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Pain in lower back when running

I started trying to get fit about 6 months ago. I mostly bike (70 miles a week), but I sometimes mix it up with jogging (which I do using minimalist shoes; I used to not be able to run because of ...
4
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1answer
1k views

How to improve swimming performance in the gym?

Question is quite simple. I'm looking for gym-specific bunch of exercises which can help me to build up swimming performance/endurance/speed. So, when I'm not in the water I can still be continuously ...
2
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0answers
55 views

Knee stiffness and soreness [closed]

I do Crossfit WOD's 5 times a week. After running one day carrying two 20 lb med balls, my right knee was very stiff the next day. It's been about 3 weeks and the stiffness has not decreased. I am ...
0
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2answers
196 views

How many days muscles need to rest? [duplicate]

I would like to know how many days should muscles rest before I have another workout with that muscle group? At the moment I am going to gym 3 times a week and on each day I have exercises for ...
1
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1answer
541 views

Exercises for toned abs that aren't detrimental to back health? [closed]

According to this article, all forms of crunches are bad for your back, because they flex the spine. Regardless of whether or not this is 100% accurate, I would like to know if there are any ab ...
0
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3answers
117 views

is cheese sauce a good compromise to eat veggies [closed]

So I've gone in 1 year from abs to flab! Mostly I have logistical issues with work and studying which leads me to eating unhealthy food, sleeping badly and not exercising. I've started cooking and ...
0
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5answers
267 views

I think I've hit a Plateau

Last year I decided to shed some pounds and after a lot of struggling, I managed to lose ~45 pounds. Today, I'm very much maintaining my weight but I want to lose more. I currently weight 190 but I ...
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2answers
280 views

How to properly stretch muscles in neck

My favorite stretch to loosen up neck muscles had been doing circles and rolling my head around in 360 degrees of motion a few times then switching direction. I've heard from people and on the news ...
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2answers
255 views

Methods for self-assessing running technique

One of the first suggestions when looking at improving a running pace is to examine your technique. However, I prefer to run alone and if I didn't I don't know any experienced runners. I most ...
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2answers
92 views

On the influence of the total number of sets, particularly with regard to tendon progress

I am staying away from the "as-much-as-you-can". Now, in the dumbbells part of my workout I simply mimic a linear load progression at fixed number of reps, á la SL5x5. I just use smaller increments ...
5
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1answer
145 views

Natural Running - less injuries or not

In context of running, one of the most discussed subjects over the last many years probably have been whether "Natural Running" will prevent injuries or actually be the source of injuries. I have ...
3
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1answer
61 views

What kind of shoes do you need in order to run on the sand?

Running on the sand of the beach is supposed to be harder for your leg muscles and perhaps less stressful on your joints. What kind of shoes are best for that? Normal jogging shoes?
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177 views

supplements for building muscle with low level training

Say I just to a little bit of exercise (enough to have some gain), what would be the supplements I should take to maximize gain and minimize pain. I would think Creatine, Glutamine and ALC - Acetyl ...
0
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1answer
98 views

Building abs and shaping up muscles [duplicate]

I have been working out since 3 months. Initially, my aim was to increase weight. I increased my weight by 3 kgs during this time. Now I feel confident and comfortable lifting moderately heavy ...
2
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1answer
64 views

Does the fructose in my supplement hinder my cycling routine?

Products like CYTOMAX (with Stevia) boast enhanced energy for endurance sports, and I have certainly felt a boost at times when I need it. However my local nutritionist said that Fructose inside it ...
3
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3answers
570 views

When should I reduce my training intensity before a competition?

I'm on a more or less intense training regime in the last few weeks. As I have a bike race coming up in two weeks I need to find the time to begin slowing down my training and start a short resting ...
3
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5answers
1k views

Can't seem to do a proper bench press … any reasons as to why?

My bench press, aside from me not liking the motion of the exercise, nor the overrated outlook on it in general, is pretty crappy, even with attempts to improve it. I follow a strict regimen only ...
2
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3answers
4k views

How effective are Kneeling Cable Crunches?

