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Mar
19
comment What is the best way to train at the gym for weight loss purposes?
(1) By the authors own math 1kg muscle burns 10-13kcal, so gaining 5kg would only be burning 50-65kcal--not 250--making the claim a 500% overstatment. (2) "Jane, Bob, Mary" anecdote had misleading comparisons and exaggerated data. (3) Study cited had combination group exercising twice as long as cardio, yet only barely ahead of cardio in results. (4) "weight loss is not what people really want," is a broad and dangerous claim to make; at best you take someone's word at face value, and at worst you probe deeper to flesh out ambiguities, but you should never assume you know what a client wants.
Mar
19
comment What is the best way to train at the gym for weight loss purposes?
I have to give a -1 because, though I agree diet is a fundamental key, your evidence for using StrongLifts to lose weight in absence of cardio is purely anecdotal. Were you eating the same when you did cardio as you were when doing SL? Was your cardio light, moderate, or high intensity? Did you measure weight lost or BF% lost when tracking results? Did you measure your results at the same time of day? Did you account for variances in workout frequency between the two programs? There are so many factors that could result in SL appearing better than cardio, when practically speaking it is not.
Mar
19
comment What is the best way to train at the gym for weight loss purposes?
@DaveLiepmann Under the assertion that more kcal burned == more potential weight lost, all you need to do is look at kcal/hour breakdowns of exercises to see which are the most optimal exercises for losing weight. Assuming an average 130lb person, normal weight lifting burns approx. 175 kcal/hour, and high intensity weight lifting burns approx 350 kcal/hour. Most traditional cardio exercises (running, stairs, rowing, swimming) will burn anywhere between 500-900 kcal. This makes cardio anywhere from 1.5 to 5 times as effective as weight lifting.
Mar
19
comment What is the best way to train at the gym for weight loss purposes?
@DaveLiepmann it is all about goals, which is why I carefully prefaced my comment with "if your only goal is to lose weight..." Cardio is better than strength training with regard to losing weight, that is a fact. It is logical, therefore, that the most direct path to losing weight is by spending your exercise time doing cardio. If after reaching her target weight she wants to add muscular tone, then that is her decision. @ AlinaB. the amount of calories burned in the process of sustaining extra muscle is negligible, to the point where it is in my opinion a non-factor.
Mar
18
comment What is courtesy in a gym?
I would add to this list: unloading weights when done. It is very frustrating to find a unattended squat rack with the bar loaded. You then have to wait to see if they are getting water, finding another plate, talking to a P/T, or are done with the machine. By unloading the weights when you are done, you not only tell the next person that the machine is free, but also saves them the hassle of having to unload your weights (imagine a weak beginner having to unload a barbell after some jacked-up lifter finished a 300kg set and was too lazy to cleanup afterwards).
Mar
18
answered Quick body development tricks
Mar
17
comment What is the best way to train at the gym for weight loss purposes?
If your only goal is to lose weight, then you should cut the weight lifting out and focus solely on cardio. The other major factor to focus on is your diet. All the cardio and weight lifting in the world won't do anything for you if your diet is poor.
Mar
15
answered Is just a pair of dumbbells enough?
Mar
13
awarded  Popular Question
Mar
5
reviewed Approve suggested edit on exercise-equipment tag wiki
Mar
2
comment Can I be serious about getting into great shape if I have an office job?
@MartyWallace the first six months was wasted doing p90x (only gained a few lb muscle). The next six months was StrongLifts 5x5 program, which took up 30 minutes a session (90 minutes/week). I would say I had notable progress after doing SL for 3 months, and realized the bulk of my overall progress after completing the 6 months of SL. Keep in mind, I could have seen even better progress and gains if not for the fact that I'm doing a bastardized version of SL5x5 (per doctor I cannot squat or DL until done with rehab).
Mar
1
comment Can I be serious about getting into great shape if I have an office job?
Here is a inspirational story for you, but first some background: I am a web developer who works 40-50 hour days, I have a son, and I go to college. My entire life I have been scrawny (90lbs middle school, 110 lbs high school, 130 lbs college). After less than 2 years of working out (1-3 days/wk, sometimes less) I have jumped to 170 lbs and gone down from 20 to 10%bf. I have six pack abs, amazing definition, and I had to change my wardrobe because of my larger arm size. If I can do it, I am sure you can; just put the effort in and don't give up.
Feb
20
comment How can I measure my fitness at home without any instruments?
I would suggest breaking this question into multiple separate questions. Points 3, 4, and 5 are all unrelated to the question raised in the title.
Feb
20
revised How can I measure my fitness at home without any instruments?
fixed formatting; adjusted wording to be clearer; removed "thank you" / sig
Feb
19
accepted Building a custom upper body routine
Feb
19
reviewed Approve suggested edit on What does each weight plate weigh in standard gym equipment?
Feb
15
comment Building a custom upper body routine
Perhaps I should have worded the question better; I was worried the abs/core work would interfere with the rest, not the stretching. Specifically, I know that I will be using the core stabilizer muscles during some of my primary lifts, and that combined with the ab workout on rest days has me worried there will be a negative impact. Also, as far as handstand work, are you referring to handstand push ups, or just free-form balancing handstands?
Feb
13
comment Building a custom upper body routine
@DaveLiepmann Health is my primary goal, but only with regard to the rehab days. size and strength would be my primary goals.
Feb
13
comment Building a custom upper body routine
@Kate I put abs on the rest days because I imagine I will be too exhausted at the end of the A/B workouts to do the planks/crunches. As far as why I'm doing pushups/inverted rows, it was mostly just supplemental exercises for building bulk.
Feb
13
asked Building a custom upper body routine