Berin Loritsch
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How should I push past a training plateau for 100 push-up challenge?
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Your muscles only build while they are resting. Exercise breaks them down and works them hard. When you are not working your muscles, they start rebuilding themselves and making them strong. In ...

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Are calories the only important aspect of a diet?
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Absolutely not. Our metabolism is a complex system of organs working together that dictate how food is used, disposed of, etc. Not to mention, based on your goals and body type, different ...

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How to breathe in lifts requiring tight core (squats, deadlifts)
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A very well thought out question. First, the technical term for holding your breath is called the Valsalva maneuver. In the world of weight lifting it has a distinct purpose: to increase the body's ...

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How does alcohol really affect gains?
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Take a look at this article on Alcohol and Nutrition Facts. It's pretty long, so I'll try to summarize the high points. Unlike proteins, carbs, and fats it cannot be stored by the body, so it takes ...

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What do I do when I see people at the gym doing exercises wrong
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Unfortunately this is a landmine... You never know how the other person is going to take it, and more often than not it is not well received. I know of people lifting much longer than I, and when ...

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Are squats with dumbbells as effective as squats with barbells?
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There is a difference, in that you are changing the load on your core. Squats are not "just a leg exercise" as many people assume that it is. There are several variations of squats, and they each ...

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What is the proper procedure for showering in a gym locker room?
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Short answer is this: when in doubt, ask management. A longer answer includes some general principles: Use your locker to store clothes, and anything you don't want in the shower with you. Lock ...

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Does eating late at night cause weight gain?
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What matters more than the time on the clock when you eat is the content and frequency. Consider the following facts about the pancreatic function: It takes 6 hours from the last carb you ate for ...

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What is wrong with CrossFit?
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The biggest problem with Crossfit really isn't Crossfit. It's the licensing model, and how quickly someone with no prior experience training people can open up their own Crossfit gym (or box as they ...

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Do protein supplements have any side-effects?
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Unfortunately, the bulk of protein study centers around its efficacy (or usefulness), not harmful side effects. That said, excess protein (beyond what the body needs to build muscle) is broken down ...

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How to lose manboobs?
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In violent agreement with Nathan Wheeler's answer, I'll just word things a bit differently. "man-boobs" are fat. I had them, and when I was heavier they even hung a little bit. Not flattering at ...

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Will wearing ankle weights all day long make any difference?
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My sensei used to work out with ankle weights and wrist weights when he was younger. This was against his sensei's advice. He would keep doing it until they wore out (and shot the metal bars out the ...

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Am I gaining fat or muscle - how can I tell?
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The most tried and true method of determining if you are gaining fat or muscle is to measure yourself. Even if you don't have a caliper, you can get a flexible measuring tape anywhere they sell ...

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I seem to lose muscle size quickly if not working out for some time. Why?
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Your body is adapting itself to the lower demands you are placing on it. There are two basic types of adaptation that your body can go through when lifting weights: Myofibrillar hypertrophy--this ...

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Knuckle vs. palm pushups
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There's an aspect not covered yet. Knuckle pushups place more stress on the bones of the hand compared to the open palm pushup. Martial artists take advantage of that fact as a way to toughen the ...

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How long can I fast without losing muscles?
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A 24 hour fast is not going to hurt you or magically cause you to lose muscle. In fact, there are several intermittent fasting (IF) approaches that talk about how to balance food, fasting, and ...

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How to overcome grip strength as sticking point for deadlifts?
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There are several methods of increasing grip strength, and some of the principles that work the best you should already be familiar with due to the bodybuilding background. First, let's look at what ...

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What is the primary difference between mixed grip and overhand grip for deadlifts?
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Double OverHand (DOH) grip is most commonly taught to beginners for a couple reasons: It feels more natural It avoids the feeling of twisting inherent in mixed grip It's more important to start ...

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What are the dangers of doing push-ups incorrectly?
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The biggest risk of injury comes from overuse, particularly if you are getting older. Body weight exercises are very safe, and the biggest real risk of not doing them correctly is wasting time ...

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Stronglifts - Why is my bench press/row progress lagging behind?
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Keep in mind that the bench and rows are using smaller muscles than the squats and deads. However for the rows to be that far behind the bench tells me you started the bench higher than the program ...

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Slow Pulse Question
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Take a look at this article: The Athlete's Heart. Looking at your exercise regimen, I think you are more of an athlete than you realize. Just biking the 8 miles a day has you putting on at least 40 ...

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Working out same muscle group two days in a row (or before full recovery)
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The underlying basic principle to exercise is the concept that in order to force your body to get stronger, you have to demand more from your body than you have in the past. This same principle is at ...

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Can I drink beer and do gym?
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Short answer: no. Longer answer has to do with a bunch of factors. First, after drinking a liter of beer, you are drunk--if not tipsy. You don't have full motor control, which means you can end up ...

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How much do empty barbells weigh?
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Olympic Bars The IPF (International Powerlifting Federation) and the IWF (International Weightlifting Federation) have set forth standards for what a barbell has to be for use in competition. These ...

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How does Voodoo Floss work?
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Essentially, what's happening is that the constriction prevents further inflammation of joints and connective tissue, as well as constricting blood flow for a bit. Once the voodoo floss (or bicycle ...

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Protein: Mixing with hot liquids
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If the protein powder is added to hot liquid, it won't mix and it does release a gas as it cooks. I've tried it before in one of those covered shakers with a whisk ball built in. Hot protein mess ...

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Gaining weight without gaining fat
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The first thing I would recommend is not using BMI to determine whether you are over or under weight. Instead go by body fat composition. That said, in order to gain weight, and not be fat you'll ...

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How can I train for a 5K while strength training with StrongLifts 5x5 and minimizing detrimental effects on either?
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If you are on StrongLifts 5x5, a beginner program, then the problems associated with endurance training and max effort training won't be severe enough to worry about. First, a 5K takes less than an ...

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Will running affect my weight training and burn muscle instead of fat?
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First, let's understand that running is a form of conditioning, which can be done either aerobically or anaerobically. There are several ways to condition, and some are compatible with weightlifting ...

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How to lose fat and gain muscle at the same time?
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The full answer is beyond my scope of understanding; however, there is only one time in a trainer's life where they can build muscle and lose fat at the same time. That's when they are a beginner and ...

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