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  1. 4 points
    My wife had two that saved her life. Literally, she went from comatose for 6 weeks with a roaring 105 temp that could barely be contained, to conscious and recovering a week after two consecutive transplants over a 48 hour period. They tested the donor poo prior to both transplants.
  2. 4 points
    https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-019-44097-3?utm_source=share&utm_medium=ios_app Now obviously this has a huge correlation component as those in poor health won’t be outdoors as much in the first place. However, you can’t spend 2 hours outside without getting at least a little bit of sunlight, exercise, and mental stimulation. from new scenery.
  3. 4 points
    Emperor G_D

    Kimbo's PR Log

    Bad day at work? --You just need test, bro. Getting a cold? --You just need test, bro. Girl's got you down? --You just need test, bro. Blew your asshole out while squatting? --You just need test, bro. Getting fat? --You just need test, bro. Getting skinny? --You just need test, bro. Dick don't work anymore? --You just need test, bro. Dick works too well? --You just need test (deca), bro. In the flowchart of life, all roads lead to test...
  4. 3 points
    Ras

    Sanction lifted

    This makes me feel more than ever that you should convert to the kettlebell and calisthenics club. That shit, as useful as it is for grounding and mindfulness, is also cognitively exhausting. If you find you are missing it, I am sure the community here can oblige in terms of enabling self-flagellation and body shaming. I will rename Nathan Greyhound Ian Greyhound for starters.
  5. 3 points
    Sanction

    Sanction lifted

    I have drifted back into the gym a few times. Mostly I am doing this as mindfulness exercise on what I hate about it. Is there a way to make going to the gym enjoyable? After the first 3 minutes of ordeal and misery, I do love the feeling of lifting weights at times. Being in the gym activates my self-criticism -- I don't have a plan, I'm not doing 5-3-1, I am not keto, I don't use test enthanate, I don't bench 250+, I am weaker than everyone else in the room, I am too skinny, Blah blah blah.says the mental chatter. But each time I am glad that I went.
  6. 3 points
    Emperor G_D

    Tomahawk HUGE update with a log

    I don't think that is exclusive to millennials. We used to joke that our dog was our "fur baby" long before millennials were out of elementary school. Now, we didn't take her everywhere in an expensive over the shoulder bag (retrievers are a bit more substantial than most millennial animals), and that was just something we said. In fact, one of the t-shirts we made that poor dog wear we still have as a keepsake. It said "My doggy is my baby" or something like that. Do remember that my wife was a teen and I barely in my 20s at this time. lol
  7. 3 points
    I think this is a definite factor. Fat type also has specific POMC, enterostatin, etc. signalling effects; hyperpalatability coupled with high-density and low satiety is going to tend towards overeating. Neither your brain nor your stomach are telling you to stop stuffing your pie-hole. And, unsurprisingly, obese subjects have blunted anorectic hormonal responses.
  8. 3 points
    It depends on the woman you're dating and what she values. For most people, room mates are understood to be just room mates, regardless of gender. Non-issue. Adults are capable of handling themselves. However, you could easily find someone in your circles who was raised to believe that the only appropriate situation for a man and woman to live in the same building is as husband and wife. I've seen this among my very religious friends. For them, your living arrangements could raise some concerns. The concerns would be without merit, of course, but that doesn't matter if it's perceived as an issue.
  9. 3 points
    mwarren

    Resurrection of Blu

    Haven't felt like posting since I'm just slowly getting weaker lol. I'll get back at it next session. Weight is all the way down to 182 now, BUT jaundice is dissipating FINALLY so I'm hoping my liver is getting better. Appetite was better today. Things might be turning around soon.
  10. 3 points
    mwarren

    Kimbo's PR Log

    You just need test, bro.
  11. 3 points
    Burton

    Tomahawk HUGE update with a log

    This is 100% true. They've also studied and shown that in an active shooter situation where someone runs into a room with a gun, the vast majority of people are unable to even get to their gun, let alone use it effectively in that situation. Instead, you fumbling around in your pocket or whatever will just make you a likely first target. None of these types walking around with these pre-emptive justice boners are delta force hard asses, no matter how much swat team cosplay they do and how hard they think they are. I suppose my opinion on it is that it just creates a bunch of dirty harry wannabes who are too fat, slow, uncoordinated, etc to really do much of anything with it aside from being a danger to themselves. I just hope for the best that they don't end up being a danger to everyone else around them by being loose cannons who pull their guns out over dumb shit. In the end, if you need a gun to feel like a big man, good for you I guess and have at it I suppose? Or my condolences is probably a better relaying of my feelings.
  12. 2 points
    Emperor G_D

