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Doctor insights on: What Are Some Alternative Exercises To The Bench Press With A Barbell

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What are some ways to stay fit with regards to using a bench press?

What are some ways to stay fit with regards to using a bench press?

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

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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?

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

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What weightlifting exercises can be done while resting the biceps? For example, can I still do bench presses? What else?

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

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What are some good hand held dumbell exercises for toning your arms?

What are some good hand held dumbell exercises for toning your arms?

Dumbell exercises: Scroll down to the dumbell arm exercises - http://www.dumbbell-exercises.com/workout-routines/#3 ...Read more

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What are some exercises i can do with dumbbells to work my triceps?

What are some exercises i can do with dumbbells to work my triceps?

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 more

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Is there anything I can do for lifting weights with a prior wrist injury? What lifts to avoid?

Is there anything I can do for lifting weights with a prior wrist injury? What lifts to avoid?

Depends: It depends on your injury as to what you should or should not do. See a hand surgeon for an appropriate evaluation before you do more damage to your wrist. ...Read more

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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

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

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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 health benefits of yoga? can it help me tone up and be more fit in combo with other exercises?

Yoga exercise: Yes, yoga is a good exercise that can be combined with other forms of exercise. It is a great technique for loosening and toning tight muscles. It is gentle with low injury risk. If you have not done I before expect to be sore! ...Read more

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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?

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 more

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What are some effective exercises that don't involve bending your spine? I get headaches from cobra, etc

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

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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?

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 more

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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?

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

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Are there any good exercises to do with a strained back?

Are there any good exercises to do with a strained back?

Pool exercises: In a warm swimming pool, you are essentially weightless. Therefore, less stress on your back. ...Read more

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What are the main exercises to avoid with a herniated disk?

What are the main exercises to avoid with a herniated disk?

Weight lifting: In general, weight lifting . A rowing machine as well if having active symptoms. Weight lifting on a bench with smaller loads and higher reps may be ok if not reproducing pain but any dead lifts or squats should be avoided. Running is ok unless it aggravates symptoms. ...Read more

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Are there any helpful exercises I can do with a single dumbbell?

Yes: Single-arm dumbbell curls for biceps, dumbbell kickbacks for triceps, and side lateral raises for shoulders. ...Read more

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I can't bench press or do as many push ups anymore because of pain in the shoulder joints. What can the problem be?

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 more

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Could you tell me what are some effective ab exercises that don't involve bending your spine?

Could you tell me what are some effective ab exercises that don't involve bending your spine?

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

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What are the best exercises for people with hip problems to lose weight?

What are the best exercises for people with hip problems to lose weight?

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