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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.


Oct
30
answered Can someone who takes steroids get muscle mass even without lifting?
Oct
25
comment Tips on having six packs and losing fat and keeping the muscles I have
@Daniel - I don't think most people have abs. Maybe something but nothing to "show off". Anyone who wasn't an athlete or regular lifter probably not much. I tend to train people through speed, reps, exhaustion. But these are athletes and need functional strength. I estimated that my 10-12 minute ab workout burns about 300-400 calories x 4 times a week. I know that you don't believe the localized results but after 3-4 months every single person I trained was slimmer (they weren't dieting) and tone.
Oct
24
comment Tips on having six packs and losing fat and keeping the muscles I have
@Daniel - I have read that and it is a good answer. I am under no impression that sore = good. Sore means you did something you are not used to. The point I am making is that if you want "abs" there are certain proven methods that work. Eating less is not one of them. It's like someone asking how to get more defined shoulders - eat less. Sounds dumb right?
Oct
24
comment Tips on having six packs and losing fat and keeping the muscles I have
@masmic - read the study. This is very very narrow minded to think that this low intenisty, short-term study justifiably concludes your point. My point is that people who will perform a high intensity workout over long periods of time will in fact see great amounts of spot reduction - I used bikers as a good example (measure fat in thighs compared to stomach). Honestly though I am all for keeping the myth perpetuated, as I feel it gives me an advantage in training athletes.
Oct
24
comment Tips on having six packs and losing fat and keeping the muscles I have
@Daniel - Hypertrophy of a muscle group is exactly what I am talking about. If you want to know how to see your ab muscles losing weight is an option but it is short-term. If you want to "have" ab muscles then you need a long-term plan. I have turned many individuals from small belly to deep 6 pack (not the anorexic 6 pack) in 4-5 months doing the exact same ab routine plus jumping rope. The routine is all intensity, full range of motion, zero weights. I have had bodybuilders use it a month before a meet and they were so sore after the first routine they couldn't move the next day.
Oct
24
comment Tips on having six packs and losing fat and keeping the muscles I have
@Daniel - where is the data that targeting a region doesn't affect the % of fat loss and toning of that region? This is a ridiculous myth. I have trained many many athletes and given they can keep up with the work, they can all have 6-8 packs without being really skinny (not many sports is 5% body fat sustainable). This is one of those answers that appeases the main stream which will get votes but it isn't a good answer. Eating less is doable. Working really hard not so much for most.
Oct
23
comment Tips on having six packs and losing fat and keeping the muscles I have
@Daniel - simply not true. I have more or less been doing same ab routine for 20+ years. My abs are abnormally large. The ab routine is high intensity, tons of reps (no weights), and little break.
Oct
23
comment Tips on having six packs and losing fat and keeping the muscles I have
@masmic - where is your evidence that supports (scientific not a talking head) that focusing on abs will not burn fat in that area at a higher rate? Not to be abrupt but you are trying to call me out while your answer mentions no scientific backing. I think your answer is not only wrong but detrimental because you are passing on a myth. We can compare abs to see whose method works best.
Oct
22
comment Tips on having six packs and losing fat and keeping the muscles I have
If you starve yourself you will see "abs" - this isn't a revelation and everybody understand this but it doesn't provide an answer. I could show you pictures of myself at 250 eating ice cream like it was water, with 6 visible abs. This answer is way to generalized and geared towards someone who will never workout their abs enough to see these results. The OP appears to have a good workout routine and just needs help.
Oct
22
answered Tips on having six packs and losing fat and keeping the muscles I have
Sep
30
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Sep
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Sep
20
comment Do body fat scales get more accurate with price, and if so, how exactly?
The best ones show the lowest %!
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
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Apr
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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.