4
votes
1answer
1k views

Dumbbells: Why do a few heavy plates feel much heavier than many lighter ones?

I recently quit the local gym (budget restrictions) and started to workout from home instead. I bought a little set of 2x30kg adjustable dumbbells, and built a little bench for doing dumbbell bench ...
4
votes
7answers
622 views

How to strengthen *very gently* your grip in order to safely perform chin-ups? Are wrist wraps good?

I have recently started trying to do negative chin-ups in several occasions, but afterwards I feel a mild pain in both my left and right wrists. It is not the kind of "healthy" discomfort of sore ...
4
votes
2answers
3k views

Is Rippetoe's advice about the press terrible and wrong?

Mark says that your rotator cuffs will strengthen in the appropriate amount if you just press correctly: Pressing actually strengthens the rotator cuff muscles. When you press overhead and ...
4
votes
2answers
637 views

Should I reboot Starting Strength program, to get better results?

I had started Starting Strength (SS) on mid January, 2013, and have continued 3 workouts/week since then (I think I missed only 2 workouts when I fell sick in between). But, while introspecting if I ...
4
votes
1answer
55 views

How to prepare for the first road bike challenge of the year?

So I participate in a road bike race at the end of the month, and due to the cold weather and general winter laziness I didn't bike a lot. I know that I can do the distance in theory; I've done a ...
4
votes
1answer
159 views

Weight Training for Weight Loss

I have heard that weight training can be a good strategy for reducing body fat. If one's goal is to reduce total body fat, should one's weight training program be aimed at muscle hypertrophy or ...
4
votes
2answers
6k views

Can I remove the nasty rubber smell from new equipment?

I just bought a Burn Machine device which has two rotating handles within a frame. It is weighted and functions similar to using a speedbag (see picture below). I've been using it a lot ever since I ...
4
votes
1answer
65 views

Reduce water consumption during race

I carry a lot of water on my bike, when I cycle. A camelback with a 3liter reservoir and 2 bottles of 0.7liters. When running dehydration is not yet an issue, as I run half an hour maximum at the ...
4
votes
1answer
170 views

Is there a relation between muscle soreness and muscle progress?

If I understand muscle training theory correctly, you put stress on your muscles, often times going as far as microscopically tearing the muscles up, and then expect the recovery process to make you ...
4
votes
1answer
2k views

What are the primary muscles worked when hitting a Heavy Bag?

What are the primary muscles used while hitting the heavy bag (boxing focus sessions as compared to kickboxing where kicks are involved). And how do you improve the overall hitting/power of those ...
4
votes
5answers
1k views

How does one “grind down” calluses?

I love having hardened calluses- except when they rip! A while back, I had a callus on each hand rip open whilst doing Parkour. I was told to "grind down" my calluses every once in a while. By this, I ...
4
votes
2answers
2k views

Is it safe to do jogging on asphalt?

I do jogging every day in the morning. I have a river near my house with an asphalt (bitumen) road along it. I heard, that people ruin their knees and acquire hernias on such surface. Unfortunately i ...
4
votes
2answers
928 views

My back goes horizontal (forward) when squatting

When squatting, my back is too horizontal (forward). The bar goes forward of my toes. What should I do to correct this? Is it due to not keeping my lumbar tight enough? Also: I haven't checked ...
4
votes
2answers
1k views

Training lower trapezius

Recently I had some neck and shoulder pain and my physiotherapist said it is because my monkey-like posture developed from using laptop for too long. Among other things he recommended some exercises ...
4
votes
2answers
470 views

Incorporating kettlebell exercises into an existing workout plan

I've been working through Ripptoe's Starting Strength and Practical Programming books and training schedule, mostly aiming for basic fitness and building muscle mass. My current workout is mostly ...
4
votes
3answers
840 views

Working out 5 days a week when following strengthening routines

I am currently following the strengthening routine suggested by @DaveLiepmann 3 days a week. Extracts from this thread - Are these Workout Routines right for Body Building 2.In each workout you ...
4
votes
3answers
14k views

Losing weight with Stronglifts 5x5?

