Message from ThisIsChris in Fitness #lifting

2018-02-08 03:45:30 UTC  

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).

2018-02-08 03:46:44 UTC  

Especially if you follow a 4-2 tempo with dumbbell it's really good for hypertrophy due to time under tension

2018-02-08 03:46:56 UTC  

Let me know if you need me to extrapolate that further

2018-02-08 04:28:54 UTC  

@BryceB-ND thanks for that feedback I'll look into that

2018-02-08 22:13:15 UTC  
2018-02-10 00:49:21 UTC  

@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, though I don't remember flexing and I don't have soreness, but it does feel tired so it might be spasming a little

2018-02-10 00:49:59 UTC  

Any pain with coughing?

2018-02-10 00:50:12 UTC  

@Olivia M nope!

2018-02-10 00:51:07 UTC  

Any changes in diet?

2018-02-10 00:51:31 UTC  


2018-02-10 00:52:45 UTC  

Did you ingest a decent amount of sodium in the last couple days?

2018-02-10 00:55:17 UTC  

Also for the record I was doing Squats and Bench, not sure if that indicates anything

2018-02-10 00:55:32 UTC  

Definitely pushing myself hard on Bench

2018-02-10 00:55:57 UTC  

Might be gas. Or you may of just twisted a muscle.

2018-02-10 00:57:39 UTC  

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

2018-02-10 00:58:05 UTC  

An inguinal herniawould be painful

2018-02-10 00:58:19 UTC  

So luckily you aren’t in pain

2018-02-10 00:58:51 UTC  

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?

2018-02-10 00:59:20 UTC  

lol any take out food is bound to be loaded with sodium unfortunately

2018-02-10 01:00:34 UTC  

haha could be the culprit then, I will drink some lemon water. Thanks @Olivia M

2018-02-10 01:00:40 UTC  

Thanks @CJ-NJ/NY

2018-02-10 01:00:57 UTC  

No prob hope it works!

2018-02-10 01:01:55 UTC  

I'll write an update later!

2018-02-10 01:02:16 UTC  

Feel better. Please do.

2018-02-10 01:15:59 UTC  

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)

2018-02-10 01:26:25 UTC  

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

2018-02-10 01:26:38 UTC  

Do you take supplements? Bcaas or anything like that? @ThisIsChris

2018-02-10 01:27:39 UTC  

@Olivia M nothing except whey protein powder. Do you suggest anything?

2018-02-10 01:28:49 UTC  

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

2018-02-10 01:29:46 UTC  

General muscle pain I should say. Specific or targeted muscle pain is a different story

2018-02-10 01:33:35 UTC  

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)

2018-02-10 01:39:42 UTC  

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

2018-02-10 01:40:21 UTC  

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.)

2018-02-10 01:40:33 UTC

2018-02-10 01:40:34 UTC

2018-02-10 01:40:39 UTC  

Pic related.

2018-02-10 01:41:02 UTC  

Thank you very much for the pointers @Olivia M !

2018-02-10 01:49:20 UTC  

@The Good Goy do you track Marcos?

2018-02-10 02:38:22 UTC  

you don't look bad goy, but u gotta eat big if u wanna get big, nigga

2018-02-10 02:38:50 UTC  

Caloric surplus, plenty of protein (and carbs imo) + heavy compound lifts.

2018-02-10 02:48:20 UTC  

Alright thanks @Deleted User and @Olivia M I don’t know what that is?