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    My chest, back and legs are mesomorphic... My...

    My chest, back and legs are mesomorphic... My arms are pseudo-ectomorphic. My gut screams endomorph...
  • You'll seriously regret having that extra size...

    You'll seriously regret having that extra size when you're on a 20+mile ruck march with 70-100lbs on your back. You're far better served by running, swimming, doing push-ups, pull-ups and crunches,...
  • 1. Back off to two days worth of weight training...

    1. Back off to two days worth of weight training per week:
    -Monday: Squats, Pendlay Rows, Bench
    -Thursday: Squats, Deadlift, OHP.

    2. Limit yourself to the big lifts and a little accessory...
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    This is what I love about 5/3/1; it's flexible. I...

    This is what I love about 5/3/1; it's flexible. I suggest hitting your 5/3/1 waves for the next two days, some light accessory work and head home. Don't push for rep records if you're still feeling...
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    The best grip-builder for me has been farmer's...

    The best grip-builder for me has been farmer's carries. I finish up each weight training workout with a few rounds of them and it's improved my grip strength considerably. And, I get the added...
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    1. Don't write your own program. 2. DON'T WRITE...

    1. Don't write your own program.
    2. DON'T WRITE YOUR OWN PROGRAM.
    3. Find a quality novice program from somewhere and stick to it. Those programs are up for a reason; they're tried and true.
    4....
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    I'd suggest doing your conditioning after your...

    I'd suggest doing your conditioning after your weight training or on off-days. Doing it before a workout is probably going to affect your training in some way. If time is an issue, increase the...
  • All good recommendations but I'll second 5/3/1...

    All good recommendations but I'll second 5/3/1 and add in Madcow. Madcow is also free, simple and effective.
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    I do a few varieties of loaded carries and each...

    I do a few varieties of loaded carries and each one is brutal in it's own delightful way. Press your sandbag over your head and walk with it as well; you'll feel those. When your lockout starts to...
  • Pin/rack presses serve a pretty specific purpose;...

    Pin/rack presses serve a pretty specific purpose; improving lockout on bench press. Honestly, any full ROM press is going to be better at building the triceps than a pin/rack press. I have a...
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    My pullups were abysmal when I got back to...

    My pullups were abysmal when I got back to training so I set up a simple volume progression.

    50 pull-ups per session. I started the first set without a resistance band, got as many as I could at...
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    There's a giant misconception out there that one...

    There's a giant misconception out there that one training for strength or for a better physique are mutually exclusive goals which is where the common "powerlifting versus bodybuilding" argument ends...
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    But that doesn't mean that having a quantitative...

    But that doesn't mean that having a quantitative strength goal isn't a necessity as well. Having strength goals will drive programming which will drive everything else involved in building a...
  • Here's how I approach it: set my calorie app for...

    Here's how I approach it: set my calorie app for maintenance level, account for the exercise/activity each day and see what happens on the scale. If I start gradually putting on size, I stick with...
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    If you're healthy, GVT is a good program. But,...

    If you're healthy, GVT is a good program. But, it's time consuming and easy to go overboard with. You gotta start light and work your way up to those heavier sets, slowly. The volume starts to add up...
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    Personally, I don't like having my programming...

    Personally, I don't like having my programming planned out too far ahead. If something isn't working, I want to change it, ASAP. Vice versa, I want to stick with something if it is working. I gained...
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    Agreed... When I was bodybuilding, I was told...

    Agreed... When I was bodybuilding, I was told that I ABSOLUTELY HAD to do flies to build the inside of my chest. This was an extremely myopic point of view from a particular set of people (i.e. other...
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    Yes, you're going to jump higher if you hit the...

    Yes, you're going to jump higher if you hit the squat rack. It's simple physics; if your lower body is stronger, you apply more on the ground. The ground, in turn, applies ore force back on you and...
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    In twenty plus years of working with high school...

    In twenty plus years of working with high school age athletes, the best vertical I have seen was 35''. And that was from a beastly kid that ended up playing in the NFL for three years. Those vertical...
  • Yeah... That's nearly 6 pounds per month; you've...

    Yeah... That's nearly 6 pounds per month; you've gained more fat than muscle. Back off on the calories through portion size (you still want to eat frequently) and you'll be fine.
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