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Short of getting coached directly, the best tool for the job is taking video. There are a number of digital video recorders that have at least an hour of video available on the device. When you are training by yourself, you want a video recorder that can stable enough for you to stand up and trust that it won't fall over while you are lifting. You may ...


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There is a certain technique of foot strike that runners use for distance running, and that's known as midfoot striking. Your issue, commonly known as runner's knee, seems to be likely from the biomechanical issue discussed in this article. In essence, if your footfalls are striking hard on the heel, then the entire shock of the impact is traveling ...


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Everything depends on the coach; however, bad form will prevent you from lifting heavier weights. If anything, form is more important with power lifting where the goal is to have the highest total on the platform. That said, there is a decently wide range of what constitutes good form, and it comes down to finding a coach who can help you find your optimal ...


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You can lay down flat on your stomach and then lift your feet up. You don't only lift your toes off the ground, but you also lift your feet up to the point where your knees are also leaving the ground. You then repeat this for several repetitions. This will cause you to feel a certain burning sensation in the lower back muscles. The idea is, once you feel ...


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First, I don't think you have the correct notion of ATG based on this sentence: For example, if I lay on my side with my legs in line with my torso and try to pull one foot straight back, I can't get my heel to touch my glutes. In an ATG squat you are going down until your calves are in contact with your hamstrings. Simple physics state that two ...


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This problem is called "valgus" knee. Its is more common for females due to the anatomy - wider hip and slight larger Q angle. However, here are some very common problems for most people with valgus knee, especially during squatting and landing: Weakness in hip abductors Weakness in hip external rotators Pronated feet (flat feet) Weakness in posterior ...


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No, a frog stance and a crane pose are not the same thing. That second picture is a terrible example of a frog pose, but the article you linked has a much better one here: As you'll notice the big difference is the lack of contact between the knees and the elbows that is in both of the photos you linked. Part of the challenge of the frog stance (and ...


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It'll depend on the coach. But in general, bad form gets you injured, and then you can't lift very heavy, so that wouldn't make sense, would it? It is common, however, for there to be some bad form on 1-rep-max tests or in competition, since these are all-out efforts at the limit of (or beyond) one's ability. That's different from allowing or promoting bad ...


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I assume you are doing this to avoid strain on your wrists rather than to toughen up your hands for bare-knuckle boxing? One option is to use push up "bars" or "handles" instead of your knuckles. This would have the additional benefit of getting you another 4" or so off the floor and increasing your possible range of motion. You can probably get a pair ...


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No, as the pictures show they are absolutely not even remotely the same thing A turtle freeze might be a progression to a peacock pose - which is much closer to a full planche, but is much easier than a peacock or planche. The main differences come down to an altered center of gravity and how this impacts the effort required to balance the body on the ...


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I see a couple things going on here with your question. First to answer the headline question: The further away from your body you have your hands, the more you involve your chest. The trade-off is more stress on the shoulders and pectoral tendons. This bit of advice also works for bench press. To further activate your chest, concentrate on tensing ...


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Looks like you've got a strain in your trap and rhomboid muscles as a result of a muscle imbalance. The first thing I would do is not arch my back when doing bench presses. Try keeping your legs up on the bench with your feet flat. Also, make sure you are lowering the bar to your sternum and not the upper chest. Otherwise, you may be offloading the ...


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I have read that not all "heel striking" is necessarily bad. It depends on how you're actually landing. Some notables land more incidentally towards the front part of the heel with bent knees and then roll forward.[1][2] As for the rear leg going too far back, again it depends. What is the driving mechanism being employed? Are the quads coming into play too ...


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It sounds as if you should incorporate some stretching(holding for 30 seconds to try and increase your flexibility). Running drills will be the best thing to improve your running style. Also doing some short fast intervals, whilst thinking about your running form will help get your knees up. Ie coming off toes, driving with arms, head up looking forward. ...


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Try taking your shoes off. Or, probably better, buying some zero-drop, low-stack-height shoes (the Merrell Vapor Glove is my personal favorite). This will provide immediate feedback on over-striding and the accompanying heel-striking because it will hurt. As you build up strength in your feet, ankles, and calves, it will probably also help with the ...


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I have played around with this subject too, especially when I run in my huarache sandals. They slap the ground quite loudly and you can hear me coming a mile away. I read a good tip to combat this problem. When you're running, try to imagine that you are running on delicate rice paper. Land as if you're trying your best not to tear the paper - run softly, no ...


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most probably your using to much of your heel like i used to, when you run or even walk for that matter, always pounce off from cushioned part of the foot underneath the toes (i know you understand what i mean), trust me its nothing to do with some knee syndrome or anything like that, thats simply finding a complicated answer for a simple question. just ...


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For burpees I believe they are supposed to be forward our slightly toed out as you should be in a squat stance. See Crossfit - How Do I Burpee (http://www.crossfit.com/cf-info/faq.html#Exercises8) for explanation of their standard. For tight hips I think this article does a good job of covering some ways to work on this. ...


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Dynammic Stretching Tom Kurz I used this when training in martial arts many years ago. To this day, if asked, I can still kick above my head from cold.


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How to do the plank correctly Looking from a distance, your upper body can seem to be parallel to the floor, but it is not what really makes the difference. The important thing is to engage the right muscles. Firstly, make sure you are not collapsing in the upper back. Broaden and depress your shoulders, and lift between the shoulder blades. Second, make ...


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I do the same pushups (although you have me beat on reps!) for both reasons cited: They're a lot easier on my wrists: there's no twisting, my first two knuckles carry the weight right up the radius. It's good training for all sorts of hand techniques: punching, back fist, blocking, etc. If this is not your thing, please return to point 1. My suggestion ...


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Awareness The first step is to discover the sensation of a flat back, of firing your lower back muscles, of arching your back, and of keeping or losing your back arch while the hips move. Practice "supermans" on the floor, lifting your legs and chest off the ground. Get into what you think is proper position, then feel with your hand or look in a mirror. ...


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In my experience, it is good to do pushups on the palms in the beginning. Palms provide a larger base of support (especially with the fingers spreaded). For some reason I also find it a little bit easier to focus on keeping the trunk active (which I think is very important), when doing it on the palms. Also, one thing that is useful for me in protecting the ...



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