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by KenDowns
Wed Feb 16, 2011 10:00 am
Forum: General
Topic: Using the appropriate muscles
Replies: 7
Views: 2207

I think I tend to use the power lifting stance more than the others. By having a wider stance and angling my toes out, it seems to go easier on the knee. I have downloaded quite a few of the Rippetoe videos from YouTube. I really like the diagrams he does. The only thing is, that I use dumbbells. I...
by KenDowns
Tue Feb 15, 2011 10:40 pm
Forum: General
Topic: do you do biceps?
Replies: 35
Views: 7396

As a beginner one thing I noticed about curls, as depicted on the exrx.net site, is how many ways there are to cheat.

So I enjoy curls as the ultimate form-enforcing exercise. If I can maintain perfect posture and complete the rep with no twisting, bending or other nonsense then it's a good set.
by KenDowns
Tue Feb 15, 2011 10:08 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Warmups and Progressive Sets
Replies: 1
Views: 935

Warmups and Progressive Sets

Being generally curious, I'm wondering how this works. I saw an immediate increase on my bench when I switched from single-set-to-failure to 3x8 progressive. Single set: my workout weight was 150 and I was stuck at 8 reps for a few weeks, except for one day when I hit 10. The last 3-4 were slower an...
by KenDowns
Tue Feb 15, 2011 7:14 pm
Forum: General
Topic: How important is incline press?
Replies: 30
Views: 7572

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 KenDowns
Mon Feb 14, 2011 10:47 pm
Forum: General
Topic: is it good to take pain killer after workouts?
Replies: 8
Views: 5186

Re: is it good to take pain killer after workouts?

hi friends, i really love to work out my forearms, But since im a heavy computer user i always get a pain in my forearms during typing. So i have two option either i have give a break between each gym sessions e.g.: wait 2 days for the next gym session or to take pain killers so that i would not ge...
by KenDowns
Mon Feb 14, 2011 10:43 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Is this Genius or Idiotic?
Replies: 15
Views: 5246

Is this Genius or Idiotic?

The problem: I work out mostly alone in my basement, a buddy comes by on Sunday and spots me on the bench, and my son spots me during the week. But I have no squat cage, and no budget for awhile to get one, plus I haven't decided if I'd be better off finding time to go to the gym before I'd buy my o...
by KenDowns
Mon Feb 14, 2011 7:46 pm
Forum: General
Topic: How important is incline press?
Replies: 30
Views: 7572

For bodybuilding, I think it is critically important. Overhead press isn't all that important. Unless your front delts are lagging of course. For powerlifting I think incline is better. I think that will do more for your bench press than overhead will. For general strength, I also think incline is ...
by KenDowns
Sun Feb 13, 2011 11:29 pm
Forum: General
Topic: How important is incline press?
Replies: 30
Views: 7572

Well I guess it wouldn't be the internet if two members whose opinions I respect did not disagree completely :) But seriously, thanks for taking the time. I do read these answers carefully and try to think about them before answering myself. So I'm going to leave it in but as a low priority. If pres...
by KenDowns
Sat Feb 12, 2011 4:57 pm
Forum: General
Topic: How important is incline press?
Replies: 30
Views: 7572

Topic Drift: Frequency for beginner

For push, BP was the heavy day, Inclines were medium day, and OH Presses were the light day. He measured H, M, L in terms of total tonnage. Tim This statement brings me to a follow-up question about frequency for the cores. I know that for advanced lifters it is extremely important not to overtrain...
by KenDowns
Sat Feb 12, 2011 3:39 pm
Forum: General
Topic: How important is incline press?
Replies: 30
Views: 7572

How important is incline press?

My goal is weights and reps, I figure strength and size will follow, and am perfectly happy to let nature take its course on which looms larger. From reading these forums I think I understand how important it is to make the core lifts the foundation: bench, squat, deadlift, and from there to concent...
by KenDowns
Sun Feb 06, 2011 10:45 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Graduating From Single Set to Fail
Replies: 15
Views: 5952

Point is, OP needs more volume than he currently has, if not right now, he will soon. Agreed Thanks for all of the replies. The quote above seems to be where I'm at, and I read JungleDoc's link first, and based today's workout on that. Basic points I took away from this thread: 1) Time to increase ...
by KenDowns
Sat Feb 05, 2011 12:02 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Graduating From Single Set to Fail
Replies: 15
Views: 5952

Graduating From Single Set to Fail

I'm approaching 6 months of lifting, and have gotten my advice and information almost exclusively from exrx.net website and forums. Thanks to everybody. In the beginning, the best advice I found was on the website with its explanation of doing a single set to fail. I cannot understate how important ...
by KenDowns
Sat Feb 05, 2011 11:53 am
Forum: Diet & Nutrition
Topic: Specific Snack Advice
Replies: 7
Views: 5875

Specific Snack Advice

About 3 months ago I began to try to change my diet. Like most beginners I faced a bewildering array of seemingly conflicting advice. I am, if ever there was one, a pure ectomorph, skinny. Cutting is hardly my concern, my goal is to gain energy for more intense workouts. After reading a few of the s...
by KenDowns
Sun Nov 28, 2010 9:53 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Various Pains and Discomfort
Replies: 9
Views: 2311

Re: Various Pains and Discomfort

nygmem: Thanks for the detailed reply. My big take-homes here are to eat more and do that 30 minute walk. I'll try that for a couple of weeks at least before posting any more questions. I also got a kick out of the comments on being paranoid about every ache and pain. I tell myself I'm being careful...
by KenDowns
Sun Nov 28, 2010 7:36 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Various Pains and Discomfort
Replies: 9
Views: 2311

better yet, my suggestion to you is take a week or 2 off, reset your body, and look up the stickys here Maybe I'm mis-reading the OP, but why would you take 2 weeks off on purpose? I'm also a little puzzled. I did not mean to imply I am experiencing all of those aches and pains right now and all at...