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Here's how I do do it (I have a fitbit one). When I'm doing an activity that I think the fitbit won't track properly (biking, or a sport), I switch to recording/sleep mode (they're the same). I only do this so that I can remember how long that activity took. Then, using the web interface later, I enter the actual activity, time, and duration (using info ...


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These machines are both closer to leg press machines than anything else. They will both activate the quadriceps more than anything else, although the one that has you standing will activate a little more of your glutes. Having switched to free weights for squats I can definitely tell you that the squat machines you listed here aren't going to give you the ...


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The stimulus that the leg press provides is difficult to replicate for the same reason that it has become a hassle for you, it allows for a lot of weight to be used. As mentioned by Berin, the weight you use for the leg press will greatly differ from the weight used on most other leg exercises. This makes it a hard exercise to replicate in terms of muscle ...


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Squats: Squats are a full body exercise, hitting just about every muscle group. Front squats and Olympic style back squats (high bar, very deep squats) emphasize the quads, while low bar back squats emphasize the glutes and hamstrings more. You will find that you simply won't be able to handle the same amount of weight on the bar with full range of motion ...


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It's a rowing machine. You sit on the chair and push with your legs against the pads while at the same time pulling the bar with your arms. The round part you see in front is the resistance wheel which you can adjust so that the movement is more difficult. This is a full body workout that incorporates a great deal of cardio. Some people even say that it ...


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There are advantages and disadvantages to both doing more reps/sets and less weights as well as to doing heavier sets and fewer reps. However, in general, I suggest you switch from machines to free weights (http://forum.bodybuilding.com/showthread.php?t=157022873) because of advantages such as including supporting muscles, coordination, flexibility, and so ...


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Without seeing your form, it's difficult to provide an answer. However, from what you described, I would guess that when doing barbell bench press, you lower the bar closer to your neck instead of closer to your sternum. That would put added pressure on your deltoids. Machines typically make it impossible to perform an exercise with bad from. I would ...


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As for the number of sets and reps, that depends on what your goal is, and what part of periodization you are in. If you are aiming at increasing strength and speed in running i suggest you do 1-4 reps at above 85% for all exercises. I am a sprinter and this is what I do. It will increase your speed potential, so that you exert less force when you run at X ...


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Importance of Equal Hip Strength Bilaterally This Clinical Review found weaknesses in hip abductors, external rotators and hip flexors on the involved side as compared to the uninvolved side in runners with patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS) and iliotibial band syndrome (ITBS). So an important factor is the strength of one hip relative to the other, ...


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Be more clear about the pain you experience. Is it dull pain that persists throughout the day? If so, it is just DOMS, which is what you get when you don't work out for a week or longer and then work out again. If it is a sharp, it has to do with your joints and/or tendons. But from what you have described, you don't get pain when you do the machine press. ...


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Muscle tremble is a sign of muscular weakness, or "system" weakness since even on isolation machines there are multiple muscles involved to perform anything. If you put your palms together directly in front of your chest, your arms don't shake. If you start pushing them together, you'll probably get some shakes. Your body was designed to work as a total ...


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I have experienced knee problems using the squat machine at the top of the page when I do a full squat. No problems with the leg press machine. I used to squat 300lbs from a squat rack back in 1994, however, in 2012 I can only leg press basically 300 lbs. I do free squats in the squat cage with the Dave Draper top squat, but can only do about 115 lbs. i ...



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