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The bottom line is you want your shoulder in a neutral position. That doesn't necessarily mean full scapular retraction, but it's a cue that helps a lot of people. Considering your level of experience, and the fact you came off of injury I would advise you to use that scapular retraction, but only to the point where your shoulder is in a neutral position. ...


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Yes, it's entirely possible. Exercises such as squats are compound muscle exercises, which means they work many muscles at the same time. These are generally considered as "must have" because they do work so many muscles, and generally give good results. The other exercises are what are called "isolation" exercises, since they mostly work one muscle group ...


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It's just not OK but is also recommended. When you end your exercises your body needs food, especially proteins and good carbs !! But i won't enter in nutritional aspects of this because your question appear to be about hygiene. It's ok to eat if you just wash your hands, there's no harm on that because normally the rest of your body won't touch your food ...


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Research is pretty divided. On one end, there are claims that it reduces performance and muscle growth by slowing muscle reaction and displacing calcium: Regular intake of caffeine reduces your muscles strength and resistance training performance by slowing down the muscle contraction and relaxation cycle. High intake of caffeine also displaces ...


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a realistic weight loss is around 1 pound a week. If considered obese then 2 pounds a week is fine. If the bodyfat level is below 10 percent then half a pound a week is probably best. Muscle gain for a beginner who eats the right amount of protein, enough food and follows a good mass building routine consistently I would say slightly under half a pound of ...


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The safety bars should be set a few inches below the lowest the bar could conceivably go during a successful squat. This way, if the squat goes wrong in any way, you just lower yourself to the bottom of your squat. Do this fast if necessary; release tension in the core, if necessary; jump forward (if the bar is on your back) or backward (if the bar is in ...


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As AlexL suggests, since you are in a power rack, you can simply set the safeties to a couple inches below squat depth. Then if you need to bail, simply lower your squat beyond your usual squatting depth, rest the bar the safeties, and wiggle your way out. Similarly for the bench press. You should be able to set the safeties in such a way that when your ...


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Great question! Especially coming before actually having had bail out (that's the terminology) of a squat. I'm guessing you're back squatting. When failing to stand up during a rep you'll at least have some power left to slow the weight down on the way back down. Use this opportunity and don't hesitate. Release your hands, sit up so the moves backwards, ...


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How have you done the chin-ups? Take care that you keep tension all the way during the repetition especially at the bottom of the exercise. Also if you go to wide you can injure your rotator cuff. Here is some good advice on chin/pull-ups: http://jasonferruggia.com/the-shocking-truth-about-chin-ups/ it simply says that the best way to do those exercises ...


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I hurt my back in a football injury in 8th grade. Speared right in the middle of lower back. Was out a few days and have now had the exact same problem that you have for the past 20 years. My family has pictures of me stretching out and dying in lines at DisneyWorld because I wasn't able to workout on vacation. Why do you feel better? Blood flow and ...


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Specifically, I think your biggest issue will be cognitive impairment. The image of two kids in a basement toking and curling is honestly quite hilarious, and probably isn't going to be too much of a problem in and of itself. More to the point: Curling is a terribly inefficient exercise unless you're a rather advanced body builder, which I'm going to ...


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I've experienced similar symptoms during CrossFit metcon style workouts where I'm breathing heavily in conjunction with lifting moderately heavy weights. The sensation is not unlike the blocked/muffled ears you experience during take-off or landing when flying (but without the discomfort). I spoke to my GP about it and his assessment was that it sounded ...


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Here's the secret to many of these makeovers or rapid weight loss success stories: Start with somebody who is already active and fit, but has to take some time off due to injury. Have them gain a lot of weight while recovering from the injury. After they've recovered, have them go back to their old active and fit lifestyle and add in whatever miracle ...


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If it's harmful for the spine, it will let you know in the form of pain or exhaustion. Since you're working with weights less than 100kg, there generally isn't much reason to believe that your back can't handle it. Adding 12kg to 86kg isn't a drastic change. Your skeleton has already handled weight on this order for a long time already. If you're able to ...


