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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?
Jun
30
comment Should I be building strength if I have very tense back/shoulder muscles?
You say our physio has you doing stretches. Do they also have you doing exercises to strengthen the lower traps and rhomboids that you say are weak? You may find some posture info here, but it is best to go by what your physio says.
Jun
21
comment How do I keep my running form up with a broken toe?
Does deep water pool running hurt? Stationary cycling can help you keep up your cardio fitness if you can pedal without it aggravating the toe.
Jun
21
comment Dealing with jet lag when travelling internationally for a marathon?
Try to get yourself on the new time zone sleep schedule as soon as possible. The more time zones you change, the longer it takes (about 1 day of recovery per time zone). Traveling East to West for me is much harder than West to East due to lost sleep.
Jun
21
comment Beginner in physical fitness, need tips and advices
James, you are very welcome. With all the fitness info out there just getting started can be daunting. I'm happy I could help. As for 3,4,5,6 - they can all be done in parallel. 7,8 would come after you feel comfortable that you have a good basis. Best of luck and enjoy.
Jun
19
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Jun
19
answered Beginner in physical fitness, need tips and advices
Jun
18
answered What is a good metric for defining an ideal weight?
Jun
18
comment What is a good metric for defining an ideal weight?
How to measure body fat percentage.
Jun
15
comment Pre-workout - static vs dynamic stretches
fitness.stackexchange.com/questions/2847/… or fitness.stackexchange.com/questions/455/… and fitness.stackexchange.com/questions/8262/… are good q/a to take a look at for lots of info on stretching.
Jun
14
comment Natural Running - less injuries or not
The only conclusive research as to whether or not natural running will improve or aggravate your shin splints and/or plantar fascitis is to conduct research on you. This q/a is about ITB pain, but includes info on research comparing different styles of running that found, "Overall, runners who reported utilizing a more anterior footstrike pattern reported fewer injuries than rearfoot striking runners." And "Experienced minimalist runners reported fewer overall injuries."
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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