That's the problem. The program puts deadlift after having already wore yourself out with squats and presses. Who is going to be perfect an hour into working out 100% of the time? It's my glutes and hamstrings that fail, at least that is what my chiropractor told me. And the first time I hurt my back it was putting it down while this time it was picking it up. I don't feel comfortable doing an exercise where 100% perfection is required otherwise you get serious injury.
Originally Posted by quikky
Plus you have a nice body. This sounds so much more reasonable. I was thinking last night that what I think these templates actually are doing with MY body is they just work me up to the edge of what I'm already capable of but don't really build that much new strength. The stress time is so small and stimulates a muscle fiber type I don't have a lot of and stimulates a hormonal reaction that is weak in myself being so old and female. If I did more reps at a weight where reaching failure is due to becoming tired rather than due to having whole muscle groups just give up, then I think the whole thing would be more effective for me. I'd probably get a better body, too. Hell, I sound like fucking cross-fit. If only cross-fit wasn't so spastic with the variation.
Originally Posted by seaweed
Yeah, that's me. I'm going to develop my own less aggressive program. I have no strength if I'm injured. I think I just want to look and good and if strength happens, fine.
Originally Posted by Stacy15
Thanks Al. I think some of those deadlift alternatives are what I need. My glutes and hamstrings need work. After my back injury my butt is more sore than my back is. I started strength training because I was too weak to do your exercises. Been hoping I could get strong enough to do bodyweight stuff. I can do 10 pushups now. I used to not be able to do any. I can't do a pullup yet but I can do negatives with a neutral grip one at a time with a long rest in between and I can hold myself at the top for pretty long, at least on the first one. I may never be able to do dead-hang pullups though. My arms pop right out of their sockets if I even get close to the bottom. The barbell training has helped me build enough core strength to get close to being able to do bodyweight stuff.
Originally Posted by Al_Kavadlo
Female, 5'3", 48, Starting weight: 163lbs. Current weight: 135.
Starting squat: 45lbs. Current squat: 145 x 4.