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Train hard, and recover harder. This is a very complete schedule, but I would warn you to be careful of the other part of the equation that is recovery. Your body is a machine that is tuned to respond to external stress (dieting, strength training, aerobic training are all stressors) and that stress needs to be increased slowly so as to not cause yourself to ...


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Assuming it is legal to smoke marijuana where you live, I would suggest waiting until after you work out to enjoy a smoke. Smoking while your body is under stress from the weightlifting makes it harder to reap the benefits of working out.


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To be honest, assuming you're not a good collegiate or elite athlete, as long as you're not eating McDonald's every day, your running won't be affected as much as you might think. Eating well will help you feel better, perform better, and be healthier, but most food will be just fine to sustain consistent running. However, you are probably interested in how ...


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Congratulations on already getting a good start. You are young and can create your own healthy habits and a lifestyle that will serve you well for the rest of your life. There are some good answers on this site about getting back in shape so I'll refer you to those for more information. Diet is really key. If as you say you are eating snacks (junk), ...


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For the heel-strike, the short answer is that neither one is inherently more or less healthy. The natural tendency among walkers is to heel-strike when walking along a smooth surface and to use toward the toe when walking along elevated or uneven surfaces. The next time you go for a walk outside, do it barefoot and pay close attention to your feet. In my ...


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A healthy diet means a healthy body, I'm not saying to start a diet, but to eat healthier, more greens, fruits, vegetables, less processed/fast foods. Hair loss can be related to stress, and judging by your work, study field I'm assuming you can be put under a lot of it, B-complex can help you out lowering down your stress levels, there's also some shampoos ...


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It means that there is 100g of fat total, and out of that, 30g is saturated.


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I too have asthma, though I don't think mine is quite as servere as yours. My asthma is primary provoked by cold weather so it is (only) a real problem during the Winter - during the Summer, I can normally live well without any sorts of medication. (I also occasionally get an asthma attach for no apparent reason, so I expect that I'm allergic to something as ...


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First off, you should go see your doctor and discuss getting a steroid prescribed, something like QVAR. That have you have one inhaler makes it sound like you only have a rescue inhaler, and for the severity of your lung issues you are a clear candidate for continual treatment. From the Global Asthma Report: Avoidable asthma deaths are still occurring ...


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It sounds like you are doing everything that can be done to help your condition. The best I can do is to give you ideas for inspiration. 1) Get the right chair. Since you are sitting down all the time, there might be some special chairs that can help sit in a better position. 2) Change setting position every so often. Maybe once every 30 to 60 minutes 3) ...


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When I boxed I had a semi-famous trainer in his upper 70s. Former marine and still built like a tank. First he would knock the crap out of me with a mitt slap every time I left my hands down when hitting the heavy bag. Just typing this makes my ears ring. Also my second fight was at a church gym - opening round golden gloves. About an hour before the ...


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To avoid stretching of the forearm, you should also try to avoid extension of the wrist under load. When performing most upper-body exercises, it's important to maintain straight wrists (regardless of injury or not). Wrist wraps can help a great deal with maintaining a straight wrist while performing a pressing movement. If holding something heavy for a ...


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Regarding immersion, the term is generally referred to as hydrotherapy, and it comes in a few different forms. Sometimes it's simply immersion, sometimes it's contrasting between hot and cold water, and sometimes it's more along the lines of cryotherapy and ice baths. There are numerous studies that offer minimal and mixed results. There is certainly no ...


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I don't retract my shoulderblades fully, but engage pretty forcefully the muscles that retract the scapulae in most major exercises: front squat, back squat, deadlift, overhead press, pull-ups, and so on. If you're rounding your upper back forward during any of those then something is weak and wrong.


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I dont think that there is a general approach, there are some practical advices and each person need to test the effiziency and benefit of them. Here are some recommendations that I follow, they might help you too: I contract while benching the whole movement through as I feel more stable, I also focus on keeping the shoulders low (away from the ears) ...


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If this was 3 kg of fat, that would mean you just lost 3*7000 kcal or 87864 kj, this is obviously entirely unplausible. What does make sense however is that you just lost a bit of water and solids, which is common when you start eating more healthy. Your weight will always fluctuate a bit, you will have a high and low limit for your weight, if you start ...



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