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Jun
12
comment Hip stretches - recover from piriformis syndrome and hard gluteal muscles
Yes it is easier said than done! I saw more than one therapist. However, having found a good sports medicine doctor and a physio who does needling, I'm sure you are in an area where you can find a good manual therapist. In the U.S. look for a physical therapist with the letters OCS for orthopedic specialist. Other countries have other manual therapy or orthopedic certifications. As for Anatomy Trains myofascial work, they have a practitioners map: anatomytrains.com/practitioners Good luck.
Jun
11
answered Hip stretches - recover from piriformis syndrome and hard gluteal muscles
Jun
11
comment Rhomboid muscles
What stretching exercises did your physio give you for your rhomboids?
Jun
10
comment First time indoor cycling (Spinning) with no fitness history?
If you are out of shape you may want to check with your doctor first. Monitor your heart rate and don't exceed your target. Set yourself up for a good experience without overdoing it so that you will enjoy the benefits and want to continue. Have fun!
Jun
5
comment Should I lock out my shoulders at the bottom of a pull up?
Good observation about upper back restrictions causing shoulder restrictions. If you sit in a slump and try to raise your arms you will notice that you are restricted in how far you can go. Now allow your spine to extend and notice the increase in shoulder range overhead. Here is a link to some thoracic mobility exercises using a ball and foam roller that might help. These exercises target most of the myofascia that needs to move in order to raise your arms overhead.
Jun
3
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Jun
3
answered Should I lock out my shoulders at the bottom of a pull up?
May
27
comment I am disabled, can I go to gym?
If your PT said that you can go to the gym, you could ask your PT what would be a good exercise program and equipment for you to start with at the gym. That way you could coordinate you workouts with PT to get the best benefit.
May
17
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May
12
comment What is the reason my pain and exhaustion are not improving?
I'm voting to close this question as it really seems to be related to pain from a medical problem and not fitness related. Ken, because you have a specific condition it is best for you to work with your healthcare practitioners. If the exercises you have been given are not working, check back with your physio. You may not be doing them correctly, or you may need different exercises. Normally your muscles should not feel more tensed after doing stretching exercises.
May
10
answered How to prepare yourself before starting to run regularly?
May
10
comment How to prepare yourself before starting to run regularly?
Here's a link to the Couch25k or Couch to 5k podcast downloads.
May
10
answered Strength Training and a Bad Back
May
9
answered Is there any way I can convince companies I'm in great shape, despite my BMI results?
May
8
comment Should I use observed max heart rate from workouts for zone training?
How did you determine your max heart rate? There is an older formula 220-age etc, or a newer formula: 206.9 - (0.67 x age) = MHR. However a formula is a formula. Alternatively, if you young and healthy a sprint test may give a good estimate of your personal max. This wouldn't be specific to cycling as the field test that Ryan discussed, but it is quick (and I was going to say easy which is not really true about any max test).
May
6
answered What should I look for in electronic measurement of body composition?
May
6
comment Is it necessary to warm up before doing a modest number of push ups?
The short answer is yes it is a good idea. This q/a gives some ideas on dynamic warm up moves. The purpose of warming up is to prevent injury.
May
1
comment Will Musclecore x and Androsolve help bootstrap my fitness routine to lose weight?
You may want to check out this question about abs. It explains that diet is the key to reducing body fat so that you can better see your abs and muscle definition. As @Kate suggests to get to your goal you need a plan that includes exercise and diet. Congrats on starting in the gym and feeling better!
Apr
30
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Apr
27
answered Simple tests to detect muscle imbalances between quads and hamstrings