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  1. 4 points
    mwarren

    Resurrection of Blu

    Yes, I thought I had shared but I probably forgot. Biopsy and accompanying ultrasound revealed nothing. My liver is in excellent shape again somehow. The size grant reduced since the last ultrasound and my enzymes are almost normal. Just waiting on the insurance company to decline me. They said they wouldn't pay for medication unless my biopsy showed at least level 2 fibrosis. I have zero fibrosis. We'll have to see how that plays out. When I get a job, though, that insurance will cover some.
  2. 3 points
    Emperor G_D

    One (New) Direction

    Most people cannot keep their arms up over their head while squatting ATG/A2G/ASS(hole)-to-GRASS(hole). As soon as your hips start to drop, many people hunch their shoulders and their arms come forward and down. It takes some amount of work to coordinate the top and bottom halves of your body.
  3. 3 points
    mwarren

    Resurrection of Blu

    Say no to butt wink
  4. 3 points
    Ras

    Occult Blooded Occlusion Grimoire

    All is well in keto/VLC land. Big shout out to @STENDEC, @mwarren and especially @Kimbo for the inspiration on OH squats. Have been using bands from a pull-up bar to alternately pull back/pull forward and holy shit, immediate difference in my brain learning what needs to fire when.
  5. 3 points
    mwarren

    One (New) Direction

    I did, and I knew you'd add them in sooner or later lol Overhead squats are extremely hard for most people. If you're really mobile and have great balance, then you probably don't understand. The shoulder, t-spine, hip, and ankle mobility are all being tested at their terminal end ROMs. I do them with a broomstick as one of my mobility drills, but I doubt I could go over 100lbs without putting some serious work into it. Even on front squats, you can cheat your posterior chain into taking more of the load than it should be, but this is impossible with overhead squats. Either your position is perfect and you're using the shit out of your quads, or that bar is gonna dump forward.
  6. 3 points
    Burton

    Any advantage: BCAA vs PRO?

    yeah, I don't think you can eat there without hitting at least 1500 calories, and that's eating "healthy" foods with no flavorings added what so ever. I one time ate there without any mindfulness of how many calories I was taking in, went home and did the math with the help of their nutritional info chart. I think it came out at 5900 calories? If I recall, it was a salad, fish and chips with an extra side of mac and cheese, a piece of cheesecake and some kind of drink that likely had fruit juice in it. I was all like "damn, wtf" then all I could do was laugh and such. I felt so very american in that moment. In a way that I've yet to surpass.
  7. 3 points
    Sanction

    Kimbo's PR Log

    This is why I don't do cardio. I don't want to suddenly lose all my bodyfat.
  8. 3 points
    Tomahawk007

    Tomahawk HUGE update with a log

    Nothing too crazy compared to others I have heard. Grew up in church which a lot of the students could relate to. Just learned the rules to follow when people were paying attention. Definitely some depression/anxiety starting around 5th grade(didn't mention that). Ended up bottling everything up inside me which eventually led to emotional meltdowns. Tried smoking weed when I was in 7th grade. Did that for a bit but it just wasn't for me. Only seemed to make me paranoid. Got drunk for the first time the summer going into my 9th grade year. Basically just poured alcohol down my throat. Every time I drank it was basically just waiting for whatever I had buried inside to explode out of me after pouring alcohol down. The drinking would be pretty sporadic just because I didn't really have easy access to it. In high school I found lifting and that became my go to for coping. Could only workout so much though. I think I took my first cycle of DS at 19. Had a party when I was 20 and the cops came. I woke up in the hospital. That put a damper on the drinking. But instead of dealing with any of my issues(went to a therapists for a bit) I just went to porn more. Porn had been around for a while but that is when I would say it became an addiction. I think at one point I even stopped lifting. Seriously don't know how I lived like I did. Just wasn't taking care of myself at all. Fell asleep driving down the highway. I got diagnosed with sleep apnea but my bigger problem was I was staying up all night watching porn and then would wake up and watch more. It is crazy to think back to how I was "living" then. Big change happened when my sister got cancer. I started helping out with her taking her to appointments and all. She got me to go back to church(different one than where I grew up). Was still addicted to porn and not really trying to stop. Then she had chemo treatment and her immune system was tanked plus she had/s a cat. Her boyfriend at the time(now husband) was taking care of her a lot but then he had to go out of town for 2 weeks for work. So I stayed with her for 2 weeks. And for some reason I couldn't bring myself to watch porn at my sister's house. I think God used that as an opportunity to show me I didn't have to live like that which for a long time I figured that was just going to be my life. I am not sure why it got that bad but it did. I don't have some good excuse or anything. That is definitely more than I told the middle schoolers but they got part of that. With them it was funny story, scripture, and bottom line focused. Hoping it had an impact of some of them. They seemed to pay attention. Alright so here was my workout from today: Lying leg curl 6-8-10 with 160,100,50 Straight arm pull down mtor 130 for 9 High row machine Hammer Strength rest pause 320 for 9,4,3 Preacher curl mtor 120 for 7. Was planning on doing 110 again but accidentally used it as a warm up and it was easy haha. Today got some sun. I got a nice farmer's tan going on right now. Went in the back yard and did some reading/writing shirtless. Stay out there about 30 minutes and sweat haha. Then decided to walk shirtless around the neighborhood for another 25 minutes. Going to the beach the 25th-27th so I figure I might get a little sun ahead of time. Plus my bacne is looking great haha.
  9. 2 points
    Ras

