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I'm the user formerly known as md5sum, for those who wonder.

Currently, I'm a developer in the Property & Casualty Insurance division of Accenture Software.

I started playing with GWBASIC on our Commodore Colt at around 5 years old, and it was all downhill from there. I have now been programming professionally since 2005 and have several more years of part-time/freelance programming under my belt as well.

Currently, I'm specialized in C#, ASP.Net 2.0, and MSSQL, but my work experience is quite broad, including C++, PHP, Javascript, WPF, VB6, VB.Net, ASP.Net, MySQL, and I've dabbled in many others.

~md5sum~


Jul
18
revised Substitute for squats and squat jumps that put less stress on knees
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Jul
9
comment What's the benefit of a long tendon and short muscle belly in the forearm?
So, is this something that can be effected significantly through exercise or fitness?
Jul
9
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Jul
6
comment Is there any stretch (or place I can apply pressure) that specifically targets the ACL?
Ah, I took that example as "you could have a friend do this"...
Jul
6
comment Is there any stretch (or place I can apply pressure) that specifically targets the ACL?
We don't want scans of books and stuff, that definitely violates copyrights. I was just hoping for a stock picture of a leg/knee with an arrow drawn on it or something and a description of how to manipulate it.
Jul
5
comment Is there any stretch (or place I can apply pressure) that specifically targets the ACL?
Some diagrams on the "anterior drawer test" as well as some more info (names? brief description?) of the other possible tests for an injured ACL would make this answer exceptional. I do suggest moving the warnings about having a professional take a look at it closer to the top, and add any warnings specific to the tests (like if you yank the leg up too hard on the anterior drawer test, I believe that can actually INJURE the ACL if it isn't already messed up) to the answer.
Jul
5
comment Is there any stretch (or place I can apply pressure) that specifically targets the ACL?
Considering that the knee has undergone surgery, you would still consider pain in that knee and not the other one to be due to an asymmetrical gait? Also, can you identify the "trigger point" and point it out in a picture or something? I definitely agree with not stretching ligaments, as well as limiting stretching entirely, and was glad to see that in this answer.
Jul
5
comment So am I at a calorie deficit now?
Weighing your food is far more precise than the guesstimates on the packages and on most prefilled calorie counters. For instance, a red apple may have 77-116 calories so eating 10 apples could throw you up to 400 calories off in your total count for the day, depending on what the counting program uses as a basis for their count of a "serving".
Jul
5
comment Why are pyramid sets often advised for bodyweight exercises?
@JohnP - most of the exercises that they did either pyramid or as you call them "strip" sets on were using dumbbells. When you're trying to work to the point of failure, dumbbells are a heck of a lot safer...
Jul
5
comment Trying to lose weight, two questions
They've come a long way in the last few years... a lot of the reason why some of the well-known and established diet plans and stuff that have been proven to work are "reviled" is because of extremists and crazy people... nobody likes an extremist... check out that video I posted on @Boris' answer that talks about the full cycle of sugars in the body. I think it speaks volumes about how much further our understanding has come.
Jul
5
comment So am I at a calorie deficit now?
Personally I'd argue with the elliptical calories burned, I've never seen those as accurate at all. However, you should be well over a 1500 calorie deficit if all your count and figures (including BMR) are accurate. That might actually be a bit too much of a deficit by many opinions.
Jul
5
comment Trying to lose weight, two questions
Also, in your calorie deficit, you have to figure in that on average people have a basic usage of ~2000 calories a day for the average, moderately active adult. Sedentary people obviously use less, and more active people use more, but when you talk about a deficit, that doesn't mean consume 2000 calories, and then exercise 2500 calories off to create a deficit. Your normal daily activities (walking around the office, mowing the lawn, cleaning the house, etc) use calories from your pool and help create that deficit.
Jul
5
comment Why are pyramid sets often advised for bodyweight exercises?
At the gym we used to own, we had a lot of lifters that would do pyramid sets on stuff like curls, leg press, and such, with fantastic results. We also had people do "exhaustion" type sets, where you do as many reps as you can with as much weight as you can, then lower the weight for your next set, and do as many reps as you can again - rinse and repeat - until it was difficult to lift trivial weights, also with very good results.
Jul
5
revised Why are pyramid sets often advised for bodyweight exercises?
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Jul
5
comment Trying to lose weight, two questions
[...] because we don't understand a lot of the science behind it... I personally think it's more "because we can confuse people and make millions of dollars", but that's just my personal opinion. I think the science behind most of the food research has been pretty well lined out, and well proven and documented.
Jul
5
comment Trying to lose weight, two questions
I'd venture to say that Subway has healthier fast food than any other fast foods, as a general overview, but fast food is exactly that, and isn't as healthy as something you would most likely prepare and cook at home.
Jul
5
comment Trying to lose weight, two questions
I'll throw in a video link: Sugar: The Bitter Truth. It's an hour and a half long, straight scientific approach to explaining why high-carb foods are bad for you. It also shows the correlation to when the USDA changed the food pyramid to include more starchy foods and the American obesity rate rising, as well as the obesity rise when we started replacing sugar with high fructose corn syrup, and scientifically breaks down why that occurs as well. It's a very fascinating watch, and well worth the hour and a half you'll spend watching it.
Jul
5
revised Signs in reduction of belly fat
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Jul
4
comment Alternatives for a treadmill in an apartment complex?
@jontyc - Not that televisions are a good alternative to treadmills, I'm sure... Quite frankly I wouldn't have even had a second thought to just buy a treadmill without bothering to ask management. They really aren't any noisier than my music or television.
Jul
4
comment Eating too many nuts for weight gain
@IMB - are you wanting to gain weight to bulk up muscle-wise, are you significantly "underweight" (based on age, height, or gender), or are you just wanting to be bigger? There's some differences in the types of foods you should eat depending on the answer to that question.