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Are “Fit in Six” PlayStation routines safe and appropriate for any age?

I have the "Fit in Six" fitness game on the PlayStation 3 and similar games for the Wii, and I would like to know if it is recommended to follow those routines. In particular, I am concerned about the ...
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1answer
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Toes Hurt and Go Numb While Running

I've been running for 11 weeks doing the Couch to 10K program, with 8-9 weeks of that being in Vibram FiveFingers Bikila LS. As I've steadily increased the amount of running in my workout, I've ...
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Is it true that thinking uses a lot of calories?

I have read a lot of stuff that says the brain is one of the parts of the body that consume the most oxygen. Is this true? Does that mean when you're thinking hard, you're actually burning a lot of ...
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2answers
674 views

What set of dry-land exercises can I perform that would be equivalent to swimming?

I like swimming a lot but only have access to it during the summer months when I have more time to exercise. Because of this, I get out of condition during the rest of the year and by the beginning of ...
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138 views

Where is a good place to try/buy inline skates? and should i look for? [closed]

I'm looking to buy inline skates so that I can use them to commute with work. I'm overweight (230lbs) and plan on skating ~8 miles a day, monday - friday. I tried going to all the *mart stores in ...
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501 views

How can I improve my speed and precision when playing football (soccer)?

I have been playing non-competitive five-a-side football with school and work colleagues for a few years, and have drifted in and out of it as people move away, the weather puts people off, people get ...
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Why does standing for too long make knees sore?

I don't seem to get sore knees unless i stand still for extended periods of time. My knees are fine when I skateboard or do exercise though so it made me curious. EDIT: I skateboard for more than 4 ...
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1answer
289 views

Assistance Exercises for Full Snatch

I'm a serious recreational lifter. I enjoy doing the power and Olympic lifts but find the over-head squat portion of the full snatch to be difficult. I can easily do the squat-clean and press with ...
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4answers
404 views

Any suggestions on how I could improve my workout routine?

Me: 6'5", 195 lbs, eat fairly healthy, drink on weekends, always been tall and skinny Desired results: increase upper body mass and definition My Current workout routine (each day is usually 45 mins ...
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Why am I unable to do more than 20 push-ups at a time?

I have been doing push-ups for sometime now, starting 6 or 7 years ago. I haven't been too regular, but about 3 quarters of the days in these years I used to be regular. My problem is I can't do more ...
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3answers
252 views

Is this program good to achieve functional strength and fitness?

That's my plan - every week, at least two of the following: gym, one round of upper body pushing and pulling, leg workout in the 6 reps/3 sets range (edited to add: all isolation movements) + core ...
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2answers
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What's the exact effect of this training regime? (12-15 reps, 30s - 1min break, 3 sets)

That's the regime I was advised at my gym: 12-15 reps per set - maybe less on the last set 30s - 1min break between sets, 3 sets weights are adjusted so that this is doable, but not by much What ...
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1answer
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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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8answers
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How can an overweight engineer get back in shape?

One year later - if anyone sees this note, just to say thanks. I now have 10% body fat, 85kg (started at 130!), and I run demi-marathons. After reading a vast quantity of books and papers (about 60 ...
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1answer
291 views

How far is one revolution on an exercise bike

I have an exercise bike with a computer and it looks like 100 revolutions of the pedals is 430 meters, this seems like a lot. I was wondering if there is a good number for converting pedal ...
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Having joint pain and “cracking” after getting back to working out with weights

I have been getting back into working out (both running and weights) and its going pretty well as i am getting back into it and being pretty consistent. The one issue is that i have started to get a ...
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4answers
258 views

Want to lose weight, need advice

I am very overweight, at 19 stone. I am in the gym, I go 3 times a week and normally do 40 minutes cardio on the elliptical and 20-30 on the low bike with the proper seat, I find the normal bike hurts ...
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5answers
902 views

What is the cheapest, quickest way to gain some basic muscle?

I am a 26 year old male. I weigh about 80 kilograms (180 pounds) and stand at 183cm tall (slightly over 6 feet). I seem to have a very fast metabolism based on my lack of exercise and high fat/sugar ...
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2answers
304 views

Increased irritability with ultra-low body fat?

Yesterday, reading in my newspaper I discovered an interview with a professional boxer (at the end of his career). He said preparing for an upcoming fight has been really hard... getting body weight ...
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4answers
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Are dumbbells alone enough to build strength?

If I do exercises with dumbbells each day, will that be sufficient to build strength and tone muscle? I don't care to large biceps, I am just after some strength and definition. While doing other ...
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386 views

Using a Foam Roller

Recently a personal trainer recommended I use a foam roller for muscle massage and flexibility. Most research I've done on the web simply states the roller 'massages the muscle' or 'breaks down scar ...
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2answers
218 views

Learning form without weights

One thing I like a lot about the Starting Strength program is its focus on squats. Why? Because I could practice and practice them, getting my form right, without weights. Now that I can squat well, ...
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4answers
101 views

Best way to work the back without putting myself out of commission?

I love doing back weight exersises, especially the Seated Cable Rows with a narrow grip with the stack set at my body weight of 210lbs. On two occasions I've performed 3 sets of 10 reps and I feel ...
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3answers
209 views

Training on the border of overtraining

Whenever I feel I have overtrain I rest, say for 3-5 days, and when I start training again I regress in perfermonance, and have to start builduing up again. It is as if I have been stuck in the same ...
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2answers
205 views

I'm rather flexible, how should I stretch my hamstrings?

When I'm standing I can have my hands flat on the floor and not feel much of a stretch in my hamstrings. Currently I've been lying on my back, and with one leg straight out in front, pull the other ...
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2answers
189 views

Does exercising at different times affect the amount of calories needed per day?

