4,073 reputation
11131
bio website
location Oregon
age 26
visits member for 3 years, 1 month
seen Jul 19 at 2:53

I barely know anything about everything.


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.
Mar
26
comment In what way is the Arnold press different from a standard dumbbell press?
@J.Winchester arnold press 1, arnold press 2, and for comparison standard dumbbell press
Mar
21
comment Are there papers about Starting Strength or Strong lifts?
Read Practial Programming by Ron Kilgore and Mark Rippetoe. The second half of the book outlines the program for starting strength, while the first half is dedicated to laying the scientific foundation for why it works. If you want additional sources after that, just refer to the sources in the back of the book.
Mar
19
comment What is the best way to train at the gym for weight loss purposes?
@DaveLiepmann see my latest comment above. If you would like to discuss further, we can take it to chat.
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).