They're not the most well-known ab isolation exercise, but they are documented on exrx and Icecream Fitness 5x5 recommends them as the only ab isolation needed in the routine. Does anyone know/have ...
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3answers
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Is “micronized” creatine better than regular creatine?

I frequently read advertisements for "micronized" creatine which is supposedly more pure, easier to absorb, and more effective than regular creatine. Is there any validity to this claim?
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1answer
155 views

Easy gain for untrained muscles? [closed]

It is often said that it is easy to train untrained muscles. How easy? If you train strength, how does what you need to do to keep progressing change over time? Examples: (Can a beginner progress ...
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3answers
9k views

Is it necessary to warm up before doing a modest number of push ups?

I do just a few push ups (10 to 20), not an excessive amount. It helps me to increase focus on my work during a day. Is a warm up necessary before doing these or can I go without?
2
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3answers
95 views

Getting ready for outdoor work as a knowledge worker

I'll be going on a trip in about a year that's going to require some fairly heavy physical labor. Last time I went, I thought I was in fairly decent shape and still got knocked around. This time I'd ...
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2answers
6k views

Increasing explosive power in clap push-ups?

How do you increase explosive power in your clap push-ups? The goal isn't to do more of them or to build larger chest / arm muscles, but to launch oneself higher off the ground.
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1answer
365 views

What is a good upper body strength routine for a cyclist

I have previously done the starting strength program, which puts emphasis on compound exercises with a lower body focus. Recently I have started commuting to work on my bicycle, and my commute ...
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8answers
6k views

How deep should a squat be?

Recently, I've read some articles that suggest that you should go below 90 degrees. On the other hand, I've talked with a trainer in my gym, and he usually places a bench behind him so that he ...
1
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1answer
76 views

Engaging Core In Marching Band?

This year I am in marching band as a snare drum for my high school. I was told to engage my core to make all my fundamentals (forwards, backwards, and sideways marching) smoother, and to keep my ...
9
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1answer
4k views

Drink beer after gym?

I know that it's better don't drink beer before gym. But after gym? Here they claim the following: Carbon dioxide in beer helps quench the thirst more quickly, while beer's carbohydrates ...
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2answers
623 views

What is a safe distance for a barefoot running on asphalt?

I mean not totally barefoot, I mean using VFF or something like Nike free run 3.0, in my long run I do a good 10-13k in barefoot, but after that my feets gets a lot of pain. I think my foots has been ...
2
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1answer
307 views

Are Dumbbell Bent-Over Rows alone enough pull to counteract Push-Ups?

For reasons explained in other posts and not relevant here, I am only doing now Push-Ups and Dumbbell Bent-Over Row (and Air Squats). For the rows I use a nearly empty dumbbell for the moment. That ...
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1answer
200 views

What is a good workout logger that help me keep track of my training progress? [closed]

I'm looking for a logger for my exercises, where I can record reps, see progress, etc. I am into weightlifting [or write here whatever you are doing] but I would like to be able to record my cardio ...
0
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1answer
317 views

How to workout around a tight Levator Scapulae

My left Levator Scapulae is tight like hell today (probably from incorrectly lifting a heavy gas bottle yesterday) and it is causing some undesirable effects. It is even noticeable in the mirror. I ...
10
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3answers
8k views

How many carbs before a run?

