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revised Which collection of specific exercises can be used to completely substitute Deadlift?
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comment How to combine running and squating within the week so that stress on the knees is reduced?
Regrding the deviations, I really don't know if calling them "slight" was appropriate. What happens is that one squats causes discomfort and a twisting sensation in the knees, then I carefully look for a better feet position an then the rest of the set goes fine. It is strongly dependent on the feet position, my knees don't tolerate any deviations from strictly perfect form. I guess the margin for variations will be bigger when they are stronger.
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comment How to combine running and squating within the week so that stress on the knees is reduced?
What do you mean by hip and IT band mobility? Could you post any link to some site with a description of those things or a youtube video perhaps?
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comment How to combine running and squating within the week so that stress on the knees is reduced?
Thanks, +1. I don't need yet to add weight because I squat very slowly, specially the eccentric movement (each squat takes a total amount of ~8 secons). I know that proper form should cause zero stress on the knees, but that still requires a constant conscious effort. I usually notice during squatting that something doesn't go 100% perfect and have to make corrections. Usually it is a small deviation from the perfect feet position that causes discomfort and sometimes cracking noises. Until proper form is 100% natural to me, I must minimize risks because I am causing some knee stress.
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revised How to combine running and squating within the week so that stress on the knees is reduced?
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asked How to combine running and squating within the week so that stress on the knees is reduced?
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comment Best way to work out abdominal muscles without hurting spine
You may want to enter the Rectus Abdominis exercises section in EXRX and look for alternative bodyweight exercises such as Leg Raises. There are many easier and harder variations there, as well as exercises with external resistance. I prefer leg raises, but I don't know if they are safer than crunches/situps.
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comment Which side to begin with, doing alternating exercises?
I think that your point on trying to avoid doing more reps with the stronger arm is quite relevant here. (+1)
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answered Which side to begin with, doing alternating exercises?
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comment What are reasonable numbers of lean muscle mass growth?
@KirkHammett Great! I have changed my -1 for a +1. Now the question about steroids is clear. In the latter version of your answer, it wasn't clear at all. The tone of your voice is lost every time you write, and there was not the slightest figure of speech indicating any sort of sarcasm. It was just like a simple statement in favour of steroid use, although now it is evident that it was not your intention.
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comment What to do if my right arm can do more reps than my left one?
I cannot remember where I have read that the solution lies in doing dumbbell versions, starting always by the weaker side (in case it is a one-arm version) and limiting the stronger side to the same number of reps you have accomplished with the weaker limb, although this results in not enough stimulus for the stronger side. But it seems reasonable that this should lead the weaker side to eventually catch up with the other side. In any case undertraining the stronger limb must be safer than overtraining the weaker one.
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comment What to do if my right arm can do more reps than my left one?
My (-1) is because I keep on reading everywhere (and it also seems sort of reasonable) just the opposite: muscle imbalances are best corrected switching to dumbbell versions of the exercises, since that forces both sides to work more independently than the barbell version.
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comment What are reasonable numbers of lean muscle mass growth?
Why has my comment been erased? Since the user so happily states "you can gain whatever you want by taking steroids" and there are probably a lot of teenagers eager to gain muscle reading this, I alerted about the risks associated with steroids: shrinking your balls, irreversible tissue growing under your nipples, irreversibly developing structural anomalies in your heart, lowering your endogenous testosterone production and making you dependent. Is anybody going to say that these facts are wrong or misleading, or perhaps irrelevant?
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comment What are reasonable numbers of lean muscle mass growth?
the system is supposed to analyse such issues and automatically undo the attack within 24 hours (see this similar situation in other SE site‌​). You may call the attention of the moderators too if you think that such attack is happening.
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comment What are reasonable numbers of lean muscle mass growth?
or maybe it has to do with "The ads can be fairly accurate", that gives a wrong impression of what you are trying to say if one doesn't read the whole text but stops there. Gaining 10 lbs in a month by means of cheeseburgers is within the scope of the ads and, based on what you say at the end of the same paragraph, I think you agree, but it is not 100% clear for some casual reader that doesn't pay much attention.