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Everything posted by Aghoover

  1. Wrist pain on bench

    So I'm restarting SL5x5 and so my weight on the BP is still embarrassingly low. And I've noticed I'm experiencing wrist pain. If you run your finger along the side of your hand from your thumb towards your wrist, just before you get the wrist, the finger will land in a small depression. This is where the pain is. My wrists are NOT bent back and the bar is close to the heal of my hand. When my arms are fully extended, My wrist is not straight and I think this is where the problem is coming from. I've adjusted my grip to a bull dog grip (?), and it seems to have helped. I think I need to make my grip more narrow, but I'm worried I'm already too narrow. My pinkies are inside of the rings on the bar. I'll post a link to a video of what my grip looks like, for both the BP and the OHP.
  2. Wrist pain on bench

    I don't use wraps. And in the past I've always put my pinkies on the inside ring of the bar with no wrist issue. Its not a big deal yet, but I want to sort it out before it becomes a big deal. Maybe I'm just a big wuss.
  3. Wrist pain on bench

    I'm benching less than 135lbs, so I hope not. I'm experimenting with how I hold the bar AND wide I hold it. I try to hold it so that when the bar is touching my chest, my wrist is straight and in line with my forearm. I believe, this is correct technique, correct me if I'm wrong.
  4. This forum looks dead, so I'll add something. I torn my ACL, probably 20 years ago playing rugby. If it wasn't a complete tear, I suspect I finished it off roughly 10 years ago playing squash. Then about 3 years ago, my right knee became unbelievably painful after kneeling on a bed. At the time, I was doing SL5x5 and squatting 255lbs with no regular knee pain. This led to a trip to the doc and an MRI finally diagnosed the full ACL tear and bucket handle meniscus tear. I had surgery to remove the meniscus tear and opted NOT to do ACL tear. My doc said that my knee was doing really well and ACL surgery would lead to a year of recovery. So far I'm opting NOT to do anything about the ACL I also have some lower back issues, nothing major. I think better braising on squats and DL will prevent further injury hear. I'll update this IF something bad happens.
  5. Scale

    I'm looking at getting a fancy new scale this year. Mine seems very inaccurate as my weight can change by a few pounds every few minutes. I'm looking at both the Withings and Fitbit products. Any experience with either product?
  6. Scale

    I think the problem had to do with multiple users and multiple MFP accounts. We reset everything last night and I think it is working now.
  7. Scale

    Its not showing up as active or connected. I hit connect, punch my password in an allow it to be shared. Then when I go back to the apps page, its as though I did nothing. I'll have to check my network, but the fitbit dashboard seems to be working great.
  8. Scale

    I picked up the fitbit scale the other day. I found setting up my family on the scale a little finicky, but we are now all users. My kids are under 18, so I had to fudge their birthdays as fitbit won't allow under 18 ages for some reason. I'm not overly concerned about my kids weight, however they compete in karate and weight classes come into play. The scale itself seems pretty slick. My only concern is more with fitness pal than the scale. Fitness pal won't connect. I go through the connect process and everything seems to work, but the fitbit scale is never connect on the website. The fitbit website shows it is sharing the info with fitness pal. So somehow I'm messing that up. Does anyone have similar problems?
  9. Scale

    I'm not in too much of a rush to get one. I've just started looking and I was wondering if anyone had any experience with them. If/When I get one, I'll review it here.
  10. Scale

    Jasper, so do you recommend an old school column, physician's scale vs the more high tech, scales, such as the fitbit and withings?
  11. 250Lb Squat Stall

    Now onto my second problem. Its not so much a problem. I just think I may have unrealistic expectations. I've stalled twice at the same weight squating, so I'm on to my second deload. I just can't get a full 5x5 at 250lbs. Getting to 250 the second time around was definitely easier, but I wasn't able to get beyond 250lbs. My goal was to reach 315lbs before changing to 3x5. Is this somewhat unrealistic. Also, is there anything wrong with delaying going to 3x5 other than possibly delaying progress. Again, I've been doing stronglifts since Nov 2013 and this is the first time back at the gym in 10 years or so. I'm 34, male, 6' and ~200lbs. Here I am squating 245lbs I believe. It was my last set of 5x5. Not perfect form, but I wasn't too unhappy with it.
  12. 250Lb Squat Stall

