Comments for AskTheTrainer.com http://www.askthetrainer.com Expert Health & Fitness Advice Wed, 27 Aug 2014 20:32:02 +0000 hourly 1 Comment on How to Lose Man Boobs by G millerhttp://www.askthetrainer.com/how-to-lose-man-boobs/#comment-15466 Wed, 27 Aug 2014 20:32:02 +0000 http://askthepersonaltrainer.com/?p=503#comment-15466 I feel really bad for you. I had to live with this for 20 years. Get a power shirt. I wish I would have found them sooner. They are by “CHESTFXPRODUCTS” if you want one. JUST GOOGLE it. It sucks when I don’t have my power shirts because my nipples stick out too!

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Comment on Total Gym Review by AskTheTrainer.comhttp://www.askthetrainer.com/total-gym-review/#comment-15452 Thu, 07 Aug 2014 19:56:37 +0000 http://www.askthetrainer.com/?p=461#comment-15452 Depends on the model, condition, and how old it is. I’m assuming you own a home version which in that case shouldn’t be too hard of a sell. If there are no tears and the unit is in good condition all around, plus you have all the equipment that came with it, you should probably try and sell it close to full price at first to see if you get any bites. If you don’t get any replies then simply start dropping the price a little (say $20 each time) until you start getting responses. Eventually you should find the right price point to entice prospective buyers. I highly recommend you sell it online via Craigslist opposed to through a garage sale for example. This should help you sell it for the best price possible. Good luck!

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Comment on Total Gym Review by Brenda Walkerhttp://www.askthetrainer.com/total-gym-review/#comment-15451 Thu, 07 Aug 2014 18:27:16 +0000 http://www.askthetrainer.com/?p=461#comment-15451 I want to sell my Total Gym which is in good condition! How much do I try to sell it for?

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Comment on Top 5 Personal Training Certifications by AskTheTrainer.comhttp://www.askthetrainer.com/top-5-personal-training-certifications/#comment-15443 Fri, 25 Jul 2014 17:59:56 +0000 http://www.askthetrainer.com/?p=7048#comment-15443 I’ve heard good things about the CI-CPT.

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Comment on Top 5 Personal Training Certifications by Kimhttp://www.askthetrainer.com/top-5-personal-training-certifications/#comment-15442 Thu, 24 Jul 2014 06:26:26 +0000 http://www.askthetrainer.com/?p=7048#comment-15442 ISSA. Really? They have an online, open book test. I would subtract ISSA and add The Cooper Institute.

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Comment on Posture Problems by Paige Westbrookhttp://www.askthetrainer.com/posture-problems/#comment-15441 Wed, 23 Jul 2014 02:13:44 +0000 http://askthepersonaltrainer.com/?p=402#comment-15441 You really need to get a golf ball muscle roller, it did wonders for my muscles flexibility, seriously check it out! zzathletics.com

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Comment on Top 10 Nutrition Tips for Weight Loss Success by Jeff Trenthttp://www.askthetrainer.com/top-10-nutrition-tips-weight-loss/#comment-15437 Sat, 19 Jul 2014 01:54:24 +0000 http://www.askthetrainer.com/?p=7091#comment-15437 All good advice except the calorie counting part. Calories in does NOT equal calories out!!! While we’ve all been duped for 40 years or more into believing this is true — nothing could be further from it. If someone is actively “working out”, then the focus should be in other areas besides calorie counting: limiting carbohydrate intake (particularly from bad sources, like sugars, starches), ensuring adequate protein levels to that match your level of activity in order to repair and restore muscle tissue, adequate amounts of “good” (monounsaturated) fats, and proper Omega-3 ratios. As long as you have good food choices, your hormones (primarily leptin and insulin) will guide your energy and satiety levels.

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Comment on Top 5 Worst Weight Machines by AskTheTrainer.comhttp://www.askthetrainer.com/top-5-worst-weight-machines/#comment-15428 Fri, 04 Jul 2014 23:26:05 +0000 http://www.askthetrainer.com/?p=7100#comment-15428 Thanks for sharing your story Anthony. Great to hear you’re back in the gym pain free and healthy.

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Comment on Top 5 Worst Weight Machines by Anthonyhttp://www.askthetrainer.com/top-5-worst-weight-machines/#comment-15427 Fri, 04 Jul 2014 23:25:03 +0000 http://www.askthetrainer.com/?p=7100#comment-15427 I once injured my back when using a seated ab machine. Put too much weight in and tweaked things a bit. Hired a personal trainer for a few sessions afterward and he showed and recommended me different ab exercises. He never once mentioned this machine and he was a knowledgeable man. Kinda validates things with me to stay away from this machine. No surprise that it is on your list.

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Comment on Top 5 Best Exercises to Flatten Your Stomach by KOhttp://www.askthetrainer.com/top-5-best-exercises-flatten-your-stomach/#comment-15425 Wed, 02 Jul 2014 04:35:19 +0000 http://www.askthetrainer.com/?p=7000#comment-15425 With ab work, my goal is to develop the muscles sufficiently so that they are defined and prominent, and also to make my waist more narrow, or at least create that appearance of tapering inward through targeted stimulation. With all muscle groups, I try to employ exercises that work the muscle through as close to a full range of motion as possible, so that I can get as large a return on my investment, and perform as few exercises as possible. I would rather do one movement than three, if that one provides satisfactory results.

