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Doctor insights on: How To Work Out Upper Back Muscles Without Weights

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Can bicycling work out your pectoral muscles?

Can bicycling work out your pectoral muscles?

Not really: Bicycling is great exercise for your legs but doesn't do much for your upper body. ...Read more

Muscle (Definition)

It is a body tissue that has the ability to contract. It shortens and generates force. It relaxes and returns to its original length. Muscles move joints, stabilize the body, move air and food through the organs, act as valves for bladder, bowel and other organs. They control movement of the eyes. They help us express ourselves by changing the shape of our ...Read more


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I pulled muscles in upper back doing weight training. What should I do to heal them?

I pulled muscles in upper back doing weight training.  What should I do to heal them?

Rest, water: Rest them, get a massage, and drink plenty of water. Typically muscles should heal within a week if you do those things. Not improving....See your doctor. ...Read more

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Back of neck tightened up after lifting weights. Can I go back to that weight?

Back of neck tightened up after lifting weights. Can I go back to that weight?

Likely: Sounds like muscle spasms and without other symptoms. Most spasms can be treated effectively with some rest (initially), medication (anti-inflammatories such as ibuprofen, pain medications, and/or muscle relaxants), heat/ice and appropriate amounts of low impact exercise/stretching/physical therapy. After improving you should be able to return to same weight, unless it does it again. ...Read more

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Can doing push ups even out my arm muscles?

Can doing push ups even out my arm muscles?

Hard to do...NO: You use your chest pectoral muscles to do pushup and many if not all the muscles in your hand, forearm and arm. These muscles are firing jsut to keep your arm, elbow wrist and fingers in balance, much as all the muscles of you rack, core and lower limb are active when walking. If you have aninjury, deficit or disability talk to your doctor, trainer, therapist for possible alternatives. ...Read more

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What's an effective way to work the muscles in my lower butt and upper thighs with out going to the gym.?

What's an effective way to work the muscles in my lower butt and upper thighs with out going to the gym.?

Lunges, squats: If you don't have any risk factors that will prevent you from exercising: http://otwithmd.Com/5-things-you-should-know-before-starting-your-exercise-routine/ consider starting a exercises involving lunges and squats. These exercises will work your gluteal and thigh muscles. ...Read more

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How to work out chest without a bench?

How to work out chest without a bench?

Pushups: Pushups can be done in many configurations. I would consider borrowing the p90x chest dvd to get some ideas. ...Read more

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How to work out flexor muscle for bigger quads?

How to work out flexor muscle for bigger quads?

Stair climbing: The psoas and quadriceps (rectus femoris) are your strongest hip flexor muscles. Simple stair climbing whereby you lift your leg against gravity and move vertically constitutes real work and recruits all hip flexors to generate force and increase stregth and endurance. Similarily, leg extensions in the gym also work the rectus femoris (knee extensor and hip flexor). These are just 2 of many. ...Read more

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How to loosen tight hamstring muscles and core muscles from work outs?

How to loosen tight hamstring muscles and core muscles from work outs?

Stretching: Stretching stretching stretching. Unfortunately, there is no easy way out here. Stretching at the end of a workout gets great results for muscle and tendon lengthening. Stretching 6 hours and 24 hours later reduces swelling that naturally results from muscle workouts. So the answer is stretching stretching stretching! ...Read more

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Will I get visible results working out my pecs without weights?

Will I get visible results working out my pecs without weights?

Varies: Varies somewhat, does not necessarily require the use of weights, but usually does require some form of resistance exercise. Push-ups are a good example. ...Read more

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What exercises will help me build back muscles after a humerus fracture?

Excercises: Work on resistive excercises focused on strengthening your rotator cuff or muscles around your shoulder and then do triceps and biceps excercises. You can work against a rubber band as light waistbands at first. Your fracture should be healed and you should consult with your doctor and physical therapist. ...Read more

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Have neck oa. Getting upper back spasms with overhead strength training (5lb). How else can I strengthen my arms and upper back?

Have neck oa. Getting upper back spasms with overhead strength training (5lb). How else can I strengthen my arms and upper back?

Several Options: You many consider having a functional evaluation with a physical therapist to provide a regimen to minimize any neck mediated symptoms and also evaluate your overall functional mobility for areas of improvement. You may also find doing these exercises supine rather than upright may take some stress off your neck. ...Read more

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How to work out my hamstrings?

How to work out my hamstrings?

Squats: Squats, leg curls, romanian dead lifts,and nordic hamstring ...Read more

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What are good exercises to strengthen back and legs . I'm 6'8" and can't do a squat or push-up . Getting that low is hard to bounce back from. ?

What are good exercises to strengthen back and legs . I'm 6'8" and can't do a squat or push-up . Getting that low is hard to bounce back from. ?

Water excercises: Excercises in water could be one way of increasing range of motion. Also, as you get stronger, you could go in more shallow water as you get used to the increased weight on the lower extremities ...Read more

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How can I tighten my vagina muscles without working out ...

How can I tighten my vagina muscles without working out ...

Kegel exercise : Try kegel exercises or ben- wa balls. Kegel exercises involve contracting the muscles you would use as if you were trying to hold in your urine. ...Read more

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What are some good exercises to strengthen the back muscles (i have chronic back pain from sitting down at work)?

"superman" exercise: Back injuries should always be checked by your doctor, especially if chronic or if one experiences symptoms down the leg(s). The superman exercise is ideal for strengthening the back muscles. Lie on your stomach, arms outstretched in front; lift the rt. Arm/shoulder and left leg/hip off the floor for 5 seconds, then repeat on the opposite side, do 12 sets, twice a day. ...Read more

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Trying to strengthen upper back muscles using therabands due to having chronically overstretched muscles. They keep burning after exercise. Any ideas?

Trying to strengthen upper back muscles using therabands due to having chronically overstretched muscles. They keep burning after exercise. Any ideas?

Common: What you describe is common after exercise. Especially if the muscles are chronically overstretched. As you strengthen these muscles, often this can take several weeks to months you should see a decrease in the burning sensation. If it does not subside, then maybe have the sports med doc look into a nerve impingement as a source of this burning sensation. ...Read more