    Thanks for all the advice. I'm possibly on my last deload for 5x5 and if I still can't get past 250, I'll switch to 3x5. Its nice to know that I seem reasonably normal with regard to my weight lifting progression. Raincoat, today at 225lbs, 5x5, I was concentrating on depth, in particular where my elbows are in relation to my thighs. With low bar, I think if the elbows are at or near your thighs, your depth is ok.
  13. Deadlift Injury

    Hello. I'm glad I found this site. It has already been quite useful. It seems there are few internet heros who squat 500lbs after 2 months. So thats good. So i started SL Nov 2013 and it has gone well. However, with deadlift, I've hurt my lower back twice now. Not badly, but it is unpleasant. And I am concerned about progressing with this lift. The first incendent was the last rep of 225lbs. And it was the first problem with this ilft. There was an attractive gal next to me and I was 100% focused on the lift. It was a sharp pain to my lower back and had me out of comission for a couple of days. This was a Friday I believe and I was doing DL again till the next Wednesday. I was back to normal by then. My DL continued well up to 295lbs, when I did a deadload of 10%. Not because I failed 3 times, but because I did not feel comfortable with my form and wanted to deload for more form practice. From then on, I would do warm up sets starting at 135lbs up to my working weight, then warm down sets consisting of pause deadlifts down to 135lbs again to work on my posterior chain. I got this from Candito Training HQ from youtube. And this is when I had my second and more concerning injury. I got up to 285lbs DL no problem, in fact I felt very strong. For my last warm down set of 135lbs pause deadlifts, I had the same pain as before. And again, I was not 100% focused, this time because of the relatively low weight. So my question is this. How often do you guys experience back pain doing DL and should I more seriously consider getting a lifting belt. I has hoping to not use one till at least 315lbs for DL and squats. Thanks in advance for the advice, I'm sure I'll have more questions to come. I'm a 34 year old male, 6' ~200lbs ~10 years away from the gym before starting but I was an active kid and young adult growing up. My current 5x5 working weights are 245 squat and I fear I'll have to deload for a second time at 250 285 deadlift 190 Bench 195 row Up to 120 OHP, but currently 105 after a second deload
  14. Deadlift Injury

    I agree with regards to keeping it tight.
  15. Deadlift Injury

    Next time I take a video, I'll make sure my setup is in. I only wear socks doing DL and squats. I aim for middle of the foot and I make sure my arms are vertical over the bar. Then I lift and hope nothing hurts.
  16. Deadlift Injury

    So if I'm still not doing well with my next DL, I think I'll deload again, and pay extra attention to form and breathing. The initial lift point is by far the week link in my DL.
  17. 250Lb Squat Stall

    Next time I do a vid, I'll have a better angle to assess depth. I'm not going ATG, but I am aiming for below parallel. Next workout, I'll got to 225lbs and if I stall again, I believe I should switch to 3x5. Thanks for the replies.
  18. Deadlift Injury

    I agree with regards to the hips. I think my back should be more upright for the first half of the lift. I am working on that, but I think I may require another deload. I do touch the ground between reps, but I guess I should take a little more time between reps.
  19. Deadlift Injury

    So for deadlifts this morning, I started with 135x5 for 2, then 205x5 for 1, then 275x2, but I just didn't feel it for for my working weight of 290lbs, so I pulled the weight off, did another 5 @ 205lbs and called it a day. My back is feeling ok, but I'm being very careful not to mess things up.
  20. Deadlift Injury

    Here are 2 videos if me deadlifting. Of course no injury following these pulls. I'm posting of an iPad, so I don't have all the link options available. Thanks for the advice.
  21. Deadlift Injury

    Not really a pop, but a sharp pain. The next day, getting out of bed was tough, but within 2 days I'm almost back to normal. I'll see how it goes tomorrow, with both squats and DL. I have a couple of videos, both squat and DL, I'll get those posted shortly. I see there is a separate section to post those. With regards to the belt, I'm not in a hurry to get one, I just don't want to avoid using a belt for purely stubborn reasons. I want to be able to lift for years to come and want to do things properly.