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    Did you fail the Navy fitness test or just...

    Did you fail the Navy fitness test or just reconsider your career options?

    If the former, sorry to hear it fella, but you should have seen it like a driving test; not everybody passes first time....
  2. Thread: Rep Timing

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    I only ever explode concentric. I'm a kickboxer...

    I only ever explode concentric. I'm a kickboxer and I want as much carry-over as I can get from strength training.

    It depends entirely on your goals. Bodybuilders would be well rewarded for...
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    For an intermediate, I'd recommend the below...

    For an intermediate, I'd recommend the below based on your goals;

    Strength and Hypertrophy

    Jim Wendler's "5/3/1" Three Day Variation
    Joe Defranco's "Westside For Skinny Bastards"
    Steve's...
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    In contrast to some of what has been said above,...

    In contrast to some of what has been said above, I'd say with deloading being essential for linear progression, you should consider it as often as you feel your body needs it. Not everybody is...
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    Glute/piriformis myofacial release with a static...

    Glute/piriformis myofacial release with a static stretch. You can do it with a foam roller or a tennis/lacrosse ball.

    Here it is demonstrated by Joe Defranco himself.

    ...
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    Office workers tend to suffer from lower back...

    Office workers tend to suffer from lower back pain because of poor glute activation. When you sit on your arse for the majority of the day lazy glutes are practically a certainty. When the largest...
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    You have no pushing movements in the hypertrophy...

    You have no pushing movements in the hypertrophy range. Doing flat bench, military press, incline bench and dips all in the 5 rep strength range is likely to burn you out. As size is a goal of...
  8. I agree with the above post about beginner's...

    I agree with the above post about beginner's routines, but in answer to your direct questions;

    1.What muscles group go together and why?
    Example:chest and triceps but i also have seen the...
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    Rotating/twisting DB curls are for shifting...

    Rotating/twisting DB curls are for shifting heavier weights for the sake of the biceps, taking advantage of a neutral grip for the first half of the concentric movement, which leaves out some of the...
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    That routine is one of the worst I've seen in a...

    That routine is one of the worst I've seen in a long time.

    If you're interested purely in getting bigger and don't care much at all about a strength component to your workout, consider a routine...
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    Fully agree with the above comment; you're...

    Fully agree with the above comment; you're throwing a lot of money away on supplements with absolutely zero scientific backing.

    No supplement is essential, by the very definition of the term they...
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    I use a belt for all work sets. I have a...

    I use a belt for all work sets. I have a degenerated disc though. That abdominal pressure everybody talks about holds my spinal goo in, heh.

    It's all feel, in my opinion. If you're doing fine...
  13. Walking and swimming. Building muscle mass is...

    Walking and swimming. Building muscle mass is out of the question.

    Recovering from discectomy surgery from a herniation of my L5-S1 disc was the most frustrating time of my life, but trying to...
  14. I trained a woman a few years back for the Navy...

    I trained a woman a few years back for the Navy test (although women are allowed a couple more minutes than men).

    Best advice I could give you is to approach it the way a marathon runner would. ...
  15. My bad, I should have read a little closer rather...

    My bad, I should have read a little closer rather than just seeing the "I disagree" part, heh.

    I've never measured tensed, saying that I'm not a bodybuilder.

    Amusingly people with much bigger...
  16. Accurately measuring progress is exactly why you...

    Accurately measuring progress is exactly why you should measure relaxed and "cold". The same way you should weigh yourself at the same time every day on an empty stomach after taking a dump. ...
  17. Measurements are supposed to be taken relaxed,...

    Measurements are supposed to be taken relaxed, not tensed. In bodybuilding terms, upper arm size is relative to wrist size, which of course is a measurement that never changes. Steeve Reeve's ideal...
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    If you've been using prohormones and not treating...

    If you've been using prohormones and not treating them as what they are, steroids, then you could have a whole lot more to worry about than a headache. Get some blood tests to make sure you haven't...
  19. I'll say the same thing I told my wife and her...

    I'll say the same thing I told my wife and her friend when they started out; just train exactly like a man. The same routines that work for men work equally well for women, ditto the same exercises...
  20. This. Don't get caught up in the hocus pocus...

    This.

    Don't get caught up in the hocus pocus of trying to individualise muscles to a minute degree. Also try not to buy into the myth that certain exercises will help build up a particular part...
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    Upper / Lower body routines are favourites of...

    Upper / Lower body routines are favourites of intermediates, as well as athletes and people with physical commitments other than lifting. A three day per week full body routine may have been...
  22. Generally speaking, upper / lower splits are...

    Generally speaking, upper / lower splits are aimed at intermediates.
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    Yes, it was recommended to me by a sports physio...

    Yes, it was recommended to me by a sports physio when I was recovering from a herniated spinal disc. I've only recently switched back to conventional training as I had an unusually long recovery...
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    I fully agree. For a healthy individual, there's...

    I fully agree. For a healthy individual, there's little reason to delve into occlusion training. Norton and other advanced bodybuilders have jumped on it as a technique to supplement their normal...
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    Don't take my word for it, either of you. I...

    Don't take my word for it, either of you. I could well be a "broscientist". However;

    http://www.ironmanmagazine.com/index.cfm?page=article&go2=1489

    There's Dr. Layne Norton's thoughts on the...
  26. Thread: Hips help...

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    http://www.t-nation.com/free_online_article/sports...

    http://www.t-nation.com/free_online_article/sports_body_training_performance/dispelling_the_glute_myth

    Best article I've ever read on glute activation. Office jobs almost always result in bad hip...
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    Taurine supplementation is great for cramps. ...

    Taurine supplementation is great for cramps.

    http://www.livestrong.com/article/449354-taurine-muscle-cramps/
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    Oddly enough I just posted about this in a topic...

    Oddly enough I just posted about this in a topic about using light weights.

    I've read a lot about occlusion training, it was recommended to me by my physiotherapist to use during rehab from an...
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    This will probably be controversial, but if you...

    This will probably be controversial, but if you have no choice but to use light weights, be that because of injury, age or whatever, look into occlusion training. Originally known as kaatsu...
  30. If memory serves, in the Stronglift guys E-book...

    If memory serves, in the Stronglift guys E-book he tells you that in all likelihood you will stall on your overhead press 3 or 4 times before you stall in any other lift. This is perfectly normal. ...
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    Another update, albeit belated and not a...

    Another update, albeit belated and not a particularly good one...

    Last week I ****ed my back up trap-bar deadlifting a measely 50kg, so everything has once again been put on hold. I'd like to...
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    Cheers!

    Cheers!
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    Thanks man, at the minute I'm training alone in...

    Thanks man, at the minute I'm training alone in my garage at 5am (in the sub-zero winter), so this log will pretty much be my only form of human encouragement in the mean time. Other than my wife's...
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    You could be feeling pain in your lower back...

    You could be feeling pain in your lower back because the bar isn't coming up in an ideal vertical path. Scrutinising your video it seems to be travelling up very slightly in an arc, and that tiny...
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    "Combat" and "Function" go hand-in-hand. All the...

    "Combat" and "Function" go hand-in-hand. All the fighters and military men I know who strength train take either a powerlifting or Olympic-lifting approach to it. Not only does bodybuilding...
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