mike
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How can I strengthen my lower back
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You don't need to just strengthen your lower back. You are having lower back spasms and difficulties but it's not because your lower back is weak. It's because of systemic issue directly related to ...

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Pushups for muscle mass, fast or slow?
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Both! Varying up the positive/negative tempo and time under tension will target slightly different muscle fibres and other supplementary muscles. So I would recommend aiming to improve different ...

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What do I do when I see people at the gym doing exercises wrong
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It's all about presentation really. Before I officially became a personal trainer I started out randomly helping people at the gym. Out of the hundreds I've given advice to only a handful took it ...

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What are the best vitamins to take when working out
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If you eat a balanced diet rich with fruits and vegetables you probably don't even need a multivitamin or other supplements. Recently there even has been controversy on the safety of multivitamins in ...

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What is the right kind of protein for that job?
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1- Why does it matter how long protein digestion takes? is it because we do not want it to be released faster than body can absorb or needs? It really doesn't. You really should only be drinking ...

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Sleeping less than 4 hours a day?
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This is a very good answer on the effects and theories on the purpose of sleep. Some interesting tidbits: Evidence is accumulating that complex nervous systems, and especially the brain, perform and ...

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Is drinking extra milk a viable method for increasing my daily protein intake?
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Milk doesn't have a lot of protein. For example, whole milk is 49% fat, 30% carbs (sugar), and a measly 21% protein. If you want to increase the protein intake then you want to eat protein rich foods ...

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Having joint pain and "cracking" after getting back to working out with weights
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I don't know the exact cause of cracking joints and as that page indicates professional opinion is also inconclusive, but I've always thought it was the cavitation of the synovial fluid which is again ...

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Do joints wear out from exercise?
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Movement is actually an essential part of maintenance and recovery. Many regenerative processes depend upon impact and activity to repair and build themselves. An example of this is synovial joints. ...

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"Heavy" type Services and Programs
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There are definitely services like the one you described. There are 2 issues though: 1.They are extremely expensive and ridiculously overpriced For example one of the ones I found is the Hilton Head ...

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Right knee hurts on squat
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You most likely have poor hip mobility and activation. Inside knee pain can be associated more with adductor tightness/hip external rotation, you should be stretching those anyway. Here are the steps ...

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What did I do wrong to get exercise-induced lower back pain?
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Probably this: russian twists (that exercises obliques as well as the abs) Twisting your lower back is one of the most dangerous things you can do to it. From Mike Boyle's article: This is how I ...

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Bodyweight Exercise Resources
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Bodyweight movement variations Click for link

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Running, eating less but not losing weight?
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Running (exercise) and eating less (reducing caloric intake) won't necessarily cause weight loss. There is a high probability you will lose fat but without controlling the different variables (calorie ...

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Working out when stressed
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Even though stress can have a lot of negative effects on your mood and energy levels, a lot of these effects aren't directly caused by stress. Instead it's the actions that stress causes which have ...

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Is there any benefit to having a sauna after weight lifting?
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There definitely is a danger of overheating but that's really inherit with saunas in general. You can avoid that by waiting some time between your workout and going into the sauna. In between you can ...

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What's the ideal way to maintain my deadlift with minimal recovery demands?
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The deadlift isn't really a super-specialized movement and your deadlift max is going to be governed by a combination of things: core stability, hip and leg strength, grip, etc. If you continue ...

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Sore after work out - can't straighten arm
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This is most likely DOMS which is normal. Just ice it, do very light stretching, massage the muscles gently and rest. Symptoms should get better and you should be feeling fine in a day or so. I've had ...

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What is dietary fat used for before being converted to adipose tissue?
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It's really not as simple as carbs are either used for energy or they turn into fat. Lyle McDonald has a great article that talks about Nutrient Storage and Oxidation. Nutrient Storage Carbohydrates ...

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Having elbow and forearm pain after kettlebell workout
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I've had a very similar pain after doing an intense dumbbell circuit that heavily taxed my forearms. Towards the end of the workout I got a sharp pain while doing barbell front raises -the stress is ...

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How to choose the right protein shake?
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For protein powder there are several things you need to be concerned about: Protein quality/type: There are many kinds of protein powders but most common is whey. Most common whey powders are whey ...

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Ideal angle/position for arms and hands during pushups?
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There are a lot of push up variations you can do and they all stress different muscle systems. Doing pushups with the elbows flared out isn't a good idea since it will put a lot of stress on your ...

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is it possible to tone up even in starvation mode?
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Toning up doesn't exist. Also starvation mode doesn't exist. They are both mainstream concepts that vary in definition and include a wide range of different ideas. Your metabolism is crawling right ...

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How to grow muscle while burning fat?
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Yes it is completely possible. First, let us be clear. You aren't mainly talking about gaining muscle; Instead you are talking about looking better. Probably having a muscular and defined look. It's ...

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Getting enough calories with a suppressed appetite
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It really shouldn't be a problem eating quite a bit more than 700 calories, even with a suppressed appetite. The key is proper planning and management of your diet so you know what and when to eat and ...

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What can I eat to get more protein at breakfast time?
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It's not just protein that will keep you full for longer but also fat and fibre (vegetables/whole grains). Which is why the best breakfast I find has some combination of eggs and veggies. I would ...

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How to prepare the body for workout in the early morning?
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Couple of things really Sleep will effect how good your morning workout will go -or during any time really- depends largely on how good your sleep is. If you are getting poor sleep you will ...

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How much sodium after hard exercise?
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It really depends but you need other electrolytes beyond just sodium, more specifically potassium and magnesium. A serving or two of a electrolytes beverage like Ultima replenisher should be ...

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What is the optimal bulking / cutting rotation schedule?
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There is no such thing as week to week cycles of cutting bulk. It doesn't really work that way. The only individuals that should be doing bulking/cutting cycles are advanced bodybuilders. The same ...

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Started lifting again and am gaining weight but my clothes seem to fit better. What is the cause?
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First converting fat into muscle is a myth, it's physiologically impossible. Fat is made out of Adipocyte while muscle is made out of mostly proteins. You can improve your body composition by ...

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