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Mar
29
comment Body angle during freestyle
@Freakyuser - Don't get me wrong, TI is a great system for teaching people to be comfortable in the water. It is the general opinion among competitive swimmers, though, that it does not necessarily teach a stroke for speed. For some people it really "clicks" and they can swim fast using it, but that is somewhat of a minority. For some really good insights on open water swimming, check out Gerry Rodrigues at tower26.com/t26-blog . He is an excellent coach, and does a lot with open water 5k and 10k competitors.
Mar
28
comment Body angle during freestyle
Please note: Total Immersion is simply a style of teaching/learning swimming. It is entirely unrelated to triathlon. It is common for AOS (adult onset swimmers) to use TI for the purposes of triathlon, however it is not mandatory (And for those that swim to compete, rather than complete the swim portion, it is not that great a system).
Mar
27
comment How do I train for a stair stepping competition?
If it's in three days, not much you can do physically. Wear comfortable athletic shoes that have grip, do some light jogging and high knee drills for a warmup and be very aware of where you are placing your feet, especially if you have to come down at speed as well as up.
Mar
27
comment Long overtraining - What is the solution and how much time is needed to recover?
Yes, stretching should not tax your systems. However, static stretching for flexibility should only be done after the muscles are warm and loose, otherwise you increase the risk of injury and the stretches are less effective.
Mar
27
comment What risks from fitness are there to people with myopia?
-1. In normal myopia, the retina is not thinned. It is only in pathological myopia that the retina can become thinned.
Mar
27
comment Optimum amount of aerobic exercise to induce Angiogenesis for bodybuilding purposes?
That's because it's like anything else, it's highly dependent on each individual's response to exercise.
Mar
26
comment What is the best way to improve speed with the Total Immersion stroke?
My personal opinion is that TI does not teach a fast stroke. However, that being said, the function of speed in the water is a combination of good technique, and a lot of time going very very fast with long rest breaks (intervals), and somewhat fast on short rest (threshold work).
Mar
26
comment Optimum amount of aerobic exercise to induce Angiogenesis for bodybuilding purposes?
Your muscles adapt to the stresses placed on them. There is no guarantee that angiogenesis would create vessels where they would be visible. They will grow where needed to meet the demands of your activity. I don't know the level needed, as that would be individually variable, but I do suspect it would be of a level where it would take time away from your lifting.
Mar
26
answered What specific health benefits do I receive by pursuing each of the triathlon disciplines separately?
Mar
19
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Mar
17
comment How to hydrate / get hydrated / avoid dehydration?
@giorgio79 - It helps if you aren't snarky in your comment responses.
Mar
15
comment What is the least I need to run to maintain my conditioning?
You get more benefit out of shorter, more frequent runs. But, as you say, you've been running that for 20 years, carry on.
Mar
14
answered What is the least I need to run to maintain my conditioning?
Mar
13
comment When I bench press, why do my hips sometimes cramp up?
let us continue this discussion in chat
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.