Mephisto
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How different or "sub-optimal" is Deadlift if performed with reverse grip (both hands)?
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I just want to add the results of my own "investigations" on the subject (although the answer I accepted is still OK). First, my old injury is gone and the problem was the incorrect form. After ...

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Why is swimming considered a safe exercise?
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If you are young and you have no past injuries to your knee ligaments, I suggest you don't give up running but rather focus on a better running technique, lowering your mileage for some time, changing ...

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Breathless after 50m front crawl
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Simply practising a swim style again and again does not necessarily makes you swim better. Moreover, you might be reinforcing the bad aspects in your technique. What you need to include in your ...

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Free weights or body weight exercises?
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Have a look at the book "Convict Conditioning" by Paul Wade. I gave more information about that book and some free internet resources related, in this answer. The author teaches how to build strength ...

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Doing rotator cuff exercises prior to bench press and shoulder press and any other exercises
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It is a very bad idea. The main role of the rotator cuff muscles is positioning the center of the Humerus head in the precise place during each movement (avoiding the dreaded humeral head migration), ...

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How to strengthen *very gently* your grip in order to safely perform chin-ups? Are wrist wraps good?
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More than a year has passed. This is what eventually worked for me: isometric exercises with tennis balls. I built up slowly each third day, from two to four sets of five to ten "reps", where a "rep" ...

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My back is weak, how to train carefully with a chin up bar?
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When "software engineer" and "upper trapecius contractures" are written side to side, they powerfully ring a bell. This is quite common. Many hours seated, hunched, with no attention to your body ...

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What exercises can someone with Ligamentous laxity do for supple and strong muscles
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Don't choose my answer. Wait for more knowledgeable people. I just want to give some suggestions. First, building muscle is very difficult. You shouldn't fear becoming bulky, it will not happen ...

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How do you maintain a healthy shoulder?
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Here are some strategies I have found to be useful. Do not program a separate shoulder day. Prefer push/pull split routines instead. Otherwise your supraspinatus and front deltoids will work twice (...

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Squatting with dumbbells. Cannot reach parallel. Is it really important?
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Just stand on a simple, cheap wooden block. Just that simple. You can make it out of several thick wooden boards glued together.

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Tabata Training-- should I separate upper and lower body?
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This is not an answer to your question, but I have something useful to say for your situation, and it is too long for a comment. Because of joint issues I've had to stop hard weight training As ...

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gym 3 times a week no muscle gain
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Did you do any progress regarding the weigths you use for those exercises? (that information is missing in your question). If you have been able to increase the weigths more or less steadily, then you ...

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How to improve free stroke swimming skill
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This of course has to do with your swimming technique, and it is quite normal. Unlike running, swimming requires that part of your training is specifically devoted to learning the technique. That is, ...

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Specific weigthlifting protocol to strengthen tendons, regardless of hypertrophy or any other goal
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What my new therapist uses to prescribe in order to help healing not very severe tendon problems is slow eccentric exercises, aka negative phases, with very light weights, two or three sets, three ...

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Any Good workout plan for beginner?
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All programs in www.bodybuilding.com have two things in common: A lot of pressure on the idea that you need supplements, An enormous volume per workout, so that it is ensured that you will be ...

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Is my modified Stronglifts 5X5 a balanced one?
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While I cannot compete with the wisdom and experience of Berin, I want to add my point of view on StrongLift 5x5 and similar programs. I am in rehab for having pushed too hard and injured my ...

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Is there a name for the exercises that don't use dumbbells?
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Is there a word that describes exercises done using only your own body? Yes. That kind of exercises is called calisthenics (see Wikipedia), or you may spell it callisthenics in US english. It comes ...

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Tightness in tendon - what can I do to fix it?
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You might find this post in T-nation very interesting. A summary: a study with runners suffering from an Achilles tendon injury, healed very well by performing eccentric exercises, aka negative phases....

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What is a good workout logger that help me keep track of my training progress?
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There are some nice Android applications for free, like Lifting Log and Fit77 for general weight training; LiftBig specifically for SL5x5, or HIIT, that will additionally help you with your cardio. ...

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How to combine running and squating within the week so that stress on the knees is reduced?
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More than a year has passed since I wrote the question. In the meantime I became a serious runner (basically because a shoulder surgery forced me to either running or staying a couch potato). My ...

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I'm trying to build mass, and I had a great upper body workout yesterday, but I only got about an hour and a half of sleep last night
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I know how much that sucks because it happens to me too from time to time. I don't think it is a fully wasted workout. I am doing a linear progression. Each time when I don't get a minimum amount of ...

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What are some safe chest exercise for people with shoulder impingement?
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Push ups. ONLY IF THEY ARE PAINLESS. It goes without saying that, if your feel shoulder pain during push ups or any other exercise, you should stop immediately (ignoring this puts you under risk of ...

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Why does my max heart rate not go above 140 bpm?
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Im older than you (42) but my rest heart rate is at present 63 bpm too. Surprisingly, 140 bpm is another coincidence as well: I have it really hard to go higher than that at the stationary bike. I ...

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Leg extension machine: Calculate calories burned and watt
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I will tell you how to do it from the point of view of physics. But please take into account that this may or may not be useful, since your muscles are supposed to burn fuel based too on the time ...

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Effects of adjusting set range instead of rep range
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There are a bunch of sound scientific studies on that question (Hans et al. 2000 / Rhea et al. 2002 / Bors et al. 2001 / Wolfe et al. 2004) essentially suggesting that performing more than 2~3 sets ...

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How can I ensure I am working the muscles in each leg equally?
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I suggest you build up strength gradually by doing leg presses but pushing with one leg only (of course, alternate legs, although the strongest one will not benefit much until the weakest one catches ...

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Which side to begin with, doing alternating exercises?
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When playing chess against the computer I have a trick to quickly decide if I am going to be white or black. If the date is odd (eg. July 21) I play black. If it is even (eg. July 22) I play white. ...

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I am out of shape, what exercises should I use for a brief calisthenic workout in the morning?
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Have a look at the old and famous 5BX progressive program developed in the 60s by the Royal Canadian Air Force and tested by many during decades. It was ment to keep in shape their staff in all kind ...

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Best reference material or app for creating a workout regimine to loose weight?
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I can't think of a definition of "Bible of working out" better than the marvellous, free site EXRX. As a suggestion, you may want to start by having a look at their Beginner's page, or go directly to ...

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How much do I need to sleep?
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Every person is different, but there is a simple way to gauge your personal sleep needs. You need an alarm clock, a notebook and two weeks. Set the alarm clock at the very same hour each day (...

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