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Which personal trainer certifications are most respected? [closed]

I'm considering pursuing Personal Trainer certification, and I quickly realized there are a large number of organizations that offer personal training, including: ACE NPTI NASM ACSM NSCA NCSF ...? ...
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800-Calorie Diet

I am looking for an 800-calorie diet which is suitable for somebody who is allergic to eggs and milk. I am able to consume soya drink (or "soya milk", as some people refer to it), but am unable to ...
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Any suggestions on dealing with a longer-term shoulder injury?

I jammed my shoulder a few years ago while catching myself in a skateboard fall, and since then, it has had issues, off and on, where during periods where it bothers me, I can't do pushups or dumbbell ...
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How can I train for a 5K while strength training with StrongLifts 5x5 and minimizing detrimental effects on either?

I followed the Couch-to-5K training program several months ago in preparation for a 5K race but have not run at all since then. I'd like to get back into it by doing Couch-to-5K again. I'm doing ...
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Effect of squat and dead lift on long distance running

I've primarily been a long distance runner, but I have recently started incorporating swimming and upper body exercises into my weekly exercise program. My latest addition is compound exercises like ...
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608 views

Cardio before or after exercise?

I usually do a 10-20 mins Cardio (Treadmill/Elliptical/Cycling) before I go for the weights and other exercises. Is this a good practice? Would there be any advantages if I order my routine ...
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Should I exercise when my muscles are aching?

I exercised for the first time in a long time yesterday. This is what I did: 500 jumping jacks at moderate pace 100 jumping jacks at fast pace 10 min of running in place at moderate pace 100 ...
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Are there any benefits to running in the heat?

I live in Texas and with the summer coming up, my lunch time runs are becoming less enjoyable. I have goal races that will occur in September (Olympic Triathlon) and November (Marathon) where the ...
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Will daily push-ups help to get rid of my belly fat?

I've never made real exercise. Recently i began doing push-ups starting with 1 a day and finally increasing it to 15 day. Sometimes doing it 3-4 times (45-60). If i continue this routine, will it ...
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277 views

Why is there an emphasis on consuming protein for muscle repair and gain?

I've heard it explained before but I still don't understand why there is such an emphasis on consuming lots of protein. My trainers say I should consume 1 gram of protein per body weight (and then ...
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What are the nutritional benefits of saturated fats? [closed]

From this answer it was stated saturated don't do you any favors, whereas polyunsaturated fats have been shown to decrease risk of heart disease and stroke Are there any health benefits to ...
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How long do I have to train to be a Ultra Trail Runner?

If someone would like to be a Ultra Runner from zero, for how long would have to train for the body to get in perfect shape of an 80k ultra race... 6 months? 1 year? 2-3 years?
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What is the opposite exercise of push ups?

I've been doing push ups on a daily basis, and I feel like I need to also train the opposite muscles, to make sure I'm training evenly. What would be a good counter-exercise for push ups?
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915 views

Will weight gain improve performance in competitive swimming?

I am at the low end of my healthy weight (Female, 22years old, 116pounds, 5'5). As a competitive swimmer, I am wondering whether putting on weight will improve my swimming performance? Thanks! :)
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236 views

What is a good way to estimate percentage of body fat?

I've seen various techniques for this, I have hear everything from pinching yourself, to simply comparing yourself to photos of other people with varying degrees of body fat. Does anyone have any ...
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216 views

Is there any scientific theory behind constructing workouts in the right order?

I've been working on my own workout structure for sometime now, trying to find the right combination of warm ups and exercises. I always begin with a warm up, working on the muscles I'll be hitting ...
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What is dietary fat used for before being converted to adipose tissue?

We know carbohydrates are used for immediate and stored energy (glycogen) before being converted to body fat. We also know protein is used to repair tissue, mainly muscle for bodybuilders, before ...
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is there any need to wear LANGOT(Loin Cloth) while doing gym workout

Here in India, lot of people doing workout in gym wear LANGOT(Loin Cloth or Drawers or Nappy), e.g. They say that if they don't wear it, they will suffer from Hernia. I have joined gym some days ...
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2answers
259 views

HRM that shows time-in-zone?

Does anyone know of a heart rate monitor that specifically does this: Say your target HR is a given band or zone, perhaps 115-125. I want a display that shows total elapsed time, inside, that zone. ...
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1answer
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What are the health risks for children under 18 of going to a gym?

When I went to a gym to pick up a membership form, they gave me a parental consent form as well. I understand that means there is some risk attached to going to a gym for children. Aside from ...
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2answers
597 views

How can I keep my feet cool and dry?

I'm a bicycle commuter in Toronto, Canada. My feet sweat more than most. In the spring, summer, and fall, I wear closed-toe sandals. But in the winter, I don't, and my feet become overheated and ...
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4answers
275 views

Looking for short, home routine for thighs and abs

I have a personal trainer which I hit up once a week - love it. We do all our stuff outside with bascially nothing. I'm trying to get a bit more stuff to do mid week which is only around 15-20 mins ...
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3answers
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What to do before a 5k? Race day advice

What recommendations (fact-based, if possible) do you have for pre-race to ensure optimal performance? Warm up is a given so no need to mention that. But what about nutrition, hydration, rest, etc. ...
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Cold and fever after doing extensive cardio sport?

