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Old 12-02-2009, 03:22 PM   #201
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Isn't cardio better at burning fat?
Isn't cardio better at lowering the incidence of heart problems?
Isn't cardio better at increasing circulation efficiency and reducing blood pressure?
Isn't cardio better at strengthening the muscles involved in respiration?
Isn't cardio better at strengthening the heart?
Isn't cardio better at improving mental health? (sort of my question above)
It depends.
Probably.
It depends.
It depends.
Probably not.
I view marathon runners as mentally damaged, so no.

All of your questions are basically answered by "it depends." Getting to intermediate strength standards by lifting heavy stuff and then maintaining that level for many years is a goal that many people are interested in. They build a firm base of strength that directly helps them in their running, their physique, and yes, their overall health.
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Old 12-02-2009, 03:30 PM   #202
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I guess YouAreWet just has to think about what specifically he has in mind with the words "healthy/fit" since that isn't enough to determine the best way to exercise. I thought cardio was better for general health and fitness, but apparently it depends.
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Old 12-02-2009, 03:34 PM   #203
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Why do people thing LSD is "healthy"?
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Old 12-02-2009, 03:34 PM   #204
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Generally healthy/fit can mean a lot of things. If you believe healthy/fit to mean "Ability to stay away from the doctor and recover from routine illnesses and procedures," then doing a lot of running and cardio is probably the worst thing you can do.

Lifting heavy weights thickens tendons and ligaments, it increases bone cortex density, it makes your muscles stronger so you can lift boxes and furniture with ease, it improves anaerobic fitness so you can run from your crazed wife armed with a golf club, and it makes you look better. Running actively damages your ligaments and tendons, puts you at-risk for stress fractures, makes you weaker, saps your anaerobic fitness, and makes you look emaciated.
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Old 12-02-2009, 03:45 PM   #205
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Is there anywhere that states what is acceptable in posts?

i started a thread and it got closed and then got abuse from a mod and some infraction points but no explanation. then another thread just got closed and i cant tell why it did and all the others did not. can someone give me a link to what is deemed acceptable?
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Old 12-02-2009, 04:08 PM   #206
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Just ask your question in this thread
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Old 12-02-2009, 05:09 PM   #207
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Why do people thing LSD is "healthy"?
Running miles on asphalt is great for your body, dude.
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Old 12-02-2009, 05:11 PM   #208
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Why do I always type crap that doesn't make any sense? "Why do people thing..." HAYCHAHCHAHCAHCHAHCHACHAH
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Old 12-02-2009, 05:13 PM   #209
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cause acid makes everything feel good?
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Old 12-02-2009, 06:09 PM   #210
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Why do I always type crap that doesn't make any sense? "Why do people thing..." HAYCHAHCHAHCAHCHAHCHACHAH
Must be that Eastern European keyboard.
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Old 12-02-2009, 07:42 PM   #211
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Is there anywhere that states what is acceptable in posts?

i started a thread and it got closed and then got abuse from a mod and some infraction points but no explanation. then another thread just got closed and i cant tell why it did and all the others did not. can someone give me a link to what is deemed acceptable?
If you've read the entire FAQ(including all the links) and read SS, and you still have questions, then its probably ok to start a thread. If you haven't done those things, then you should just ask your questions in this thread.
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Old 12-02-2009, 08:18 PM   #212
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Is there anywhere that states what is acceptable in posts?

i started a thread and it got closed and then got abuse from a mod and some infraction points but no explanation. then another thread just got closed and i cant tell why it did and all the others did not. can someone give me a link to what is deemed acceptable?
asking questions that are clearly answered in the FAQ is what got your threads locked. starting 2 threads like that was what got you the infraction. if you are worried about getting infracted again, post in this thread or the LC thread, and you will not get infracted for bad posting.
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Old 12-02-2009, 10:35 PM   #213
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When I did a mobility drill the other day it involved being in a full squat position with arms overhead. My arms are sticking too far ahead. Is this primarily shoulder flexibility or thoracic as well?
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Old 12-02-2009, 10:45 PM   #214
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Primarily scapular in nature. Wild guess: You have a desk job and forward head posture?
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Old 12-02-2009, 11:12 PM   #215
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Yes, my head position is bad to terribad because I'm used to everyone being shorter. Maybe I should move to Denmark. Whats a good solution just more mobility work?
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Old 12-02-2009, 11:16 PM   #216
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Scapular wall slides, band pull-aparts, face pulls, push-ups.
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Old 12-02-2009, 11:59 PM   #217
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I like scapular pushups as a warmup
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Old 12-03-2009, 12:59 AM   #218
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What they said ^. Also, google "YTWL"
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Old 12-03-2009, 01:58 AM   #219
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Sup guys, so I'm not really a beginner per se but I was looking to hear some thoughts on the workout I'm doing, and how it might pertain to my goals.

