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Is it bad that my feet turn outward when I run?

I recently started going to a personal trainer and he noticed that my feet turn out to the sides when I run. He said that I should try to correct this, but I'm not sure how to do it. Is it bad that I ...
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1answer
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Balance Problems

Is there any exercises I can do to help me gain some balance? That is, when I stand on one leg with the other lifted off the floor, it is only a few seconds before I have to put the other one down on ...
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3answers
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Started lifting again and am gaining weight but my clothes seem to fit better. What is the cause?

I've been lifting consistently for over a month and have noticed that i'm gaining weight (unfortunately) but you wouldn't know by the way my clothes are fitting. I would think that the extra weight ...
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4answers
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what is the best thing to eat right before a workout?

I have two related questions: What is the best time to eat before working out and what is the best thing to eat to get a good workout? Same question for post workout (should I eat immediately or ...
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1answer
112 views

What are the outcomes of training unevenly on various body muscles?

While most of the trainers train all of their body muscles, it is possible to skip a few muscles and focus on the rest. The best example is all of the guys who don't care about the legs and can end ...
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2answers
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What are the pros and cons of eating 1-3 grapefruits every day? [closed]

I love grapefruit and have eaten it on and off for several years depending on seasons. Recently I have come across several different claims that grapefruit help you burn fat and things like "If you ...
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2answers
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What are the differences between RunKeeper and Cardio Trainer?

I've always used RunKeeper to track my runs, but recently I came across an app called Cardio Trainer (from WorkSmart Labs), and it seems like it does pretty much the same thing. Both apps use GPS to ...
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3answers
305 views

Where can I find stretching exercise information where it tells you how far you need to go?

I’ve been reading The Complete Guide to Stretching recently in an effort to help find some solutions to muscle aching problems I have. The hypothesis I’ve been operating under is that I have muscle ...
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1answer
886 views

Isn't it true that all types of spikes will fit on all types of running spike shoes?

Initially, I'd thought that all types of spikes will fit on all types of spike shoes, but after reading this article If you are buying track shoes with spikes, check the size of the spikes. ...
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1answer
518 views

Is there permanent damage done when exercising through cramps?

I had decided to bike a longer route than I usually do and ended up getting caught in the rain and biked back to my car with some extreme leg cramps. It was extremely painful, but I didn't want to get ...
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1answer
221 views

Open water swimming in winter

What are the dangers of open water swimming in winter? What do you do to avoid them?
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4answers
937 views

Knee pain when running

After a run (cross country, mixed terrain, ~4 miles) I sometimes get knee pain. The pain is located beneath the knee cap. It goes away after a while, but sometimes resurfaces if I'm walking. I've ...
2
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1answer
382 views

Where can I get instructions for a daily stretching routine? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Daily stretch routine to increase flexibilty and overall fitness? I run to keep fit, but a combination of poor warm up/down routines and hours at a desk every day have ...
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2answers
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Post-Running Foot Pain

I've been running high-school cross-country for about a month now, and I'm just starting to have pain on the side of my left foot. When I put pressure on my left mid-foot, then there is a sharp pain ...
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2answers
648 views

How to get stronger (mostly upper body)?

I'm a college runner with a 14 month injury that doesn't look like it's going away anytime soon. So I decided I may as well take up weight-training instead. I absolutely hate lifting weights, but, ...
2
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3answers
202 views

Which carbohydrates should be consumed before starting an exercise?

I read an article about carbohydrates and was wondering which I should consume before starting an exercise. Simple carbohydrates or the complex ones? And does it really matter or anything goes? Does ...
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2answers
204 views

Are there permanent spikes that are not rubber?

I'm aware that there are spike shoes (for running) with permanent spikes. But often most that I've seen are rubber spikes. So basically I was wondering is there such a thing as non-rubber permanent ...
6
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1answer
278 views

Is there a medical condition that prevents running laps but allows all other exercise?

There is an 11 year old kid on the football team that I coach that has a slip from his doctor that states that he is unable to run laps. He is permitted to do everything else, and can even run as ...
6
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4answers
466 views

Get rid of running shoe stank?

I live in an incredibly wet climate so there is absolutely no way for me to go on a run (or outside for that matter) without getting my running shoes soaked (and generally myself as well). Despite ...
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1answer
415 views

How many reps are necessary to make a good abdomen?

I have read that doing 30 minutes of cardio consumes several energy, and doing more than 30 minutes burns fat. How many reps of cardio activity do you suggest to make my abdomen hard? Also how many ...
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3answers
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What to expect in terms of post-exercise fatigue and what to do about it

2-4x/wk, I exercise from about 5:30--7pm (1 hr of weights + 4mi treadmill at 7:30-8:00 pace). I'd say I work out from a 5 to 8 on a scale of 1-10, with 10 being highest intensity. I then shower, ...
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1answer
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how accurate are the calorie counters on iPhone apps?

I use Kinetic to measure my regular excercise routine (walking). It calculates / estimates the amount of calories burned during that period. I am wondering how accurate (generally speaking) these ...
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4answers
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Flat feet running

I'm a beginning runner and have only done a 5K, but I probably run about 3-4 times per week. I'm have pretty seriously flat feet and wear orthopedics in my shoes that were fitted by a foot doc. I ...
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2answers
2k views

Ice in protein shake

I recently over heard a discussion about how mixing ice in your protein shake will make it much harder to burn off the fat in your body. Something about the fact that ice freezes the fat. Is this ...
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3answers
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How to lose weight while being hungry after exercising heavily?

