General Discussion: FUK summer 2015 Six pack challenge = Ineff Challenge - Can you repeat his success


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mAK
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291 posts since 28/4/13

24 Apr 2015 09:50
benching without a spotter is fucking horrible……iv gone from training with a partner for years to training by myself the last 18months and its proper shit….plateau central
Kadafi39
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1163 posts since 30/10/09

24 Apr 2015 09:52
trailofdavid wrote: Thanks Cov. Pretty happy with my tricep strength and back has been coming along nicely, but might look to fit in some more upper back work on pull day - currently do barbell rows and lat pulldown

Think its probably my form and things like making sure my elbows are tucked in & engaging all the supporting muscles

As skream said OHP, lots of weighted dips, go as heavy as you can and train 3-5 reps. Change form bb row to db rows for a little while too and really concentrate on time under tension and contracting the muscle fully.
Kadafi39
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1163 posts since 30/10/09

24 Apr 2015 09:53
mAK wrote: benching without a spotter is fucking horrible……iv gone from training with a partner for years to training by myself the last 18months and its proper shit….plateau central

Just bench in a power cage? I prefer that to having a spotter hovering above my head while im lifting too.
ShaneB
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803 posts since 28/11/10

24 Apr 2015 10:22
I bench in a power cage, much better.

There does come a point with both presses when increases are very, very slow, like 2.5kg per 4 or even 8 weeks. It's just one of those things. You might have a mechanical advantage (short arms) or disadvantage (long arms), which plays a role.

How many reps are you doing? Might need to change the programming - going from 5x5, to 3x3 to even 1 rep maxes on a four weekly protocol.
mAK
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291 posts since 28/4/13

posted 24 Apr 2015 11:03, edited 24 Apr 2015 11:03
its more the advantage of lifting with a spotter putting as little as a couple of fingers on the bar to help you push through weights and reps you cant do by yourself i find

have tried a lot of different things….

5x5, 10-12x3, drop sets, machines/free weights, changing routine

chest day and specifically bench easily my most hated workout, ended up doing my rotator cuff at the end of last year trying to overdo it to push through, and now having recently dislocated my shoulder (unrelated) as well Sick!
jaydeesafe
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517 posts since 16/3/12

24 Apr 2015 11:33
have you tried a narrower grip (not close grip) on bench if its giving your shoulder jip? moves the focus from your shoulders to tris, youll be able to lift a little more too.
nothingelseworked
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2579 posts since 21/2/10

24 Apr 2015 12:01
DB or BB floor presses for isolating tris without putting pressure on shoulders.
BennyB
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601 posts since 17/12/03

24 Apr 2015 12:13
BB Bench isn't necessarily the best for developing chest. Db can be better if you have no spotter. Trained with Tony Mount who is a NaBBa pro at the weekend and he hasn't benched a barbell for 3 years plus.
ShaneB
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803 posts since 28/11/10

24 Apr 2015 12:23
^^^^^

You're probably right in many respects; it's just easier doing barbell work. You gonna build a decent chest with either; to build an outstanding chest you'll have to mix it up - but leave that to the pros. You can get a decent 'beach body chest' just by doing bench press.
maximus
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1176 posts since 13/7/06

24 Apr 2015 12:32
just my opinion no beef intended! As long as you're happy and progressing in whatever you're doing then fair play, some people do fuck all
mAK
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291 posts since 28/4/13

24 Apr 2015 12:53
yea i generally tend to stay away from the bar all together and just stick to the DB, was mainly due to my rotator being far more aggravated on the bar which is common

but as mentioned mixing it up is obviously more beneficial

put up with the rotator for quite some time before getting it seen to so have tried pretty much everything

basically i just have a shit chest, dodgy shoulders and am weak as fuckLaughing out loud
Ruca
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299 posts since 22/2/12

24 Apr 2015 20:10
mAK wrote: chest day and specifically bench easily my most hated workout, ended up doing my rotator cuff at the end of last year trying to overdo it to push through, and now having recently dislocated my shoulder (unrelated) as well Sick!

Could ask a gym bro to spot you on a set?

Also there's a good technique to bench which involves retracting the scapula almost engaging the back which assists with the bench I find it takes a lot of stress off the shoulders

Try a warm up with internal and external rotation shoulder exercises on the cables keep that joint lubed up.


bill
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4577 posts since 5/8/09

24 Apr 2015 22:13
Any tips for controlling appetite? If I've got something in the house, I can't just have a couple or a small portion, I eat it all. Tonight I've eaten 3 x 1kg tubs of full fat yogurt with protein powder mixed in. That's ontop of the 1.5kg of yogurt I had for breakfast. That's over 4.5kg of yogurt alone in 1 day.
Nick.
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3380 posts since 11/9/09

posted 24 Apr 2015 22:51, edited 24 Apr 2015 22:51
Laughing out loud Laughing out loud

I have the worst self control too, but you gotta do what you gotta do.