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 01-29-2007, 04:47 PM         #101
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 kosterzoo said
Knee Flexion or 'Leg Curls' are still an important movement so I wouldn't suggest getting rid of them. And in a routine they'd go BEFORE Hip Extension because of their fast twitch nature. In fact if you did leg curls, toes pointed (goes without say). Then followed that with your Romanian Deadlifts etc.. you'd find that you will be stronger with that lift.

So for an example program, if your only doing one day of legs it might be something like this


A1 Front Squats 5 x 5

B1 Bulgarian Squats 6-8
B2 Lying Leg Curls 6-8 X 4

C1 Side or Peterson Step Ups 12
C2 Romanian Deadlifts 8-12 X 4

D1 Prone Back Extension with Band 8-12 (or isometric hold) x 3-4

E1 Calf Raises 10 x 10 or 10-10-10 x 3



So you might look at doing something like this

what are romanian deadlifts and bulgarian squats?

 01-30-2007, 02:19 AM         #102
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I need some exercises to strengthen my knees (basketball)...I have a sharp pain just underneath the knee cap.I can run properly without discomfort but the pain comes back when I push off tryna jump really high..please help!

 12 years ago '06        #103
kosterzoo  OP
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You need to deload for abit in terms of your bball and start doing some decline squats (Heels elevated squats).

 01-30-2007, 11:12 AM         #104
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i got a question about creatine...when is the optimum time to take it..before or after your workout?..and how long before or after?

i currently take 5 g of it about an hour before my workout..but ive heard many different theories about it

 12 years ago '04        #105
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Ok so you can do negatives, supersets, drop set, rest pause etc. I'm having a hard time figuring out how to incorporate this into my schedule? For example do I have a drop set week once a month(where i do all my exercises like this), or do i just do a drop set for my last exercise each day and then do a rest pause for my last exercise the next week, then negative set the next etc? Thanks again. The reason I ask is because summer is 3 months aways and I'm trying to write out something for once

 02-02-2007, 12:29 PM         #106
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 bowman_08 said
i got a question about creatine...when is the optimum time to take it..before or after your workout?..and how long before or after?

i currently take 5 g of it about an hour before my workout..but ive heard many different theories about it
I follow the protocol by the T-nation coaches with good results. I think it's 5 grams a day for 2 weeks to start off. Then 3-5 grams after you workout. So after the 2 weeks you take it only in your PWO drink.

 12 years ago '05        #107
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I Got 2 Questions..

1. I Heard You Do More Reps & Less Weight To Get Cut And Normal Reps More Weight to Build Muscle Is That Tru?
2. Protein Shakes Do They Really Help? Shuld I Be Taking Them..

 12 years ago '06        #108
kosterzoo  OP
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1. Is NOT true.. If your looking to get ''cut'' my usual recommendations are dietary and possibly including some power training if qualified (which i don't think you are sorry)

2. Yes protein shakes do help BUT again for someone who's qualified.. It seems everyone that just starts out into the gym thinks that protein shakes are going to get them cut... then go ahead and eat sh*t food the rest of the time.

They're just a nice and easy source of protein.

 12 years ago '06        #109
kosterzoo  OP
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 bowman_08 said
i got a question about creatine...when is the optimum time to take it..before or after your workout?..and how long before or after?

i currently take 5 g of it about an hour before my workout..but ive heard many different theories about it

My honest take on creatine is that
A) The results of it were blown outta the water, yeah its a great supplement but most of the research on it showed that quiet a few people got NO positive result from it.

B) It works great the first time, second time not so good and so on

C) Timing is not as crucial as correct dosage.


But to be completely honest with you unless you've been training for AT LEAST 1-2years you shouldn't be looking at getting into it just yet. With regards to timing of taking it, I've always been a fan of spreading it throughout the day but having a large portion around workout time, you'll have to trial both before and after and see what works best for you.

I've heard people say they were cramping by taking creatine before training so that would mean after would be the better time. However flip that people often like the placebo of taking it before hand..

