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Friendly Competition/Challenge Thread


#142

Well, that was a quick race. Nice! Battle is on for second place.


#143

Just listened to it with volume…sorry about the obnoxious breathing. My iPod died just minutes before this set, and now I find out that the charger isn’t working for it…


#144

@littlesleeper you jerk. “Gave it a shot today”…hits a triple. I’m very jealous.


#145

@Reed I feel way short. 415 for 15 and a half in wraps. I thought my head was going to explode. Took a little over a minute. I think I could get to 20 in under a minute in 3-5 months with some practice, but no clue how long it would take me without wraps. You’re a monster.


#146

Nice man honestly. I remember missing it in wraps many times in wraps. Believe it or not I never hit 20 in wraps.


#147

When I said race I didn’t mean run up to the bar and hit it lol


#148

Did 154 lbs on z pin press today

Also did an easy 210 lbs x 5 wide grip barbell row and 110 lbs x 6 barbell extensions


#149

@stronkfak Good work bud! Is that pin height around nose level? Was this done fresh or after some work? I’ll give it a go on my next shoulder focused pressing day.


#150

A little different challenge today. Pick an exercise that you’ve been intentionally avoiding. Something that scares you a bit. Make it a primary movement for a while.
Mine is SLDL/RDLS in conventional stance. I haven’t done them consistently in 3+ years. I was worried they would aggravate an old injury I got trying to deficit snatch grip deadlift a good amount of weight like an idiot.
Hit 275 for 5 sets of 8 without a belt, and they went great! Low back pump but no pain, and a lot of good glute and hamstring work. Will slowly add volume and weight to these and see if they help with my conventional lockout.


#151

Thanks bud

Yeap,it was around nose level
It was also done fresh,as my main max effort movement


#152

holy shit! Nice lift!


#153

I can’t bring myself to make them a main movement, but from this cycle onwards I’ll be incorporating single leg work after squats. Pretty much means rear foot elevated split squats, I’ll put something up if I do anything noteworthy. I think best so far is 15 per leg holding 50 lbs in each hand, so nothing much.


#154

Do you prefer those over lunges? And as for lunges, do you prefer the walking or doing them in place? Is there much of a difference to you?


#155

I’m not @MarkKO, but I hugely prefer walking lunges to stationary single leg work. Let’s me get in a bit of conditioning and balance work in with the leg training. Also they feel much more natural for me.

However, the trade off is the weight I use is probably less, and there could be less carryover to static strength movements (i.e. squats and deadlifts). Pros and cons to both.


#157

Yeah I normally do walking lunges myself but it seems like with the walking lunges it’s more of standing straight up on the front leg, where as stationary lunges it’s more of a pushing backwards With the front leg while you’re coming up. Didn’t know if anybody with more knowledge than me had any 2 cents to put in about which one is a better movement


#158

I know it’s probably splitting hairs, I’m just bored at work so I figured I’d get on and ask frivolous questions haha. On a related note, picking a weight for DBs and seeing who can get the longest distance on walking lunges seems like a pretty killer challenge. Or maybe a time challenge. I might get my 35 lb DBs and see how long it takes me to walking lunges around a football field


#159

I love working thru minutiae, questions and feedback are always welcome here.
In my experience, stationary is an awesome way (at least for me) do to reverse lunges.
When I try to do rear leg elevated work getting balanced and hopping with 135-315 on my back felt really awkward. I never saw enough benefit to justify the potential consequence of falling on my face.

I’m all for some really long lunge challenges. My record is 1 mile with bodyweight, and a quarter mile with a couple of 50’s. No idea on time though, just tried to keep lunging until it was over.


#160

That’s fucking nuts dude


#161

Much, because I can actually feel them in my quads which I don’t with lunges.


#162

That’s interesting, lunges fry my quads, and i only feel glutes and hams a couple days later. What’s your stride length like? Height, Femur length in relation to tibia/fibula length? Lol, I’m always interested in looking for trends in these sort of things.