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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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    Ta will keep that in mind. I'm in the garage so nobody to give me a steer except the dog.
     
  2. tom_e

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    It's certainly tempting to overuse them as they make everything feel a little easier but in the same sort of way as using straps for anything involving grip you'll be missing out on developing a big part of the chain of becoming functionally strong.

    Personally I tend you use mine if I'm right at the edge of my squat strength or if I'm really pushing my ohp. For deads I find them more of a hindrance and don't bother.
     
  3. Skidder

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    Haven't tried one for OHP although I have been struggling with that. Will lay off on squat and deadlift and see how I go. Generally finding the squat alright.
     
  4. tom_e

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    OHP is generally a slow burner and a lift where progress will be slow in comparison to other compounds.
     
  5. CaptainRAVE

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    OHP is always a slow mover. It is the slowest by far for me. I probably find a belt most useful for these.
     
  6. tom_e

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    This is my aim for the year. Get back into this condition think I was about 16.5st
     
  7. CaptainRAVE

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    Beast.
     
  8. neoboy

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    Cameras weren't even around when I was in shape I want to return to ;)
     
  9. kaptainmarc

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    my goal for this year is to look like Tom_e

    what were you training for @tom_e BB or strength?
     
  10. tom_e

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    Purely strength, I enjoy my food too much to be pretty :D
     
  11. LiE

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    hhhnnnnggg
     
  12. Syla5

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    2019 is starting to come together slowly for me, garage gym is now fully cleared out and useable again, guess this means I need to sort out a workout plan. Will post a pic up later.

    Some suggestions for mixed grip. From personal experience I would suggest against this. While it will help you lift more weight because your grip isn't failing, it will also generate imbalances in your back muscles, even though I alternated the switched hand in what I thought was a regular and consistent manner, the imbalances that built up over a couple of years of training were mental.

    Always go as far as you can with no straps, only using chalk (liquid chalk is great stuff link), after that either hook grip or straps. If you never intend to do any sort of power lifting competition then straps are fine, just only ever use them in your later sets, normally later working sets.

    Not sure if this has been said already but if you are doing stronglifts then it is advised you only do 3 working sets for deadlifts.
     
    Last edited: Jan 7, 2019
  13. spluff

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    Stronglifts 5x5 advise doing 1 working set....
     
  14. Syla5

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    Yes but many agree this is way to little, which is why 3x5 is often the happy medium.
     
  15. LiE

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    I'm a fan of 3 sets of 5 for Deadlifts. Anymore and I'm RIP.
     
  16. CaptainRAVE

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  20. DrToffnar

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    Just finished up a week off and it was fantastic being able to train in the mid mornings as appose to evenings. Got so much more energy around 10ish and made marked improvements on my bench and squat weights.

    Can totally see what you guys where talking about with regards to the addiction to activity now. Been at this for around 4 months now and am starting to see and feel some real changes in my body. Feels awesome!