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Jennifer's Daily Diatribe
08-22-2015, 02:17 PM
Post: #21
RE: Jennifer's Journey to Fit
I agree with kmac. For the squat, you are leaning forward to much.

You need to put more weight onto the heels. You should be able to lift/wiggle your toes when you squat. Keep thinking butt back and chest up.

If you feel that you can't keep balance when doing these two things (weight on heels, chest up), then lower the weight and work on technique.
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08-22-2015, 03:32 PM
Post: #22
RE: Jennifer's Journey to Fit
Thanks, y'all!! I do think I'll go back to just the bar and work on technique for a while. Definitely need to loosen the hips and stay on my heels.

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08-24-2015, 01:25 PM
Post: #23
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I've found that the further I go in this journey, one of my biggest pet peeves is unsolicited advice. Even moreso when the advice is just bad and uninformed. It's one thing for me to post on here, and ask a group of people for help who I know is more knowledgeable than I am and has at least a goalset on the same horizon and can educate me and help me out. And I'm asking for that advice. It's another thing entirely when I'm reduced to smiling and nodding in a conversation because I just don't have enough time or energy to set someone on the right path... and I don't mean that in a self-righteous, I'm a know-it-all way by any means.

I work in an environment of talkers. Exercise is of the mouth and not the body. They all want to give advice about what I should or shouldn't be eating, what exercises I should or shouldn't be doing, what star in the east I should or shouldn't wish upon, and it gets OLD. Not to mention, it's the same group of people that complain about all their weight gains in the same breath that they're giving exercise and diet advice. I don't even talk to these people about my goals or habits or hobbies. Why? Because I'd get even MORE bad advice! I've been given so much diet and weight loss advice in the last month and a half, if I wasn't already armed with my own goals and research and habits, my head would be spinning. And what prompts the advice? Refusing their crap food. Remarking that I'm sore after swimming with my daughter yesterday. I don't even talk about macros, or protein, or daily calorie goals, or the fact that I bust my a$$ at the gym. I want to put up a
"Don't
*feed
*mention food
*talk about exercise
*look at
the bear" sign outside my cubicle. angry

Okay, rant over. Thanks for reading.

I'm starting to think I'm all out of whack because I didn't make it to the gym this morning. For some reason after swimming yesterday, my lower back really is sore. Maybe tomorrow, but tomorrow is the first day of school for my daughter so the morning is going to be slightly hectic. Maybe some stretching and body weight exercises tonight instead and back to the gym on Wednesday. Maybe a quick "not the full stronglifts routine" trip in the morning. Haven't decided yet. Depends on my back I guess.

Could my back be sore from hip flexor stretches I did over the weekend or just my bad squat form catching up with me?

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08-24-2015, 01:44 PM
Post: #24
RE: Jennifer's Journey to Fit
That's irritating. And the back sore could be from either tbh.
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08-24-2015, 09:02 PM
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RE: Jennifer's Journey to Fit
Love your sign idea! Can't you just see people whispering amongst themselves right outside your cubicle? laughing

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08-26-2015, 07:09 AM
Post: #26
RE: Jennifer's Journey to Fit
Yes, soreness could be either. Take a rest day and do one and see how it feels the next 2 days.

Also, I find that when people are passionate about what they do and believe in, they preach. They just want to share and share and share to help others. The best thing you can do is "oh really?" them and nod a lot and keep doing your thing. When you start showing noticeable differences, they'll start asking you what you did.

Just do your thing.!
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08-26-2015, 08:21 AM
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^Love that advice.
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08-26-2015, 09:09 AM
Post: #28
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Thanks for all the advice. I'm definitely going to keep doing me... and try not to let others frustrate me so much. Been feeling a little high-strung lately! "not my circus, not my monkeys...."

I've been doing some mobility exercises over the last few days. I realized I have a lot of work to do to even be able to do a proper squat with my own body weight, much less any additional weight.

I need to do some research on how often to do these mobility type exercises... and whether "building up to" a proper squat is something that can be done every day, or if I still need to stick to the every-other-day thing as I do with the rest of the stronglifts stuff. I feel like the whole stronglifts thing has been put on hold because I don't know how far I can progress in other areas if I'm not progressing on the squat yet. Maybe a change of programs is in order for the time being....

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08-26-2015, 10:03 AM
Post: #29
RE: Jennifer's Journey to Fit
No - don't worry about progression on squat. Do the mobility drills daily. Do recognise that your body mechanics may also just be the way they are. I can't keep entirely "upright" for a squat regardless - it'd due to how my body is built (short thighs, long torso - have to bend a bit more to keep the weight over my feet/centre). And I don't have any pain when doing heavy squats.

Even when other lifts are not progressing (like my OHP), I still keep going and keep at it with the others.
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08-28-2015, 03:30 PM
Post: #30
Why I should stick to the power rack
This morning I was doing the bench press portion of the stronglifts routine. I decided to use the regular bench instead of the power rack, because some people were using the power rack and I didn't want to wait. Not to mention I've not yet had any difficulty with the bench -- like the recent review of my bench form said, that weight looked too light (65 lbs.) wink

Did two warm up sets with the bar. Today was slated for 70 pounds... that's only 5 more pounds than last time. Did the first 3 sets without too much struggle, making sure to focus on form and breathing. The 4th rep of the 4th set, I just could not go up all the way... it was failure all the way! .... I somewhat (okay, completely) panicked and brought the bar down to my chest instead of backwards to the rack... then, not thinking clearly, I pulled the right side of the bar back and pushed it up to the first row of the rack, which also pulled the left side of the bar up to my face... which leaves me in a state of pure distress, my face turned to the left with the bar resting on my right cheek and not enough strength in either arm to do anything about it. I'm sure I looked absolutely ridiculous. Luckily a girl nearby (who probably barely weighed more than the weight I was lifting) saw me struggling and helped me get the bar completely back on the rack.

NEVER AGAIN.

Such a rookie mistake! I should really know better. I could've really hurt myself.

Now, the real question, how long should I wait before showing my face in the gym again? rolling eyes

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