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comment Importance of flexibility
Please take the last paragraph very seriously.
Nov
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comment Why rest between sets?
@BerinLoritsch. I did a search for 'superset' on this forum and found surprisingly little. Do you think this technique is old fashioned and no longer used? It is so second nature to me that when I start to describe it, I'm overwhelmed with all the ins and outs and variations.
Nov
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answered Why rest between sets?
Nov
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answered When/How to do a comeback to the training regime after a couple weeks break?
Nov
8
comment Building up Lat muscles without Chin ups, rowing or lat pull down
You're very welcome.
Nov
8
comment Deadlifts and squats with hyperlordosis?
I just realized I was unclear: Neanderthal No More is a free web article and "Starting Strength" is a book (there is also a DVD that can be purchased separately.
Nov
8
answered Building up Lat muscles without Chin ups, rowing or lat pull down
Nov
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comment Loosening tight muscles?
Can you lift your arms overhead without arching backwards? How is this tightness affecting your lifts? - e.g. bar position in the squat, overhead pressing...
Nov
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answered Deadlifts and squats with hyperlordosis?
Nov
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answered What type of program should I do to strengthen the area around the patellar ligament?
Nov
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comment Visceral fat or poor abdominal muscles?
I took the question to be a simple way to know if a 6-pack issue was underdeveloped abs or a layer of fat on the abs (subcutaneous). I don't think Mike S and I are in disagreement. If you're strong in the big lifts and your BMI is good, but your gut still hangs out when you don't suck it in, then there might be other issues. Checking your posture from the side for pelvic tilt/sway back can't hurt. See "Neanderthal No More" by Eric Cressey and Mike Robertson. BTW, in the early eighties there was a great body builder named Boyer Coe who had 'no abs' - he lacked the 6packing fascia.
Nov
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comment Visceral fat or poor abdominal muscles?
@MikeS Thanks, did not know that. Back then, the problem was with the user, as I recall. It was impossible to be consistent. These were plastic mechanical devices. These new ones (I Googled skin callipers) look a lot more substantial. I would guess you'd want a skilled (certified?) person to use them on you - I wouldn't trust myself to be objective.
Nov
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answered Visceral fat or poor abdominal muscles?
Oct
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comment Burn fat and gain muscles at same time
@Trudbert Thanks. I often find myself in a difficult position on this forum. I do believe you've got to be careful in a gym and keep up with best practices AND that none of this is an exact science. It would take a concentration camp of Nazi doctors to double blind prove most of this stuff AND I believe we can all none the less succeed at getting closer to being the person we want to be.
Oct
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comment Burn fat and gain muscles at same time
"My core question is how best to combine gaining muscles and burning fat. ... but I want to know precisely how one affects the other." I'm saying that the usual answers are inappropriately precise at this stage of our knowledge and measuring ability. As you correctly point out, my 'answer' is merely an empirical methodology that many people have found effective.
Oct
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answered Burn fat and gain muscles at same time
Oct
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comment What is considered a healthy weight loss and body fat decrease?
Do you remember your weight when you were in great shape? That might help you set goals. I arbitrarily decided on 1.5 pounds a month after I retired at 61. I was afraid my old skin would sag and I'd lose too much muscle mass at a higher rate and I had no reason to rush. I dropped from 187 to 151 at that rate and have held at 147-151 for the last 3 years. The skin sag only shows during planks so no 6 pack but my shoulders are awesome in the right light. I also got my cholesterol, blood pressure, etc into perfect ranges and cut my food expenses. "Pounds per week" sounds a little scary to me.
Oct
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comment How to prepare your body for gym workouts?
Thanks @DavidR for helping me clarify, and I apologize to Starx if I appeared disrespectful or dismissive. There are some tips I haven't seen in books: Get to know the owner/person in charge of the gym, especially if it is privately owned. Ask what kind of shoes and workout wear do they prefer, what do they consider good manners about asking for a spot or a form check, are some days/times better for a novice than others. Even a Gold's will have an unwritten etiquette, but I've always found that the people behind the desk are pretty welcoming and respond to serious and polite questions.