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by chrisl
Tue Apr 02, 2013 12:48 am
Forum: General
Topic: Pullovers and Pulldowns
Replies: 12
Views: 7485

Pullovers and Pulldowns

I'm currently doing lat pulldowns and bent dumbbell rows as my lat exercises. But I feel like I need to do something to get at my lats better... my biceps are taking on too much of the work. Maybe dumbbell pullovers? Are those more of a chest exercise? I'm not sure what you would call the exercise I...
by chrisl
Thu Mar 28, 2013 1:18 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Integrating PACE/cardio training
Replies: 3
Views: 2210

Integrating PACE/cardio training

I hate cardio. Like, really hate it. I am trying to lose fat and, hopefully, also gain muscle. I was, therefore, interested in the PACE program outlined by Dr. Sears at http://www.alsearsmd.com/msfitnessty/PACE_ClinicalPracticeGuidelines.pdf" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; -- a high i...
by chrisl
Tue Mar 26, 2013 11:59 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Yet Another "Help my with a routine" question
Replies: 19
Views: 8892

Re: Yet Another "Help my with a routine" question

Thanks so much! I am going to go with the mon/tue/thu/fri split.

One question about dumbbell versions of the exercises: which specific dumbbell deadlift variation do you recommend? It would seem there are many varieties.

I added goblet squats yesterday and wow, those are great.
by chrisl
Tue Mar 26, 2013 8:05 am
Forum: General
Topic: Yet Another "Help my with a routine" question
Replies: 19
Views: 8892

Re: Yet Another "Help my with a routine" question

Thanks. I probably wasn't clear in my original post: I can go to the gym every morning for as many days of the week as make sense, but I only have about 45 minutes of actual time on the floor there every day. So I was thinking some kind of high-intensity workout that could be done in that amount of ...
by chrisl
Sun Mar 24, 2013 7:00 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Yet Another "Help my with a routine" question
Replies: 19
Views: 8892

Re: Yet Another "Help my with a routine" question

As a novice, this is what "to failure" means to me. If I am wrong, please correct me! I consider failure to be when I can no longer complete a rep...in other words, when I can only manage 1/2 or 1/4 rep. I actually log the last as 1/2 rep so I can later remember that it was to failure not a stop for...
by chrisl
Sun Mar 24, 2013 12:31 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Yet Another "Help my with a routine" question
Replies: 19
Views: 8892

Re: Yet Another "Help my with a routine" question

Thanks for all this great information! I didn't even think of doing some of these exercises with dumbbells! I might be able to get to a gym that has more equipment soon too. A few questions: 1. What do PC and RDL stand for? 2. Vertical Push (press) means some kind of military press or the like? I ha...
by chrisl
Fri Mar 22, 2013 2:33 pm
Forum: General
Topic: What is a Smith Machine good for?
Replies: 13
Views: 10544

Re: What is a Smith Machine good for?

I know the people on the forum aren't those who write the site. Do any of the authors listed on the site hang out here too? I'm OK with the diversity of opinion, though ultimately it's hard to know what works best without trying it, something I worry a slight bit more about doing when injury might r...
by chrisl
Fri Mar 22, 2013 12:31 pm
Forum: General
Topic: What is a Smith Machine good for?
Replies: 13
Views: 10544

Re: What is a Smith Machine good for?

Thanks for all the advice. Nothing's ever certain, eh? I found myself confused somewhat by the two articles here at ExRx on Smith Squats... they lead me to believe they are OK?

I'd link to them, but apparently I'm not allowed to!
by chrisl
Fri Mar 22, 2013 12:26 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Yet Another "Help my with a routine" question
Replies: 19
Views: 8892

Yet Another "Help my with a routine" question

I'd appreciate any thoughts on creating a good full-body workout program. I've been reading ExRx pages like crazy, but I'm starting to confuse myself and have many questions. Note that I am a beginner who is just getting back into lifting weights after a long time (like 20 years) away. I also have t...
by chrisl
Mon Mar 18, 2013 10:47 pm
Forum: General
Topic: What is a Smith Machine good for?
Replies: 13
Views: 10544

Re: What is a Smith Machine good for?

robertscott wrote:lots of things, just get creative
True. I hear they are good for drying clothes. I just don't want to do exercises in which the machine is more likely to hurt than help!
by chrisl
Sun Mar 17, 2013 8:30 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Hand position on dumbbell rows presses
Replies: 3
Views: 2446

Hand position on dumbbell rows presses

I've been doing bent over rows and dumbbell military presses (if that's the right name for the straight up press) with my hands oriented as if I were holding a barbell. Is there any advantage to rotating so the underside of my wrists face inward?
by chrisl
Sun Mar 17, 2013 5:26 pm
Forum: General
Topic: What is a Smith Machine good for?
Replies: 13
Views: 10544

What is a Smith Machine good for?

The little gym I go to has quite a few machine (both Nautilus and Paramount) and a large set of dumbbells, but no barbells at all except for locked into a Smith Machine. I know the Smith Machine isn't good for squats or deadlifts because of body mechanics, but how about bench presses? Or anything el...