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A very well thought out question. First, the technical term for holding your breath is called the Valsalva maneuver. In the world of weight lifting it has a distinct purpose: to increase the body's ability to protect the spine under heavy load. The Valsalva maneuver does not work alone. There's a pretty fair treatment of the subject on a Rebock Crossfit ...


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I'm sorry, but the selected answer for this question is terribly ill-informed. It doesn't even answer the OP's question of which muscles are actually utilized for each of these activities. Common myth #1: The pushup is merely an exercise for muscular endurance. Common myth #2: The bench press is far superior to the pushup for building muscle, mainly due to ...


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Relevance of front and overhead squats as warm-up for back squats Warm-up sets are meant to prepare the entire body for the heavy challenge of the work sets. They're not used to practice other lifts, or to be challenging in themselves. Warm-ups are there to increase flexibility and blood flow, and to practice impeccable form in preparation for the challenge ...


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You say you're stuck at your lat-pulldown, but you want to be able to do chinups. Well, lat-pulldowns don't make good pull ups, pull ups do. So let's just take a look at the bigger picture and concentrate on your upper back instead of just lats. With that said here are some ideas on how to overcome your plateau: Plan for a dedicated 'upper back day' and do ...


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None of the exercise you do or the equipment you use matters for acquiring a "ripped" body. A ripped body is just a body that has a low percentage of body fat. You can be ripped but still be emaciated or malnourished. Of course, I am just illustrating a point to make my initial claim more clear. If you wish to lose weight you can do so by creating a caloric ...


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How about hurting yourself and be unable to exercise for a long time (possibly never again)? Is that a good reason? And yes, bad forms can easily lead to short/long-term injuries. Programs such as Strong Lifts advocate starting the weightlifting program with an empty bar. This allows you to focus on the form. Then, you increment the weight periodically. ...


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Hi Memor-X, If you squat like the video you mentioned, you'll develop knee problems pretty fast. So please, don't perform it like that As others have mentioned, squat is an awesome body-weight exercise that mainly works the legs. However, there are variations of squats that can work the entire body. For example, it can be used as a form of cardio exercise ...


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There's a couple things, and one of them you'll have to rely on whomever you are coaching (even if it's yourself): Glutes and abs should be engaged, with no sag in the middle (i.e. the back is straight) Legs should be board straight. There can be a slight bend at the hip. Avoid excessive angling of the legs at the hip joint. This engages the legs more ...


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Where your hands are changes your center of gravity. An easy way to demonstrate the difference is to do a bw squat with your hands in front of you, and then go close to a wall and do them with your hands behind your head. Unless you have a good reason to be doing the squats in a particular way, just do whatever is easiest for you. It's a common thing in my ...


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These are exact words from Arnold Schwarzenegger in the July 2007 Muscle and Fitness: [...] you can build up to doing full-range-of-motion chins for many reps. Start with the lat pulldown machine. Over time, increase the weight until you're doing pulldowns with your equivalent bodyweight for about eight reps. Then, leave the machine and to free-hanging ...


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I am having some trouble stopping too, but my mentor taught me the snowplow method, which is super easy. You bend down whilst gliding, and go pigeon toed, then scrape the ice with your left or right foot until you stop! Hope it helped!


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The positioning of the arms during body weight squats affects your center of gravity. Therefore the only difference in arm positioning is the stabilization muscles involved. This difference however is very minimal and won't have any noticeable affect. When I perform bodyweight squats, I prefer having my hands out in front of me. This is a personal ...


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Breaststroke timing is one of the funkier things to get down, and I would suggest watching youtube videos of Olympic and World meets, as they will have some underwater shots of top level swimmers. There are also excellent instructional videos. For the streamline off the wall, ideally you want the arms straight out "overhead", with the hands flat on one ...


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I can only give an anecdotal answer: I find that the tightness of the core from the intra-abdominal pressure added by a full breath becomes negligible once one develops a very strong squat. I think that for a strong squatter, the ability to move the same amount of weight likely exists regardless of breathing method. In my experience of trying many ...


