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Is it a bad idea to do double dumbbell exercises with a single dumbbell?

My sad home gym consists of an exercise bench and a single adjustable-weight dumbbell. I've been using this random Athlean-X video as a template, but three of the suggested eight exercises use two ...

exercise-technique dumbbells home-exercise  
asked by lambshaanxy 8 votes
answered by POD 14 votes

How do you keep the barbell close to your legs when doing the Romanian Deadlift?

In the Romanian deadlift, you must keep the barbell pressed against your legs, in order to minimize the stress on your lower back. Now take a look at the below picture of the RDL being performed: Is ...

exercise-technique deadlifts  
asked by Jem 4 votes
answered by POD 7 votes

How do you (gently) strengthen the tops of the feet for poses like Urdhva Mukha Svanasana?

I've been doing yoga for several years now, and I still can't really tolerate the pressure or pain that comes with going to the tops of the feet in this pose, such that I stay on my toes instead. For ...

strength yoga feet  
asked by Jessica Cantlope 4 votes

How should I approach a “cursed” exercise that’s more frustrating than challenging?

I’ve been following a semi-elaborate routine which adds intensity by using rest-pause training. Most of it is going well, except for the lunges in Legs B, with a goal of 50 reps over 5 sets. (My ...

weightlifting workout-routines  
asked by millimoose 3 votes
answered by JustSnilloc 1 vote

What would happen if one added more sets to Starting Strength or Stronglifts?

The number of sets in routines like Starting Strength or Stronglifts seems absurdly low. For example, doing Starting Strength, you are on average doing 4.5 sets per week on the bench press. That's ...

asked by SevenFive 3 votes
answered by C. Lange 4 votes

Does the "stabilization argument" also hold for pull exercises?

The argument in favor of free weight exercises like barbell bench press or barbell squat (as opposed to their machine equivalents) is that as you lift the weight, you also need to stabilize it, which ...

weightlifting deadlifts  
asked by James 3 votes
answered by Dave Liepmann 3 votes

‘Perfect’ one-arm push-ups

In the video below, the guy does a perfect one-arm push-up: no bending of the body, chest to the ground, the body in perfect line, and with legs at shoulder width. I was ...

training exercise-technique push-ups  
asked by Cornele 2 votes
answered by MJB 0 votes

Greatest hits from previous weeks:

Why does standing for too long make knees sore?

I don't seem to get sore knees unless i stand still for extended periods of time. My knees are fine when I skateboard or do exercise though so it made me curious. EDIT: I skateboard for more than 4 ...

asked by trusktr 2 votes
answered by Lauren 5 votes

Why aren't stiff legged deadlifts bad for your back?

It seems to me they go against everything safe about lifting! Lifting with your lower back and not your legs. Image source Anyone have any thoughts on the safety and science behind them?

strength deadlifts freeweights barbell  
asked by Moz 18 votes
answered by Jeff Dalley 19 votes

Which activities increase flexibility?

Normally we look to stretching exercises, and then yoga as ways to increase flexibility. If you don't enjoy stretching and yoga, then increasing flexibility becomes a chore. What other activities are ...

asked by Jay Bazuzi 9 votes
answered by Yevgeniy Brikman 9 votes

How effective is Zumba in weight-loss and toning?

I have been participating in Zumba lately and I feel more stiff after I do something else rather than Zumba. Is Zumba a good choice to working out or is it more a fun choice if it was Zumba or ...

weight-loss zumba toning  
asked by Kyra 11 votes
answered by JasCav 15 votes

What is the proper procedure for showering in a gym locker room?

This is going to sound like a stupid question. I apologize. But I've had it on my mind for a while and it needed to be asked. My question is: how do you use the shower at the locker room at the gym? ...

asked by Joshua Carmody 34 votes
answered by Berin Loritsch 20 votes

What is the best way to get rid of love handles and lower belly fat?

I have been doing cardio lately, eating pretty healthy and doing lots of ab exercises Planks The Wheel Knee lifts Rotating back with body bar my upper abs and upper side abs are getting very ...

exercise diet abdominals  
asked by leora 13 votes

Should I run everyday or alternate days and run longer?

I am just getting into doing cardio and there is one question where I see a lot of conflicting information on the internet. What is better for losing fat and general health (more endurance, etc.)? ...

running cardio running-training-plan getting-in-shape  
asked by leora 14 votes
answered by JohnP 10 votes

Can you answer this question?

Training to hold your breath for longer underwater

Is there any type of training you can do to help maintain your breath underwater? When diving in a lake, using only diving goggles, I can hold my breath for about 10 seconds before needing to surface. ...

swimming breathing  
asked by C. Lange 2 votes
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