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EmilB
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2009/07/19 18:46:38 (permalink)
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Trainning Alone

Looks like i could be doing this for a while

Things i will struggle to do alone..

Bench press
Dumbbell Shoulder Press
Dips w/ Weight
Chin Ups w/eight

Obviously can use smith machine for bench press but im not the biggest fan of using one.

Also can ask randoms at the gym for help however its not always reliable

Any ideas ?
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    micky
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    Re:Trainning Alone 2009/07/19 21:24:24 (permalink)
    I,v trained alone most of my life not a problem!! Just know your limits, super-set things, drop sets, bulk sets, these can all be done one BIG thing to remember its the intencity on the muscle that counts so no good just pushing a weight for weights sake!! slow things down feel the muscle work, this is the big big key!!!
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    Re:Trainning Alone 2009/07/19 21:59:17 (permalink)
    Bench in a power rack.. set the pins so you just barely have to sink it into your stomach if you fail. Alternatively just train within your limits and don't take barbell pressing to failure (or grab someone at the gym for a quick spot). Same goes for dumbells (grab someone at the gym)

    I don't do dips or chins so not sure why those would be harder?
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    Re:Trainning Alone 2009/07/19 22:08:17 (permalink)
    I always train on my own, you get to a stage when you 'know' whether you can get another rep out or not. I guess you could always tear a pec or something and get flattened by the barbell, but then I could also get run over tomorrow too!

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    Re:Trainning Alone 2009/07/20 00:23:45 (permalink)
    Chins/dips??

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    EmilB
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    Re:Trainning Alone 2009/07/20 10:19:06 (permalink)
    chins & dips- putting weight between legs, prefer to cross legs and put back, i find if i dont do it this way and leave legs straight with weights hanging it seems to make me hang into a less natural position when doing the exercise
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    Re:Trainning Alone 2009/07/20 11:05:44 (permalink)
    The best training of my life has been on my own.. Been doing it for 5 years now.   Headphones in bit of progressive trance and im in a world of my own!
     
    I did chest this morning flat bench 55 a side 3 sets of 6-8 reps, just grabbed someone to give me a spot on the last set.  The only exercise i need a decent spotter is squats but tbh this is all in the head i just feel more comfortable knowing someone is there! Again i just grab whoever is about.
     
    One of the hardest exercises to do on your own is weighted dips but I have now mastered the technique of lifting a 34kg dumbell up with my toes and holding it for 10 -12 reps, sometimes though my toes give up before my tri's LOL
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    Re:Trainning Alone 2009/07/20 11:09:03 (permalink)
    I always train alone.....My training partner is the power rack!

     Not sure why you'd need someone for dips and chins unless you perform assisted reps?.....In which case,i'd drop the weight and use bodyweight only..
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    Re:Trainning Alone 2009/07/20 11:12:12 (permalink)
    Power rack is the way to go. I always recommend it if you are training at home in your shed/garage.

    It amazes me how many gyms don't have one or just use it to hang coats on.
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    Re:Trainning Alone 2009/07/20 22:40:18 (permalink)
    EmilB

    chins & dips- putting weight between legs, prefer to cross legs and put back, i find if i dont do it this way and leave legs straight with weights hanging it seems to make me hang into a less natural position when doing the exercise


    I dont use Dbells for chins and dips,much prefer plates looped together and never had problems. I always use crossed legs for chins and dips though i do use a hop up for chins(i'm only 5'4'')
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