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I would suggest that 2 seconds up, 2 seconds down is good technique, and should be followed in most exercises. If you need momentum to complete the set or to do the exercise then the weight should be reduced, as this is not good form. In regards to whether it's for muscle gain or endurance, good form should be for both. To look at muscle ...


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I'm the one who asked this question. I'm answering my own question after 4 days. What changed in these 4 days? I've hurt my shoulder and my back. I'm unable to sit properly. My shoulder is hurting badly. Proper form is far most important than stupid increase in weights or reps. If I'm unable to maintain proper form implies that our body (bones, muscles, ...


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Your routine could probably use more cardio exercise. 5-7 km once or twice a week-while better than nothing-isn't much and does very little to improve or maintain your fitness. A decent running routine for maintaining fitness might be to work on doing 30 minutes a day 3-4 times a week. The rest of your routine looks better.


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A number of muscles are being trained when doing forward tilted dips. Triceps Long head Lateral head Medial head Front Deltoid Pectoral major (generally the lower pectoral area ) Push ups are excellent for core conditioning and also target the same general muscles as the dip but in a slightly different variation. The push up also focus more on: ...


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yeh, you can't spot reduce its a myth, the first place you gain fat will be the last place u lose it,but targeting certain areas does compress the fat thus making it look slimmer or flatter so yeh if your going to the gym but not doing crèches and your stomach seems noticeably larger it is because your not doing crunches


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Now the crunches themselves have very little to do with the overall bulging of your stomach. That would be called spot reducing, which does not exist. The fact that your stomach came back is due to the fact that you stopped going to the gym and exercising. You want to be at a caloric deficit to be able to lose body fat.


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Something I learned from Elliott Hulse that actually made me stop doing silly abdominal exercises that gave minimal results. Its called the stomach vacuum exercise. This exercise involves contracting your internal abdominal muscles by breathing out all the air in your lungs momentarily thus creating a vacuum and then breathing back in. Not the external ...


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There's nothing particularly wrong with what you're planning to do, but the normal when working for endurance would be 3 sets of 12-20. Then, when you can complete the 3 sets, you increase the weight and go back to 2 sets. You would only really do so many sets if you were training for strength/power, heavy weight, few reps but lots of sets. Like ...


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It sounds to me as of you have weak glutes. This is a common problem for runners. What tends to happen is the hamstrings take over. You need to do exercises that activate them. Dead lifts are quite good for this. Or balancing on one leg and touching the floor in different positions. These 2 exercises exercise the maximus glutes. You can also, stand on ...


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I'd probably need more information on how exactly you're falling here (I'll admit that I'm getting all kinds of amusing mental images of someone running just fine, then flopping over at the end because they can't get to a standing position), but my suspicion is that your body weight isn't over your bent knee. For a front lunge, I know of two ways to more or ...


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Competitive and recreational breaststrokes are barely related in this regard, as they use completely different balance and kicks (whip vs. frog). If you have excellent balance, delaying the set-up and kick can be helpful for efficiency in competitive breaststroke as the recovering or recovered arms will provide less drag during the most propulsive phase of ...


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Man, I know that the above exercises would add definition, you would have to go heavy for bulk. I like the shrug suggestion (try saying that three times fast)...but I would try doing some Farmers walks man...Intense whole body movement, works the hell out of your traps, shoulders, legs, core, forearm grip. Won't work your triceps or biceps too much, ...


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I have been working out with rubber bands for 3 years now(after 7 with weights). You should always pay attention to the distribution of the length so that it is equal indeed. Otherwise it will(how you suggested) work both sides unevenly. There isn't much of a science behind that. A mirror in front of you will make things a lot easier but you can do it ...


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I've been a right-leg AKA for over 33 years now, and have developed lower back problems. My workout routines include: I ALWAYS start with a 30 minute stretch. Swimming - while you can swim with just your arms, your shoulder and arm movements on your injured side compensate greatly for balance, and you end up tiring quickly. So, get a flotation device that ...



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