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Old 03-28-2013, 08:32 PM   #201
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Has a mass monster like yourself ever gotten injured or had joint problems in your career?

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I've had plenty of strains, but never a serious lifting injury. I threw my lower back out 3-4 times from deadlifting too heavily, too frequently.

I had elbow tendonitis, but that went away when I dropped my direct arm work dramatically.
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BBOD, what does it take to grow calves? I must have the worst calf genes, tried high reps, low reps, heavy weight, light weight, body weight, tried the tnation article where you do 100 bw raises a day for a month, (gave me sore calves for a month and that's about it) and lastly no training hoping they will grow squatting and deadlifting alone. I squat, frequently for going on three years and I will be devastated if someone ever said (dyelegday lol) cause of my shit skinny calves.
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Old 03-29-2013, 08:56 AM   #203
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Current lifts: bench: 200 x 2
Squat 285 x 1
Deadlift :375 x 1
Standing press: 135 x 2
24 years old, height :5 10
Weight 194 @ 20% bf

I was considering stronglifts or starting strength also, but I wanted to stick to one program log term and I figured if have to switch after a couple months if I did stronglifts or something, I ran it before and stopped progressing on the stronglifts program

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I'm just wondering if you can build muscles lifting lightweight weights as the gym am at is limited to 50lb dumbbells for example doing dumbbell rows or shrugs I can do way more than 8 some advice would be appropriated thanks
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BBOD, what does it take to grow calves? I must have the worst calf genes, tried high reps, low reps, heavy weight, light weight, body weight, tried the tnation article where you do 100 bw raises a day for a month, (gave me sore calves for a month and that's about it) and lastly no training hoping they will grow squatting and deadlifting alone. I squat, frequently for going on three years and I will be devastated if someone ever said (dyelegday lol) cause of my shit skinny calves.
Most guys don't get their calves strong. They work them hard, but not for strength.

Try this 2x a week...you will need straps, preferably Versa Gripps.

Stand holding a barbell with 315 pounds. Do 5 sets of 8 reps, standing calf raises. Every week add 5 pounds to the bar.

Don't use boards under your feet or anything like that. Just do standing barbell calf raises. You will be doing this, but holding the bar, and NOT with it on your back.


Continue this for 6 months. Measure your calves cold at the start and end of 6 months.
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Current lifts: bench: 200 x 2
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24 years old, height :5 10
Weight 194 @ 20% bf

I was considering stronglifts or starting strength also, but I wanted to stick to one program log term and I figured if have to switch after a couple months if I did stronglifts or something, I ran it before and stopped progressing on the stronglifts program
I think it would serve you well. I wouldn't do stronglifts or starting strength.

Here's a program I made is you're interested in an upper/lower:

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With a limited amount of weight your best best is to limit rest between sets to 30-45 seconds, and do as many reps as possible per set, even if they are 20-40.
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Most guys don't get their calves strong. They work them hard, but not for strength.

Try this 2x a week...you will need straps, preferably Versa Gripps.

Stand holding a barbell with 315 pounds. Do 5 sets of 8 reps, standing calf raises. Every week add 5 pounds to the bar.

Don't use boards under your feet or anything like that. Just do standing barbell calf raises. You will be doing this, but holding the bar, and NOT with it on your back.

How To: Standing Barbell Calf Raise - YouTube

Continue this for 6 months. Measure your calves cold at the start and end of 6 months.
Steve that actually sound like fun. Works forearms too! Great answer, appreciate it!
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Steve that actually sound like fun. Works forearms too! Great answer, appreciate it!
You bet. I took the idea from John Christy. He started using heavy weight and low reps on his clients and it worked.
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Old 03-30-2013, 05:49 AM   #210
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Found your channel on YouTube; watched a few of your videos; subscribed; went on this forum; found a link to your Facebook; realized you studied Math and Astrophysics; went "Coooool!! that's what I'm doing too! herpderp"; realized that wasn't an actual conversation starter; decided to post it anyway.

Don't you love the internet?

Anyway I guess I might as well ask for your advice while I'm at it, because you do seem very friendly and willing to help.

So I'm 23, about 141 pounds at roughly 5% body fat, almost 6"1.
About 6 weeks ago I started deadlifting for the first time (After a period of reading about it and watching it performed online) and it immediately became my favorite exercise.

However 2 weeks ago my lower back did not recover as quickly from the workout (Instead of 2-3 days it took about 10..), and I essentially panicked.

3 trainers have looked at my form, and I think it is decent. It's just that I think I'm utilizing my lower back much more than I'm supposed to. I heard your advice about pushing the hips forward as the bar gets to knee level, I'm going to try that next. I'm also trying to push the ground with my feet, anything to minimize lower-back usage.

Do you have any other comments about how to distribute the load on the posterior chain in a way that makes sense?

It's just that I have a long torso, so I'm working against a large moment which will inevitably be felt in my lower back. But I won't be able to raise the weights too much without taking a lot of the load off if it.

And on a totally unrelated topic: How do you feel about supplementing with Omega 3 capsules for the benefit of your wrists and joints?

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