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Old 06-30-2008, 02:06 PM
 
Location: CNJ/NYC
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I remember very well the first time I tried Good Mornings. It was an exhilarating experience- it was only with a bar (unloaded), and it still rocked my world. I couldn't fathom that I'd work up to having a 45 plate on each side of the bar for this... but I did. This was my first "WTH?" kind of movement (because it sure looks weird and draws stares) and since then I've been very interested in learning more movements that don't get enough play in gyms. For those unfamiliar, this is a Good Morning, and it is a hamstring movement: Barbell Good-morning

For example, last week I started doing Bulgarian Split Squats for the first time- necessitated by my chiropractor's instruction to avoid loading weight on my spine. What a humbling and awesome movement! I'm working on mastering it- for now with just bodyweight. It requires balance, strength, and it's definitely in the "WTH?" category for me. The Bulgarian SPlit Squat (BSS) is a quad movement. Here is the video (I do them in the Smith machine, not from a bench): Barbell Single Leg Split Squat

I'm always looking to learn cool new movements. Let's hear from everyone, advanced and novice, about the movements that make you go "whoa, this is awesome!" Share the cool, people! If you have videos of yourself performing the movement, even better!
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Old 06-30-2008, 02:21 PM
 
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I just found this the other day. I'm pretty sure I didn't get it from here, but I can't recall.

Burpee - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Also, I just started working out about a month ago so a lot of this is new to me, but I really like doing double crunches where your legs and upper body both go up. I guess it is kind of like an atomic situp.

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Old 07-01-2008, 09:10 AM
 
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Issue: lower back pain (inflamed something or other which passes from the spine through the pelvic bone...)

Problem: Pain during free weight rowing movements and seated rowing movements. Heck, pain during any kind of leaning forward- brushing teeth blows.

Solution of sorts: (discovered today) Wide Grip rowing while seated. Perhaps it's a stability issue, but with a wide grip (hammer hand position) I felt no pain. Loved it. Still not bent over rows awesomeness but definitely progress. Will grill my chiro today about what's going on.
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Old 07-01-2008, 09:44 AM
 
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Deadlifts
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Old 07-01-2008, 09:47 AM
 
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Deadlifts
You just learned them or you learned a different kind of deadlifts? Which are you referring to? What about it is cool to you? (trying to make it more conversational than just a list of movements).
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Old 07-01-2008, 05:20 PM
 
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On the advise of a friend, I've added 'single arm leaning side laterals' to my workouts once in a while. Holding on to a stationary object for support with the opposite arm, lean over towards the dumbell side being lifted, and lift upward like a side lateral while leaned over. You get an intense contraction in the shoulder for a good jolt to the muscle when things need a change of pace.

Not sure I explained it right. It's just leaning towards the db being lifted.
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Old 07-01-2008, 09:36 PM
 
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I remember very well the first time I tried Good Mornings. It was an exhilarating experience- it was only with a bar (unloaded), and it still rocked my world. I couldn't fathom that I'd work up to having a 45 plate on each side of the bar for this... but I did. This was my first "WTH?" kind of movement (because it sure looks weird and draws stares) and since then I've been very interested in learning more movements that don't get enough play in gyms. For those unfamiliar, this is a Good Morning, and it is a hamstring movement: Barbell Good-morning

For example, last week I started doing Bulgarian Split Squats for the first time- necessitated by my chiropractor's instruction to avoid loading weight on my spine. What a humbling and awesome movement! I'm working on mastering it- for now with just bodyweight. It requires balance, strength, and it's definitely in the "WTH?" category for me. The Bulgarian SPlit Squat (BSS) is a quad movement. Here is the video (I do them in the Smith machine, not from a bench): Barbell Single Leg Split Squat

I'm always looking to learn cool new movements. Let's hear from everyone, advanced and novice, about the movements that make you go "whoa, this is awesome!" Share the cool, people! If you have videos of yourself performing the movement, even better!

try lunges if you want to avoid the movement of the spine, those work the quad muscles as well.

i love lat pulldowns more than anything, it just makes me feel good after doing several sets, i feel big!
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Old 07-01-2008, 09:40 PM
 
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Issue: lower back pain (inflamed something or other which passes from the spine through the pelvic bone...)

Problem: Pain during free weight rowing movements and seated rowing movements. Heck, pain during any kind of leaning forward- brushing teeth blows.

Solution of sorts: (discovered today) Wide Grip rowing while seated. Perhaps it's a stability issue, but with a wide grip (hammer hand position) I felt no pain. Loved it. Still not bent over rows awesomeness but definitely progress. Will grill my chiro today about what's going on.

do you use ice? you should probably ice it a few hours each day, when i had a stress fracture in the arch of my foot, (which ruined my track season) i had a boot ofcourse, but if i didnt ice it, than it would hurt even more, and it would take much longer to heal than 4 weeks, it could of took 6 weeks
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Old 07-01-2008, 10:02 PM
 
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try lunges if you want to avoid the movement of the spine, those work the quad muscles as well.

i love lat pulldowns more than anything, it just makes me feel good after doing several sets, i feel big!
I do lunges after the BSS.
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Old 07-01-2008, 10:03 PM
 
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do you use ice? you should probably ice it a few hours each day, when i had a stress fracture in the arch of my foot, (which ruined my track season) i had a boot ofcourse, but if i didnt ice it, than it would hurt even more, and it would take much longer to heal than 4 weeks, it could of took 6 weeks
I hadn't iced it. I'll do that now that you mention it. My chiro suggested it and I forgot... thanks for reminding me!!!
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