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2020-06-30 11:22:20 AM  
ha.
girlfriend is a body builder and a Trump supporter.
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2020-06-30 12:26:42 PM  
This picture is just begging for a Photoshop contest. And possibly a "Welcome to Fark" meme.

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2020-06-30 12:50:52 PM  
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2020-06-30 12:55:08 PM  
"They taught monkeys how to strength train and examined how the activity transforms the brain and body."

Wouldn't it have been cheaper to just monitor some CrossFit junkies. Or would take the transformation the opposite direction.
 
2020-06-30 1:00:35 PM  

UncleDirtNap: "They taught monkeys how to strength train and examined how the activity transforms the brain and body."

Wouldn't it have been cheaper to just monitor some CrossFit junkies. Or would take the transformation the opposite direction.


With monkeys they at least had a chance of their test subjects using correct form.
 
2020-06-30 1:08:59 PM  
"When you start lifting weights, you get stronger because the neural input to your muscles increases. It's only a few weeks later that the muscles themselves start to get bigger."

Given that statement, I wouldn't be surprised if their findings translate generally to most forms of exercise.  Not big into lifting, but I do run high volume/high frequency and using your muscles efficiently is extremely noticeable there.  You can see marked improvement after just a small amount of training as you learn to use your muscles right.  E.g. someone who runs a lot of slow/moderate miles (like a 6-8mi per day or more runner) will plateau at a certain pace and not be able to exceed that by much even at relatively short distances.  But, if you have them do a bunch of 50-100m sprints as part of their runs a few times a week for like 4-6 weeks, they'll start making huge pace 'gains' at short distances like a 5k.  It doesn't go on like that forever obviously, but the initial improvement comes on quickly.  The same thing can be said for someone who only runs a little bit, but then ramps up their overall volume of running.  When you make the change from running 15-20mi/week up to 50+mpw, even an average hobby runner will see a huge improvement over a short period of time.

Anyways, that's my long-winded way of saying I've experienced this sort of thing personally and I can totally believe it.  I'll bet it would apply to most any type of sports as far as performance stats like strength, speed, or endurance.
 
2020-06-30 1:32:58 PM  
This is very old news. It's long been known that your first 2 to 4 weeks of gains when starting weightlifting is all neuro adaptation. Not sure how this is news or why this study was done.
 
2020-06-30 1:36:19 PM  
Actually read the article. The interesting finding is that it seems neurostimulation might speed up the process.
 
2020-06-30 2:06:15 PM  
 
2020-06-30 2:18:41 PM  
I started lifting 5 times a week about 18 months ago. But since the pandemic, I've been working out at home using resistance bands (the kind that are elastic tubes with handles), a few dumbbells, and an EZ bar.

Since I only have light weights here at home, I increased my reps. I do roughly 3 times as many reps. 3x25 or 3x30 reps for most lifts.

And I have to say, moving to "more reps, but less weight" has worked AMAZINGLY well. I've had more gains in the past few months than in the past 10 months. I might not go back to the gym at all.

That's the thing about lifting weights - everyone's body reacts a little differently. You have to try different "style" to see what works best for you. I had tried a few different styles, and had even tried the "high reps" style, but apparently I wasn't going high ENOUGH.

The other upside is that doing lots of reps makes the weightlifting more aerobic.
 
2020-06-30 3:07:38 PM  
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2020-07-01 6:51:10 AM  
Stronglifts 5x5 says hi.

https://stronglifts.com/5x5/#Quick_Ove​rview

Most likely you saw the improvements with increased reps because you weren't lifting heavy enough before.

If you were using machines at the gym switching to resistance bands would also cause an improvement as they are closer to free weights which require you to work harder, using a bunch of smaller muscles that don't get hit with machines, to maintain proper form.

I'm rebuilding after falling off the workout wagon a few years back. Using that program before I was squatting all the olympic plates I owned and contemplating getting a new bar as the one I have isn't rated for more. That was 310 lbs. I went from around 280 lbs to 230 in about six months before I stopped.

At squatting 300 you move on from Stronglifts to a Madcow routine: https://stronglifts.com/madc​ow-5x5/


I can't attest to Madcow as life knocked me off the workout wagon with a baseball bat to the chest before I could start it. Stronglifts is the absolutely legit though, and you don't have to spend that much time doing it.

The only other exercise I do with this routine is walk the dog. Usually for 30 minutes every weekday maybe an hour or two on the weekends when It's nice and I got nothing better to do.
 
2020-07-01 6:52:16 AM  
I have no idea why Fark threw away the first link. Mobile site is quality programming.
 
2020-07-01 9:54:21 AM  
"Whey protein" 3 min version
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