new bench PR
new bench PR
Question about squatting with a belt.
I've been doing stronglifts 5x5. I haven't used a back belt when squatting until today. I did 205 today, first set with a belt and the second without a belt. I noticed immediately that the belt made the lift easier. It was as if I didn't even have to think about posture, and it was easier to go lower.
So question is, would it be better to continue squatting without the belt to strengthen my core better or should I use the belt. Either way I would've handled the 5x5, but it was much more comfortable with the belt.
I'm pretty happy with this program btw, just over 6 weeks ago I never squatted before and had trouble going parallel with 135. 205 today without any trouble, I know it's nothing compared to you ****ing monsters but it feels good. Im 5'7 155, not trying to gain weight with summer coming, I'm wondering when I can expect to plateau with squats at this weight.
Last edited by ultimate steve; 04-01-2012 at 08:14 PM.
My 54 year old mother was asking how my dad was doing at the gym. We discussed how much weight he did, and then she asked how much she would be able to do at certain things. So then we got home and I decided to see how much she can bench. I fully expected her to fail at 45lbs, that seems to be the case with girls my age who have never trained before. She surprised me and worked all the way up to 85lbs, which she did fairly easily. I could see her doing 100 with just a little bit of practice, she did 85 somewhat easily.
I have seen young men lift less before, especially for the very first time doing it.
Isn't squatting to parallel like a minimum..? You should set your bars lower.
Not sure what you mean by folding, but I'm definitely not leaning forward.
took a few days off because i was sick ... its crazy how fast strength can drop .. also started doing overhead squats .. those fry shoulders going to hit heavy 1rm bench see if i can get 275
Front squat 315x5
Cool part of this it's a constant thing !
Time to up weight , time to make 245 my warm up weigh lol
Finally got some progress to put in here..Been doing the SL 5x5 for about 9 weeks now and was able to squeak out a PR for 1rm on the bench. 240...Weak sauce compared to most in here but seeing how when I started in Feb my max was 205 it's a big change for me..(not sure what my other max's are I need to try that all out to get an idea of where I'm at now)
I can feel my body changing it's pretty insane how much better I feel after living such a sedentary life....
My work weights on the program are all still manageble I have yet to hit any plateau's or miss my reps. Still pretty light compared to what you guys are working with but we all have to start somewhere. Thurs workout was
Squat 5x5 - 170
Overhead press 5x5 - 105
Deadlift 1x5 - 215
I wish someone had told me how much better a morning workout is a long time ago
I just dead lifted 345 for a set of three. STRAPLESS! This up from 325 with straps last go 'round (albeit that was for 5x5, but I'm still stoked).
so the next 30 days are going to be exciting.
I told my girlfriend I was going to bulk, she's on board. I bought an obscene amount of pasta, eggs, milk, chocolate syrup. I plan on drenching everything in olive oil and butter. protein pancakes till I puke every morning.
bulking is my specialty. haven't done a real bulk in a few years. the occasion? I got me some oxymetholone.
time to get serious. progress to follow...maybe pics but progress pics from lean to fat isn't sexy. LOL
I'm hoping this goes as well as everyone tells me it should!
Psh it's not that hard most here do it every day !
Especially me ! Lol
Anyone ever do the gallon of milk a day for bulking up? Sounds gross IMO. But does seem like an easy way to get the calories.
When I was on a push to be 220 I was around 3/4 - a full gallon a day. Its really not that bad. I absolutely love milk. I just found that I was sacrificing food for milk, when the idea is to have milk to be a supplemented part of your diet.
yeah I did about 3/4 a gallon today. I just basically chug it down at the end of my meals. I'm sure I'll be sick of it soon lol
I could drink milk with any meal. Love milk but a gallon a day is a lot of damn milk. Even if you have it with each meal.
ugh I would be ****ting my brains out
I'm mildly lactose intolerant. large amounts of milk make me crazy gassy. I might look into lactose free milk
I haven't really tried to figure out maxes ever, but since I'm doing the 5x5, I'll use those numbers.
Bench - 215
Dead lift - 325
Squat - 185
Why is my squat so low? Also, by the following day, my arms feel pretty good after benching, my chest is a little sore but by day 2 it's great. My back feels tight-but-awesome the day after dead lifting, and my posture is excellent. I struggle to walk for 2-3 days after squatting usually. It's in my thighs; they get super tight and don't want to move to allow me to walk and such. Any ideas? It's not terribly painful, just an annoyance, really.
Your squat is low because you allow it to be. Most people just don't know what they're capable of. Lead with the mind, the body will follow.