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  1. Today was the first official weigh in. Despite...

    Today was the first official weigh in. Despite cutting out salt and carbs, dehydrating myself, and wearing shorts in the snow, I came in 0.8 pounds over the line, so I'm paying full price for...
  2. Now they're saying that if you're above the...

    Now they're saying that if you're above the target BMI and you get a doctor's note saying you're at "the healthiest BMI you can achieve," they'll consider making an exception. Is there some site out...
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    I used that formula to estimate my maxes...

    I used that formula to estimate my maxes initially (BTW, you can divide by 30 instead of multiplying by .0333). But now I'd just take 10% off my training max. It's the same thing.
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    The first few cycles are so easy when starting...

    The first few cycles are so easy when starting your training max at 90% of your true max, I didn't see any need for a deload week. Now I never miss the deload weeks. I actually take the week off...
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    Something like that. I skipped the deload weeks...

    Something like that. I skipped the deload weeks for a few cycles, which would bring that number down, but my training weeks are longer than calendar weeks, which would bring it up.
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    Yeah, that should work. I'm open to going against...

    Yeah, that should work. I'm open to going against the program.



    I don't think so. My 1RM is 120, possibly 125. My 5RM is at least 105, and I did that after all the other sets of 5.



    I got...
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    I waited 6 minutes, and it was the most boring...

    I waited 6 minutes, and it was the most boring thing I've ever had to do. It helped, but not enough (3 reps). Next time I'll try skipping the penultimate set.
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    Oh, I guess that's lying triceps extensions.

    Oh, I guess that's lying triceps extensions.
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    About 6 cycles. My pushing assistance exercises...

    About 6 cycles. My pushing assistance exercises are CGBP (OHP day) and incline presses (bench day).



    Because I wasn't as fresh for the last set of 5's. Sets of 5 (warmups and early work sets)...
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    5/3/1 - OHP failing on just the 5's

    I've done a few cycles of 5/3/1, and now I'm starting to miss reps. For most exercises I'm failing on the 5's, 3's, and 1's, so obviously I'm not going to raise the weight. But for overhead presses,...
  11. No one is required to pee on the stick, but...

    No one is required to pee on the stick, but you'll have to pay the smoker rates if you don't. I don't like the invasion of privacy, but I want to save money.

    And we didn't actually pee on the...
  12. It's my employer rather than the insurance...

    It's my employer rather than the insurance company who's using this information. They pay a portion of our insurance costs based on our fitness level:

    Level A - smoker - company pays 50%
    Level B...
  13. They took our baseline measurements today. My BMI...

    They took our baseline measurements today. My BMI was in the overweight range (25.4, normal is 18.5 - 24.9), but my body fat percentage was in the normal range (18.9%, normal is 8% - 20%). But now it...
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    Marty, do you even lift?

    Marty, do you even lift?
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    I guess it's like how you'd answer the question...

    I guess it's like how you'd answer the question "Where do you live?" Depending on context, you might say "the U.S.," "California," "Santa Barbara," or a particular neighborhood. A very general answer...
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    Don't you have to take the exercise into account?...

    Don't you have to take the exercise into account? Are curls with a 190 lb dumbbell heavy in an absolute sense?



    Bill Gates has ten times as much money as Ralph Lauren. Is Ralph Lauren rich?

    ...
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    Mark has a very relaxed definition of heavy,...

    Mark has a very relaxed definition of heavy, including extremely high rep bodyweight exercises. I guess I should have specified that I was talking about barbell training.



    Gee, can we say...
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    True, but if someone says they're doing sets of...

    True, but if someone says they're doing sets of 5, it's implied that they're using a weight close to their 5RM.



    Yeah, it can get complicated. I like to do squats with a couple of backflips...
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    Stop calling it "heavy"

    Dear entire lifting community,

    Please stop using the word "heavy." It's ambiguous as hell. Just say what you mean.

    Bad: "Do you lift heavy?"
    Good: "How many reps do you do?"

    Bad: "I lift...
  20. My insurance company would not go after the other...

    My insurance company would not go after the other guy because it was not costing them anything (i.e., my deductible was higher than the damage).

    Good advice on the other stuff. I have records of...
  21. My ceiling is fixed; the issue is just the money....

    My ceiling is fixed; the issue is just the money. And the money doesn't really matter to me; the issue is really just bringing this fucker to justice. Yes, "you" is me in this case, but I was saying...
  22. But doesn't an unpaid judgment kill their credit...

    But doesn't an unpaid judgment kill their credit score? And doesn't the interest accumulate over the years? You might not even want to get paid off if they're being screwed over.
  23. How would Grok handle small claims disputes?

    I'm guessing Grok would use a spear, but do we have better methods available today?

    I went to court this morning as the plaintiff in a small claims case. This guy owns the condo above me (but...
  24. I told the president of the company that I...

    I told the president of the company that I thought the wellness program was a great idea in theory, but that all reputable health experts question the usefulness of BMI as a metric.

    He said it's...
  25. Most of the time, yes. But then there are people...

    Most of the time, yes. But then there are people like me who are annoyed they have to derail their strength training program just to meet some arbitrary number.



    Everything is fine when used in...
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