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NASM Certified Personal Trainer, 27+ years in the martial arts


Sep
7
comment How much more weight can you hold with chalked hands?
This morning - with chalk - I did 5x5 @ 300 lbs dead lifts, prior to that I was able to either do 5x3 @300lbs or 5x5 @ 270...my hands feel better also...experiment complete - chalk helps
Sep
5
comment How much more weight can you hold with chalked hands?
@JohnP - I was thinking due to sweaty hands, better grip/hold, etc. - there would be more 'ability' to hold more weight, I was just wondering if there was anyway to tell how much
Sep
5
comment What assessments would you recommend prior to working out?
Before beginning a new program or maybe determining if it's time to begin/modify one
Sep
3
comment Is it good to box 6 rounds before heavy squats?
If you want to lose weight and build up endurance, heavy bag work is great - talk to your personal trainer about your concerns and make sure your comfortable with the approach she/he is taking. Always ask....
Aug
23
comment Why is the weight not dropping off?
@Kobojunkie - don't compare yourself to other people, body make, metabolism, etc. are unique from person to person. What you need to do is make a small change, determine if it's a positive step and continue. Don't consider current activities (biking to work, etc.) as your workout - you need to create a 3-5 day routine (1/2 hr to 1 hr) that will help build muscle and drive towards the goal of being healthier WHICH includes reducing your weight.
Aug
22
comment Why is the weight not dropping off?
I don't think there could be a general x calories adds/removes x lbs or even x exercise burns x calories - there are to many factors involved at an individual level...it's just a guideline......I think the end of the day it's the results for the person that determine if the change is working or not and obviously in this case, it isn't
Aug
17
comment How best to apply TUT theory?
Great info! Thanks
Aug
14
comment What exercise develops internal fortitude?
Not sure the difference in this and asking how to build bigger biceps? except fortitude has real, long term, benefit...
Aug
7
comment How do I bench press safely without a spotter?
@MikeS - I agree that you should push yourself beyond your current capacity, and no two workouts should be the same, but I'm not sure going to failure all the time is necessary....from what I read (Rippetone, Don John, others) it's a tool to be used as part of a plan. I agree with the hard work and associated pain, there's no magic pill...I think this goes with wearing belts, wraps, etc. - lots of advice on either side and it comes down to what works best for the specific person.
Aug
6
comment How can I improve my reaction speed and timing for martial arts?
so you think meditation/visualization works for reaction and timing...have you done any 'physical' types of training in addition to that?
Aug
6
comment How do I bench press safely without a spotter?
@MikeS - NOT going to failure when you're benching on your own and have no way to unload/stop the bar from doing damage is great advice. On the other hand - Going to failure as planned WEHN a spotter is present is good advice..
Aug
2
comment What are the primary muscles worked when hitting a Heavy Bag?
@Ivo - I think there's a difference in any exercise depending on technique/specifics (bench pressing could be looked at as bench pressing OR incline, decline, close grip, board, etc...) - but I'm assuming there's some common primary muscles used for a boxing focused heavy bag workout.
Aug
1
comment Need help with squatting on stronglift 5x5
@Mike - Squats are to parallel aka 90 degrees and if you use a stability ball, its difficult breaking parallel since the ball would most likely be over your head. We're talking about someone with difficulty doing any squats, never mind butt to ground ones. Partial squats are above parallel in all cases.
Jul
29
comment Are Box Squats more like dead lifts or standard squats?
@VPeric - the shorter range allows for more weight
Jul
20
comment Dead lift, best way to gain strength and power
@Robin - seems to be 360-380lbs (depending on the warmup, day, etc)
Jul
19
comment Dead lift, best way to gain strength and power
@Dave - just deadlift'ing
Jul
19
comment Dead lift, best way to gain strength and power
@Dave - my priorities would be power, strength and calories in that order...but I was wondering if there was a good/sweet spot that would address all 3
Jul
18
comment Is it true that the body gets used to diet and exercise after a while and stops responding?
great answer, very clear on all points
Jul
13
comment Effective ways to decrease recovery time
@Bee - reading (stalking) your other posts, it seems you're a competitive swimmer, I have no knowledge on that and would hesitate trying to give any advice in that direction...my recommendation: find coaches/trainers (keep looking until you say 'yep') that can help build a program specific for you. There's a huge difference between the everday athlete and the top 5% who are competative.
Jul
12
comment Effective ways to decrease recovery time
@Bee - of course, but from what I've seen/read, unless you're a high end athlete, pushing the intensity beyond all reasonable levels...you won't have overtraining issues. Health is a long term/marathon event, plan it, pace it and you'll be fine. Make sure you know where you're going