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How to breathe in lifts requiring tight core (squats, deadlifts)

A very well thought out question. First, the technical term for holding your breath is called the Valsalva maneuver. In the world of weight lifting it has a distinct purpose: to increase the body's ...
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Rollerskating or rollerblading and falling into water, drowning dangers

No, the skates won't be a problem, if you can swim. The most important thing in such a situation is not to panic. Remember that you can swim, and swim well. If you can't swim well, then stay away from ...
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How do people who work out on their own handle safety when lifting weight bars?

The term you are looking for is using a 'spotter', and it is true that bench press can be dangerous, but deaths on it are very rare even for people that work out alone. There are several techniques ...
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Rollerskating or rollerblading and falling into water, drowning dangers

As others have pointed out, accidentally skating into shallow water is not likely to result in drowning, but if you skate near deep water or if your fear of skating into water and drowning will ...
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Rollerskating or rollerblading and falling into water, drowning dangers

This question made me curious, so I looked it up. Turns out someone (not me) tried this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uy7RqW6TR3k My first guess was that the weight would not really be a factor, I ...
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Rollerskating or rollerblading and falling into water, drowning dangers

I'm wondering if you'll immediately be weighed down and sink... or will you be able to float? Based on this statement I am going to assume you don't know how to swim. Sink or float is completely ...
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Is it dangerous to run fast on the treadmill?

You are only likely to fall off of a treadmill if you set it too high for your performance limits, or get distracted while exercising. People generally run in a fairly straight line, and if you are ...
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What should be the correct time to wear a belt (if any)?

My advice will be a bit different, but there's some preliminary things to understand first: Determine the nature of your soreness first: Back pump (where there is an uncomfortable tightness in the ...
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How to safely release the bar in the power rack when doing squats?

The safety bars should be set a few inches below the lowest the bar could conceivably go during a successful squat. This way, if the squat goes wrong in any way, you just lower yourself to the bottom ...
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How should squat form change based on proportions?

Caveat: Proportions is an indicator of how your squat form could look. Actually measuring your limb and torso lengths and trying to mathematically deduce "correct" form is rarely beneficial, and can ...
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Is it common to test out a parkour route to make sure it's safe first?

As a general rule, when training ALWAYS check your surfaces. The only time you wouldn't is if you're in a life and death situation, but that's not training. Most parkour videos where there is talking ...
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Is it safe to use nicotine to enhance performance?

here is a piece of an article I read on your question. "The performance-enhancing effects of nicotine included increased "vigilance and cognitive function" and "reduced stress and body weight", the ...
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Ultra Marathon Safety (Not Peeing)

You should definitely pee during any race even a quarter of that length. The duration of a couple rounds in a bush is going to be negligible in the bigger picture anyway. One of the main reasons why ...
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Are any treadmills designed to slow down safely in the event of power loss?

I can't answer this from a manufacturer's standpoint, but from a physics standpoint. Just to compare it to something familiar, this is entirely the same as if your car is running along a flat road, ...
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Is it safe to exercise while in the shower?

No, it's not safe to exercise while in the shower. More importantly, the cost-benefit ratio is too high for this to be effective. Let's consider the "supposed" benefits: 1. Burning calories: How much ...
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How to safely release the bar in the power rack when doing squats?

As AlexL suggests, since you are in a power rack, you can simply set the safeties to a couple inches below squat depth. Then if you need to bail, simply lower your squat beyond your usual squatting ...
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How to safely release the bar in the power rack when doing squats?

Great question! Especially coming before actually having had bail out (that's the terminology) of a squat. I'm guessing you're back squatting. When failing to stand up during a rep you'll at least ...
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What should be the correct time to wear a belt (if any)?

IMO, a belt shouldn't be necessary until you get to a weight about 2 times your bodyweight, if even then. Fix your form, don't try to patch the problem with a belt. If your back is hurting, you're ...
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How to breathe in lifts requiring tight core (squats, deadlifts)

I can only give an anecdotal answer: I find that the tightness of the core from the intra-abdominal pressure added by a full breath becomes negligible once one develops a very strong squat. I think ...
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Is it safe to lift after a bout of insomnia?

A regular training program will eventually encounter head colds, bad sleep, and other curve balls of life. Do your warmups and make sure you have the mental wherewithal to handle your coordination ...
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Stable shoulder position in bench press vs pushups?

Both the (prominent) arch and the shoulder squeeze during benchpress are forms that are most common in powerlifting. For bodybuilding-style or strength endurance training, they are unnecessary or even ...
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Exercises recommended for patients suffering from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Speaking from anecdotal evidence, depending on the severity of the symptoms, there's no need to restrict your gym time or routine. Again, that's going to depend on what your tolerance for pain/...
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Ways to 'Air Punch' without increasing risk of elbow injury?

Classes like Les Mills BodyCombat consist almost of air punches and air kicks only - for 60 minutes! It is a world wide concept for cardio and burning fat, which has been running for more than 20 ...
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weight training after meal

i heard that i should not run after a meal coz of appendicitis... If someone says something like this, they should back up their claims with scientific studies. If they can't, they're either lying (...
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DIY strap safeties

I've recently looked into this as well. Same disclaimer as you, plus I'm not even any type of engineer. Safety wise, and rack issues aside, your numbers seem low to me (but I can't say with any ...
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Excercise Band Excerises

Exercise bands are perfectly safe and recommended by many! However, make sure you're using the correct type. I'd suggest something like these which are durable with a good length. Make sure you're not ...
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Safety in heavy landmine squats and presses

As mentioned in the comments, landmines exercises are about as safe as anything. Having said that, there are some precautions worth taking if you're concerned: Make sure your base is secure. If you'...
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Ultra Marathon Safety (Not Peeing)

I wouldn't be so definitive about it... I ran a few marathons at ~4hrs and I don't remember feeling like I needed to pee during all for them... I wouldn't say and made a point of not doing either - ...
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What is the safest wrist angle for pushing exercises?

Here is a good article about biomechanical explanation of bench press with references at the end. To make the long story short; Grasp the barbell with an opposing thumb grip (thumbs wraps around the ...
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