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I have a lat-pulldown machine in my basement, and it's the best thing ever. Pullups will hit those, too. Was a very stubborn muscle for me for the longest time.

Deadlifts hit everything, though Wink.
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Do you ever do 'old school pull-ups/chin-ups' where you just use your body weight and freely hang from whatever branch you can find?

I've been pretty motivated the last week, so I'm doing pull-ups every day. I'll do one grip one day and then another the next, so I basically have a 3 day run with 3 different exercises (although all of these strengthen my back in various ways). 
I thought about doing all of em on the same day, like I said earlier in this thread, but this way seems to be the most rewarding all around. 
Another great thing about this is the fact that I use a kindergarten's playground as my 'gym'. I've found the perfect jungle-jim for these exercises, where I can experiment with all kinds of grips. Beats any other gym out there imo + I am in control of the soundtrack.
The walk to the kindergarten and back is a good 35 minutes, so there is also actual leg movement involved - making this whole thing healthy as a box of kiwis.
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^ Hell yeah, bodyweight exercises are tops, and underrated.   I feel they give you more athletic development instead of the bulky bodybuilder look; I did shoulder press-ups last night on the floor.  

Love your junglegym solution.  





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Originally posted by PrognosticMind PrognosticMind wrote:

Deadlifts hit everything, though Wink.

I've heard this and how they're kinda the ultimate developer.    But I'd want a good solid belt before I seriously tried deadlifting--  it looks like a low back killer.


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Originally posted by Guldbamsen Guldbamsen wrote:

Do you ever do 'old school pull-ups/chin-ups' where you just use your body weight and freely hang from whatever branch you can find?

I've been pretty motivated the last week, so I'm doing pull-ups every day. I'll do one grip one day and then another the next, so I basically have a 3 day run with 3 different exercises (although all of these strengthen my back in various ways). 
I thought about doing all of em on the same day, like I said earlier in this thread, but this way seems to be the most rewarding all around. 
Another great thing about this is the fact that I use a kindergarten's playground as my 'gym'. I've found the perfect jungle-jim for these exercises, where I can experiment with all kinds of grips. Beats any other gym out there imo + I am in control of the soundtrack.
The walk to the kindergarten and back is a good 35 minutes, so there is also actual leg movement involved - making this whole thing healthy as a box of kiwis.

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Originally posted by PrognosticMind PrognosticMind wrote:

Deadlifts hit everything, though Wink.

I've heard this and how they're kinda the ultimate developer.    But I'd want a good solid belt before I seriously tried deadlifting--  it looks like a low back killer.

It's the lower-back decimator. It's the only thing that hits mine in a way that feels like I'm actually growing muscle there. I'd definitely suggest a good belt for hitting the higher weights; I don't do too much over my own body weight without one!
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What's new, chaps?

Had a killer chest session on Sunday at the gym, and I'm thinking about hitting back via my home equipment today. Plenty of "bulking" foods this holiday weekend, lol.
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"A killer chest session"?  Sounds like a workout with the hookah.
 
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Ah bulking, for me it was a long process but it did pay off.  The drawback is I got a bit fatter than I'd like, so I started cutting back.  Retained the muscle but cut much of the fat now, and I prefer the look.  The eating-every-three-hours thing was too much for me, I'm happier with three solid hi-protein meals a day.  But as long as you can lose the excess fat, bulking can be a good experience, you really learn how the body responds.

Probably gonna do my push-up routine tonight.  At some point I'd like to get my feet up higher, like 4 ft. or so.

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Anyone ever work their trapezius ?   It's a hard one to develop and the recommended exercise is Shrugs though that only does so much.    I've also heard overdeveloped traps are often a sign of the juice.
 
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Originally posted by Atavachron Atavachron wrote:

Anyone ever work their trapezius ?   It's a hard one to develop and the recommended exercise is Shrugs though that only does so much.    I've also heard overdeveloped traps are often a sign of the juice.
 

Yes! I will admit, shrugs work really well for me. I don't do them in the standard way with a freeweight in each hand, however. 

I tend to use the cable machine set all the way down, then I grab an extra barbell (60lbs or so), then I max out the cable machine (100lbs). 

Then, I use a weight strap to clip the barbell to the cable itself, and I do shrugs with that. 

I've found that the cable tension really allows for more control and more stress on the traps than trying to balance and prevent your hands getting tired. The longer you hold the shrug, the more you're going to work it. 

Mine always look huge after a set of 15, 12, 10, 8, 6 LOL.
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I actually avoid doing shrugs most of the time.  They make my shoulders pop and crack (doesn't hurt but sounds unhealthy). Same goes for lateral raises.  Have you tried using a trap bar?

You guys seem really positive about your progress so far.  Every time I fall in stride with a good workout routine and start making some gains, my body just starts to fall apart.  I'm too young to be breaking down like this.  Getting my knees checked out later today since I have a issue with my patella tracking toward the outside of my knee and grinding over my femur.  


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^ I'm really sorry you're having a hard time, I hope you find some relief.   I am 48 and though I've been doing martial arts for 20 years, I only started training heavy with weights about two years ago.   I think it was my pent-up enthusiasm to build muscle that got me through, so my attitude was one of 'I don't care if I get sore of if it takes years to see real results'.   I figured why not; I've got the time and drive, I might as well focus and see what I can do.   In that way sometimes age and experience trumps youth and quick recovery.


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Upping the ante with my chest routine tonight by doing flys on the floor so that my elbows touch floor, arms stay in position and don't bend as I contract the weights back up for the fly.   Adds a lot of extra difficulty without adding weight, (I'm using 40 lb bells so the weight is good); After six reps I go straight into presses alternating between standard shoulder-width & parallel hold, followed by pec firing to hit all the smaller muscle groups.
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