The twisting ball crunches seem to work, to some extent, the upper and lower abs, including the intercostals and obliques, which must be worked for that tight waist look. If I were going to do only one exercise for abs, it would be this one. I just recently added abs to my workout regimen, and this exercise is the only one I am currently using. I don’t like to add new exercises until I can assess the effects of the one(s) I have been using (properly executed).

That is why I want to make this exercise work. I can “feel” the potential it has to develop and shape the abdominal area. I feel a stretch in my lower abs at the bottom of the movement, and the range of motion is quite long, unlike mat crunches. I realize I must be doing something that is causing the hips/flexors to bear weight or stress, and taking some of the stress off of the abs, but I don’t know what it is. As mentioned, I keep my feet pulled in close to the ball, so that am not pulling with the legs. I’ve watched numerous demo videos, and I think I am using the same form shown therein, but maybe not. Or maybe there is something about my anatomy that requires some modification to the posture or motion.

I did an ab workout this evening. In an effort to make the ball crunches more likely to recruit the ab muscles, I preceded them with mat twist crunches – basically, a mat crunch/ball crunch superset. That seemed to help somewhat. The pre-fatigue from the mat crunches reduced the reps on the ball, and I felt the rectus abdominis muscle working more. But there still seems to be something about stretching backward over the ball that is keeping my ab muscles from contracting as they should.

Thank you for your advice.

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Comment on Top 5 Best Exercises to Flatten Your Stomach by julianbrownpersonaltrainerhttp://www.askthetrainer.com/top-5-best-exercises-flatten-your-stomach/#comment-15424 Tue, 01 Jul 2014 02:45:17 +0000 http://www.askthetrainer.com/?p=7000#comment-15424 What are your goals? What are you trying to accomplish with your ab routine? If you’re experiencing pain in your hip-flexors with little to no abdominal muscle recruitment, it is most likely a form or postural issue. Without being able to visually assess your form or posture, my suggestion is to do your ab work on the mat where you experience no pain and you feel ab muscle recruitment, or seek out a professional at a local gym where they can check your form and posture. I hope this helps and feel free to reply if you have any more questions.

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Comment on Personal Trainer Certifications by AskTheTrainer.comhttp://www.askthetrainer.com/personal-trainer-certifications/#comment-15423 Mon, 30 Jun 2014 19:22:36 +0000 http://www.askthetrainer.com/?p=368#comment-15423 Hi Conor,

That’s great to hear you are considering becoming a personal trainer! I highly recommend you look into getting a certification from one of the big certification bodies such as NASM, ACE, ISSA, ACSM or NSCA. There are some smaller personal trainer certifications out there but I’d go for one of these big 5. Here’s an article we wrote that you may find beneficial: http://www.askthetrainer.com/top-5-personal-training-certifications/

Best,

-AskTheTrainer

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Comment on Personal Trainer Certifications by Conor Tisdellhttp://www.askthetrainer.com/personal-trainer-certifications/#comment-15420 Sat, 28 Jun 2014 08:27:58 +0000 http://www.askthetrainer.com/?p=368#comment-15420 Hi mate,

I’m looking toward becoming a personal trainer but I am not sure what different kinds there are out there! I am 16 and very fit. I’ve been going to the gym since I was 14 and I already have a lot of knowledge in muscle growth and repair. Was just wondering if you could point me in the right direction.

Cheers, Conor

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Comment on Top 5 Best Exercises to Flatten Your Stomach by KOhttp://www.askthetrainer.com/top-5-best-exercises-flatten-your-stomach/#comment-15419 Fri, 27 Jun 2014 19:08:23 +0000 http://www.askthetrainer.com/?p=7000#comment-15419 I started doing stability ball twist crunches several weeks ago, twice per week. I found that stabilizing myself on the ball was tedious so I put the ball in a basket which keeps it from rolling and more-or-less replicates the effect of a BOSU ball.

I am experiencing two problems.

The ab and oblique muscles don’t seem to be fully recruited when I perform this exercise on the ball. When performing crunches on a mat, I can raise my torso only several inches before the abs reach full contraction and prevent further upward travel. I can feel the muscles “smooshed” together, and will soon feel a lactic acid burn. But on the ball when I raise my torso, the abs don’t really stop me at that “crunch” point and I can move farther forward without much contraction. It seems I can do too many reps. The twisting motion feels awkward and I can’t twist very much. When I twist, I feel discomfort in the hip flexors and hips.

I go pretty far down in the stretch position to try and maximize the range of motion. I would have expected this to recruit the ab muscles more effectively than with mat crunches and fatigue them sooner, but the opposite is occurring.

I keep my feet tucked in behind my knees so as to avoid hip flexor involvement but something is preventing the abs from doing as much of the work as they should. I feel like I am just spinning my wheels and not getting much of a result.

So besides not developing my abs, I also have hip and hip flexor discomfort that remains after the workouts.

How can I adjust my technique to target the abs more effectively?

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