt when i squat? I've been trying to find ways to keep my wrists straighter but I can only do that by moving out the elbows and not keeping them as much in under the bar. And that's no good. So is there any other way?

I think my wrists bend back a little more than they should and I don't really know why. One time my thumbs went numb for a few seconds after a set
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Hey guys, care to critique my 3 day split?

. . .

Any comments? I was a bit iffy about putting lateral raises on push day, but I've always paired them with shoulder press.


I think this is looking pretty good.

Suggestions:
  • Legs day is pretty quad heavy (squats, leg press, lunges and leg extensions.) I would sub out leg extensions and add in good mornings instead.
  • I'd rather see you alternate BB benching with decline BB benching and then alternate between flat DB benching and incline DB benching.
  • Pull day right now is predominantly vertical pulling with not much horizontal pulling. I'm wondering if this should be evened out especially since you're not doing chin ups because you say you're going to be too fatigued. This is suggesting to me that a more limited volume of vertical pulling would be beneficial.
  • Add in some direct ab work.


EDIT: You might be interested in this routine. It has a similar split and a similar rep and set scheme.
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Usually my workouts go as follows:

1. 15-20 mins of rowing
2. Free weights for arms
3. Chest press
4. Lat pulldown
5. shoulder press
6. pec fly
(only one with a set placement is the rowing at the start, the others are all variable in their times)

And then I rotate through steps 2-6 until I get bored or tired. Yesterday I was told that rotating through different muscles like this was actually quite bad. Does this matter at all? Should I Do my sets one muscle at a time?

The problem is this is a terrible routine. Please one of the suggested routines in the FAQ instead. You'll see a lot more results.
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How do I make my wrists not hurt when i squat? I've been trying to find ways to keep my wrists straighter but I can only do that by moving out the elbows and not keeping them as much in under the bar. And that's no good. So is there any other way?

I think my wrists bend back a little more than they should and I don't really know why. One time my thumbs went numb for a few seconds after a set

Make sure your upper back is really tight and the bar is resting against your back. You want to make sure that your back is supporting the weight and not your hands. Your hands are only supposed to keep it in place. Are you using a thumbless grip?
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#97
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Make sure your upper back is really tight and the bar is resting against your back. You want to make sure that your back is supporting the weight and not your hands. Your hands are only supposed to keep it in place. Are you using a thumbless grip?


My upper back is tight. I keep my pinkies on the rings, so it's 85 cm between my pinkies. Always use the thumbless grip. I definitely feel most of the weight on my back but the bar just somehow pushes my wrists back so they bend.
#98
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The problem is this is a terrible routine. Please one of the suggested routines in the FAQ instead. You'll see a lot more results.



fair enough, I'll take a look
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#99
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How do I make my wrists not hurt when i squat? I've been trying to find ways to keep my wrists straighter but I can only do that by moving out the elbows and not keeping them as much in under the bar. And that's no good. So is there any other way?

I think my wrists bend back a little more than they should and I don't really know why. One time my thumbs went numb for a few seconds after a set

i don't see how, if you're doing back squats, your wrists are hurting. granted everybody's body mechanistry (like that word?) is different...

maybe try putting your elbows higher and not pointed at the ground. this will also help makeing the "shelf" on your upper back for the bar to sit on, NOT putting it on top of your traps and shoulders.
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#101
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Does anyone here own a weighted vest? If so, how do you like it?

i really really REALLY wanted to buy the 80lb X-Vest, but they are waaay expensive. then i found you can make your own basically out of some small weights and some hockey pads.

i was too lazy and never looked beyond getting/making either. but i assume it would be awesome if you wore it during your regular workouts, especially if you play a sport.
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#102
Holy shit, they are really expensive. 200+ dollars my ass

I'm not very handy, so I'm sure I'd screw it up if I tried to make one.
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#103
I need some help with diets. What should I look for, in term of numbers? I know what's good and bad, but I don't know how much to eat. Help, please? I'm trying to bulk up.
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#104
Quote by Baba O'Riley
Suggestions:
  • Legs day is pretty quad heavy (squats, leg press, lunges and leg extensions.) I would sub out leg extensions and add in good mornings instead.
  • I'd rather see you alternate BB benching with decline BB benching and then alternate between flat DB benching and incline DB benching.
  • Pull day right now is predominantly vertical pulling with not much horizontal pulling. I'm wondering if this should be evened out especially since you're not doing chin ups because you say you're going to be too fatigued. This is suggesting to me that a more limited volume of vertical pulling would be beneficial.
  • Add in some direct ab work.

