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I am a former football player and boxer. I was a personal trainer - specialty was athletes - in my late teens and early 20s. I have spent the last 15 years training mainly young athletes outside of my boring desk job.

When I answer a question it is because I have experience with the topic. I am not looking at writing a term paper for you with references from scientific journals. Often the studies in these journals happen in a bubble. We do not live in a bubble.

Also from my experience I have one piece of advice - everyone is different, everyone reacts different to different training methods, everyone has their medical issues/vulnerabilities, everyone reacts different to diet plans, everyone has a the ability or inability to do certain things naturally, everyone has predisposed genetic traits that enable or hinder them from doing certain things.


Aug
13
comment Explaining the difference in nutritional information between very similar bags of rice or beans
Let me comment that New York City and some parts of California require calorie information in restaurants. IN NY for example you see how many calories your doughnuts are when you buy them. Well this is local and past the FDA. NY city is also more stringent on execution and punishment.
Aug
13
answered Explaining the difference in nutritional information between very similar bags of rice or beans
Aug
13
comment Why is “Starting Strength” the most highly regarded workout regime on the Internet?
@claws I guess you can make the point that there is some fast twitch gain if there is a complete lack of strength and muscle mass (think marathon runner learning to be a sprinter). But I am talking for your average person - body builder wannabe. You will not get faster by squatting 500 pounds in sets of 3s. Think of all of the world class athletes (especially of yesterday) that never lifted weights. It is empirically obvious that weights are not needed for fast-twitch/speed.
Aug
13
comment Why is “Starting Strength” the most highly regarded workout regime on the Internet?
@claws - lifting "heavy", high intensity has nothing to do with building fast twitch muscles. Fast-twitch muscles are built by doing something fast. How "fast" can you squat 500 pounds vs just jumping as high as you can? When training young athletes especially there is a huge focus on stepped gains while also keeping speed/flexibility. They though are at a huge advantage vs us older crowd in that their bodies can recover from high intensity lifting and speed (fast-twitch) routines. Not only will you not gain fast-twitch lifting heavy it will hinder your ability in the long run.
Jul
27
answered How do I minimise or preventing rubbing between toes on Long distance run?
Jul
27
awarded  Yearling
Apr
29
comment What exercises can help relieve outter arch strain?
Everyone has access to have x-rays done. He could also have an MRI, full body scan, and any other test. I understand all of my choices. Was looking for help getting an athlete trying to make an elite national team on the court faster. And yes he is afraid (and rightly so) that if he is perceived as injured he may not make the team.
Apr
28
comment What exercises can help relieve outter arch strain?
@FredrikD - He is trying to make a national team. It is not my place to tell him to quit because of the pain. I don't believe it to be a stress fracture so I don't see long-term issue.
Apr
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revised What exercises can help relieve outter arch strain?
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Apr
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asked What exercises can help relieve outter arch strain?
Jan
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awarded  Nice Answer
Sep
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reviewed Leave Open Yoga without the spiritualism
Aug
28
reviewed No Action Needed What could be a training for a just Saturdays and Sundays?
Aug
27
reviewed Leave Open Abdominal excercises (with weight) - Easy on the back and fun to do
Aug
27
reviewed Leave Open Is there a name for the exercises that don't use dumbbells?
Aug
27
reviewed Leave Open Is it normal to crave for lemons after running
Aug
27
reviewed Leave Open Cause and prevention of post-race headache
Aug
27
reviewed Leave Open Is a high heart rate a sign to be concerned of?
Aug
25
revised Why is “Starting Strength” the most highly regarded workout regime on the Internet?
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Aug
25
comment Why is “Starting Strength” the most highly regarded workout regime on the Internet?
Also I was very very lucky as a teenager. I had a world class football/weightlifting coach. Reason why our school won state weightlifting tourney 20 years and counting. EVERYTHING in SS he was doing in the early 90s. We would do nothing but deadlift, squat, bench, pull-ups... every day... we hated him. But god we got big quick. SS is common sense for those who have experienced a good program. However I feel it kind of leaves most of the population hanging. What do I do once my deadlift hits 700 pounds? Is that even good for me? You know what I'm saying?