Depends on what function you need. plan on pushing something heavy off of your chest? True it is the classic chest exercise and I'm sure there is a reason for its dominance in about 90% of peoples training plans but I just never got it. To answer your question I personally dont feel it is a very functional exercise.
Several sets into my squats I loaded more weight, unracked the bar, walked out, set my feet and... Somebody is tapping my back!!! I ignore the taps and squat deep. As soon as I hit bottom I realized I was still being tapped on the back! WTF!!! Pause at top and somebody behind me is saying: "Buddy, buddy, yo buddy." Okay next rep I go down and this fool is now yelling at the top of his lungs for me to listen to him. I rack the weight and you can imagine the look on my face when I turn around. The guy says: "Your going to hurt yourself. The bar should rest on your shoulders and don't go past parallel." Briefly I thought about shoving a 45 up his ass but instead said "Hmmm... good advice. Why don't you show me? I'll spot you." The guy said he was just trying to keep me from hurting my self and walked off.
Been hitting the weight pretty hard the past couple of months, and I seem to have done something to my forearms. The underside specifically. No problems during benching, but when I curl, do lat pull downs and bent over rows it feels like they are going to tear. Don't realy work my grip to speak of cant figure out what the hell is going on. Been icing and heating back and forth to no avail. Did a deload week last week and really didn't touch that much weight since it was time to give the CNS a breather. I usually work up pretty heavy on the trap bar shrugs, but 315 made the forearms feel pretty ragged. This happen to anyone else? What did you do to get this cleared up? The pain is not in the elbow, more like 4-5 inches from the elbow, in the middle of the forearm (palm side down). Feels more of a muscular-ligament problem but in the middle of the forearm. Did speed bench today with no trouble, but it seemed to be a little sore. After that I did some triceps with moderate weight, and it felt like some of my fingers were going numb. I also felt a little ligament popping in my hands when I squeezed them. I know about tennis elbow all too well, or some variation of it since I have played baseball and softball my whole life. I am no professional but I would say that I am 95% sure that this is not tennis elbow. A little confused.....
Powerlifters, we eat big, sleep big and lift big. AFter being in competitive powerlifting for a while one will make an assessment of your own physical body. Meaning if you are under 6 foot, you will probably have to get to 242lbs, which is a lot of weight for someone 5Æ‹". If you are over 6 foot, you had better be 300+ to be competetive with those leverages. This all entails eating big to gain the weight and muscle to be strong/competitive and it takes it toll on your body.
I am pretty darn weak and slow coming out of the hole when i try to squat deep. I was wondering what would be some good supplemental exercieses and such. I try to squat i guess its like an olympic squat or atheltic stance.
I had a similar problem when I started PL. It was from holding the bar with too narrow of a grip while squatting, and "clamping" the bar to your back as you come up. The pain is probably not elbow, but forearm muscle overuse isometrically flexed holding the bar. Concentrate on pushing back on the bar with your shoulders, not pulling the bar to your back.
Heels just make the pull longer and tip you forward. Neither of those are going to help your pull. Chucks are fine for pulling.
Have you been using the same shirt for a long time? like when you did 875 till the time you did 1005 were you using the same shirt, at least with respect to design, or do you constantly modify and change it?
when you retract your shoulder blades, should you retract them upwards towards your upper traps? i think i did this yesterday and it made a huge difference. then after one of my teammates told me how good my arch looked, i totally lost it on the next couple sets. its only now that i think on that good set i might have been retracting upwards (towards the bench) instead of downwards (which what i thought was away from the bench.
I can honestly say I have never set foot in a commercial gym to workout. I have done a meet at a gym but that's it. I have everything I need in my basement. I don't have to worry about people curling in the squat cage. I don't have to worry about taking too long between sets and having people waiting. I don't have to deal with any jerks. I wouldn't have it any other way.
When I first tried on my knee wraps to squat with them it was the most awkward thing I had done in lifting. I feel that the pounds I might have put on my squat are cancelled out in that I am not used to the wraps. Are there any ways that I can get used to the knee wraps outside of max attempts? Did you experience similar issues the first few times you used the wraps?