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Body twisting exercise after back injury
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According to Dr Stuart McGill, twisting your spine is generally safe without a load, not safe with a load (discussed around 20:00 here). However, things may be different for people with bad backs: ...

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Do programs from books like You Are Your Own Gym and Your Body Is Your Barbell work?
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I did not have good results after six weeks, but I feel my movement patterns have gotten better. Found a lot of little snaps and twinges that I got rid of. Identified some major stabilization issues ...

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Is warmup before lifting really necessary in real world outside the gym?
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You will need warmups even when it's not a maximal effort. At age 38 I have had pain for days from lifting a 40-pound bike. I think learning how to warm up to prevent this was one of the most ...

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How to avoid calf activation in isolation leg curls/extensions?
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The gastrocnemius is a two-jointed muscle, with its origin on the condyles of the femur. Knee flexion is part of what it does. This is why you usually have to dorsiflex the ankle during lying leg ...

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For lying leg curls, should the pelvis tilt or be neutral?
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According to rdlfitness.com, you should not tilt your pelvis. Tilting the pelvis forward risks hyperextending the spine if the hips come off the bench. Tilting the pelvis backwards shortens the ...

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Should I be doing dips or push ups?
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Both bench dips and regular dips have a reputation for being bad for your shoulders. So if you start to feel any impingement, quit. Push-ups, on the other hand, if done as the push-up plus variant, ...

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can Tai chi have any health benefits for elderly people?
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This CDC Paper Tai Chi Principles for Fall Prevention in Older People lists some reasons why tai chi would be more helpful for older people than it would be for you: Increasing age is also ...

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My legs still ache 3-4 days after legs day
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Mark Rippetoe believes that DOMS is caused by eccentric muscle contraction, volume, and lack of adaptation. If working out more frequently doesn't help you adapt, then try doing leg exercises with no ...

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Once I have activated a muscle, can I stop exercising it or will it forget to fire again?
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You need to ask what caused this neurologically inhibited muscle and whether it still exists. Some say the cause is an antagonist that will not relax, which keeps the muscle from contracting ...

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How can ballet dancers deal with ingrown toenails?
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Commenters on /r/ballet said, do NOT cut them very short, they will just keep growing back. You have to let them grow to the point where they don't hurt as much and keep them at a length that ...

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