Great analysis. Couldn't have said it better myself.
#105
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I need some help with diets. What should I look for, in term of numbers? I know what's good and bad, but I don't know how much to eat. Help, please? I'm trying to bulk up.

Eat till you're full, then keep eating. Wait an hour. Repeat.
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#106
Quote by Baba O'Riley

Suggestions:
  • Legs day is pretty quad heavy (squats, leg press, lunges and leg extensions.) I would sub out leg extensions and add in good mornings instead.
  • I'd rather see you alternate BB benching with decline BB benching and then alternate between flat DB benching and incline DB benching.
  • Pull day right now is predominantly vertical pulling with not much horizontal pulling. I'm wondering if this should be evened out especially since you're not doing chin ups because you say you're going to be too fatigued. This is suggesting to me that a more limited volume of vertical pulling would be beneficial.
  • Add in some direct ab work.



Thanks for the great feedback there. I'll definitely take your advice about dropping leg extensions for good mornings.

Which horizontal row would you suggest? I'm thinking one arm DB row to hit the neutral grip, since I'm already doing bent over rows. Seated cable could work too I guess.

Interesting point about decline benching. I used to do it regularly, but my gym got flooded and now the bottom floor (which is where the decline BB setup is) is closed. That said, I haven't really thought about doing them as I've heard they can give you moobs.

And yeah I totally blanked on abs. I usually do them at home on off days with a mix of bowls, bridges, crunches and leg raises.
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#107
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Eat till you're full, then keep eating. Wait an hour. Repeat.

without specific numbers to work with, you pretty much nailed it!
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#108
Just made a shake consisting of protein powder, maltodextrine, bananas and almonds. Tastes pretty awesome.

Pretty stoked about getting back to lifting, haven't been in nearly 2 weeks due to illness.
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#109
Quote by kadinh
without specific numbers to work with, you pretty much nailed it!



Imo it's better to feel it out than to micromanage everything you eat. Your body will tell you if you need more.
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#110
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Great analysis. Couldn't have said it better myself.

Thank you.
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Thanks for the great feedback there. I'll definitely take your advice about dropping leg extensions for good mornings.

Which horizontal row would you suggest? I'm thinking one arm DB row to hit the neutral grip, since I'm already doing bent over rows. Seated cable could work too I guess.

Interesting point about decline benching. I used to do it regularly, but my gym got flooded and now the bottom floor (which is where the decline BB setup is) is closed. That said, I haven't really thought about doing them as I've heard they can give you moobs.

And yeah I totally blanked on abs. I usually do them at home on off days with a mix of bowls, bridges, crunches and leg raises.

I prefer one arm DB rows to cable rows because a) you have more control over how much weight to add b) you don't have to deal with people clogging up machines and c) I found it's good for improving grip.

I'm really skeptical of this decline moobs thing. Sounds to me like it's just some guy who had to "stop" decline benching because it gave him moobs when in reality the seven cheeseburgers he was eating a day gave it to him.

It makes more sense not to your abs on off days. You don't want to have sore abs when you're squatting or deadlifting because it's harder to lift more weight and it's not as safe.

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#111
Quote by kadinh
possibly too much "work" with the right

if you want to fix your imbalance, you can use dumbbells instead of the barbell. if it is a gross imbalance, you might need to do a couple more sets with your weaker side only after your regular training.