Just wondering if the time of the day when you exercise affects how many calories you should consume for the day? So I am essentially wondering is, if I change my training time, does it change how ...
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3answers
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What can cause knee pain just below kneecap during a run, and how do I strengthen it?

After a little break in running I've started again, but now I'm getting pain just below the kneecap of one leg that gets worse when running and I can still feel days later in certain positions. The ...
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0answers
511 views

Eating fruit before, during and after meals [closed]

I've read a lot of opinions stating that fruit should be eaten well before a meal, and not during or after the meal. There are variations saying to eat fruit on an empty stomach, only in the morning, ...
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2answers
234 views

What other changes should I make to my weightraining plan and diet to continue losing belly fat?

I was once over 181 pounds and for my body type I was tipping on the scale of very fat to obese. I started to do lots of cardo and watched what I ate(but never dieted as I knew if I diet I won't be ...
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3answers
290 views

When I work calves in the gym, my feet hurt after the 10th or 15th rep [closed]

Is this just a starting thing? I have just started working calves.
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1answer
768 views

Intervals for water intake with Creatine consumption?

I am on a workout where I take a protein shake and a creatine shake (just the ingredient with a little bit of water) after my workout. It is common knowledge that while using creatine you must intake ...
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2answers
202 views

Increasing Carrying Capacity

I will likely be getting married in one year. I am not in shape by any means of the words, but I am not overweight (6' and 156 lbs). I want to be able to carry my (soon-to-be) wife, who is (best ...
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4answers
311 views

Which muscles would I need to train for ambulance work?

TL;DR Version: Which muscle groups would I use when lifting an object from the floor with a straight back holding an object at chest height for an extended period of time whilst climbing stairs ...
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2answers
937 views

What's the specific benefit of static holds?

What are static holds good for? I don't doubt their usefulness. But what strength qualities are adressed by holding a position? I'm mostly thinkig about exercises like the plank, horse stance, etc.
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4answers
872 views

How can I reduce risk of injury to my recovering fractured wrist during sports?

I fractured my scaphoid and had my wrist in a cast for the past 3 weeks. Today I had the cast removed and the doctor said this sort of fracture usually heals itself well and that I would recover 100% ...
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2answers
492 views

Best stretches before weight training

I have a set of stretches I generally do; not sure where I got them from, but they seem to work for me. (I use them for general stretching, not strength training). Now that I'm starting weight ...
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1answer
252 views

What is the equivalent of a 20 minutes hiit session in minutes of cardio?

How many minutes of cardio do you think I need to replace a 20 minutes hiit traditional session on a certain day that I suddenly want? (And I mean with the cardio of skipping rope at 70-85% of my ...
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1answer
980 views

Is there a way to prevent swollen feet from barefoot running?

I'm doing barefoot running on streets (tarmac) for approximately one month now. In this time I had several blisters, scratches and pain in the ankle. Now everything works pretty fine, except my feet ...
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3answers
145 views

Are quick recovery supplements worth using?

I've seen a lot of drinks which seem to be protein shakes with extra carbs and probably some other bits in them specifcially designed for quick recovery after cardio. Do these actually work or is it ...
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4answers
10k views

How to do deadlifts with dumbbells?

I dont have access to a barbell, yet i still want to try and do deadlifts, so i was wondering if anybody knows how to explain to me the proper technique, or maybe even refer me to an article or video ...
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2answers
297 views

What plyometric exercises can a person on crutches do?

I have recently fractured my fifth metatarsal while playing football (soccer) and so my usual weekly exercise of running, weightlifting, and football will have to be put on hold for some time. I am ...
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4answers
676 views

Is there an age limit for high-intensity sports like Brazilian Jiu Jitsu?

About five years ago, I did BJJ about five times a week. It was one of my favorite hobbies of all time with the exception of all the amount of "annoyances" that came with it: carpal tunnel pain ...
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3answers
243 views

What is the (a) proper way to pool run?

What is the right way to pool run? Some specific questions I have are: Should you use a floatation device? What type? Should you just use a normal running motion? If not, what changes should you ...
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3answers
31k views

Are squats with dumbbells as effective as squats with barbells?

I was wondering, if I were to use the same amount of weight with dumbbells as I would with a barbell while doing a squat, will I get the same benefits as I would using a barbell? Now I understand ...
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3answers
612 views

Good form with little weight or bad form with a lot of weight?

I always hear people say to use an amount of weight so you can meet your goal amount of reps in good form. On the other hand however, all the videos that I've been watching on YouTube show people ...
2
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1answer
174 views

Does running cause menstrual-style cramps?

I'm a new runner (a few weeks in) and not due to start my period for another week. I had to stop a mile in today because I got a ghost cramps out of nowhere and REALLY wanted a vicodin. (It was ...
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4answers
625 views

Are squats necessary to reduce body weight?

My partner told me that squats are a basic exercise, that it helps to improve the lungs so you should do squats daily to lift huge weights. Is this true? Are squat exercises helpful to reduce our body ...
6
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7answers
34k views

Cardio ideas for someone with Plantar fasciitis

I've had plantar fasciitis for awhile now. I'm seeing my doc, I wear orthotics and I stretch in the mornings. I do personal training, 2-3 times a week, too. But I really need to start doing more ...
2
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3answers
2k views

Do compression socks help prevent shin splints?

Will compression socks help prevent shin splints? The pain has been occurring on and off for a couple of months.
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3answers
175 views

Maximum length for safe running

I heard that running can be stressful for the body (the knees for instance) if done in excess, and that some people even have accidents. What is the recommended length of time for running if one ...

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