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Lifting Weights For Your Obliques
There are options: You could do isometric exercises. This means that you use your own body to create resistance. Imagine pushing against a door that is already locked, this generates muscle contraction but you aren't lifting anything heavy. Also aqua aerobics is a good option. You will have resistance from the water but again you don't have to lift anything heavy. Talk to your primary doctor to get their blessing. ...Read more
Could lifting weights count as strength training, or is doing squats, crunches, kickbacks, etc strength training?
Strength training: Training your muscles for increased strength and endurance should be a gradual process to avoid injuries. Lifting your own body weight such as in pushups, pullups, squats, lunges has similar benefit for staying fit. A good healthy diet plan is a must. Avoid junk calories and focus on nutrition with veggies and fruits. Stay regular and consistent. Good luck. ...Read more
Both: It will build muscle but not as much bulk. Lighter weights/more reps tend to be best for toning. ...Read more
Best strength training exercises for strong back. posture and long lean torso? what do you recommend, rows, dead-lifts, plank, etc?
Squats: with your back flat against a wall.Do sets of 10 and add 1 set/week.Straight leg raising . ...Read more
Take it easy: You can put a lot of strain on your neck with weightlifting and it can be a common cause of disc herniation. For weight lifting, try lowering weight, increasing reps and avoiding any exercises with increased flexion or extension of neck. For sit-ups, try doing crunches instead. The hands behind the head with situps can put a great deal of pressure on your neck and cause pain and injury. ...Read more
Different: As one isn't necessarily better than the other. They serve different purposes and ideally you would incorporate both resistance training along withe aerobic training into your exercise routine. This allows you to reap the most benefits and fits in alignment with the American Heart Associations optimal exercise recommendations. ...Read more
With a tailbone injury can you do strength training w weights ie squats,leg press, hip abducter and cardio - elliptical?
Varies: It varies somewhat based on the severity of the injury. If it is a fracture, you would be well suited to avoid exercises that put extra strain on that area such as seated military press, etc for 6-8 weeks. If it was more of a soft tissue injury, than basically you would just try to keep your activities to such a level that your pain is not aggravated, but could increase them as tolerated. ...Read more
Get expert advice: It's best to talk to an expert like a certified personal trainer who has experience with pregnant women, sports medicine doctor, physical therapist or exercise physiologist, especially if you weren't doing resistance training before getting pregnant. General recommendation is to lift lighter weights than you were doing before pregnancy. ...Read more
Depending on what: Type of weight lifting you are doing, it may bulk up arm muscles or tone them but it will not specifically cause you to lose fat on your arms. Spot fat loss does not occur naturally. By losing weight in general a certain amt will probably be arm fat. However, we don't get to chose what area of the body the fat is lost from. Eat healthfully ; be physically active. Calories burned must > calories. ...Read more
If you don't balance: Most people will preferentially work out the front of the body. Like chest, biceps, abdomen. This pulls everything forward and you can end up with a rounded upper back and shoulders. Make sure you balance this out with toning the upper and lower back muscles and stretch the pectorals to help your shoulder blades sit back. The mens olympic gymnastics team needs to work on this too! check them out. ...Read more
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