Chris
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Why do people still hire personal trainers?
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There are many ways to answer this. One, if a person buys a package of sessions from a personal trainer, and has scheduled an appointment and paid in advance, then that person has much greater ...

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What is the benefit of doing isometric exercises followed explosive movements?
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If you enjoy this programming concept, go for it. However, keep in mind that in the fitness world, the gurus are under constant pressure to produce new tricks. How about squat jumps with a ...

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What exercises can help my hands and wrist get stronger?
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Bottoms-up kettlebell. It will definitely increase grip strength. For example, one exercise I do is that I start in a squat and swing the kettlebell from the floor to the bottoms-up position as I ...

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What is meant by a tight muscle?
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This is actually a interesting question. Someone who has thought about this is Jules Mitchell, who just put out a book out on stretching. If I recall correctly, in a podcast, she said that "tight" ...

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Only static training the erector spinae?
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Yes, the static back extensor exercises are perfectly adequate, in fact they are preferable. The back extensors are primarily stabilizer muscles, not movers. Because of this, they do quite well with ...

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Why is (said to be) safe to posteriorly tilt the pelvis in hip thrust?
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The idea that a posterior pelvic tilt in a hip thrust will increase glute activation is a myth promoted by YouTube gurus who try to get attention by adding bells and whistles to exercises. This ...

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Does this exercise stretch hip flexors?
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Obviously, this is a stretch for the hip adductors, but the question is whether there is any way it could also stretch the hip flexors. Personally, I just don't see it. Here is what you might be ...

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Flexibility and Strength training, which muscles is are being trained in this video
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In regards to that video: The woman speaking is aerialist and contortionist Haley Viloria. Look at this Youtube video at 1:08s and you will see that she is clearly hypermobile. She didn't have to ...

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Is "Hyperbolic Stretching" a real thing?
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You shouldn't waste your time on this. It is a scam. I'm not even going to click that link because I don't want them to sap any of my limited energy. I'm at a point in life where I hang up the ...

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Squat progression to one-legged/pistol squats
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Here is a story about pistol squats. One day a week, I take an adult ballet class ("adult" means we aren't very good). The instructor is a young guy and great dancer in a local company. After class ...

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How important is exercise quality
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Since you asked about quality, I'd like to add something to your list, which is posture. I danced ballet for about ten years, and in ballet, bad posture isn't acceptable. When I was too old for ...

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Is this a valid stretch?
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It doesn't sound like a stretch, but rather just a simple movement. There isn't anything wrong with simple, mindful, gentle movement such as you are describing. That's what Tai Chi is, and might I ...

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What are the stretches in the Blogilates "Journey to Splits" program?
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If your goal is to do the front splits, this poster is a terrible way to do it. This poster is just a random collection of yoga poses. If you want to get into the splits, look up Kit Laughlins ...

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What are the principles for a correct headstand / sinsasana?
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"..., I do feel something in the neck that annoys me, almost the beginning of a pain." Hello Stephanie, you should take seriously this "almost" pain. Your cervical spine is important to your ...

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Strength training with arthritis & headaches - looking for resources
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@yake84 I experience neck pain myself, but not headaches. Gwendolene Jull is the expert on neck pain and cerviogenic headaches. Listen to her here. I encourage you to read her scholarly research ...

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Alternative medicine advice on hydration from a yoga instructor
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What your instructor is saying is quackery. However, why not make her happy? You might not need to drink water during the class. I think there is a bit of paranoia about hydrating that says you ...

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Why I feel pain when I do crunches?
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I recommend that you try the McGill Curl Up and the Pilates 100, or the Pilates double leg stretch. I can't say for certain that your back will like them better, but it is time to stop doing the ...

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Train hamstrings unilateral?
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Actually, deadlifts do have a unilateral equivalent: the one legged deadlift, usually done with a Kettlebell. If you google it, you'll get a bunch of pictures. At my gym, it is a common exercise, ...

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Does foam rolling and "smashing and flossing" work?
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Your #1 would be an "analgesic effect". Kelly's theory is effectively "myofascial release". Have you seen this oldie-but-goodie video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BnYdzaoMyQ8 ? Spina debunks ...

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What are some exercises which are effective yet easy on the articulations
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You are spot on, George. The fitness industry pushes people in two directions: Either it is "stuff you'd recommend to a 60 yo obese person", or it is the hardcore boot camp class that wears down your ...

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Gym-Killing injuries
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I'm looking at an Australian research paper on emergency room data. "The causes of injuries sustained at fitness facilities presenting to Victorian emergency departments - identifying the main ...

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is the squat a complete exercise for the legs?
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Am I missing something, or are all these exercises bilateral? You definitely want some unilateral exercises in your training. Some proponents of unilateral exercises are Mike Boyle and Brent ...

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Neck circles during warm up / neck circles during dancing, healthy, unhealthy, proof?
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I can't help you in your search for research studies, but I can explain why your instructor wants to do head circles. Head circles are a sexy accent in stripping choreography. As an example, in this ...

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Is there a database of stretches?
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Check out https://www.gotrom.com/ or https://stretchtherapy.net . As a disclaimer, I have not subscribed to either of these paid sites. I have been stretching for years, and I have put together my ...

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Why is getting up from a burpee so hard?
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Just something to think about: Burpees are a controversial movement. They are, as you mention, very hard, and they are also very hard on your body. Many people don't believe the payoffs of the ...

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Looking for a good rotational exercise to add to Starting Strength program
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Answer: Half Kneeling Pallot Press.

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How should I train strength if I want to stay pain-free and have good mobility?
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@Andy I've done a fair amount of Yoga, but the worlds of yoga and weight training, in my experience, don't mix very well. I once went to a yoga class that incorporated weights, and the ...

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If I stretch one muscle, should I also stretch other related muscles?
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This might answer your question: In my opinion, the five most important muscles and areas to stretch are: First, your hip flexors. Second, your Pectoralis Minor. Third is the extension of your ...

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Starting Strength without a power rack in a home gym
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If you want a power rack, then by all means build one. However, please keep in mind that there are many different ways to get in shape, and you don't necessarily need a squat rack. Currently, squats ...

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core strengthening for weak lower back
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I am answering this followup question: To my understanding, muscles can only pull, so that sounds like they ...putting more pressure on the disc." You are right that muscles can only pull. And yes, ...

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