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PostPosted: Thu Sep 05, 2013 5:10 pm 
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"I started out doing hypertrophy a long time ago. Joined the army, discovered it was mostly useless strength, then have been doing circuit training ever since." - sav

There's a big difference between training for hypertrophy (bodybuilding) and actual strength training.

Meanwhile, it's worth mentioning that Army fitness standards are far from perfect. For example, it's unlikely that a soldier would ever need to run a mile or more at a steady pace without any weapons or other equipment. However, it is possible that he might have to quickly drag or carry a wounded 200-pound man across a street to cover.


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 05, 2013 5:13 pm 
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Strength is functional. For example, if you had to move a heavy couch up a steep, narrow flight of stairs, who would you rather have help you a distance runner or a powerlifter. I'm going with the powerlifter.


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 05, 2013 5:31 pm 
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I think you're needlessly limiting yourself by avoiding free-weight and weighted exercises. Many of the exercises you're already doing could be improved simply by adding weight.

Also, I think handstand pushups are somewhat overrated. They're certainly difficult and sure to impress your friends, but the range-of-motion is very short. I think Military Presses are a better choice for building pressing strength and have more carryover to the real world. How often do you really need to do a handstand anyway?


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 11, 2013 8:43 am 
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A hole in the gym floor the size to accommodate your head helps to improve the ROM of hand-stand push ups. Just bring your Sazall and cut the hole when the manager is distracted.

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