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1/10/14 8:12 P

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You totally should compete, and things like bench shirt and squat suit to increase amount u can lift when competing too.

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1/10/14 9:11 A

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:) Glad to learn that your back is better! I might jump back on the 5/3/1 program this year and consider getting into some competitions for fun. I never really considered myself very strong. Then I learned that there are natural (drug tested) compeitions and I could actually be competitive in those. :)

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1/10/14 9:06 A

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Back is fine now if I do my core exercises on a regular basis, it is funny how much easier it is to tell everyone else to do their 'rehab exercises' than to do them yourself, I like that your competition is very self motivated, and that is part of what is keeping me up and loving the gym right now. But with the history of having competitions to really get me fired up and work as hard as I can, I am wondering if that would be something that would push me.

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1/10/14 9:03 A

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Don't let my back/hip injuries deter you from powerlifting, I was lifting 'wrong'. My glutes were way to week and I was using my back and inner quads to lift. I hurt myself when deadlifting, my PR for deadlift was 315, squat 325, and bench 175. I still have some dreams of getting into bench competitions, but we will see. most of the people who injured their bodies had less than perfect form, so if you do start to lift heavy, be sure you can have someone observe your technique who knows what they are doing/talking about. If I had done this, I would have avoided the injuries I had.

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1/9/14 12:05 P

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Hey JJ!!! It's good to see you on here! I think bodybuilding competitions may be a good way to stay motivated.

May I ask how heavy you were lifting when you damaged your back (if you know)? II've considered trying to get into power-lifting a bit, but I have run into quite a few people that have really damaged their bodies.

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1/9/14 10:14 A

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Hi JJ. Welcome to the group. I spend most of my days at a desk, but love the gym and dreamed of being an athletic trainer. Sorry about your back. My competition is with myself to be as fit as I can and look as good as I can. I agree competition is a great motivator but for me health, a pain free life, are what drive me toward healthy eating, living and thinking. Looking forward to hearing of your progress and you journey to competition.
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1/9/14 10:00 A

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Hello
JJ from NC is joining this team. I have been an Athletic Trainer for about 15 years and love the sport of weightlifting. In the past I was into Power lifting, but after I tore my hip and found out I had smashed a few discs down in my back, I was not able to powerlift anymore. I have finally gotten back 'into' the gym and am loving it. I am toying around with idea of bodybuilding, as it would be something to compete towards. With a competition to fuel you in your workout motivation, it is so much easier to get to the gym and work hard.

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