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I barely know anything about everything.


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.
Apr
19
comment Exercises that make the 'Core' strong
+1 This is especially good exercise. I will add: make sure you have a spotter when starting out doing exercises that challenge your balancing via bosu, ball, or single leg. Bonus points if the spotter is a PT who can make sure you are using correct form.
Apr
19
comment Stronglifts 5v5 : Where do I go from here?
Does the conjugate method also have something that targets the upper back or shoulders, or is it just box squats, deadlifts, and bench press?
Apr
11
comment Going from training 3 days/week to 4 days/week
Like @Trungmanator said, it is very difficult to answer this question as is. For instance you said you are concerned with overtraining muscles. Without knowing what your workout routine is, we cannot gauge whether or not that will be an issue.
Apr
5
comment Are there good cardio workouts which do NOT stress the knees?
@DavidR Rowing machines do because it requires your knees to bend and push out as you extend the row. Canoes are fine, though very impractical.
Apr
4
comment Are there good cardio workouts which do NOT stress the knees?
@GetFitChimp If Jeff chooses not to heed my doctor warning, then that is his decision to make. Life is all about risk analysis; even jumping during basketball can cause massive injury. But by not giving him any advice for fear that he might hurt himself, you end up with scenarios where Jeff simply continues with exercises he already knows--like running--which are definitively Bad Exercises. I'm not saying my exercises will be perfect, but they are far less likely to exacerbate an injury, and they allow Jeff to have a more informed conversation with his doctor when discussing rehab exercise.
Apr
4
comment Are there good cardio workouts which do NOT stress the knees?
@GetFitChimp it is precisely for the reason that we don't know that we must recommend these things. Specifically, all we have to go on is that Jeff needs low-impact knee exercises, and the ones I recommend all fulfill that request. Are there exercises that might aggravate Jeff's specific problem? Perhaps, but all we can do is give him possibilities, advise strongly to see a doctor, and tell him to stop immediately if the exercise does aggravate the injury. Ideally, Jeff will take this list of exercises with him to the doctor and get clearance on which would be best for his specific injury.
Mar
28
comment calisthenic exercise vs weight-lifting
+1. You bring up a good point about comparing BW to WL, as they cant always be 1 to 1 comparisons. A poorly structured WL program would fall very flat compared to a well structured BW program, and vice versa.