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Velcrolog Discussion

Posted: Thu Dec 23, 2010 12:23 am
by Velcropop
In the interests of saving the rainforests (and my garage) from the constant molestation of tree-based paper products I have decided to start my very own ExRx online training journal.

As you can probably tell from my log I currently follow a modified Starting Strength program, although I'm looking to switch to 5/3/1 in the not-to-distant future.

Any questions, comments and kudos are most welcome!

Posted: Thu Dec 23, 2010 12:33 am
by robt-aus
have some kudos! great to see the log.

i hope keeping it helps you half as much as mine helped me this year.

that said, don't forget to enjoy Christmas!

Posted: Mon Dec 27, 2010 3:40 pm
by Jebus
Did you slip while doing squats?

Posted: Mon Dec 27, 2010 5:41 pm
by Velcropop
I did, it was scary.

Posted: Mon Dec 27, 2010 6:20 pm
by Jebus
Omg. Atleast you were able to keep going.

Posted: Mon Dec 27, 2010 9:24 pm
by Jungledoc
Velcropop wrote:since I ran out of the stuff a while back (and reverted to bathroom talc =/).
Talc has the opposite function. It's more of a lubricant. So, yeah. I'd think chalk would be a lot better.

Posted: Tue Dec 28, 2010 12:36 am
by Velcropop
@Jungledoc, agreed. I was only using the talc to aid with blisters and calluses. I kind of didn't realise it was having the adverse affect of messing with my grip since it was only really a problem on the deads and chin ups. That and I use it on my shins when I deadlift as well.

Posted: Tue Dec 28, 2010 9:35 pm
by Jungledoc
Velcropop wrote: I use it on my shins when I deadlift as well.
How well does that work?

Posted: Mon Jan 03, 2011 5:42 pm
by Velcropop
@Jungledoc: The talc works a treat - otherwise I have a propensity to get scabby shins from the bar knurls.

Updated my body weight today; I've put on about a key (2-3 lbs) since the last check but with the strength gains I've been making-not to mention the holiday period in my wake-I'm not too surprised. If anything it's what I expected. With a bit more consistency in my training and eating I should see those lbs drop pretty steadily.

Posted: Sat Jan 08, 2011 7:06 pm
by Velcropop
In preparation for my transition to a 5/3/1 based program I've decided to undertake a critical appraisal of my form on all major lifts. Here are some preliminary observations from this workout:

I have been experiencing some minor tendinitis in what feels like the anterior superior iliac spine (ASIS) and/or the tensor fascia latae (TFL). According to Rippetoe and Kilgore (SS) this could be caused and/or exacerbated by letting the knees slide forward at the bottom of the movement, thereby increasing tension at the hip and creating a more acute knee angle. It could also be the case that I've been hitting the hips too hard under the SS program (i.e. squatting three times a week might be too much). Either way I have to concentrate on getting the knees right, when to extend etc.

As far as I can tell it's fine. I know that my bench is probably set too high relative to the length of my legs but until I a) get a new bench or b) join a gym, there's not much I can do about it. This means that for the time being my bench is lacking the full benefit of drive through the posterior chain, but that isn't such a problem for what is, after all, a chest exercise.

This is a difficult lift to evaluate in the absence of a coach and/or advanced training partner(s). At the moment it feels right and I'm making progress but I can't be completely sure. One occasional hiccup I have is extending my knees forward too early during the eccentric phase of the movement, sometimes resulting in a bashing of the tops of my knees. This is usually remedied by concentrating harder.

I use a mixed grip on my heaviest sets but I do NOT alternate between which hand is in which position set to set or between workouts). The problem is that my left hand is somewhat over-pronated. This means I cannot comfortably supinate my left forearm relative to my grip. This could be a problem if it affects development.

I'm having a tough time figuring out exactly where my grip should be in terms of width - must consult SS to try and figure it out. I'm experiencing a few problems due to my over-pronated left hand (it's out of axis with my wrist). Keep an eye on this.

Posted: Sun Jan 09, 2011 5:22 am
by robt-aus
let me know if you would like me to try and get you a free guest pass for the globogym i use - can snailmail to you if you'd like.

Posted: Sun Jan 09, 2011 6:05 pm
by Velcropop
Ooh, sounds grand. Sometime this week I'm going to visit the locals gyms and find out what kind of deals I can get, but it might be good to pay a free visit to said globogym and see what that's like.


(PM me if you manage to hook something up)

Posted: Sun Jan 09, 2011 10:23 pm
by robt-aus
will see what i can do - jan/feb's a pretty easy time for gyms - all the short-term-guilt-driven-flash-in-the-pan customers are attending. hopefully they're still interested in attempting to generate new customers.

Posted: Mon Jan 10, 2011 7:44 am
by Velcropop
I felt awesome and hit a PB squat today (Mon 10/01). Heard a few cracks and pops though, hoping my hips are okay tomorrow.

Got stuck on my bloody bench press again though. Feels more psychological though - nobody spotting can be daunting on those upper reps.

It's high time I joined a Gym!

Posted: Mon Feb 07, 2011 7:52 am
by Proper Knob
I saw you're pullup ladder information request.

The one i'm doing works like this.

1 rep - 30 sec rest.
2 reps - 30 sec rest.
3 reps - 30 sec rest.
4 reps - 30 sec rest.
5 reps - 30 sec rest.

then back to 1 rep and repeat until the sequence breaks down. The next time you do it try and beat your previous total reps. If going to 5 reps is too hard, and believe me it's not as easy as it looks, just got to 4 or even 3 reps. See what works.