Originally Posted by MikeM
Nice work. I like the thought you put behind what you are doing and the fact you are getting it done.
A couple things I would suggest, and by all means dismiss them if you think they are off base, is to pattern your curls around high reps rather than lower reps and to not think of high bar and low bar as more upright or less upright.
Your biceps will tear more easily the higher you are in their ability to contract. They will take a serious amount of abuse daily and with hi reps, but if you enter a curl contest, they will tear like wet tissue towards the end of the contest.
They might be slow to "grow" but they are getting stronger I guarantee it with high reps. Very few strong people do low rep curls if any as I can't think of any. Very many strong people do high rep curls regularly and are very big and strong. Just sayin'.
As for high bar and low bar, this has to do with your body's leverages, not anything someone has tried to sell you. I used to think high bar classic style was the only way to go to show off pure body strength, not some powerlifting cheating style that helped you look stronger than you were.
Well guess what, I could not stay upright hi bar nor hit depth consistently. Now I low bar and hit depth every time and stay more upright to boot. Turns out for me where I set my chest is far more important than where the bar is. Hi bar I can't expand my chest as much, but low bar I can and when your chest is out and proud, you are in your best position to squat.
Not an expert, just saying what I believe. I hope you find your own perfect form. No one is the same as anyone else.
Hey man! Thanks for the advice.
So Squat: I found out today I just cant low bar, Even though I semi decided on highbar, today I got under and tried to find it, I have never felt more awkward and just out of my niche. I came to the conclusion im just a high bar kinda guy. Im ok with this
; Again looking at those pics of hepburn especially the first one, thats basically what I look like, except that maybe im a little bit more upright and get pretty deep. I really enjoy
(yes you read that) stretching my hips out by hanging onto the squat rack and focusing on depth and form.. I cant explain it, im like obsessed with perfecting my squat. Im happy with my deadlift, and my bench -- well my bench is just annoying but my squat.. I want a good squat. If I have a nice Squat and Dead, i could care less if i only bench 300lbs as a max 5 years down the road. I watched a video by Dan John on goblet squats and coupling that with other information I have read on 3rd world squats (where you sit in a squat to stretch) I have made some drills I do to warm up and I really enjoy it (cause I HATE stretching so this makes it worth it) So... If perhaps one day I will be "that weird guy" who high bars - as deep as he can for raw strength haha :P
For the BB curls: Yea I thought about tears, I mean with what im pulling on deads and such its definitely a concern. Im just so annoyed with being stuck at 70lbs barbell curls floating around 7,7,7 or 8,7,7 maybe Ill continue with it and just keep doing the pause reps at the end if I miss a target and go for the target again next week... tears don't sound like fun...
Anyway - Hope your training is going well Mike. I need to make a pass through all the logs just busy, but Hope your doing well