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About steelcutoats

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  • Birthday 12/31/1973

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    Portland, Oregon
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    6 ft 3 in
  • Body Weight
    234 lbs or so
  • Squat PR
    300lbs : 1x5 (oly squats)
  • Press PR
    bench 225lbs: 1x5, ohp 142.5lbs: 1x5
  • Deadlift PR
    405lbs: 1x5

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  1. Anyone still here?

    well, I pop in once in a... five years or so
  2. I started for a week and then I got really busy at work. I will do a reboot when things get sane again.
  3. Review Of Eric Cressey's "Show And Go"

    Thanks for the clarification. I definitely see your point, and I certainly have my own imbalances (the strength difference between my left and right arms is particularly noticeable). And I've definitely had my own issues with "getting stronger and fatter". So perhaps Show and Go is not a bad fit for me... maybe once I finish up my current project. Anyhow.... the name of the program is "Show and Go". I figure that strength and mobility is the "go" aspect... but what is the "show" aspect?
  4. Stretching

    I think that the thing to remember about the studies against static stretching.... they apply to long static holds done right before max effort lifting and sprinting, not to long static holds done on off days or even to static stretches done post-workout. IMHO static stretches done at any time besides right before a workout should only help things, and Noel's experience seems similar.
  5. Review Of Eric Cressey's "Show And Go"

    Buffalo is right --- Cressey's old program was called "Neanderthal No More".... I should've remembered that, given Cressey's affinity for alliteration.
  6. Review Of Eric Cressey's "Show And Go"

    PG --- I was thinking about one thing that you said in your review.... Could you elaborate on this? While the bilateral emphasis of Stronglifts, Madcow, Stronglifts Advanced, etc, is not good for handling left-right imbalances, I had always thought that a full ROM on all the lifts was part of that style of training.
  7. Review Of Eric Cressey's "Show And Go"

    That was a really interesting write-up PG. I'm really sory that you had that hamstring tear last winter. That sounds awful, but you came back, er, strong.... The program sounds a lot like a revised and expanded version of the "Caveman No More" program that Cressey published in T-Nation a few years back, especially with its emphasis on front squats, unilateral moves and dynamic stretches in the rest periods. (With the revision and expansion mostly in the variation of sets/reps/weights through the cycle whereas Caveman No More gave absolutely no guidance for progression, it was a one-off 8 week program.)
  8. Keenan-- replacing a twelve year old's favorite meal with squash sounds like a sure way to get an epic pout.
  9. not much old school hip hop in this thread yet....
  10. okay, fine Rage Against the Machine is a "hard rock" band. The line between metal and hard rock has always been pretty darn blurry.
  11. Here's an idea that I've been bouncing around in my head for a couple of days, and I'd like to know if anybody has tried anything like this and what their experience was. I've been at a plateau for fat loss for several weeks now. I'm doing 5/3/1 and eating about 2250kcal/day. I initially lost a little over 15lbs pretty easily, but now things seem stuck. What I'm thinking of doing is just starting up one of the "big eating" intermediate programs (Madcow or Texas Method) and ramping up the calories as follows: initially eat what I'm eating now (2250 kcal/day)... when calories are low, this will require a longer than usual ramp up period (ie. 6 or more weeks instead of 4 weeks, per madcow on a cut advice) each time I stall out and deload (restart the program), up my caloric intake by 500 kcal/day (well, not all at once, maybe increase by 100-200 kcal/week for a few weeks but you get the idea) repeat until the strength gains / fat gains ratio is unfavorable... based on my previous experience with eating and strength training, that should be at least four runs through the cycle, maybe more My thinking on this is as follows: Although my fat loss has hit a wall, I'm not going to eat less than 2250kcal/day. I tried doing 1900-2100 kcal/day a few years ago for several months while reducing exercise volume, and I think that led to decreased work capacity, increased fat gains when coming off the cut, and general non-ass-kicking. Despite the conventional wisdom that "fat loss happens in the kitchen" , there's a lot of anecdotal evidence from reliable folks about increased exercise leading to fat loss (although usually with stuff like Smolov, Stronglifts Advanced, extreme fat loss programs, although the volume in MC and TM is similar to volume in the volume phase of advanced routines). Everybody says that you need to eat big to handle Madcow and TM... if you want strength gains out of them. Presumably, if you don't eat big while trying them, calories will have to come from somewhere and you'll lose fat. (Although you probably won't make significant strength gains and you may even see some regression due to fatigue.) But by coming back with deload and eating more than last time, you'll alleviate the fatigue and presumably get stronger and stronger with each cycle. The same program would be used for cutting and bulking (ie. same program, but calories increase), which I think would keep things simpler, and allow for a easier transitions than using totally different programs when cutting and graining strength. Of course, the risk is that I might get really fatigued without losing any significant amount of fat. Although, I can always stop if that happens. If I were to do this, I'd probably base my starting weights off where I was in my final 5/3/1 cycles (as those weights have the caloric deficit figured in) and then back up a few weeks more, to account for the change in workload and more aggressive progression. So, have any of you tried something like this? If so, what was your experience?
  12. wait.... I thought if we started making political posts, the thread would get locked... seriously, though, is RATM no longer "modern" metal?
  13. So, given the "no metal" rule, I scratched my head and tried to think of "what is the best country and western music to listen to for lifting?" and this is what I came up with. Some other night, I might try to figure out the best show tunes for lifting...
  14. Interesting thoughts, Berin. Coincidentally, I've seen my fat loss stall recently, as well. After dropping a little over 17lbs using caloric restriction and 5/3/1, things have slowed to a crawl. I've been considering upping the workout volume as a way to break the homeostasis, and your post has pushed me a little further in that direction. While conventional wisdom says that fat loss is happens in the kitchen, there seems to be ample anecdotal evidence that says exercise regimens really help. You cited the results that some folks have seen from Smolov and the Waterbury PLP challenge. I've also had some people recommend doing the SL Advanced volume cycle for a cut (based on their personal experience), and there was a guy on Stronglifts who swore by this program by John Romaniello http://www.t-nation.com/free_online_article/sports_body_training_performance/the_five_principles_of_radical_fat_loss. In that article, the author goes into the theory of how the program is constructed, and I think you might find his reasoning interesting- especially the emphasis tht Romaniello gives to lunges, pushups and pullups. For me, the thing with high frequency training is that starts turning into working out multiple workouts per day, and I just don't have the time to take that many showers.
  15. Daftpunk is good choice, but I prefer the hand gestures video for it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UPq1_9DsLKk and somebody has to mention the Ur Training Song: