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Mar
13
answered How soon after a minor calf injury shoul I start stretching and strengthening?
Mar
12
comment When I bench press, why do my hips sometimes cramp up?
@Kate - FWIW, I get the same thing in my arches (cramping under load) when I return to swimming after a layoff. Increased fitness and stretching the flexors and extensors for the foot usually alleviates it.
Mar
12
comment When I bench press, why do my hips sometimes cramp up?
@GetFitChimp - The last line of your recommendation is "Have you tried placing your feet on the bench (with bent-knees)?" I downvoted your answer for an unsafe recommendation, and provided research to show why it's not recommended. If you wish, I can also find statistics on accident rates/improper benching, but that would be spoon feeding. And here is one (of many many) study on ITB flexibility - books.google.com/…
Mar
12
comment When I bench press, why do my hips sometimes cramp up?
@GetFitChimp - Also, your assertion that it will take "years" to get ITB flexibility going is just flat wrong.
Mar
12
comment When I bench press, why do my hips sometimes cramp up?
@GetFitChimp - researchgate.net/publication/… or journals.lww.com/nsca-jscr/Abstract/2008/09000/… or gsareach.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/JSCR-07-Bench.pdf All of these suggest that there is more neuromuscular activity as stabilizes are activated, but that the actual performance of the bench press itself drops anywhere from 6-50% depending on the type of instability.
Mar
12
comment When I bench press, why do my hips sometimes cramp up?
-1 for recommending an unsafe alternative (feet on bench). It is less stable, not recommended and does not address the problem (usually flexibility), it just avoids it.
Mar
11
comment Aerobic exercise: Any updates or comments to the Cooper method?
Voted to close, but check out Galloway Run/Walk.
Mar
10
awarded  Nice Answer
Mar
9
comment What's the best way for me to start weightlifting?
Pick up a weight. Put it down. There you go. :p Seriously, Dave's answer is a great one.
Mar
9
comment How can Kinesio tape provide support for tendonitis
They support the skin which supports the sheath. I am not a fan of kinesio tape, but there are others that really love it. Studies are mixed on results. One thing that I think they help with is the proprioceptive feedback (Awareness of where a limb is positioned in relation to the body without having to look at it). The tape will pull/stretch when you get towards the outer limits of where your motion should be, so it's an extra signal to the brain to not extend/flex/move as much in a certain direction. This is just my own theory, though.
Mar
8
comment I want to know the exact formula to calculate metabolic age
Also, there is no formula to calculate "average BMR in a chronological age group". This is a statistical calculation achieved through sampling/polling. It is not a formulaic calculation thing.
Mar
8
comment How can Kinesio tape provide support for tendonitis
To clear up what I perceive as a misconception in your post - There is no friction between tendons and muscles. Tendons are what anchor muscle to bone, and they are encased in the same sheath. There may be friction/swelling between the tendon and the sheath or the muscle and the sheath, but tendon/muscle pretty much act as a single unit.
Mar
8
comment How can Kinesio tape provide support for tendonitis
@BanksySan - Skin is held to the other structures by connective tissue which is loose. This connective tissue can be stretched before it starts pulling on the muscle/tendon sheath. This creates extra gaps. If skin were that firmly attached, it would be tearing constantly from various stresses.
Mar
8
comment I want to know the exact formula to calculate metabolic age
How is this related to fitness?
Mar
8
answered How can Kinesio tape provide support for tendonitis
Mar
7
answered How to interpret running metrics
Mar
7
comment How to interpret running metrics
I think I know a way to answer to keep this as a question. If the question would be reworded to say something more like "I have a GPS, these are the metrics it produces. How can these metrics be applied to a training program?" or similar it might be better.
Mar
6
comment How can I analyze my running gait?
Any decent running store should be able to perform a gait analysis.
Mar
6
comment How to interpret running metrics
Voted to close as it is entirely specific to the individual. I would put it to you, though, that the only metric that counts is race times.
Mar
5
comment Heart Rate for a Half Marathon
It's going to be different from person to person, and will vary within the same person depending on training status, weather conditions, course layout, etc. I personally don't like using HR at all for gauging efforts, as there are way too many things that can artificially elevate/lower your HR, and it's a delayed metric, meaning you are responding to what your body did anywhere from 1-20 minutes prior.