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  1. Thank you so much. Is it good to do only partial pullups instead of full range deadhang? Deadhangs are so hard on the elbow. But will partial pullups (where you start at midrange and then go to top) help in building lats?
  2. thanks for the tip, eiji. But doing it throughout the day is not practical if you're a working person. Can GTG be done within a certain time, like any regular workout? For instance, doing 16 sets of 1 rep would be 16 reps. So can one do 16 reps in twenty minutes or so?
  3. Hi friends, I can only do 3 chins max, so I am planning on doing just one rep at a time so that per day I'd have completed 20 reps. Is this a good method? If I do 3 in a row, I'd have exhausted myself - so I thought I could do only one at a time. Will this eventually help me do more? Thanks.
  4. Hi Rob, five pounds seem too little, Drew Baye says 25 pounds is possible in the first six months. I follow BBS approach but use dips instead of bench sometimes, or rows instead of pulldowns.
  5. Hi Rob thanks again. I worked out last Sunday so if there is no increase in size by this Sunday does that mean I haven't fully recovered? Must I measure my arm or chest with tape to find out if overcompensation has taken place?
  6. Hi Rob, thanks for posting this, it is inspiring. I am training in the HIT style, one set to failure (sometimes with rest pause) but only once every week, 5 compound exercises. You said recovery is important but i feel even one week gap is not enough since I am an ectomorph with poor recovery capacities. U think HIT style training once every two weeks is enough? Also is overcompensation (or growth) measurable? For instance, if I work out today and wait for another week or two, during that rest week overcompensation takes place? which means size will increase during that week?
  7. Hi Everybody, I understand that High intensity training is done for a brief period, low frequency and low volume. But I am experimenting with bodyweight movements like dips, atlas pushups, diamonds etc. I am doign two sets of each - so basically 6 sets for the chest. Is that overkill, considering these are only bodyweight exercises? If it's pure weight training, I'd only do one or two sets for chest or any muscle group.......but since this is bodyweight, I felt I could increase the volume a bit. Is this right, or do I keep the volume low, like maybe three sets instead of six? Thanks.
  8. Hi CO, ppl say one shouldn't do ab exercises because it will increase belly size (and that's not good when one has belly fat).
  9. Thanks, Gaia. Just two questions. Is white rice okay? Another thing occurred to me. At some point (let's say at 77 kilos), my caloric intake just won't be enough to add weight. So weight will naturally stop increasing at that point. But since my lifting will continue, will stomach fat automatically go? Does that make sense?
  10. I weigh only 72 kilos but have a little fat around stomach. So I thought maybe I could go on a 500 calorie deficit while lifting weights. I am assuming this would target stomach fat (since i have no fat elsewhere). So even if I lose 3 kilos, at least those 3 kilos will be from stomach area. Once that happens, I can start clean bulking and reach 75 kilo. Is this plan ok, or will I lose muscle if I start calorie deficit at this time?
  11. I want to clean bulk, not dirty bulk. In the last four months, I have gained 7 kilos ... so basically I've gained almost 2 kilos each month. Is this a good rate, good in the sense that the 7 kilos will be mostly muscle? I've been working out during those months. My point is, if a person gains too much weight per month (like 5 kilos or so), then much of it will be fat. In this context, is 2 kilo a month a safe rate?
  12. If I only want strong upper body can I then focus on dips bench etc. Alone? I am only be becoming tired and weak doing leg work.
  13. If I do legwork like squats or deadlifts my body feels tired. Sometimes I even get fever the next day probably because my body cant take the strain. So do I just focus on upper body and ignore legs?
  14. If u eat too little, the body becomes tired etc. So u will know at once that u arent getting enough food. But how to know u r eating too much wthout counting calories or checking weight? Is there some indication in the body, like too much farting etc.?
  15. Is 75 kg a good weight for a guy 5'10 or 5'11? Good in the sense is it enough to do body recomp with that weight?
  16. thanks, bambocore. I've been doing stomach vacuums but not much effect. I am wary of spending too much time on ab exercises because I feel it's best to focus on important muscle groups like chest, arm etc.
  17. When I train to failure on each set, i feel the pump, feel like all the muscles are worked out. But they say training to failure is counterproductive, will not yield good results. Which is true?
  18. Is it possible to rougly calculate BF %. for example, I have two extra inches on my belly, everywhere else it is lean. So basically I have little fat anywhere else, just around belly. So what is likely my bf %?
  19. Let us say u r 75 kg. U eat at maintainence, so no weight gain or weight loss. But u work out regularly, so will that lead to muscle gain and fat loss simultaneously?
  20. You r right, rob. My chest, arms have also increased, so at least my body now looks proportional. another question, if u dont mind. How do we distinguish between fat on stomach and muscles that are hanging out?
  21. I am already thin, so I am afraid of calorie deficit... But my belly is getting slightly bigger. It is frustrating. Will cod liver oil burn belly fat by controlling insulin levels?
  22. I am so confused by this. I am hardly 150 pounds at 5'10" and there is no fat anywhere. But my belly sticks out, it appears big. I don't know if it is fat since my body weight is quite low. So could it be weak muscle .... And can this muscle be tightened through ab exercises? If it is fat, only diet and cardio will help. But I am not sure if it is fat....so I don't want to lose weight when I already weigh only 150. But if weak muscle, maybe I can strengthen it so it wouldn't hang out. So confused....
  23. Working legs ... In my case I have no access to gym. So I thought I could do Hindu sqauts. My logic is, if we do Hindu squats every day, we stimulate legs, so the food we eat will go toward building the legs instead of going to belly as fat. Is my logic correct? I know this is true of all body parts, but since legs are the largest I assumed stimulating it would result in more food going to legs rather than belly. Is this right?
  24. The 55 workout is like this.... U do one squat and 10 pushups, rest for just 15 seconds, then u do 2 squats and 9 pushups, rest for 15 seconds and continue till u reach 10 squats and one pushup. So all in all, u complete 55 reps each for both exercises. the logic is ... Since u r doing squats and pushups, both lower and upper body will get benefits of muscle building, but since u do with little rest time u also get a cardio workout that burns fat. In short, u kill two birds wwith one stone. can anyone comment on this....cuz id rather do this than running for cardio....
  25. HIIT indeed well ramp up your metabolism, however HIIT is "HIGH IMPACT" high intensity exercise, so if you value the well being of the joints and connective tissues, i strongly recommend avoiding it. either way I think it is better to avoid cardio for now. 143 seems too low. Maybe at 160....
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