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Jun
26
comment Frequency of shoulder rehabilitation exercises
I also recommend Alan Thrall's video on benching. You don't have to lift like a powerlifter, but learning to retract the scapula and get your shoulders in the right position will help a lot with the shoulders.
Jun
7
comment Adapting to exercise
It would help a lot if you told us what kind of workouts you are doing. The answer is different between weightlifting, short-duration cardio, and long-duration endurance exercise.
May
24
comment Can't run for more than ~1700 ft
Coughing up blood is not normal. I suggest you talk to a doctor about this.
Mar
9
comment Should I go run slowly or not at all
I agree with TV Mohini. Getting bigger is about muscle development. If you do not have access to a gym, do a search on "bodyweight fitness". There is also a good reddit forum devoted to this topic.
Feb
21
comment Workouts don't become easier for me
+1. You don't get better when you exercise, you get better when you are resting between exercises.
Feb
19
comment Body Fat % Measuring Device
In general, your relative body fat is what you care about; the important part is that you dropped 2%, not that you are currently at 15%.
Jan
19
comment Redline heart rate running
Great answer. I knew a woman who could comfortably talk when her heartrate was 210. She had a small heart.
Jan
1
comment How to activate glutes on a pear?
When you are doing squats, how low are you going? You will get the best glute activation by going "Ass to grass" (ATG) - squatting all the way down. You may have to work on flexibility to do this, and make sure you use good form. I also recommend the Bulgarian split squat; that is also great at improving glute activation.
Dec
22
comment Work out 5 times a week, out of breath
Resting BPM isn't that useful for determining fitness level as different people have different sized hearts. I'm about your size, 20 pounds lighter, and a resting BPM of 60 would mean I'm quite out of shape.
Dec
22
comment Getting back into aerobic shape
I ski a bunch, and - unless I'm skiing bumps or other advanced stuff - I find that I'm much more likely to be strength limited in my legs than cardio limited.
Dec
22
comment how to lose bum fat
How do you know that all your fat is in your bum? It could be a postural issue.
Nov
17
comment Best way to achieve muscle activation in the lower abs?
I suggest a trip to a PT. You probably have activation and imbalance issues, and how to address them depends on your specific condition. If you aren't going to do that, I'd look at stretching exercises as well; strengthening may not be enough. The "hollow back" thing is known as hyperlordosis; if you search for that you will find more info.
Nov
4
comment Stiff calf after 20 minutes of cycling
The obvious answer is "stop with the heavyish cycling", and make it much lighter. That will give your body a better chance to adapter. I would also make sure you are using your bike's gearing so that you don't have to push too hard.
Oct
28
comment Shoulder / Arm pain during overhead lifts
Sounds like tendonitis to me. If it is, rest might help, but it might not. I would evaluate your form on the lifts that you are doing, especially WRT your shoulder position. Shoulders too far forward can lead to tendonitis. It would also be a good idea to visit a PT.
Oct
20
comment Does massage really help recovering from muscle soreness
For soreness that comes from cycling, the quality of your recovery nutrition can have a noticeable effect on soreness of the legs.
Oct
19
comment Overestimated calorie burn on an elliptical
I agree with Tony, though I think his estimate is a little high. 600 calories/hour is a fairly high rate of effort; I think most people would be closer to 400-500 cal/hour for a moderate effort.
Oct
9
comment Aerobic vs anaerobic for better fat loss
I think your calorie burns are inflated. I doubt that you are burning more than 500 calories per hour playing soccer, and your running is also probably too much.
Oct
3
comment On smaller in between workout activies and the interpretation of resting phases
If your morning routine is focused on getting warmed up & loosened up, then great. If you are trying to work muscles that you just worked out hard the day before, then not-so-great.
Sep
25
comment Recommended max resistance on cycletrainers
JohnP is on the right track. I do 2-minute workouts at about 300 watts, which would very easily work on the trainers you are thinking about. I don't think you'd be able to put a lot more than that out because the connection of the roller to the tire will start slipping.
Aug
25
comment Relation of physical fitness and age
Joe Friel has done some good blog posts on this. The short answer is that High-intensity training seems to reduce the loss of fitness.