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Old 07-15-2013, 12:14 PM   #651
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Cool, thanks. Do you think Smolov Jr can be done for OHP? I may give it a shot after the bench cycle.
I wouldn't do Smolov for OHPs. You're making good progress. Right now you just need time.
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Old 07-15-2013, 05:46 PM   #652
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Is it normal to feel back pain when doing power shrugs? Is there a perfect form or do you just do anything to get the weight up?

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Old 07-15-2013, 07:03 PM   #653
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Is it normal to feel back pain when doing power shrugs? Is there a perfect form or do you just do anything to get the weight up?

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Back pain? No, that's not normal.

Power shrugs allow for a lot of extra weight and it's best to easy into them before going too intense or adding too much volume.

If you tweaked something I would lay off them for a couple weeks or until you feel 100%, and then test them out with moderate weight.
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Old 07-16-2013, 02:18 AM   #654
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Can the deadlift be done for high reps (say 20) and be effective? I saw a full body routine on Primallifter.com which alternated between very heavy days (3reps) and light days (20). Also, your arms are looking swole, even though you don't do direct arm work.
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Old 07-16-2013, 12:33 PM   #655
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Can the deadlift be done for high reps (say 20) and be effective? I saw a full body routine on Primallifter.com which alternated between very heavy days (3reps) and light days (20). Also, your arms are looking swole, even though you don't do direct arm work.
High reps can be ok, but I recommend easing into them. Maintaining form is always a key concern. I always stop a set when my form feels off. You might need weeks to work up to 10+ reps on a set of deadlifts.

And thanks, hoping to lose some fat soon so I can reveal that muscle a bit more.
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I've got another question. Lifting belts:when is it necessary to get one? If your wear one too often, does it somehow make your core more susceptible to injury?
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No, that's normal. Especially if the Bearded Beast of Duloc hasn't critiqued your form on video!

Seriously though, very normal. Take a video of your deadlifts if you can.
here are a couple vids,i think my back may be rounding too much and that's where the pain is coming from. hopefully its not too big of a form flaw.


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here are a couple vids,i think my back may be rounding too much and that's where the pain is coming from. hopefully its not too big of a form flaw.


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my advice, get your hips a bit lower and more mobile, also, pull yourself down on the bar (look at how andy bolton does it, 1 ,2 , go)

stop looking at yourself in the mirror and keep your head/neck neutral i.e. in line with your spine , as you start to pull, pull your head back

dont pull, but start the movement by imagining pushing your feet through the floor

that form gets a 5/10 from me
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I've got another question. Lifting belts:when is it necessary to get one? If your wear one too often, does it somehow make your core more susceptible to injury?
I find more benefit from knee wraps and wrist wraps to be honest.

When is it necessary to get a belt? Never. Unless you have some special back condition that makes the use of one feel better. I went without a belt for 23+ years. Now that I use one, I can confidently say that wraps are of a greater overall benefit.

Get wraps, use them, and they maybe play around with a less expensive belt to see if you find value.
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here are a couple vids,i think my back may be rounding too much and that's where the pain is coming from. hopefully its not too big of a form flaw.


You need to pull your feet back 2-3 inches. Your body type makes it nearly impossible to setup that close and sink your hips. From this position sink your hips to a good leverage point and drive up with your head, pulling the bar back towards your body.
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