Need Strength....Advice?

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  1. Dominion

    Dominion I believe you have my stapler.

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    Right now I'm wanting to gain strength. I'm less interested in bulking and being shapely and more interested in usable strength. Specifically in the upperbody. I don't want to neglect my lower body of course, but I'm looking at a 70/30 (upper/lower) in my workouts. Or something similar.

    Pretty much a little info, I'm an emt soon to be paramedic and I am finding I'm having trouble with my patients sometimes when lifting and moving and feel that I could be doing much better. I have a full gym membership and unfortunatly with my schedule. Class monday & wednesday 6 hours a day, after that I do a 6-10 hour clinical shift, then for the rest of the week I work 12-15 hour days as an EMT and sometimes I'll throw in a 5-6 hour clinical. So I'm pretty much working, sleeping and going to school. I can see myself throwing in an hour of time for workout but before I started medic class I was going monday/tuesday/thursday/friday and sometimes if I had time I'd go on the weekend for a 4-5 day a week workout. I haven't been now in several weeks for even a day.

    Before I was just working on losing weight, so I'd do a round of machine work outs, upper body one day lower the next. and about 45 minutes of biking. Something similar to HITT I guess (haven't really read about that).

    At the gym I typically have always stuck with dumbells or pully machines and cardio.

    Looking for some advice on what I should look at doing, maybe if I can find someone to help me plan a routine or where I should get a routine for this. I'd also like some advice on a good progression to build strength. I never really moved from what I thought was a good weight, which was just enough to have to work at it but not enough to hurt.
     
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    grimstone magic murda bag OT Supporter

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    starting strength is a good routine
     
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    true - squats and milk
     
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    do 5 lbs more each week in every exercise you do
     
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    What the fuck are you talking about? you sound weak as piss and just need to get stronger everywhere and not worry about whats getting stronger. Can you do a pull up? how much do you weigh?
     
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    Low rep, heavy as fuck weight. A spotter will be a must to push out the low rep high weight sets. 5X5's always worked for me to mix it up.

    Squat, dead-lift, bench (I prefer incline) & pullups.
     
  7. Dominion

    Dominion I believe you have my stapler.

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    I'm not. Weak I just find myself straining myself with patients over 250ish lbs. Or taking a patient up a flight of stairs plus o2, our gear and the stretcher/stair chair.
     
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    You want to work lower body and upper body equally. Lower body work will lead to growth in your upper body and vice versa.
     
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    5x5 for the win. i got stronger without the bulk, actually made my fatass leaner. i been trying 4x8 this week and i hate it already. gonna stick with the 4x8 for a little bit to see if it works out but it looks like i will go back to 5x5
     
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    wouldn't the best workout for lugging patients around be lugging patients around?
     
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    no the best workout would be for you to stop posting
     
  20. Dominion

    Dominion I believe you have my stapler.

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    I do lug patients around all day :)

    The biggest reason I'd like to train outside of work is of course I can't rely on just moving patients all day. Also primarily my biggest concern is injury to myself from straining with big patients. Luckily they are rarely over 300lbs. Generally anything over 350, if it's not an emergency I can call for a lift assist (yay for abusing students :p)

    I've also never dropped a patient and I never plan on it, even lifting a 17yo, 5foot 7, 477 lbs girl, we didn't drop her. Took 4 of us but we didn't drop or shake her at all. Although thankfully she could stand.
     
  21. Dominion

    Dominion I believe you have my stapler.

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    Sorry no thanks, plus work random drug tests + if I injure myself, get in a wreck, or generally fuck up at work, we are sent straight to drug test with supervisor escort.
     
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    rippetoe's starting strength or something similar. low reps, high weight. 3x5 or 5x5 of bench, squats, deadlifts, rows.

    don't neglect lower body at all. in fact lifting and lugging patients around, I'd say squats, dls, are just what you're looking for. you do lift with your legs, hips right? ;)

    i've been doing my own variation of it since mid-dec and it's working for me. don't forget diet.
     
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    Go heavy...
     
  24. Dominion

    Dominion I believe you have my stapler.

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    hah yea, with the legs. There are specific things though that require upper strength also, the legs only get you so high when you are lifting over objects and generally moving horizontally is usually arm strength.
     
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    Listen, if you are deadlifting, and squating, you should be hitting allot of the muscles you need, fuck if you are so concerned about this shit just do zercher squats, that seems like it would be closest to what you do at work. Your "arms" are not doing shit, you need a strong back!
     
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