thread of getting sw0le

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about 6 months ago i could not even do an air squat to depth without falling over but my squat is pretty good now

carne asada, Thursday, 25 October 2012 16:34 (six years ago) link

are u guys gonna beat someone up

(╯︵╰,) RIP (am0n), Thursday, 25 October 2012 16:36 (six years ago) link

too old to get swole, but I support this thread

watch that lower back position, y'all

Brad C., Thursday, 25 October 2012 16:47 (six years ago) link

i am not getting sw0le, but i am getting fat. maybe i can get fat and sw0le.

toto coolio (clouds), Thursday, 25 October 2012 16:51 (six years ago) link

Yes im always super deliberate on my lifts for fear of messing up my back xp

carne asada, Thursday, 25 October 2012 17:13 (six years ago) link

I'm just lurking here bc I'm somewhat interested, though I can barely lift my groceries

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 25 October 2012 17:16 (six years ago) link

also bc cheering on harbl :)

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 25 October 2012 17:16 (six years ago) link

i knew i'd hit some kind of beginner threshold for sw0leness when i found myself enjoying mark rippetoe youtubes for an hour at a time

goole, Thursday, 25 October 2012 17:25 (six years ago) link

haha otm

caek, Thursday, 25 October 2012 17:36 (six years ago) link

I recently hired a personal trainer on a contract for a tremendous number of sessions to ensure my commitment to working out, and despite certain small wrenches in the works, it's starting off nicely and making me feel good about the mid-term future of my physical and mental health. Last time I had a trainer I was only half-assing it (drinking tons (not drinking at all now) skipping sessions, not really 100% in the game) but the cosmetic results still blew me away. That's not what I'm in it for, and body definition is gravy that will make the other benefits extra good.

(*・_・)ノ⌒ ☆ (Je55e), Thursday, 25 October 2012 17:56 (six years ago) link

honestly part of the mental game with this for me was finally admitting to myself that yes, a strong minority motivation was 'cosmetic'

goole, Thursday, 25 October 2012 18:01 (six years ago) link

goole congrats on being sw0le :)

seasonal hugs (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Thursday, 25 October 2012 18:02 (six years ago) link

oh man i'm nowhere near my sw0le g0ls

goole, Thursday, 25 October 2012 18:04 (six years ago) link

learning to do olympic/power lifts *correctly* (or so i hope) in the past year or so has been really mind-blowing. sort of a light turning on: "so THIS is what it's supposed to feel like." I actually enjoy squatting, dead-lifting, and all that now. and i pretty much gave up any exercise that doesn't work at least a few muscle groups at a time.

i go to the gym every 4th day (doing yoga on the 3 days in between) and try to pack in the protein and i've never felt better in my life.

ryan, Thursday, 25 October 2012 18:04 (six years ago) link

i think a big part of the mental game for me was that I realized for the longest time i'd actually do whatever I could to make things *easier* rather than build the foundations to really improve.

ryan, Thursday, 25 October 2012 18:05 (six years ago) link

honestly part of the mental game with this for me was finally admitting to myself that yes, a strong minority motivation was 'cosmetic'

― goole, Thursday, October 25, 2012 11:01 AM (1 minute ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

otm

Neutral Coliseums (Matt P), Thursday, 25 October 2012 18:06 (six years ago) link

people doing curls make me literally vomit

caek, Thursday, 25 October 2012 18:06 (six years ago) link

yeah. those kinds of things are such a total waste of time. you drop all that and all of a sudden your workout takes a 1/3 of the time and is 10x more effective.

ryan, Thursday, 25 October 2012 18:10 (six years ago) link

i've cut the weight in half or more on every major lift over the past year or two just to connect or reconnect with form / what i'm actually doing / why i'm doing it and it's made such a huge difference. also yoga 4 core 4 life.

xp i don't get curl hate. done right they're amazing. cable press-downs on the other hand....