About me: 5'9 175 23 y.o., been playing sports competitively for my whole life; football, soccer, track in hs. Invited to walk onto to fb team in college but ended up chosing to party, frat, drink, etc and gained like, 25 lbs and was about 200-210lbs by the time I graduated. About a year ago I was tired of being out of shape and sweating too much so I did a bunch of cardio (about 3 miles per day) 3-4 days a week, and kept going from there. Now my average workout week looks like this: (been at this since about the beginning of August)

Monday-weds-friday
Run 2.5 miles to gym, 1 mile home (I run past the gym and back to it)
@ gym
Bench:
1x10x65 (free weights)
1x10x70
2x10x75

Back:
3x10x55

Shoulder press:
1x10x30 (frees)
1x10x35
1x10x40

lat pull down:
3x10x180

With each of these I basically do the above weight for about 2 weeks then up each by 5lbs (each free weight. Sorry, my terminology is awful.)

Tues
-I run 2 miles to a local set of stairs.
Its about 50 steps, then about 25 yrds at a 30 degree upward angle, then another 50 steps. I sprint the whole thing, 5 times total, then jog (crawl) home.

Thurs
-I run 4 miles. Relatively flat.

Sunday
- I do a 3 mile run, 1 mile downhill, another mile, 1 mile back up.

I'd consider my diet solid. I eat lots of chicken, veg and fruit, though I am prone to indulging, but nothing beyond the occasional in'n'out.

Oh I guess I do probably still drink too much, but its down to two nights a week now. (These nights are probably considered 'binge drinking.' Lots of Jack, many many light beers.)

So I'm at the point where I'm very comfortable with everything but-SURPRISE- the bit of gut I have left.

I think I've reached a peak with my fat loss, and I'm wondering if there's something I'm doing, or not doing that may be preventing me from from shedding these finals pounds of flab.

(Note: I looked into SS like two weeks ago, and ironically put it together tonight at the gym that a guy there was doing SS, and then tonight found this forum. The big problem I have with it is I hate leg lifting and squats. Football coaches tried to make me do it, I hated it and still do. And without someone screaming at me and getting spittle in my eye I have no incentive to start. I also just love being outside and running, and it seems SS is more focused on the weight lifting aspect. So while it seems from my skimming this forum and reading the FAQ to be very popular, its not something I want to start. Feel free to correct me though if I'm off on any of this.)

Reading the FAQ did remind me to do some interval training which I think I'll throw in. I've done the creatine/whey/ripped fuel, etc stuff back in the day, would adding supplements help right now?

Thanks for reading and any general thoughts you guys my have. Any and all feedback is appreciated!

(jesus this got long)

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Old 12-03-2009, 02:43 AM   #220
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Your a long way from wherever it is your from squat hater. Learn to love squats and deadlifts because you're not going to get much more bang for your buck whether you want to pack it on or lose it.
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Old 12-03-2009, 02:47 AM   #221
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so i feel like my power clean form is getting pretty good, but i ran into a problem on one rep. i released the bar and caught it properly, but it rolled totally off my fingers, and i'm not flexible enough to get my fingertips back under the bar. any ideas on what to do from there?
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Old 12-03-2009, 02:54 AM   #222
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Is it ok to do random sets of chin up and push up through out the day or will it affect my SS progress and I should incorporate them better into my programming.
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Old 12-03-2009, 02:59 AM   #223
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so i feel like my power clean form is getting pretty good, but i ran into a problem on one rep. i released the bar and caught it properly, but it rolled totally off my fingers, and i'm not flexible enough to get my fingertips back under the bar. any ideas on what to do from there?
Flip your hands over and grab it like a curl? You mean its sitting on your shoulders?
I would work on stretching your shoulders and doing mobility stuff every day if its a problem. See a few posts above I ask the same thing.

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Old 12-03-2009, 03:04 AM   #224
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Flip your hands over and grab it like a curl? You mean its sitting on your shoulders?
I would work on stretching your shoulders and doing mobility stuff every day if its a problem.
Yes, it's sitting on my shoulders and i can't grab it with my hands facing away from me. it isn't a big problem as my fingers rarely get totally out from under the bar, but annoying.

i actually didn't think of grabbing it like a curl while i was there, which seems obvious now, though still annoying.
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Old 12-03-2009, 03:09 AM   #225
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Thanks for reading and any general thoughts you guys my have. Any and all feedback is appreciated!

(jesus this got long)
You need to at least squat. If you don't, it's barely worth training with weights. They are not just a "leg" exercise. The sooner you read Starting Strength and understand basic exercise science, the better.

No one here is going to tell you that omitting squats is OK. It's barely acceptable to skip deadlifts, and actually, it's not acceptable. But as long as you squat, that's something.

And stop doing stupid lat pulldowns. Do chin-ups and pull-ups.
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