I exercise frequently: running, cycling, football at least 5 days a week. However, I have a sizable gut. This is due to a few factors: I sit all day at work, high calorie intake from soft drink and ...
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1answer
467 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
1k views

Running the same day as lifting weights?

I am interesed in getting prepared for a 10km race, and also increase the muscles size of my shoulders and arms. For this, I am working at home with weights to work shoulders and triceps one day, ...
2
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1answer
506 views

Severe Muscle cramp during abdomen crunch

I have fat around my Belly, and whenever I try to do Abdomen crunch, I get severe (or massive) muscle cramp in my belly which prevents me from doing anything for next 30 minutes due to intense pain. ...
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2answers
154 views

Is there a tool that could help me precisely plan my diet and exercise?

First, a little background: I'm a 5'9" ish 22 years old student and I believe I'm somewhere around 5-10 pounds over the weight I'd like to maintain. I used to do a lot of sports, especially long ...
4
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2answers
370 views

Dynamic Strength/Jump Rope workout

Due to financial issues (who knew a 7-month-old would be so expensive :)), I'm going to be cancelling my gym membership in the next few weeks. I do not have weights at home, and I'm hesitant to buy ...
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1answer
3k views

Will running affect my weight training and burn muscle instead of fat?

How much gap should there be between weight training and cardio? Usually I work out 5 days a week in the morning and sometimes do cardio and some days do weights, but I have been thinking about going ...
4
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2answers
3k views

Ibuprofen before exercise?

Is it a good or bad idea to take Ibuprofen (or other NSAID) before exercise to help prevent things like knee or shoulder pain? I have heard that (a) you should not, because it will mask the pain that ...
0
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1answer
742 views

First week at gym, am I doing right?

I have just joined a local gym near my home. My body details are: Height: 5'8" Weight: 56 Kg My target is to gain strength, shape, and muscle. I am 24 years old. After joining a gym, I found that ...
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3answers
998 views

How long does “warm-up” last?

We all know you shouldn't stretch cold, but for how long after a moderate workout does your warm-up last? Can you have good stretches more than a few hours after exercise (without having to warm up ...
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3answers
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Do you burn more calories doing an exercise when it's new to you?

When you first start out doing a particular exercise, obviously it's harder than if you've been doing it for a while and your body is used to it. Does that mean it takes more energy, and that you ...
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4answers
587 views

What kind of indoor exercises are recommended for getting rid of stress and depression?

I do NOT have any backache problems, nor any pain in the joints. Recommendations please, keeping these points in view.
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2answers
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Muscle pain because of cold weather?

I recently moved over to a much colder part of the country. It was around 6 months ago. I started my work outs almost 4 months ago. The problem is that I suffer from muscle soreness all the time. I ...
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2answers
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How can I increase shoulder flexibiity for squats & snatches?

I have noticed flexbility is a big issue for me in squatting as well as snatching (I cannot snatch at all currently). For example, if I squat with no weight, I cannot complete a squat with my arms ...
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1answer
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What is the most effective way to improve a saggy belly?

I used to have a fairly flat stomach but I had a baby 4 months ago by c-section and my lower abdomen is quite saggy. What can I do to lose the extra weight there and get it taut?
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1answer
2k views

Is it possible to prevent forehead muscles from contracting during very stressful times in the office?

Exercise is a great stress buster and relieves you of it during running or weight-lifting (my favorite doing heavy squats, somewhat symbolic of pushing all that stress with all your might!). However, ...
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4answers
290 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 ...
2
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2answers
257 views

Is it ok to exercise when I feel a strain in my muscles, if it's more than 3 days after a previous workout?

I have heard that muscles need to rest 48-72 hours. However sometimes even 80 hours after a workout, (the muscles aren't aching, that's for sure, but) I can still feel it, you know feel the strain. ...
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1answer
793 views

What is the right kind of protein for that job?

There are so many kinds of protein available in the market that it does your head in . I have done my homework but still not sure as to when to use which one. Following is what I have understood so ...
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6answers
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Is it bad to workout when you aren't sleeping a lot?

I am a dad and we just had a newborn so I am not getting much sleep these days. I want to avoid getting out of shape and gaining weight as it easy to be lazy and slack off on health (eating, ...
2
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2answers
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Patellofemoral Syndrome Exercises

For many years I have suffered from patellofemoral syndrome. My understanding is that, in my case, the cause is the relatively under developed VMO on both legs. I do a great deal of split squats and ...
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7answers
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Bodyweight Exercise Resources

Does anyone have any idea of what might be taken to be the bible of bodyweight exercises? Many years ago, Bill Pearl put out a book that pretty much shows you any weight lifting exercise you might ...
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3answers
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How do I minimize calf muscle pain as I get back into running?

I just started running again, all last week and again today. I start off slow, then increase the speed gradually. Very shortly into it my calves start to hurt incredibly. It starts after about 2 ...
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3answers
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How is it possible to use a higher percentage of our theoretical strength?

I've read somewhere ( Why is muscle size not proportional to strength?) that under normal circumstances, even when we try our hardest, we can use only 20-30% of our strength. Under what circumstances ...
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1answer
659 views

Why are the first workouts of C25K are much harder than those in C10K?

Inspired by Nathan Wheeler's If I can run, so can you!, I started the C25K program today. Things went well, but I realized one thing: the first workouts of the C25K program consist of much more ...
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1answer
140 views

What would be the most time efficient exercise regime and pre-game energy intake in order to increase stamina for soccer?

I mainly play on small courts, so there's a lot of short sprinting, changing direction rapidly etc. So while my first thought to build up stamina is simply to run long distance, I'm wondering if there ...

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