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it would be really lovely if this thread morphed into a yoga thread!


isn't corepower basically a pyramid scheme??

whoa, i've never researched yogas so i didn't know about this. there is one near my gym. what is this about? i'm interested in pyramid schemes

forensic plumber (harbl), Sunday, 23 June 2019 23:04 (one year ago) link

corepower has a class they do with weights i heard

lag∞n, Sunday, 23 June 2019 23:46 (one year ago) link

i'd have to look up what i read again but i think it was: they push people through their expensive chain of yoga teacher cert classes, dead-end for-profit ed tactics

goole, Monday, 24 June 2019 00:22 (one year ago) link

yeah yoga culture is kinda more fd up than other exercise things, but its all ultimately a similar mix of neurosis and commerce, doesnt mean u cant get a good sweat on tho right lol

lag∞n, Monday, 24 June 2019 21:43 (one year ago) link

Saw this at the gym today and... idek

— . (@labakasura) June 23, 2019

lag∞n, Monday, 24 June 2019 23:59 (one year ago) link

watch youtube video of how to do free weights start light until u have a feel for it f the machines theyre unhealthy, weights will help u tone up eating bad is not a huge impediment

― lag∞n, Thursday, June 20, 2019 4:23 PM (five days ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Yeah, in addition to youtube videos of how to lift things correctly, watching compilations of gym fails (like the one lagoon posted above) can be instructive in their own way. You can say to yourself: "here is what it looks like to not know at all what you're doing at the gym. I have at least watched a few videos about proper form and technique and will not be pulling any of this weirdo shit."

☮ (peace, man), Tuesday, 25 June 2019 11:35 (one year ago) link

careful tho some of those are pretty gnarly lol

lag∞n, Wednesday, 26 June 2019 21:32 (one year ago) link


i've been having some trouble with gym in 2019. more sitting (for some reason idk yet) at my new job location has made me stiff and i feel weaker. could be getting old. i had not gone in several days and went last night, just made myself do 5 things and leave. i did feel better but decided i'll just go do whatever i feel like for a while. don't push it, grandma. blehhhhh

forensic plumber (harbl), Wednesday, 26 June 2019 22:33 (one year ago) link

I am too impatient for yoga but when I do it regularly my posture becomes so good I feel like I am two inches taller. Also it's so much easier to sit with my legs completely together that I wonder if men manspread not because of a big ball problem but because they lack the flexibility and strength in those muscles.

― Yerac, Monday, 24 June 2019 8:47 AM (three days ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

The answer to this is my own cult - Pilates. I'm just back into doing it after 6 months recovering from my snapped tibialis anterior tendon. I am less degraded than I though I would be and muscle memory appears to be strong. The challenge is persuading the instructors at my new studio to ramp things up more quickly. One, at least listens. They also seem to be members of a sub-cult, called Basi, which is much more hands on and breathing oriented but I'll stick with this studio till I move out.

There's a lot of work on hip flexors and abductors which (for me at least) are neglected and undiscovered muscles. You may be right about the man spreading thing.

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Thursday, 27 June 2019 01:18 (one year ago) link

Finally broke my old best/bad form squat (180, I know, not great) with good form for 3x5- if I can keep up linear progression next week I'll finally squat more than my body weight for the first time ever

You guys are caterpillar (Telephone thing), Thursday, 27 June 2019 04:27 (one year ago) link

that’s awesome. don’t get too hung up on exact weight- it’s different for everyone. ones own body weight is a good benchmark.

beard papa, Thursday, 27 June 2019 05:09 (one year ago) link

c&jed a plate today, went up p easy, my form is still trash when i lift heavy tho just get no depth total power clean

lag∞n, Wednesday, 3 July 2019 01:21 (one year ago) link

its interesting when i started doing the lift it was blowing up my mid back and now its more hitting my shoulders, works i guess

lag∞n, Wednesday, 3 July 2019 01:22 (one year ago) link

Just missed the body weight squat- managed two decent sets of 190x5 at 192.5 and a third set of 3. Keeping the load the same for next week, but soon

