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In 2011, I was a pretty healthy bro. I was a nice 170 pounds (6'1") and I was really active and, not gonna brag, looked pretty mirrable.
Then, due to some health complications (long story), I ended up almost dying, and bed-ridden for a little more than a year. Lost my job, but refused to go on any government help (screw that, I am no parasite) so I started making some money online and whatnot, and my parents helped me out a lot.
Due to something I can only attribute to divinity, I was miraculously cured of all my ailments. After a year of feeling dead and suffering in bed, with little to no contact with friends or the outside world, I became better.
One problem though: I was no longer the health 18-year-old that was 170 pounds with visible abs. I was now a 20-year-old dude weighing in at 235 lbs, and I was really to start working out again. I got to the gym, and I struggled with everything. I couldn't even bench 80 lbs without struggling. I had lost a ton of muscle, and gained a bunch of fat. It's really discouraging, but I am determined to get back to 'my fighting weight' as it were, but it requires a complete lifestyle shift again. On top of that, I feel weak as shit all the time - if I don't take a nap in the middle of the day, I feel like I could collapse.
Any help, inspiration, or encouragement /fit/ could give me? I feel like pic related these days.
I'm ready to do the work.
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Hey /fit/, I have a few questions regarding my SS progress and thought you might have some answers. Today was my 7th session (Mon/Wed/Fri) so I'm obviously still pretty fresh off the couch.
Height: 5 feet 9 inches (manlet)
Weight: 212 (current), 220 (starting)
Squats: 150 (current), 85 (start)
Bench: 85 (current), 65 (start)
OHP: 75 (current), 65 (start)
Deads: 205 (current), 105 (start)
I haven't introduced cleans yet because I still don't feel like I'm doing them right so I've done deads every workout. Is it normal for my Bench/OHP to be so abysmally bad? I don't get DOMS anymore after the first week and my weights in the other areas are going up, so I don't think it's diet or anything. Anyone have any advice in order to balance this out, assuming it's actually that wack.
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Why don't you get musth, fit?
>Musth is a periodic condition in bull (male) elephants, characterized by highly aggressive behavior and accompanied by a large rise in reproductive hormones – testosterone levels in an elephant in musth can be as much as 60 times greater than in the same elephant at other times. However, whether this hormonal surge is the sole cause of musth, or merely a contributing factor, is unknown; scientific investigation of musth is problematic because even the most placid elephants become highly violent toward humans and other elephants during musth, requiring segregation and isolation until they recover.
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Hey /fit/, help me out with something
The idea of muscle confusion seems utterly retarded to me. A fitness fad following the p90x trend, as useless as all of the ridiculous diet fads.
My girlfriend has to take a fitness class as part of college, and says that her teacher is quite the stocky fellow who recommends free weights for strength and size gains. I'm liking where this is going so far
However, today she came home and said that he said "The best way to pack on muscle (maybe strength aswell, can't remember) is via muscle confusion. Because eventually you will plateau in the weight you're lifting. Then you try to switch up your routine as much as possible to give you gains"
Is that true? Switching up your routine, ie, change in reps and deload week can burst you out of a plateau but what he's suggesting is randomly "suprising" your muscles
That sounds really dumb
I've had loads of people talk to me about fitness and when muscle confusion comes up they act like its this hidden knowledge that will give you super powers
If anyone has an argument on why muscle confusion isn't (or is) a real thing please contribute. An article would be fantastic
>tl;dr muscle confusion, real or not