Alex Florescu
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Is having a "normal" BMI a healthy target?
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Here's a cool picture that I feel encompasses what the problem with BMI (or any calculation based mainly on weight) is: Muscles are "heavy" (i.e. their density is considerably larger than that of fat)...

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Is there any benefit of "real" running outdoors vs running on a treadmill in gym?
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I've read a good article/study on this, but I can't find a link to it right now. The general idea for criticism regarding the treadmill that I recall was that the movement is not as natural as it ...

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Learning to lift my leg higher
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It's hard to say without seeing your movements, but I'd say you probably want to strengthen your Iliopsas and Psoas muscles. Various types of leg rises will help do that. Check out the Hip Flexors ...

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What causes side stitches?
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Not clear why they happen, though there are several theories. For running, exhaling on the left foot has helped me a lot. I would also get them sometimes while practicing kicks. This was trickier ...

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Is growth of a muscle limited to the size of the opposing muscle?
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I'm not sure how you would research this :) You would have to have a group train, for example, only pecs (and no lats) for a long enough time to observe this phenomenon; the duration is problematic, ...

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Is working out a healthy alternative to combat RSI (Repetitive Stress Injuries)
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From my personal experience, you can do all the exercises you want, if you do not eliminate the base cause, it won't help. I was experiencing RSI problems while doing lots and varied exercises, ...

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what exercises are good (and bad) for striking speed in martial arts?
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Don't underestimate the importance of just exercising your technique for increasing speed. Often the problem is not so much how fast can you throw your hand forward, but how fast can you do it ...

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What's a good home exercise for the lower back?
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From yoga: spinal flexion and cat-cow. Very simple exercises and quite effective. The Cat-Cow looks like this: ref site

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How can someone new to Yoga improve on their workout?
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These things take time, don't worry about it. If you are consistent you will see results, but plan to evaluate at least every few months, not weeks. If you have difficulty maintaining your ...

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What swimming technique is more effective for a cardio workout?
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What do you mean when you say effective? Burning the most calories? Working the most muscles? If it's working as much of your body as you can, obviously you want to mix in several styles. If you ...

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How do I avoid stench with my Vibram Five Fingers?
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They're machine washable, just wash them regularly. Vibram FiveFingers® footwear is machine washable. Use gentle, warm water cycle with liquid or powdered detergent. Hang to air dry. From: ...

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Why do I sometimes get suddenly hungry 15 minutes into my workout?
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I agree with md5sum. You need more complex carbs and fats in there and possibly some more protein as well. The reason why it probably all burns out quickly is because it's all very "sugary".

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Technique for identifying potential injury weak spots
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Indeed the question is quite general.. but I'll try to answer with general problems as well. Muscle imbalance can be a problem if you train incorrectly. For example, if you focus a lot on push-type ...

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How bad is high fructose corn syrup relative to the alternatives?
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I think research is inconclusive on this matter, I don't believe there has been consistent scientific proof that HFCS is as bad as it was blamed to be recently. Aspartame is also similar. While ...

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Effect of protein intake on muscle recovery
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There's some contradiction as to what's the most important part: timing, quantity etc. I have found pretty good studies that indicate that the post-workout shake doesn't really make a difference and ...

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Experiences with 'barefoot' running
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I have an old problem with my knee from mountain biking and I am also terribly bad at running. As a result, running never really worked out for me. My knee would hurt making the whole experience sour. ...

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What to replace large quantities of meat with in my diet?
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I also agree with what was said about that article not being serious or backed-up by science, but I just want to add that if you are feeling hungry just from cutting down on the meat, you might also ...

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What are some good exercises to work the forearms?
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A lot of development will come from just working with progressively bigger weights, but if you really want something specific, check this list out.

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Advice on gaining weight
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Get enough sleep and eat well and healthy. Make sure you get enough vitamins, whether from diet or supplements. Assuming that you are eating "enough", make sure that the nutrients you are eating ...

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Will calories from drinking spirits effect my diet
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IMO, with alcohol, the extra calories are really not the main thing to worry about. There are a lot of other changes going on in the body. Here's a good place to start. Are you ok having a drink ...

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Interesting and competitive exercises for couples
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Do something that doesn't require strength in the traditional sense (i.e. moving large weights). For example, with yoga, I often found myself shaking and occasionally falling flat on my face, even ...

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Is it possible for an adult to significantly improve passive static flexibility?
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I haven't read any studies saying that's an issue and I would be interested in seeing one if anyone has encountered them. As far as exercise, I found that yoga greatly helped me improve flexibility (...

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How can I get a flat stomach?
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If your problem is simply fat, just regular weight loss will get you there, like md5sum said. If your problem is (either or additionally) abdominal distension, there are some exercises you can do to ...

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Can I workout six days a week with only 6 hours of sleep a night?
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Everyone is different. I wouldn't be able to workout even just 3 days a week if I was only getting 6hrs of sleep, but maybe you'll be able to. Experiment and observe :) Watch for signs of ...

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Back to the gym: should I bulk or cut first?
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Increasing your muscle mass first will raise your BMR making it easier to lose the fat afterwards. Also, I think that it will be very difficult to increase your muscle mass without putting on at least ...

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How do you motivate yourself to keep exercising?
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Every now and then I read this article by Henry Rollins. I actually printed part of it out and taped it in my living room. "The Iron Never Lies" Also, I think setting realistic goals and watching you ...

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What kind of home exercises are helpful when one trains martial arts?
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This question is too vague. How often do you train? Do you do any other sports? How is your recovery going? How intense are the workouts? If you find that you can put some extra work in there, really ...

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Exercises for a programmer sitting by the PC all day
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I wouldn't go for deadlifts right away. Yes, they are good, but chances are high that your posture has problems, your mobility is reduced and as a result your execution of DLs will suck. Focus on ...

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