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Doctor insights on: How To Do Flat Bench Lying Leg Raises

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If I do leg workouts like squats and leg presses and calf raises. Do they make me faster if I do them?

If I do leg workouts like squats and leg presses and calf raises. Do they make me faster if I do them?

Presses for speed: Doing strength exercises will augment your speed to some degree. There is no substitute for old fashioned sprints and intervals on the track though. ...Read more

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Can't do leg raises when laying on back or raise up on own from lying down pos w/out assistance or pain/limb weakness/gait prob/sacroiliac arthrts. ?

Can't do leg raises when laying on back or raise up on own from lying down pos w/out assistance or pain/limb weakness/gait prob/sacroiliac arthrts. ?

Needs to be checked: You have high blood pressure and history of 3+ edema in legs/ankles.We do not know the cause of it.Apparently you have some vhronic medical conditions and now you have which seem like some neuromuscular condition causing weakness and gait problem you need to discuss all of it with your treating doctor and may need referal to a neurologist and others like gastroenterologist for diarrhea for 10 yrs. ...Read more

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Back injury(l5-s1). Told to do clamshell exercise. By five reps can't lift top leg from bottom leg. Curious why that would be?

Back injury(l5-s1).  Told to do clamshell exercise.  By five reps can't lift top leg from bottom leg.  Curious why that would be?

Sciatic nerve: Hi Sharik, it sounds like you may be aggravating the sciatic nerve. Keep rehabbing and doing your exercises. Eventually, it will get better. Hope that helps ...Read more

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How should I do hips, thigh, butt exercise without squats or lunges?

How should I do hips, thigh, butt exercise without squats or lunges?

Trainer: I would recommend educating yourself with a good pt or atc to understand body mechanics and then start with low or no weight until you get stoner. ...Read more

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I hate lying on the ground, it hurts! how can I do effective ab workouts without laying on the ground?

I hate lying on the ground, it hurts! how can I do effective ab workouts without laying on the ground?

DIet: Leaning yourself for good muscle definition is about dieting and aerobic exercise, not muscle. Building the abs muscles without lying down can be accomplished easily using a pull-down cable setup as in the photo. ...Read more

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Do you use different muscles when you do leg lifts as compared to doing sit ups?

Do you use different muscles when you do leg lifts as compared to doing sit ups?

Yes: Sit ups work the abs and do not work the legs, leg lifts work the legs predominately, with some ab involvement. ...Read more

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Pain in lower abdominal muscle on left side only when doing decline bench curls or straight left leg lift laying down? What to do? Maybe hip flexor?

Pain in lower abdominal muscle on left side only when doing decline bench curls or straight left leg lift laying down?  What to do?  Maybe hip flexor?

Need exam: Your location of your pain could indeed be due to a hip flexor/adductor muscle strain but it could be several other things as well, including hernias and other intraabdominal or pelvic causes. See your family physician for exam and possible referral to specialist. Good luck! ...Read more

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Is it safe to lift weights above your head or lateral raises if you have pelvic organ prolapse (while seated on an exercise ball)?

Is it safe to lift weights above your head or lateral raises if you have pelvic organ prolapse (while seated on an exercise ball)?

Valsalva pressure: Whenever one holds a breath and strains down to defecate, urinate or lift weights, the suspended pelvic organs tend to do a "deep dive" towards the floor of the pelvis, putting a gravitational strain on the same. In other words,, the pelvic organs will tend to prolapse even further then they have if weights are continuously lifted. ...Read more

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I want a flat butt and slimmer thighs. Can it be possible only with flat treadmill running? I dont want to do squats and lunges.

I want a flat butt and slimmer thighs. Can it be possible only with flat treadmill running? I dont want to do squats and lunges.

My guess is you will: need to do something more than "flat treadmill running" but can probably meet your goals without squats and lunges. Jumping rope or stair climbing would probably be good. Various websites I consulted showed workouts that included other exercises beside squats and lunges (what's wrong with those??). I would consult a recommended personal trainer. Good wishes:) ...Read more

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Right leg getting better workout than left leg. What exercises can I do to even it out?

Right leg getting better workout than left leg. What exercises can I do to even it out?

The way to get: Around this is to incorporate unilateral(one sided) training. This will allow you to focus more on the weak side without allowing the stronger side to compensate. For basically every exercise out there, there is both a bilateral and unilateral version. ...Read more

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My legs ache when I use them to much or not enough, if I bend them eg. Squat, sit on certain chairs, cross my legs. What's wrong with them?

Many reasons: It is normal for the muscles in your legs to ache after excessive use, ie exercise. That is normal response. If you have pain at rest, it may represent delayed onset post-exercise soreness or other sources of myopathies. There are specific diseases that can cause muscle soreness as well as some medications. It is best to discuss this with your doctor. ...Read more

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Why does my thigh cramp every time I do any side leg raises or lifts?

Reasons are many!: You may be doing to many. Find out when it occurs and back off, until you do not experience discomfort. Since it is present during the activity, and not at other times, it cannot be trochanteric bursitis. Illiotibial band syndrome is another possibility, but i think you are over doing it! ...Read more

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Can you tell me how is dumbbell bench press almost equivalent to barbell bench press?

Can you tell me how is dumbbell bench press almost equivalent to barbell bench press?

Dumbbells are harder: Dumbbells require each arm to recruit more surrounding shoulder muscles to help balance the weight which means you are working harder (given the same weight). The bench press is a great exercise as well, but it does work a more specific muscle group and is intrinsically more stable because both arms are linked in trying to balance the moving weight load. ...Read more

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Walking on your toes - can doing this exercise get you toned legs?

Walking on your toes - can doing this exercise get you toned legs?

Moving the leg in : Both directions would tone the legs better not just "plantarlexion" or moving the foot downward. Walking on the toes is similiar to walking in high heel. Definition is seen but excercising the muscle will bring out more definition. ...Read more

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How can I build thigh muscles while sitting down?

How can I build thigh muscles while sitting down?

Extension exercise: You may build your thigh muscles with extension exercise of your legs against gravity while adding weight over your ankles. Keep it up. ...Read more