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Mar
20
comment gym 3 times a week no muscle gain
Get some skin fold calipers man. Your weight may be staying the same, but I promise your body fat percentage will be changing (if you're actually doing what you say you're doing).
Feb
15
comment Should I really lock my elbows and knees when lifting?
Olympic lifters lock their arms with substantially more compression force than would be possible with a bench press. Here's an example of 533 lbs.
Feb
12
comment Why does Dmitry Klokov stagger his feet?
Very interesting! Great article. It's amazing that these guys are performing at such a level that this is expressed in the movement, and in such a way that they do it better than what should be considered the "right" way.
Jan
7
comment Sprinting and weight lifting
@EricKaufman Glad someone mentioned Wendler. Was thinking this looked similar.
Jan
5
comment What are the most effective ab exercises in terms of muscle activation?
Apparently some of the highest activation forces in the abs are generated by deadlifts (source). It makes sense. Abs are called Rectus abdominis after all -- it seems the highest forces would be generated by an exercise that requires torso erection. I'd like to see some data though.
Dec
30
comment How to activate glutes on a pear?
@Gemtastic I'd say talk to a doctor about the sagging thing. But I'd also say do squats with good form. If you're following good form, your glutes will activate whether you feel it or not. You might also want to give reverse leg lifts a shot. I'm sure you'll be able to feel it in your glutes.
Dec
30
comment How to activate glutes on a pear?
@Gemtastic If you stop using a muscle, it doesn't sag, it atrophies. Sagging happens with the superficial fascia. An excess of fascia exists to accommodate the large muscle underneath. When the muscle diminishes, the fascia remains in excess, which causes a saggy look. Arnold's muscle on the right in this picture isn't sagging, everything on top of the muscle (the superficial fascia) is sagging. This won't go away unless he builds muscle and loses subcutaneous fat again. That said, you may also have a posterior pelvic tilt.
Dec
30
comment How to activate glutes on a pear?
@Gemtastic So when you squat and hold at parallel, then push your hand against your glute, it isn't tense? Also, when you say "saggy butt", to me that implies that fat and skin are not taut against the muscle underneath. In that case, the muscle should be built to lift the tissue covering the butt and thereby stretch it against the muscle.
Dec
25
comment Why does Dmitry Klokov stagger his feet?
@DaveLiepmann - here's another: zacheven-esh.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/Klokov-Deadlift.jpg. It's more pronounced in some of the YouTube videos.
Dec
23
comment how to lose bum fat
You can't lose fat from a certain area, but you can put muscle on that area. More muscle extends the skin and subcutaneous fat, making the area tighter and less flabby. You could try doing some squats and deadlifts to put some muscle on your glutes. Glutes, by the way, are the largest muscle in the body, possibly the most important, and probably the easiest to build.
Dec
15
comment Correcting squat form, mild knee pain, numb thumb
This is the best video I've found for squat form: youtube.com/watch?v=zoZWgTrZLd8
Dec
11
comment Taking Protein powder with Artificial sweeteners?
@EricKaufman Re: relative risk used when probability very small: let me rephrase their definition of relative risk: "the ratio of the risk in the exposed divided by the risk in the unexposed" (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Relative_risk). Let's not pull the wool over people's eyes here. The study says: if you are within the group of those who drink diet soda (at least) daily, you are 67% more likely to develop diabetes than those who are not. Of the 17.7% of the US who are daily drinkers (8oz+ - cdc.gov/nchs/data/databriefs/db109.htm), that's 550,000 people.
Dec
7
comment Taking Protein powder with Artificial sweeteners?
"Consumption of diet soda at least daily was associated with significantly greater risks of select incident metabolic syndrome components and type 2 diabetes." (source) and "These findings may provide some insight into the link between diet soda consumption and obesity." (source)
Nov
24
comment How do I fix my Power Clean?
@EricKaufman Haha, yes. Though somehow nailing yourself in the face still tends to happen on occasion (thinking of teeth: ouch, never happened to me but... ouch).
Nov
21
comment Do Omega-3 fish oils improve athletic performance?
Not at all -- but since you came here looking for an anecdote, I thought I'd suggest doing some research to see if there actually is any substantial merit to the fish oil claims. Anecdotes aren't of much value in medicine! As we know, "the plural of anecdote is not data."
Nov
21
comment Do Omega-3 fish oils improve athletic performance?
Haha, well. There is some good reading there. NLM publications are where it all begins. If you're really intrepid, you could include "athletic" on your search, like so: google.com/webhp#q=nlm+fish+oil+athletic
Nov
21
comment Do Omega-3 fish oils improve athletic performance?
google.com/webhp#q=nlm%20fish%20oil
Nov
21
comment What are some ingredients in this protein powder that may negatively effect my health?
I'd agree -- and I don't think it's a huge deal in this case. But if the OP is concerned, there are alternatives (such as Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard Whey [no affiliation]) that contain no artificial sweeteners.
Nov
21
comment What are some ingredients in this protein powder that may negatively effect my health?
I'd say the jury is still out on the actual repercussions of artificial sweetener intake. The second paper points strongly to impairment of energy regulation. The fact that reward processing is altered might mean other hormonal responses are altered as well, perhaps affecting non-exercise activity thermogenesis or general system entropy -- meaning people would get fat more easily. If the brain's reward system thinks artificial sweeteners represent the maximum dietary reward (more so than sugar -- as the paper states "...greater activation to sweet taste..."), what are the implications?
Nov
21
comment What are some ingredients in this protein powder that may negatively effect my health?
Re: artificial sweeteners: not necessarily. "Consumption of diet soda at least daily was associated with significantly greater risks of select incident metabolic syndrome components and type 2 diabetes." (source) and "These findings may provide some insight into the link between diet soda consumption and obesity." (source)