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A very well thought out question. First, the technical term for holding your breath is called the Valsalva maneuver. In the world of weight lifting it has a distinct purpose: to increase the body's ability to protect the spine under heavy load. The Valsalva maneuver does not work alone. There's a pretty fair treatment of the subject on a Rebock Crossfit ...


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Preference I collar my squats, deadlifts, and overhead presses just because it annoys the heck out of me if the plates slide around even an inch or two. The noise and the asymmetry irritate my aesthetic preferences. With squats, only once have I seen the plates move more than an inch or so, and it was a good indicator that my set had been sloppy. However, ...


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Abs can be sufficiently trained via isometric exercise. I believe the safest way to exercise the abdominals is to use them for their intended function (stabilization) under a progressively increasing load or difficulty. For example: The co-contraction of the abdominals with the spinal erectors that is required during heavy squats and deadlifts in order to ...


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There are a few considerations when running at night: Making yourself visible to others, i.e. motorists, cyclists, etc. Providing vision for yourself Where to look when running You don't want to be staring down at your feet. Like mountain biking or other high speed pursuits, you want to be looking a few feet ahead so that you know what is coming for ...


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My advice will be a bit different, but there's some preliminary things to understand first: Determine the nature of your soreness first: Back pump (where there is an uncomfortable tightness in the lower back) is normal and nothing to be concerned about. Sharp pain, or even a dull pain that is different from general tightness is a symptom of bad form which ...


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If you're contagious or think you might be, why not just attempt the yoga at your house, and skip the class, and skip possible infection of others.... Also, I'm no doctor, but for sore throats, apple cider vinegar + water + honey = quick fix for sure. Just fast, allow your body to focus on rebuilding your immune system. Do some stretches and yoga, relax, ...


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After a quick research session, I can't find any research that shows that heavy lifting contributes to spinal disc degeneration. So, lift according to your goals, eg. more repetitions for hypertrophy or endurance, less reps for strength. Previously, heavy physical loading was the main suspected risk factor for disc degeneration. However, results of ...


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First off, and most importantly - A belt should not be a fix for bad form! That said, a sore back is common when deadlifting. You should get a professional - a real professional - not your local gym-head or 5 $ a hour trainer to coach you. Good form is crucial, especially on heavy exercises. The money you invest in learning the basics will come back ...


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IMO, a belt shouldn't be necessary until you get to a weight about 2 times your bodyweight, if even then. Fix your form, don't try to patch the problem with a belt. If your back is hurting, you're probably leaning forward and rounding your back to compensate for tight hip flexors or limited ankle dorsiflexion. Video or have someone else video you while you ...


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I can only give an anecdotal answer: I find that the tightness of the core from the intra-abdominal pressure added by a full breath becomes negligible once one develops a very strong squat. I think that for a strong squatter, the ability to move the same amount of weight likely exists regardless of breathing method. In my experience of trying many ...


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I would do internal and external rotation exercises with a resistance band. For internal - Fix a band around a fixed point. Start side on to band. With arm closest to band, fix elbow into waist. Take hand/forearm across body and back, keeping elbow at 90 degrees. External rotation - again fix band. With arm furtherest from band. Start with elbow fixed ...


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With regard to spinal disk safety during exercise, the critical factor is amount of impact rather than actual load (within reason). So doing static lifts will usually be less stressful than playing basketball or running for example. Having said that, maintaining good form during lifts is also critical especially when your back is involved. In my ...



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