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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Weight Training (Definition)

This is an exercise program focusing on strength training via use of resistance. The weights used can be barbells, dumb bells, track machines with ...Read more


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I am a scoliotic guy and most of my life I wasn't allowed to carry heavy things. Is it safe for me to body - build/go to gym/weight-lift?

I am a scoliotic guy and most of my life I wasn't allowed to carry heavy things. Is it safe for me to body - build/go to gym/weight-lift?

Yes: For the vast majority of patients with scoliosis, there is not really a set restriction, including playing contact sports such as football. Like anyone else, you would like to avoid repetitively injuring or aggravating your back which Is sometimes a trial and error process. ...Read more

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How much protein grams / kg of my body mass is it safe to intake over a day, if i weight-lift 4-5 times a week? (to avoid kidney problems etc.) ?

How much protein grams / kg of my body mass is it safe to intake over a day, if i weight-lift 4-5 times a week? (to avoid kidney problems etc.) ?

1-2 grams/kg: Average would be one gram of protein per kg of body weight. Two would be the upper limit of grams per kg of body weight to take as protein if you want to avoid kidney problems. Always keep yourself well hydrated with at least a gallon of water a day to keep the kidney working and help flush out excess protein. ...Read more

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Should I weight-lift every day for maximum results?

Should I weight-lift every day for maximum results?

Weight lift: No you should weight lift the same muscles everyday. Your muscles need a recovery time in between weight lifting sessions for maximum result. Every other day is fine or use different muscle groups if you want to lift daily. ...Read more

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Is it okay to weight lift if I have herniated disks?

Is it okay to weight lift if I have herniated disks?

Carefully: You need to do lifts that do not increase the strain on your back. The bench press or arm curls are good choices. It would be bette to do more core strengthening exercises to take some of the load off your back and bulging discs. ...Read more

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Can I weight lift even though I have diverticulitis?

Can I weight lift even though I have diverticulitis?

Within reason: Disease convalescence is viewed very differently today. Not many docs tell their patients to stay in bed till they are completely well. When you are feeling good enough to exercise, please do. Just don't over do it to cause yourself harm. The general recommendation is usually to bring up the level slowly as tolerated. ...Read more

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Is there really no issue that i weight lift as a 16 year old?

Is there really no issue that i weight lift as a 16 year old?

Weight lifting teens: If you have proper form and know what you are doing it can be safe to lift weights as a 16 year old. Be careful that you don't over do it, make sure you rest muscle groups, and make sure you work opposing muscle groups as well. Drink lots of water, pay attention to proper nutrition, and get sleep to recover as well. ...Read more

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If I have a herniated disk, is it unsafe to weight lift?

Depends: If your disk herniation is acute (within the last few months), most spine experts suggest limiting heavy lifting until the pain subsides. When lifting is resumed, it should be gradual, starting with low resistance and more repetitions before adding to resistance. Check with your provider for specific guidelines in your personal situation. ...Read more

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