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Old 02-25-2013, 04:24 PM   #2001
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reason i asked is i recently moved into a place in manhattan that has a gym in the building. it's not fully stocked, but it has about 80% of everything i'd want in a gym. right now, i'm mildly annoyed by what's missing. i'm trying to figure out whether this mild annoyance will eventually turn into major annoyance, which would force me to pay $80-90 a month for an expensive ass nyc gym.
What is it missing. I know I wouldn't pay the extra money.
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Old 02-25-2013, 04:38 PM   #2002
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reason i asked is i recently moved into a place in manhattan that has a gym in the building. it's not fully stocked, but it has about 80% of everything i'd want in a gym. right now, i'm mildly annoyed by what's missing. i'm trying to figure out whether this mild annoyance will eventually turn into major annoyance, which would force me to pay $80-90 a month for an expensive ass nyc gym.
I'd say make do with what you have. $80 - 90 a month can go a long way towards better food, lifting shoes, etc. Lots of strong and ripped people all around the world that probably only have access to 10% of what's in your building's gym.
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Hell yea. Sept 2013 1 rep max bench goal hit. New goal 240.

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Old 02-26-2013, 09:17 AM   #2004
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What is it missing. I know I wouldn't pay the extra money.
the big thing i'm missing is a squat rack. however, i'm still a member of my gym near my parent's house in staten island because we're part of a family membership deal that they offer. i visit my parents often enough that i can squat at least once a week. it'd be nice to squat whenever i want instead of scheduling it around visits back home though. i also can't do things like your squat-everyday-for-a-week routine unless i wanna do my squatting on a smith machine

other things that sorta bother me is that the gym doesnt have an incline, decline, or seated military press. there are suitable substitutes (e.g. those adjustable angle benches so i can do incline/military dumbbell press and a dip bar to replace decline press), but i typically prefer incline/decline/military barbell presses.

i also kinda miss hammer strength machines. every once in a while, i'll catch myself dialing in an effort in the middle of my work out and, if i do, i "punish" myself by doing a couple sets on hammer strength machines to supplement my weak workout. i no longer have that option

lastly, the dumbbells go up to 85 lbs, which is heavy enough for most things i do with dumbbells, but i wouldve liked to have them go up to 100 lbs.
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Old 02-26-2013, 09:47 AM   #2005
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the big thing i'm missing is a squat rack. however, i'm still a member of my gym near my parent's house in staten island because we're part of a family membership deal that they offer. i visit my parents often enough that i can squat at least once a week. it'd be nice to squat whenever i want instead of scheduling it around visits back home though. i also can't do things like your squat-everyday-for-a-week routine unless i wanna do my squatting on a smith machine

other things that sorta bother me is that the gym doesnt have an incline, decline, or seated military press. there are suitable substitutes (e.g. those adjustable angle benches so i can do incline/military dumbbell press and a dip bar to replace decline press), but i typically prefer incline/decline/military barbell presses.

i also kinda miss hammer strength machines. every once in a while, i'll catch myself dialing in an effort in the middle of my work out and, if i do, i "punish" myself by doing a couple sets on hammer strength machines to supplement my weak workout. i no longer have that option

lastly, the dumbbells go up to 85 lbs, which is heavy enough for most things i do with dumbbells, but i wouldve liked to have them go up to 100 lbs.
yea that kind of sucks man. You'll get used to it though. I would be pretty pissed about the squat rack though. But you can clean a relatively heavy barbell up to a front squat position and do those right?
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yea that kind of sucks man. You'll get used to it though. I would be pretty pissed about the squat rack though. But you can clean a relatively heavy barbell up to a front squat position and do those right?
yes i can do that. the trouble is that i'm still not so awesome at the front squat, so i can only front squat enough weight to practice my form, and not enough to get a true leg workout. there's also enough other stuff in my apt's gym that i could put together a decent leg workout, just minus back squats.

like i said though, i go back home to my real gym often enough that it's not a big hindrance. it's just mildly annoying is all.
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Old 02-26-2013, 10:34 AM   #2007
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yes i can do that. the trouble is that i'm still not so awesome at the front squat, so i can only front squat enough weight to practice my form, and not enough to get a true leg workout. there's also enough other stuff in my apt's gym that i could put together a decent leg workout, just minus back squats.

like i said though, i go back home to my real gym often enough that it's not a big hindrance. it's just mildly annoying is all.
why not? I don't get it. Rack the weight and go down. You should be good to go.
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why not? I don't get it. Rack the weight and go down. You should be good to go.
There are a few more components to a strong front squat than "rack the weight and go down".
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There are a few more components to a strong front squat than "rack the weight and go down".
true lol

Rack the weight, elbows up, feet shoulder width or a little wider, toes slightly out, keep weight on the heels, keep core tight, Sit the weight down, push up.

Here's my workout from yesterday

Barbell Incline Bench Press:
45 lb x 20 reps (+48 pts)
95 lb x 10 reps (+60 pts)
135 lb x 10 reps (+79 pts)
155 lb x 10 reps (+91 pts)
155 lb x 10 reps (+91 pts)
155 lb x 10 reps (+91 pts)

Barbell Bench Press:
225 lb x 1 reps (+66 pts)
135 lb x 10 reps (+77 pts)
135 lb x 10 reps (+77 pts)
135 lb x 10 reps (+77 pts)
hit a Pr with 225x1. The rest of the sets were negatives

Dumbbell Flyes:
30 lb x 12 reps (+19 pts)
15 lb x 15 reps (+18 pts)
15 lb x 15 reps (+18 pts)

Push-Up:
10 reps (+15 pts)
10 reps (+15 pts)
10 reps (+15 pts)
10 reps (+15 pts)
10 reps (+15 pts)
All done chest to floor

Chin-Up:
8 reps (+60 pts)
6 reps (+49 pts)
6 reps (+49 pts)
4 reps (+36 pts)

Barbell Curl:
65 lb x 10 reps (+18 pts)
45 lb x 20 reps (+17 pts)
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why not? I don't get it. Rack the weight and go down. You should be good to go.
i feel unsteady and my weight tends to shift forward, towards the balls of my feet. i can back squat around 200 lbs, but i can only front squat about 100 right now

i guess on the bright side, this might be a good opportunity for me to master the front squat
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i feel unsteady and my weight tends to shift forward, towards the balls of my feet. i can back squat around 200 lbs, but i can only front squat about 100 right now

i guess on the bright side, this might be a good opportunity for me to master the front squat
do it man. Just stay on the heels and do something like this with light weight
Go down and pause and sit on the heels. What kind of shoes are you squatting in?
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Old 02-26-2013, 11:02 AM   #2013
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good. I want some lifting shoes so bad but I have other sh1t to worry about buying. Like oil, cable, mortgage lol
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would they make a big difference? i'm very happy with my vibrams; they've become my official shoe for pretty much all things fitness
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would they make a big difference? i'm very happy with my vibrams; they've become my official shoe for pretty much all things fitness
Not really sure. I guess they are a lot more stable than the vibrams.
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As someone who has both Vibrams and true lifting shoes, I say stick with the Vibrams unless you intend on truly chasing numbers.
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As someone who has both Vibrams and true lifting shoes, I say stick with the Vibrams unless you intend on truly chasing numbers.
The problem I see when I squat with my vibrams sometimes is that I tend to role on the side of my foot. I don't know if that's a mobility, forum, or shoe issue.
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The new balance minimus' that I bought have the best of both worlds... Vibram sole with stability in the heel for lifting.
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