Message from ThisIsChris in Fitness #lifting
Bench is better for strength because you can load greater weights, dumbbell will correct any muscular imbalances which is good for injury prevention and symmetry. Barbell works your triceps more, dumbbell works your biceps more (I know it's a pressing movement but studies show high levels of bicep activation in dumbbell press).
Especially if you follow a 4-2 tempo with dumbbell it's really good for hypertrophy due to time under tension
Let me know if you need me to extrapolate that further
@here I haven't lifted since Tuesday, but all day today and some of yesterday it feels like my upper right abdomen is sticking out. I don't see any outer signs and it doesn't cause pain but it is uncomfortable. Any ideas? Seems kind of similar to this https://forum.bodybuilding.com/showthread.php?t=7344991, though I don't remember flexing and I don't have soreness, but it does feel tired so it might be spasming a little
Any pain with coughing?
Any changes in diet?
Did you ingest a decent amount of sodium in the last couple days?
Also for the record I was doing Squats and Bench, not sure if that indicates anything
Definitely pushing myself hard on Bench
Might be gas. Or you may of just twisted a muscle.
If it’s not causing you pain, perhaps you’re retaining fluid for whatever reason. Try drinking some room temp lemon water for a day or so
An inguinal herniawould be painful
So luckily you aren’t in pain
Hmm thanks Olivia. We did have Indian food on Wednesday. I've had Indian food before, but it's the first time in a long while. Could that have too much sodium?
lol any take out food is bound to be loaded with sodium unfortunately
haha could be the culprit then, I will drink some lemon water. Thanks @Olivia M
No prob hope it works!
I'll write an update later!
Feel better. Please do.
Thanks again @Olivia M @CJ-NJ/NY I can pretty confidently say it was a spasming muscle now. I put some tiger balm (muscle relaxer on it) and it relaxed right away. I'd say the immediate problem is solved, I'll look up what I can do to prevent muscle strain in the future.
I wonder, do lifting belts help with this particular issue? I'm still fairly new and haven't been using one. I just ordered one since I've been meaning to get one anyway. And lifting shoes (been working in my socks)
Have never focused on PRs but hit 3x3 at 300 lbs on deadlift today and it was pretty ez. Just never attempted that much weight before. Feels good
@Olivia M nothing except whey protein powder. Do you suggest anything?
If you want to go more natural I’d say supplement you potassium via coconut water. A lot of time muscle pain is d/t electrolyte imbalance
General muscle pain I should say. Specific or targeted muscle pain is a different story
Good to know, thanks @Olivia M bananas are readily available so unless there is something specific about coconut water then I will probably start eating more bananas (for the potassium)
If you watch your macros, bananas are loaded w carbs I’m sure you know. Potassium can be so difficult to get without screwing with your macros but things like “lite salt” and cream of tarter are nice little secrets for supplementation
Hey guys I started working out last October right around when I joined IE, and I’ve been eating healthy for the most part, no fast food or soda but I don’t think I’m making the gains I could be. Should I use protein powder if any kind or just go natural? Also any diets would be helpful. ( I weigh 148 pounds and I am 5’11.)
you don't look bad goy, but u gotta eat big if u wanna get big, nigga
Caloric surplus, plenty of protein (and carbs imo) + heavy compound lifts.