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#13119 - 11/11/03 12:18 PM Re: Weight lifting help!
mrhubbs Offline

Registered: 06/15/03
Posts: 418
Loc: Carmel, NY 10512

I was reviewing this thread and I noticed that you used the term "hardgainer" to describe yourself. I wonder if you are familiar with Stuart McRobert who I thought coined the term hardgainer (probably not). As I have mentioned before to UKFightfreak, I think you would really enjoy his work...a big focus on simple, compound movements with freeweights, and lots of recovery time. (He is not necessarily an advocate of HIT training, but he's not one of those big volume guys, either.) I have found his suggestions on progression to be most helpful and his work has guided me through many a plateau.

Good luck,


#13120 - 11/11/03 03:13 PM Re: Weight lifting help!
ninja-raiden Offline

Registered: 03/13/03
Posts: 922
Hubbs, I would love to see a picture of your home gym.

#13121 - 11/11/03 03:35 PM Re: Weight lifting help!
mrhubbs Offline

Registered: 06/15/03
Posts: 418
Loc: Carmel, NY 10512

I don't have the ability to post a picture of it, but it consists of the following:

a TuffStuff power rack with a high/low pulley and a 200 lb weight stack. The rack also has dip handles, a chinning bar, and multiple bar catches. (I'm very pleased with my power rack as it is pretty much commercial quality.)

various bar attachments (lat pulldown and tricep pushdown bar, ankle cuff, tricep rope, seated row triangular bar, aboriginals for hanging leg raises)

about 400 lbs. of Olympic weight

dumbells (Powerblocks) from 5-85 lbs. in 2/12 lbs. increments

a flat/incline/decline bench from Bodysolid

Several Olympic bars including a standard bar, a curl bar, and a trap/deadlift bar

a calf raise stand

weighted chin and dip belt

a physio ball (you know those blow up yoga thingy's)

This is all set up in my garage. Half the room is dedicated to weight training and the other to martial arts/boxing. The martial arts area consists of:

a banana (thai) bag

a double end bag

mirrored wall

various training and protective equipment (jump rope, ripcords, etc.)

As a high school teacher, I am often too busy to get to the gym as often as I'd like and since moving to the sticks (Carmel, NY) there are really no good dojos in my area. This little retreat of mine has helped keep me a little more sane. I love it. Speaking of busy, I'm off to correct papers. Grades are due on Thursday!


P.S. Any suggestions about helpful additions to a homegym would be greatly appreciated! Christmas is right around the corner after all!

#13122 - 11/11/03 04:48 PM Re: Weight lifting help!
Jag Offline

Registered: 10/11/03
Posts: 68
Loc: Yulee, FL, US
David, I agree that we both agree in general :-) I workout & train at least 5 days out of a week. I incorporate a machine excercise into every muscle group I work out every day. I am not at all against machines. It is just that because machines are more "comfortable" and have have an easier motion people tend to stay in the machine section. Having been a member a long time at a local gym it is funny to watch people come and go. Most beginners start out in the machines. A few months later they start to feel good about themselves. So they make their way over to the free weights and the befuddled look they get when they struggle with 25lb dumb bells for shoulder and or chest presses is funny to me. Needless to say, most of them either quit or go back to the machines.

#13123 - 11/11/03 04:51 PM Re: Weight lifting help!
Jag Offline

Registered: 10/11/03
Posts: 68
Loc: Yulee, FL, US
Thanks for the info.

Hardgainer - ecto-morph build, naturally lean build with narrow muscles

And for the record...

Endo-morph - naturally thick build with short, blocky muscles - tends to gaing weight very easily

Mesomorph - the best of both worlds. Muscular build with easy muscles gains and medium body fat.

#13124 - 11/11/03 04:55 PM Re: Weight lifting help!
Jag Offline

Registered: 10/11/03
Posts: 68
Loc: Yulee, FL, US
Mr. Hubbs - thanks for the advice. I enjoy the strength gains from low volume powerlifting movements. I make gains in strength regularly, it is just my size that is a slow progression. I have a very fast metabolism and I have trouble making myself eat enough food each day to account for any major weight gain. I am on a special diet as well due for health reasons. I don't have anything to complain is just there there is never big enough.

5'11 - 170lbs.

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