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What Are Some Alternative Exercises To The Bench Press With A Barbell
Repititions: Fitness rather than bulk is a lifelong goal for many. You will do more for yourself over the years by having endurance. You can use a lighter wieght - not a struggle to press - and up the reps to 20 - 30, per set. You can do ladder progressions up and down. You can include decline, incline and flat presses in the routine. Always focusing on repititions and , if you like, muscle fatigue. Have fun. ...Read more
What are some exercises that i can do for my back and shoulder muscles with only dumbbells and a chinup bar?
I've got a bench with a barbell, dumbbells, pull up bar, and a treadmill, what are some workouts i could do to gain muscle?
Strength training : You'll want to do anaerobic exercises-short all out sprints on the treadmill with recovery periods in between; lower body exercises such as squats, lunges, box jumps, 4 plane straight leg raises; upright single leg balance work, varied ab work for your core; upper body such as pull-ups, push-ups, and other strength training w free weights and the bar-a good trainer should be able to get you going. ...Read more
What weightlifting exercises can be done while resting the biceps? For example, can I still do bench presses? What else?
Bicep injury or just: If you need to rest your bicep because of injury, then you need to rest it. Heavy bench-presses also require the use of bicep muscles to work to stabilize the arms, thus be careful. Abs, back, squat, leg exercises can be done without much use of your biceps. You may want to consult doc and/or a personal trainer to show you proper exercises. Good luck. ...Read more
Triceps.: Dumbbell exercises for the triceps include sitting overhead triceps extensions (either with one heavy dumbbell raised overhead with both hands or two lighter dumbbells - one in each hand), dumbbell kickbacks (light weight) and cross-body triceps raises (done lying down with elbow straight in the air - extend dumbbell from opposite chest straight up in line with elbow). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What are the best daily exercises to strengthen a partially dislocated patella? I'm a bodybuilder and I have access to most of the exercising machines
Recommended rehab: Patella subluxation/ dislocation rehab focuses on stregthening the surrounding muscles to compensate for ligament laxity. Most subl/ disloc occur laterally (moves outward), & if this is the case with you, focusing on medial (inside) musculature would be recommended. There is also a brace that may be helpful. Before returning to exercises have a x-ray to check for bone or cartilage damage. ...Read more
What are the health benefits of yoga? can it help me tone up and be more fit in combo with other exercises?
What are the enduring implications to my appearance of pec augmentation? Will pec augmentation cause my chest to look bulky or unnatural should I decide to begin a workout program and amass more lean muscle in my chest?
It : It would certainly be advisable to engage in a vigorous exercise routine prior to any augmentation. It you can attain the mass you expect without augmentation, this would be ideal. Pec implants may be encapsulated by scar tissue over the long term. This can distort the chest and create a distorted appearance or pain. There is far more data regarding breast implants than pec implants, because breast implants are more common. Breast implants tend to thin the overlying muscle and can also be complicated by capsular contracture (internal scarring). If you decide to proceed with this surgery, i would visit at least 2 board certified plastic surgeons. I hope this helps! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What are some effective exercises that don't involve bending your spine? I get headaches from cobra, etc
Get evaluation: If cobra pose and other extension biased exercises give you headaches, it's possible you have arthritis of the spine, specifically the c2-3 facet joint. I recommend having this evaluated and treated so that you can move your neck freely without pain. The best speciality to diagnose and treat the problem is a pain medicine specialist. Treatment does not involve surgery in the traditional sense. ...Read more
What to do at the gym to loose weight and strengthen lower back. I would like some guidance as to which machines to use at the gym?
Work with trainer: For questions about specific machines at the gym, work with a personal trainer at the gym. Set aside some time with him or her first to explain your needs (including your back issues if you have them). The trainer can create an overall exercise program to meet your goals. At first it's probably best to have some private workout sessions with him/her, so you know what you're doing. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can you tell me about if the weight of performing deadlifts and squats will worsen a calf strain, even though there's no direct stretching of the muscle?
The calf muscles: still have to work even though you may not be stretching them,during the squats and deadlifts. Generally it is good idea to rest for a while, to give time for the strained muscle to heal, before starting the work out routine again, because you can keep aggravating the injured muscle repeatedly and prolong the recovery and delay the healing. Good luck ...Read more
Biceps curls: Biceps curls and flies are the two best. ...Read more
Yes: Single-arm dumbbell curls for biceps, dumbbell kickbacks for triceps, and side lateral raises for shoulders. ...Read more
I can't bench press or do as many push ups anymore because of pain in the shoulder joints. What can the problem be?
Several possibilitie: You may have strained your shoulder muscles. You might also be overtraining. Too much weight and/ or lifting too frequently. You need at least 72 hrs between workouts. Rest is a vital part of training! finally make sure you are eating well, including enough calories, protein and calories and staying hydrated. Check w a certified professional trainer if more guidance would be helpful. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Several: While standing, take a deep breath in and suck your gut in and hold it there then exhale keeping your stomach in for 10 seconds & repeat as often as you want. Lying on your back, raises both extended legs that are straight out with the heels 6 inches off the ground & hold for a count of 10 seconds and do this 10 times repeated in 3 sets. ...Read more
Minimize hip stress: In order to be able to successfully exercise and loose weight, you want to minimize the weight bearing stress on your bad hip. Water exercises or aquatherapy, recumbent bicycle, elliptical trainers are good choices. Avoid impact loading activities such as treadmill, running or jogging. Consult with a physical therapist who can be an excellent resource to help you with this goal. ...Read more
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