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    ask your questions here, plenty of experienced...

    ask your questions here, plenty of experienced folk

    Thanks, I appreciate the knowledge here, but I'm looking for someone to help me on my form with squat as I move from smith machine to open rack,...
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    trainer question

    I’m very happy at my gym; it is the best equipped in the area (indoor track, pool and enormous basketball court, and everything else you would expect). It’s also very inexpensive, across the street...
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    the dreaded squat - two questions

    I’m still new to “the squat” - two months with good progress. I thought that I had done well as an older guy with worn out knees – I was reaching parallel on every rep. When I started, I would...
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    Not that anybody replied, but I got past it. I...

    Not that anybody replied, but I got past it. I just kept doing the same 4 sets of bodyweight dips (after 1 set with the lightest assist to warm up) and eventually that weird sternum pain went from...
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    what is this called, and does it work?

    I have read (a couple of times) about an ‘alternating’ diet plan for guys who are still new to the gym and trying to gain and lose at the same time. (I’m not saying this is sensible or even...
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    dip question

    Any dip experts out there? I made good progress in about 6 wks – from NO bodyweight dips to sets of 8, by using the assisted dip machine. Now I just do 1 assisted set with the lightest amount of...
  7. finding a Los Angeles area trainer for specific task ?

    Question for Los Angeles area readers

    I have completed two months of weight training at the downtown LA YMCA after 20+ years away from the gym. I’m trying to do all the right things, mainly...
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    Thanks for all of the responses. And regarding...

    Thanks for all of the responses.

    And regarding "best" - I should have been more specific. I was looking for the basic move that is a good all around exercise. One that works the entire muscle...
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    best curl exercise

    I’m trying to keep things simple and keep the number of different exercises to a minimum. I’m not doing any small isolation movements, except curls. I wasn’t even doing those, except I stopped...
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    To lose that last 5lbs around the belly that only...

    To lose that last 5lbs around the belly that only showed up after 45. It was the last weight on and it seems to be the last weight to go. I'm already doing 3 or 4 day per week strength training...
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    HIIT question

    Question about HIIT

    Our ‘Y’ has an indoor track and I’ve started using it for twice a week HIIT sessions, alternating a relaxed jog and sprints.

    Which is more important for this type of...
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    another body fat percentage question

    Okay, a question about these body fat calculations based on measured thickness of ‘pinch points.” There are several variations using between 3 and 9 different measurement locations. But my...
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    There is simply no reason to risk injury for any...

    There is simply no reason to risk injury for any small isolation work like that.

    OK, I'm confused. I thought the pull-over was one of the "big compound exercises" not a small isolation...
  14. Thanks, that''s so obvious I feel like an idiot. ...

    Thanks, that''s so obvious I feel like an idiot. One of the first things a freshman engineer learns is that a few pulleys will allow you to lift a thousand pounds with just a few pounds of force. ...
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    alternative to DB pullover?

    alternative to DB pullovers?

    Pullovers are one of my favorites, but my left shoulder is forcing me to stop doing them. Everything is okay on the pull-over part, its when I am letting the weight...
  16. very long question about body-weight pull-ups and dips

    After decades away from the gym, I started back up on 01AUG-2016. So far, so good; my 50-something year old joints keep me from performing a couple of exercises, but I have found that there are...
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    calculating maintenance level calories

    With all of the variables that are involved (age, height/weight, metabolism, how often, how long and how hard you work out, what the rest of your day is like, etc… How the heck are we supposed to...
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    question about doing the math

    With all of the variables that are involved (age, height/weight, metabolism, how often, how long and how hard you work out, what the rest of your day is like, etc… How the heck are we supposed to...
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    Just Push, Pull? No Legs?? Squats are the...

    Just Push, Pull? No Legs??

    Squats are the first exercise on "Push" day
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    sets ?

    In 90% of ‘beginner’ training routines, workouts tend to be organized around 3 sets per exercise. As I’m doing a simplified push / pull split (Mon / Thu pull, Tue / Fri push), I’ve got a...
  21. "energy" product to get you ready for workout

    As I work out during the day, when I can get away from work for an hour / hour and a half, I do not work out at the same time every day. It can be as early as 11am, or as late as 5pm. Some times,...
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    beginner diet / protein question

    After three weeks at the gym and trying to eat well, I decided to get serious and track my daily food intake for one week; everything that passes my lips gets written down. Nothing too surprising...
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    careful using this apparatus especially with squatting

    Could you explain, as I thought the purpose of this was to be safe when working out alone?
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    those sudden pounds that show up at 50

    Typical 50-something back at the gym after a long time away. After a lifetime of *no* bodyfat, there is suddenly a stubborn 5lbs around the middle. Doesn’t sound like a lot, but take a naturally...
  25. Hammer Strength version of "smith machine" - how does weight load compare?

    Our gym (Y) has the Hammer Strength version of what everyone calls a "smith machine". (Rack where the bar travels on vertical rails with safety hooks) As someone just getting back into lifting...
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    bodyweight core exercises ?

    Mid-fifties guy who had been away from the gym for *many* years; started back up on 01AUG at one of the best equipped Y’s I’ve ever seen (downtown LA).

    Although I never had a fat issue, now in my...
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