You guys are caterpillar (Telephone thing), Wednesday, 3 July 2019 14:01 (one year ago) link

though of course the yoga world is just as rife with creeps and scammers as the rest of fitness, isn't corepower basically a pyramid scheme?? how did you all navigate that world and learn what you needed?

i started going to a studio where i knew one of the teachers already and it turned out to be a great place, my method was to just show up to level 1 classes (some of the instructors w/iyengar background were really helpful) and accept that i was going to be terrible at it and frustrated for awhile. but also i wish i had realized that if twisting or folding a certain way hurts your back, don't force it - used to manage to injure myself approx every 4 months when i first started. and now i just don't practice shoulder stand or any of the neck stuff at the end of class, i don't even work on headstand because of the neck strain - i don't care if the teacher says they're important poses, i will def hurt myself doing these.

been reading this thread thinking i should start lifting weights a little bit, my building has a gym but i avoid because i have no idea what i should be doing there and it's really intimidating! i take some pretty difficult vinyasa yoga classes multiple times a week & run occasionally, so it's like.. i don't really NEED to for general fitness but from just yoga i'm never going to get enough upper body strength to be able to do arm balances.

Дарья (daria-g), Thursday, 4 July 2019 14:57 (one year ago) link

yeah do it youll pick up lifting quick if youve done a lot of yoga, watch youtubes on high bar squat, overhead press and deadlift imo

lag∞n, Thursday, 4 July 2019 17:28 (one year ago) link

yes, it is nothing to be afraid of. do overhead presses and my favorite dumbbell bench press and one arm dumbbell row. the more often you do it the more your body just tells you what is the right thing, imo.

forensic plumber (harbl), Thursday, 4 July 2019 21:20 (one year ago) link

i wonder what exercises you'd want to do to make arm balances easier though? push-ups, dips & pull-ups?

cheese canopy (map), Thursday, 4 July 2019 22:35 (one year ago) link

I committed the cardinal sin of staying in the gym too close to closing time, on a holiday no less! Looking at the TV between sets of dips I overhear someone saying "He's just fucking sitting there, watching Spongebob"--wait, I'm watching Spongebob! Panicked look around the room, it's deserted and 3 minutes to closing time and I've never hustled out faster or avoided eye contact with the staff more studiously.

Dan I., Friday, 5 July 2019 04:50 (one year ago) link


lag∞n, Friday, 5 July 2019 05:07 (one year ago) link

Yeah, there's no crime in going to the late shift, but you are definitely going to be judged on the efficiency and intensity of your workout by tired staff.

Three Word Username, Friday, 5 July 2019 11:19 (one year ago) link

getting yoked u guys, think im eating like 2x ad much as i was before i started lifting again

lag∞n, Wednesday, 10 July 2019 02:28 (one year ago) link

It's a neat feeling to add some weight to your deadlifts and realize during the first rep thereafter that right then, at that exact moment, you are certainly lifting more weight than you ever have in your life.

Dan I., Wednesday, 17 July 2019 13:21 (one year ago) link

so liiiiiiiiiike i did it
i joined a gym
and i'm kind of going
it's terrifying a man came up to me yesterday and asked if we could share the incline bench press
i was like just take it

surm, Wednesday, 17 July 2019 14:47 (one year ago) link

lol I've been on both sides of that type of exchange.

beard papa, Friday, 19 July 2019 16:00 (one year ago) link

four weeks pass...

i'm near or past my peak with deadlifts, squats, bench press, shoulder press. this week my energy's been down though and i barely scraped through leg day today. it's time for a light week.

cheese canopy (map), Friday, 16 August 2019 01:38 (eleven months ago) link

i been there, hoss

get sleep, listen to the bod

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Friday, 16 August 2019 09:24 (eleven months ago) link

I did my first deadlifts and back squats after taking a few months off to let my back recover. Only went up to 245 x5 on the DL and focused like crazy on form, same with squat (185 x 5). Was able to squat to parallel with (afaict from my iphone video) no lower back rounding, which is a big deal for me since I've struggled for years.

Honestly just nothing else motivates me to go to the gym like lifting and nothing else is satisfying.

