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  • Birthday 11/30/1959

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  1. Thanks HIT Rob. I will keep that in mind especially since I do chins and dumbbell rows.
  2. I am changing over to Push-Pull-Leg split because I feel it's time to change things up. It's a little confusing to me however. For example, Push Day needs to be chest, shoulders and Triceps which I understand. Where I get confused is when it comes to things like Dumbbell Side Lateral Raises and Dumbbell Rear Lateral Raise. These are shoulder exercises but aren't they a Pull and not a Push? Should I do these on Pull Day with my back? I know it's probably insignificant but I want to get things as correct as possible in order to maximize my time in the gym. Thanks guys!
  3. I work out at home with free weights and I am looking for different lifts to change things up. What are some good exercises I can do at home for chest and back. Currently I do... CHEST: Flat Bench Press Incline Bench Press Decline Bench Press I plan on rotating flyes back into my chest routine, are incline flyes better than flat bench flyes? BACK: Pull Ups Single arm dumbbell rows Bent over barbell rows Rear delt raise (Reverse flyes) I don't do dead-lifts because of a lower back injury and I am constantly in fear of re-injuring it. I know it's probably all in my head and I should be doint them, maybe I'll start bringing them back in a little at a time. I really would like to rotate other free weight exercises into my routine so any advice will be greatly appreciated. Thanks a lot guys, Bill
  4. The Doctor did deep tissue message and acupuncture with a little chiropractic adjustments. All new to me and even a little bit frighting; however it worked. I feel as good as it gets and I have been back at the gym without any drugs. I am planning on getting a professional deep tissue message in a few weeks because I do still have tight muscles. I do my stretching religiously now and will never again take it for granted. Everyone should make stretching a part of their workout routine; it's a perfect way to end your workout.
  5. My question is about stretching as you can tell by the subject. I recently sprained my lower back and have been out of commission for a while. I don't like taking drugs unless there is no other choice, so after three months of not being able to properly do cardio or weight lift, I finally went to a Naturalpathic Center. I received some acupuncture treatments and I feel great and I am ready to hit the gym again. One thing the Dr. told me is that I need to stretch which I couldn't agree with more. I have never really done any stretching and I need some advice on when to stretch (I believe after I work out but I'm not really sure, and what about on off days?) and what stretching exercise are actually beneficial. Any advice to steer me in the right direction will be greatly appreciated! Bill
  6. This may sound like a silly question. I am trying to get enough protein in my diet as naturally as possible by eating nuts and seeds, however I know that these are also loaded with fat which is preventing me from losing belly fat. Does anyone know of any great protein recipes that won't stop me from losing fat? I am willing to buy a powder as long as it's not loaded with sugar and chemicals.
  7. Things are going well on my side. I love this forum, I have asked some questions and received responses to everything so far.
  8. Thanks for the input VeganBadass, as I told Rob I am going to try this technique starting today because I am excited to change things up. I am extremely hopeful that I will get good results but I am sure there will be a learning process involved.
  9. Rob, I am going to get started on this tonight as I am excited to try it out. I have heard and read about before but never gave it a try. I will let you know how it works out. If all goes well I am thinking that I will build some muscle while trimming out the extra fat.
  10. 1 final question and then I will leave you alone. I believe you do high sets with reps to failure with this method. (i.e. 105kgs x 8 reps to failure; which I take as 8 sets each set you do reps to failure). What is the rest period between the sets and do you leave the weight the same for all 8 sets? OK, 1 question with 2 parts. lol
  11. Yes Rob, it does help and I am going to start using this next week. I agree 100% with you that the duration of the work out isn't important, it's what you do during the workout. My only other question is what do you do for warm up with a program like this?
  12. Hi Rob, thanks for all of the help. Could you give me an example of a weeks work out for you? Below is what I was thinking, but is it too much? Saturday - Chest, Shoulders and Triceps Flat (or incline) Bench Press Flat (or incline) Flies Standing Lateral Raise Military Press French Curls (also call sculled crushers in the US) Dips Monday - Back and Biceps Bend over row (Reverse Grip - I feel them in my lats best) Pull Ups Preacher Curls Hammer Curls Wednesday - Legs and Abs Leg Curls Leg Lifts Calf Lifts Squats (and/or lunges) Knee Lifts Crunches I don't go to a gym, I work out at home so I don't have access to machines. I also can't wait to try the cluster 1 1/4 rep methods that you talk about, I'm just not sure which exercise should get which one. Bill
  13. Rob, I just read you blog from last May when where you listed your training log explaining the brief bouts of high intensity training. It sounds like not enough lifting but I'm sure it is and I have to wrap my head around it and give it a try. I am going on vacation in a couple of weeks but when I come back I am going to go straight into this training method and I will let you know how it goes.
  14. Thanks Rob, makes a ton of sense. I'll have to cut it back and give it a try.
  15. Thanks for the info guys. mrbear666, my goals are to put on some muscle, but more important is to trim the last of my fat. I'm not looking to be a body builder, that ship as sailed many years ago. I lost 50 lbs a few years back but then came to a stall. I think if I can shed another 10 or so and add a little muscle I'll have a decent cut and I could figure out what's next from there. HIT Rob, so am I doing too many body part movements in my workout? I only work one body part a day and do about six exercises per body part. I could always cut that in half and do two body parts a day which will allow me to hit each muscle group twice a week.
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