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What's the consensus on IF while bulking? I'm looking at a ~2000 calorie weekly surplus (slow bulk)

Is it better for putting on lean body mass while bulking?

I love IF while cutting or maintaining weight, but not sure about bulking

Sup guys

noticed the past couple of years i havent been able to do high volume workouts like i used to when i was younger. i get gassed after a simple 3 work sets of squats, back ext, calf raises, ab pulldowns. now when i say gassed, i dont mean i'm tired as though i've done a lot of cardio. I mean like i have no will to continue - perhaps its cortisol levels rising. you know the feeling!

 so i want to experiment with carb loading rather than lifting in a fasted state like usual

what's the proper way to do this? I tried clif bar + coffee cream and sugar about 30 minutes before lifting once, and had a great workout. but after replicating this a few times, didn't notice much. must have been a fluke that day.

some ideas (i usually have my last meal at 10pm):
 - fast until 5pm, eat high GI carbs (50g), then lift 5:30pm and eat another 50g while lifting
 - fast until 3pm, eat like 100g oats, then lift at 5pm
 - fast until 8am, eat 100g oats, then lift at 11am (weekends)

does it make sense to have some whey pre-workout mixed in there?

on second thought, will drastically improving my cardio (or maybe lactic acid work instead) help me power through hour-long weight sessions where i get plenty of rest times? Or wou

Nutrition & Supplementation / Body recomp question
« on: November 09, 2018, 05:49:43 pm »
Been out of the loop lately on any latest research.

Currently I’m trying to maintain bodyweight while getting back closer to my previous PRs. I lift 4x/week (upper/lower split). On lift days i aim for +500 caloric surplus and >200g protein. On off days i am for -500 caloric deficit and 150g protein. I weigh about 185lbs now and i would say im 11% bf. I also do IF.

Does it make sense to do this? Am i better off doing 1 week cut/bulk cycles for body recomp instead? 4 week cycles?

Shoes / dress shoes
« on: November 28, 2016, 06:26:24 pm »

Goodyear welt... nice leather... damn. I want some.

cost so damn much though.

Shoes / Need shoe recommendation
« on: November 07, 2016, 02:20:52 pm »
I have many days where I walk 5-9 miles. Just NYC walking. No hiking trails or whatever. Being walking in chucks. But they beat up fast and I have to replace them once or twice a year.

Would rather pay up to $150 for a solid shoe that will last 2 years or more.

Looking for something that simulates barefoot walking a bit. So no rise, and low to the ground. But durable!

Any recommendations? Some nike frees perhaps? No idea.

Off Topic / My favorite magic tricks
« on: July 15, 2016, 05:24:04 pm »
These aren't necessarily the hardest to copy, but they are my favs. Just so freakin cool and beautiful. (although for the first one, i actually would have liked it better if the magician never reappeared)

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I'm 6'1. Would I realistically be able to BTL off a lob with a 40" running vert? Is 42" enough?

Imagine a perfect lob where you also run up just perfectly and do the BTL motion as soon as your toes leave the ground, and the ball is at the perfect height for you to do so...

I think that at my current relative strength levels, I am capable of jumping 40" after a few weeks of jumping practice. 42" is a realistic goal for next year. Wondering what kind of dunks I "should be able to do" with a 40" LRR dunks.

Article & Video Discussion / New muscle found in quad
« on: February 25, 2016, 03:00:58 pm »
We don't have quads. We have quints.

The quadriceps femoris is traditionally described as a muscle group composed of the rectus femoris and the three vasti. However, clinical experience and investigations of anatomical specimens are not consistent with the textbook description. We have found a second tensor-like muscle between the vastus lateralis (VL) and the vastus intermedius (VI), hereafter named the tensor VI (TVI). The aim of this study was to clarify whether this intervening muscle was a variation of the VL or the VI, or a separate head of the extensor apparatus. Twenty-six cadaveric lower limbs were investigated. The architecture of the quadriceps femoris was examined with special attention to innervation and vascularization patterns. All muscle components were traced from origin to insertion and their affiliations were determined. A TVI was found in all dissections. It was supplied by independent muscular and vascular branches of the femoral nerve and lateral circumflex femoral artery. Further distally, the TVI combined with an aponeurosis merging separately into the quadriceps tendon and inserting on the medial aspect of the patella. Four morphological types of TVI were distinguished: Independent-type (11/26), VI-type (6/26), VL-type (5/26), and Common-type (4/26). This study demonstrated that the quadriceps femoris is architecturally different from previous descriptions: there is an additional muscle belly between the VI and VL, which cannot be clearly assigned to the former or the latter. Distal exposure shows that this muscle belly becomes its own aponeurosis, which continues distally as part of the quadriceps tendon. Clin. Anat. 29:256-263, 2016. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

