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


Jun
14
comment I need an effective excercise for wings/chest
@Greg - I agree, I switch from chin up to pull up to neutral position - to keep things interesting and to focus on different muscles.
Jun
8
comment Changing workout routine often vs. same workout
The same thing could be the same exercise or the same intensity...
Jun
6
comment Day off from training…how to mentally relax
Excellent answer!! thanks
Jun
6
comment Day off from training…how to mentally relax
I like the list of warning signs - some of them I fall into (working out alone, working out injured/sick) - and I know you're right about where the stress is coming from...but, the the day off from exercising seems to be adding to it
Jun
6
comment Day off from training…how to mentally relax
@Ryan - part of the plan, I feel I could do 7 days...even when I feel a little tired, but choose not to.......
Jun
6
comment Day off from training…how to mentally relax
I don't think I'm at a point where I need a therapist.....if I was working out 7 days a week, 2 times a day...then I would (if I had the energy) seek help
Jun
6
comment Day off from training…how to mentally relax
@Ryan - anxiety mostly - I do east less, but that's just because I'm not burning/hungry as much
May
25
comment Improving my Bench Press - what muscles are used during what phase?
great articles - two good points: plyometric training to increase off-chest power (I think that could be it) and eccentric focus (letting it down slow)...thanks!
May
25
comment Improving my Bench Press - what muscles are used during what phase?
If I can identify the muscles/weak points, I would train them separately. I've been working on form and went from 180 to 220 in a week (clean single bench press) - now I'm looking to take it to the next level (over time of course)
May
24
comment I want to run but have a bad knee. How should I deal with it?
@gunbuster363 - the cost of a blown acl or serious knee injury is more than the cost of a Dr's visit with xray
May
19
comment Can I do push ups every day?
@gruszczy - Great news! What do you think did it?
May
17
comment Buying barbell / rack
I agree with Sparafusile - look on Craigslist - there's a lot of people who've brought weights and have never used them. I would recommend a month or two at a local gym to get the feel of the weights and get some personal training on them (sounds like your new to lifting). You'll need a weight lifting program which the personal trainer could help with. Good luck and go for it.
May
13
comment Can I do push ups every day?
@gruszczy -3 months is a long time. The problem with body weight exercises is that you can' take weight off - HOWEVER - you can modify the pushup by doing them inclined (against a bench for instance) - so, push to 65, incline and do 10 more. I had (and currently have) some plateau issues and it's 90% mental...sometimes we just put a mental block in front of us. SO - 65 regular + 10 incline and each week push one or two more regular ones in.
May
13
comment Can I do push ups every day?
@gruszczy - how long have you been at 65 in a single set? and how long have you been doing push ups? (looks like your at 130 per day)
May
13
comment Can I do push ups every day?
are you doing 65 in one shot? or in sets? try doing sets of 20, taking anywhere from 1 to 2 minutes breaks inbetween and see if you can past 65 - if not increase the rest period
May
4
comment Is maintaining really so bad?
@Berin - I was taught the most important area to develop in the martial arts was 'heart' - aka: it's the size of the fight in the dog not the size of the dog in the fight...strength, technique, speed all are secondary to that.
May
2
comment Proper way to do the Dead Bug
I'm not sure if there's any 'right' way - if you're not feeling it try holding light weights in your hand. I do it with my feet off the floor and hands off the floor and focus/tension on my core/abs...
Apr
29
comment Are there Home Gym/Open Source Crossfit or p90x training groups?
Thanks - I'm very interested in Cross Fit now!!!
Apr
27
comment Is it a good idea to use an exercise ball as a chair?
I'm actually using a swiss ball as a chair 1/2 of the day. There is a transition period and you need to 'listen to your body' and switch back to the chair as needed. Overall I (and the group with me doing this) have found that sitting on a swiss ball does seem to help with back strain and does seem to work the core throughout the time being on it.
Apr
23
comment Should one generally avoid machines in favor of free weights?
JoJo - great and deep answer.I'm a firm believer in free weights for beginners and more strength focused workouts, since they tend to give a better overall workout - making the body work the way it would in real life BUT realize the use of machines for specific (hate to use the work - weak spot) focus. I think the people you've listed/quoted above say about the same thing...