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  • OP sounds like a nominee for the Darwin Awards...
  • At an intermediate+ level, pure strength training and endurance training can compete and pursuit of maximal gains in both in the same training block will end up with them interfering and you getting marginal gains in each. For a beginner? No. You can basically do almost any kind of structured training and get a training…
  • You should probably pitch your running intensity/duration lower so that your HR isn't so high that blood is diverted from organ support.... ... how are you measuring/progressing your training? Are you just winging it with the intensity/vol/freq or are you on some sort of controlled progression?
  • Sounds like you have an unhealthy relationship with the scale. Go by different metrics: monthly comparison photos, lift performance metrics, tape measurements, etc There's no need to beat yourself into the ground unnecessarily - if you're making progress, celebrate the fact and keep on going...
  • Week and a half =/= hard work. Put in 4-6 months of effort and then you can say that you've worked hard. Then, if you've got no progress to show for it, you can say it didn't pay off.
  • Make it a habit. You wouldn't say something like "after a day's work, I was too tired to brush my teeth". "You know, I have a hectic job, I'm too tired to eat", "Washing takes too much energy, bollocks to taking a shower. You know what? I can't be bothered to wash my clothes either..." It's just one more thing to do in…
  • You have to find a width that you can keep the weight over mid-foot and then you have to keep all your structures aligned. As to knees caving, try some glute/glute medius activation drills: bird dogs, fire hydrants, clam shells, etc and then retest your squat. Did your knees still collapse inwards? If not, probably a glute…
  • Before you give up on them, I'd try re-tooling your form with a raised heel (of varying degrees). If you can find the sweet spot, then you'll have a monster quad exercise. If not, abandon and move on. Plenty more fish in the sea.
  • I don't find Jeffersons awkward either. I'm guessing it has to do with leverages - some people are better suited to certain squat and deadlift styles than others...
  • Oh, come on MFP! You can say butt, but you can't say *kitten*? Ludicrous!
  • I could never get used to them. Short arms + long torso = smacking myself in the *kitten* with them. I've since seen the same thing that cajuntank mentioned: use a riser/block to solve the *kitten*-hitting problem, so maybe I'll give them another go....
  • You have an almost low-bar-esque (if that's a word) approach to front squatting. I would retool it a bit so that you sit between your legs a bit more rather than sitting back. This should help you have a more vertical back angle which will help keep the whole system over mid-foot (that's where the bar groove should be, not…
  • Yep. Also, someone may lift to support another sport, then they may be trapbar deadlifting, or power cleaning, or push pressing. Or they may be an oly lifter and snatching and clean and jerking. Or they may be doing strongman/woman and stuff like yoke walking, log pressing, stone lifting. Just trotting out an arbitrary…
  • Any lift you can perform with a weight that will only allow you to do a set of 1-5 reps with good form is heavy. For example, if the most I can squat with good form is 115kg for 5 reps then that's heavy for me. For someone else that number might be 150kg for 1 rep, or 200kg for 3 reps, or 20kg for 5 reps. It's not an…
  • I go without.
  • People who worry about cardio melting their muscles off probably either: a) haven't done much cardio and believe what they read on forums; or: b) they did a bunch of cardio and didn't eat to fuel it properly and put themselves in too steep a deficit.
  • 100% in agreement.
  • Log it as circuit training, or something equivalently metabolic like that. Alternatively use an online MET calculator to work out roughly how many calories you are burning for a given activity and make a custom entry for it in the exercise diary.
  • Lack of strength and control with the arms is often a core strength issue. Work on plank, push up, roll out and chin/pull up variations with an emphasis on a braced core and scapular control.
  • Sure, it was probably meant well. However the road to hell is paved with good intentions.... Forcing a shoulder into external rotation with a rotator cuff tear could exacerbate the damage. Ouch If you have one of a number of ligament issues, then YTWL's could be extremely problematic. If it's a bad enough ligament issue,…
  • Starts off promisingly. And then: You blindly prescribe a corrective exercise for a problem you have no knowledge of. Wow.
  • If your shoulder is unstable then sprinting and plyometric movements can adversely affect it. You haven't really detailed what's wrong with your shoulder, so it's anybody's guess what you can actually do. Wait for the physio to examine you. Do something pain-free like walking in the meantime.
  • Not to be nit-picky, but three things: 1) Some people have "crappy form" and never get injured. 2) Some people who have "crisp form" do get injured. 3) By definition no beginner/novice has "proper form" - part of navigating the novice stage is roughly hewing your form into something less biomechanically awful as you go and…
  • It's confusingly written, but I think he means: "If you are completing all reps in your 5x5, increase weight next session". Finish, as in completing all 25 reps successfully....
  • Agree with this. Chuck in some front, lateral and rear delt raises. You'll see imediately if you have any l/r strength deficiencies and also how weak your rear delt are compared to the other bits of your shoulder. Then work on bringing up the lagging aspects while progressing you OHP game. Also: have your form rechecked.…
  • Sure. There's lots of ways to skin the cat. And yes, they did cycle. How many beginners will read beyond that headline and implement a non impact version, too? Let's not all forget that tabata did his intervals on bikes. How has that been transmuted/butchered by mainstream fitness? Basically people would do better…
  • PS just what do you think will happen if you stop bouncing around for a few days? Fitness takes a while to build and a while to lose. A week or two is neither here nor there in the grand scheme of things...
  • If you constantly heft a baby on one hip, that can cause the QL on the other side to shorten/tighten. Google QL/psoas releases and try that out for a few days. If you are a habitual left hand baby carrier - switch hands to give it some relief for a little while. Rest means non-intense, low impact. It doesn't mean stop…
  • Stop doing insanity immediately. Take 4-5 days where you do gentle activity in the form of going for stroll, etc. Don't sit in crappy positions for too long and make sure you get good sleep. You may want to try digging a lacrosse ball into your glutes/piriformis and seeing if you have any trigger points that are…