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The simple answer is both. Technical mastery is absolutely necessary for the expression of speed. In the most simple exercises, it is important to be able to relax the antagonists and superfluous muscles in order to facilitate reciprocal inhibition. But similarly, the speed of more complex movements depends on optimal coordination of position, centre of ...


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Personally I would look at the leading causes of death in (my case) the United States: Heart disease: 596,577 Cancer: 576,691 Chronic lower respiratory diseases: 142,943 Stroke (cerebrovascular diseases): 128,932 Accidents (unintentional injuries): 126,438 Alzheimer's disease: 84,974 Diabetes: 73,831 Influenza and Pneumonia: 53,826 Nephritis, nephrotic ...


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The answer to "what should a beginner do to physically prepare for X activity" doesn't change very much whether you're training for chainsaw-wielding, tennis, or martial arts: first get strong while doing your chosen activity, then add power and slightly sport-specific tasks, and add conditioning if your sport doesn't do enough to tire you out. If you're ...


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First, a bit about physiology. Just like some people have big feet and some people have small feet, some people have big hearts and some people have small hearts. Those that have smaller hearts have higher heart rates in general; their resting rates won't be as low and their maximum rates may be higher. That's just natural variability. It's also generally ...


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The answer you got on sports is pretty complete, although a bit off in the muscle explanation. You want a good solid core and complementary arm strength, coupled with a solid foundation. I would suggest full body exercises such as pushups, squats, plank work, and to specifically work some of the rotational muscles I would add cable chops from high to low ...


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Because it is a way to enhance performance, in an unnatural way. It basically has a similar effect as EPO: increasing your red blood cells. It can be very dangerous if done incorrectly, which is probably one of the reasons to ban it as a form of discouragement. One of the most dangerous things that can happen is when the blood is if not stored correctly ...


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I would focus on getting stronger in general. Your golf-specific strength will grow faster by doing general-purpose whole-body strength exercises faster than trying to figure out what applies to golf and improving it. Once you have a baseline level of strength--say, after six months--you can decide what needs to be worked on for your golf needs. If you don'...


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He's 12, and you're already heading down the vanity path of worrying about muscle tone? He should be playing basketball, and eating lots of food. His body will adapt to the lifestyle, and he'll get fast and big. Any weight training should be under the careful supervision of an actual trainer. You should not be his trainer. This is because he needs to ...


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NipGuards are a totally different way to prevent chafing, better in my opinion than Band-Aids or gels. They're shaped like an octagon, with a hollow circle in the middle, which allows the tip of the nipple to remain protected without having an irritating adhesive plastered on the most sensitive part of the nipple. NipGuardsĀ® use a safe, medical adhesive ...


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At that age, men lose speed but gain endurance. If you look at cycling tours or marathons, most of the guys are over 30. So you should focus on any sport where endurance is more important that strength/speed if you want to train for competition and actually have a chance. So march, marathon and route cycling. Running is cheap. High quality shoes can cost you ...


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Right off the bat I think it needs to be said that snowboarding is largely a technique driven sport. Some high level riders (like Ryan Knapton) are admittedly "too fat and not strong enough", but because their technique is so good that they use much less muscle force to accomplish the same thing. By riding more you get better, specifically in these ways: ...


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A lot of runners (male and female) wear bandaids over their nipples to minimize chafe.


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First, love this statement. It's dead on, simple yet so few seem to understand the importance of putting on muscle mass to lose weight. "more muscle mass = more passive calories consumed" Not sure what type of split you're on but unless you have a leg day, no. Why? Just like taking an NSAID after lifting (Ibuprofen, Alive, Excedrin etc.) impedes the ...


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Yes, there are many. To list a few, swimming (particularly butterfly and freestyle); javelin, discus, baseball (pitching), cricket (bowling), and other sports that share similar mechanics of throwing; gymnastics, climbing and associated sports like parkour. There are countless others. There is a very good reason that the pectoral muscles are so large and ...


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You can definitely maintain and even get stronger muscle wise in 80 minutes a week. After taking a managerial role at my company while having two young kids I started a "different" workout to maintain. I noticed that I didn't gain a lot of mass but didn't lose any and definitely gained strength and composition (slowly). I hit each major body part 1 day a ...


