Dave Liepmann
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What strength programs have been used by elite grapplers?
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I have heard of the One Lift a Day method, described here by bodyweight/movement/gymnastics expert Ido Portal: after their technical judo workout, the coach will name one exercise and one exercise ...

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Reasons to train lower body
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It's important to keep one's legs in good working order for anyone who wants to retain the ability to get out of bed, climb stairs, stand up off the toilet, walk around a hilly neighborhood, run away ...

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At the top of the deadlift (i.e., when you have picked up the barbell), are you supposed to roll your shoulders back?
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Yes, it's the right thing to do. Your shoulders should be retracted at the end of a deadlift rep. Those videos have the answer. The deadlift is not finished until you achieve full (but not over-) ...

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What type of push ups benefit muscle up?
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You need to do dips. Start with dips on parallel bars and progress to ring dips. Push-ups aren't specific practice for the pushing motion of the muscle-up.

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Do explosive movements necessarily lead to injury over time?
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No, explosive movements do not necessarily lead to injury. Performed correctly after a period of acclimatization, explosive movements are quite safe. The recommendation to be slow, deliberate, and ...

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If my lower back feels tired after squats, am I doing something wrong?
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Lower back soreness can be indicative of bad form or it can be indicative of heavy barbell squats. It's impossible to tell which from just the information that it makes you sore. This is because ...

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How much stronger can you get as you get fatter?
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Stop Making Excuses Don't tell me that fat doesn't make people stronger because it does. Of course many fat people are strong. Of course people get stronger faster if they aren't trying to stay ...

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How sports specific is cardio?
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At the novice stages, all activities can improve general fitness. As one progresses, however, all attributes improve in more activity-specific ways. This is less true of attributes like strength and ...

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Making a training plan for medieval swordsmen / reenactment
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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 ...

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When should a barbell be collared?
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Preference I collar my squats, deadlifts, and overhead presses just because it annoys the heck out of me if the plates slide around even an inch or two. The noise and the asymmetry irritate my ...

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100 push-up. I went from 36 to 28 after being sick. Is it normal? How can I improve?
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Yes, it's normal to lose that much strength or more after a protracted period of sickness and non-training. Don't fret. Yes, improving your stamina will help you get more reps. So will improving your ...

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Fitness routine for chainsaw use and tree surgery
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First, get strong People who haven't yet done strength training should generally avoid overly task-specific exercises. Instead, they should get strong generally. As Mark Rippetoe puts it: Strength ...

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How to handle a break from StrongLifts?
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Deload Deload. Significantly. 10% at a minimum, more likely 20% for such a significant break. I tried to start back where I had left off after a one-week break, and it messed up my progress ...

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Leg exercises that complement squats?
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Properly performed full squats are not unbalanced. (Also, I doubt that a medicine ball is heavy enough to produce any muscular imbalance anyway.) I worry somewhat that the 90 degree angle you describe ...

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How can I avoid building a lot of muscle while gaining strength
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What Compound exercises like squats, deadlifts, presses and chin-ups are better than isolation or machine exercises like curls or leg extensions for building useful strength. You might also have ...

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Is it possible to gain muscle with cardio/aerobics?
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Getting out of bed is a muscle-building exercise for someone recovering from a coma. Tabatas and other High Intensity Interval Training, or jogging, or walking, or anything can build muscle, if the ...

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Is the deadlift necessary for an intermediate bodybuilder?
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The deadlift is awesome I find deadlifts very productive. Since they're a multi-joint, multi-muscle exercise, they promote growth across the entire back and legs. Done heavy, I've found them very ...

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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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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 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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What is a good early morning stretch routine?
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I've found success with two approaches: Yoga, whatever flavor or sequence you happen to like. What I did was go to classes several times a week for a month, then practice at home in the morning with ...

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Can I increase strength without lifting more weight?
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If you can't increase the weight on the bar, then you have to settle for moving the bar faster (good for strength and power), reducing rest periods between sets (good for conditioning, hypertrophy (...

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What are the rules to be followed while doing push ups at home
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Palms under your shoulders. Back straight from your head to your heels. Don't sag or A-frame. Feet together or shoulder width apart. Touch the ground on every rep at the bottom. Extend elbows fully ...

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How can I microload a dumbell?
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I see three options: Magnets or Washers You could glue together some washers or magnets in 1.25 pound (or half-pound, or whatever) increments. This could change your jumps from five pounds per ...

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How can I achieve healthy tendons and balanced muscles, with no particular hurry to bulk up?
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Any training can cause injury I am wary of bodyweight training just as much as I am wary of barbell training. Both have their risks, including tendonitis, shoulder trouble, and back problems. ...

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How many calories to burn daily to see a change in weight within a month
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Bad Metrics It is vitally important that you not base your workout on BMI. Please read Slate's excellent discussion of how BMI came to be used to poorly and NPR's 10 Reasons why BMI should never, ...

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What should I do if I can't complete my program's prescribed workout?
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Joe Micela's Minimums and Maximums One of the foremost problems in my own strength training is that my strength work often gets pushed around by other athletic and social endeavors. I frequently find ...

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Compound, total body exercises minimising quad and ham development
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You're already doing the first and most important thing: you're working the upper body more than your lower, since you're on GreySkull LP rather than a more squat-and-lower-body-pull program like ...

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Will grip strength automatically increase with deadlift?
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If you're deadlifting about as much as you weigh with a double overhand grip, there's no need to worry about your grip as a specific thing. The deadlift itself will develop your grip strength just ...

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Should I do my deadlifts on leg day or on back day?
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If I were to do a split, I'd do the deadlifts on my "back" day, not the "legs" day. Here's why: both squats and deadlifts are compound movements that are best done heavy. They both do a good job ...

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