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    6' 3.5", 280 lbs (192 cm, 127 kg), 19" arms, 50" chest, 28" quads, 18.5" calves, 18.5" neck.
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  • What are your dream stats?
    Realistic medium-term goal: 290 lbs lean, 21"+ arms, 53" chest
    Maybe still realistic (who knows what the future holds?)
    longer-term goal: >300 lbs, 22" arms, 30" quads, etc.
    Fantasy dream stats: Much, much bigger.

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  1. I posted some pictures of Clay Matthews on another thread a while back:
  2. Wow, I actually didn't know that. So ... I guess that means that gravity is stronger in the UK?
  3. I think large part of the reason for resistance to switching to metric, for those countries that still use the US/Imperial system, is that the Imperial units are based on ancient medieval measures that used everyday objects, body parts, etc., and they still seem very intuitive to those accustomed to the system. If you did not have a set of measuring cups and spoons, you could do quite well following a recipe just using the dishes in your kitchen. An imperial cup is, in fact, about the size of a typical drinking cup, like the one I'm drinking my coffee out of right now. A teaspoon is about the size of a typical small spoon used for stirring tea, etc., while a tablespoon is about the size of a larger spoon you would use to eat soup. Similarly, a foot is the length of your foot, at least if you're a big guy like me (US size 14). An inch is the width of your thumb, again if you've got reasonably big hands.
  4. I said "some" logic, LOL. (E.g., a pint of water weighs a pound, just as a liter of water weighs a kilogram.)
  5. In the US/Imperial system, a "cup" is a defined unit of volume; it's not just any old cup-shaped object. 2 cups in a pint, 2 pints (4 cups) in a quart, 4 quarts (=16 cups) in a gallon. A cup of water weighs 8 ounces; a pint of water weighs a pound (old mnemonic: "a pint's a pound the world around"). So there is some logic to it. One cup equals 0.2366 liter. I don't know anybody who uses a kitchen scale here in the U.S., at least nobody who cooks casually. A scale would be for hard-core aficionados. We generally do recipes by volume, like you say, "a cup of flour," etc. Pretty much everybody, though, has a measuring cup, with markings on it, so you can precisely measure 1/2 cup, 1/4 cup, etc. Many American measuring cups these days are marked with cups on one side, milliliters on the other. Same deal for small volumes in recipes, where we use "teaspoons (tsp)" and "tablespoons (tbsp)." Despite the colloquial sounding names, these are precisely defined units of volume, and every kitchen is equipped with a set of measuring spoons. 1 tsp=4.9289 ml, and a tbsp is three times that, 1 tbsp=14.7868 ml. Or roughly speaking, 5 ml for a teaspoon, 15 ml for a tablespoon. And there's 16 tbsp in a cup.
  6. The red for Republicans, blue for Democrats thing in the U.S. is actually quite recent. It came about completely by accident during the 2000 presidential election. American TV networks, during their election coverage, had always shown maps in our national colors of red, white, and blue, with white indicating states that had not yet been decided, and red/blue indicating either Republican or Democratic wins. But prior to 2000, each TV network assigned colors their own way, some coloring Dems blue, and others coloring Repubs blue. But in 2000, by sheer coincidence, every TV network used red for Republicans and blue for Democrats. When you flipped channels, you saw the exact same color coded map on every channel. During and after that election, reporters started talking about "red states" and "blue states," and since they were now consistent across all networks, this shorthand terminology stuck. It's been a standard ever since. I agree that it seems backwards. Back during the Cold War, "red" was synonymous with communist. Communists were referred to as "reds," and the most hard-line anti-communists, who were almost always Republicans, would often use the slogan "better dead than red."
  7. BTW, the Ardennes is a region of Belgium, right? What's with the Belgians and super-muscular animals?
  8. I'm familiar with the Belgian Blue, but I had to look up the Ardennes horse. This is the first image that popped up. LOL. Yeah, make a centaur out of that.
  9. BigSteve6ft3

    PR thread!

