643 reputation
23
bio website
location
age
visits member for 2 years, 3 months
seen Nov 30 '12 at 5:38

Oct
1
answered How to prepare your body for gym workouts?
Aug
7
answered How do I train my calf muscles?
Aug
7
answered Overhead press alternative to bench press?
Aug
7
answered What are the pros and cons of board bench pressing?
Aug
7
answered Why can extreme athletes eat so many calories without health risk?
Aug
6
comment Is it normal when starting squats to not have flexible enough ankles?
I think most adults have trouble at the start because most of us work sitting down and do very little lifting. See my comment below for "Starting Strength". For another take on dumbbell squatting Google "Dan John goblet squats". He is a big name high school coach and says teenagers can't squat either.
Aug
6
comment Is it normal when starting squats to not have flexible enough ankles?
"Starting Strength" by Mark Rippetoe is the go o reference for the big lifts (squatting, deadlifting,...). He feels that the squat improves the squat. He is very detailed about the form from head to toe and how to attain it.
Aug
6
answered Skinny wrists - will this change as the rest of me does?
Aug
5
comment Is it a good idea to only do cardio?
Your new info raises a scary possibility - perhaps you should consider a full physical workup. Having said that, I agree with Ivo Flipse, J. Winchester, and myself above. I'm a little confused about "use of hands" vs "slight workout leaves me numb". Numbness in hands/feet can be a warning sign of bad stuff. I can understand pianists not wanting to box, and I can understand anyone not wanting to squat, but first "want" is logical and the second is only human and can change.
Aug
4
comment Is it a good idea to only do cardio?
Are body weight exercises doable for you? These are things like pushups, hip airplanes, planks, and knee bends. These are weight bearing exercises that can reduce/prevent osteoporosis. Is Tai Chi or karate out of the question? Also do "weights" include light dumbbells, wrist weights, resistance bands etc. The Harvard Med School white papers for the lay public are pretty clear that you have to work your aerobic systems or in danger of all sorts of stuff. The more details you are willing to give the better we can answer.
Aug
4
awarded  Commentator
Aug
4
comment Aerobic on days before weight lifting
It's not that exact a science ("So you can't go back to gym or even biking the day after"). A lot will depend on your lifting level (novice, intermediate, advanced), age etc. Try it, keep lightweight records, you'll find out what your capacity is for now (it will change). You can't make a mistake that will ruin your life (unless you drop a bar on your throat, or get hit by a car cycling). Good luck and all the best. Let us know how things go.
Aug
1
comment Should I focus on gaining strength or weight?
Don't put off starting because you're afraid you'll make a mistake. Having said that I have to ask if you think you're healthy - no diabetes, anemia etc. You sound a little worried. Pushups are hard - no shame there, but with obesity such a problem, perhaps you should keep a food diary for a few days. You might be pleasantly surprised to see that you are just under eating. All the best!
Aug
1
comment What is the “kernel” for a 4 decade training program for physical fitness?
I gave a 'real' answer and comment below so I may be entitled to an off point comment now. It seems that nothing much has really changed since gladiators trained with clapperless bells (dumbbells comes from a Roman essay). Won't we have an implanted computer controlled micro-pump for safe drugs that solve all our fitness problems within 20 years? What effect will that have on our lives? I can't imagine my life being better without the gym. I gave your question another point. It was even better than I first realized.
Jul
31
comment How many calories should I intake and how much should I “spend” daily?
@michael Ah! now I see where you got the "i recommend pretzels" idea. My bad. I ate plenty of those when I worked as a programmer. I also gained lots of weight as a programmer. If your numbers are true I can see why so many fail to lose weight. A 500 cal deficit might only buy you a pound and a half a month. A typical scale might not register that consistently. I used the commonly given 3500 and assumed my training regimen would keep me out of famine response but not contribute much to calorie consumption. You're right about the bomb calorimeter. Why does it seem to work,though? Any ideas?
Jul
30
comment How many calories should I intake and how much should I “spend” daily?
@michael If you eat it, you list it. That's why it's called a food diary and it is one of the most effective methods known to determine what's going on with weight gain/loss. Most people who do it are surprised at how much (or how little) they eat. Without this knowledge, they make good plans based on false assumptions and failure is extremely demotivating. I stand by my results. If you haven't lost 50 pounds of fat while gaining muscle at 62, you should give me my points back. BTW I sometimes eat pretzels or pizza on cheat days but that's a different topic.
Jul
30
answered How many calories should I intake and how much should I “spend” daily?
Jul
30
comment Are Box Squats more like dead lifts or standard squats?
"Now I check how low I can go..." means now that I'm in my sixties and not my forties, proper form in every detail has become more important than anything else. I think squatting and deadlifting with decent form kept my back strong and pain free for many decades, but now something more than decent is called for. Respect the ROM!
Jul
30
answered Are Box Squats more like dead lifts or standard squats?
Jul
30
answered What changes between the 5 rep range and the 10 rep range?