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by bam
Tue Mar 01, 2011 1:02 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Tucked vs flared elbows while benching
Replies: 10
Views: 4136

I don't see how flaring your elbows out would work the pecs more. I think it works the front delts more... and certainly increases the risk of shoulder injury.
by bam
Tue Mar 01, 2011 12:55 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Pull Up Challenge, 2011
Replies: 136
Views: 73845

bam--7 wide grip pullups. Goal 8
Did 9 wide grip pullups. New goal = 10.
by bam
Sun Feb 27, 2011 8:37 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Stiff Neck?
Replies: 8
Views: 2820

When DLing there is a tendency to pull the head up on ascent. that can be rough on the neck. I've found that keeping my chest high contracts the back muscles and takes the pressure off my neck. But I see it all the time -- guys craning their necks on squats, DLs, bench and press. Also, I think you'r...
by bam
Wed Feb 23, 2011 12:27 am
Forum: Diet & Nutrition
Topic: Collection of Clinical Trials
Replies: 31
Views: 18731

There doesn't appear to be any upper limit on how many eggs can be eaten. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1953841?dopt=AbstractPlus It appears that the liver just reduces the amount of cholestrol that it produces since enough is in the diet. That article is a little light on details... I can onl...
by bam
Sun Feb 20, 2011 8:56 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Auxiliaries are for strength or size?
Replies: 7
Views: 2401

I think intermediate level also means having perfect form and longer recoveries.
by bam
Sat Feb 19, 2011 8:25 pm
Forum: General
Topic: When to wear a belt?
Replies: 6
Views: 2455

I don't wear a belt.
But here's an article I read awhile back when I had the same question....
The Proper Use of Belts During Weight Training
by bam
Thu Feb 17, 2011 4:11 am
Forum: General
Topic: Come pick apart my workout! I've got some questions.
Replies: 9
Views: 2505

@bam - Thank you for your input. I didn't know I was doing isolations with the calf raises and curls. Would shoulder presses also be considered an isolation? I would be fine with more compound exercises in my routine, but am unsure of which ones to use. Although TimD's comment OKs the routine, does...
by bam
Wed Feb 16, 2011 10:14 pm
Forum: General
Topic: do you do biceps?
Replies: 35
Views: 6508

Certain muscles will get bigger when you start off doing purely compounds - but at some point, those compounds aren't enough to illicit growth. If you're doing this for aesthetic reasons, isolation work is a must at some point. Do gymnasts do isolation work? That's a pretty horrible comparison cons...
by bam
Wed Feb 16, 2011 9:38 pm
Forum: General
Topic: do you do biceps?
Replies: 35
Views: 6508

NightFaLL wrote:Certain muscles will get bigger when you start off doing purely compounds - but at some point, those compounds aren't enough to illicit growth.

If you're doing this for aesthetic reasons, isolation work is a must at some point.
Do gymnasts do isolation work?
by bam
Wed Feb 16, 2011 7:41 am
Forum: General
Topic: How important is incline press?
Replies: 30
Views: 6674

I tried them for awhile but found that they're too rough on the elbows.... I seem to get better bang for the buck with bw dips. But they do isolate the "upper pec" -- no doubt about it!
by bam
Wed Feb 16, 2011 4:47 am
Forum: General
Topic: Using the appropriate muscles
Replies: 7
Views: 1905

There's a Rippetoe video called "Starting Strength" -- a companion to his epic book on form. The video shows a bunch of people being coached by Mark Rippetoe for the five basic lifts. I found the video very helpful. I think you do have to clench the glutes and core when doing squats, deads, military...
by bam
Mon Feb 14, 2011 4:24 am
Forum: ExRx lounge
Topic: Random crap
Replies: 3999
Views: 614151

you must live in the UK. Over here we just blend up some fresh mangos and yogurt. The hard part is peeling and seeding those mangos... but well worth it.
by bam
Mon Feb 14, 2011 4:17 am
Forum: General
Topic: Come pick apart my workout! I've got some questions.
Replies: 9
Views: 2505

Just to share my experience... I gave up doing calf raises when I started doing 531. I just figured I wasn't going to bother with isolations.. resigned to not have big calves or big biceps. (gave up curls too.) Lo and behold, I start doing deadlifts and my calves are noticeably bigger. When I starte...
by bam
Mon Feb 14, 2011 2:15 am
Forum: General
Topic: How important is incline press?
Replies: 30
Views: 6674

Looks like the time has come to whip out the Reverse Grip Bench Press Most people think that to develop the upper chest you need to focus on the incline bench press. A recent study however shows that muscle activity of the upper pectoralis during an incline press increased by only 5% as compared to ...
by bam
Sun Feb 13, 2011 10:23 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Looking for power/plyometric "pull" exercises
Replies: 22
Views: 5480

I think bent over rows could be done explosively -- but you gotta watch the back.
Perhaps the Inverted row ? (horizontal pullups like doc mentions)