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About 5inthehall

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  • Birthday 06/21/1969

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    Amy
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    Decatur, GA
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    Female
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    5' 9"
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    140-ish lbs.

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  1. preworkouts

    I started using BCAA's before and after workouts a couple of weeks ago after reading this article. Frankly, I can't really tell a difference, but maybe I haven't given it enough time.
  2. I generally just skip cardio altogether.
  3. Meet Miriam, My New Deadlift Hero.

    Another deadlift hero:
  4. Pop In My Leg Doing Squats

    I agree with Mark. Probably just a minor muscular thing, and if so, then some light, bodyweight or bar-only squats will get the blood moving in the area and promote healing. Incidentally, my legs pop all the time when I squat, but it's old creaky knees in my case. I'm assuming that wasn't the case with you.
  5. Protein Chocolate Spread

    That sounds delicious.
  6. Read A Book!

    Somehow I missed this topic when you originally started it, but I just saw it referenced in your log. I've bought my share of fitness e-books over the years (perhaps not as many as you, from the sound of it ). Some of them have been helpful and still live in binders on my book shelf (such as the 5/3/1 guide), but others are basically useless (such as David Dellanave's "Off the Floor" deadlift e-guide that touts biofeedback and these weird-ass Jefferson deadlifts that could potentially castrate you) and have long since been recycled. Still, I don't consider it wasted money because those e-books motivated me (and maybe gave me a few nuggets of good information). It's all part of the process, as you point out. As for "real" books, I agree with you about Starting Strength. It's a classic (the strength training equivalent of Joy of Cooking, I'd say), and I still refer to it. I'm pretty sure that Rippetoe's Practical Programming for Strength Training also falls into that category, but I haven't read it yet (even though it's sitting on my shelf . . . ). I have a few other "real" strength training books (New Rules of Lifting for Women and Convict Conditioning come to mind), but I don't consider them to be classics. I should probably offload them, in fact. I haven't read Easy Strength, but I know it comes very highly recommended. As for cookbooks, I like all the Cook's Illustrated stuff (don't have the meat one, though---I'll have to check that out). Mark Bittman's How to Cook Everything books are also great.
  7. Pull Up Variations. Which Are Your Favorite Ones?

    I prefer neutral grip pull-ups because they're easiest on my body. Overhand can be OK, too. Underhand (i.e., chin-up) generally causes me elbow pain. The typewriter grip looks pretty strange . . .not sure I see the point of the asymmetry there.
  8. New Findings: A Squat Is A Squat Is A Squat!

    Very interesting. Thanks for sharing, FM.
  9. The New Approach To Training Volume

    ^^ Makes sense. In one of the studies cited in the article (Alcaraz, 2011), the variable was rest time between sets (30 sec. vs. 3 min.), but the strength and hypertrophy outcomes were the same in both groups. Suggests that maybe rest time doesn't matter very much, except for muscular endurance. So if you have unlimited time in the gym, you can do a million heavy singles or doubles, rest as much as you need do, and experience infinite gainz.
  10. The New Approach To Training Volume

    Interesting stuff. My eyes glaze over when I read about different muscle fiber types and contractile proteins and such; I'm much more interested in the practical takeaways, and this article had plenty of those. I liked reading that lower-rep sets can stimulate hypertrophy just as well as higher-rep sets. As a general matter, I hate high-rep sets (anything above 12 usually feels like torture), but I do them to grow bigger muscles. Nice to know that may not be necessary. I'm a little confused about the idea that the number of hard sets matters more for hypertrophy than total number of reps. I mean, are 10 heavy singles really better at stimulating muscle growth than 5 hard sets of 10? If so, this would probably be good news for me, because heavy singles are much more fun than rep work.
  11. Take Up Space, Ladies!

    I just clicked on lunamud's links. LOL at the "manspreading." I've never been a regular user of public transportation, but this phenomenon isn't limited to the subway. I notice in business settings that men sit back, spread out, and take up as much space as possible, whereas women often shrink into themselves and seemingly try to disappear.
  12. Take Up Space, Ladies!

    This is so important for both boys and girls. My daughter is my most confident kid right now, but she's only 10 and I fear that once she hits puberty some of that confidence will slip. The qualities I most want for all three of my children are kindness, courage, and resilience. Somewhere along the way, most of us stop trying new things because we are afraid we will fail. Of course we will fail. That's part of life, and part of learning, and nothing to fear. I want my children to have the courage to try new things and risk failure, and the resilience to get back up, brush off the dirt, and keep going. (Like Art, I want these things for myself, too.)
  13. Interesting. I don't want you to be right because I don't want to train less than 4 or 5x per week. I do agree that too much stress (in the form of too much volume, too much frequency, too little sleep, poor nutrition, too many external stressors) will eventually result in injury. Maybe the lesson is to listen to your body.
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