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Is walking a good workout? [on hold]

I'm 18 years old guy, 193.5 cm long with weight in a range of 90Kg +/- 1Kg. I have a "nerdy" lifestyle, because I'm really into mathematics and I'm devoting a lot of time to it. But, I have started to ...
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Finished first Marathon training. Now what?

This weekend I'll be running my first marathon. So, what comes next? I know I shouldn't stop running (and don't want to). I followed a very detailed training plan, but haven't found a post-race plan. ...
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How to design swim practices for long distance swimming

I've decided to swim a 2.5km race a year from now. For the last two years I have swum 3km daily, but at a uniform, comfortable pace which I believe is not optimal for boosting competitive performance. ...
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Undocumented Tennis Shots

I referred Tennis shots but didn’t see about looper and short angles. These two shots are helping a beginner like me to win some games. So, what are such gems like shots that are not documented in ...
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Can't float; swimming is hard

My body doesn't seem to float in pool water. I think that's making it so that I have to work hard just to even stay up. That makes my swimming endurance kind of poor. Is this a known issue for some ...
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Is there a dry-top for the freestyle snorkel?

I own a Finis Freestyle snorkel. Along with it I had bought a snorkel dry top as well; only to, later, discover that it only works with the regular snorkels and not with the freestyle version. Does ...
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What technique is most efficient for turning a canoe fast?

I recently got involved in canoe racing and I am curious about the most efficient techniques of turning a canoe around a buoy without losing your forward speed.
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How can I improve my shot?

What is the correct way to shoot a football? Please suggest me some drills for improving my shooting power?
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Effects of altitude on athletic performance

It is well known that the performance of athletes who suddenly move to a location at a higher altitude than they are used to will suffer; when sports events such as the Olympics are held in a high ...
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Cool down games for gymnastics?

Does anyone know some good cool down games for gymnastics? It is for around 15 children and 2 floor strips. There are plenty of poxes, ropes and hoops that can be utilized. Games which have been ...
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Is a person likely to realize most of their ultimate potential in a three-day tennis clinic?

I was reading a magazine article about a thirty-something actress who never played tennis before, took a tennis clinic, and in the course of a three day weekend, rose to "high intermediate" level (a ...
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Independent training management with feedback to improve tennis shots?

It would be very useful after training tennis shots to immediately see the results. Also I would like to see how my shots are developing over time. Helper questions What kind of services are ...
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How to choose bowling run up and action?

I'm a fast bowler, but What I do is: I'd changed my bowling action many times which results in not getting a good rhythm. So please tell me how to choose the bowling run up and action? My height is ...
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Trouble with bowling

I am a medium fast bowler and was able to bowl with good line and length with some swing but due to gap in playing cricket I am not able to bowl and all of my balls are either going above the head of ...
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Why do training plans having you running many days of the week?

I noticed that a lot of training plans have you running most every day with a day or 2 off at different intervals. Why is this? I am currently training for a half marathon. If I run on Sunday (6.5) ...
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What is the best schedule to learn to do the splits?

I'm trying to develop enought hip flexibility to do the splits as fast as possible, basicaly using Jill Miller's "Harmonizing Hips From Inside Out" (http://www.pranamaya.com/miller-hips.html) video. ...
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Developing fast twitch muscle fibers in kids?

What are suggestions for starting training for fast twitch development with kids of young ages? I am a big sports fan and I've had my experiences as professional athlete, right now I am training a ...
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More swimming, or alternative activities/sports for a junior competitive swimmer?

My daughter is 7. She loves swimming and joined a proper club about 6 months ago. She has also continued taking lessons with her brother who is a little behind her, just because she enjoys it. She ...
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Swimming - Best way to count lengths

I'm a very keen swimmer and always have been. I've trained up to a competitive standard, however due to lack of funding have never been able to compete. I have always struggled to keep track of how ...
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How can I improve the efficiency of my kick in swimming?

In training, I really struggle with front/back crawl or fly kick exercises. Not only do I not get much propulsion but the little I do get pretty much drains all my energy and leaves me gasping for ...
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Closing eyes during somersaults

I do trampolining and my problem is that I tend to close eyes during somersaults. It's not that I would fear highs (although I'm not very comfortable there) but I guess it's a bad habit I developed in ...
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What medicine ball exercises specifically help soccer players?

What specifically is built up using medicine balls for soccer? What exercises can build up core strength for soccer?
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Is it Okay to Swim all seven days a week?

I've been swimming on my own for about a year and am now training under a coach for about 2 months. Earlier I did not focus on swimming fast but now the coach measures the time taken to swim. I swim ...
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Difference between stances in training acceleration for soccer

To train acceleration for (American) football, I would start in the usual wide receiver stance and do 10, 20 yard runs, and up to perhaps 1 or 2 30 yard runs at the end. However, for soccer, we don't ...
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How can I practice to get my squash shots closer to the wall?

When playing squash, sometimes I can get my forehand and backhand shots to go straight and close to the wall. Other times, I get the timing slightly off, and they either go away from the wall, or ...
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How can I be consistent in Snooker?