At 22 years old and 325 lbs (mostly fat) I rather desperately want (and need) to lose weight. However, I'm not a big fan of running. I do some biking, but I've been reading up more about weight ...
4
votes
1answer
1k views

P90X Protein Portions

So in the P90X meal plan, it says you can substitute 1/3 cup of protein powder for a protein serving. Now, the serving size of most (if not all) whey proteins is 28.5 g - or one scoop. Basically, one ...
4
votes
1answer
495 views

Are amount and location of knee pain good indicators of what is wrong?

I've started cycling some long rides lately, and am feeling knee pain. It doesn't seem serious, but it's insistent enough that I've mostly avoided riding for a few days. When I do cycle, I do so at ...
4
votes
2answers
188 views

Calorie counter on an exercise machine is it actual or approximation?

On any machine that gives you the amount of calories burnt, is the calorie count actual or approximation based on weight / effort? If it is an approximation, any idea on what would be the average +/- ...
4
votes
2answers
437 views

Is it possible to lose weight on some special parts of body?

I'm 165 cm tall, weigh 56 kg. I'm the ideal weight for my height now, but don't like my body and how it looks like! I'd love to be skinny but I don't know how. Fat tummy, belly, leg .. I am, as ...
4
votes
2answers
242 views

How to optimize long term health benefits of 30 minute bicycle commute

I have a 7 km bicycle commute to and from work five days a week that I try to keep going all year round. This is the only exercise I get. If I pedal like crazy (but still abide by the traffic rules) ...
4
votes
1answer
279 views

Daily calorie intake

Based on my height, weight, age, exercise levels, how many calories should I be consuming daily to lose a healthy amount of weight each week/month? I have been to about 5 difference sites and have ...
4
votes
2answers
3k views

Exercises to prevent hip pain?

I'm 33 and male. I've had pain in interior of my left hip for the past 5 years or so. I first noticed the pain when playing recreational ultimate frisbee. I have since stopped playing, but the pain ...
4
votes
2answers
3k views

Overtraining my legs doing both cardio and leg workouts

I work out three times a week, using a full body workout plan, doing one leg exercise each time (squats, lunges, deadlifts, with the largest weight I can lift, so it's quite challenging). Two-three ...
4
votes
3answers
21k views

How and when to consume a protein shake properly?

I was just reading this question about drinking water during/after meals. And one of the answerers, Greg, made a comment that drinking enough water can cause the plug at the bottom of the stomach to ...
4
votes
1answer
2k views

How do I perform a micoach assessment workout?

I have Adidas micoach Pacer and plan to do start a marathon program. But first I want to do an assessment workout, to make sure I have my Pacer uses the right zone settings. However, I've never ...
4
votes
2answers
962 views

Knee ligament stretches

I have this problem. Since I'm a dancer, but I'm also a tad bit overweight, the strain on my knee joints and ligaments is a little bit bigger than it should be. So, a while ago I started feeling pain ...
4
votes
1answer
15k views

The Honey Diet - Why doesn't it work? [closed]

A while back I stumbled upon the honey diet. According to the "inventor" you should take 1-2 tablespoons of honey before going to sleep. It's supposed to help reduce stress hormones, increase ...
3
votes
0answers
85 views

Fitness tests, is there a consensus on which to use? [closed]

Is there a consensus over which of the many test batteries in existence (YMCA, Harvard Step, Queens Step, Kindle, Rockport, VO2max...) best assess / quantify your current level of fitness / ability, ...
3
votes
1answer
111 views

Is my current nutrition enough to support my body building goals?

I am new to to bodybuilding. Though I have worked out previously for more than 6 months on and off, I haven't really followed a proper schedule or had the right nutrition. My goal is to have lean ...
3
votes
4answers
83 views

Less sleep the night before, in order to sleep more the night after a strength workout

I know about the importance of good sleep after strength workouts, due to the release of growth hormone during deep sleep. No matter how hard I try, my body refuses to sleep more than 6 hours. Going ...
3
votes
1answer
101 views

Correct technique for ab wheel rollout or must the hip flexors work isometrically?

I see two slightly distinct ways to do kneeling ab wheel rollouts. Hip does not bend, hip flexors are worked isometrically only, movement extends only as far as this is doable. As seen in this ...
3
votes
2answers
118 views

Is it necessary for a vegan to supplement protein?

