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comment seeking qualified sports medical advice (USA)
My best suggestion is to take this question to chat. But to answer: Try a few sports docs, ask for recommendations, look for sports docs who treat a lot of people in your sport (or "people like you" if it's lifting). Degree of pushiness back to activity is a thing you can figure out with a few roundabout questions like "what happens after that", "what if that treatment fails" or "what's the timeframe to get back to doing X".
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comment Which is more effective for strength gain: a superset or multiple sets?
I find the claim that multiple sets with rest builds strength better than a "massive superset" so basic that I'm offended that you expect citations. Unless you mean something different by "superset"? Or maybe I misunderstand what you intend to describe in your extended set of possibilities (multiple same sets, multiple different sets, one day or throughout the week)?
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comment Is there ANY scientific proof that improving posture helps against aspecific lower back pain?
I bet you'd get better research at skeptics.SE.
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answered Will doing heavy deadlifts once a week increase muscle size?
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reviewed Approve Will doing heavy deadlifts once a week increase muscle size?
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comment Pyramid training - High to low or low to high
Let us continue this discussion in chat.
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comment How can you build tolerance to neck muscle strains?
I'm not sure it's a muscular imbalance thing, but rather an issue of full mobility in those positions across the shoulder girdle and neck, and stability within those positions.
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comment Pyramid training - High to low or low to high
Note that in the document you cite, under "Loading and Volume", their reference to Goto et al. 91 (abstract; do you have the full text?) supports my position that back-off sets work. This review of similar techniques mirrors my opinion of those studies: total volume may still be what's important, but back-off ("drop") sets are one perfectly valid way to manipulate that factor.
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comment Mixing high intensity and high volume in a single session
...but it seems like our definitions are actually much closer than I initially thought, and I merely...ahem...misunderstood your phrasing.
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comment Mixing high intensity and high volume in a single session
I'm still not sure what "the sum of X times Y" means, but I think we agree about volume. In terms of intensity, you're using two different definitions. I think I agree with the IWF one, although it's unclear what we're averaging over. As to my sources, I think your reliance on the self-appointed NSCA is wrong, but I use the definitions from Rippetoe & Kilgore's Practical Programming as well as the (different) definitions in Tom Kurz' Science of Sports Training.
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comment Pyramid training - High to low or low to high
If none of those studied back-off sets, then your statement that any set after reaching your max "will do very little to increase strength or muscle mass" is unfounded. Pointing me to a scattershot of 280 studies that may or may not include something related to the topic at hand is not exactly supporting your position with evidence! Regardless, I argue that 1) volume is a big factor in stimulating muscle mass growth, and 2) I know of no study that credibly supports the assertion that added volume after the heaviest set in a given workout is somehow invalidated as a training stimulus.
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comment Mixing high intensity and high volume in a single session
Your definitions of volume and intensity seem to be non-standard. Volume is typically the product of reps, sets, and weight. Intensity is typically percentage of 1RM. I disagree with how it muddies the waters, but some people also use intensity to mean something like what is indicated by RPE (Rating of Perceived Exertion).
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comment Pyramid training - High to low or low to high
-1 for "No one recommends reducing workload from one set to the next." and the other several paragraphs that attempt to paint a perfectly absurd opinion in the colors of science. It is simply insane to say that back-off sets can't be productive. The claim is identical to saying that once you've performed your most intense (i.e. closest to 1RM) set then you can't do any more sets with less weight until the next workout. That's a claim that I say requires a positive study, not an absence of studies where it's not even clear what studies you're reading.
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answered How can you build tolerance to neck muscle strains?
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comment Pyramid training - High to low or low to high
What is the stimulus of "aesthetics" as distinct from "building muscle mass"?
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comment How long would the training plan from this answer take to get to the level wanted in the question?
In that case she's in her late teens and started training as an adolescent. And this would do better in an RPG-centered stack exchange subsite.
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comment How long would the training plan from this answer take to get to the level wanted in the question?
Oh, is this for a pen-and-paper RPG, or for LARPing with swords? Like, are you going to do this in physical reality?
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comment How long would the training plan from this answer take to get to the level wanted in the question?
Ideally I'd want to evaluate you in person for how well you can do basic movements like squatting (front or back), deadlifting, pulling (e.g. barbell or dumbbell rows, or pull-ups), and pressing (e.g. push-ups, Hindu push-ups, or overhead press) (e.g. can you do each movement, can you do it loaded, how much can you lift and how many times). I'd also want to see how you perform with the armor on today. And how you handle the sword today. And how much physical output you can muster in 1 minute today, for instance sprinting or doing a benchmark CrossFit-style bodyweight circuit.
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answered How long would the training plan from this answer take to get to the level wanted in the question?
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comment Is it good to combine weights, punchbag, and cardio in same workout?
It would be nice for someone to find or write a definitive answer on "is (this proposed workout) overtraining?" for all possible workouts.