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comment Is there a Mon-Fri lifting program for beginners, similar to Starting Strength?
@Andreas I actually don't think there is. At the very least, I don't know of one.
Nov
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comment Is there a Mon-Fri lifting program for beginners, similar to Starting Strength?
@Andreas If you are still progressing with Starting Strength, I wouldn't switch. I'm sure there are programs out there, but I doubt they'll be as effective as SS.
Nov
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answered Is there a Mon-Fri lifting program for beginners, similar to Starting Strength?
Nov
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comment Should I Eat Before or After Lifting
You should eat a high protein meal as your every meal. :)
Nov
5
comment Knuckle vs. palm pushups
I'm not sure the range of motion is extended all that much, but yeah, knuckle push-ups do help with the wrist. Knuckle pushups are also usually done by MA trainees, to harden the knuckles (useful for punching things). :)
Nov
4
comment How do you know your overall strength/lifting level?
Still, if you'd like to look at some "strength standards", there are some over here.
Oct
31
comment What exercises can I do to recover my left hand's grip strength?
+1 for the pull-ups. There are questions here about improving your pull-up count (based on your current abilities). You could just try hanging from the bar.
Oct
29
comment What is a good training program for a Quidditch Snitch?
Some sort of high-intensity interval training (HIIT) sounds like a good idea, Tabata is a popular regimen (20 seconds hard work, 10 seconds rest, repeat 8 times). You can do this with running, or eg. with burpees to push your cardiovascular system.
Oct
27
comment Sore after work out - can't straighten arm
This is normal, especially if you never trained. You'll have less problems as you build up the missing muscles (alternatively, you could push yourself less, but why do that?).
Oct
26
comment How to ensure you use the right technique when learning from a book?
@Tim The gym I have in mind is sort of oriented towards students, so there aren't any trainers per-se, and English knowledge is not really widespread here. My main concern, though, is that the "average" gym trainer will not know how the right technique himself (or at least, that's the belief I got from SS the book and the assorted fitness sites I've read on the web over the years). So for now I'm not counting on it, but I manage to find someone who went through SS/knows the left inside-out, then great!
Oct
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comment How to ensure you use the right technique when learning from a book?
2) Ah, I see now, I missed it the first time. 4) Agreed, but it's just so much more convenient. 3) Hopefully, that'll work, perhaps my financial situation can manage a few visits at least. 1) I'll see what I can think of. Thanks a lot in any case!
Oct
26
comment Should I use weights training for endurance or for strength to deal with aching back?
Ok, sure, could you then suggest some exercises he could do? Then we'll let the community decide which is better (and I'll gladly remove my downvote) Or, if not that, then persuade me why he needs a personal trainer.
Oct
26
comment How to ensure you use the right technique when learning from a book?
I'm fine with the "continual" improvement, but I'm not sure how to figure out I'm doing it right the first time. Make video, go back home, edit and upload, wait for comments, do one more squat, repeat doesn't sound like a terribly efficient method. The problem you are suggesting also doesn't seem to have any deadlifts, is that correct? Also, the gym I have easiest access to has only a smith machine, no squat racks and stuff: I assume this is a no-go and I have to find something better? There's also a Crossfit gym here, but it's ridiculously expensive.. maybe one visit down the line, though.
Oct
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asked How to ensure you use the right technique when learning from a book?
Oct
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comment Should I use weights training for endurance or for strength to deal with aching back?
-1: Sorry, but saying "go see a personal trainer" is not a good answer. The "conventional" wisdom, as expressed above by Dave, is to lift heavy and use compound exercises - it's much harder to develop (or keep) an imbalance if you're using most of your muscles every time you exercise.
Oct
13
comment What training pattern should I use to develop V-sit and V-hang?
Do you want the L or the V? You mention both. I suggest rephrasing the question (primarily the title) to ask about progressions to the V-seat; they'll likely involve working on the L-seat a lot (but I don't know, as I can't do it either and I'd like to know!). +1 in any case.
Oct
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comment Where (and how) can I drop weight safely?
Is it just me, or is the title of this question completely unrelated? It says "Where (and how) can I drop weight safely?" for me (which I think is another question somewhere). Bug?
Oct
9
comment Gain muscle mass for fat loss
It is difficult to increase mass. For hypertrophy, you need to do something like 8 reps challenging reps. If you can do just 8 pushups then great, but pretty soon you'll progress past that and keep building just your endurance. It's really hard to make a pushup/situp/whatever just a little harder, while it's really simple to add a 2kg weight to your squat or whatever.
Oct
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comment Gain muscle mass for fat loss
I know it's not what you were looking for exactly, but if you would consider a gym, the Starting Strength program will (probably) give you the highest gains in muscle mass. It's in general much higher to get an increase in muscle mass using just bodyweight exercises (but possible).