Up to you really, a little bit of trial and error works wonders

 12 years ago '06        #110
kosterzoo  OP
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 thechanickal1 said
Ok so you can do negatives, supersets, drop set, rest pause etc. I'm having a hard time figuring out how to incorporate this into my schedule? For example do I have a drop set week once a month(where i do all my exercises like this), or do i just do a drop set for my last exercise each day and then do a rest pause for my last exercise the next week, then negative set the next etc? Thanks again. The reason I ask is because summer is 3 months aways and I'm trying to write out something for once
Ok this the last question of yours I'm asking then I'm expecting a donation :P

Aite, so firstly it sounds like your trying to over complicate your routines a little.

What I'd do is choose 2x of those methods and incorporate them in your workout, I agree with waterbury (finally!) in regards to these movements would better suit the single joint movements as oppose to compound exercises. While I think there is still room to do them in a compounding movement, i think they're better saved for the finishers..

Anyways here are a few of my favourite ones to use.

A1 Plate Front Raise 10 reps
A2 D/B Side Raise
A3 Plate Front Raise 10-10reps (drop set)
A4 D/B Side Raise 10-10reps (drop set)

Repeat that super set 3x with a 90seconds rest after A4

B1 Bicep Curls - 5RM, rest 15secs, MAX, rest 15secs, MAX rest 90secs X 3sets
C1 Overhead Bicep Curls - 20reps X 2 sets


Usually speaking do one/two of these methods a day, again don't over complicate the workouts

 12 years ago '05        #111
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1. Is NOT true.. If your looking to get ''cut'' my usual recommendations are dietary and possibly including some power training if qualified (which i don't think you are sorry)

2. Yes protein shakes do help BUT again for someone who's qualified.. It seems everyone that just starts out into the gym thinks that protein shakes are going to get them cut... then go ahead and eat sh*t food the rest of the time.

They're just a nice and easy source of protein.
Ok Thanx Man.. So Doin The Less Weight More Reps Is A Waste Of Time? Shuld I Got Back To The Heavier Stuff

 12 years ago '06        #112
kosterzoo  OP
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Just do Heavy Weights for high reps :P

heh nah you need a period of accumulation (higher reps) and then a period of intensitification (heavier weights)

 12 years ago '04        #113
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 kosterzoo said

I've heard people say they were cramping by taking creatine before training so that would mean after would be the better time. However flip that people often like the placebo of taking it before hand..

Up to you really, a little bit of trial and error works wonders
just wanted to comment about this probably being from being dehydrated. most people don't drink enough water in the first place, then you add creatine to the mix..and there you go. just goes w/ the theme that too many inexperienced people are taking 'supplements' like they are a 'substitution' for food. or even worse, some sorta magical pill that will overcome all of the retarded stuff they do all the time.

 02-05-2007, 09:20 PM         #114
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im 23yrs old and weigh 223 i play basketball about three times a week and i have an athletic body. but i havent been working out consistenly for the last couple months. Im tryin to get a little bigger and my main focus it to do whatever i need to do to get some more defined abs. exercises, foods, dieting, whatever you could help me with i'd greatly appreciate it!!!!!!

 02-06-2007, 12:23 AM         #115
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Question: what things can I do to increase my metabolism other than eating 5-6 smaller meals a day?

 12 years ago '06        #116
kosterzoo  OP
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 Jessp said
im 23yrs old and weigh 223 i play basketball about three times a week and i have an athletic body. but i havent been working out consistenly for the last couple months. Im tryin to get a little bigger and my main focus it to do whatever i need to do to get some more defined abs. exercises, foods, dieting, whatever you could help me with i'd greatly appreciate it!!!!!!
hey man, sorry as i've said earlier in this piece i don't write training/nutrition plans for free and its beyond the scope of this Q&A, sorry.