    RPE/RIR > Percentage based training

    I was looking for some chatter between myself and @Atlasnow about the toolbags from the old gym. IIRC, they were hashtagging the shit out of themselves for "RPE PRs", and I just thought...bro, if you did an RPE 7 and that was somehow a PR, you're doing it wrong. The RPE douchebaggery was so striking that we started calling people out for their "rest period RPEs" and their "walking to the car RPEs" and whatnot. I know that I've found RPE to be difficult to use, and % is just so much damned easier for me, and when I'm firing on all cylinders, I think RPE and % converge at some point. But most people? Most people don't understand the concept at all, and that's always been the thing I have against RPE.
  13. 2 points
    ozzman

    Sanction lifted

    I agree with my esteemed colleague. In addition I suggest yoga. We are older and still need to move. When I actually go to the gym is for some Netflix and treadmill.
  14. 2 points
    STENDEC

    Sanction lifted

    MOAR test!
  15. 2 points
  16. 2 points
    Growth Factor

    Resurrection of Blu

    I'm wondering how it is that three of you have seen a trap bar as tiny as you guys are describing it. I had one at my UVa gym, there were 3 at my Cville gym, and there's 3 at each Gold's I've been to and my VCU gym in RVA. All 7 of those bars could easily hold anywhere from 605 to about 765#. I know this because I've deadlifted 605 from the UVa one, I've seen somebody do 765 on the Cville gym one, and the ones I've seen in RVA are the same brand as the ones in Cville.
  17. 2 points
    STENDEC

    Tomahawk HUGE update with a log

    Does she believe you?
  18. 2 points
    mwarren

    Kimbo's PR Log

    Lol food definitely helps.
  19. 2 points
    Emperor G_D

    AA and the treatment of alcoholism

    Drug and alcohol addiction are treated as a moral failing-much like obesity. Getting compassionate and intelligent treatment for addicts has never been high on folks' agendae. Just like you don't see many pharma-based solutions for obesity. I bet if there were a surgical intervention for addiction-like with obesity-you'd see it in widespread use. It doesn't count on willful consumption of a drug by people who may or may not wish to take it (and therefore compromise their sobriety). Similar to the 'moral failing' position of many people, a pill represents a "quick and easy fix" to some people, and I think there is considerable resistance to that type of treatment. Addicts have to suffer for sobriety because they are bad people.
  20. 2 points
    Tomahawk007

    Tomahawk HUGE update with a log

    So I think I found my soul mate... just kidding. But we did realize neither one of feels the need to accumulate animals like we are building Noah's ark or treat them like they are children(because they are freaking animals haha) I actually met up with her and some of her friends tonight after CR. When I got there I was honestly a little nervous. This was the first time we were hanging out in a group setting. It is much easier for me to do 1 on 1 settings. Plus I figured her friends would be younger. It actually went well and I had fun. My last relationship we would almost exclusive hang out 1 on 1 which can have some negatives and not really prepare for the future. Real life is not just the 2 of you but how you fit into each other's lives. So far I have met a handful plus of Bri's family and will be meeting more tomorrow. She has yet to meet anyone from my family. I am not sure I want to do that to her yet haha. Here was my workout from today as sad as it was. I tried to warm up my hips extra today. Went to squat and my hip just wasn't having it. Stopped after the second warm up set. No way was I going to squat 420 for a bunch of reps haha. Skipped zercher squats as well obviously. Flat DB press 110 for 7mtor Rope triceps 170 for 9,3,3,3,3,2 DB lateral raise 50 for 9,3,3,3,3 Not quite sure what I am going to do as far as this workout routine. Was really hoping it would have been good to go today. The other 2 push workouts include hack squats and belt squat/leg press. Considering doing a back off week and trying to start back up. Possibly changing routines to one that won't be as strength focused for a bit and them coming back to this. I am definitely liking the results.
  21. 2 points
    ozzman