    Damn! That's getting into seriously strong muscle-beast territory. Keep it up, big guy!
  10. I'm not a medical professional either, so don't take this as official medical advice. But metal rods, screws, etc. are typically used when fractures are too complex for the bones to be set properly using a simple external cast. The rods, etc. are surgically implanted to hold the bone pieces in the proper position while they heal, and are often left in place. But the key thing is, once the bones are fully healed, they are as strong as new, just as with any other broken bone. I very much doubt the presence of your friend's rods would be a limiting factor in the amount of strength he could build. That said, depending on the details, they may cause pain, limit the range of motion, etc., but basic strength shouldn't be affected, and it's not like he's going to break a rod. (Your friend should check with his doctor, of course, but that's the way these things generally work.) I've had a piece of titanium in my elbow joint since I had a nasty complex fracture surgically repaired around 10 years ago. After the surgery, I was very concerned about what my strength would be like after I healed, and if the implant would be a limitation. I wondered if I'd even be able to do pushups. I told my surgeon I was a weightlifter and asked if there any precautions I should take, lifts I shouldn't do, or limits to the weight I could/should lift. His response was the most uplifting thing I heard during that very depressing period of my life: "No limits" he told me, simply and without hesitation. So, as soon as I was done with physio rehab, I went at it heavy, and within a year I was back to doing dips at 270 lbs bodyweight plus a 45 lb plate hanging from my waist. Not bad for someone who was worried he'd never even be able to do a pushup again. Still no problems ten years down the line.
  11. General rule when assembling these sorts of things:. Don't tighten any bolts until all the bolts are through their holes. Let the cage be loose and floppy until fully assembled, which should give you enough play to line things up. If that doesn't work, try sticking a sturdy screwdriver through the misaligned holes and using it to pry/lever the holes into alignment. Then hold the pieces in place while you pull out the screwdriver and shove a bolt in. Might need a helper. Also, are there any pieces that can be flipped 180 degrees, or swapped from one side to the other? Maybe things might line up better if you reverse one or more pieces. If it had been assembled before, it should be possible to put back together, one way or another. I've been in this situation a few times. It's always frustrating, but I've always managed to solve it in the end. Definitely would avoid using smaller bolts or (yikes!) nylon cords (??); don't want this collapsing at the worst possible moment. Good luck!
  12. So you're saying that next time you see him, he's going to have another year or more of muscle gains to show off?
  13. Are you sure about that? Does he ask his other friends to feel his muscles? If not, why does he single you out for this? Maybe he's noticed you admiring him, sees how flustered you get when he flexes for you, realizes you're turned on by it, and gets off on that. Seems like an honest discussion might be mutually beneficial.
  14. I think this understates the difference by quite a bit. A lot of guys on this site can easily beat those "advanced" numbers, and that's not even getting into the weights top-level bodybuilders can throw around. The numbers cited come from http://www.kilgoreacademy.com/freebies.html Looking over those tables, I see that the 390 lb squat, 290 lb bench press, and 460 lb deadlift numbers are for an "advanced" lifter at that same 198 lb "average" body weight used for the average untrained man. Guys that start bodybuilding, unless they started fat, generally get heavier, and by a lot. So suppose that average 198-pound guy lifts for several years and beefs up to 242 pounds. At that bodyweight, the "advanced" stats are 424 lb squat, 314 lb bench, and 492 lb deadllift. But that's just the "advanced" level. The Kilgore tables also include an "elite" level. For that same 242 lb bodyweight, the elite stats are 551 lb squat, 397 lb bench, and 595 lb deadllift. But 45 pounds more muscle than "average" isn't all that much. If that same 198-pound guy really went all out and beefed up to 275 pounds, which isn't an unreasonable transformation, and lifted at the "elite" level, he'd be doing a 568 lb squat, 408 lb bench, and 602 lb deadllift. That's around 4.5x stronger than the average man on squat, 3x stronger on bench, and 3.8x stronger on deadlift. So more like 4 times stronger on average than the average man. Now, if you look at the the real elite bodybuilders, it gets even more impressive. Stan Efferding (6'1" , 275 pounds in contest condition) is widely considered the world's strongest bodybuilder, having competed successfully in both bodybuilding and powerlifting, often in the same year. He can squat 854 pounds, bench 606 lbs, and deadlift 838 lbs. That makes Stan nearly 7x stronger than the average man on the squat, 4.5x on bench press, and 5.4x on the deadlift. And he looks like this:
  15. Nope. At least not much of it. Funny, I was just having this very conversation with a friend. He's almost my height, but very thin -- I think it's literally true that his upper arms aren't even as thick as my wrists. I mentioned that I'd had a back itch where I couldn't reach, and joked that when that happened I had to rub myself on a tree like a bear. He boasted that he could reach any spot on his back without trouble. He's actually very proud of how skinny he is. Kind of a stereotypical intelllectual -- very derisive and dismissive of all things athletic or strength related. Except me, I guess, at least not to my face. He's a bit perplexed at me, though, I think, fellow brainy type that I am (we were in grad school together). I showed him my home gym once, and he was like "... but, but ...Why?" LOL.
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