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I have a, presumably, unrequited and completely unnecessary crush on Lauren Mayberry.

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Just came back to this moment myself!

This was great to read mate, really proud of how you've developed. I think more so because you realize you're changing, not just other's perception of you. Sometimes change comes so subtly!

Happy to be of some help, even if our worlds are so strikingly different (and thus my advice not always applicable) - I'm glad just being someone to talk to and bounce ideas off gave you a helping hand.

You've always seemed like a good person, and I like that you're realizing this as well - and seeking higher things for yourself.

Absolutely love his voice. This and 'Work song' take the cake for me on his album.


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Really enjoying the Scottish sound lately

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I'm painting, so Mura Masa it is. As usual.

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Heyo! Found some videos that I felt explained the shoulder prehab effectively.

This is the facepull --

-- he talks for a while, 5 minute video but he does go in depth to make sure you understand why you're doing it, not just going through he motion.

This is one I use for shoulder warm ups --


followed by this --


I mix it up with those last two videos, but I make sure I go through a few movements when preparing for training each day. It's helped a great deal with shoulder pain and mobility!

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Thankyou! It was well worth the effort, now onto the next milestone - I celebrated by getting a rather lovely curry for dinner last night; I didn't want to just ignore what I had done and move to the next one without any reflection/tasty food,

Honestly I don't have many progress pictures but when I get home from work I'll rummage and see what I can find! Surely I can piece together an album.

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Damn if I had this playing before the gym I might have just lifted the building itself.

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Hey man, if I'm honest I was pushing 80kg only about 3-4 months ago, that was my working set!

I started benching twice a week with my current programme and the progress skyrocketed. I also believe there's a mental aspect to it, 100kg seemed absolutely daunting so any improvement I felt for sure I had reached my peak. 80kg weighing at 67kg is no small effort, shifting more than your bodyweight is always to be applauded!

But yeah if you're cutting I can see how it would be difficult to slap weight on the bar consistently - Damn lemme know how Smolov goes, I've never had the guts to try that out!

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Thankyou for the kind words!

In regards to the shoulders, I like to take care of my rotator cuffs - so I warm them up every session regardless of what I'm working and it's helped eliminate any pain I used to feel. Along with doing facepull exercises with a decent weight to really squeeeeze at the top of the contraction.

With the popping, does it occur no matter what the exercise or is it with specific things like pressing movements? I found my shoulders used to pop and were being overused when bench pressing - until I focused on retracting my scapulae (shoulder blades) and truly driving it into the pad underneath it, it gave me a proper stable base, removed my shoulders from the equation and kept them in a safe spot. Since then it's improved not only the bench numbers but my shoulder health as well!

I just got to work so I'm lacking links but as soon as I get home I'll supply some good viewing for shoulder maintenance!

Damn that first song caught me by surprise. I loaded it, tabbed out of it and let it run in the background and it hit me like a folk-truck!

Then my flatmates poked their heads in and found me like this


I feel you on the "overaching tone" description.

Lavender takes me back to when I was about 6-7 years old, sitting at home, on the deck with mum and dad; we grew a bunch of lavender to the side of the deck and the smell will always give me a pleasant nostaglia kick to a time where I had zero qualms with the world!

Deep Heat instills me with a rather confusing number of "feelings". It's the undertone for every rugby game I've ever played - anxiety, camaraderie, adrenaline, pain, exaltation and many more. If I smell it in the gym before or after my training sessions I'll immediately get a little burst of energy and the world seems a little brighter with fond memories of thrashing my body up and down a park.

Vanilla will remind me of the times I spent drunkenly playing Battlefield with my good friend when we were students. Wednesday was pint night at our local and we would gear ourselves up to be in social settings by playing the game and drinking for every death. He always had a vanilla scented candle or plug-in device in - he says it's a follow-on from his parents place, so now when I visit his family in pleasant surroundings I'm often brought back to tipsy giggling and gunfire.

Music is a whole 'nother world as far as tones and moods go. Far too many to write down here without rambling away but one that suddenly leapt to mind was the Final Fantasy 7 Prelude music - here

My brother and I first got the game by chance when Mum was in the city and she saw it in a game store, thinking we might like it (we were avid but budding gamers and Mum was always keen to see us try something different) I was 7, my brother approaching 9. Never played a game that struck so many different chords as this - the music will jolt moments where he and I would play and endeavour to beat the ridiculous bosses (for a 7 year old) and all the bonding that occurred.

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