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I think what's missing in the discussion area is a bit more context. Taking all sets to failure would include the barbell sets. Taking your barbell sets to failure is not part of starting strength. Why take body weight exercises to failure? Body weight exercises don't cause near the stress on your body as the barbell work. Essentially, you can recover ...


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It doesn't sound bad. I recommend going above five reps for at least some sets, since I find the upper body responds well to higher volume and it's not the worst thing in the world to train some endurance. I expect you'll actually see better strength results that way anyway. The more common method of loading pull-ups is to use a dip belt, but the backpack ...


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Muscle strains can be tricky to heal, mostly because people won't take the proper amount of time to let them heal properly. Given a full healing cycle, then you shouldn't have any more risk of reinjuring the bicep than any other muscle in the body. You note that the pain is in the center of the bicep, which almost precludes any tendon involvement, so it's ...


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I think you touched on your problem in your notes. A common problem with beginners is that they tend to lose torque when starting the pull. I've seen this many times: a beginner will set up behind the bar, get into a great position, load up, then start the pull. Immediately their butt will shoot up, their spine will over-arch in one direction or another ...


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If you are not feeling pain, there is no reason to be concerned. Dip belts are good, you can also buy a weighted vest. That way the weight is more evenly distributed.


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No movement is safe for everyone. Burpees are definitely a fantastic conditioning exercise for time for me, but they're definitely not a good choice for a mordbidly obese diabetic smoker who gets dizzy when they stand up from a chair. Does that mean they're not right for you? We don't know. That's a complicated question that relies on a large number of ...


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What lifts shouldn't you do when suffering a muscle tear, cartilage tear, soft tissue damage, hard tissue damage or broken bone? Well, until your doctor says otherwise, I'd stay away from: Deadlifts Squats Bench press Overhead press Bicep curls Tricep curls Quadricep curls The frequently unheard of Quinrecp, Hexacep and Septecep curls Running, jogging, ...


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First of all, if your fingers are constantly under stress and they are not recovering properly, this can lead to nerve damage in the wrist and elbow which is known as a repetitive stress injury. Much of your 'finger' strength in rock-climbing and tennis is generated by your forearm. So increasing forearm strength will increase the strength of your fingers. ...


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It could be any number of things causing pain and shin splints. Worn-out/improperly fitted shoes, bad running form, foot-strike, etc. First, I would look into a proper shoe fit at a local and reputable running store. Also, most stores in that category should have a treadmill and video equipment setup that will allow you to review your running ...


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Shoulder injuries are one of the most difficult injuries to overcome. They are right up there with knee and neck injuries. My recommendation to you is to stop all weight exercises that involve the shoulder immediately. Allow the joint to rest properly for at least a month before returning to using weight and begin slowly. Low weight, low reps. In the ...


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Mephisto, I think the front plank and the bridge are great core stability exercises. What I would do is use them as a 'warm up' before you train the compound lifts in your routine. Even though the other exercises you are performing use those muscles, I wouldn't eliminate them from your plan. They still have value. I would add a side plank in there as well. ...


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I agree with everyone's comments above - check with your doctor to see if walking and/or running would be appropriate for your condition. And working with a physical therapist would help you establish an appropriate exercise program. Without good sensation, one of the biggest problems you could face is skin problems. Even a simple blister can turn into a ...


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It depends on the campus board setup. Nice setups often have: The campus boards on an over hang with wooden slats underneath for your feet. And various sets of grips. The easiest is very positive and the hardest probably has nothing to wrap your fingers around at all. The slats help you scale down the exercises so you don't have to do them legless. So ...


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Slow process of diagnosing this: information here is a summary of my treatment and helped by top neurosurgeons, physiotherapists, couches and other professionals. You can read my diary below. We are trying to get me back to games fast. [24th June] general doctor order me 2 weeks of rest with anti-inflamatory painkillers I am doubtful about this because ...


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It sounds like you were pushed just that little bit too hard, but like others have said, it shouldn't be anything to worry about. Maybe you could get to the gym a few times without the trainer, to help increase your fitness. I'm sure after a few weeks of training this sickness will ease off. For a beginner it's ideal if you can train 3 times a week. Even ...


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You should always train them together. Naturally most people have a muscle imbalance, right arm stronger than left arm is a common one but as long as you train them together they'll eventually even out even if physical appearance may be slightly different. Just because you don't feel as though you've pushed to the limit doesn’t mean you haven’t made an ...


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More than a year has passed since I wrote the question. In the meantime I became a serious runner (basically because a shoulder surgery forced me to either running or staying a couch potato). My experience now is as follows: It is running (and NOT squatting) what puts stress on my knees (Kate was right, I now know). In fact I often have to insert some ...


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I am in this sport too, I am a team captain of a german club, from Berlin. So eveyone is always thinking about what is the best way to train and get better. Since I am studying fitness, I began to ask what sort of training would be the best, I talked to some of my professors and to collegues. I've been reading and thinking about it a lot. My first ...



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