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Dec
11
comment Fitness asssesment for boulderers?
"determination" is not a fitness measurement; skin strength is not something that is easily measurable and as far as hand/finger/arm strength is concerned, the same way you measure strength everywhere: being able to perform a certain feat for a given number of reps/time.
Dec
10
comment Arm cross stretching behind the back, how to improve it?
Keep practicing, eg. 60s daily. Identify the specific weakness (on one side the shoulder is rotated internally, on the other externally) and do specific stretches.
Dec
9
comment What are the boundary conditions for effective conditioning?
Have you considered Tabata or other forms of high-intensity interval training? Just 4 minutes of work and very measurable benefits.
Dec
4
comment How to train finger extension?
Can you give me the exact quote from that article? I can't seem to find anything stating one way or the other. I'll also try to find something on it (you're right, I wasn't basing this question on any paper).
Dec
3
comment How does a 5x5 program work on a cut?
If you are still a beginner (as you must be, if you're doing a beginner program), you might still progress from neurological adaptations. Nevertheless, I'm sure at least SS recommends not cutting when doing it.
Dec
3
comment pistol squat mechanics
Like Dave said, it's just balance. Your center of mass is somewhere around your heel or even behind it and you want it to be over the middle of the foot; putting hands in front helps achieve just this. Some people who can't do a pistol suddenly can when holding a 5kg weight in their hands (I guess one of the few exercises where adding weight actually helps).
Nov
14
comment (How) Can I use pulse as a fitness measure?
You can take a look at this table for good resting heart rate.
Nov
8
comment I can't hold a plank for long - how do I get more effect out of a session?
@mart That's why we're here - to spread the knowledge! Good luck and work hard!
Aug
27
comment Is it normal to crave for lemons after running
I think its off-topic for this site, but lemons are delicious! When I remember to buy them, I can eat 1-2 a day.
Aug
27
comment How to strengthen *very gently* your grip in order to safely perform chin-ups? Are wrist wraps good?
There's a bunch of good wrist mobility exercises described in this pdf, try doing them once a day or even more often (the PDF also has bodyline exericses which you could try, but then moves on to gymnastic skill work which you might not be interested in). There's also a related question here on the site. BTW, my father is approaching 60 and he can manage about 7 chins, having started from zero 2 years ago - just stck to it!
Jul
31
comment Why is “Starting Strength” the most highly regarded workout regime on the Internet?
To switch it up a bit: what program would you recommend in lieu of Starting Strength?
Jul
20
comment How many Burpees do I have to do per day to lose a lot of fat fast?
It might also be a good idea to track progress, so something like: 6/6/6/6/5/5/3/4 = 41. Helps with the motivation to see that you've actually improved in time (since the effort should always be perceived as maximal).
Jun
10
comment Why Rippetoe's Texas or Mehdi's StrongLifts instead of Reg Park original workouts?
Isn't one of the SS variants with alternating pull-ups/chin-ups? Maybe from Practical Programming or such?
May
16
comment Progressive overload vs. greasing the groove
@Dan I also used to be against weighted exercises, but equally distributing the weight still keeps it a bodyweight-style exercise. I'm not saying you should jump into +50kg pull-ups, but adding bits and pieces to get to +10 is probably a good investment.
May
16
comment Progressive overload vs. greasing the groove
@DaveLiepmann When I was training for it, I added weight when I was around 10-10-8 and with my highest added weight of 6kg (on bodyweight of ~75; I didn't have a good way of adding more) I got up to 14-12-12. So maybe not optimal, but it certainly helped me. When would you start adding weight? At 15 maybe?
May
16
comment Progressive overload vs. greasing the groove
At such numbers, the most progress will come from weighting your pull-ups: that is what would constitute progressive overload for you. I wrote some thoughts on this in another answer, but basically, find a way to add weight and keep adding about 2kg a week (with a standard schedule, eg 3x(5-8) thrice a week). The magic starts once the weight is off.
May
14
comment What footwear would be suitable for climbing
Just rent them. Potentially relevant question.
Apr
29
comment Should I lock out my shoulders at the bottom of a pull up?
Are you sure about this? Most references to pull-ups I've seen recommend keeping the shoulders "shrugged" at the bottom. [citation forthcoming]
Apr
28
comment Should I reboot Starting Strength program, to get better results?
@TCSGrad 1.5x bodyweight squat is a more realistic goal, especially given the timeframe. As far as the program, how is your form on lifts? If you think it's lacking, deload 20% and go at it; if not, just continue as is and eat properly (MEAT!).
Apr
26
comment Lose weight or Gain Muscle?
Getting the muscle first will help with losing the fat later (muscle tends to use a lot of energy); and you might even lose it all on the way.