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comment What exercises would make up the minimum, complete, general fitness workout?
Excellent point about "no irreplaceable exercise" in the 2nd paragraph.
Dec
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comment My knees come together when I squat. Is this ok?
When you say you've been following Starting Strength, do you mean the book or some other source? The book is clear about being 3x5 instead of 5x5 (though I made that mistake too for a few workouts), and talks about knees caving in. How often have you been deloading?
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comment Can glycogen only be used by the muscle in which it is stored in?
I very much appreciate this detailed scientific answer.
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answered What exercises would make up the minimum, complete, general fitness workout?
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comment What exercises would make up the minimum, complete, general fitness workout?
@HerrKaputt Several versions of SS include chin-ups and pull-ups, or power cleans.
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this question is too good to stay closed
Dec
11
comment What are the trade-offs of weight versus repetition?
@MikeS Uh, no, I just found the book to do its job in a way that resonated with me. I plug other programs and authors, too, in the appropriate contexts--Kurz on exercise science, GreySkull LP for upper-body enthusiast novices, paleo/Weston A. Price diets, and so on. If Mark Sisson would write a to-the-letter "do this if you're a novice" workout program, I'd probably plug that more than SS.
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answered How many sets and reps should I do as a beginner?
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comment How many sets and reps should I do as a beginner?
My interpretation, even accepting the studies they use (which I dispute on unrelated grounds similar to Jonathon Sullivan (PDF)) is that "loads corresponding to 1-6 RM was most conducive to increasing maximal dynamic strength." I think the 8-12 recommendation is colored by their desire to avoid injury instead of most efficiently developing attributes: "For novice individuals, it has been suggested that moderate loading (50-60% of 1 RM or less) be used initially as learning proper form, and technique is paramount."
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comment How many sets and reps should I do as a beginner?
Isn't this based on the novice effect, that is, anything will work if you're new? "Loads of 45-50% of 1 RM (and less) have been shown to increase dynamic muscular strength in previously untrained individuals...Several pioneering studies indicated that training with loads corresponding to 1-6 RM (mostly 5-6 RM) was most conducive to increasing maximal dynamic strength. Strength increases have been shown to be greater using heavy weights for 3-5 RM compared with 9-11 and 20-28 RM." journals.lww.com/acsm-msse/Fulltext/2009/03000/…
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comment Why are strength programs made the way they are - much of the same, regular intervals, same program for a long time
I agree strongly with Informaficker--this is an XY problem question. The answers this question are quite broad, since they essentially ask "why is strength training done this way", which is the topic of entire series of books. (Rippetoe & Kilgore's Practical Programming would be the place to start.) Voting to close despite Kate's good answer.
Dec
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comment How can you do a BMI test?
It's important to understand that BMI is a terrible metric for health.
Dec
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comment Does warmup volume have a detrimental effect on working set?
@jontyc I guess I'm not clear on which part of the volume concerns you.
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answered Does warmup volume have a detrimental effect on working set?
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comment What exercises would make up the minimum, complete, general fitness workout?
@DocFaustus "Leg, push, and pull", not just any 3.
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