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Professional developer since 2000. Currently Senior Developer at Virtual Advantage. I work on ScoutCMS.


Sep
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comment I'm a casual runner & active human. Do I need to work out my legs + lower body?
You're right that weight machines are not ideal. Free-weights are the way to go. See @Dave Liepmann's answer about Squats and Deadlifts. I do want to warn you though that once you start doing these your legs may be very sore for several days, especially when you first start and your body's not used to it. Therefore, it would probably be wise to begin lifting weights after your first 10k is over, not before. Also, I'm not sure if having more muscle will help with the ache you feel in your muscles when running. It will probably make you faster and less injury-prone, however.
Sep
20
comment Started lifting again and am gaining weight but my clothes seem to fit better. What is the cause?
To illustrate, imagine you have 50 lbs of bowling balls and 50 lbs of of inflated beach balls. You want to put each group of balls in a box, and you want to use the smallest box possible. If you have five 10 lbs bowling balls, you could fit them in a moderately sized box. But if you had twenty-five 2 lbs beach balls, you'd need a very very large box to fit them.
Sep
20
comment Started lifting again and am gaining weight but my clothes seem to fit better. What is the cause?
1 pound of muscle and 1 pound of fat have the same weight, but the volume is different. When someone says "muscle weighs more than fat", they're talking about weight by volume. 1 cubic inch of muscle weighs more than 1 cubic inch of fat. So it's possible that you're losing volume, which is what affects how much you fill your clothes, while still gaining weight.
Sep
18
comment How to get stronger (mostly upper body)?
There was a good weightlifting primer posted on the blog a couple months ago.
Sep
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Sep
15
answered how accurate are the calorie counters on iPhone apps?
Sep
12
comment Will running affect my weight training and burn muscle instead of fat?
How much running? If you're running during lunch then you probably mean running for less than an hour. Maybe 30 minutes?
Sep
9
accepted Persistent mild knee pain due to squats - push through or stop?
Sep
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revised Persistent mild knee pain due to squats - push through or stop?
Changed "orthopedic" to "osteopathic"
Sep
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Sep
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comment Persistent mild knee pain due to squats - push through or stop?
Super helpful answer, thanks! The video that Sking posted in the forum in your first link was especially helpful. Yeah, I think I'm doing the exact same thing he was doing. For now, I'm going to take a few weeks off from squats, and see a sports doctor for a professional opinion. After that I am going to revisit my form, and I will definitely try your TUBOW suggestion.
Sep
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revised Persistent mild knee pain due to squats - push through or stop?
Changed question to sounds less like it was seeking medical advice.
Sep
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comment Persistent mild knee pain due to squats - push through or stop?
@Dave - I'll edit my question to sound less medical.
Sep
2
comment Persistent mild knee pain due to squats - push through or stop?
@Dave - I'm pretty sure what I asked is exactly what you suggested. "how should I handle this" is in bold. I guess it could be read as a request for a specific diagnosis, but I was really only expecting one of 3 possible answers: (1) This is a normal consequence of squatting and you needn't be concerned. (2) It sounds like you might have a minor injury, try taking a couple weeks rest and then trying again or (3) This sounds like it could potentially be serious and you should see a professional. Based on the 2 answers I've received so far, I've ruled #1 out.
Sep
2
comment Persistent mild knee pain due to squats - push through or stop?
I've never been quite sure if I'm sitting back far enough. But whenever I've tried to go any further back I've literally fallen over backwards (thank God for the sawhorses that caught the bar!). I've read the "how to squat" article numerous times, but I haven't found any way to improve yet. I guess I really will need to find a trainer or at least post some videos online for a form check.
Sep
2
comment Persistent mild knee pain due to squats - push through or stop?
Thanks @parkker007. No there is no bump or any physical deformation that I can detect. There is no pain when I press on my knee anywhere. It does sounds like it could be Jumper's Knee. From what you've posted it sounds like, at a minimum, I need to take it easy for several weeks or possibly months.
Sep
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asked Persistent mild knee pain due to squats - push through or stop?
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