EDIT - how long have you been training seriously for? If it's been less than a year, I would suggest keep working out normally and get your strength up. Normally, when you start out, one side will be noticeably stronger than the other, but as you continue training, the imbalances will get smaller, although they might not disappear entirely.


Okay. That makes sense, because I just started.

EDIT: Thanks everyone. Its not a huge difference but I can notice it when doing things.
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#112
Quote by kadinh
i don't see how, if you're doing back squats, your wrists are hurting. granted everybody's body mechanistry (like that word?) is different...

maybe try putting your elbows higher and not pointed at the ground. this will also help makeing the "shelf" on your upper back for the bar to sit on, NOT putting it on top of your traps and shoulders.


I went back and reread about the squat in Rippetoe's Starting Strength book. And this was right on the money. I don't know where I got the idea to get the elbows under the bar as much possible. They need to be more back like you said. I'm going to try putting my thumb way up on top of the bar as much I can and see if that makes a difference too, because that seems to be the way that's advocated by Rippetoe. Gotta try this the next time I go.

So to you and Baba for helping out.
#113
had a wonderful arm workout (started doing 21's with bicep cable curls) now munching on my chicken and salmon with wild rice after a strawberry protein shake
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#114
some progress pics just for the sake of boredom. this is at 145, currently bulking so i have a lot of body fat.



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#115
Anybody ever do shot put in high school? I kinda want to do it for my Senior year next year? What's a good distance for a 16 pounder? Just for fun, I chucked a 20 lb dumbell straight forward and it went surprisingly far (a good 29 toe-to-toe paces). What's a good standard?

EDIT: ^You look pretty bulky for 145, how tall are you? You need some trap work, but other than that, looking pretty big
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#116
what do you do for your lats/ upper back? I'm trying to get that sort of upper back shape, my back muscles seem so defined but i'm just so narrow that my back just looks retarded if i try to flex
#117
Quote by bingeandletgo
Anybody ever do shot put in high school? I kinda want to do it for my Senior year next year? What's a good distance for a 16 pounder? Just for fun, I chucked a 20 lb dumbell straight forward and it went surprisingly far (a good 29 toe-to-toe paces). What's a good standard?

EDIT: ^You look pretty bulky for 145, how tall are you? You need some trap work, but other than that, looking pretty big

thanks, im 5' 7"ish. my traps are kind of retracted in that picture, they're bigger when im not posing though.

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what do you do for your lats/ upper back? I'm trying to get that sort of upper back shape, my back muscles seem so defined but i'm just so narrow that my back just looks retarded if i try to flex

normal rows incline rows, DL's, and probably some other stuff i can't think of atm.
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#118
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Just made a shake consisting of protein powder, maltodextrine, bananas and almonds. Tastes pretty awesome.

Pretty stoked about getting back to lifting, haven't been in nearly 2 weeks due to illness.

Not trying to criticize (maybe you're trying to get in more carbs to bulk), but why did you mix maltodextrine in with the shake?

I feel you on being out for a while. I lost some of my muscle mass (and strength) from not doing any activity for about a month after i screwed up my back. I should be going back pretty good next week, but wont start my hard training until May (got other things to do that will prevent me from going 5-6 days a week in April).
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#119
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Not trying to criticize (maybe you're trying to get in more carbs to bulk), but why did you mix maltodextrine in with the shake?

I feel you on being out for a while. I lost some of my muscle mass (and strength) from not doing any activity for about a month after i screwed up my back. I should be going back pretty good next week, but wont start my hard training until May (got other things to do that will prevent me from going 5-6 days a week in April).

I need all the calories I can get
It's fairly cheap as well.

Yeah I'm not gonna be happy when I see if I need to drop some weight on exercises.
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#120
Quote by Kensai
I need all the calories I can get
It's fairly cheap as well.

Yeah I'm not gonna be happy when I see if I need to drop some weight on exercises.

gotcha. for some reason i read "dextrose" and thought "why do you want it so sweet if you have the banana already", but then i thought about it and rethought my reason, and figured it was to get more carbs.

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