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2003/08/09 14:39:35 (permalink)
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What do you use your strength for?

If you are on this forum then i think it is fair to assume you have an interest in training for a degree of strength, but why - for what purpose[?][?][?]

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    Big-AL
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    RE: What do you use your strength for? 2003/08/09 14:43:51 (permalink)
    I'll start - i am currently training for strongman competition I have done one and want to do at least one more this year.
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    RE: What do you use your strength for? 2003/08/09 14:45:45 (permalink)
    I just want to be an awesome all round athelete So as i apply my strength to mountain biking i went for specific to other sports
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    RE: What do you use your strength for? 2003/08/09 14:52:20 (permalink)
    Really? i didn't know you were into that mate, i used to work with a bloke who did competitive mountain biking, his training was insane! He used to get his heart rate to some silly levels[xx(] He was fit though, i took him up the gym a few times, he could squat near his bodyweight for ages - quite impressive. Do you ever compete, or want to?
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    RE: What do you use your strength for? 2003/08/09 18:12:15 (permalink)
    Now this is a funny question I never really have thought about before..... I know that I want to build up strength so I can do alot more "weird" things like shoulder push ups (feet in the air!), I want to be able to do more wide hand pull ups and push at least my own weight in bench press....
    They are all personal challenges (and that's one you missed on your poll!)
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    RE: What do you use your strength for? 2003/08/09 18:26:42 (permalink)
    Well, i suppose it could be included under general interest.

    Unfortunately it is hard to imagine every permutation of motivation however many options I have available.

    Those are admirable goals Philia, i wish you the best of luck with them.

    What did you vote for?

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    RE: What do you use your strength for? 2003/08/09 19:38:57 (permalink)
    to get 2nd in Grip comps :)
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    RE: What do you use your strength for? 2003/08/09 20:09:47 (permalink)
    By Big AL
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    Really? i didn't know you were into that mate, i used to work with a bloke who did competitive mountain biking, his training was insane! He used to get his heart rate to some silly levels He was fit though, i took him up the gym a few times, he could squat near his bodyweight for ages - quite impressive. Do you ever compete, or want to?
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    Yeah i love riding my bike that and lifting wieghts are the 2 things i love most then i like jogging and martial arts too. I am fit but there is way better than me out there. I just do it cos i love it and i go with a great group of guys. I would never bother to compete as it is dominated by rich daddy sponsored types with 3 £4000 bike just incase one of them fails and the best of everything i just wanna get better than me if that makes sense, Thats the same with wieghts i do it to better me and my previous bests
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    RE: What do you use your strength for? 2003/08/10 11:01:31 (permalink)
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    Originally posted by Big-AL

    Those are admirable goals Philia, i wish you the best of luck with them.

    What did you vote for?

    AL



    Hi there big man, long time huh?

    Last year I wasn't able to lift myself and do pull ups so that was a big challenge (I've always had a huge problem in developping my back!!)
    Well yes and no... I've always been able to do the "cheat" ones (hands together and the biceps helping!) but of course I didn't really care about that one but only wanted to do wide hand pull ups.
    Now today I'm still not a champion but this week I managed to do 5 sets of 3, SO I guess I'm getting there.....
    My bench press is still lacking behind (max is 2 reps with 55 kgs) but for the last 4 weeks I've been following a power lifting program so I'll be excited to discover my max today.

    What I voted? For fun....... I'm not doing it for anybody else but only to see what I'm able to do myself.
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    RE: What do you use your strength for? 2003/08/13 18:13:03 (permalink)
    Congratulations on your progress with the pull-ups

    Let us all know how you get on with your bench!

    Good luck

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    RE: What do you use your strength for? 2003/08/14 20:05:25 (permalink)
    as with al im into the strongman thing all be it at the moment at the bottom end of the scale, But the other thing that give me that eye of the tiger fell in the gym when the last two reps are starting to burn is that i've always wanted to be able to roll a car onto it's roof. i'd just love to see the look on the face of the guy that left his car parked over my driveway when he strolls around the corner to see it on it's roof.
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    RE: What do you use your strength for? 2003/08/15 14:51:05 (permalink)
    Powerlifting comps for now , but I have a few strongman
    training items hanging around that I want to start using and maybe
    enter a regional strongman in a year or so. I actually think I would be better at this cause I think I have more functional strength naturally as
    compared to Powerlifting (technique and all)
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    RE: What do you use your strength for? 2003/08/15 15:36:07 (permalink)
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    But the other thing that give me that eye of the tiger fell in the gym when the last two reps are starting to burn is that i've always wanted to be able to roll a car onto it's roof. i'd just love to see the look on the face of the guy that left his car parked over my driveway when he strolls around the corner to see it on it's roof.



    LOL - I'd love to do that as well!

    As for myself - I'm planning on doing some novice level strongman contests for a couple of years, then maybe some powerlifting and grip work when I hit middle age and my joints cant take the strongman events any more.

    I also have some general strength goals...