    AA and the treatment of alcoholism

    There is always shrooms. Psychedelics solve pretty much everything https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5826346/
  22. 2 points
    Maybd the missing factor here with processed foods is lack of fiber or a high GI.
  23. 2 points
    Kimbo

    Collagen/Bone Broth

    Looks like the ideal time to take in collagen is around 1hr before workout time. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27852613 "Subjects who took 15 g gelatin 1 h before exercise showed double the amino-terminal propeptide of collagen I in their blood, indicating increased collagen synthesis."
  24. 2 points
    Welcome back I've gone back and forth on probiotics TBH and I don't have a specific recollection of the digestive issues that I was experiencing in 2012 that led me to start using them. I was having issues with GERD again and I'm currently back in the I like them camp and using a formula with S. Boulardii in it and the problem seems to have resolved so...
  25. 2 points
    Sanction

    Tomahawk HUGE update with a log

    I've roomed with men, women and mixtures of both. It was no problem and was an important learning experience. The idea that adult males should live in segregated housing sounds ridiculous.
  26. 2 points
    STENDEC

    Tomahawk HUGE update with a log

    There are certain advantages to being an adult. You can eat cereal for dinner, you can rent a car, you can stay up to whatever hour you want and watch anything on TV and you are also the sole determinant of what is an appropriate living situation for you. If neither your girlfriend or your roomie are having any heartburn over this, I'd politely tell your friend that you will take his thoughts under advisement and carry on.
  27. 2 points
    Growth Factor

    GF's "CS Goes Pubic" Log

    19/06/10 BENCH Since I got my legs back, it was day 1 being back to normal benching PAUSE BENCH 135x5 185x5 225x5 275x1 295x1 315x4,5,4 <-- volume and top reps PR PAUSE CGBP (ordinarily TnG, but forgot today) 285x6,6 <-- definitely a PR on CGBP, but first time I've done them as first supplementary movement in a while CG SPOTO PRESS 255x7,6 SEATED NAUTILUS ROW superset BAND PULLAPARTS x 20 3PPS+35x10,10,8,8,8 EZ BAR PREACHER CURLS superset INCLINE EZ SKULLCRUSHERS 90x8,9,8 90x12,12,10 harder today than last week, prob from the bench PRs and heavy rows PRs say it all. The last time I was able to do 315x5, I was either gunning for a 385 competition bench that I accomplished, or I was aiming for a 405 bench after a successful 385x2 the week before. Either way, really good signs here.
  28. 2 points
    STENDEC

    Resurrection of Blu

    Bird in the hand and all that...
  29. 2 points
    Kimbo

    Kimbo's PR Log

    I had a talk with my coach about my training, and I'm just going to stick to the programming she's laid out for me. The only (minor) exception is that I'll bump the working weight up on my lifts from set to set if I feel like I can (or bump it down if it's feeling tough). Otherwise, if the program says 4x4 I'm going to do 4x4. My main issue at the moment really is my technique. While my strength has gone in the toilet, it's not the main reason why I'm not Oly lifting as much as I can. So I'm going to focus on technique work. Maybe later on, if I'm at a place where strength is the main culprit, I can revisit this with her.
  30. 2 points
    STENDEC

    Tomahawk HUGE update with a log

    The statistics are generally not on the side of the armed citizen....about the same odds of using a gun defensively as being abducted by aliens.
  31. 1 point
    Kimbo

