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  1. Hi, It has been quite some time since I fell off the bandwagon. Started again last week with 5x5 (my version). Let's see if I can get back to where I was. Can see quite a few familiar names. Don't know if any of you remember me.....
  2. Back on the track (hopefully)

    Cheers guys. Good to be among you again. Started with just the bar (except for deadlift). Let's see how far I go. Have also lost a little BW - standing now at 55 kg. Hoping to touch 60 again soon (hopefully all muscle too hehe).
  3. Deadlift Flexibility

    As Berin said above, these are as good as they can be. Of course, 7 RM is not very heavy, so we won't know whether the form will break down a bit on a 3RM weight. Also, Berin is spot on at the "nocebo". I didn't know of this term till I read his post though.
  4. Take Up Space, Ladies!

    Wonderful! Thanks for sharing, Amy.
  5. Really Bad Day.

    It's different for different people - some may have gone further, but 1.2 - 1.3 xBW for 5x5 is pretty much good. Age certainly has something to do with it since you would have got somewhat better performance about 10 years back. I'm not 51, and five years back when I was 41, I got to about 1.25xBW for 5x5. I switched to 3x5 mainly due to the length of workouts, but even if I had not shifted, I doubt I would have gone much further. In short, don't sweat it, shift to 3x5 on one exercise where you feel more burnt. You also have the option of shifting to a split routine like 5-3-1 where the progress is much slower, but it doesn't burn you out for a very long time.
  6. 2013 - Your Best Lifts / Achievements

    Hmmmm...let me see - Biggest achievement has been getting back on the bandwagon after badly falling off it. Apart from that, Squat - 185lb - 8 reps has been best so far in terms of repping Bench - 115lb - 12 reps again best so far in terms of repping OHP - 85lb - 10 reps and 90lb - 8 reps. This is one lift which has moved well recently. (Fingers crossed) No improvement in triples or single maxes.
  7. Sore Knee

    Have left a comment on your form check thread. In addition to foam rolling the IT band and stretching of hamstrings, please also try stretching / foam rolling your calves. They can develop some nasty tightness.
  8. I'm Sure This Gets Asked Many Times.

    As you already know, the squats are shallow by a good margin. I have noticed this sort of a thing starts happening to me when the weight gets heavy, and unless you keep an eye on it, it sort of goes unnoticed. BTW, at 80 kg, you should ideally be able to squat 100 kg for 5x5, although it differs from person to person. I have seen people able to get to 1.5xBW for 5x5, and also some people struggling with 5x5 after crossing 1xBW. So, if you are finding recovery or the workout time a major issue, switch to 3x5 just for squats and see how it goes. However, first thing to address is the depth, so I think you should deload and start again by using something to gauge your depth.
  9. I'm Sure This Gets Asked Many Times.

    Your form looks good per se, but you're descending way too fast, which results in a bounce at the bottom. It also unsettled you a bit in one of the rep. Try a controlled descent, and power your way up with hip drive. Also, you've given your strength stats, but what are your body stats? Bodyweight especially? Without that it's hard to guess whether 100 kg is realaly heavy for you or not.
  10. Welcome aboard Gary. 40 kg loss is tremendous, and good to start on SL. Some nice progress made in 7 weeks' time - 1XBW bench is great.
  11. Ex-Sl Members List

    Hey Sculli aka Dada - Welcome aboard. Nice to see you found us here - accidentally or no.
  12. Ex-Sl Members List

    Welcome aboard Jim, nice to see you here.
  13. Ex-Sl Members List

  14. Ex-Sl Members List

    M Petry is around, though has not posted in his log for a long time. Tuplad is here too. Tyrone is aguy I miss too - had forgotten his name.
  15. Ex-Sl Members List

    Mark, maroon is here as Andreas. No news about anty & goddess.
  16. The P R Thread

  17. Ex-Sl Members List

    Damn, I never before read the testimonials. Just saw the names today - even my name is there, though I had written SL which appears as Stronglifts Inner Circle? I don't know whether to laugh or shake head, and 23 million people?
  18. Terrible Foods

    Soft drinks - Coke, Pepsi etc. etc. etc.
  19. In my consideration, this is one of the most important aspect of this exercise, maybe second to setting up properly. If this is not developed properly, it would be near impossible to press heavy weights at a competition, since you need to pause on the chest for a second. Recently I've discovered that my drive off the chest is pretty much non-existant. So I'm looking for solutions to improve (or should I call produce?) that drive. I'm thinking of deloading & going back to the archless (?) style of benching for a while. This will increase the ROM. Pause bench is also a great idea. I'm sure I'm not the first one to have this problem, so if you guys have some specific exercise or variations, please share them here.
  20. Ex-Sl Members List

    Hey Leon, welcome aboard mate. Nice to see you here too. This almost completes the corum of ex-mods on SL here (sans James & Jake of course).
  21. Drive "off The Chest" On Bench Press

    Very pertinent points Daniel. I tried benching without the arch last week, and the increased ROM definitely feels uncomfortable on the shoulders. Lat activation is something with which I do have trouble. I'll try filming a set next time.
  22. Awesome Videos

    Yep, only at 200 he slows down somewhat.
  23. Awesome Videos

    That guy is fucking awesome. Upto 100 kg he is power snatching like it's an empty bar - damn!
  24. Diy Chain Yoke Ideas?

    Awesome stuff. If both sides don't come off the ground at the same time, the thing gets quite tricky. Must have been quite a sight for your neighbours.