    To lift the Inver Stone
    To lift the Inch Dumbell
    A 200kg squat for 20 reps.
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    RE: What do you use your strength for? 2003/08/24 05:13:54 (permalink)
    I use to compete in power lifting contest, but I hurt my lower back several years and was forced out of competing, and hardcore training. Squats hurt to much to go heavy anymore. I quit hardcore working out for several years, until almost 2 years ago. I hope to enter bench press competition next year again. I use to bench 550 pounds before my back injury, so I like to get to that weight again before I enter masters competition.
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    RE: What do you use your strength for? 2003/08/24 09:47:24 (permalink)
    Well good luck! 550's a nicec number!
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    RE: What do you use your strength for? 2003/08/24 09:54:25 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by Big-AL

    Let us all know how you get on with your bench!




    Just broke my personal record
    Take a look in my work out journal!
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    RE: What do you use your strength for? 2003/08/24 10:13:40 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by Philia2

    quote:
    Originally posted by Big-AL

    Let us all know how you get on with your bench!




    Just broke my personal record
    Take a look in my work out journal!


    Yes i saw 2 singles with 60 kg - well done!
    We all expect 100 kg next week[:p]
    Have you managed the handstand push-ups yet? I want to be able to do those too.
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    RE: What do you use your strength for? 2003/08/24 10:17:53 (permalink)
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    Originally posted by BruBakers

    I use to compete in power lifting contest, but I hurt my lower back several years and was forced out of competing, and hardcore training. Squats hurt to much to go heavy anymore. I quit hardcore working out for several years, until almost 2 years ago. I hope to enter bench press competition next year again. I use to bench 550 pounds before my back injury, so I like to get to that weight again before I enter masters competition.


    Cracking bench there mate![^]
    Sorry to hear about the squats etc, still i'm sure you will get alot out of your bench competition!
    Do you know what sort of assistance gear they will allow at this competition you are planning on?
    Keep us all updated - i am always interested to hear about the results of fellow M.T people.
    Good luck!
    Cheers
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    RE: What do you use your strength for? 2003/08/24 11:05:16 (permalink)
    Re the car rolling - get another mate to help ya. Start with Fiats etc and work ur way up. I bet I and a few here could do it now!
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    RE: What do you use your strength for? 2003/08/24 23:44:14 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by Big-AL

    quote:
    Originally posted by BruBakers

    I use to compete in power lifting contest, but I hurt my lower back several years and was forced out of competing, and hardcore training. Squats hurt to much to go heavy anymore. I quit hardcore working out for several years, until almost 2 years ago. I hope to enter bench press competition next year again. I use to bench 550 pounds before my back injury, so I like to get to that weight again before I enter masters competition.


    Cracking bench there mate![^]
    Sorry to hear about the squats etc, still i'm sure you will get alot out of your bench competition!
    Do you know what sort of assistance gear they will allow at this competition you are planning on?
    Keep us all updated - i am always interested to hear about the results of fellow M.T people.
    Good luck!
    Cheers
    AL



    Well, I really not training for strength anymore like I used to, IM more concerned of losing fat, and looking good. I just turned 40 this month, so my goals have changed since my early days. I always been strong, at age 14-15 I was already bench pressing 225 pounds (102 kg). I had my sights on becoming USA Olympic Team. I first hurt my back from bad coaching back in high school.....coaches back then were not very knowledgeable as they are today....ex. speed squatting with heavy weight.....sounds really stupid now! Anyway it always seemed that my muscles were always to strong for my joints. Always had problems with my back, and elbows, wrist, shoulder, tennis elbows. In my 20's I just about stopped doing bench press altogether, because it was taking a toll on my elbows, shoulders, etc. So I started doing Incline Presses mostly, since you cant do as much weight on incline as you can on flat bench press, so it was less stress on my elbows. In my prime I was working out with 395 pounds(180kg) 3 sets x 6-10 reps on Incline Press....now IM only doing 315 pounds x 6-10 reps:-( which is really pretty good I guess, especially for a 40 year old dude, but its depressing when you know what I used to do. If I train correctly and get on a good cycle, then I know I can get back to that weight and more. As far as roids go, I started in my early twenties. Back then we did pyramid cycles, at pretty low dosages, none of this mega dosages and front loading that you have today....well maybe the pros were doing this, but they were not talking. Plus I was always concerned about losing my hair so I kept my cycles pretty low dosages and very clean. I would start at 1/2cc on first shot, then pyramid up to 2cc of Deca, 1 cc sten, 1cc primobolan was the max I would use, and then pyramid back down, but I would stay on it for 4-5 months at a time. People would laugh at that kind of dosages and cycles now! Things were different back then. My hair was more of a concern than getting big back then...and still is. I guess that's one reason I never became a huge bodybuilder. I quit working out hard-core for about 8 years, until almost 2 years ago. I got pretty fat from not working out....did the atkins diet for a few months to shed alot of the fat away. I started my 1st cycle about 6 weeks ago for the first time in about 9-10 years. Doing a cutting cycle of 4cc deca, 1 cc of Primobolon, and T3 thyroid pills...i guess still pretty light for todays standards. I have lost some fat, gained some muscles, but my strength has not gone up on my bench or incline presses....that really sucks. My next cycle will be different since IM not going to be concerned about losing fat as much, and might add a little dbol and sus. IM 5'10 228 pounds now....was 238 pounds before I started the cycle. I guess I need to write this info in the journal section.
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