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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 **** 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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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
http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlere...i?artid=2635688
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yohimbine w00t! :hump:
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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QUOTE (Nerb @ Jun 18 2009, 09:40 PM) index.php?act=findpost&pid=578569
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:)
Sounds like my old Gym... was a power lifting gym even though I was into bodybuilding.. had rubber bands, three blocks screwed together with different steps to use when you were benching, there were chains.. they had a sled with a rod welded to it that you strapped to a squat belt and drug down the street. I did some of the nastiest most stupid looking workouts in that place.. but you know what? I got stronger and bigger there than anywhere I had ever worked out. I also kept a journal and never did the same workout twice. Didn't matter if we did a workout with the exact same excercises the week after the first one.. but it wasn't in the same order.. was good to always keep the body guessing. It's also crazy to look at your journal and add up all the weight that you did and how many reps of each.
 

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QUOTE (SmoothZ @ Oct 7 2009, 08:03 AM) index.php?act=findpost&pid=584548
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. :)
I hope i'm really not late Dave but go to that store!!!!!!!!! ask them to get you the right shoe for your needs. They SHOULD see how you strike and if your overpronate or supinate. A lightweight shoe may be really bad for you. TBH only someone with pretty much perfect running form and a perfect neutral strike should be wearing lightweight shoes. They offer no support and if you heel strike really hard or strike with the ball of your foot they can cause problems as there's not much cushion in them. I always had to forgo the shoes I wanted and find something that was for "cushioned support". I was a really heavy heel striker and I had SEVERE overpronation. Dave, also never limit yourself to a brand when you are looking at running shoes. People in college would ask me why I would buy adidas running shoes over asics or nikes or saucony.. simply put they usually just fit my foot better. If i'm too late hopefully you went to the running shoe store and they fit you up right. If they pretty much just asked you what shoes you were looking at.. I hope you run next time. If you want to figure out what type of shoe is best for you I can help you and tbh Eastbay.com is the best place to find running shoes as they label what type of runner the shoes are best suited to. You have my number Dave if you ever have any questions.
 

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Thanks, Dustin. I'll do that and go check it out this weekend. I'll give you a call when I'm ready to go.
 

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QUOTE (SmoothZ @ Nov 2 2009, 06:59 PM) index.php?act=findpost&pid=585988
Thanks, Dustin. I'll do that and go check it out this weekend. I'll give you a call when I'm ready to go.
yw.. i just hate to see people get injuries from running b/c they have the wrong shoes.. seen it alot with high school kids and junior high kids
 

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Man, my left arm is really hampering my ability to do heavy lifting. It hurts just to raise my arm from a resting position (as on my back). I tried benching on a machine, and 155 hurt like ****. I had to cut that short. :furious: I can do incline pretty well, but I just need to lay off the upper body until I can get this fixed.

I guess I'll be doing more cardio and leg workouts.
 

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I checked out that Eastbay place you mentioned to Dave since the grip on my runners is pretty much peeling off at the moment.. Good site, thanks for sharing.
 

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I checked out that Eastbay place you mentioned to Dave since the grip on my runners is pretty much peeling off at the moment.. Good site, thanks for sharing.

hey no problem man.... that's what i'm here for. They have a huge selection also :)
 

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I'm going to be involved in a fund raiser again. I got recruited (again) to participate in a stair climb. It's the same building; 50 flights of stairs. Last year, I had a slight head cold and completed the climb in about 12 minutes. This year, I'm going to try something different and hope to improve my times. I barely trained last year, but this year my mind is willing but the body is not.

My right hip has been really bothersome, and now it's affecting my knee. So I'm going to hope that some visits to the docs can pinpoint the problems, and I'm going to go on a more healthy diet to try and lose about 10 lbs.
 

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The key to you getting ready and losing 10 pounds or even more is HIIT, High Intensity Interval Training. Basically instead of spending lots of time doing cardio cause we all know with jobs, family and just plain fun we dont have a lot of time to spend in the gym. So this is what you do, lets say on a treadmill or eliptical. Instead of just keeping a decent pace for however long you think is good, you can get more in 15 minutes. Start with a warm up, once you are good to go you do 30 seconds all out sprint as close to 100% as possible then you bring it to 50% for 90 seconds for beginers and 60 for the bit more conditioned. You continue this for about 10 reps of the 30 second intervals, although as you go along you can increase. This may sound easy but it will be the longest 30 seconds in the gym, and it will work you just have to stay commited. This same exercise can be used on any cardio equipment also.
 

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I sometimes do a variation of that style. I'll mix high intensity cardio with lifting and what not. I throw it all in there to keep the body guessing. Should have done this years ago.

In fact, I'm going to try your suggestion today.
 
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