    RPE/RIR > Percentage based training

    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=31009432 J Strength Cond Res. 2019 Apr 17. Autoregulation by "Repetitions in Reserve" Leads to Greater Improvements in Strength Over a 12-Week Training Program Than Fixed Loading. Graham T1, Cleather DJ. Author information Abstract Graham, T and Cleather, DJ. Autoregulation by "repetitions in reserve" leads to greater improvements in strength over a 12-week training program than fixed loading. J Strength Cond Res XX(X): 000-000, 2019-Autoregulated (AR) training involves altering resistance session parameters based on the athlete's readiness to train. One potential benefit of AR training may be that training intensity can reflect an athlete's increasing strength level throughout a training program and can be contrasted with fixed loading (FL) where the load is stipulated at the start of the program. In this study, 31 resistance-trained men participated twice weekly in an AR or a FL squat program. For the FL group, the load was prescribed as a percentage of the pre-test 1-repetition maximum, whereas for the AR group, the load was prescribed based on the number of "repetitions in reserve," such that the intensities were theoretically the same (volume was also matched). Both groups showed a significant increase in front squat (FS) and back squat (BS) performance, but the magnitude of this was significantly greater for the AR program (FS: AR +11.7%, FL +8.3%, p = 0.004, ηp = 0.255; BS: AR +10.8%, FL +7.1%, p = 0.006, ηp = 0.233). The AR group was trained at a greater intensity (average weekly intensity; FS: AR 83.2 ± 13.3%, FL 80.4 ± 10.0%, p < 0.001, ηp = 0.240; BS: AR 83.6 ± 12.7%, FL 80.4 ± 10.0%, p = 0.006, ηp = 0.159). The results of this study support the contention that AR can be used to accommodate the increasing strength level of the athlete during the course of a program and that such a strategy is effective in eliciting greater strength adaptations across 12 weeks.
  32. 1 point
    STENDEC

    Corpulence & CVD: Causation established

    Excess weight and body fat cause cardiovascular disease Science News June 13, 2019 Excess weight and body fat cause a range of heart and blood vessel diseases, according to the first study to investigate this using a method called Mendelian randomisation. In particular, the study published in the European Heart Journal, shows that as body mass index (BMI) and fat mass increase, so does the risk of aortic valve stenosis -- a condition in which the valve controlling the flow of blood from the heart to the body's largest blood vessel, the aorta, narrows and fails to open fully. Mendelian randomisation is a way of showing whether or not individual risk factors actually cause disease, rather than just being associated with it. It uses genetic variants that are already known to be associated with potential risk factors, such as BMI and body fat, as indirect indicators or "proxies" for these risk factors. This enables researchers to discover whether the risk factor is the cause of the disease (rather than the other way around), and reduces bias in results because genetic variants are determined at conception and cannot be affected by subsequent external or environmental factors, or by the development of disease. The researchers, led by Susanna Larsson, associate professor and senior researcher at the Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden, studied 96 genetic variants associated with BMI and body fat mass to estimate their effect on 14 cardiovascular diseases in 367,703 participants of white-British descent in UK Biobank -- a UK-based national and international resource containing data on 500,000 people, aged 40-69 years. She said: "The causal association between BMI and fat mass and several heart and blood vessel diseases, in particular aortic valve stenosis, was unknown. Using Mendelian randomisation we found that higher BMI and fat mass are associated with an increased risk of aortic valve stenosis and most other cardiovascular diseases, suggesting that excess body fat is a cause of cardiovascular disease." People who had genetic variants that predict higher BMI were at increased risk of aortic valve stenosis, heart failure, deep vein thrombosis, high blood pressure, peripheral artery disease, coronary artery disease, atrial fibrillation and pulmonary embolism. For every genetically-predicted 1kg/m2 increase in BMI, the increased risk ranged from 6% for pulmonary embolism to 13% for aortic valve stenosis. (Above a BMI that is considered 'healthy' (20-25 kg/m2) every 1 kg/m2 increase in BMI for someone who is 1.7 metres tall (5'7") corresponds to a weight gain of nearly 3 kg.) The researchers also found that risk of cardiovascular diseases increased with the genetic variants predicting increases in fat mass. The greatest increased risk was also for aortic valve stenosis (46% increased risk), followed by ischaemic stroke, transient ischaemic attack, atrial fibrillation, heart failure, peripheral artery disease, deep vein thrombosis, high blood pressure and coronary artery disease. The researchers stress that although these genetic variants can predispose people to be more likely to gain excess weight, the most important factors implicated in the development of cardiovascular disease are diet and physical activity. Professor Larsson said: "Our genes can make us somewhat more predisposed to gain body weight but lifestyle factors, such as overeating and lack of physical activity, are the major determinants of overweight. A healthy diet is the cornerstone of cardiovascular disease prevention, and how much we eat should be limited to the amount of energy required to maintain a healthy body weight, which is a BMI of between 20 to 25 kg/m2. People who are predisposed to a higher BMI may need to work a bit harder to maintain a healthy weight." The strengths of the study include the large numbers of people involved and the fact that they were of European descent, which reduces the potential for bias from different populations. Potential limitations are that some genetic variants may be associated with more than one characteristic, that the number of cases were few for some diseases, and that there was a lack of information on the severity of aortic valve stenosis. The damaged valve in aortic valve stenosis means that less blood leaves the heart and it has to work harder to pump enough blood out to circulate round the body. Blood can back up in other parts of the heart and sometimes the lungs. This can lead to shortness of breath, tiredness, fainting, chest pain and an irregular heart beat. Journal Reference: Susanna C Larsson, Magnus Bäck, Jessica M B Rees, Amy M Mason, Stephen Burgess. Body mass index and body composition in relation to 14 cardiovascular conditions in UK Biobank: a Mendelian randomization study. European Heart Journal, 2019
  33. 1 point
    Just "under market" now at $3900. I foresee $4k by next June, and $4100 the June after (if not sooner).
  34. 1 point
    STENDEC

