Dave Liepmann
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Persistent mild knee pain due to squats - push through or stop?
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That sounds like a ligament or tendon issue, which could be serious. I would worry about your squat form: perhaps your knees are tracking forward, or your stance is too narrow, or you're coming off ...

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Which resources should I go to for programming ring training?
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I got EXF rings, and so am considering the Ring Training For Elite Fitness (by Tyler Hass) guidebook that comes with the rings. Any commentary on RTfEF (or TRX, or the other resources mentioned) would ...

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Which resources should I go to for programming ring training?
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I am also evaluating TRX, but many of the exercises are geared to the beginner. See this PDF.

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How frequently can I hit the heavy bag?
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Disclaimer: I'm not an expert in bag work or boxing. The amount of rest you can take between sessions is entirely dependent on the intensity of your bag work, your recovery, and your conditioning. ...

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What is the genetic potential for muscular development?
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I'll answer point by point. Scientific Validity - I doubt there's any single gene that controls one's maximum physical ability. When people use the term, they are referring to the fact that if ...

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Help with deadlift technique - bruised shins and knees
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Derek's answer sounds spot-on, but I've personally found the following hierarchy in fixing my lifting technique: Using words to describe the issue Using video to have people critique my form (see ...

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Is it possible for an adult to significantly improve passive static flexibility?
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I don't have research that specifically addresses static passive flexibility, but I have this from Thomas Kurz' Stretching Scientifically: The meaty, scientific evidence comes on page 27: Past ...

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Is it possible to self learn any hand combat skills or martial arts?
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Why it won't work Martial arts are highly skill-oriented and require significant feedback from an instructor, as well as copious amounts of sparring (either with striking, such as boxing and Muay ...

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How often should I stretch to improve my flexibility?
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My source for flexibility is Stretching Scientifically, by Thomas Kurz: Kurz has this to say: Isometric stretches, to increase flexibility, should be done at least twice a week, but it all depends ...

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What's the time threshold for a drop in performance when taking a break from training?
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Strength performance will follow a supercompensation curve with an amplitude and period that corresponds to your level of advancement. From Canmore Ski club (I liked their graphic): It's unlikely ...

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How should one land when diving in Ultimate?
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In response to michael's question about injuries from diving: I have seen collarbone injuries, heard of shoulder injuries, and seen people need to take the rest of a point off due to improper bids. ...

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How can I reconcile the need for rest with "greasing the groove" on pull ups?
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From Training Dimensions: Greasing the Groove is a technique used to practice any strength movement at a high volume without requiring a long period of recovery. If you are new to pullups, greasing ...

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Are functional movement exercises healthy to do everyday?
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The Short Answer About Your Friend's Advice A movement being functional (whatever that means) does not disqualify it from causing an overuse injury or overtraining. Either your friend is wrong or we ...

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Low-tech grip strength exercises
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If there's a place to do pull-ups, that would be better than nearly anything with those light weights. If you can do a few chin-ups, wrap a towel around the bar to make it thicker. Or, hang a sturdy ...

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How do my eating habits affect my recovery?
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Recovery is influenced primarily by your sleep, the food you eat, and how active you are. Going for sprints will hurt your recovery from lifting (and vice versa). Not getting enough quality sleep will ...

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Useful measurements / tracking approach for a fitness strategy
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It all comes down to your goals, but I'm a fan of moving the numbers away from the subjective world of yourself (pounds, waistband inches) and into the objective world of achievement. Time - ...

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Push-ups - small range of motion vs full range of motion?
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For strength training, you should always do full-range of motion (ROM) push-ups. Partial ROM exercises are appropriate only for intermediate or advanced lifters who need to fix a problem area in a ...

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What are the true implications of the abdominals being actually just one muscle?
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Your question is not really about the structure of the abdominal muscle. Your question is about the "lower part [that] still has a little bulge". You seem to be subscribing to the Spot Reduction Myth. ...

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Stronglifts - Why is my bench press/row progress lagging behind?
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Given the additional information you've posted, it sounds like you are simply hitting a wall. Those are good numbers on the squats and deadlifts, so it's possible that you're not recovering (perhaps ...

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How can I make myself get enough sleep?
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If you really can't get away from screens, take a look at f.lux, which changes the brightness and colors of your screen according to the time of day where you are. It won't fix the problem of screen-...

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How do you break through a weightlifting plateau?
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The best answer is that it depends on the program you're on: what exercises, sets and reps you're doing. One possible answer is that it sounds like you're using bodybuilding techniques (pyramids, ...

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