Neutral Coliseums (Matt P), Thursday, 25 October 2012 18:12 (six years ago) link

i am kind of doughy at the moment because my gym is 10 yards away from ground zero in this video and was shut for all of september http://vimeo.com/48399328. it's really nice at the moment because a lot of the guys seem to have quit or moved to another gym.

one thing i like about gyms in germany is the squat racks are always free because people are either doing curls (lol) or doing serious calisthenics (some of these dudes are amazing).

going in a couple of hours actually. iirc tonight i will squat 5x5 175lb (i.e. 1xBW), bench 5x5 100, row 5x5 100.

caek, Thursday, 25 October 2012 18:14 (six years ago) link

seriously, everyone on earth should squat. this is key to universal consciousness.

goole, Thursday, 25 October 2012 18:19 (six years ago) link

squat. eat broccoli, quinoa and sardines. live forever.

caek, Thursday, 25 October 2012 18:20 (six years ago) link

and if i see you using the foam pad on your barbell during the squat then i hope you poop accidentally during your first set.

caek, Thursday, 25 October 2012 18:21 (six years ago) link

I go 2 gym and do not squat, I have had back problems in my life and am worried about technique

iatee, Thursday, 25 October 2012 18:22 (six years ago) link

start by doing 'air squats' ie no weight

when those get ok start with an empty bar. that's 45 lb, you could even start by holding up a couple of small dumbbells

goole, Thursday, 25 October 2012 18:25 (six years ago) link

i have bad knees (poss hereditary) and fear doing any leg-related lifts

toto coolio (clouds), Thursday, 25 October 2012 18:25 (six years ago) link

yeah I do air squats already

iatee, Thursday, 25 October 2012 18:25 (six years ago) link

when squatting to proper depth your knees are not being taxed so much xp

carne asada, Thursday, 25 October 2012 18:26 (six years ago) link

unless you have disk problems, i think squat is pretty a low risk exercise for your back. all the weight goes straight down your spine. there's not much torque. maybe give it a try with an unloaded bar to see how it feels.

saw a calisthenics guy do a one-handed chin-up last week btw. wanted to cry.

caek, Thursday, 25 October 2012 18:27 (six years ago) link

yeah make sure you don't stop your squat half-way, that is bad for your knees

caek, Thursday, 25 October 2012 18:27 (six years ago) link

i have 'bad knees' and they've never felt better after a year of this

goole, Thursday, 25 October 2012 18:28 (six years ago) link

i have turned around halfway when i've had to on a weight. it was agony. i have no idea what those guys who go to like 30 degrees above horizontal think they are doing.

xp otm. squats are good for strength but they are #1 for knees, groin and lower back stability

caek, Thursday, 25 October 2012 18:29 (six years ago) link

when i've had to bail on a weight, i mean.

caek, Thursday, 25 October 2012 18:29 (six years ago) link

lol i totally use the foam pad. i used to be so anti-foam pad but now i'm more anti-sores on my back.

xp goole caek carne asada otm, keep the weight off/low, keep tight form go low and back/knees should be ok.

Neutral Coliseums (Matt P), Thursday, 25 October 2012 18:31 (six years ago) link

what were you lifting to get sores?

caek, Thursday, 25 October 2012 18:33 (six years ago) link

it's spine/neck contact, guess this means i should take off the pad and get the bar where it's supposed to be.

Neutral Coliseums (Matt P), Thursday, 25 October 2012 18:42 (six years ago) link

low-bar position will fix that but it does take some getting used to

goole, Thursday, 25 October 2012 18:43 (six years ago) link

yeah i had the same issue until i figured out the right place to rest the bar

carne asada, Thursday, 25 October 2012 18:44 (six years ago) link

yeah i think part of the problem with the pad is it means the bar is less stable. it's kind of like people who wear gloves and running shoes. the barbell is the size it is for a reason, and unless your body is unusual proportioned, you're screwing that up.

caek, Thursday, 25 October 2012 18:45 (six years ago) link

i've had the benefit of some good coaching that has help me a bunch, otherwise i'd probably being doing a bunch of stuff wrong

carne asada, Thursday, 25 October 2012 18:47 (six years ago) link

if you've spent most of your life doing it wrong like me it really takes some time/dedication to turns things around. but eventually your body just starts to "set" better, even in daily life.

ryan, Thursday, 25 October 2012 18:52 (six years ago) link

totally.