    AA and the treatment of alcoholism

    "Its faith-based 12-step program dominates treatment in the United States. But researchers have debunked central tenets of AA doctrine and found dozens of other treatments more effective." Full Atlantic article
  35. 1 point
    Kimbo

    Tomahawk HUGE update with a log

    We tell our dog that she's our biological child. We use the term "fur kid" quite often.
  36. 1 point
    STENDEC

    FDA - Real-World Evidence Program

    This is interesting. The FDA "grandfathered" in a bunch of drugs that had been in common use before the adoption of efficacy standards in 1962 but in 2006 started to demand clinical trials for some of these drugs to remain on the market...I wonder if this is a partial reversal of that position.
  37. 1 point
    mwarren

    Resurrection of Blu

    Guess I should start making some updates. My gym decided that they won't allow deadlifts at all anymore and removed the bar from the platform in lieu of a trap bar. I got into it with the manager who was trying to tell me that it was better in every way blablabla. I bite my tongue almost all of the time when I argue with somebody because when I get mad, I get vicious. Needless to say, he pushed me too far so I had to tell Jamie to go fill up our water bottles. When I finished, his co-worker started laughing and said, "Daaaamn, straight to the jugular!" Then the manager said "Well, there won't be a weight limit with the trap bar so you can lift as much as you want." Gee, thanks. So, I have nothing against the trap bar, especially for accessory work or even as a main movement from time to time. BUT, it is NOT the competition movement. For now, I'm just going to use it until I am financially able to afford a good gym in the city next door. A. Front Squat, full ROM, RPE 9-9.5, 1-0-X-1 95X5 135X5 185X5 225X2 275X3 225X3  B. Trap Bar Deadlift 1-0-X-1, reset reps 75X5 125X5 165X3 185X1 275X1 345X1 395X1  C. Z-press 1-1-X-1 95X5 115X3 135X5 115x8 Getting better at these  D. Pullup (controlled tempo, 30s rest) Grip 3X8X3 E. Pulluo Shrug (2-1-1-1) BWX12X3 Incline DB Curl 15X15 15X15 left bicep at failure...something wrong because my right bicep can probably do double the weight for the same volume
  38. 1 point
    Emperor G_D

    AA and the treatment of alcoholism

    DON'T JUDGE ME!
  39. 1 point
    Something Anonymous

    The Sleep Thread 😴

    I will read that tonight. Thanks.
  40. 1 point
    Growth Factor

    AA and the treatment of alcoholism

    I thought the naltrexone component was to prevent the reward system from hard wiring your brain to want to seek out alcohol intoxication, not to directly counteract the mechanism of intoxication.
  41. 1 point
    Ras

    The Sleep Thread 😴

    Do you think you may be experiencing micro-awakenings/REM parasomnias based on the increased dream recall? What you are subjectively reporting sounds like degradation in sleep architecture to me. https://www.nature.com/articles/npp20146
  42. 1 point
    Growth Factor

