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Safety first, if you want to learn to swim (as an adult), make sure you try it in a swimming pool where you can easily stand up if things go wrong and have supervision around in case of an emergency. As someone who has learned several children to swim, I'd say its pretty hard to learn it yourself properly. Why? Because you can read the words, but that ...


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That is one formula that will make a good estimate, but it's important to remember that it is just an estimate and individual milage will vary. The only way to know for sure is to try it. These formulae are generally targeted towards experienced strength athletes; novices are unlikely to be able to lift the predicted 1RM because they haven't trained their ...


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Well, firstly, if you're not outright given a chance to talk to a personal trainer before you start working with them, you should assertively insist upon being allowed to do so. You're absolutely within your rights to know who you're working with. Before I settled on my current gym, I went to multiple gyms and my interviews of the nutritionists and ...


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The hardest part will be the transition when you are at the top of your pull up. To start, do this motion in reverse. Start by jumping up and getting yourself in the position that you would be in at the top of the muscle up, with your arms locked looking down on the bar. Then, slowly lower yourself down into the position you would be in at the top of the ...


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This answer is really scattered, sorry! But, your question is really scattered. If you could simplify your question, I will try to put together a better answer. How optimal the effort is This question doesn't mean anything without the context of a particular goal. For example, running 5km is far from optimal if your goal is strength. But, running 5km at an ...


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Considering the many formulas available for predicting your 1RM (one rep max), the best way to know which is closer for you is to test it at least once. Many intermediate strength programs have a day to test your 1RM built in as part of the program, and you'll be testing it once or twice per program cycle (roughly 12 weeks on average). When you get to the ...


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Certificates themselves only make your services more marketable, they don't make you a better personal trainer. Where do you plan to work? If it's at a gym, ask them what certificates they respect the most. Some organization will require specific ones, and others don't really care, and will give you more pay based on the number (not quality) of ...


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As a kid, I took many years of swimming lessons. I discovered that learning how to swim, in the notion of staying afloat, is a mental skill that no one can teach you. Fear of drowning causes you to struggle. Struggling causes you to sink. Therefore, to not drown, you should stop being scared so you don't struggle. For me, the moment I realized this I ...


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There are two things that I learnt before I got any good at swimming. The first I learnt in elementary school ages ago and that was to go into the shallow end of the pool, dip down to about chest height and then wrap yourself into fetal position. What that did for me was it thought me that I can float and also to learn to relax in the water. Mind you ...


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In addition to YYY's answer (an excellent answer): For the people who suggest a personal trainer, ask them who they see. Asking around, especially with friends, can point you in the direction of a good reference. If several people say "This person is awesome" that, in and of itself, is a personal reference. That would be like a hiring manager hearing ...


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I've had pretty good success getting a few buddies together to train for an event in 6-12 months. I've trained for power lifting, Olympic lifting, and a few half marathons. With all of those I had the mental reminder that I was either going to show up and do well or show up and embarrass myself, which is decent motivation for me. But with each one I was ...


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Track your goals, workout "points", and state. The method described in this post comes from Fahey's Fit & Well, my own experience, and the medical physical therapy model. Quantify your goals. Choose measurable indices of strength, endurance, coordination, flexibility and any other trait you plan to improve. (Strength, endurance, and coordination can ...


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The first step is determining if there are any gyms that specialize in the type of lifting you are after. If there is a power lifting team that trains in that gym, or if it is a gym that is known for where competitors lift, typically they will allow coaches to train there without hiring one of the gym's personal trainers. In my area, I would have to travel ...


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If all you want to do is lose weight, all you really need is a weekly amphetamine binge. Your goals are the wrong way round. Concentrate on being healthy first. The weight loss will naturally occur. Weight loss generally doesn't occur in a straight line. It fluctuates. It is hard to stay focused on a goal that is all over the place. If you work on health, ...


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The question is relevant since it is easy to be "off" in terms of effort, both to practice too easy and practicing too hard. I have not found any research on this but I think it is quite clear from observing how many never reach their goals and - on the other side - how many that overtrain and become injured. A system that tries to make your next workout ...


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There are two aspects that are vital when you are wanting to evaluate your training: How much effort am I exerting? How much reward am I getting? These are two sides of the same coin, and it can show how two radically different training styles using the same measurements can be equally valid depending on how you define the reward. At it's simplest view ...


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I found this 9 week basic program: http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/elitefts4.htm Personally, I like to switch between HIIT and Weight training - alternating days....I've always felt that some weight program is essential to overall fitness and health. It provides long term improvements in muscle, tendon and bone health as well as long term/post workout ...


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I would advise against it, your body needs sufficient rest and trying to rush it only increases your chances of getting injured. Given that C25k is meant to let you workout for only 30 minutes, I don't expect you're in great shape. This means you have even more risk of getting overuse injuries or other discomforts. I think it would be better to stick to the ...



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