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post #21 of 44 (permalink) Old 10-26-2007, 03:49 AM
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you can put a pull up bar in any doorwell......also, i've been doing the P90x regimen.....i have to say, i was always in good shape and decently strong for my size (6 ft, 188 lbs, 9% bodyfat, max bench 315 lbs) and a college swimmer.....after using those workouts, i got ripped as hell and my overall body strength increased ten fold......you use a lot of your body weight for most exercises, and all you need is some dumbells, a pull up bar, and some determination, lol
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I moved my bench into the living room and I use dumbbells. In fact, I need to work out before I crash.

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This thread is older than dirt, but oh well, figured I'd chime in anyway.

Since 2000, I've been a gym addict, especially up until about 07. Since then, its been on again, off again due to work and all the obstacles life unexpectedly throws at us. I've competed in several powerlifting meets, some state wide. If training goes as planned, I'm going to try nationals (SPF, or Southern Powerlifting Federation) next year (my best friend went this year and made it to worlds!!!). Its an invite only competition, but we'll giver 'er the ol college try. Due to knee problems, my squat and deadlift aren't trained heavily, so I will probably only compete on bench, RAW (no bench shirt for those who are unfamiliar with the term RAW). I've trained in shirt before, and they are really the only way to compete in higher levels, i.e., record breaking, world meets, etc. I've been advised to do this from a guy at Westside Barbell, if you are familiar with them--its only one of the best gyms in the world. I met him at Nationals this year. For those of you who think its cheating, well, I agree and disagree. There is a WHOLE lot of technique involved that takes years of training. After a couple months I added 105 lbs to my bench (405 at 155 lbs). Now, the shirt is tucked away in my closet. I weigh roughly 170-175 now and have previously benched 384 RAW. That was about three months ago. To be honest, I think I'm weaker now, which is due to bad diet and not "hitting it" like I should be.

But anyway, gym life is a huge part of my little world. I have to brag on my gym, as it not only has some GREAT stuff, but also a room designated for strongman training (like ESPN, which I went to last year in WV--awesome stuff!!!). I find that the most important part of any training is one, simply said (not as easily done) thing---dedication. When you set personal goals, make them realistic and attainable, be tenacious, and then you'll reach them to set higher goals.

As far as doing something at home, the P90X is great for getting that shredded look, as well as getting stronger (depending on exactly how strong you are now....). I've known some people to make great gains with it, although I've not tried it myself. Also, keep shocking your body, not staying in a single routine for too long. But, if you're having delt problems, be careful on what you do. A lot of presses take a toll on you delts. Maybe start with close grip push ups or something, or a weight that is light to you on the bar. Also, military presses and such can be hard on your delts. I'd wait to it heals properly before doing to much.

Oh well, guess thats about it. Mail me if you have any questions, insight, or just wanna talk about "lifting".

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Good post, Brent. I agree that if anyone wants to see results faster, they should shock the body and keep it guessing. I personally have never kept a journal to track my workouts, partly because I was lazy but also because I think it's boring. I usually do a slight variation of workouts every time I go to the gym or do something outside. I mix it up and don't waste my time spending too much time in the gym. I'm an active person anyway, so even if I don't spend a lot of time in the gym, I'm always physical around the house.

Ever since 2007, I'm more geared to using stuff around the house to work out or doing non-traditional routines that rely on core strength.

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Thanks for the kind words, Smooth. In many ways, doing "odd exercises" such as stuff you mentioned will make you stronger, much more than you realize. And, you mentioned core strength--one of the most important aspects of the whole package. Sounds like you're on the right track.

When I train non-traditionally, I find that I get stronger without realizing it. For example, at my gym we have sandbags and kegs to do presses with. The sandbags range (we have six) from 75 lbs 200 lbs, and a 50 lb keg (filled with water). While it doesn't sound hard to lift, say, 125 lb bag above your head, it is----WAY different from the bar. The grip is terrorizing, lol. The keg moves alot as the water sloshes around, so its very different as well. I do this on my alternative day/week to keep things on edge. I usually, when doing shoulder presses, go warm up with the bar, go to 135 to 185 (for sets of six to eight) and then to 205-225 for singles or sets of two-three. BUT, when I use the bags of MUCH lighter weight, all that changes, lol.

Sounds like you've got a good thing goin man. Let me know how your progress goes

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Jeez.... I ordered some protein powder and they sent me a complimentary sample of some kind of pre-workout tablets. It looks like they mixed together a bunch of caffeine with some seed and leaf extracts.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prunus_mume
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yohimbine w00t!
http://research.dedicatedathlete.com/post/...itamin-B3).aspx

After reading all of that, it looks like this stuff is more for improving vascular flow and increasing the efficiency of the body's blood system. Don't know if I want to take it. I worked out hard earlier this week, so I might take today off. Muscles are a little sore.

I think I should see a pain specialist. My right hip is always hurting, and no amount of ibuprofen or visits to the chiro or stretching is helping it. Feels chronic.

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How's the progress going David? Still hurting? Ever go to that pain specialist? The unfortunate truth is that three doctors will often give you three different opinions if they are not well versed in your exact condition, so a specialist is the only way to go with chronic pains that seem to never be alleviated by simple MD suggestion or over the counter (or prescription) stuff. Just checkin in on ya pal. Let me know how things turn out for ya.

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It still hurts, but I have yet to get an MRI scheduled. Maybe next week. This week was busy as heck, so I missed out on some chiro adjustments. Then again, the copays are so high that I can't afford to go 3x a week for the next 4 weeks. I've also been referred to an ortho specialist.

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Too bad man. Hope you get stuff situated soon. Good luck, and hope all heals well.

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So I'm in the market to buy some good running shoes. I know a lot of the runners in my office like Asics. There's also a shoe store specifically taylored for runners not too far from my house. I went in there once, but I wasn't sure of the brands. Some of the shoes are really light weight.

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