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  • What does it mean to be strong?

    My blog post today is about assessing fitness, specifically strength. It's a tricky subject!

    Click the link above to read my thoughts on this subject and feel free to post your comments directly on my blog.

    Thanks for reading!
    Al
    "In theory, theory and practice are the same. In practice, they couldn't be more different."

    "You can have anything you want, but you can't have everything you want."

    My blog: http://www.AlKavadlo.com

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  • #2
    Did the Bar-Barian requirements spark this post? I'm working on getting my reps up, endurance is not something I've paid much attention to trying to progressively get stronger...
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    • #3
      This post (like most of the stuff on my blog) came from a recent conversation with one of my clients. The bar-barian requirements go far beyond what I deem strong. You need to be practically super-human to fulfill the new ones!
      "In theory, theory and practice are the same. In practice, they couldn't be more different."

      "You can have anything you want, but you can't have everything you want."

      My blog: http://www.AlKavadlo.com

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      • #4
        Ugh tell me about it, I'm still trying to Muscle Up... or get 20+ push ups.. honestly I don't know what's hardest.
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        • #5
          is "20+" a typo?... I don't think I'm very fit persay but doing 20 isn't really much... ... ... my max rep is 49 atm but if you are battling between muscle ups and 20 pushups... ... idk...it just doesn't add up to me...( I can't do a muscle up as of now...)...

          I hope that doesn't come off negative or anything... I'm just confused...
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          • #6
            No offense taken, if I'm fresh I'm sure I can do a bit over 30 push ups but muscle endurance is something I haven't paid a lot of attention to (this is arguable, as Al states, but doing more than 30 push ups is more a question of muscle endurance than brute strength)
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            • #7
              maybe I'm just better at push-ups than I thought...?... the group I have a weekly competition with at work I'm the worst of the people who aren't completely out of shape... the 'top dogs' roll out at between 70 and 100 ... ... I'm still working towards that muscle up though
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              • #8
                Originally posted by Fatkid View Post
                maybe I'm just better at push-ups than I thought...?... the group I have a weekly competition with at work I'm the worst of the people who aren't completely out of shape... the 'top dogs' roll out at between 70 and 100 ... ... I'm still working towards that muscle up though
                Sounds like you've got a very fit group of guys that you train with - 49 straight push-ups is really good! I've only ever seen one person do over 100 push-ups without a break. The most I've ever done was in the 80's.
                "In theory, theory and practice are the same. In practice, they couldn't be more different."

                "You can have anything you want, but you can't have everything you want."

                My blog: http://www.AlKavadlo.com

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                • #9
                  I was really into push up for a while and I found that eventually there really weren't making me much stronger or bigger but just increasing my endurance. More endurance isn't a bad thing except that I was converting muscle fibers from fast to slow twitch and push up sets were taking a lot longer. So, I've moved back to bench pressing again to increase my over all strength and maybe add a little size while I'm at it.
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                  • #10
                    Yeah I'm honestly not too interested in doing 50+ push ups, or way too many reps on any given exercise. I figure if you can do more than 40 then it's time to change up, add resistance, change leverage or something to make it more challenging. I definitely see the merit in it, though.
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                    • #11
                      So, at least I am strong based on Al's list. I am working to get to 1.5 x my body weight in squats, deadlifts and bench press(bench is the tough one).

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                      • #12
                        Congrats on being strong, John! If you keep it up one day you'll be really strong.

                        Btw, very few people can bench 1.5x their body weight, but it is possible! When I was into lifting I could bench 275 at a bodyweight of 180, but I jacked up my shoulders in the process.
                        "In theory, theory and practice are the same. In practice, they couldn't be more different."

                        "You can have anything you want, but you can't have everything you want."

                        My blog: http://www.AlKavadlo.com

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                        • #13
                          Yeah, 1.5 is probably not a realistic goal for the bench, but I know I will get there on the other lifts. THanks!

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                          • #14
                            I can still bench more than 1.5 times my weight, but I am not as strong as I once was. Right now, I only weight about a buck fifty. Years ago, when I weighed more than I do now, I was benching close to 300. My goal is to get back up into that range without adding necessary fat this time.
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Daemonized View Post
                              My goal is to get back up into that range without adding necessary fat this time.
                              Good plan! I feel better now at 160 lbs than I did when I was 20+ pounds heavier even though my lifts have gone down. I'm leaner now and my pound for pound strength is more than ever - at least on bodyweight exercises.
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                              My blog: http://www.AlKavadlo.com

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