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*** The 2019 Gym Rats Thread ***

Discussion in 'Sports Arena' started by spluff, Jan 1, 2019.

  1. Skidder

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    Funnily enough the stronglifts app gave me exactly the same advice yesterday, saying you stalled 3 times on OHP get some 0.5kg girly plates or words to that effect. I am doing so.

    Edit: and ordered
     
    Last edited: Feb 6, 2019
  2. neoboy

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    Smallest I could see at my gym are 1.25kg plates, didn't feel too bad bumping up to 52.5kg OHP.
     
  3. Skidder

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    I have 1.25kg plates which are fine for everything else but OHP has been a bind to make progress on
     
  4. neoboy

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    I imagine it will be a while until I put another 2.5kg on. In fact I'm not increasing any weights on squat or deadlift until I find out why I'm getting such sore hips all of a sudden.

    Also deloading my press (dumbbells) from 38kg to 28kg this week. Thinking about it, I'm doing pretty badly at this gym thing at the moment :p
     
  5. Somnambulist

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    1.25kgs are almost always the smallest a gym will have, which is fine for large number of men and how most people in gyms train (rep ranges), but if you're on the lighter side of things as a male or for most women generally, 2.5kg jumps on a barbell for upper body stuff end up being too great if the goal is straightforward 'add weight every session, do same reps' and/or mean you'll have to start doing something different quicker because 2.5kg jumps are easier for someone weighing 90kg than someone who is 60kg (or a little 50kg laydeh). The old 1kg PB can be a useful way to eek out linear progression for longer before resorting to periodisation, if set numbers are your thing.
     
  6. Syla5

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    Yeap nothing wrong with investing in some micro plates. Also nothing wrong with OHP stalling 3 times and then doing a 10% drop and build back up again.
     
  7. Skidder

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    :) I'm sort of looking forward to the deload and little plates so I can make some progress. Everything else has felt so satisfying by comparison

    Also thinking to deload the squat a little as I know my depth has reduced on the last couple of weight increases. Was at 135kg yesterday and sure I can do better depth rather than moving the weight up
     
    Last edited: Feb 6, 2019
  8. Deception

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    Its what I always do on OHP and can always play around with stance, to see what sorts you best (coming from a guy who alters between narrow and staggered depending on how I feel haha).
     
  9. Syla5

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    @Skidder were you the chap that got the 3"belt?
     
  10. kaptainmarc

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    i stalled on OHP for ages, dropped the weight and did 5x10 my old 5x5 feels like childs play now :)
     
  11. Deception

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    Yea, volume on lower weight has always been a good way in terms of progression when I started lifting again.. Well for OHP
     
  12. Skidder

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  13. Syla5

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    Have you used it yet to deadlift? If so how are you getting on with it?
     
  14. Skidder

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    Yes I've used it, makes a big difference for me over the 4inch in terms of digging in. I'm 5ft8 and the 4 inch I can't get in a position where set up doesn't feel really awkward, this one I can. It's a bit stiff still but I think will soften up nicely in time.
     
  15. Avenged7Fold

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    I have tiny little girl wrists (<7" in circumference) and am starting to struggle on the last few sets when it comes to holding the bar on the heavier benches My issue is with my wrist bending back a little. No pain just a feeling of lack of stability and a small ganglion cyst that becomes more prominent after benching (located under my palm). No discomfort from the bump and usually goes away by itself, until next time. I am not pushing around much weight though 80/85kg.

    advice?

    A friend has suggested wrist wraps but that sounds a bit silly for how little i am pushing
     
  16. neoboy

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    It's not silly if it's helping.
     
  17. Syla5

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    Wrist Wraps 100%, they are predominantly an injury prevention item rather then an assistance item.
     
  18. Avenged7Fold

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    Thanks guys, will give them a go
     
  19. Delvis

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    Just started up a HST routine, body's going to hate me
     
  20. Deception

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    IN! I should hopefully be restarting my log for the 143432 time once i get a week off work.. Need some motivation to want to go at 6am every day haha. At least I got some of the 'oldies' logging again for competition haha