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Jul
29
revised What can I do to limit shin splints?
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Jul
29
comment Is there any way to keep your knee problem free in the long run for a distance runner?
This information should be helpful.
Jul
29
answered What can I do to limit shin splints?
Jul
24
comment Why working the Rotator Cuff in the high reps & low weight range? Isn't that wrong?
You are welcome. This article will give you some good information about the scapular muscles, thoracic spine mobility, and exercises RTC exercises beyond rotations.
Jul
24
comment Is Upright Row a good alternative to Overhead Press for people with rounded shoulders?
2 more suggestions to help correct imbalances: 1. Strengthening the lower traps to help control the scapula. It is often overstretched and weakened with rounded shoulders. 2. Stretching - Foam rollers are helpful to stretch out the pecs that pull the scapula forward adding to rounded shoulders.
Jul
23
comment Is Rippetoe's advice about the press terrible and wrong?
The discrepancy in opinions arise from comparing healthy to unhealthy shoulders. Yes, OH presses will strengthen the RTC muscles along with everything else. But RTC "injuries" vary greatly - irritation, partial tears, full tears, degenerative spurs, etc. and may occur in conjunction with tears of the joint capsule. So, although OH presses may be a safe and good technique for some shoulders, it can aggravate others. If the mechanics that led to causing symptoms in the first place are not addressed, the shoulder may not be able to assume the correct alignments needed for an OH press.
Jul
22
answered Why working the Rotator Cuff in the high reps & low weight range? Isn't that wrong?
Jul
21
comment Why working the Rotator Cuff in the high reps & low weight range? Isn't that wrong?
What is your goal in working the Rotator Cuff muscles? Answers may vary depending on your goals.
Jul
14
comment Fitness training with varicose veins
Yes, but physicians are experts on medical and surgical conditions and they can guide you as to what types of exercises would be contraindicated for a particular condition or diagnosis. If your friend's condition is severe enough to require surgery, it is prudent to clear any exercise, esp. resistance training with their doctor. And it is wise to err on the side of caution than to create a worse problem.
Jul
14
answered Implications of the fact that resistance bands doesn't provide constant force for pull throughs and in general
Jul
14
comment Fitness training with varicose veins
She may need to get more direction from her doctor. Generally, exercises with the legs level or above the heart are preferable to those in standing or sitting. Exercises on a Pilates Reformer may allow her to keep her legs above her heart. The Mayo Clinic recommends: "Exercise. Get moving. Walking is a great way to encourage blood circulation in your legs." This will seem very basic compared to her present program. They suggest, "Your doctor can recommend an appropriate activity level for you."
Jul
14
comment eating less calories but still not losing weight, resistance training
What is your body fat percentage and waist circumference? Weight is not the best measurement to track your progress because as you increase your lean muscle mass, your weight can increase as your body fat decreases and your body composition improves. See How to Calculate your Body Fat Percentage and Useful Measurements to track fitness.
Jul
13
comment Building lower body strength using a stationary bike?
Thinking about specificity of exercise, it depends on your strengthening goals. For functional activities in everyday life, squats would be for appropriate and includes more muscles. Although this q/a deals with different muscles, it addresses the concept of specificity of exercise including: the muscle(s) and position(s) where strength is needed, as well as the type of contraction needed for the the task or goal.
Jul
13
comment Is it literally possible to strengthen the fingers directly through finger exercises, or are they in conjunction with the hands mainly?
"All of the muscles that control your fingers are in your forearms. The few muscles in your hand control just your thumb." Although this may be practical as it relates to grip and weight lifting, this is not completely accurate, esp. with fine motor control. For accuracy, you may want to include the intrinsic muscles - the interossei, lumbricals, and the hypothenar muscles in addition to the thumb or thenar muscles.
Jul
8
comment Any exercises to strengthen and lift foot arches?
This q/a has links to exercises for the arch such as towel pleats and toe raises. Also, you may need to include stretching exercises along with myofascial work for muscle or myofascial tightness of the foot, lateral leg and even the hip to improve the balance of the foot and arch.
Jul
6
comment Developing a training routine outside the gym
3 thoughts: 1. Consider warming up before stretching or doing dynamic warm ups. 2. Consider abdominal exercises rather than crunches/sit-ups. 3. Because you work long hours at a desk, check out this postural exercise question.
Jul
6
comment Developing a training routine outside the gym
2 thoughts: consider warming up before stretching
Jul
6
comment Safe training regime to work towards center and front splits
Also see @Dave's answer referencing Tom Kurz, Stretching Scientifically. If splits are a goal of yours, this book will give you information on how to proceed.
Jul
6
comment How to exercise muscles that are prone to strains?
Nice having a physical therapist in the family. Just make sure she really takes a good look at you, not just a casual discussion. Good luck.
Jul
4
answered How to exercise muscles that are prone to strains?