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Just another software engineer. Longtime outdoor sports enthauist. Avid rock climber.


Jul
15
comment How are related the weights a healthy athlete can lift in different exercises?
The website Exrx publishes "weight lifting standards", which are recommended strength goals for people of different bodyweights who have been training for different lengths of time. They only cover a handful of major lifts (press, bench, squat, deadlift, clean). You may find it useful. exrx.net/Testing/WeightLifting/StrengthStandards.htm
Jul
9
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Jun
26
comment Bodyweight Bicep Excercises
I'm confused. What exercise(s) are you recommending? ;)
Jun
20
comment Is it true that going up multiple steps is harmful?
could you tell us more about yourself? How old are you? Do you have a history of high blood pressure? Has a doctor told you to avoid stairs? Do your knees hurt when you climb them? Fit individuals would probably have no problem handling going up a few hundred steps, someone with a history of medical problems may, its not possible to give a single answer that covers everybody.
Jun
13
comment Natural Running - less injuries or not
I think what I meant to say is that a study may tell you something about the average runner, but that isn't a substitute for understanding your personal history with injuries. If you've had PF before, it's pretty smart to avoid variations of running that have a high risk factor for PF, regardless of how an "average" runner may respond to it.
Jun
13
comment Natural Running - less injuries or not
I had a minor problem with PF from barefoot running. Totally general fitness advice - if you have a history of serious problems with PF too, I'd say that nothing good is likely to come of taking up barefoot running. PF is nasty - you need your feet for almost any activity you're likely to do. I have a friend who used to run ultra-marathons, developed PF, and is now permanently barred from all lower body sports (about the only thing he can do is kayaking). My $0.02.
Jun
10
comment First time indoor cycling (Spinning) with no fitness history?
do you have any specific reasons why you think beginning exercise would be unhealthy for you specifically? For instance, high blood pressure, history of heart disease, old injuries?
Jun
5
comment Scientific base for the construction of the army and special forces physical training plans
The fact that fit people emerge from it doesn't mean that everyone should train like special forces guys. Their programs are intentionally set up to be part fitness training, part team building, and part selection process. Most people would either get sick, get injured, or both, if they tried to train the way elite units train. Also, high-testerone individuals can respond better to a wide variety of training (i.e., simultaneously developing strength AND endurance) where lesser men might need to train those things individually.
Jun
5
comment Should I lock out my shoulders at the bottom of a pull up?
Would any mobility drills or stretches help people that have sever problems with a "locked out" position? I ask because I realized my upper back is relatively inflexible and I have more issues than most with "locking out" on a pull-up. I'm not trying to lock out more, just wanting to build a bigger safety zone so I have a lower chance of tweaking something.
May
31
comment Is shakeology worth the price
@Informaficker - I know this isn't skeptics.stackexchange.com, but stamping out false information takes patience. The nature of the advertising for shakeology (or whatever else may come up) is to make the viewers think they're buying a new, distinct product, even if its just the same thing that everyone else is selling... Even if its not a distinct product, the OP thinks it might be, and we have to take the person asking the question seriously as a starting point for explaining why the advertising is wrong.
May
30
comment Should I lock out my shoulders at the bottom of a pull up?
:) Shoulders are really complicated, aren't they.
May
30
comment Should I lock out my shoulders at the bottom of a pull up?
FWIW, I'm the only person I know with this problem. Or, at least, the only person who is otherwise able to regularly do pullups.
May
30
comment Should I lock out my shoulders at the bottom of a pull up?
@DaveLiepmann - I don't know if its common, but I'm unable to lock out (or "dead hang") at the bottom of a pullup - it causes immediate, serious pain in my shoulders. My shoulders feel like they're getting pulled out of the socket. I can do a dozen or so pullups w/o pain, provided I keep my shoulders tight and my arms slightly bent (i.e., don't do the last 2 or 3 inches at the bottom). Maybe this is a fixable mobility issue, maybe there's some issue with the shape of my joints. Digging too deeply seemed a little high risk, so I just avoid locking out entirely.
May
30
comment Is shakeology worth the price
I haven't read the FAQ recently, but it seems like this question gives us a chance to keep people from getting scammed, that seems like something good that we can be doing for the world of fitness. :)
May
28
comment Is shakeology worth the price
Do they offer any evidence that their shakes are better than anybody else's? I'd think you can get a month's worth of protein / recovery shakes for a fraction of that price.
May
27
comment I am disabled, can I go to gym?
I'm not trying to be withholding, or to make you jump through hoops. There may be someone on this forum qualified to offer help, but my guess is that you need expert-level advice from a person who you can interact with one-on-one. I wish there was more I could do... talk with your PT. Maybe he/she will have some advice about a specific lifting program you can do.
May
27
comment I am disabled, can I go to gym?
@Fisher - thanks for the update... there may or may not be enough info for someone to help you, though. We still don't know what your condition is (did you injure your spinal column?, was this a condition you were born with?), and even if we did, people still may not be comfortable formulating an answer online. I'm not personally a physical therapist either, so I'm also probably not qualified to help.
May
26
comment I am disabled, can I go to gym?
I don't know anything about your situation, but if you feel like you aren't getting what you need out of physical therapy, could you have a conversation about that with your physical therapist, and / or find a new PT if you think that is the problem? I'm not disabled, but I've been in situations where I flew the advice I was getting from a PT wasn't helping me recover from and injury, and a different PT worked out better... At any rate, if you're in PT you shouldn't start a new exercise program without coordinating with the PT first.
May
20
comment How to learn to do my first push ups without losing hope?
should we spell out what "proper form" means? to me, it means doing full depth, and if you can't make it all the way down, increasing the incline until you can.
May
20
revised How to learn to do my first push ups without losing hope?
tried to get "first pushup" into title, to help other users find the question