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Dr. Helen

I have been following Mark Rippetoe’s Starting Strength program twice a week now for a few months. I have to say it has worked really well for me.

Since having a heart attack many years ago, I was afraid to do squats and deadlifts with much weight, if at all. However, Mark gave me the confidence to feel that I could indeed, do them again, albeit with some modifications. I have been using lighter weight, mainly just the 45 pound bar for deadlifts and the same for squats. Yeah, it’s light but sometimes I add five pounds on each side if I feel like it. I do three sets of five reps of each of the exercises with rest in-between as Rippetoe suggests. At first, I thought it didn’t seem like this plan would do much but I have noticed subtle changes over the past few weeks.

My lower back rarely hurts and my legs are much stronger. I have been doing overhead presses also that help me keep my posture in line and my upper body no longer hurts from the computer as much as it did. I feel better and can easily squat down now to lift things more readily. The idea of these exercises is to give one more functional ability in his or her daily life and they definitely have done that for me. I am still doing some yoga and other exercise for variety but I think the squats and deadlifts have really been key to helping me achieve the goals that I wanted–less pain and more ability to do tasks in my daily life. Thanks Mark!

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Another hymn to Mark Rippetoe. Seriously, Glenn and Helen talk about him like he's the messiah coming down on the clouds with barbells.
10 weeks ago
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If you are really worried about excercise because of the heart attack, maybe you should try getting some advice from emery miller. She was born with a congenital heart condition, still she made it quite big in bodybuilding
11 weeks ago
11 weeks ago Link To Comment
Lifting weights is a great way to keep the muscles strong and shapely, and the bones free from the ravages of age. Good work! Don't stop.
11 weeks ago
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Glad things are working out for you. I prefer using two dumbbells instead of a barbell, but I'm rehabilitating a shoulder after rotator cuff surgery and dumbbells allow me to work both shoulders equally.
11 weeks ago
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