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Tips

Postby Sailfish » Thu Jan 29, 2009 4:45 am

Not sure where to put this, so I started this thread for just overall general fitness tips, training tips, diet tips, etc
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RE: Tips

Postby Sailfish » Thu Jan 29, 2009 4:57 am

I have been in a strength gain rut for a spell as well as an overall flatness in my personal fitness goals.

So lately I have been changing my reps up with the weights. I'm still mostly doing a pyramid approach to the reps (10,8,6,4,2,8) when I do a primary exercise (bp, squat, military press, etc), but on the associated secondary exercises I've been doing 9's.
Instead of the obligatory 8 reps, I shoot for 9. What a difference that last couple weeks with just that minor change!!
I've also started doing windsprints on the bb court during and or after weight training and the strength in my legs has improved too.

So, the tip of the day is to not be afraid to mix things up periodically to break stagnation or boredom.
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RE: Tips

Postby JPH » Thu Jan 29, 2009 6:45 am

Good point! I am all about variety.

Curious, when you say that you have gotten into a "strength gain rut", what are you talking about? Do you mean that your 1 rep max is not progressing? If so, have you had any success with 5X5 or 8X3 rep/sets?

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RE: Tips

Postby Sailfish » Thu Jan 29, 2009 8:17 am

Not necessarily a single rep
Just overall strength. I should be pushing more for more reps since I have regained focus in November.
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RE: Tips

Postby JPH » Thu Jan 29, 2009 8:30 am

I see. Sounds like you have found the ticket by mixing it up a little. Cool!

You may want to look at the heavy 5X5 from time to time. I also notice that you did not list the deadlift as one of your primary exercises. This too has really helped me to increase overall strength.

Just throwing out stuff. I'm always experimenting.

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RE: Tips

Postby Nubs » Fri Jan 30, 2009 6:20 pm

I have recently started doing 3x10's except on the last set I rep out until muscle failure. You want to talk about a pump and a burn...wow!

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RE: Tips

Postby JPH » Sat Jan 31, 2009 3:50 am

ORIGINAL: Nubs

I have recently started doing 3x10's except on the last set I rep out until muscle failure. You want to talk about a pump and a burn...wow!


As I understand it, the 3X10 is geared more for the production of mass, than it is power. The 5X5 and the 8X3 tend to be used more in the power lifting realm. Both are good, they just have different effects on the body.

Another factor that we are overlooking is the rest between sets. I would suggest that anyone doing strength training look closely at their rest periods and maintain them strictly. 

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RE: Tips

Postby DoeEyed » Sat Jan 31, 2009 4:42 am

hmmm...hydrate before and after exercising, stretch well after a workout, give muscles time to recover, eat after a workout rather than before, control your portion sizes, vary your workouts so you don't get bored... great cardio and lower body workout -- climbing stairs
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RE: Tips

Postby Sailfish » Mon Feb 02, 2009 7:58 am

Outstanding tips doe, really nailed it.
Hopefully you left us something to add to the thread
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RE: Tips

Postby JPH » Tue Feb 03, 2009 2:47 am

I like this thread. It is a good place to put random thoughts re. fitness, etc.
 
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