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  1. TheRock

    TheRock Blue Belt

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    Weightlifting has been a hobby of mine for quite sometime. I have basically been lifting since the age of 14 on and off. Whenever I start seeing some good results and I am into the groove of going to the gym and eating right, it seems I always get hurt/sick and I have to take time off.


    Recently (6 months ago) I was in a great groove of going to the gym at least 4 times a week for a couple of months, I was at my peak of deadlift, benchpress, and squats. All of a sudden out of nowhere I started getting some Aches in my joints. 1st it was my knee, so the doctor told me to lay off squats, then it was my wrists and forearms. This affected alot of exercises especially my benchpress, millitary press considerably. I started using wrist wraps, which helped a little but not alot. My wrists would hurt so bad that I could no longer do straight barbell curls at all. I found myself not being motavated from not being able to do my favorite exercises, so I took about two months off hoping my "injuries" would heal.

    2 months later I am back at the gym and although I feel a little better, I think as though everyday I go to the gym, my wrists, knees, and even my ankles now are progressively starting to bother me again. What the hell!!! I am getting fat, losing strength, and turning into a disgusting mess because of this. Does anyone have opinions?

    A little about me, I am 28 years old, 6 foot 1, 230 lbs. I know for a fact I dont over train since I am too lazy to ever do anything of the sort. I am only at the gym for 45 minutes durring my workouts. I usually start with 10 minutes on the treadmill, 10 minutes of abs and 25 minutes of freeweights give or take a couple of minutes, medium intensity. I usually do 3-4 sets of 5 ot 6 exercises and spit up my routine as follows:

    Day 1 chest
    day 2 rest
    day 3 back/shoulders
    day 4 rest
    day 5 triceps/biceps
    day 6 legs
    day 7 rest

    I am not training to be Mr. Olympia or to be a male model, simply to just feel good, be strong and look decent in a T-shirt. Thanks in advance.
     
  2. thecreator

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    Have you tried glucosamine and/or chondroitin sulphate?
    your not old until your 30.
     
  3. Sean S

    Sean S Brown Belt

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    Seeing as you are the same age as I am, and my joints/back/ect have only gotten better with a powerlifting routine, I would say that it might be:

    -Bad eating habits. Not enough food or too much at the wrong times
    -Not enough sleep
    -Too much drinking
    -Form
    -Routine
    -Trying to do too much after taking time off
    -Not enough water

    Just some guesses.
     
  4. Ted-P

    Ted-P Brown Belt

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    Well we could start off with cliche advices first.

    I have to say that routine is rather bothersome.

    Split should be

    Back/Biceps

    Shoulders,Triceps, and Chest

    Legs.

    Will save you alot of time.
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    What are your exact rep schemes?
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    I would say no more barbell curls. Try using EZ bars or something for curls. Anything, but Barbell.
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    From experience, when lifting started hurting I went back to the basic.

    I went easy on lifting heavy and really concentrated on forms and execution. It's doing wonders now.
     
  5. TheRock

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    I have a method to my madness...

    I try to surround each workout behind a fundamental exercise... Bench, Deadlifts, Squats.

    -Bench day is obviously chest, I also do dumbell presses, incline and decline cable crossovers and incline bench press.

    -Deadlift day is shoulders and back. I also do pulldowns, lateral raises, arnold press on this day.

    -I like to give arms there own day because they are a trouble area for me wich is one reason and when I work them together the contrast of motions gives me a really good pump... additionally, when I work legs the day after arms, I feel as though the hormones that are released from doing squats will help my arms recover better.

    -Squat day. I also do leg extensions, calf raises, and reverse leg extensions.


    with all exercises, I usually warm up by doing 12-15 reps, then I do 8-10 reps and then the 3rd set I do 6-8 reps. If I am doing a fundamental exersize, I usually squeeze in an extra set.
     
  6. Ted-P

    Ted-P Brown Belt

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    Leg extensions have been proved to put more stress on your knees than Squats.

    Did you ever try different variants of squat?
     
  7. Mark Limbaga

    Mark Limbaga Amateur Fighter

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    What? no pullups on back day?
     
  8. HULKAMANIA

    HULKAMANIA Blue Belt

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    I've noticed that BabyPhenom loves his pullups.
     
  9. Mark Limbaga

    Mark Limbaga Amateur Fighter

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    Its because its a very basic exercise and develops back strength. Same as bent voer rows.

     

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