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by pdellorto
Thu Jun 07, 2007 4:35 am
Forum: General
Topic: Two more workout questions - Rows, Muscle Ups
Replies: 14
Views: 10511

Two more workout questions - Rows, Muscle Ups

Hi folks, a few more questions. Again, I'm looking at designing my next workout. I'm hoping to cut down to just a handful of compound exercises and a couple of assistance exercises I can't live without. It will definitely include both some form of deadlifts and (for now, I'm assuming conventional de...
by pdellorto
Thu Jun 07, 2007 2:22 am
Forum: General
Topic: Deadlifting from the top vs. from the bottom
Replies: 2
Views: 2960

Deadlifting from the top vs. from the bottom

Hi folks, some more questions. I'm planning on deadlifting on my weight-training day in my next workout cycle. One thing I am considering doing is conventional Deadlifts, but from the top instead of from the bottom. Given the space considerations where I lift, it's a lot easier for me if I just load...
by pdellorto
Tue Jun 05, 2007 8:00 am
Forum: General
Topic: Weight training equipment, Gloves Belts and specialist shoes
Replies: 9
Views: 6655

I used to use a belt, basically because my serious bodybuilder friend used one. But after I read a bit written by anti-belt folks, I was swayed towards the idea that at best it was useless, and at worst I was depending on the belt instead of developing my muscles properly. I would still strap on the...
by pdellorto
Sun Jun 03, 2007 9:09 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Stiff-Legged Deadlift vs. Romanian Deadlift - differences?
Replies: 11
Views: 14284

IMHO, there's really not a great deal of difference between the two, the main difference being you start off at the finish (standing erect) position with the RDL See http://jva.ontariostrongman.ca/RL.htm Tim Ah, okay, so it's more starting position than execution? I'm planning to center my next tra...
by pdellorto
Sun Jun 03, 2007 9:05 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Why exercise?
Replies: 8
Views: 6157

If you really change your eating habits - not diet, but change them permanently - you can lose weight and keep it off without exercise. If your body weight and activity level now requires 3000 calories a day, and you give it 2500 calories a day without changing your activity level, yeah, you'll shed...
by pdellorto
Fri Jun 01, 2007 8:55 am
Forum: General
Topic: Stiff-Legged Deadlift vs. Romanian Deadlift - differences?
Replies: 11
Views: 14284

Stiff-Legged Deadlift vs. Romanian Deadlift - differences?

In another thread, Ironman suggested doing Romanian Deadlifts. I looked at them on exrx, but they look identical to Straight-back Stiff-Legged Deadlifts. The animated demonstration is from a slightly different angle so I'm having trouble comparing. What turns a Straight-back Stiff-Legged Deadlift in...
by pdellorto
Thu May 31, 2007 7:34 pm
Forum: General
Topic: How is my workout?
Replies: 16
Views: 9047

Wouter, TimD - thanks for the advice. I'll look at varying my rep ranges. And I'm reading all those T-nation articles on MMA-specific strength training. Fighters may indeed need to be the best conditioned athletes in the business, but I'm not quite there yet. I'm willing to put in the work if I know...
by pdellorto
Thu May 31, 2007 7:21 pm
Forum: General
Topic: How is my workout?
Replies: 16
Views: 9047

I actually can't do anything where I dump the weight. I meant in an emergency. I have never "dumped" the weight doing a front squat but I know I can if I had to. I might get thrown out of the gym but it won't kill me. Hahah, getting thrown out of my gym would suck, it's the same one where I train M...
by pdellorto
Thu May 31, 2007 7:09 pm
Forum: General
Topic: How is my workout?
Replies: 16
Views: 9047

For hamstrings I like the Romanian deadlift. Okay, I'll check that out. Back in the US (I live in Japan now), I had a nice Olympic Trap Bar. So I used to center my workouts on trap bar deadlifts followed by shrugs (because I already had the bar in position after that last deadlift rep). So I miss d...
by pdellorto
Thu May 31, 2007 5:15 pm
Forum: General
Topic: How is my workout?
Replies: 16
Views: 9047

Thanks guys! I'll check out all the articles and exercises. This is really helping me.
by pdellorto
Thu May 31, 2007 9:23 am
Forum: General
Topic: How is my workout?
Replies: 16
Views: 9047

The 200 bodyweight squats the original poster related aren't going to affect overall limit strength gains all that much. And I'll willing to accept that. They've made my legs stronger, and given me more endurance as well. I need both because I'm fighting, not lifting, as my primary activity. I need...
by pdellorto
Thu May 31, 2007 9:08 am
Forum: General
Topic: How is my workout?
Replies: 16
Views: 9047

It's hard to do back squats without a spotter but other variations are possible. Try front squats, you can clean from the floor and dump the weight in front of you if you have to. Other variations that don't require spotters or racks are hack squats, zercher squats, overhead squats. Deadlifts and i...
by pdellorto
Thu May 31, 2007 9:05 am
Forum: General
Topic: How is my workout?
Replies: 16
Views: 9047

That's a cardio workout with some endurance thrown it. Strength gains are made with heavy weight in the 1 to 6 rep range. I am getting strength gains out of it, though. I'm stronger than was when I started the routine, and I'm in PR territory for weighted chins and shrugs and side bends. I suppose ...
by pdellorto
Thu May 31, 2007 4:30 am
Forum: General
Topic: How is my workout?
Replies: 16
Views: 9047

How is my workout?

Hi folks. I've been reading these forums for a while, but this is my first post. I’m 35 years old, been lifting steadily since I was 27 and sporadically before that. I’m currently training in kendo (Japanese sword sport, using armor and split bamboo swords) and in mixed-martial arts (like on UFC, bu...