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Oct
7
comment What can I eat to get more protein at breakfast time?
(hard-)Boiled eggs? I usually prepare a dozen at a time and then eat them for 3 or 4 days.
Sep
30
comment Herniated disc prohibits squats. What are alternative exercises?
I'm not sure if the pistol (single-legged squat) is really suitable here, but otherwise I agree with the gist of the answer: check it out with a therapist.
Sep
29
comment Weight training starter,can not do chin up.
If you want to do pull-ups but can't manage any, see this question for some ideas. However, if your goal is to gain muscle and strength, I suggest looking into Starting Strength. Yes, I know we all sound like a cult preaching SS, but it's actually a valid program that will probably get you to your goals the fastest.
Sep
28
comment Can I gain weight using diet, running and resistance training?
To gain muscle you need to challenge yourself. This is much easier to do with weights (as you can fine-tune the amount of challenge) and so going with just bodyweight is harder. Whatever gains you make would be suboptimal when compared to weight-use. Still, if you are set in your ways, consider The Naked Warrior by Pavel Tsatsouline. It concerns itself with just two exercises - the one-arm pushup and the one-legged squat (pistol) but if anything will help you gain mass with bodyweight, it's those two. Also consider pullups.
Sep
25
comment Are these Workout Routines right for Body Building
Great answer, you could easily reword this into a blog post! (and I'm also seconding the Starting Strength recommendation, it's really that good)
Sep
14
comment Ice in protein shake
Related: Is consuming cold water in the morning linked to weight loss?
Sep
7
comment Bodyweight Exercise Resources
@Dave Yeah.
Sep
7
comment Looking for short, home routine for thighs and abs
Do you have a pull-up bar (or something else you can hang of)? Most parks do.
Sep
6
comment Developing slow transition in muscle-up
Any update, did you manage to do it? I'd be interested if Greg's advice worked (though I suspect it did)? I also think that doing sternum pull-ups (touch your chest to the bar) would be useful in working on muscle-ups, though I'm not sure it'd help with the transition in particular.
Sep
4
comment Is there any benefit of “real” running outdoors vs running on a treadmill in gym?
+1 for "keeping the mind engaged". I get bored senseless running on a treadmill (and a track is not much better), give me a riverside or a park any day!
Sep
4
comment Good amount of sets and repetitions for different muscle groups
It would be a good idea to write more about your goals: do you want endurance, strength, power... ? You might also want to write a little more about your routine and the muscles you are targeting. (this all because the answer is likely going to be to switch to compound exercises instead of working with machines)
Aug
18
comment What is the best way to break down a 60 minute gym workout?
@Ominius You can checkout the original Starting Strength program here, it's a good read. You could also consider getting that book if you are serious about lifting, it comes highly recommended. That website also specifically states that the workout it suggests will last around half an hour, with the time slowly moving up to about an hour (over the course of several months) which fit your time contraints fine.
Aug
18
comment How do I remove and prevent calluses from weightlifting?
There's a "tutorial" on Beast Skills on removing calluses. I haven't tried it, but the guy usually writes very good advice so it might be worth a shot.
Aug
18
comment How to measure balance?
The "problem", as I see it, is that I can already pretty much ace the Flaming/Stork test (I can usually go over a minute, eyes closed) and this only took a short while of dedicated practice. I intend to keep practicing, but standing for minutes with my eyes closed is approaching the "boring" zone. The Y Test looks very interesting, though; are there other similar tests (for dynamic balance)? And thanks for the exercises, I'll definitely try them out/add them to my workouts.
Aug
17
comment How can I increase my pull-ups reps?
@DFG4 Do you have some kind of source (I'll even settle for someone's blog) where someone was adding almost 7kg per week to their pullups? It sounds pretty far-fetched to me. You can definitely get that with deadlifts and squats (and probably more), I guess the bench press too, but I really don't think it's a realistic rate of progress for pull-ups. I'd love to be proven wrong, though. :) (btw, please tag me with @ VPeric if you are responding to me so I get a notification)
Aug
17
comment How do I avoid straining neck muscles when doing pull ups?
+1 for the shoulders thing, this is the likely cause of your pain. You need to have your shoulders "tight" and not "loose". What probably happens is that the neck muscles have to work too hard to stabilize the shoulder area since your shoulders aren't doing any work. It might also help to visualize squeezing your shoulder blades together to get a better form (see visualization techniques for pull-ups).
Aug
16
comment What should be recorded in my workout journal
Best is to write down what you did as soon as you finish it, else you'll forget. You might also want to write down how you felt during the exercise (eg. "last rep killed me", "breezed through it") and maybe even add some general notes after a workout ("hit the back good", "soreness in left elbow", "need more cardio" and such). That's pretty much all I ever wrote.
Aug
16
comment Is kale's Vitamin K content a source of MK4?
Nick, @Josie we are actually currently in the process of redefining the site scope and hence also the name. If you'd like to get involved in the discussion (make a case for keeping "Nutrition" in, as we are currently going towards kicking it out) you should write an answer to the Meta question Ivo linked to above.
Aug
16
comment How can I increase my pull-ups reps?
Now that I've read this carefully I have a feeling you just copied your advice from a different exercise (maybe the mentioned bench press) and changed it to pull-ups. Why? Because I don't feel adding 5 pounds (~2.5 kgs) every workout is realistic, not even for one week. The advice I've seen over the internet is that adding the 2.5kgs per week is the more realistic goal (and one which mirrors my own experiences). Have you actually followed this program (with pull-ups!) and managed to increase the weight so fast?
Aug
16
comment How can I increase my pull-ups reps?
@DFG4 Sure it does: What if I can do only 3 reps? Then your advice absolutely does not apply to me as your first line is "do 3 sets of 5 repetitions". The advice that'd do me the most good is something like "Do negatives" or "Do 1 pull-up many times a day if possible". On the other hand, if I can pump out 20 reps then weighted pull-ups and periodization is probably what I need and your advice is sound. And anyway, this all related to the novice-intermediate-expert athlete stuff (body needs more to adapt the more you train).