    Occult Blooded Occlusion Grimoire

    Truth. Only thing that really seems to help!
  10. 2 points
    Kimbo

    Nutritional Studies

    https://undark.org/2019/07/18/science-of-eggs/ Nutrition research tends to be unreliable because nearly all of it is based on observational studies, which are imprecise, have no controls, and don’t follow an experimental method. As nutrition-research critics Edward Archer and Carl Lavie have put it, “’Nutrition’ is now a degenerating research paradigm in which scientifically illiterate methods, meaningless data, and consensus-driven censorship dominate the empirical landscape.”
  11. 2 points
    Ras

    Occult Blooded Occlusion Grimoire

    I stupidly did this stupid complex for my second workout but subbed full clusters for full cleans (which made no appreciable difference in the overall horrendousness of the complex). Good times! One more session to go.
  12. 2 points
    Ras

    Confounded Confounders

    Confounders make everything we are interested in very difficult to sort for and scale in terms of magnitude. I spent a fair chunk of time trying to use Structural Equation Modeling in my own work to deal with this issue when I was still in academia. Following are excellent overviews of why it is so tough to deal with these statistical gremlins. Great paper: https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0152719#references Very fun overview of the great paper: https://www.talyarkoni.org/blog/2016/06/11/the-great-minds-journal-club-discusses-westfall-yarkoni-2016/
  13. 2 points
    STENDEC

    Lost Posture: How To Fix Your Back

    Back pain is a tricky beast. Most Americans will at some point have a problem with their backs. And for an unlucky third, treatments won't work, and the problem will become chronic. Believe it or not, there are a few cultures in the world where back pain hardly exists. One indigenous tribe in central India reported essentially none. And the discs in their backs showed little signs of degeneration as people aged. An acupuncturist in Palo Alto, Calif., thinks she has figured out why. She has traveled around the world studying cultures with low rates of back pain — how they stand, sit and walk. Full Article
  14. 2 points
    STENDEC

    Tomahawk HUGE update with a log

    Glad you were able to climb back out of that hole Mike.
  15. 2 points
    mwarren

    Tomahawk HUGE update with a log

    😆 Opiates were first. My first encounter that triggered something was the bottle of Vicodin I got when I got my wisdom teeth removed at 18. This turned into grabbing a few pills here and there at parties then slowly rolled into a big daily habit. Then one day, a "friend" who was also an opiate addict told me he was thinking about trying H. I was initially like "HELL NO" but I must have wanted to try it deep down because I let his rationalization that it would "save us money" make sense to me. We asked our dealers about it and they found some. The first time I did it, I threw up, lifted my head up, and said, "I guess I know what I'm doing for the rest of my life." That's the day I gave up. But here I go flappin my trap again.
  16. 2 points
    STENDEC

    One (New) Direction

    Yes. As recently as a year ago, these were impossible for me...I couldn't get down past about a quarter squat when I would just stop...physically could not go any deeper. @mwarren did you notice the band work this time?
  17. 2 points
    Emperor G_D

    Proper CBD dosage?

    The effects of cannabidiol on male reproductive system: A literature review https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/jat.3831?fbclid=IwAR2NU4tipoz2uuJsfVnFVJR5nNa2mDxOIA5cn3gDO5gYlDmAl1KIb-IqfVU& https://sci-hub.tw/https://doi.org/10.1002/jat.3831 In short: It's bad, scary stuff...if you're a mouse, a rat, a monkey or a *sea* urchin*. *- regular urchins of the corpus-scientian kind should be fine. Or at least, there's no research to prove that we won't be...
  18. 2 points
    Emperor G_D

    Any advantage: BCAA vs PRO?

