First of all, I am just seeking some advice on training . I used to hang around here and I learned alot, but I've forgotten alot.
I pretty much fell off the face of the earth since around very early September 2009. I got hit with alot of crap and I've had to go through alot of stuff, like most people, and I fell into depression and made some bad choices/habits. It probably seemed inevitable to outside eyes, but, it still happened.
To make a long story short, and avoid boring you with my bullshit; I fell away from my lifting habits (and eating habits), started some bad habits, and I had fell to below 100lbs for the first time since I was 16.
I started trying to pick myself back up in February and I've corrected alot of the bad habits that I had created, and I began lifting again about a month ago. I've put back on a pretty good amount of what I lost. However, I am having some difficulty.
When doing back squats (or any excercise involving the quadriceps) my left thigh does not seem to want to cooperate anymore. I feel like my entire left thigh is not firing anymore and I am unsure how to go about fixing this.
I tried doing leg extensions one leg at a time to try and activate them individually, and then doing something like back squats or front squats, but this did not help terribly. It just led to a slightly better pump in my left thigh, but an even greater one in my right thigh. Any ideas?
My other inquiry is about bicep training. I have been doing a 'concentration curl pyramid'... I have been taking X weight and curling it 5 times in one hand, then immediately switching to the other hand and curling it 5 times, and switching hands each time, adding 5 reps each switch, building up to 15 reps, and back down to 5. So 5-10-15-10-5 in each hand.
Now obviously, I have to almost cut the weight in half do this, compared to a regular 10-15 rep set of concentration curls. I am wondering, if I keep consistent with this, will it be worth my time? Or would it just be better to do a regular straight set of 10-15 reps for concentration curls? It is pretty hard and makes me pretty sore (a pretty insane pump too), but will this help with size? or more muscular endurance?
Sorry if these questions seem simple. I've just been through quite a bit and I hadn't even thought of training in quite a while.
I don't want to say idiotic things and be thought of a retard, on these boards, anymore. I love this place just like the rest of you do, and while I was very immature before, I will be no longer.
I am not looking for anymore bullshit, like my old thread 'I went to egypt', I just wanna train and communicate with like-minded individuals.
I'm serious about it this time, and while I won't be sharing any stats for years to come, I want to and will stick with it. I already feel like I am taking a more intelligent approach to both my training and diet this time around. I'm ready to go full blown.
We all have to grow up sometime, right?
I'm not sure if there is a beginner section still, as I do not remember if I changed any settings to show or hide forums way back when. I would've posted this there if there was still one. I'm not seeing any though. So my apologies ahead of time in case this is in the wrong forum.