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This is a discussion on Ask: The Forum's Fitness Freaks! within the Health and Fitness forums, part of the Topics of Interest category; Originally Posted by pwowq I've started being serious at the gym. I've spent a lifetime on endurance training. A problem ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by pwowq View Post
    I've started being serious at the gym. I've spent a lifetime on endurance training. A problem with lifting is when I step-up the weight there's always a point where I either can do no repetitions, to which I step down again and can do a buttload of repetitions again. Any suggestion in how to combat this? It keeps happening in all exercises.

    I know for a fact I am slowly growing strength and muscles. I measure by tape and the loads do increase. I expect to get tired AF and have aches and what not. I feel nothing after my gym-sessions.

    Should I ignore it and continue as I do. I do see improvements after all. :)
    Are you trying to build strength or muscle (size)
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    Quote Originally Posted by soop View Post
    Are you trying to build strength or muscle (size)
    Strength.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pwowq View Post
    Strength.
    You could try rippetoe starting strength: Starting Strength

    Or another way is to do a hypertrophy block, strength block, peak block so you gradually lower the reps as you up the weight. The best way to do this is to find your one rep max using a calculator and then start with a low percentage of your one rep max, every week make it a little harder so that when you calculate your 1rm based on the exercise it would be slightly higher than when you started the cycle.
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    @pwowq

    Quote Originally Posted by pwowq View Post
    I've started being serious at the gym. I've spent a lifetime on endurance training. A problem with lifting is when I step-up the weight there's always a point where I either can do no repetitions, to which I step down again and can do a buttload of repetitions again. Any suggestion in how to combat this? It keeps happening in all exercises.

    I know for a fact I am slowly growing strength and muscles. I measure by tape and the loads do increase. I expect to get tired AF and have aches and what not. I feel nothing after my gym-sessions.

    Should I ignore it and continue as I do. I do see improvements after all. :)
    It depends on what your goal is. Me personally I usually do 12-10-8-12 which means I will start with lets say 50kg then 55 then 60 then 50 again if I am struggling. I understand the fear of going too heavy when you don't have someone to train with that can spot you though.

    If you are making gains that are satisfying though why bother going super heavy ? I never pay attention to what others are lifting just doing my own thing that feels right.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sensitive Guy View Post
    @pwowq

    If you are making gains that are satisfying though why bother going super heavy ? I never pay attention to what others are lifting just doing my own thing that feels right.
    I'm alone at the gym. I just want to get tired and feel like I've done something. A gym apparently can't provide it. Pain is life.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pwowq View Post
    I'm alone at the gym. I just want to get tired and feel like I've done something. A gym apparently can't provide it. Pain is life.
    Unfortunate to hear that mate, I've hit something of a wall with fitness at the moment also.. I spend a ton of time working out and eating clean but I just aint losing weight fast enough.... And for me to cheat with roids is not an option so I am very much not motivated right now :(

    When you have someone to spot you its much more motivating I think

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    Any experienced swimmers here? I'm trying to improve my freestyle swim-stroke and get better at swimming in general, but I'm not building anymore stamina and haven't been making any improvements in a while. Also struggling with bilateral breathing, can't submerge for long because the breathing is awkward. What can I do to improve my fitness/technique?

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    Can I do Pilates or Yoga to replace weight lifting?

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    Quote Originally Posted by calicobts View Post
    Can I do Pilates or Yoga to replace weight lifting?
    Well, depends on what you want out of exercising?

    Pilates combined with yoga would give you weight-loss if that's what you're asking' Pilates being the main driver.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sunn View Post
    Well, depends on what you want out of exercising?

    Pilates combined with yoga would give you weight-loss if that's what you're asking' Pilates being the main driver.
    I mean it in the sense of building muscle could it replace weight lifting?


     
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