    ...as he has his barely-intelligible foreign barbie-wife run out to pick up his 12000 kcal meal from the Cheesecake Factory...
  19. 2 points
    STENDEC

    Resurrection of Blu

    Put the transdermal in your armpits. Unless you are doing something funky, the chance of transference is next to nothing.
  20. 2 points
    Emperor G_D

    Resurrection of Blu

    Isn't that just how you're supposed to eat papa john's pizza? As an aside, it's sad to see one of the former greats reduced to shilling Papa Johns pizza.
  21. 2 points
    Kimbo

    Old Powerlifters don't just die...

    Well at least you got shit done. No pun intended. Well, maybe a little. If it makes you feel any better, I'm stopped up like a mother fucker, and would much prefer to have stuff leaking out of me at the moment.
  22. 2 points
    Emperor G_D

    Resurrection of Blu

    Sounds like you're strangely on the mend. Are you doing anything for it aside from lifting, resting and eating? Supps and whatnot?
  23. 1 point
    Kimbo

    Any advantage: BCAA vs PRO?

  24. 1 point
    mwarren

    Occult Blooded Occlusion Grimoire

    You sure do like to make it hurt
  25. 1 point
    Ras

    Occult Blooded Occlusion Grimoire

    I have a complex I do that involves OH with KBs: 4x Power Snatchx4 Full Cleanx4 Overhead Squatx4 Jump squatx4 The OH squats have always been a limiter, and I'm only using 45s and/or 50s. The bands I am using without weight just for positioning...may try with the bands and bells later today. It is interesting...the front 'drag' is easier to correct for me than the back drag.
  26. 1 point
    Kimbo

    Occult Blooded Occlusion Grimoire

    Nice! Are you OH squatting with KBs? That's quite a bit more difficult than with a barbell.
  27. 1 point
    Burton

    Any advantage: BCAA vs PRO?

    If you want, I can come over to your house, eat dinner with your girl and let you weep quietly in the corner and watch.
  28. 1 point
    Kimbo

    One (New) Direction

    For most people it's going to be about ankle flexibility. Not being about to drive your knees forward causes your torso to tilt forward, and that increases the demands on the shoulders and mid back.
  29. 1 point
    STENDEC

    One (New) Direction

    I know right? However, until recently, if I held a barbell in my hands overhead, due to some extreme lack of posterior chain flexibility, I could reach the quarter squat position after which I simply could not go any lower.
  30. 1 point
    Sanction

    One (New) Direction

    I assume in that scenario I am the grasshole, while you....
  31. 1 point
    mwarren

    Tomahawk HUGE update with a log

    You need to give me some of that positivity/momentum.
  32. 1 point
    mwarren

    Any advantage: BCAA vs PRO?

    I envy your ability to teach that food who's boss. I'm just a beta bitch.
  33. 1 point
    mwarren

    Resurrection of Blu

    CAT Bench 45X15 95X8 135X5 185X3 210X3X6 Pullup BWX15 BWX15 BWX13 failure I was still sore from last session and still performed well so I'm getting there. I probably should start adding weight soon to one of the days. Incline Bench 45X15 135X5 185X8 185X8 185X10 failure Fuck incline barbell. Doesn't feel great. I'm gonna do it for a few weeks, though. Maybe I need to. I need to see if it becomes a useful movement for future reference. Cable Long Row with rope attachment 70X15X3 Pulled to nipples for rear delts Incline DB Curl 25X12X3 last set failure Purdy good. Need to add volume to the pressing. The problem is, I can handle a lot more volume than the partners and they start throwing fits lol. I told them it's gotta happen.
  34. 1 point
    STENDEC

    One (New) Direction

    Legs #weightedvest Goblet Squat, Step Ups, Overhead Squat, Band Side Shuffle, Box Jumps, Band Prisoner Squats, Weighted Walking Lunges
  35. 1 point
    Emperor G_D

    Any advantage: BCAA vs PRO?

