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Front squat form

Jul. 6th, 2017 | 11:32 am
posted by: thekeymurphy in gymrats

Does anyone have any decent hints, tips, links or videos to help improve this? Always find that I tend to have the barbell resting too much on my hands...

Thanks in advance!

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Two things

Jun. 2nd, 2017 | 10:38 am
posted by: lurkingheretic in gymrats

(Well, three if you count the fact that I left my Dreamwidth password at home...)

Not happy about what Russia is doing either, but I blame Trump.  ;)

I'm recovering from an appendectomy (laparoscopic, about five weeks ago now), and I've hit a snag.  My abdominal muscles are shot.  Not that they've ever been great, being a middle aged woman weighing over 100 kilos, but this is ugly.  I'm having great success with kinesio tape (two vertical strips for the abs themselves, plus two horizontal for navel sensitivity).  I rode 20km on the bicycle last weekend which is a first for me even before the surgery.  However, I'm finding that my ankles, already a weak point, are taking some of the strain from this and are more easily offended than ever before.

Do you know a way of supporting weak abdominals that will not push the strain downward?  Maybe a different way of taping?  I'm trying to avoid compression garments because they mess up an already touchy digestive system.

Second, I'm drinking a healthier breakfast.  It used to be a mocha or a latte plus maybe drinking yogurt, but I've finally found a decent protein powder to blend with milk, banana, and espresso.  Next week I think I'll get some frozen strawberries so I don't get tired of banana, and because...while the calories for this protein shake are the same as that of a mocha, I find myself getting hungry about an hour before lunchtime.  A Snickers bar in my desk fixes the hungries but is a lot of calories and I can't afford to gain any more weight. Any suggestions for adding fiber to this drink or otherwise keeping the hungries at bay?

I'm certain the added protein/reduced fat made the long bike ride possible, but it is imperative I not gain any weight.

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communities on dreamwidth?

Apr. 20th, 2017 | 06:01 pm
posted by: lilamp in gymrats

anybody in similar communities on dreamwidth yet? this is the only one i've found so far:


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Throwing in the gym towel too

Apr. 4th, 2017 | 10:20 am
posted by: vicar in gymrats

Hey y'all - I'm having to give in. I'm throwing in the gym towel.

In fb a friend noted this, I also shared it:
TLDR, the servers were moved to russia (which was not "ever going to happen" and shortly thereafter a bunch of dissident bloggers were jailed, it's rumored), and now to view eljay you have to click this non-binding english privacy policy change or not be allowed to view you PAID account (or otherwise).

My interest waned long after everyone left, and I have some good memories and can't let go easily...but sadly it's time to go.

I'm in facebook as "Jose Vicar," living in Washington DC I think. I'm pretty add-friendly so feel free to link with me there. I have looked at groups there but not found any group quite as informative and bitchy-hilarious as good 'ol gymrats.

Sheer fucking fuckery. Wish y'all the best and really, REALLY, really fucking appreciate the tips, criticism, pissed off jealousy, "inspiration," bitchy smackdowns, and great information I got here.

Gym crap: I'm following utube bearded monster Allan Thrall. It's been maybe a year since my inexplicable nerve pinch issue and while my bench is still 3/4 meh (it's never been good),
my DL is back to around 425 or higher. I'm re-training myself to fix form after seeing a video of myself doing 405 or so and realizing I was hinging really bad (hinge - lifting legs first, then all back - how did I not know?)
Squat - a little stuck at 345, so I'm pushing more support work. I'm actually not doing as many front squats and trying to train more in my min/mid glute and form check. It may be power-training session time as well.
OP - is also weak but I feel better about my form than I used to. I'm only doing 135, recently failed at 145 when I used to get singles or a rare double at 155.

But at 5'5", maybe 155, it's neat. I'm finally putting on some weight in a good way so if I can keep from any more random injuries - an issue as I age - I hope to push more fo'real gains in the coming years.

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Mar. 31st, 2017 | 03:37 pm
posted by: rakehell in gymrats

Lateral raise, bent over rear delt raise 3x, front raise

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Mar. 30th, 2017 | 03:25 pm
posted by: rakehell in gymrats

Dumbbell tricep extensions 3x, pronating dumbbell tricep extension

Leg lifts seated 3x/supine 3x, decline sit up 2x, jack knife 2x, decline oblique sit up

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Mar. 29th, 2017 | 04:21 pm
posted by: rakehell in gymrats

Cubans 3x

Low lunge 4x, bridge 2x, incline/reverse plank 2x, leg extensions 2x, sumo squat, fencer's squat

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Shoes with strong arch support

Mar. 27th, 2017 | 08:24 pm
posted by: lurkingheretic in gymrats

Almost forgot this was here!

It seems Adidas has stopped making Gazelle OGs, or at least they're getting a lot harder to find.  I need strong arch support just to walk, my posterior tibialis being all but useless and it one of a handful of injuries in that leg.

Can you recommend a shoe?  I'm flat-footed and miserable otherwise, and my employer likes when I'm able to walk.

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Incline flye 3x, rotator cables 2x

Mar. 26th, 2017 | 09:46 pm
posted by: rakehell in gymrats

Next goal, more time between sets.

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Mar. 15th, 2017 | 07:57 am
posted by: hajiomatic in gymrats

What are the benefits of doing deadlifts on an aerobic step??

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