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Jun
27
comment I have extremely bad posture, what can I do?
And that diagram shows exactly what the problem is - the knees are that much farther forward, with heavy weights that's not going to be kind to them. Why force yourself to do an exercise that you'll never be very good at, and have a higher risk of injury, when you could do something else and get better results with less risk of injury?
Jun
27
comment Is there an age limit for high-intensity sports like Brazilian Jiu Jitsu?
I know about Helio, and he's a perfect example of being able to do BJJ in your nineties, and that it isn't so intense that only young guys can do it. Think about it though, did you ever hear about Helio in his old age rolling with someone with a huge chip on his shoulder, like Wallid Ismail? If you're rolling with Wallid, yeah, it's going to be intense all the time, but he also has a huge attitude problem too.
Jun
27
comment I have extremely bad posture, what can I do?
@Sancho, as I said, someone with a femur longer than their torso, and a shorter tibia would not be able to squat with what anyone would describe as proper form. That's definitely an outlier in terms of physical proportion, but that's why Doctors will say squats are bad for your knees - they get the outliers coming in with knee injuries from squats. They don't see anyone with ideal body geometry for squats coming in because for those people squats aren't a problem, and people with ideal body geometry assume someone who gets injured does so because of poor technique.
Jun
27
comment I have extremely bad posture, what can I do?
Quite frankly for some people, squats of any kind can be dangerous, depending on pre-existing injuries and unideal biomechanics - someone with a long femur and short torso is going to have a much harder time doing squats than someone who's proportional.
Jun
27
comment What are good books on muscle building heavily based on science?
You ask that question as if you think scientific research is somehow more true, which also suggests a lack of understanding of the scientific method.
Jun
27
comment Is there an age limit for high-intensity sports like Brazilian Jiu Jitsu?
I know what BJJ is. It doesn't have to be intense, if your technique is good, endurance isn't much of a factor because you don't use much energy. Same goes for strength, particularly when you're wearing a gi.
Jun
27
comment Best stretches before weight training
Running and weightlifting are quite different. Decreased strength doesn't pose much of a risk for jogging. It poses a huge risk for lifting heavy weights. There's plenty of other sources as well - look at any current 1st or 2nd year HKIN textbook and it'll tell you the exact same thing, and explain why.
Jun
27
comment Best stretches before weight training
Sure, there's plenty out there if you search, but here's one to start. chiroaccess.com/Articles/… “Overall, the evidence suggests that increasing range of motion beyond function through stretching is not beneficial and can actually cause injury and decrease performance. These findings should be used to challenge common warm-up practices in athletics.”
Jun
26
comment What are exercises for better posture and flexibility?
This is probably a good example that if you're completely sedentary, doing any sort of even moderately physically demanding exercise will improve your posture. As long as what you're doing puts enough load on your muscles to stimulate strength gains, your posture will improve.
Jun
26
comment Are calories the only important aspect of a diet?
You're wrong, it's that simple. This is from an MD, and he could find nothing wrong with either case. It's not about calories, it's about macronutrients. Calories were a hypothesis, and the hypotheis is unsupported. 800 calories a day and gaining weight means calories are bunk. You can't even rationalise that away with a fast metabolism for high caloric intake and weight loss. The calorie hypothesis is quite possibly the worst thing to happen to fitness, nutrition and health. It sends people on a wild goose chase instead of focusing on the stuff that actually matters.
Jun
26
comment Are calories the only important aspect of a diet?
I would actually agree that there's no connection to weight control and callories. If they did have a connection, you wouldn't have some people steadily gaining weight while eating 800 calories per day, or steadily losing weight while eating 8000 calories per day and not doing any exercise. While in some cases you might be able to find a correlation between weight gain and loss and calories, they're still completely unreliable as a predictor of weight or controller of weight.
Jun
26
comment Right knee hurts on squat
I know people want to hold on to static stretching because they've been doing it for so long, but the research that doing it before any exercise increases injury is continuing to pile up, and has been for more than a decade.
Jun
26
comment Are calories the only important aspect of a diet?
Eliminating any macro nutrient from your diet, be it fat, carbohydrate or protein is a terrible idea. Eliminating carbs is a bad idea, eliminating fat is a bad idea and eliminating protein is a bad idea. It's rather unfortunate that while you recognise fat isn't an evil you've decided to make the same mistake and replace it with carbohydrate instead.
Jun
26
comment What are the pros and cons of these 3 types of dumbbells?
I'd suggest that the FAQ be modified - knowing what to buy is quite relevant to fitness. The Cap Barbell dumbbells are a specific brand, but spinlock and hex dumbbells aren't ever going away and come from so many different brands, any answer will remain relevant.
Jun
26
comment How to do deadlifts with dumbbells?
I initially stacked my hex dumbbells on top of another set of dumbbells to get them raised. Once I'd maxed out the weight I had available (2x50lbs), I worked my way back up again with the dumbbells on the floor as performing them raised helped my range of motion.
Jun
26
comment What is the optimal sleep schedule for bodybuilding?
It's entirely possible that what he does isn't deliberate. I know I get nervous when I have a competition coming up, and I end up just not sleeping as much when that happens. It's not that I'm trying to sleep less, it's that I couldn't sleep more even if I wanted to.
Jun
26
comment I have extremely bad posture, what can I do?
I found doing the third world squat quite difficult initially until I got a ballast. I used a 9lbs toning bar that I held out in front of me to keep myself from tipping over backwards. That helped a lot in the initial stages so I could eventually get to doing it unassisted.
Jun
26
comment Is there a medical condition that prevents running laps but allows all other exercise?
Quite a plausible answer. Of course it would have been much more useful for the doctor to explain that in the note.
Jun
26
comment How to gain weight for a naturally thin person?
I'd say this is good advice for someone who has tried and not seen any results, but someone who hasn't done anything at all yet is better off trying a program themselves and seeing if that works.
Jun
26
comment How do I avoid stench with my Vibram Five Fingers?
I found even washing mine every time they'd eventually stink. Both for the Surge and KSO Models. KSO Trek don't give me a problem though.