Stiff Leg or Russian Dead Lifts Proper Form

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Question: Stiff leg deads hurt my back because our coach wants our hands to touch the floor. Coach said that’s how a friend of his that coaches at an SEC school says to do them. What muscles are they supposed to be working? Answer: Stiff leg deads, also known as Romanian, Russian or Bulgarian deadlifts, […]

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College Cardio Calorie Workout…

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Question: I ran cross country in high school and was on a summer swim team. Doing those and lifting weights Helped me get my bodyfat under ten percent. Now I’m only lifting since I’m getting ready to go to college. Should I add some running back into my workouts or should I adjust calories? Answer: […]

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The Most Challenging Thing for a Personal Trainer?

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Question: I have considered becoming a personal trainer. What is the most challenging part of being a trainer? Answer: For what we do it’s the psychology. It’s the ability of finding the keys to the personality of the individual you’re training. If you can get in their heads and convince them that they can reach […]

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Making Time to Workout and Train with a Busy Schedule

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Question: I actually work next door to a gym but it’s difficult to find time within the day to go there and often by the end of the day I’m too tired to think about training or I have “third shift” and it’s time to take care of my kids and the family. I want […]

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Flabby Arms after Weight Loss?

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Question: I have recently lost fifty pounds and while I am healthier and feel so much better about myself the backs of my arms are loose and need toning up. What are the best exercises I can do to tighten those babies up? Answer: Congratulations on your successful weight loss! Unfortunately one of the remaining […]

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How to Treat Tennis Elbow

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Question: What can I do to treat tennis elbow? It has gotten to the point it’s difficult to shake hands and destroyed my golf game. Answer: That sounds severe. First, go see an orthopedist and let the medical professional determine if you need a prescription strength anti-inflammatory as a front line treatment. If prescription strength […]

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Being Smart About Carbs and Weight Loss

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Question: I cut my carbs in an attempt to lose weight before the summer. I lost 5 pounds last week but I can’t get a pump when I train. Is that because I cut carbs? Answer: Cutting carbs to lose weight is common but consider what weight you lost. A low percentage of it is […]

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Dangers of the Barbell Snatch

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Question: A trainer from a gym recently came, as they regularly do, to our weight lifting class, and was teaching the classes how to do the Barbell Snatch. My shoulders have been sore ever since. I play football and baseball and just wonder if that is an exercise we need to do? Answer: The barbell […]

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Grow Bigger with Heavy, Deep-Bone Muscle Activation

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Question: I would like stronger, larger pecs. I usually do a warmup set of ten reps with 60 pound dumbbells. Then I do 70 pounders to failure which is about 15 reps. Between sets I do a set of abs. Next, I use 80’s for 8 to 12 reps which is failure. Finally I use […]

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Hydration for Athletes Starts 2 Days Before Event!

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Question: My son runs track in the one-mile and two-mile events. After practice, should he drink a recovery drink? Should he drink one of those pre-workout drinks? How much water should he drink on race day? Answer: Let’s address water first. Hydration is an ongoing process. It’s not something that you can do on race […]

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