I've been playing Snooker for more than 4 months. Sometimes I can pull some decent performance off, other times I find myself struggling even with the simplest shots. It is like one day I can see ...
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When is best for the extra recover day?

I am training to reduce my 10K run performance, aiming to go under 6m/k. My program is built of 3 runs a week, 1 is an interval run, 1 is an LSD (Long Slow Distance at 75% HR) and the other is a ...
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In which ways does drinking gallons of water prepare one for a competitive eating contest?

Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest winner Joey Chestnut quotes the following: "I’ve slowly made my body adapt and understand what’s going to happen," Chestnut said about the repetition of his ...
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Weight training for a strong throwing arm

I'm a 40+ softballer and cricketer. I've always had a "strong arm" in both sports (as well as in baseball), although I'm not muscular or big at all. But, I'm not too happy with my recent long-distance ...
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Slowing down rallies during training

The other day I was having a hit with a colleague who was at a substantially lower level than me. In order to keep the rallies going, I slowed down my swing through the ball a lot so that I could take ...
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How can I improve my vert and park skateboarding skills?

I consider myself very much a Street and Old School skateboarder but I would like to learn how to better myself in parks and on vertical ramps. As I'm starting to take part in tournaments, what ...
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Front crawl training

I am a hobby swimmer. I train each day, swimming front crawl with the following regime: 500 meters using just my legs 500 meters using just my arms 500 meters using both legs and arms. It takes ...
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Is it ok to get a massage BEFORE a competition?

I recently went for a professional medical massage, and felt incredibly relaxed afterwards. He only did my torso and back, but the breathing feeling was so free I felt incredible. I sit all day in ...
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Any tips for sealing swimming goggles.masks and keeping water out?

I am having major problem with my goggles. I have 6 pairs of competitive and training grade goggles. If I use the tight low profile goggles when I swim (one hour everyday) I feel pressure above my ...
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Websites/Apps that allow workout tracking [closed]

What websites and mobile apps are there that allow me to track my workout? For example, I recently found www.fitocracy.com. What other sites are there and how are they similar/different?
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Best workout for obstacle race

What do you think is the best workout(s) for obstacle race that you can do on a daily/weekly basis? There are many obstacle races with different obstacles, but what will be good workouts to be ...
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Fastest sport based on reaction time [closed]

Whether it be a goal keeper making a save or a fielder taking a close range catch or a sprinter off the block, reaction time is very essential in sports. With regard to this, I assumed the fastest ...
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Gaining weight without body building [closed]

can you guys please suggest me a dieting plan or something to gain weight or to add some muscle around my body and face. I'm a 21 year old guy , very slim for my age and want to gain weight really ...
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How can I improve my smashes in table tennis?

I realized that I tend to play really bad returns or do mistakes when I get a high and/or slow ball from the opponent in the middle of a tight rally. I think it has to do with the fact that all of a ...
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How would I train for a sport such as orienteering?

How would I train as a young semi-elite orienteer? I have some idea of the amount I should do but I do not know how I should spread it across the week. Should I group my training in the middle of the ...
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Does using a balance board help with skateboarding balance? If not what can help?

I'm having a midlife crisis and want to start skateboarding! :) I actually have to work so I can't take the skateboard out that often. I was thinking that there may be something that I can do in the ...
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Benefits of compression apparel

Compression apparel seems to be very popular with athletes. Brands like Under Armour and Nike show athletes in different sports wearing their apparel. Personally, I wear compression apparel when I'm ...
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How can I improve my ball handling?

I play football (soccer) for my community traveling team. Our usual ball handling exercise is getting the ball around a course of cones. What other ways can I improve my ball handling abilities?
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Drills to prevent standing up on the downswing

After a few years off, I'm getting an interest in golf again. My main problem, after getting a few basic pointers correcting my stance and backswing from a clubfitter I was working with to find the ...
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Solo goalie drills

As a goalie who got most of his experience just playing in local leagues, I never have had much practice in solo goalie drills. In general when I goto play in my local practice/scrimmage league, our ...
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When can I start to let my child attend to archery course?

I don't have skills in archery but I am interested in introducing my children to archery via archery schools. I heard that archery is a good sport that will increase our focus power and our control ...
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Are there drills or methods for improving reaction time in table tennis or overall?

Reaction time is critical to many sports. My sport in particular is table tennis. Are there drills or methods that would allow you to improve reaction time? Or is it just a basis of pure repetition ...
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Stressful preparation of half-marathon

I go running once or twice per week (30 minutes and around 5 km). I never measure time, or anything else, since that will stress me out. Now I would like to prepare for a half-marathon. I guess I ...
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Any suggestions on the best way to improve raw speed on the field?

Any ideas on workouts or exercises for improving speed on the field? I say "on the field" because targeting a specified distance (40yd, 100m, etc) can lead to an emphasis on a particular start or ...
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Cross-training versus specificity

When undertaking physical training, as opposed to practice and skills drills, for your chosen sport, how much benefit is there in cross-training? For example, I'm a cyclist, I'm preparing for ...