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Old 11-10-2013, 06:30 PM   #1071
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Hey Bearded Beast, I havent read all the questions, so I might ask a question that has already been answered.
I really like the Writings of Stuart McRobert and was wondering if you know any Authors with similar views, or any good books in general on natural Bodybuilding that you would recommend.

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I would recommend John Christy first and foremost.

Here is a thread we have:

http://muscleandbrawn.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1003

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Old 11-10-2013, 10:27 PM   #1072
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Dear bearded one yet again, I've got a slight problem. At my gym deadlifting has been pretty much banned for anyone who can deadlift over 315. Is there any programming you'd recommend for a "Pull" day that would increase my deadlift without actually doing deadlift? Thus far I was thinking heavy BB rows, heavy 1 arm rows, and adding in power shrugs.

Any and all help is appreciated! Thanks in advance as well.
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Old 11-11-2013, 02:02 AM   #1073
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There is research that indicates that DOMS may not be muscle soreness at all, but rather connective tissue soreness.

Either way, it is not a good indicator of growth. I've been lifting for 28 years and certain muscle groups never get sore. Quads and shoulders for example. They are still big though, especially the quads.

Train for progress, not pain. If soreness happens, it happens. It means little though.
Good to know! I also can't get my shoulders sore for the life of me. Thought I was doing something wrong. Thanks again, Beast!
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Old 11-11-2013, 10:11 AM   #1074
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Dear bearded one yet again, I've got a slight problem. At my gym deadlifting has been pretty much banned for anyone who can deadlift over 315. Is there any programming you'd recommend for a "Pull" day that would increase my deadlift without actually doing deadlift? Thus far I was thinking heavy BB rows, heavy 1 arm rows, and adding in power shrugs.

Any and all help is appreciated! Thanks in advance as well.
Good question.

If you can do low rack pulls in a rack do them. You can also do low and high rack pulls with power shrugs as a combo move.

Beyond this, here are other sound choices:

1) Dimel deadlifts
2) Romanian deadlifts
3) Good mornings (powerlifitng style, not bodybuilding style)
4) Zercher squats

You could do 2 of these one week, 2 the next, like:

Week 1
Zerchers
Dimels

Week 2
Good mornings
RDLs

I would back this with heavy rows and shrugs.

You can also add power cleans or heavy high pulls from the floor. Another good choice is the Reeve's deadlift.
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Old 11-11-2013, 11:03 AM   #1075
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Thanks btb, will try the low/high rack pulls and heavy shrug combo, and do my best not to "damage" their equipment. If that fails I will cycle in the 4 lifts you mentioned. Thanks again!
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BHUD,

Quick question for you. I would consider myself an intermediate lifter, but I am on the small side, even after putting on about 25 lbs of muscle over my natural weight in the last few years (5'8" 165lbs currently). I can only bench 260 lbs, squat 350 lbs, and deadlift 375 lbs. This is miles ahead of where I started from, though. I am currently still making small, incremental gains, so I'm not looking to change my program up or get some guru secret. I think my training approach has been in line with what you preach here and on your YouTube channel (i.e. sticking with the basics, progressive overload, and eating).

It is frustrating, however, to put so much blood, sweat, and tears into my workouts over a period of time to still be weaker than most other guys are after they've been lifting just a few months. I'm not trying to let myself off the hook or give myself an excuse to not push hard, but my question is: what is a realistic level of strength to achieve for a small guy like myself? I've seen different charts, but they vary widely. I'm curious to see what your take on it is.
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Dear bearded one yet again, I've got a slight problem. At my gym deadlifting has been pretty much banned for anyone who can deadlift over 315. Is there any programming you'd recommend for a "Pull" day that would increase my deadlift without actually doing deadlift? Thus far I was thinking heavy BB rows, heavy 1 arm rows, and adding in power shrugs.

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Sorry to chime in BtB but I gotta ask - do you have another gym available? No deadlifts sound like a good reason to relocate if you can.
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Sorry to chime in BtB but I gotta ask - do you have another gym available? No deadlifts sound like a good reason to relocate if you can.
This is the rec center included in my college tuition, so it's already paid for every semester. The other gyms around are even less friendly towards heavy lifting..
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I can only bench 260 lbs, squat 350 lbs, and deadlift 375 lbs.
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This is miles ahead of where I started from, though. I am currently still making small, incremental gains, so I'm not looking to change my program up or get some guru secret.
Small steps for you will be the norm from here on out. I am glad you aren't trying to change everything.

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It is frustrating, however, to put so much blood, sweat, and tears into my workouts over a period of time to still be weaker than most other guys are after they've been lifting just a few months. I'm not trying to let myself off the hook or give myself an excuse to not push hard, but my question is: what is a realistic level of strength to achieve for a small guy like myself? I've seen different charts, but they vary widely. I'm curious to see what your take on it is.
You are not weak. Most guys don't come close to your numbers after 2 years. I am not sure why you are thinking this, but it's far from true. We have powerlifters here 20-30 pounds heavier then you who aren't close to your bench press. 99% of the 165 pound lifters I know haven't come close to a 350 pound squat.

Here is my strength chart, based on current records natural records:

http://www.muscleandstrength.com/art...atural-lifters

You are close to the "extremely strong level" which is one step below Elite. Very few 165 pound lifters hit Elite. I know of only 1-2.

Bottom line, you are a lot stronger than you think. You need to stick around this forum. We have guys that know how strong you are and will tell you.
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