Neutral Coliseums (Matt P), Thursday, 25 October 2012 18:57 (six years ago) link

goole i got semi-sw0le for like 9 months before i had a babby and got un-sw0le

but if you are looking for sw0le central in mpls, get a membership at Los Campeones gym on Franklin, dudes are serious! it's the best gym, super cheap, never crowded and all free weights and lots of space, barely any bullshit like eliptical trainers etc

seasonal hugs (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Thursday, 25 October 2012 19:00 (six years ago) link

ha! i have been to that gym. i was staying round the corner and they sold me a week pass. it was 100x better than my gym here.

caek, Thursday, 25 October 2012 19:02 (six years ago) link

i was kinda intimidated at first because there were these crazy big dudes lifting for serious, but i ended up finding out that they were always really helpful and encouraging if you asked them to spot or for help

seasonal hugs (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Thursday, 25 October 2012 19:03 (six years ago) link

though i did become pretty much certain that certain dudes there were heavily into r0ids

seasonal hugs (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Thursday, 25 October 2012 19:03 (six years ago) link

huh wow that is a pretty good deal. but i kind of love my busted-ass Y, and it's right around the corner from me

goole, Thursday, 25 October 2012 19:07 (six years ago) link

yeah, i guess the most important thing is having a gym you'll actually go to, so around the corner probably trump whatever advantages los campeones has.

which Y do you go to? blaisdell?

seasonal hugs (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Thursday, 25 October 2012 19:11 (six years ago) link

midway, dog! apart from people's kids i feel like i'm on the low end of the age curve there

goole, Thursday, 25 October 2012 19:14 (six years ago) link

haha what's the midway scene? drunks from the Trend Bar?

seasonal hugs (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Thursday, 25 October 2012 19:16 (six years ago) link

hmmm i should really do the video thing. i see a lot of people doing it lately. seems like a good idea.

cheese canopy (map), Friday, 16 August 2019 19:07 (one month ago) link

Took the summer off of weights due to injury and have been running + yoga and man, do I miss the weight room. My PT said I am squatting too low, and doing the butt wink past a certain point and that I need to come up at about parallel even though I do high bar squats, so I guess when I do go back to it I'll have to sort of re-learn the movement. I got used to a sort of hamstring bounce out of the hole which allowed me to probably lift heavier than I should have been, I guess. I'm still going to try to work in a day of yoga every week as I really like it and feel it has been very beneficial.

beard papa, Friday, 16 August 2019 22:10 (one month ago) link

i've tried just doing yoga and running and i last like a week, can't not lift tbh. but lifting without the other two mixed in regularly though is.. like cooking without salt and pepper, or something.

my gym has a copy of 'becoming a supple leopard' which i should really look into more, it seems good. the squat diagram suggests spreading your knees a bit, which i've been doing lately and liking - my knees feel better protected, base is more stable and i've bumped up a few lbs.

is the 'butt wink' like a downward dip in your tailbone?

cheese canopy (map), Friday, 16 August 2019 22:27 (one month ago) link

no its just when a butt winks at you

gbx, Friday, 16 August 2019 22:39 (one month ago) link

Yeah @ the downward dip. The PT said it doesn’t automatically result in back problems but I guess it puts you lower spine in a vulnerable position. She told me to warm up for squats by doing this thing where you tie a taut band around a pole (or squat rack) and then around your thigh where it creases at the hip and do this almost child pose thing.

beard papa, Saturday, 17 August 2019 03:39 (one month ago) link

Lol I felt "young again" the day I squatted but the two following days I've been so fucking tight. Still, no lower back pain so I think I'm good. I may just need to strengthen my hip flexors.

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Saturday, 17 August 2019 18:45 (one month ago) link

hip ilxors got your back

breastcrawl, Saturday, 17 August 2019 20:08 (one month ago) link

My PT said I am squatting too low, and doing the butt wink past a certain point and that I need to come up at about parallel

ok, so I know that I butt wink when I squat. So stopping at parallel is a recommended fix for that or something?

☮ (peace, man), Saturday, 17 August 2019 22:23 (one month ago) link

She pressed a broom stick against my back, had me do a squat, and said I should be stopping at the point where my lower back doesn’t touch the stick anymore - if that makes any sense. For me that’s just lower than parallel.

beard papa, Sunday, 18 August 2019 02:06 (one month ago) link

Interesting!

☮ (peace, man), Sunday, 18 August 2019 15:09 (one month ago) link

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beard papa, Tuesday, 20 August 2019 22:17 (four weeks ago) link

ya'll pigeon pose is the best

cheese canopy (map), Monday, 26 August 2019 23:27 (three weeks ago) link

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longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Sunday, 1 September 2019 03:07 (two weeks ago) link


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