Every Sunday I do soccer in the morning for two hours where I run non stop and sweat extensively. After the sport I take a shower and take the bus home, but by the time I get home my dry and clean ...
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1answer
1k views

Slendertone ab toning belt

I have just been given an abs toner belt, and would like to know if these actually do anything or not? Should I waste my time and use it or just put it away in a cupboard and forget about it. The one ...
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1answer
536 views

bodyweight leg exercises for strength/hypertrophy

I'm doing upper body bodyweight strength training (gymnastics stuff) for a while now, and would like to incorporate some leg exercises into my training. I'm looking for 1-2 good compound exercises ...
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4answers
803 views

Help to add muscle for a skinny guy with fast metabolism

I'm 20 year old, 5ft8 (1.72m) and weight about 120lbs (54kg). I've recently joined the gym and plan to add muscle (like most people). I'm completely new to this and I have been browsing for research ...
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1answer
139 views

Does the existence of trans fat invalidate years of research on saturated fats?

If only relatively recently trans fats were discovered to be much worse for you then saturated fats, does that have implications on past research on saturated fats? Is that research now outdated? Can ...
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1answer
71 views

Right biceps is bigger than left biceps!

I was basically very thin but started putting on weight recently by doing regular exercises. I do exercises for my biceps as well. Although I do same number of repetitions for both hands, recently I ...
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1answer
349 views

Flexibility Training for Taekwondo?

I'm a taekwondo pupil and weightlifter in between sessions. Thing is some of my high kicks are troubled by a lack of flexibility around "I don't know where " mainly the Dollyo Chagui and Yop Chagui ...
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283 views

How do I start a diet?

I want to lose weight. I have noticed that I gained more than 20 kilos in the last 2 years. I want really to lose these as soon as possible. What is your advice? Please note I don't like running and ...
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1answer
446 views

ITBS recovery methods, techniques, advice

I got into triathlon about 2 years ago and developed ITBS last year. It was severely debilitating. After seeing a specialist, taking the specialists advice, which consisted of: a 6-8 month break, a ...
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1answer
184 views

Beginner in physical fitness, need tips and advices

I am 18 years old, 174 cm tall, 60 kg weight male. I am very skinny, and haven't trained for ages. Last few years I've been living very unhealthy way of life - spending way too much time in front of ...
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4answers
175 views

Calorie calculations for weight reduction

When trying to calculate how much I should eat for weight reduction what should the base calories be based on? My current weight or my goal weight? I'm 5'8" at 240lbs wanting to drop to 180lbs or ...
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5answers
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How can I make myself get enough sleep?

I hope this question is on-topic for this site. It seems to me that sleep is a pretty big ingredient in fitness. I pretty much never get enough sleep. It's not for lack of trying though. I just can't ...
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5answers
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What are the recommended exercise types for getting broad shoulders?

What exercises do you recommend, if one's main target is broad shoulders (and chest too, but less priority)? Does reducing exercises for other muscle group help? Any other tips?
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When will muscle be cannibalized?

Can you tell me what are all the cases when muscle would be cannibalized? I've heard the two following cases will cannibalize muscle, but I still don't quite understand. Aerobic Exercise Arnold ...
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5answers
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Opening up my chest and shoulders

I've been doing kung fu and tai chi for 3.5 years to date which has helped my posture. I can straighten out my back when I stand, but I still collapse my shoulders forwards when I stand because it's ...
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8answers
3k views

How Do I Prepare For Running In Very Cold Wind, Rain, or Snow?

I'm going to be traveling to Chicago, IL in early December and I'm training for a marathon. What kind of preparation and equipment do I need to continue training while I am there? I have run several ...
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8answers
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Should I drink water before, during or after eating?

As the title says, I would like to know what is the best time to drink water, is it before, during, or after having a meal? Also suppose the answer was during, what quantity is recommended?
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6answers
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How should I do push up to get better chest?

I was told push-ups are good for the chest. I tried some and don't quite feel it in my chest, the force is on my hands. How should I do it to focus on the chest?
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Breakfast before or after jogging?

Provided that I'm not hungry, should I eat breakfast before or after a 30-minutes morning jog? Update: There are many answers detailing opinions -- thanks! If someone could supply evidence supporting ...
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5answers
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Is it necessary to eat fewer carbs in order to lose weight?

I'm using DailyBurn.com as my guide/tracking system for losing weight and I always seem to hit my recommended carb limit for the day really easily. I really like eating rice, pasta and bread. To put ...
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2answers
2k views

What are good examples of healthy snacks? [closed]

I'm trying to lose weight, and I'm looking for something healthy to snack on. I've tried eating different kinds of fruit like apples, bananas, and grapes. Most of the time, the fruit will go bad ...
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3answers
2k views

How to train for Parkour as middle aged beginner

I got interested in Parkour and like to start to train for it. I used to do weight lifting and running short distances, but it's more than ten years now and I'm out of shape. So getting in shape again ...
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16answers
28k views

How do I avoid stench with my Vibram Five Fingers?

FiveFingers are great shoes for running, hiking, and general lounging. I believe that running barefoot has improved my fitness and also general running ability -- even with conventional shoes. But ...
12
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4answers
988 views

How to overcome lack of willpower when not having access to a personal trainer or training buddy?

During exercise I often notice that I'm physically capable, but not mentally. At some point a strong mental listlessness makes me stop my workout. Normally at this stage a training buddy or a ...
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4answers
4k views

Push-up Variations

Are there some push-up variations I can do to work the biceps or shoulder muscles? Illustrations or pictures would be appreciated as well.
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3answers
748 views

Keeping my metabolism high

I am looking for some diatary ways to keep my metabolism high, especially between meals. What kinds of foods or supliments can help keep your body processing long after you've consumed them? Ideally ...
9
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1answer
395 views

How should I transition into minimalist running shoes?

I have spent the last few years running in stability shoes with orthotics (Brooks Adrenaline line) to prevent ankle pain caused by overpronation. My joints and muscles are fine after long runs ...

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