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Nov
14
comment Why do so many fitness websites still reference somatotypes?
Also, people love their excuses. "Oh, well I'm an endomorph, I can't get thin." "I'm an ectomorph, I can't get muscular."
Nov
14
comment 8 hours continous sleep but thirsty, or good hydration but sleep interrupted?
@Mephisto - Not as you phrase it. Simply asking about sleep doesn't make it on topic. It's the same thing as asking "I get short of breath if I slouch over, what's wrong?". I mean, after all, if you can't breathe you can't exercise. By your logic, anything is on topic because if you can't do X you can't exercise.
Nov
13
comment 8 hours continous sleep but thirsty, or good hydration but sleep interrupted?
@Mephisto - A bit, but your two examples both have elements of fitness activity to them, where the problem arises out of an activity. This is pretty much a medical problem, there isn't a fitness portion to it.
Nov
13
comment 8 hours continous sleep but thirsty, or good hydration but sleep interrupted?
Oh, and @Mephisto - How much water to drink and when is certainly nutrition. Water is a critical component of diet and overall health.
Nov
13
comment What doctor/specialist can assess fat and body composition?
@Daniel - It's nearly impossible to get an accurate skin fold measurement on yourself. About the only sites you could even come close to measuring accurately are the abdominal and front of thigh. All the others you either can't reach with both hands or you tense the muscle underneath (Such as outer pectoral site) which throws the reading.
Nov
13
comment Reducing body fat from low-ish to low in a short space of time
You don't have to cut them out entirely, but given most people's tendency to understate, I would bet that "a couple times a week" is probably 5+. Keep a food diary of everything you eat for a couple days, I bet you will be surprised at how much you actually eat.
Nov
12
comment Painful mosquito like bites in the armpits
It's also possible that you have some sort of infestation such as lice or similar. Go see a medical professional.
Nov
12
comment 8 hours continous sleep but thirsty, or good hydration but sleep interrupted?
Agreed that this is off topic and highly individual specific. For example, I can drink quite a bit of fluid (upwards of 48oz) and not have to interrupt sleep for the bathroom.
Nov
12
comment Reducing body fat from low-ish to low in a short space of time
Abs are made in the kitchen. It's a saying because it's true. If you don't want to give up the burgers, pizza and chips, then you're going to be kind of stuck.
Nov
11
comment Are all extra calories stored as fat or is there a limit?
@JackTwain - It's not a one day thing. Diet and weight/gain loss is a long term thing. So when you ate those 5 bags of leftover Halloween candy, you're not automatically going to gain permanent weight. However, I have vtc your question as there is nothing fitness related.
Nov
7
comment How quickly does fitness depreciate?
@Mew - Probably not. You now have 5 years of base running, so your 5 minute set point has probably changed. You've had muscle and neural adaptation that would make what you can do at a stretch when untrained more than it used to be. I would guesstimate that if you took a month completely off, you would be somewhere around 15-20 mins you could run continuously, and you could do 1 hour with some walk breaks.
Nov
6
comment What are some good strength training routines for runners?
@Ellocomotive - Absolutely agree on quality of life and balanced aspects. Disagree that increasing bench press and upper body strength will increase speed. It basically adds weight, which costs anywhere from 2-5 seconds penalty per lb per mile. (Not a real formula, mostly gleaned from experience with myself and others. It's "bro" science, but based on a lot of n=1 experiments among a lot of coaches I know.)
Nov
6
comment Whats the functional difference between the rhomboid - middle trapezius muscle?
Welcome to homework 101. :p
Nov
6
comment What are some good strength training routines for runners?
@mattsolar - Again, injury risk won't really be helped by weights, unless you have a known muscle imbalance. It would really help form a better answer if you could expand your question to include a couple of sample training weeks including runs, mileage, recent 5k times, height/weight, things like that.
Nov
6
comment What are some good strength training routines for runners?
@Ellocomotive - I can say from a lot of experience (Both personal and talking with other running coaches), that for the vast majority of people, getting faster as a runner IS simply a matter of more. For a 5k, for example, if you are running 15-25 miles a week, simply moving up to 40-50 mpw and adding speedwork will do vastly more than a couple of 90 minute weight sessions. Which is another reason why I asked for a sample training week. Now, if the person is already at 60-80 mps (Which is where elite 5k'ers reside), then weights may be more important.
Nov
6
comment What are some good strength training routines for runners?
Unless you are already topped out on running, the way to run faster is to run more. It might help people formulate a better answer if you give a typical training week, including mileage, average pace, intervals/speed/hill work, etc. For most people, weights aren't necessary to get faster at X sport, and the time would be better spent doing more of X.
Nov
6
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Nov
6
answered How quickly does fitness depreciate?
Nov
6
comment Strapless Heart Rate Monitor with phone sync
It's a product/shopping recommendation. Simply because you say "I wear it weightlifting" doesn't make it exercise related.
Nov
6
comment Stiff calf after 20 minutes of cycling
Gradually increase efforts, instead of just jumping into "heavyish" cycling. Also, seat position and pedaling technique can impact calf activation a lot.