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    Re: jim stoppani's shortcut to size


    Thanks. Knees get in the way all the time. I don't drag the bar up my legs but on the way down I do. I definitely need to lower the bar better.

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    Re: jim stoppani's shortcut to size

    okay, gym membership expired

    can I bulk up without a gym membership?

    can't I get some free-weights and do exercises from home?

    joogle said push/pull ups, squats, flip tires, pull your car (or for me, try to roll start the fzr600 hahaha)

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    Re: jim stoppani's shortcut to size

    Get yourself a power rack, an Olympic bar and some weights. Not crazy expensive if you shop around some.

    Or build your own......Homemade power rack made out of wood and pipe..

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    I would get pullup bar/Dip station, make or buy a weight belt , some used weights, all this for under 100$.
    You can pistols for legs. Work, eat & sleep...

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    Re: jim stoppani's shortcut to size

    Youtube (and formerly /fit/ ) personality Scooby1961 has some good home workouts posted on his site/channel. A lot of his stuff requires minimal equipment. He even has some articles and videos where he shows you how to build or improvise equipment.

    Site: Intermediate Workout Plan - Scooby's Home Workouts
    Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1X...btv7454Pkz7THg

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    I started gyming again for the first time since April. For thos who don't know I broke my right arm and tore my rotator cuff in April. The I broke and shattered my left wrist in November. So it's kind of a pain (ha!) to get it going again. I'm three weeks into lifting again and it's getting much better. There are a lot of limitations with barbell exercises due to both injuries. For example I can't bench or curl with the straight bar, for separate reasons. I can deadlift with no pain, among other things, that it one of the only exercises that I haven't lost much strenthg with. Most everything else is lower weight and higher reps to keep pain down. My weight is grossly high. It's kind of depressing to get back in there all weak and fat. How have you all come back from injury to lifting again?

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    Since my crash in September I'm NOW back to where I left off in strength as far as weight.
    I have focused my workouts on higher reps and less weight due to joint injuries (both shoulders, both elbows, both wrist and left knee).
    I have never been fat so I have nothing to say to that but it sucked being able to bench 245 and starting again at 95. You just keep going. Pushing yourself now is silly and it will only hurt you. Focus on reps til failure. Drop the barbell grab the Dumbbells.
    Add cardio to your routine. It helps with muscle recovery and fat loss. Even 10-15 minutes of bicycle can make a different.

    Buy some joint support. I use animal pack for joint support.
    Get vitamines. Get fish oil. Focus on being healthy. The rest will follow.

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    Work around the injury. Do work on supporting muscle, keep it light on the injured places. Stretch, stretch, and stretch some more. Keep your calcium and protein intakes high.

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    Quote Originally Posted by maxim_X View Post
    How have you all come back from injury to lifting again?
    Lol. I havent, and I was already down a lot before my last crash. I think I'm the smallest/weakest I've been since college (when I didn't lift at all). One of these days I'll get back in there. I plan to be very mindful of not re-injuring my shoulder.

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    Re: jim stoppani's shortcut to size

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    Opinions on form? I think I have issues with squats and a paranoid about hurting my back on deads. I'd post on the body building forums but think I might get more useful advice here. Thanks!

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    Dead form
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    Opinions on form? I think I have issues with squats and a paranoid about hurting my back on deads. I'd post on the body building forums but think I might get more useful advice here. Thanks!

    Squat form


    Dead form
    Late to the party here. Squats are pretty good, but deadlifts could use a little improvement. You want to keep your back straight and lead with your hips. The bar should pretty much follow along the front of your legs/knees/shins. Here's two of my favorite articles for deadlift form. These helped me out quite a bit.
    Mastering the Deadlift - Part 2 | T Nation
    http://stronglifts.com/deadlift/
    The T-nation article shows examples of good and bad vids, and explains the driving with the hips. The Stronglifts one is good for showing starting positions for your shoulders/hips/feet.

    Here's a vid of me deadlifting 305 a month or so ago. https://www.instagram.com/p/_pAZlmK-hv/

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    What's the point of deadlifts if you aren't going to drop the weights so all the gym notices how strong and swoll you are?

    Quote Originally Posted by tsorfas View Post
    Since my crash in September I'm NOW back to where I left off in strength as far as weight.
    I have focused my workouts on higher reps and less weight due to joint injuries (both shoulders, both elbows, both wrist and left knee).
    I have never been fat so I have nothing to say to that but it sucked being able to bench 245 and starting again at 95. You just keep going. Pushing yourself now is silly and it will only hurt you. Focus on reps til failure. Drop the barbell grab the Dumbbells.
    Add cardio to your routine. It helps with muscle recovery and fat loss. Even 10-15 minutes of bicycle can make a different.