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A standard go-to for improving speed is wind sprints. Basically, you repeatedly go from 0 to as fast as you can and sustain it for a short distance, recover for a few minutes, then repeat. It develops explosive power and, if you have an external starting signal like a friend with a whistle, it helps you develop reflexes so that you start moving as soon as ...


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Honestly, it's going to be extremely difficult to regain your prior level of fitness. Taking off 6 kilos, in and of itself, is probably going to take you at least 3 months if not half a year, and you've got the additional constraint of also improving your physical strength and stamina. Add to that that you're not as young as you used to be, and it adds up to ...


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The medical term is (BFS) benign fasciculation syndrome. Loosely translated, that means "probably not serious muscle tremor". Here's a video of a man's calf muscle with BFS. Like most benign conditions, it's not extensively studied. Research (fortunately) tends to go where's the greatest need and unraveling the mysteries of a harmless eye twitch doesn't get ...


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I'm going to assume that your two goals are: Improve your performance Stay healthy and uninjured I'm also going to assume that you are healthy and cleared for intense activity. If you are wanting to increase your anaerobic fitness, you are going to need to do intervals. In this case, I'd recommend all-out intervals; they will place a significant load on ...


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To get strong, lift heavy By constantly moving on you elevate your heart rate and fatigue takes over. Don't think of your muscles getting fatigue but instead think of your whole body. For example, deadlift and bench press use completely different muscle groups but you won't find anyone going to do a set of heavy deadlifts after a heavy bench set. What you ...


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I wake up at 5, eat a bowl of oats and a couple hard-boiled eggs, drink a creatine/citrulline-malate shake on my way to the gym, lift, and start work at 7. It isn't ideal, but your body will adapt to whatever schedule your life forces you to live because of work/school. The important thing is that you get in there!


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If you have been away for a long period from a team sport, you should try to practise as similar to the sport as possible. Your situational awareness will not be as it was 7 years ago. So the first thing that can be improved in your program is to add hurling like drills and play (e.g. interval running instead of steady state tread mills, change of ...


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Honestly, I'd ramp up over a couple weeks. Week 1: half the volume of work Week 2: 3/4 the volume of work Week 3: back to full volume Cardiovascular fitness is easy to lose, but also very easy to reacquire. Strength is slower to lose, but 4-5 weeks won't see any significant differences. However, the bigger concern is the health of your tendons and ...


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The harm would be found in a lack of support for parts of your body (or another person's body) that needs support and doesn't benefit from getting tossed about as you run. Chafing is another issue, and a lot of runners will wear bandaids over their nipples to prevent bleeding and broken skin. A lot of folks with big legs wear slick shorts that cover at ...


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It all depends on your idea of ripped. Yes you can more easily lose weight doing sports but "generally" the answer to your question is no as it is not very easy to put on muscle when practicing sports due to the lack of increase in resistance each time you play. Let's say you are playing soccer (football for Non-US). Sure you may be able to run more each ...


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I would implement some time of cardio and also a good diet plan for the weight loss portion. If your knees are giving you trouble try an elliptical machine or exercise bike or even a pool if you have access. If using an elliptical or bike I would go for interval training rather than distance as it will better mirror the cycles of fast then slower movement in ...


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As others have said, check with your doctor before taking on a new exercise regime esp. because you say that you are overweight and concerned about your knees. I also agree with @Jeremie that a sports physical therapist or physiotherapist can help you with a specific program for your knees. Often strengthening the hip muscles (glutes) helps to minimize ...


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I boxed for four years and came out of one of the best gyms in the midwest. It was no frills and no excuses type of place in one of the worst areas of the US. But they were popping out guys for the Olympic team like candy. We also had a trainer that is recognized internationally. I will let his methods answer your question since you are more or less ...


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You are right, you can't recover as well as you could when you were in college. Such is the nature of the human body. However, you can do a few things to give your body the best chance at recovering: Eat enough. If you want to progress and work at 70-90% RM in your gym workouts then you need to eat enough to help your body recover. Work out your TDEE and ...


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What you are currently doing sounds like it will keep you very well rounded and fit but not so much specific muscle strength. It is generally agreed that doing multiple sets e.g. 3-5 of a number of reps 5-15 on the same muscle group or piece of equipment is optimal for strength training. "Progressive overload is one of the basic principles of strength ...


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