    You forgot "eating 12000 kcal meals at Cheesecake Factory on the regular", though that's a run-of-the-mill meal there, I think.
  36. 1 point
    Tomahawk007

    Tomahawk HUGE update with a log

    Ya I am looking forward to a good vacation. I really can't recall the last time I had one. It will be Thursday afternoon till Saturday at some point haha. I think it will be good. It is the people who help out with the middle schoolers. Going to talk about the plan for the upcoming year and just hang out. My one kind of if is how is it going to be around Bri. Is it going to be this is fun and I can see why I like this girl or will this be the most awkward 3 days of my life haha. I really don't think it will be that bad haha. But it is kind of odd to go on this trip together. Alright so here was my workout today: Lat pulldown hamstring curl with staff mtor 8 reps Supinated lat pulldown 6-8-10 dropset 260, 210, 150 Seated cable row neutral mtor 180 for 6 Hammer curl 6-8-10 drop set 50, 35, 25 Recently thought about it and I want to take advantage of my flexible schedule more. I really don't do as much as I should. Thought about going to an Atlanta Braves game which may still be an option but I am not sure. I brought the idea up to Bri. I asked my brother in law about some suggestions for going and he gave some. He also let my sister know about it haha. She is on team "Not Bri" haha. She doesn't dislike her just thinks I am setting myself up to get hurt. Which I may very well be doing but I am tired of playing it safe when it comes to dating. I am not sure I want to go to a Braves game that bad though. Because it would probably be close to 2am by the time I actually got back lol. And I am not a big baseball fan. Tomorrow I don't have anything planned for work. So I am thinking about going for a hike. Just go by myself. Take some food with me and enjoy the outdoors with some music. Not too far but far away enough.
  37. 1 point
    Emperor G_D

    Resurrection of Blu

    Transdermal transference is resolved with a t-shirt and a couple of hours. The side-effect profile of the deca stuff makes it uninteresting to me.
  38. 1 point
    High or low p-values in a metanalysis may lead to incorrect conclusions. This can be caused by a small number of studies within the analysis.
  39. 1 point
    mwarren

    Resurrection of Blu

    I don't think it does in healthy people since it bypasses 1st pass metabolism but I took it out based on his order. Like I mentioned before, I argued with him about keeping a little something going and he was having none of it. My enzymes did go way down after dropping it, but it could have also been the viral load shrinking. But, this is a special case and perhaps the virus prevents the breakdown of cholesterols. I just don't know and can't did instances of TD use with hep C on Google Scholar. In short, I need to listen to him if I want treatment. Whenever I can go back on, the oral undecanoate option looks favorable if insurance pays for it. The only thing I hate about transdermal is the possibility of transference.
  40. 1 point
    Tomahawk007

    Tomahawk HUGE update with a log

    Here is my workout from today: Leg extensions 6-8-10 drop set 200,150,100 Pec deck mtor 170 for 8 Military press thick bar rest pause 175 for 7,2,1 Close grip decline bench press rest pause 295 for 8,1,1 Got off balance on the second set and it was just downhill for the decline haha. But I won't complain about 8 reps. It was a pretty narrow grip. Got a little more sun today haha. Took 3 laps around the neighborhood shirtless in the AM. I might do a little reading outside to try and get a little more. I like to think I soak up the sun pretty well. I decided to do some abs at the gym today. They have cramped up really bad when I have tried crunching over too much. Figure some abs might alleviate that. Plus I am going to the beach in a little over a week haha. The top section doesn't look terrible all things considered, but the bottom has room for improvement haha.
  41. 1 point
    Sanction

    GF's "CS Goes Pubic" Log

    It does look like those small hauling/moving scams where they load your furniture on the truck and then refuse to unload it unless you pay more for the "unexpected" extra weight.
  42. 1 point
    Emperor G_D

    Resurrection of Blu

    I just don't see how transdermal TRT would impact liver enzymes at all.
  43. 1 point
    mwarren

    GF's "CS Goes Pubic" Log

    Dude fuck that shit. That's sketchy as FUCK. HELL NAW. They can't sell your shit without trying to contact you. Threaten them with a lawsuit for the difference in value of the items and hardship minus the cost of those missed payments. Very fucking shady. And they know it.
  44. 1 point
    mwarren