 12 years ago '06        #117
kosterzoo  OP
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 bayareaking said
Question: what things can I do to increase my metabolism other than eating 5-6 smaller meals a day?
Increase your muscle mass,

supplement with thermogenics (debatable how much these work)

eat more than the 5-6 small meals dogma (hit 7-9, i myself have about 5 around training alone!)

 02-06-2007, 01:04 PM         #118
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Lately I haven't been able to do bicep curls with dumbells, because when I lift up, I get like a sharp tingly pain in my right wrist where the veins are. I thought it could maybe be a trapped nerve or something? But its been doing it for about 4 days now and is really annoying me, anyone have any idea what it could be?

 02-06-2007, 03:27 PM         #119
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its probably you use too much weight on your excercises it could be a partial bicep tendonitis and a strained wrist so be careful

 02-06-2007, 04:05 PM         #120
AndyK 
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It doesnt feel like I've strained anything, the pain is more of a pinch when im lifting

 12 years ago '06        #121
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well since its your wrist its obviously not a strained bicep like the above guy said..

I'd suggest you have weak wrist flexors and, most likely, the weight you've been using is too heavy so you've been having to use the wrist flexors to help get the bar up..

do 2 things, 1 lower you weight (obviously), 2 is keep the wrists 'cocked' when you curl, should take the wrist flexor out of the movement, also incorporate some zottman curls and perhaps try using a thick d/b

 02-06-2007, 05:41 PM         #122
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 kosterzoo said
well since its your wrist its obviously not a strained bicep like the above guy said..

I'd suggest you have weak wrist flexors and, most likely, the weight you've been using is too heavy so you've been having to use the wrist flexors to help get the bar up..

do 2 things, 1 lower you weight (obviously), 2 is keep the wrists 'cocked' when you curl, should take the wrist flexor out of the movement, also incorporate some zottman curls and perhaps try using a thick d/b
What do you mean by c*cked? As in bend my wrist upwards slightly? And also what is a zottman curl

 12 years ago '06        #123
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*mods please move instead of closing if in wrong section but I think it is in the right place*

hey im a skinnyguy and I dont really have access to a gym. All I have is dumbbells.

Is there workouts I can do with just dumbbells to help me gain mass?? (15lbs but I weigh I think 135lb 6"1)

I know ima need to gain weight so would this work if I ate this everyday?

6:00 AM - Crossiant Calories:350 /Protein 13
10:30 AM - School Food (not sure)
4:00 PM - Swedish Meatballs microwave Calories: 430 / Protein: 20
8:30 PM - McDonalds: Premium Crispy Chicken Club Sandwich Calories: 660 / Protein: 39
Medium Fries: Calories: 380 / Protein: 4
2 Cups of Whole Milk Calories: 292 / Protein: 7

N Large 2 Weight Gainer Calories: 2400 / Protein: 208

Total
Calories = 4512
Protein = 83

I work at mcdonalds (cant steal/cameras) and goto school and im 17
So I have School 7-2, and work 4-8.

What do I need to improve in my diet? and what dumbbell exercises can I do??

Ive tried dieting twice with N Large 2 but fauiled so I wanted to give it a real shot this time.

 02-06-2007, 06:24 PM         #124
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it sounds like you damaged muscle fiber from working out. Baasically, curl recovers very fast because you use every day and every time. I would recommend you to work out other muscle until the pain goes away and I recommend you to use EZ bar when you work out your arms.

 02-06-2007, 06:49 PM         #125
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O-king, looks like you are eating very well and you are young. So keep eating evrything you can. But not too much fat... Carbohydrate( rice, bread, pasta and so on) typically gives you motivation to work out ( energy ). Meat, egg white, protein drink will give you obviously protein to build up your mucles.

You can do so many thing with dumbels.
So each set, you should do 10 to 12 times and you should do 3 sets for each
muscles.
Arms: Dumbel curls,
Shoulders : shoulder press
Chest : dumbel press. Butterfly curls
etc....

Once you feel to easy to lift your dumbels, you might want to get heavier ones. So your body do not get used to the weight.

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