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Jul
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answered Slight panic when weightlifting?
Jul
17
answered Does aerobic exercise training change resting metabolism?
Jul
16
awarded  Enlightened
Jul
16
awarded  Nice Answer
Jul
16
comment Seeking a barbell/dumbbell workout for a very small room
Is your barbell a "standard" barbell (1" diameter opening on weights, about 5-6' long)? Or is it an Olympic bar (50mm diameter opening for weights, about 7.5' long). I'm assuming the bench is attached to the rack. How high is the ceiling? You mentioned you can't extend your hand above the top of the bench. I'm trying to get a feel for the 3 dimensions of the room.
Jul
16
answered Is it bad if I can't do legs in the gym?
Jul
13
comment What is the “kernel” for a 4 decade training program for physical fitness?
The problem with your question is that goals change over the course of time. When goals are reached, we replace them with new goals--or get bored and quit. Most programs are centered around achieving a specific goal. So the question is this: what do you see yourself doing over 40 years? If you can answer that, we can give some advice on what should remain a core component of your training. As it is, your answers would be equally as broad as your question.
Jul
13
comment Gaining weight without gaining fat
Think of it this way. If you are 100lbs with 20% body fat, and then you increase your weight to 120lbs while maintaining that same body fat, you will have more absolute fat. At the start, that would be 80lbs lean mass and 20lbs fat. At the end it would be 96lbs lean mass and 24lbs fat. The cellulite is unfortunately, where your body wants to deposit its fat. That is genetically controlled.
Jul
12
comment Recurring knee pain linked to exercise
Reducing the stress on your knees will only help them. Swimming is an excellent way to stay in shape. If you do want to get in to weightlifting, I recommend using the free weights with compound exercises like squat, deadlift, bench press, and overhead press. These help exercise the whole body most efficiently, while keeping all the muscles in proper balance. Theoretically you could do the same with machines, but your workouts will be much longer and you will need to use a whole lot more machines to do the same work.
Jul
11
answered What is the optimal height of the bar off the ground for dead lifts?
Jul
11
awarded  Revival
Jul
11
answered What should I look for in a Starting Strength coach?
Jul
11
comment What scientific evidence says cables build less muscle than free weights?
It would have to be a study on the carryover of one form of exercise to another.
Jul
11
comment What scientific evidence says cables build less muscle than free weights?
There is one well understood concept regarding strength: you have to lift heavier things to get stronger. All cable machines have a maximum amount that can be lifted. Once you can lift the whole stack of weights, there's no where else to go. Free weights don't have such limitations. You can load a barbell with far more weight than any cable machine is designed with. That reason alone makes free weights superior for building muscle in an absolute sense. There is more room for argument if you can't lift the whole stack, though.
Jul
11
answered Recurring knee pain linked to exercise
Jul
11
comment Does lifting more than 5lbs really cause females to bulk?
There is a certain look that these trainers are trying to give the models. They want the proportions to match that look. Big squats will give you big glutes--but they will be fit, not flabby. It's just outside the aesthetic for runway models. A shame.
Jul
11
comment Does lifting more than 5lbs really cause females to bulk?
That bodybuilder bulky look is done on purpose, and really is only seen when the woman drops to ridiculously low body fat levels. If a woman has a six pack, they are on a razor thin edge to having too little body fat to be healthy. Anything 18% and higher body fat, you will always look feminine.
Jul
11
answered Increasing mass and retaining bodyfat percentage
Jul
10
comment How to workout Rhomboids and lower Trapezius
If you are trying to get the lower lats/rhomboids, strict rows (parallel to ground). But it helps to get a feel for it. If you perform the movement slowly, and mentally think about the muscles you want to activate, you'll get a better feel for which variation to perform.
Jul
10
comment How to workout Rhomboids and lower Trapezius
Rows and deadlifts are pulling movements, squats and bench press are pushing movements. Cleans and snatches are also pulling movements.