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Old 06-08-2013, 12:47 PM   #531
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You shouldn't if you go that route. My rule is when doing specialization, always out-eat your gym work. Food is magical, especially during those periods when specializing or looking for boosts.

Peaking is a good topic.
I was doing Jason Blaha's 5x5 and making good gains on the upper body lifts but my squat stalled. I'm pretty sure I was eating enough because the bench always responds to more food. Do you think it is wise to return to the 5x5 after doing this program or should I deload afterwards? (I know you hate deloads)
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Old 06-08-2013, 02:22 PM   #532
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Also, is there any way to turn your strength building upper/lower into a full body? I feel bad when I do splits.
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Old 06-08-2013, 03:04 PM   #533
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Good question.

Chains are used to overload the top or a lift. They are a good way to lift more than your max. This helps to not only build muscular strength, but also tendons, and to improve your CNS. They also help you work on your mental strength.

Like all things, they are a tool that can be of benefit. I say "tool" because I do not believe they should be used as a replacement for intermediate lifters who are currently making consistent progress.

At some point when strength progress slows, they are worth trying.

My chains come in 30 pound increments, like these:

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While these are good, it also helps to have extenders, like this:



Extenders allow you to play with the heights, loading and unloading differences, etc.

Chains are not cheap. I recommend getting a good squat and deadlift bar first, if someone has a home gym.
Awesome explanation, thank you.
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Smash!

Just made a peaking video. Let me know if it helps.
Thanks Steve! Watched the peaking video! Very Educational! I had not heard of peaking before. I just finished up a killer dead lift routine and added a bunch of power shrugs at the end! Felt right! There are two Powerlifting events coming up in my area and I want to enter at least one of them. Peaking will help me to feel more confident that Ive done my homework. I have been spending a lot of time reading on the forum about "your first powerlifting meet and what to expect" I'm still a little fuzzy on how it all unfolds the day of the meet.
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hi steve!
Need some advice when doing dips i get pain across my collar pain it seems to be getting worse every workout out, and 8 to 12 hours after my workout my collar bone, its usually at its worst when doing chest dips (wide dips) its only my second week doing dips, done them 3 times last week 5 sets, will i get used to them, or is it my form any advice ?
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I was doing Jason Blaha's 5x5 and making good gains on the upper body lifts but my squat stalled. I'm pretty sure I was eating enough because the bench always responds to more food. Do you think it is wise to return to the 5x5 after doing this program or should I deload afterwards? (I know you hate deloads)
Where was your squat 3 months ago and where is it now?
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Also, is there any way to turn your strength building upper/lower into a full body? I feel bad when I do splits.
Not really, sorry.
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Thanks Steve! Watched the peaking video! Very Educational! I had not heard of peaking before. I just finished up a killer dead lift routine and added a bunch of power shrugs at the end! Felt right! There are two Powerlifting events coming up in my area and I want to enter at least one of them. Peaking will help me to feel more confident that Ive done my homework. I have been spending a lot of time reading on the forum about "your first powerlifting meet and what to expect" I'm still a little fuzzy on how it all unfolds the day of the meet.
Thanks Mike
Good luck Mike. Let me know if you decide to do one of these meets and if you need help.
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hi steve!
Need some advice when doing dips i get pain across my collar pain it seems to be getting worse every workout out, and 8 to 12 hours after my workout my collar bone, its usually at its worst when doing chest dips (wide dips) its only my second week doing dips, done them 3 times last week 5 sets, will i get used to them, or is it my form any advice ?
I would try a few reps where you don't allow your arm to go below parallel to the ground, and see if that helps any.

If not I would take a month away from dips, see if you feel better, and try this again. If it still bothers you then I would move on from that exercise.

I assume you don't get pain on other chest exercises?
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Good luck Mike. Let me know if you decide to do one of these meets and if you need help.
Steve,
For the last three months my workouts have been very intense and i have pushed for progression every day. I have had very good results in measurable strength gains. However for the last 3 weeks i feel like i have been hit by a train and it is having a negative effect on my routine. The last two weeks i have only lifted 3 days per week down from 5 days per week, a bench day a squat day and a deadlift day. I don't want to scale back my lifting because i am happy with the results i am getting and want to contunue to progress. Here's the question. How much stretching should i be doing have said all that? I warm up and cool down and stretch before each exercise but it's minimul at best. Am i on the right track or just being a BITCH! haha!!!
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