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by Han
Thu Apr 23, 2009 10:22 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Lower back stiffness - normal?
Replies: 3
Views: 2226

I haven't tried these. So you do them prior to dead lifts?

Having said that, I do focus on pushing through the heels and pushing the hips forward to lift, rather than pulling from the back.
by Han
Thu Apr 23, 2009 9:31 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Lower back stiffness - normal?
Replies: 3
Views: 2226

Lower back stiffness - normal?

Hi All, Recently I've been getting a bit of stiffness in my lower back after I do the following workout: Deadlift 1x5 Overhead Press 3x5 Chin Ups 5x5 Calf Raise 1x10-12 For the deadlifts and OHP, I do two warm up sets ramping up to working weight. My lower back has been quite stiff for the two days ...
by Han
Wed Mar 25, 2009 9:40 pm
Forum: General
Topic: changing set intensity
Replies: 15
Views: 6663

Stuward, I'm wondering with your comments quoted in the first post - when you say 5x5, do you mean 5 work sets, or 3 work sets/2 warm up sets, etc.? The reason I ask is I workout three times per week, alternating between two workouts, each with three big compound lifts. And I don't seem to have any ...
by Han
Mon Mar 23, 2009 10:22 pm
Forum: General
Topic: workout review
Replies: 57
Views: 24857

I changed from pull-downs to chin-ups because the reading I have done on this site suggested that it involved a lot more stabilisation, including your "core muscles".

Also it means I don't have to wait for the lat pull-down machine.

Btw, this is another thing you can use your Smith machine for.
by Han
Mon Mar 23, 2009 6:15 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Training until the "plateau"
Replies: 17
Views: 8445

Thanks for the advice, it definitely makes sense if I think about what happens if I go too heavy in the early sets for my other exercises. I'll try working backwards.
by Han
Mon Mar 23, 2009 6:00 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Training until the "plateau"
Replies: 17
Views: 8445

Before I changed gyms, I was considering asking them if they would mind if I bought my own 1.25 kg plates. Maybe paint them yellow or something so they don't get mixed up with the gym plates.
by Han
Mon Mar 23, 2009 5:46 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Training until the "plateau"
Replies: 17
Views: 8445

It seems to work well for me. I actually started doing it like this because the dumbbells in my gym were in 2.5 kg increments, and there are no 1.25 kg plates for the barbells. When I was first starting out, for some lifts a 5 kg jump was too much for me to handle for all sets. Even now I still stil...
by Han
Mon Mar 23, 2009 5:07 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Training until the "plateau"
Replies: 17
Views: 8445

Hi, You might be interested to know that I've also been training for about two years and still making gains like you, albeit much slower now. For some lifts I can only increase the weight for a single set week to week. E.g. I'll train 5x5 one session, then the next session can increase the weight fo...
by Han
Fri Mar 20, 2009 8:58 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Dips as a substitute for flat bench.
Replies: 10
Views: 7039

Thanks for the answers guys, some really good replies there. Matt Z - Currently I do flat bench on "horizontal day" and military press on "vertical day". But I've been doing that for about 4 months now, so time to change it up I think. My progress has stalled on both a couple of times recently. I th...
by Han
Thu Mar 19, 2009 8:34 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Dips as a substitute for flat bench.
Replies: 10
Views: 7039

Dips as a substitute for flat bench.

Hi All, I generally structure my workouts around vertical/horizontal push and vertical/horizontal pull. I've been barbell flat benching for a while now and want to change it out for a month or two. My question - is a dip a replacement for a horizontal push movement? Also, on a side note, are standin...
by Han
Tue Mar 17, 2009 4:22 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Do squats/deadlifts increase waist (pants) size?
Replies: 5
Views: 7895

Thanks for the replies guys. There definitely is a little fat, which I was expecting, I just don't think there should be enough to warrant going up a pants size. I am cutting back on some carbs though, and also going to make my protein shakes on water instead of milk now. I'm keen to bulk, but don't...
by Han
Mon Mar 16, 2009 11:44 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Do squats/deadlifts increase waist (pants) size?
Replies: 5
Views: 7895

Do squats/deadlifts increase waist (pants) size?

Hi All, Over the last few weeks I've been doing my first proper bulk. I've been lifting for a couple of years, and made good strength gains, but have never put on much weight. However, now that I'm eating properly, I'm also making progress with some weight gains. I've noticed that my trousers are st...
by Han
Mon Dec 08, 2008 5:25 am
Forum: General
Topic: Difference between Romanian Dead Lift and SBSL Dead Lift
Replies: 7
Views: 4179

Thanks for the responses guys. The way I am doing them, it effectively is a "light" day, although I have found I can do almost as much weight as for my regular DLs. I'm forced to regular DL the weights up before starting, as the gym I use in my housing complex is rubbish. It's even worse because the...
by Han
Fri Dec 05, 2008 5:31 am
Forum: General
Topic: Difference between Romanian Dead Lift and SBSL Dead Lift
Replies: 7
Views: 4179

Difference between Romanian Dead Lift and SBSL Dead Lift

Hi All, So I started my new workout (discussed in another thread) on Tuesday. It went well - extreme hamstring DOMS from the Stiff Leg Straight Back Dead Lifts though. I was doing some reading to check up on the form for the SLSB DL though and it seems very similar to the Romanian Dead Lift. SLSB DL...
by Han
Tue Dec 02, 2008 9:45 am
Forum: General
Topic: Feedback on new workout.
Replies: 3
Views: 2517

Thanks for the feedback guys.

And yes, I have read on here a hundred times to squat before you DL - must have just had a brain explosion when typing that.

Will definitely have a look at dumbbell swings.