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Cleaner [klee-ner] adj
1. characteristic valued by a programmer's personal preference for something that cannot otherwise be justified using accepted Software Engineering principles: This approach increases cyclomatic complexity and reduces encapsulation. It's cleaner, do it.

(Dear haters,
No, I don't think I'm smarter than Robert C. Martin. I think that people who write the kind of code Mr Martin preaches don't need to resort to using "cleaner" as a bludgeon. They can explain naturally and fluidly how a particular solution follows the practices, patterns and principles that make for 'clean code.')


Feb
4
comment Breaking down on Starting Strength
Rhomboid area is frequently a referral form the neck, do you do your Scalene stretches?
Feb
2
comment Should the hip rotate before, during or after taking a step during a walking gait
@Kirk don't have an answer for you, as I am by no means an expert on human movement patterning. As a student of it, I can say I have never been taught or read that anything other than knees forward, feet straight is mechanically correct desirable positioning. Don't know why one should introduce hip rotation to walking if you don't need it and are already comfortably walking with a straight knee and ankle. What was your source for the assertion in the original question? I would like to read it.
Feb
2
comment Should the hip rotate before, during or after taking a step during a walking gait
Fair enough, I will remove that, as it is indeed more of a glib comment than an actual answer.
Feb
1
comment Should the hip rotate before, during or after taking a step during a walking gait
@Kirk Are you actually asking about hip rotation, or hip flexion? "hinge at the hip" is referring to flexion
Feb
1
comment Should the hip rotate before, during or after taking a step during a walking gait
@JohnP disagree in as much as almost everyone who works in offices does have an odd imbalance in the form of absolute jank hip-mobility that they just don't get PT for until after it gets so bad they have pain or need surgery. Learning to walk with good mechanics is definitely worthwhile for people shlumping around with super tight hip flexors and permanently cranked turn-out.
Jan
23
comment Gymspeak for spotting
Honestly, if I agree to spot for you, and you're a complete stranger, and it's a weight that's heavy for me, yes I am going to help to get that bar into the locked out position if you start to struggle. I don't know the difference between "this is a hard one" and "HELP!" in your expression/body language, I don't know if you're the sort who's too proud to ask for help until it's too late. I've taken some responsibility for your safety and if you slip and crack a rib it will be "Where the &%^$ was his spotter?" all around the gym.
Jan
22
comment Eating pasta and developing a sixpack
The basis of that author's argument appears to be "I don't think it's a great idea" and a bunch of "just-so" anecdotes
Dec
24
comment Does it matter if I use one kettle bell v.s two ?
That seems like it would change the mechanics of the movement significantly, I can't picture how I could widen my stance enough to swing two without them hitting the ground at the bottom! RKC swing or "cross-fit style" swing?
Dec
7
comment Weights before or after cardio session?
Not an answer to how to add weights to a workout program including 60-90 minutes of steady state cardio, but: one strongly recommends you look into combining strength and conditioning doing some circuit training instead of one then the other.
Dec
7
comment Is it possible to gain weight eating only fruits and vegetables?
"Fruits and Vegetables" is pretty broad. You could arrange that such that your caloric intake is almost nothing but pure sugar! That would certainly make anybody's body store fat.
Nov
23
comment Why would someone do Pilates as their main fitness activity?
It can. As I tried to allude in my second footnote, saying "Pilates" doesn't communicate much. It is not a trademarked term, control of the name was lost in court back when it took off around when the south beach diet was hot, etc. Anybody who wants to make a buck selling feel-good DVDs and pink dumbbells can put "Pilates" on their packaging, commercial gyms can offer "Pilates" classes taught by personal trainers with no actual training specifically in the Pilates method, etc. Being marketed as "Pilates" doesn't mean it's the exercise methods developed by Joseph Pilates and his students.
Nov
21
comment Why would someone do Pilates as their main fitness activity?
It is somewhat relevant to understand if you mean study pilates in a fully equipped studio under a good teacher, or doing mat-work only watching a DVD at home.
Nov
21
comment Using a rowing machine for abdominal muscles
It is also possible to modify your stroke on a rowing machine to recover using your core and hip fold instead of hauling yourself in with your hamstrings and momentum. Works great if you're just doing it for exercise and not practicing to actually race a boat.
Nov
17
comment Seated shoulder press vs standing press
If your goals are aesthetic and you want to isolate the front shoulder for greater volume, then that is a valid reason to do a seated press instead of standing.
Nov
14
comment Gym without barbells. How do I get close to Starting Strength?
You don't say how strong you are already. I would grab a big dumbbell and do goblet squats before resorting to the leg press machine, unless you're already so strong 10 reps with the biggest dumbbell the gym has is too easy. You lose all that hip and core stability training on the machine.
Oct
23
comment This Exercise Enough for me in a day?
" And we don't get a time for anything else." Make Time. If you're even marginally capable, you can write your own check in today's job market as a programmer. Your current employer is not worth decades of poor health.
Oct
15
comment Should I do cardio if I want to gain muscle weight and lose fat?
The answer to your question lies in picking which one of those three competing goals is most important to you. If there were a program that maximized all three, we'd all be on it ;)
Oct
10
comment Can you overuse a foam roller?
Anecdotally I've been using it minimum 3 times/week for over two years and have not developed any problems. The extent to which a particular muscle is worked can be over done. If you get to the point where it is too tired or too painful to relax the bone into the roller and you're just riding around on top of a hard/contracted muscle, that is backward progress.
Sep
26
comment Is working out localized muscle going to help burn fat in that area more than building up overall muscle mass?
There is absolutely nothing mandatory about "cardio" as it is traditionally understood for losing body fat :)
Sep
17
comment My in-apartment gym lacks barbells. Should I join a new gym or buy my own barbell?
+10,000 just get out there and move! You can get plenty strong with dumbbell workouts and will understand your own body and goals better to be able to make a decision after reaching a basic level of fitness anyway.