Wow, I have not heard that! I will try only stretching after my workouts then. I feel like I get very stiff if I don't stretch, but maybe that's just in my head?@Pepperminty
Stretching BEFORE work-out is the surest way I know to weaken your muscles, increasing the likelihood of damaging yourself.
Stretching is ok to do after a work-out. There's no obvious gains to do stretching, says science.
As how much I do it? Only when I feel the muscles getting very stiff.
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.
16 to 15% is not a healthy bodyfat for a woman to maintain consistently. Its okay to get down there sometimes (I am right now) but 18 to 20 is a little better and you will feel a big difference.15-20% seems reasonable and healthy for a woman. The only and best way to get it down and keep it down is excercise and a balanced diet. Trade soft drink for water to keep the sugar intake down and to detox your system so it will be more receptive to losing weight. Starving your body only causes your body to go into survival mode and will store even more fat so the moment you stop starving yourself you will put it all back on. In general fluctuating your eating habits is bad for you and ineffective. For excercise go for high heart rate activities the best of which probably being interval training especially running and rowing. Do 400m sprints with 1 minute rests inbetween or hill sprints.
So to recap, dont bully your body into the shape you want, detox and eat balanced, properly portioned meals and try snacking instead of having 3 large square meals a day. Excercise in high tempo as it burns fat the best.
I hope this helps
How heavy are you squatting? Basically knee sleeves help keep your joints warm they don't really help one squat more (maybe 5 lbs or something idk) I will ask my trainer about the lunge thing tomorrow. I had bad knees from other sports and it could be from your knees going in or habits that have nothing to do with lunges or even working out. Do you work on your upper body form when doing lunges?Wow, I have not heard that! I will try only stretching after my workouts then. I feel like I get very stiff if I don't stretch, but maybe that's just in my head?
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.
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.
You really have to find what works for you and what you want to achieve. If you want to go the bodybuilder/bikini route its going to be much different than training for strength. Make sure you have the flexibility to do all exercises correctly though, and make sure you can do everything correctly before you add on tons of weight. If you download myfitnesspal you can put in your body composition goals and track your macros, which I really recommend in the beginning when you find a diet that works for you. After you get a better idea of what/how much you can eat per day you don't necessarily need to do that every day, I usually just track new foods and occasionally track a day to make sure I'm still on track. You should really ask a dietician for help though if you are serious about it, it really helps with understanding how it all works.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?
Before I went to an actual gym I studied various vids on youtube showing and telling perfect/correct techniques. Then I went to try it out with light or no weights for a couple of hours effective time. Dare to start light. Some exercises can cause unexpected injuries.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?
I'm by no means any expert within yoga, but living in Australia I'm completely aware of (since I have attended many sessions of) free yoga classes that "Lululemon" holds every Sunday at each of their stores. The professional yoga teachers there will happily give you "better" advice than many.. Although, I'm starting to think that Lululemon maybe an Australian only franchise.. If so, I apologise.. Ha! There's definitely other similar franchises that could help you out. Places that sell yoga mats. Inquire withinI have not been looking for expert advice, mainly just if anyone had some info on yoga and what would be the best types that someone like myself would be looking to and the like, etc
Is that story true or just a fake story created to inspire people?
Although I maybe fit and good for giving some decent advice for fitness, it just don't feel right. I will however return with better advice than I previously had before.. For your sakes, not mine.. In the meantime I hope you're all killing it!
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