This is a discussion on Ask: The Forum's Fitness Freaks! within the Health and Fitness forums, part of the Topics of Interest category; Originally Posted by HGy Back workout for lats, shoulders, and back? Machine, no free weights Is the cable machine ok?...
So what about doing things like hip-opening and hamstring stretches? Should those just be done on their own and not before lifting? Or do you think they also have no purpose?I've considered getting some knee sleeves, but I honestly don't think I'm squatting heavy enough to warrant it. I'm still a beginner.Do you have knee sleeves? If not and you are squatting heavy I would get some. For me I know I was doing way too much volume and I started to get pain. I also find I have pain with lighter weight but when I go slightly heavier (not extremely heavy hut challenging) I have less problems. I'm not sure 10 minutes of stretching is necessary but do make sure you are warmed up I think that's probably more important unless flexibility is a major issue in which case don't do exercise you don't yet have the flexibility for.
I most often get knee pain while doing lunges, with or without weights. I've considered maybe my form is bad but have practiced in front of a mirror and the pain is the same.
Also yeah hip mobility is essential as is hamstring strength. Work on hip mobility always.
Squats shouldn't be felt in the knees. Look at your style again. The ass should be working the most.
Stretching is excellent to do while showering (be careful, do not over stretch (you'll notice it if you do thou), slippery too).
I would like to start weight lifting but I don't really know how to go about it and if there is anything I need to know or do before starting. So I would appreciate some recs or tips from more seasoned weight lifters. Any dietary recommendations?
Also @HGy I haven't seen my trainer yet, I should see them wednesday though and I promise I will ask, real life got in the way.
When it starts to get physically very demanding it is good to warm up with no weights. Reason is you want to do it close to 100% correct.
Disclaimer: Idk if same applies for machines since I'm not using them. Use internet advice at your own risk.
I'm a former cheerleader so I am flexible and I'm very fit. I wasn't asking for diet tips lol. I just wanted to know if anyone knew a good back workout because I want to strengthen my back muscles and in particular my lats. I work at a computer all day and I'm working on getting a standing desk set up. In the mean time my back has been tense and sore. I want to strengthen my back muscle so my posture is good.