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I lift, train combat sports, and am interested in any physical or outdoor culture.


Aug
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reviewed Approve suggested edit on What can explain my feet cramping while using swim fins when I swim in the afternoon/evening?
Aug
7
comment How do I bench press safely without a spotter?
@MikeS Novice or intermediate, as well as strength or power training rather than hypertrophy work. I'm not arguing against training to failure; I'm saying it's certainly not the only method to get results, and certainly not appropriate for all purposes.
Aug
7
comment How do I bench press safely without a spotter?
@MikeS What's your position on the other points I raised?
Aug
7
comment So am I at a calorie deficit now?
I think it's important to understand that a calories-in, calories-burnt calculation is an incomplete way of understanding weight loss. Foods have effects beyond their calories, and numerous other factors--hormone levels, sleep, stress, inflammation, type of exercise...the list is very long--all dramatically affect one's body weight over time.
Aug
7
comment How do I bench press safely without a spotter?
@MikeS I agree with Meade--there are plenty of ways to stress the muscles and disrupt homeostasis without going to failure every time. Coach Sommer's Building the Gymnastic Body method is a good example, as is any 3x5 or 5x5 program. The last reps should always be hard, but there's no need for them to be absolutely maximal, and certainly no need to go to failure on every exercise or every set. Going to failure can be counterproductive (such as with high-technique work like Oly lifts) and frankly dangerous (such as with squats).
Aug
6
revised How do I perform an assessment workout?
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Aug
6
answered How can I improve my reaction speed and timing for martial arts?
Aug
6
comment How can I improve my reaction speed and timing for martial arts?
This is a near-duplicate of one or more MA.SE questions: martialarts.stackexchange.com/questions/241/… and martialarts.stackexchange.com/questions/869/… and martialarts.stackexchange.com/questions/704/…
Aug
6
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Aug
5
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Insanity workout - first day failed diet - should I restart or not?
Aug
5
answered Am I gaining anything more by doing accessory work with Starting Strength or is it potentially not contributing anything?
Aug
4
answered How do I bench press safely without a spotter?
Aug
4
comment How do I train my calf muscles?
@RobinAshe This isn't a topic I'm familiar with, but wouldn't the football players already have exhausted their training stimulus to improve their 40yd dash? Deadlift, power clean, sprint, and do plyos for a few years, and yeah, improving the 40yd dash is hard. What does that show, though?
Aug
3
comment How do I train my calf muscles?
I think it's a great question...but I worry that we don't have anybody who's read or who has the expertise to answer it. I guess making it specific to soccer wouldn't really fix that issue. It's a very deep question that I'd ideally like to see a roundtable of sports trainers tackle :)
Aug
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revised Would Tabata be any good on a stationary bike?
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revised Would Tabata be any good on a stationary bike?
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Aug
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comment How do I train my calf muscles?
I think a little specificity could help. What's the sport, and what's the current training regimen we're deciding whether to add calf-specific power work to?
Aug
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answered Would Tabata be any good on a stationary bike?
Aug
3
comment Could a thicker pull-up bar explain my inability to do as many pull-ups?
+1 I'd like to note that while my answer mostly takes the opposite tack to this one, this is absolutely a strong possibility. I am normally able to tell when the issue is grip rather than strength when I do chins, but it's possible one wouldn't notice.
Aug
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revised Could a thicker pull-up bar explain my inability to do as many pull-ups?
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