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  1. Also, when squatting, the bar hurts my back (I have a boney back... Not a lot of muscles yet). Is it okay to use padding or something?
  2. 07/28/10 ------------------ StrongLifts Workout B: Squats 5x5 @ 65lbs (bar + 10lbs on each side) Overhead Press 5x5 @ 45lbs (just the bar) Deadlifts 1x5 @ 95lbs (bar + 25lbs on each side) Pullups 3xF... only managed to get 1 full/proper one each time, and then 5 negatives. Prone Bridges 3x30s The squats were good... technique still needs some refining. Overhead press is incredibly tough to coordinate. Stronglifts says the bar should rest on your front shoulders, just about touching your throat... this is very uncomfortable for me, as I have mainly bones in that area. Suggestions? Deadlifts were brutal... I did my set, and then saw someone right next to me (a much more experience fellow I see often) do his, and his technique was way better than mine. I didn't realize my hands were to be on the outside of my legs... ha. Pullups were tough, but I was expecting this. Prone bridges seemed useless.. I felt barely anything in my abs. Maybe I need to do them longer? That's all for today. Looking forward to the next workout! Until then... I'll eat lots!
  3. Alright, so I'll replace the pushups with dips then. Dips have never been my friend though, so this should be interesting.
  4. Also, should I switch to weighted pushups once I can do 30 a set?
  5. Chewy, Yeah, my pushup technique is pretty good, I think. All the way up till locking, and all the way down till chest just about touches.) I should swap every other day for dips, or all the time?
  6. Hey all, So after about two months of going to my Univerisity's gym, and doing machine, cable, and iso excercises (there was some free weight stuff too), I've decided to switch over to the Stronglifts 5x5 at the recommendation of the wise Chewybaws! This log will document my progress (both dietary wise, and lifting wise) My goals: To gain 20lbs, to have loads of "real life" strength (ie. I'm not just "ripped" and defined, but I can actually haul my 123456789lb guitar rig around.. ha), and to look and feel my best (what we all want). 07/26/10 Starting weight: About 142-146lbs... it fluctuates. 6'1... I know, skinny. Here are some starting pictures for reference, thanks to my iPhone camera and girlfriend!Forgive my awful blinding white body, and dark arms combo. http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/heshmonster/notflex.jpg http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/heshmonster/flex.jpg Day One of Stronglifts: -Squat: 5x5x20lbs (was really focusing on my technique... I think I've got it pretty good now). -Bench Press: 5x5x44lbs (20kgs)... started with just 20lbs, and worked on technique. Felt fairly easy. Misread Chewybaws suggestion to start at 20kg (INCLUDING the bar), and added 20kg to the bar. Managed the 5x5 still, though they were definetely hard. - Inverted Rows: 3xF ... these are deceptively hard. I ended up having to do them with my knees up, and probably only managed 5-6 a set. I have had a tough time getting my chest to actually touch the bar, and I'm not sure I was doing them properly. Anyone have some suggestions? - Pushups: 20/20/16. Arms were starting to get sore by the third set after the bench, and so I couldn't get as many pushups in as I'd like. - Reverse Crunches: 3x12... these are terrible. I didn't feel my abs burning at all, and all I could feel was discomfort in my spine. I'm pretty sure I'm doing something wrong here. Again, any suggestions? I don't think I'm able to take a video of myself, but I could try. That's it for day one! I'm just trying to eat 4000 cals a day, keep my protein up, and try and sleep enough (though I often only get 6.5-7hrs).
  7. Thanks! I saw elsewhere that you're a Ph.D student... in what area? And at what school in Canada? I'm at the University of Alberta in an honors psychology program researching Terror Managment Theory... should finish my BA (Hon) next year, then to grad school. I can imagine how hard it must be balancing grad school, hobbies, friends, spouses, fitness, etc. It's hard enough in undergrad (mind you, mine's harder than normal... I have to do research that culminates in a thesis).
  8. Nice to see another Canadian vegan weight lifter! I'm new here too, but welcome, brother!
  9. Hey guys/gals, My name is Jordan, and I've been lurking on these boards for the last month or so. I've been vegan since I was 15 (20 now), and have always been a skinny dude (both when I was vegan, and not a vegan). While I went vegan for ethical reasons (and still maintain that veganism is a more of a philosophy, or a way of life of acknoweldging the futility of violence and embracing ahimsa), I've more recently become interested in the health/training aspects of it. My goals: I've been hitting my University's gym 3-4 times a week, doing back (lat pull down, barbell "pull backs"?, bench row, lower back "sit ups" on the suspension machine? (sorry, I don't know the names for half of this stuff!) (day 1), arms/shoulders (french press tricep iso, triceps pull downs, triceps machine, bicep machine, bicep iso in slant chair, hammer curls, iron crosses (to the side and in front), shoulder pull up with machine?, shoulder press with cables) (day 2), and chest (cable chest press, cable cross overs, cable upwards cross overs?, cable or free weight flys, and 100 pushups... I also try and do 100 pushups every other day) (day 3) for the last month or so. I've definetely seen an improvement in strength, but not really so much in the gaining areas. I'm, 6'1, and about 142-145 lbs.... I know, skinny. I want to get to 160-170, with a very high percentage of that weight gain being muscle. I realize I need to start working my legs out too, but I'm unsure of where to start (as I already bike to work a few times a week... which is 20km each way). Suggestions? Also, I eat a fairly well rounded diet (aiming for the 4000 cal-a-day mark now to bulk up), and supplement with creatine and L-glutamine, as well as a Sun Warrior/Manitoba Harvest hemp protein shake every day. Are there better (and especially CHEAPER) protein supplements I should be using? Sun Warrior is REALLY expensive ($75 a bag) here in Canada. Trueproteins.com looks like a good alternative... any luck with that site for any of you guys? Or NitroFusion off of bb.com looks like a good price. Thanks guys! - Jordan
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