What's the best form to get carbohydrates in prior to running, and how much should one take in, and how long before the workout? I know I had an easier time running when I had some breaded and fried ...
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0answers
33 views

What are the disadvantages of using steroids or enhancing drugs while training? [duplicate]

What would you say to a teenager about the use of enhancing drugs apart from the medical conditions that could arise from use?
5
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2answers
1k views

Advantages of using the sidestroke

Ive read that the preferred swimming style for the US Navy soldiers is the sidestroke. What are the benefits of the sidestroke that make it the preferred style?
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3answers
227 views

Training scheme - full body or by muscle groups

There are a lot of training schemes out there. But what are the advantages and disadvantages of a full body scheme vs a scheme that targets different musscle groups each workout. Are they desinged ...
0
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1answer
146 views

Wife has normal to above normal metabolism - still gaining weight

My wife is in great shape, but she has gained 15 lbs in the last 2 years. She eats clean and works out (Crossfit 3-4x week , spinning 1x week) but she can't lose the weight that she has put on the ...
2
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1answer
8k views

Dumbbell Shoulder Press: Natural vs the usual grip

What is the difference? Does it target different muscles? It seems to me a bit more natural for my shoulders if I change the usual grip (open grip with palms out) and do a natural grip in my shoulder ...
2
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1answer
51 views

Fitness with a busted ankle

I injured my right ankle a couple weeks ago and I had to put a stop to all my running and cycling. I'd like to keep exercising, but I have limited options. I can stand on my right leg, but no squats ...
2
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2answers
110 views

How do you effectively train for running while in the water?

I am looking for alternatives to doing effective cardio running in the water. Big plus if there are ways to get all of the same muscles to fire, to scale workouts easily, to be able to have an ultra ...
6
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4answers
786 views

Are free stand squat holders safe for home use?

A lot of stores are selling free stand squat holders. It seems they could go off balance since they are not connected. They also do not supply a real safety system. Are they safe to use? And so to ...
12
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5answers
13k views

Skinny but flabby, what to do?

I appear skinny but anyone who's seen me without a shirt knows the truth! My chest, arms, and legs all look healthy (as far as I'm concerned) but my stomach is this fatty mess. It's not that I don't ...
4
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3answers
3k views

Supplemental exercises for breaking an overhead press plateau

Background: I've just recently completed the first 12 week period of StrongLifts. My finishing stats are below: Age: 24 Gender: male Height: 170cm (67in) Body weight: 68kg (150#) (I've been eating ...
5
votes
1answer
255 views

Does shortening stride length (and running for a longer time) require the same effort as a longer stride (for a shorter time)?

I'm currently training for a 10k with my girlfriend: the goal is to complete the race without stopping rather than any specific time. However, I'm a foot taller than she is so when we do runs, I ...
4
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2answers
2k views

What is a good routine for strengthening legs for mountain biking?

I am a pretty avid mountain biker and I want to take my fitness and skills to the next level with it. When I go on rides over 1.5 hours my legs feel pretty beat and start to cramp (in quads and ...
7
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3answers
3k views

Is it better to take a nap or work out?

On days like today, when I've only had 5 or 6 hours of sleep, I often wonder if it would be healthier (in terms of recovery, performance, and so on) to skip my lunchtime workout and take an hour nap ...
0
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1answer
159 views

How to get the best cycling results / improvements in 30 days?

I have a bet with someone who can cycle just a little bit better than me. Our average is about 30 km/h for 75 km in a group. We always cycle together with some friends on Monday evenings (using Racing ...
2
votes
4answers
28k views

Recovering from trochanteric (hip) bursitis

Last week I started noticing some pain building in my right hip after my morning runs, culminating on last Wednesday when I could barely walk without severe pain in the afternoon. I took a few days of ...
2
votes
2answers
3k views

Why do front squats hurt my knees?

Every time I do front squats my knees hurt the next day. Well I shouldn't say hurt, but I certainly feel some discomfort in them. I know that without a from check video it would be hard to say what ...
4
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2answers
1k views

How different or “sub-optimal” is Deadlift if performed with reverse grip (both hands)?

Ok, Deadlift is a great exercise. But I don't dare lifting heavy yet, because of an old injury. However, when performed with reverse grip (both hand with palms facing forwards, I believe this is ...
3
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1answer
91 views

How can you get your belly to be less sensitive to cold water swimming etc?

I'm not afraid of water or cold, but very sensitive to cold water, especially on my belly, waist and back. When other people claim the water's warm, I have difficulties to breathe. Can I do anything?

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