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


May
8
comment Is there an alternative way to warm up for lifts that is less tedious than gradually increasing the set weight?
@RobertKaucher How do you know if you're ready to go heavy or not? What does that feel like?
Apr
27
comment Good form with little weight or bad form with a lot of weight?
I hesitate to downvote, but... was the sarcasm really necessary? Answers like this imply the asker should have known the answer without asking. I think the question was sound and we shouldn't create an atmosphere where inexperienced people are afraid to ask things others might think are obvious.
Apr
14
comment Obtaining protein from alternative non-meat sources for bodybuilding
@gilzero - I agree. Why not make that an answer?
Mar
20
comment Am I in “starvation mode”?
Is it possible you're eating more than 2000 calories and you've missed something in your calculation? Maybe you're underestimating the caloric content of something you eat regularly?
Feb
14
comment Is it possible for one of a pair of muscles to feel the burn more than the other muscle in the pair?
+1 Yes. It's normal for the muscles on one side of the body to be conditioned differently than the other. Also, it's possible that the parameters of the exercise may be different from one muscle to the next. Maybe one leg is slightly longer than the other (it's not that unusual!), maybe the curl machine is tilted slightly so one side has better leverage.
Jan
16
comment What should skinny people do to track progress?
+1 Everybody, whether skinny or fat, needs to track how much weight they're lifting, and try to make that number go up.
Jan
13
comment How deep should a squat be?
Thanks for the "third world squat" article. A good read.
Jan
13
comment How deep should a squat be?
@friz is right. Although you should be careful that your knees don't stick out father than your toes, your knees will by necessity move forward a bit when you squat. Because of that, stopping when you reach a 90 degree angle between your shins and femur would mean that you actually don't quite reach parallel with the ground.
Oct
5
comment What happens when you miss a workout?
Awesome answer. I was going to ask a question similar to the OP's, and thanks to you I don't have to now.
Sep
30
comment What is the optimal bulking / cutting rotation schedule?
Are sprinting/walking not "cardio"?
Sep
28
comment Can I gain weight using diet, running and resistance training?
+1. Agreed. If you want to gain muscle, lift weights. A full weight program is preferable but at least do barbell squats. If you don't want to join a gym, a squat rack, barbell, and several hundreds lbs of weights can be had for less than $500 brand new. And you could potentially buy from a garage sale and get them for a lot less.
Sep
23
comment I'm a casual runner & active human. Do I need to work out my legs + lower body?
@Dave Not at all. Glad it was helpful.
Sep
23
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
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
3
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
2
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.