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by Keith Rowland
Sat Sep 09, 2006 10:18 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Smith Press Bashing
Replies: 18
Views: 12288

Using the Smith and Saving your Pride

Personally, I'd never use the Smith machine unless I have to. Pride has a little to do with it :)[/quote] Here's a good way to bench press with the smith: Lock the bar in position and assume a push-up position over the bar, placing your hands in a wide position on the bar and your toes on the bench ...
by Keith Rowland
Sat Sep 09, 2006 7:46 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Smith Press Bashing
Replies: 18
Views: 12288

Smith Press

Thanks for your input, guys. I'll leave it as a matter of personal preference then, for physiological or psychological reasons. I too, am a purist when choosing my iron, but will continue integrating the smith where I seems beneficial. I've added inches to my weary triceps by doing close-grips on th...
by Keith Rowland
Fri Sep 08, 2006 9:41 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Smith Press Bashing
Replies: 18
Views: 12288

Smith Press Bashing

On another forum, many lifters were taking apart the smith press, piece by piece, each with a different analysis. These things have been around forever, and have been used extensively by competitive athletes. I like them for seated behind-the-neck pressing and close-grip benching. As an older lifter...
by Keith Rowland
Sun Sep 03, 2006 10:42 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Regaining Strength?
Replies: 4
Views: 4439

"Muscle Memory"

Weider wasn't too far off because your brain actually contains a map of every routine and every movement that you employed in the gym. Lance Armstrong lay wasted away by cancer, but he was able to run the program in his brain agin, once he was on two wheels. Champion figure skater, Scott Hamilton, i...
by Keith Rowland
Sun Sep 03, 2006 6:58 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Regaining Strength?
Replies: 4
Views: 4439

Re: Regaining Stength

Your strength should return as your body and brain adapt to a heavier work load. Paying more attention to your protein and carb intake will help add new muscle. Something I've learned from my association with weight lifters of all types is that strength and size can't always be plugged into the same...
by Keith Rowland
Tue Aug 29, 2006 12:17 pm
Forum: General
Topic: dumbell bench vs barbell
Replies: 6
Views: 5989

Sorry - it's a male trait

My wife says I never answer the question, and I'm guilty of doing that on the subject at hand. I believe the best way to increase your bench is to keep putting more weight on the bar and have a spotter make you do several forced reps. Sooner or later, your spotter will be distracted by a female gym ...
by Keith Rowland
Tue Aug 29, 2006 12:04 pm
Forum: General
Topic: dumbell bench vs barbell
Replies: 6
Views: 5989

Barbell vs Dumbell

During my dyoderm days, I used to drop most of the barbell work and focus on details with dumbells and the cross-over pully station. It was also as way to avoid precontest injuries as you were getting lighter. During the off-season, though, I'd load most of the weight on a bar and occasionally use h...
by Keith Rowland
Sat Aug 26, 2006 7:16 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Static Contraction Training
Replies: 2
Views: 2542

Static Contraction

Thanks, Tim. My first experience with isometric tension was a small booklet I received at age ten, from Charles Atlas. As far as weight training goes, we used to do cheater reps at the YMCA during the late 60's, which is not quite the same. I suppose static contaction is like holding the position yo...
by Keith Rowland
Fri Aug 25, 2006 9:36 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Static Contraction Training
Replies: 2
Views: 2542

Static Contraction Training

Need some feedback about static contraction training. Has anyone employed this and how effective is it? Are there adverse effects on joints or tendons from static contraction? One more: How should you alter your workout to accomodate this technique? I don't want to overtrain. Thanks for any input!
by Keith Rowland
Wed Aug 16, 2006 10:50 pm
Forum: General
Topic: PEC BUILDERS
Replies: 6
Views: 4358

Re: Ryan and paused benches

Do you mean racking the barbell for a rest, or do you mean half-rep pauses? I've known many who finished a set of bench presses with a couple of half-reps, which is supposed to stimulate growth. I adhere to the old school which dictates strict, full-range motions. If the former is what you are talki...
by Keith Rowland
Mon Aug 14, 2006 9:58 pm
Forum: General
Topic: PEC BUILDERS
Replies: 6
Views: 4358

PEC BUILDERS

What's your best chest excercise or chest workout? I really value the close-grip bench and weighted dips for mass building.
by Keith Rowland
Thu Aug 03, 2006 9:26 pm
Forum: General
Topic: BOOK REACTION
Replies: 1
Views: 3066

BOOK REACTION

Has anyone read Dave Draper's book, Iron on My Mind? I can't beleive I paid $24 bucks for it. While I respect the blond bomber as a legendary bodybuilder, I think he ate way too much tuna. Each chapter of his book makes one wonder if he quit the bodybuilding scene to run away with Dr. Timothy O'lear...
by Keith Rowland
Thu Aug 03, 2006 9:15 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Sitting DB presses
Replies: 6
Views: 4663

Steated DB Presses

Sounds like you might have an RC strain or partial tear. When you're standing, you are involving many muscle groups. What about DB benches? Do you get more reps on one side?
by Keith Rowland
Tue Aug 01, 2006 10:03 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Lifting Weights after Surgery
Replies: 9
Views: 15300

Training After Surgery at 57

I'm 56 and have always included free weight training in my lifestyle. Last year, I could still keep up with the young college guys at the gym. After a bad RC tear this year, I had to back off entirely for an extended period of time. When I could resume weight training, I worked around the repaired a...
by Keith Rowland
Fri Jul 21, 2006 10:34 pm
Forum: General
Topic: building size
Replies: 5
Views: 4380

Age and Attaining Solid Mass

I don't believe that you can leave age, metabolism, and the natural production of growth hormones out of this equation. I see a lot of young guys come into the gym, do everything almost right, then undo it all on the outside. Many could add inches of muscle by taking a week off from lifting, eating ...