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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 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 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
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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.
Nov
6
comment What is the maximum acceleration a human can generate? With which body part?
Baseball - 40 G's - science20.com/science_20/… - Now, if you consider implements, golf drives can exceed 100 g's at impact, hockey is similar, lacrosse sticks, etc.
Nov
5
comment Alternative to coffee
The base question is "Are there caffeine-free alternatives to coffee that are safe for those with GERD?". Bit of a fine line, I'll admit, but the part that clinches it for me is it is asking anyone that answers to know what GERD is, and effects of food/medication on that condition.
Nov
4
comment Less fitness for longer and healthier life
@valentin - You're really out there. I have no authority.
Nov
4
comment Less fitness for longer and healthier life
@valentin - The studies mentioned and talked about in Eric's link are about monkeys. Yes, the word yeast is mentioned, but it isn't about yeast. Just like your article mentions monkeys, but is not about them. And, this article brings up an interesting point in that calorie restriction in early life (< 7 years) does not have the same benefits as when it is started in later life.
Nov
4
comment Less fitness for longer and healthier life
@valentin - Yes, research has addressed hominids. The article that you cite, while it does say "previous research", is about enzyme activity in yeast in a current study just published. "Using yeast cells as a model, the research team at the University of Gothenburg has successfully identified one of the enzymes required. They are able to show that active peroxiredoxin 1, Prx1, an enzyme that breaks down harmful hydrogen peroxide in the cells, is required for caloric restriction to work effectively." - Reading comprehension is a wonderful thing.
Nov
4
comment Less fitness for longer and healthier life
@valentin - You really need to get over your butt-hurt about people not liking certain things. Or is that too much to ask on a site that your profile states "is controlled by criminals"?
Nov
4
comment Less fitness for longer and healthier life
@valentin - Because monkeys are very similar to us biologically, which is why they are used so extensively in testing. Yeast is a unicellular organism. Also, "2/3" of his list is not obesity related. Obesity may be a complicating factor, but not a contributing one.