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I've worked in orthopaedics for 3 years specializing in oncology cases and 4 years as a mechanical engineer in the aerospace industry specializing in life support for the International Space Station.

Gadgets I love:

  • Garmin forerunner watch

  • GYMBOSS interval timer


Mar
24
comment Opening up my chest and shoulders
I had both arm rests removed in my office chair coz I lean a lot and my elbows actually got sore from it. I also needed them removed to fit my legs under the keyboard tray. It took a while getting used to not having the security there. I kept feeling like I was going to fall off my seat as I sat. But removing the arm rests were definitely great for my posture since I couldn't lean anymore. Perhaps consider getting the arm rests removed? Does your office have an Ergonomics Team? You might want to have them look at your set-up - get some cool new toys ;)
Mar
24
comment What to replace large quantities of meat with in my diet?
There have been many studies to see if a certain intake of red meat causes a deterioration in overall health. "Red and processed meat intakes were assoc. with modest increases in total mortality, cancer mortality, and cardiovascular disease mortality." Though correlation does not imply causation, I don't think it hurts to cut back esp processed meat.
Mar
24
comment What to replace large quantities of meat with in my diet?
+1 for clarifying that poultry and fish are not red meat
Mar
24
comment What is the least damaging way to eat unhealthy food?
Health benefits of dark chocolate
Mar
24
comment Dancing and the core
Nice then the rest is all dance technique: your frame, proper foot work (where you shift your weight), and spotting (focusing on a target). But maintaining a tight core will def. help you keep your frame during spins and turns. See this vid for fundamentals.
Mar
24
comment strengthing and improving flexibility in heels
Glad you aren't in any pain. I'm personally not a fan of the leg press as it's an unnatural motion. When do you find yourself on your back pushing something away with your feet? That machine isolates the quads, hams, glutes, and calves. I don't think you'd feel the stretch you need using it since the flat platform prevents the heel from stretching. Sometimes there are steps on other stations. I've seen steps on a bench press station where the spotter stands and sometimes the incline bench stations have a step that you could do the calf raises on with dumbbells.
Mar
23
comment How to simulate a back extension machine with other gym equipment
Planks are so effective. There are lots of variations and if the various positions don't challenge you enough, just hold for longer.
Mar
23
comment What are some short 30-minute body-weight lift routines for travel.
Agree! I wanted to add doing planks (if he isn't already) which is easy to increase in difficulty without extra equipment (there are SO many variations).
Mar
23
comment Is having a “normal” BMI a healthy target?
+1 for great photo. I really don't like BMI as a quantitative measure for health.
Mar
23
comment Why aren't stiff legged deadlifts bad for your back?
+1 I was on the Ergonomics Team at work so I can totally relate to the corporate scenario you painted. ha
Mar
23
comment How do you motivate yourself to keep exercising?
I used to be very close-lipped about my goals but by being open about them, you really hold yourself accountable and I believe your possibility for success greatly increases.
Mar
23
comment How do you motivate yourself to keep exercising?
I use the mirror and how clothes fit as my gauge too. I'm pretty dense so people are always surprised by my weight.
Mar
23
comment strengthing and improving flexibility in heels
Just to be clear: there are different kinds of squats and thus different forms. The plie squat is one where you are on your toes for both feet and the bulgarian split squat you are on your toes for one foot. Deeper squats like sumo squat are considered "safe" and depends on your flexibility. I agree that for the "classic" front squat your feet should not lift off but how deep you go depends on the person (some people can go deeper).
Mar
23
comment strengthing and improving flexibility in heels
+1 for caring more about form than lifting heavier weights!
Mar
23
comment Home Gym: Is an elliptical trainer alone enough?
+1 for an awesome article
Mar
22
comment Lungs on Fire When Running
Nice. I know many C25K graduates. Not everybody is a runner. I like to try every year and every time I train for a half-marathon (training also from coolrunning.com), I seem to always get injured after 6 miles. I have tried it 2X. I am definitely not built for endurance. Really my problem is that I can't control my brain and it thinks I can run faster than I should so I get injured.
Mar
22
comment How to compensate for a brownie sundae?
I had a cup of butter pecan ice cream just now LOL - We're getting into semantics with "normal" and "good" meals especially since we do not know the recipe of said "brownie sundae" - it could be a nice dark chocolate homemade recipe with whole wheat flour, lots of nuts, some veggies (just kidding), and no ice cream or whip cream. The biological process is the same - I'm just saying timing can help but depends on previous consumption.
Mar
22
comment How to compensate for a brownie sundae?
It depends. If your glycogen stores are already full, then the excess is stored as fat. "A normally balanced meal provides about 90 grams of glucose, mostly as polysaccharides. These are usually absorbed over a period of about 120 minutes. The glucose released from food is used as an immediate energy substrate and any excess will be stored as glycogen (and fat in the case of over-nutrition)." (See section: "After a good meal"). By having the sugary treat earlier in the day while u r active, you decrease the likelihood of fat storage.
Mar
22
comment How to compensate for a brownie sundae?
No it won't add hours to the day but the faster you burn the sugar the less likely it will convert to fat.