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How can I avoid back injury when I do lunges and crunches?

How can I avoid back injury when I do lunges and crunches?

Painful Lunges: Leaning forward during the lunge can prevent you from getting the fullest benefit of the exercise and may cause added back pain in the lumbar region. If you don't tuck the hip under correctly, you may end up arching your back, which will only aggravate the anterior pelvic tilt and cause pain. Additionally, the front knee must be kept from moving forward during the lunge. ...Read more

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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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What exercises can I do to strengthen my legs for roller skating?

What exercises can I do to strengthen my legs for roller skating?

Two good ones: For the sports involving leg movement, especially side to side(skating, skiing) the medicine ball thrust and the lateral band walk are good to start. In the ball thrust, take a ball in both hands, squat with the kness slightly bent, then push the ball up toward the ceiling, rising off your toes.For the band walk, side step with an elastic band around your legs just below the knees. Five per side.. ...Read more

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What causes my heel hurt when i go to do certain leg stretches?

What causes my heel hurt when i go to do certain leg stretches?

Tendonitis/fasciitis: Depending on the area of your heel that is hurting, you may be stretching an inflamed achilles tendon or an inflamed plantar fascia. Bending your ankle back and forth can irritate both these tendons. ...Read more

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My legs hurt after doing squats, lunges and hip bridges. All parts of my leg muscles hurt when walking. How can I cure this?

My legs hurt after doing squats, lunges and hip bridges. All parts of my leg muscles hurt when walking. How can I cure this?

Normal : This is normal after heavy exercise, and will be better in a couple days if you don do heavy exercise. Eventually, it will hurt less and less as your body becomes used to the exercise. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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What exercises or training can I do to improve my speed when I do karate?

What exercises or training can I do to improve my speed when I do karate?

Train for power: You should be training for power/explosiveness. Usually this is done with olympic lifts like the clean and snatch. Plyometics can be helpful. ...Read more

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What exercises can I do to prevent runners knee?

What exercises can I do to prevent runners knee?

Many options: Just avoid hitting the ground hard. You can swim or do weights and use gym equipment for exercises or simply walk but you have to do fast/brisk walking to get good and adequate exercise.. ...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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Can you tell me why when i walk short distances my feet and legs start to hurt?

Can you tell me why when i walk short distances my feet and legs start to hurt?

Support: Could be due to insufficient support of the foot and ankle. Try to put an orthotic in your shoes to provide increased support. ...Read more

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What exercises can I do to strengthen my ankle after a sprain?

What exercises can I do to strengthen my ankle after a sprain?

Proprioceptive train: Therabands work well to work on strengthening. Balance boards/bosu balls, etc. Are great for proprioceptive training. ...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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What can I do to prevent soreness when doing the backstroke?

What can I do to prevent soreness when doing the backstroke?

Arnica: Right after your swim, try massaging arnica cream into the areas that tend to get sore. ...Read more

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What can I do to loosen up my frozen shoulder that hurts when I do certain weight training excercises?

What can I do to loosen up my frozen shoulder that hurts when I do certain weight training excercises?

OMM and/or PT: Osteopathic manipulation and physical therapy can both be very helpful in treating frozen shoulder. This can be a very frustrating problem but, with proper treatment, you can get your shoulder working again. ...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?

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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