    Buy some joint support. I use animal pack for joint support.
    Get vitamines. Get fish oil. Focus on being healthy. The rest will follow.
    I got cardio and I'm substituting Dumbbells for barbells where I can. Do you do every set to failure? How many times per week do you hit each muscle?

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    Well my workout is really focused on stamina and racing to be honest. So all my workouts are tailored around that. I do chest because I like it haha.
    If you have the luxury you need to be at the gym 4 days a week for weights.

    Chest & Calves
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    Shoulders and core

    I have a couple of programs I can send you if you want

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    OH, the irony... reading this thread while eating a kit kat.

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    Re: jim stoppani's shortcut to size

    Quote Originally Posted by isaac_ View Post
    OH, the irony... reading this thread while eating a kit kat.
    Should you start another thread and title it "Isaac's shortcut to size"? I mean enough Kit Kats and you will get size, may not be the size people are looking for but you will get it.

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    I got 405x4 deadlift yesterday, Brap! I'm getting close to pre-injury strength, for that anyway.

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    Maybe I'm off, but I will tell you as "an old guy", don't go crazy on the heavy lifts when you are young. You'll feel it later.

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    Also don't crash motorcycles

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    now 32 the thin fat layer collects with or without diet/exercise LOL...my metabolism has a mind of its own

    anyways...I bought a rental property and I'm busy...mainly just been doing 20 min jogs in the morning w' some pushups

    got a free "weider" gym set from a moto forum member and going to use that instead of a gym membership...not really gonna be bulking up more than just staying fit

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    Quote Originally Posted by Falko View Post
    Maybe I'm off, but I will tell you as "an old guy", don't go crazy on the heavy lifts when you are young. You'll feel it later.
    I've been thinking about that. The 405 isn't that heavy for my weight/ size, but I was really happy to have the grip strength back to do that without chalk or straps or anything a few months after a major arm surgery. I did use and over-under grip which is kind of cheating, double overhand is only good for 315. My goal is racing fitness so, i'd rather pull 405 for 10 than 495 for 1rm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by maxim_X View Post
    I've been thinking about that. The 405 isn't that heavy for my weight/ size, but I was really happy to have the grip strength back to do that without chalk or straps or anything a few months after a major arm surgery. I did use and over-under grip which is kind of cheating, double overhand is only good for 315. My goal is racing fitness so, i'd rather pull 405 for 10 than 495 for 1rm.
    I went back to the gym last Friday after 2+ years out. My grip strength is non-existent!!

    Benched 225 for slow, paused reps (I weigh 230) which felt good, no problem. Decided to throw in a set of hammer curls at the end, couldn't straighten my arms for the past 3 days!! Sucks getting old, 43, and trying to get back in shape. But I'm happy to be lifting again, and to finally have the motivation back. Deadlifts tonight...

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    Just found a gym <6 mins from my new place, $14.95/month-to-month w' lifetime lock-in rate!

    I'm going to live here at least 2-3 years until I can buy another rental property!

    Shortcut-to-size is BACK!

    edit: man did that suck...back to benching the bar 15reps x4...wobbly as hell...wanted to quit workout 60% through but pushed it

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    Quote Originally Posted by breakdirt916 View Post
    Just found a gym <6 mins from my new place, $14.95/month-to-month w' lifetime lock-in rate!

    I'm going to live here at least 2-3 years until I can buy another rental property!

    Shortcut-to-size is BACK!

    edit: man did that suck...back to benching the bar 15reps x4...wobbly as hell...wanted to quit workout 60% through but pushed it
    Wow, that is cheap! I just paid $42 for one month..

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    Re: jim stoppani's shortcut to size

    It's annoying that places like Planet Fitness etc. don't have ways to squat or bench unassisted. They all seem to use Smith Machines with counterbalances Yeah, they're better for Joe Public, but still..

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    I used to belong to a PF. It slowly phased out most of the lifting equipment to install more treadmills. When the pecdec went away for another elliptical, I went with it...

    We have a gym here at the office. Has all the core equipment, only thing I really miss is the cable cross over. But it is cheap (free) and I can nail it during my lunch hours.

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    Quote Originally Posted by number9 View Post
    It's annoying that places like Planet Fitness etc. don't have ways to squat or bench unassisted. They all seem to use Smith Machines with counterbalances Yeah, they're better for Joe Public, but still..
    I don't get PF where fat people can feel good about themselves commiserating with the other fat people and the smell of estrogen in the air. Fuck that. It's getting harder to find real gyms where you can exercise like a man without offending somebody. The gym I now go to had a dude repping deadlifts with 600 plus on Saturday, it was thunderous! Clanging plates, dumbells crashing to the floor, someone grunting out reps and getting loud encouragement are all motivators to me. I guess it's not for everyone, sound the lunk alarm!

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