Pics, Videos, & Links / 5'11 College player, head near rim
« on: February 24, 2016, 10:30:55 am »
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At 6'0 with shoes on, that's a 48" RVJ

first angle makes it look lower than rim level
pause at 0:22 and it looks so much higher i thought it was a different dunk

i think we can agree on at least 45" running in that vid

News, Announcements, & Suggestions / table function?
« on: February 22, 2016, 12:38:29 pm »
Is there a way to line up text perfectly in a comment? Basically a table without table borders.

if this could be implemented it would make organizing logs very easy. especially if i decide to log my food and macro intake.

sure i could use excel and then post a screenshot, but it's a lot easier to have the format done just once in a post and then quote it and edit the numbers for the next post

I'd like to improve mine just a bit more. Personally I am not a flexible person at all, however, it does not feel like it is my calves that is the limiting factor. Rather, it feels like this: Make a fist, and cock your wrist back as far as possible. Is it your forearm that's limiting your ROM? Nope! That doesn't happen unless your fingers are extended, at which point you feel a stretch in your forearm.

I feel like my ankles are the former. I dorsiflex all the way and hit a wall well before my calves are stretched. Is there a way to improve ROM past this point? I remember reading somewhere the stretching the ankle will actually help this somehow. Don't know if there's any truth to it.


First thing you should do: Move the slider that's on the right from Standing to Squatting.
The graph on the left shows a stick figure of someone squatting. Play around with the proportions to see how much your form is affected by proportions.

Additionally, the graph on the right is more complicated but shows interesting info that I hope people can make more sense of than me. Shows moment arm distances and such.

The summed moment may be our... sticking point? Well not necessarily (our summed moment may be largest at the point where, say, our knee moment is very high but we can be very quad dominant)

How do I go about getting a good one? I know I have some issues with my alignment and what not (right leg is more externally rotated than left, I have somewhat of a forward head posture, my left shoulder is rounded forward with a tight upper left trap, possibly tight pec minors and lats, etc). What I want to do is find a specialist in my city (NYC) that knows how to assess everything that's wrong with the posture and any potential pain an athlete is having, and then apply proper deep tissue and fascia work, as well as stretches to fix everything.

Thing is, I just don't know how to go about finding someone who knows how to do all this stuff. I mean I guess I can go to a chinese massage parlor and have them deep tissue any knot they find in my back. I found a spot with great reviews that charges $40 for a 45min massage. Not bad.

I'm willing to pay up to $120 for a 1 hour visit though. But this has to be with someone who will first do a full assessment on my body and give me a chart with all findings and how to correct them. Then s/he's gotta massage and stretch me and give me home stretches and foam rolling to focus on.

Seems easy for me to find places that "find all your knots" and other places that offer what seems to be a cookie cutter "sports massage" all over yelp. But how the heck do I find someone who assesses everything...


has this been posted before? truly unique. for so long i felt like everything thats humanly possible (other than gimmicks and variations of alleyoops off of things) has already been thought of


Article & Video Discussion / Articles on effectiveness of plyometrics?
« on: April 23, 2015, 11:12:41 am »
Any articles showing clear benefits of them? Like real scientific stuff. I already play basketball 1-3 times a week, so im not talking about movement efficiency and side hops and stuff. I mean depth drops and depth jumps.

I just can't help but think increasing squat:bw ratio, being coordinated, and practicing max effort jumps is enough. That it's simply not worth doing depth jumps and burning out your CNS when that energy could be used to increase my squat:bw ratio instead.

Just *how effective* are depth jumps in *actually* increasing your ROFD? Is it THAT much more effective than lifting a load at maximum effort? Remember, ROFD can be increased by even lifting 80% loads, as long as its with 100% effort...

FWIW, my vertical has 100% of the time correlated with my squat:bw ratio provided I had decent movement efficiency. Maybe once I get to a 2.5xbw squat that will change and I'll have to do plyometrics?

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