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comment Why am I gaining weight?
As an addendum to this, I will note that you should not be tracking your progress through weight alone. Weight can be fat or muscle, and perhaps you lost 3 pounds of fat but gained 4 pounds of muscle; by your measurement you would interpret that negatively! Use a bodyfat % calculator to get a better picture of your actual gains and losses with respect to fat (which is what you should really be trying to burn, not muscle)
Dec
16
comment What is the minimal body fat percentage with no risks?
Downvoted for the reason described by JohnP. Being at that BF% is unrealistic and dangerous long-term, and thus does not meet the "without suffering negative effects" criteria. Perhaps go into more detail on what BF% is typically seen in athletes to help give a safer and more realistic expectation for goal-setting
Dec
16
comment Will the starvation mode /muscle loss happen if I eat just enough to keep me not hungry?
@rrirower this question is about dieting with respect to building muscle and minimizing fat gains in the context of a workout program. I believe this is perfectly in scope for this site.
Dec
13
comment Would a female champion wrestler overpower an average couch potato man?
Relevant words here are couch potato.
Dec
13
comment Would a female champion wrestler overpower an average couch potato man?
Let us ignore the huge impact that training, experience, and technique factor into this (all of which would give her the victory), and just address the elephant in the room: in a battle of strength it all comes down to who has more strength (she does, by a few miles) and gender has no bearing on that, only the physical condition and training regimen of the athletes.
Dec
2
comment What can I do to stay fit in the car?
For the love of all that is good, just focus on driving safely and don't do anything stupid or distracting while you're in the car. Focus on trying to exercise in the other 88% of the time you are awake and consider this time off limits / sunk cost. If you really care that much about it and still insist, then find a way to cut the drive time or commute via bus/train/bike where you can actually stand and exercise in a safe environment.
Nov
30
comment How do i fulfill my protein requirements without taking protein powders?
@user9197 there are many websites that serve as databases for nutritional information on foods. One example is Nutrionix. As for other considerations, I would personally start with the "If It Fits Your Macros (IIFYM)" to see high level macro requirements for your body type, link here. I agree with Eric that whole foods should be focus of diet, with protein powder as an after-thought / supplement to fill in the gaps.
Nov
21
comment How can I ensure I am working the muscles in each leg equally?
If you are coming here for a diagnosis, then I can tell you that you are in the wrong place. It is clear you have an underlying problem preventing you from properly recruiting your leg muscles. As I've said twice already, the only way to correct that is by seeing a trained professional to identify the problem and prescribe treatment in the form of mobility/stretch exercises, strength training, or worst-case, medicine/braces/surgery.
Nov
21
comment How can I ensure I am working the muscles in each leg equally?
As I said, it is a combination of mobility stretches, strength building over time, and seeing a PT to actually diagnose what the underlying issue might be. (though obviously not in that order). Any more specific than that would be 1) impossible to answer without examination, and 2) out of scope for this site
Nov
19
comment Good resistance bands for the office?
I am having a hard time accepting this premise. If you have 30 minutes free time after work, then what's stopping you from going to the gym on the way home? If there is no gym in the area, then what about building a home gym and working out there? I can see no reason why you should be limiting yourself to working out in a cubicle when better options exist. Once you allow yourself to workout from home, your options open up tremendously so you no longer have to limit yourself to just bands.
Nov
10
comment What products are available that attach to existing fitness machines (weights/treadmills/cardio etc) to track usage?
I know old clothes are a popular item to hang on treadmills to track inactivity with real time feedback in amount of dust accumulated. As for activity, I sadly am unaware third party tools that meet this need. If possible, I would suggest contacting gym resellers/wholesellers directly to see if they have such a product.
Nov
7
comment How do gymnasts and dancers remain so slim, yet so agile and strong?
@DaveLiepmann Looking back at what I wrote, it was a grammatical ambiguity. What I was trying to express was that moves like clean/jerk will build power, and that power will be beneficial to gymnastic moves like flips. I reworded to remove this confusion.
Nov
7
comment How do gymnasts and dancers remain so slim, yet so agile and strong?
@e1che the comparison was really to illustrate the point that muscle size and strength are not 1:1. Can you be strong as a body builder? Absolutely. I'll concede that I understated the strength of bodybuilders to emphasize the underlying point that strength does not correlate to muscle size.
Nov
5
comment How does 200g of toast relate to 500g of weight loss?
I will add that 3500 calories per pound lost is an estimate, and should be treated as such. Don't get too caught up trying to measure and map out every single lb., and just focus on eating a healthy and sustainable diet. Falling off the bandwagon and putting back on all the fat you lost happens to upwards of (conservatively) 75% of all dieters. I would be far more concerned with keeping motivation up and adhering to the diet than anything else.
Nov
4
comment Why does Starting Strength prescribe minor resets?
@EricKaufman I certainly agree the root is physiological, as its designed to reduce stressors and recover the body to prepare for next adaptation. But that does not diminish the role that mental fortitude, motivation, and self-esteem play. The point being is that deloading is a scientifically backed, holistic mind and body tool that is critically important in weight lifting. In short, we're both right.
Jul
13
comment Free access to a gym, fitness center, location with free weights, etc.?
Cannot believe I forgot that, considering that every Monday I play basketball at my friend's church!
May
20
comment How to learn to do my first push ups without losing hope?
I would add that in addition to the above, you can also try assisted push-ups from your knees.
May
13
comment Should i go to gym i'm 15
Please see this answer for safety concerns of youth in gyms. Please see this answer for building muscle and diet program for thin people
Apr
30
comment How to integrate box squat to my weekly leg workout
Not quite sure what the rest of your week looks like, but I would do the following: normal squat day 1 + day 2, then box squat day 3. In fact, I would dedicate the entire day 3 to explosive or power movements.
Apr
22
comment Optimal strategy for “4min pushup test”
@VPeric I hit 120 with 5-10s left and essentially passed out from exhaustion. My reasoning is exactly as I described in the answer: my body is trained for high intensity high rest workouts. I lift big, then I rest big. I don't train my body to function under short rest intervals like in HIIT, so I choose to make the rest volume high where I felt it would help me the most. As for structuring the actual program, that depends entirely on your ability to know your limits. I know how many push ups I can do, and have a general idea how many I can do when exhausted, so thats the structure I used.