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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 doesn'...


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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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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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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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Like Alex L mentioned in a comment, your program completely lacks progressive overload, which is how we actually get stronger. Progressive overload is the increase of intensity that we place on our body, and we do this in two ways; increasing the resistance by using more weight increaseing the volume by doing more sets and repetitions Unless you go to ...


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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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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 certificates....


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I agree with @jsmith but all the plans tend to follow a few specific guidelines. Here are the ones I'm following: Build up to at least 20 miles 1-2 months before a marathon race. Run all long runs ( +16 miles) at an easy pace. Do one long run every week but run your longest long runs every other weekend at the most. Aside from running for distance for the ...


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It sounds like you have a good aerobic base to start a marathon training plan now. You are running around 25 miles per week, which is right at the required base miles to start a running marathon program. There are A LOT of options out there for marathon programs. But I'll give you my 2 cents as to which I have liked the best. For price and quality I don't ...


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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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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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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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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 have been training for quite some time and the best app I have found so far has been the app of Bodybuilding.com . There is an entire web space devoted to people that train and like the training and nutrition part. You can download the app on Google Play if you are an Android user and on the App Store if you are an iOS user. Here is the link to Android: ...


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Check out www.dojofitness.io I believe this app covers all your needs. It allows you to work with your trainer via the app to design workout & diet plans and track / monitor progress. It also allows you to post results and compete with friends.


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There's a similar question here: "Personal Trainers: Do you like the idea of an app for PTs to set schedules for their clients, online or offline and they can also see the clients progress (weight, BMI, fats etc) and give them follow up call when required?", that suggests Fitness Hawk


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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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There are many variations and skill levels of personal trainers. Some are vanilla gym guides, showing the proper use of equipment and how to set up a standard workout routine. Others are available for specific sports and/or goals and/or recovery. I would recommend listing what it is you're trying to achieve, how much time you have available and how much ...



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