    GF's "CS Goes Pubic" Log

    19/06/12 DEADLIFT DEADLIFT 135x3 lol stupid easy, didnt even feel the bar 225x5 315x5 405x2,2,2 <-- grip couldnt keep up, and hook grip didn't work - bar kept flying out of my hand, like the hookgrip didnt lock or something GHR BWx8 +35x7,7,7 PLANKS x4x30s Pretty low key workout, but I got a nice feel for the deadlifts and didn't want to overdo it beyond what I probably did first time back. I do feel fine right now.
  43. 1 point
    Emperor G_D

    Tomahawk HUGE update with a log

    If you're running up against the end of the stack, try adding bands to the weight stack. It adds complexity, and lights up different parts of the ROM. You would probably even have to back a few plates off when adding them in. It's a fun variation for machine exercises.
  44. 1 point
    Emperor G_D

    Resurrection of Blu

    Shit, work for cash under the table as a mechanic. Lots of places would pay slave's wages to you for cash, I bet...
  45. 1 point
    Burton

    Tomahawk HUGE update with a log

    The simple fact that you went to a person who "has been waiting to tell you What's what" and felt the need to give you a "harsh truth" says everything you should know about that person. In case you don't feel like putting the words together since you know these people on a personal level, I will. Fuck that woman. Fuck her and her intrusive, judgy bullshit. Like Ben said ^, you're an adult. If you choose to live with someone be it for financial reasons, lifestyle compatibility, or if you like the same fucking TV shows, it doesn't really matter. And if you're trying to date someone who can't get their head around the fact that someone has a roommate of the same sex as they are, the person you're dating is either one of these or any potential combo: 1. An idiot 2. In possession of a child's mind 3. Insane in what will likely manifest itself in wild, out of control jealousy and manipulation/control schemes against you. First, it doesn't "look terrible" to normal people to live with someone you're not romantically interested in. It would "look terrible" to some crazy bitch who thinks a man can't coexist in the same space as a woman without fucking them. These are the same type of women who fly off the handle if their man is 20 minutes late home from work or the grocery store due to traffic or whatever incident may have kept you. Traffic accident? Nah, he's obviously busy fucking the produce girl at Kroger. I have lived with women and men. I also have the ability to find men and women sexually appealing (as I have mentioned in the past in various instances). Funny thing, of the roommates I've had, as per this logic, I obviously tried to fuck all 11 of them (9 men, 2 women). Fun fact: I didn't fuck or try to fuck any of them and no one in my life expected that I would have tried because that's how crazy people think. In the end though, you really need to take control of your life and live it on your terms. I get that you live in this bible study world and all that but the fact is that you spend all this mental energy on how you think people perceive of you and you try to contort your life to fit their view of how you should live. You live with this woman for a reason, whatever reason that is (probably financial?) but that's your choice and it's frankly none of these other fucks' business. And if the person you are trying to date has a problem with it, it's just going to be the first of many problems with things the rest of society stopped caring about in the 20th century. Best to remove that cancer from your life before it settles in and metastasizes.
  46. 1 point
    Burton

    Kimbo's PR Log

    I definitely recommend tren, bro. That shit is basically magic.
  47. 1 point
    Emperor G_D

    Resurrection of Blu

    I guess I didn't pick up you going through a flare-up? How's the job sitch?
  48. 1 point
    Tomahawk007

    Tomahawk HUGE update with a log

    Well alrighty then we will just move along haha. Here is my workout from today: Sumo deadlift 400, 5 sets of 2 reps, was further proof I am ready to get back to conventional deadlifts Chest supported rows 195 for 9,3,2 Fall pull 80 for 9 mtor BB curl 125 for 8,3,3,2 I have an odd feeling I will be having some good workouts in the near future.
  49. 1 point
    Emperor G_D

    CBD Source?

    I find it to work *very* well for relaxation and anxiety. Vaped always over oral.
  50. 1 point
    Emperor G_D

    Collagen/Bone Broth

    I know the old wive's tale/tip of consuming gelatin for strong hair and nails... But is it right? My fingernails are growing like *crazy*.
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