    Resurrection of Blu

    Another good session, though it wasn't a PR day. I guess my pullup volume was a PR. I'm just pleased with the consistency. One more week of the cycle/wave before I go back to bamboo benching for my heavy day and I'll do it for squatting this time, too. One thing I learned from this cycle is that I need to choose a weight I can hit for 3 reps at RPE 9 for my first day of the microcycle. That way I can build it up to 5 over 3 weeks. This cycle, the weights were too heavy and its harder to make progress from a 1RM and adding reps to it than starting with a 4RM. Lesson learned. I'm going to keep doing 3-4 week waves of bamboo work followed by 3 week waves of bringing a top set of 3 up to a top set of 5 or more. The bamboo work really added muscle and got me a lot stronger. Then, I need to to the heavy work to keep neural efficiency. Of course this will change when I get closer to the meet. I'm going to keep waving the CAT days in 3-4 week cycles throughout until I'm close to the meet as well. At 6-8 weeks out (so November) I'll have Kim help me peak so I don't fuck it up. I'll pay for another gym membership in the neighboring city so I can deadlift at that time. Alright, so now that my plan is explained, here was today: Bench 45X20 95X10 135X8 185X5 225X4 275X2 275X1 315X3 technically a PR but Jamie put her hands on it in fear that my pec would get hurt. It slowed down. It usually doesn't. Pullup BWX14 grip 1 BWX14 grip 2 BWX14 grip 3 had to rest-pause at the end but I'm getting good at these again! Slowly but surely... Press 95X12 95X10 95X9 Couldn't go heavy today. Just needed a break. Incline Prone DB Row 20X20 50X12X2 Shit, those are a nice movement! Mikey likey Cable Crossover (Something light)X20 Strict Hammer Curl 40X8 30X8 20X12 At home: DB Ext Rotation 10X12X2 Pushup 0X15 Supine DB Curl 10X30 Single Leg Standing Calf Raise 0X15X2 Standing Calf Raise 0X30x2 I'm on a mission for that hyper trophy until November
  45. 1 point
    mwarren

    Tomahawk HUGE update with a log

    Good introspection, my man.
  46. 1 point
    STENDEC

    Kimbo's PR Log

    Me (to a 125lb twig of a cardio bunny): You should try doing some resistance exercise...mix it in with your cardio... Her: Oh I can't do that, I don't want to get bulky! 🙄
  47. 1 point
    Emperor G_D

    Old Powerlifters don't just die...

    Wasn't feeling the gym last week, so never went back. Was supposed to go to the gym today, but again wasn't feeling it. Went to the local high school track. Did some walkrunshuffling for a mile and ran the bleachers a bit. My stomach was pretty irritated from some italian food I had the night before. Had extreme sphincter challenges the whole time, and lost the battle a little bit. A few times. Oops.
  48. 1 point
    mwarren

    Resurrection of Blu

    All riiiight! Good motherfucking training session today god damnit! Watched some old Rich Piana to get amped up to eat lol. My weight is back up to 190. It did go very well, however I didn't get the volume that I wanted in and had to add 2 more sets of split squats with my 20lb KB at home to get my quad fatigue where I wanted it. Wish I could have done some more leg curls and some abs, but I trained with Jamie and a friend and they are both pussies. Irritates the fuck out of me. Really hinders my training lately because when Jamie is "done," I need to be done as well or deal with her shitty attitude at home. I can't wait to be training on my own again at some point. Squat 45X20 135X8 185X5 225X5 275X2 315X2 315X1 365X1 405X2.5 Loved this. Last week, I barely muscled up a 2nd rep. This week, I BURIED 2 reps, then, being cocky, paused the 3rd rep in the hole for 3s and couldn't make it all the way back up. Ran out of steam. But, my technique was awesome today and I didn't use my back to muscle up that 3rd rep. So, I'm learning to keep my torso upright. I have a video of the first 2 reps on Jamie's phone. Might have her post it. She stopped recording because I told her I was shooting for 2 reps. Goodmorning 135X20X3 Rear Foot Elevated Split Squat 20X15X6 I'll go heavier next time. Had to get the form down. That's why 6 sets. Manual Leg Curl Green BandX10X2 DB Curl 10X20 Feeder Another interview tomorrow for Pfizer again. I better FUCKING get this job.
  49. 1 point
    Injuries occur when an athlete performs a greater amount of activity (workload) than what their body can absorb. To maximize the positive effects of training while avoiding injuries, athletes and coaches need to determine safe workload levels. The International Olympic Committee has recommended using the acute:chronic workload ratio (ACRatio) to monitor injury risk, and has provided thresholds to minimize risk. However, there are several limitations to the ACRatio which may impact the validity of current recommendations. In this review, we discuss previously published and novel challenges with the ACRatio, and possible strategies to address them. These challenges include 1) formulating the ACRatio as a proportion rather than a measure of change, 2) its use of unweighted averages to measure activity loads, 3) inapplicability of the ACRatio to sports where athletes taper their activity, 4) discretization of the ACRatio prior to model selection, 5) the establishment of the model using sparse data, 6) potential bias in the ACRatio of injured athletes, 7) unmeasured confounding, and 8 ) application of the ACRatio to subsequent injuries. https://arxiv.org/pdf/1907.05326.pdf
  50. 1 point
    mwarren

    Tomahawk HUGE update with a log

    What is your testimony about? I know you had the porn addiction but is there something else? I too, am an addict.
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