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


Aug
8
comment How to Increase height naturally? Are those ads gimmicks?
I don't know if this is what you wanted to hear, but Jaydee's advice is pretty good. FWIW, I know a lot of really good rock climbers that have a build like yours. Larger guys like me (I'm 6'4") can't every really match the strength:weight ration or graceful movements of smaller, lighter athletes when it comes to climbing.
Jul
24
comment Is Rippetoe's advice about the press terrible and wrong?
:) I just wanted you to throw in a caveat to your answer that if someone has an injury they should work with qualified medical supervision. Isn't it the general policy on this site to steer people with active injuries (like the OP in that question) to working within the medical system, and not try take it upon ourselves to recommend solutions to their injuries. Even doctors and PTs won't prescribe a solution without actually seeing the patient.
Jul
22
comment Why working the Rotator Cuff in the high reps & low weight range? Isn't that wrong?
Wait, I may have been doing military presses with a pair of 30lbs dumbbells. This was a little while ago (and right now I'm barred from upper body work until some elbow tendonitis clears up, from said pullups)
Jul
22
comment Why working the Rotator Cuff in the high reps & low weight range? Isn't that wrong?
I wasn't doing overhead presses then (this was before I found this stack exchange :) ). I was doing 12 pullups at a bodyweight of 185, and dumbbell bench pressing a pair of 60lbs dumbbells. Admittedly, not the best numbers here. But I didn't feel like strength was the limiting factor for heavier weights on my rotation exercises, it was the elbow.
Jul
22
comment Why working the Rotator Cuff in the high reps & low weight range? Isn't that wrong?
@Mephisto - work with your physical therapist, but I always found proper form a little easier standing and doing rotator cuff work with a cable pull machine, rather than lying on my side and using dumbbells. My $0.02
Jul
22
comment Why working the Rotator Cuff in the high reps & low weight range? Isn't that wrong?
-1 - I'm sorry, this question has a chance of being the highest voted one. Rotator cuff work is usually discussed in the context of injuries (and even the OP is in physical therapy right now) and I'd have to ask that you at least clarify that this advice is for healthy individuals looking to build their bodies in balance. Not for injured people looking to do some light rehab while their bodies heal.
Jul
22
comment Why working the Rotator Cuff in the high reps & low weight range? Isn't that wrong?
I'd be inclined to agree with that, at least about not issuing general advice to an already injured person to take up or continue overhead presses without other medical supervision.
Jul
22
comment Why working the Rotator Cuff in the high reps & low weight range? Isn't that wrong?
I'd be interested in understanding why PTs recommend the rotation exercises they do. I assume they're appropriate for the average injured person that comes into their practice, but they clearly don't scale as you get into the world of serious lifting and non-injured athletes.
Jul
22
comment Why working the Rotator Cuff in the high reps & low weight range? Isn't that wrong?
@Mephisto - I was actually using a cable pull machine, and I'm not sure how it translates into dumbbell weights, so don't quote me on the exact poundage... maybe I should edit that into my answer.
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
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.