Is it necessary for a vegan who wants to build muscle to take a protein supplement, or can they get enough protein from diet alone?
3
votes
2answers
24k views

Is FitBit useful for weight lifting? [closed]

Does anyone have any real experience with using FitBit or any other monitor for weight lifting. I'm interested in tracking calories burned without guessing.
3
votes
1answer
941 views

How to gain height after 21 years?(am racewalker)

I am a racewalker and need longer legs! I am 21 years old and my height is 5'5". I am really concerned about my height. I do stretching daily and I have gained 1cm in 1 month. Can you please help me ...
3
votes
1answer
3k views

How much does a resting pulse normally vary?

This question asked about using pulse as a measure of fitness. Resting pulse seems like a nice, simple way to do this. But I find that my resting pulse varies by a huge amount, from values as low as ...
3
votes
2answers
172 views

Eating before morning exercise

I lift fairly heavy within about 15 minutes of waking up. I know I should eat something before I start, but I am not sure what or how much. I use a basic protein powder supplement after then a small ...
3
votes
2answers
213 views

How do I gain lean muscle mass as a vegetarian or vegan?

I am a vegetarian and interested in gaining muscle, bone weight, and other non-fat mass. I do eat eggs but I plan to stop eating that too and turn to complete veganism. If I exercise less and eat more ...
3
votes
6answers
271 views

Workout routine for an overweight person

I'm 22 yo, I weight 358 and 6 foot tall and I want to get in shape really fast. I'm a computer engineer student and spend a lot of time in front of a computer 8 to 14 hours a day. I want to change my ...
3
votes
1answer
207 views

Is it normal to crave for lemons after running [closed]

About 1-2 hours after running yesterday evening, I was cooking some salsa in my kitchen. When adding some lemon juice to the salsa I suddenly had a craving for the lemon and basically ate half a ...
3
votes
1answer
2k views

Bodyweight exercise for the 'v'-muscle in the lower abdomen

What exercise can I do for developing the lowest abdominal muscles (colloquially named the V-muscles)? I need something that's bodyweight and I am aware that I'd need to lose some weight until ...
3
votes
1answer
775 views

Implications of the fact that resistance bands doesn't provide constant force for pull throughs and in general

Some time ago I asked a question about how to replace deadlifts with resistance bands: Resistance band deadlifts. One point was that the resistance band doesn't offer a constant resistance but it ...
3
votes
4answers
164 views

Any exercises to strengthen and lift foot arches?

I have fallen arches and wear orthodics. I haven't regularly worn sandals or even low-top shoes in about eight years. A podiatrist gave me a series of exercises involving a tennis ball to strengthen ...
3
votes
1answer
267 views

How to compensate swimming overload in the gym?

I'm looking for exercises which can help me compensate muscle overload generated by swimming (mainly crawl). I crawl about 3 to 4 times a week and I want to focus on that style. I heard that you ...
3
votes
1answer
1k views

Hip stretches - recover from piriformis syndrome and hard gluteal muscles

Situation Due to a one sided sport I intensely practiced for a good portion of my teenage years(rowing in a team with only one oar per person), I have ever since experienced an awkward tight feeling ...
3
votes
1answer
359 views

Adding Strength Training to Yoga

I'm 40, Male and have been doing hot yoga (Bikram) for a few months - go 4 times a week. I guess my metabolism is slowing down and am having trouble keeping weight off and seem to be loosing muscle ...
3
votes
1answer
140 views

Any advice for improving my diet chart?

I am 30 years old woman and weigh 53 kgs.My height is 5 feet 2 inches (1.57 m). I have been working out for 5 years now with 1 year gap in between when I gave birth to my girl in 2011 December. I have ...
3
votes
1answer
1k views

Why do deadlifts make my obliques sore?

My obliques are sore, I think from PR deadlifts that I did yesterday, because all I did other than that was squats (not PR... rebuilding from a deload), and bench press. I've felt this before, too. ...
3
votes
4answers
2k views

Push-ups for stamina development?

Can push-ups be used to develop stamina? For instance, could a trainee use them like running for the lower body, like doing push-ups for an hour without rest? The physical workers that work all day ...

15 30 50 per page