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Friday, 16 August 2019 14:37 (eleven months ago) link

ha, I really want a video to check my form, but I don't know how best to go about it. Some guy actually brought a tripod in and set it up to the squat rack and it just seemed a little much

Dan I., Friday, 16 August 2019 14:49 (eleven months ago) link

I've been out of things for a few months myself and it's been absolute misery. I had been trying to do my own PT at home for what I thought was a deltoid injury. Finally, the pain and lack of mobility got too much to bear so I went to see my PCP. He's like "that injury is more in your bicep." So I'd been stretching all the wrong goddamn muscles this whole time (for the most part). Immediately switched to some exercises recommended for biceps and feel 80% better. Hope to start lifting again soon, because not doing it has been the worst.

☮ (peace, man), Friday, 16 August 2019 14:55 (eleven months ago) link

ha, I really want a video to check my form, but I don't know how best to go about it. Some guy actually brought a tripod in and set it up to the squat rack and it just seemed a little much

― Dan I., Friday, August 16, 2019 9:49 AM (one hour ago) bookmarkflaglink

Yeah, it's hard to find a way to do it, I usually just lean my phone against something. Tripods in the gym are like rolling backpacks -- they deserve to be clowned even if they serve some legitimate practical purpose.

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Friday, 16 August 2019 15:59 (eleven months ago) link

yeah lean it against something, i took (slomo) video of my c&j just yesterday, lot to work on lol

lag∞n, Friday, 16 August 2019 17:44 (eleven months 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 (eleven months 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 (eleven months 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 (eleven months ago) link

no its just when a butt winks at you

gbx, Friday, 16 August 2019 22:39 (eleven months 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 (eleven months 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 (eleven months ago) link

hip ilxors got your back

breastcrawl, Saturday, 17 August 2019 20:08 (eleven months 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 (eleven months 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 (eleven months ago) link


☮ (peace, man), Sunday, 18 August 2019 15:09 (eleven months ago) link

Hi Friend,
Today I want to tell you about the body's most primal muscle….that you've probably never heard of before (let alone trained).

Your hips are the bridge between your upper body and lower body. They are at the center of your body's movement.

Sitting within the well of your hip and lower spine is the psoas major muscle, one of the two muscles that makes up the iliopsoas.

It’s often called the "mighty" psoas (pronounced so-az) for the many important functions it plays in the movement of your body.

The psoas is the only muscle in the human body connecting the upper body to the lower body.
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A functioning psoas muscle creates a neutral pelvic alignment, stabilizes the hips, supports the lower spine and abdomen, supports the organs in the pelvic and abdominal cavity and gives you greater mobility and core strength.

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or if the psoas tightens, there are serious consequences which flow throughout the

That's why I urge you to try these…..

10 Simple Moves to Unlock & Release Your Psoas (Hip Flexor Muscles)

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Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 20 August 2019 08:52 (eleven months ago) link

… rapidly drop ugly body fat that stubbornly clings to your body.

… hit your peak of sexual health.

The one-two punch of snake-oil sales copy.

beard papa, Tuesday, 20 August 2019 22:17 (eleven months ago) link

ya'll pigeon pose is the best

cheese canopy (map), Monday, 26 August 2019 23:27 (eleven months ago) link

Man, I love the particular soreness that comes after a heavy barbell workout -- it feels like rippling hulk muscles are growing just under the surface and are going to bust out any moment

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

one month passes...

it's fun but deep soreness you know? time for another light week.

cheese canopy (map), Thursday, 17 October 2019 19:05 (nine months ago) link

Been trying a wider squat stance with some success, also focusing a lot on bracing and tightening my upper back. Form looks better in the videos I take of myself. I also feel my inner thigh muscles a lot more after -- I think I probably have a little imbalance and this may be helping to correct it.

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Thursday, 17 October 2019 19:26 (nine months ago) link

four weeks pass...

Suddenly the squat changes I’ve made gave me a breakthrough today (in combination with greater frequency and more sleep) and I was able to do 245 x 5. Generally going to the gym more frequently has been helping me and I feel less sore rather than more as my body seems to be adjusting.

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Saturday, 16 November 2019 20:51 (eight months ago) link

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