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    RobBob

    Huh, looks like I missed a resurgence by a month or two. How's everyone else doing?I think it's been about 3 1/2 years - around the same time SteveA left if I remember correctly. I've checked backed and looked for answers a few times, but my last post was December '07. I don't know where to start.

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    Pushups are nice, but they won't do much for your chin ups (well, military push ups with hands in a position further down your torso rather than by the shoulders will slightly work one of the major groups that contracts in chin ups, the latissimus dorsi). Also, eating lots of protein won't do jack all if you're not exercising to the point where you actually need that protein for regeneration and development of muscle tissue. Try for about 1.0-1.5 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight.

    Sorry to pick those points apart, it just bugs me seeing advice like that given out. On the goal thing, that's definitely key. Aim for doing a certain number, and when you attain that, set a higher goal. That's an awesome way to challenge yourself to "beat your own personal bests" and that's what really matters, above beating others whose genetic make up and backgrounds are likely completely different than yourself.

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    While burning less energy, in addition, running down stairs, causes a great deal of eccentric muscle contraction (muscles resisting a motion, but there's a great deal more to it than that) which is harder on the muscles. This can be a good thing, it's great for training your calves, and you'll definitely feel it afterwards.According to your physics class, it would take no energy if you simply fell from the top story... otherwise, yes, it does take energy. If you want to think of it in terms of physics, think of it in terms of every single motion your body creates. Every time that leg lifts and moves forward, it uses energy. Doesn't matter that you're going down. For an absurd example: if a rocket falls from the sky, shoots up again, falls, shoots up again, and then falls to the ground, did it use no energy in getting to the ground? Of course it used energy. The fall itself was simply gravity acting on the rocket, but every time it boosted upwards (like your leg moving in a way) it used energy. It's not the end result, it's the steps taken in getting there.You know why going down the stairs keeps your heart rate and breathing rate up? It's because your muscles are constantly using oxygen to convert the stored energy in your muscles into a form usable by the muscles, so your heart speeds up to pump that oxygen enriched blood through your body and carbon dioxide filled blood to the lungs, where your lungs are breathing fast and deep to continuously bring in fresh air that will absorb that carbon dioxide (to be exhaled) and provide oxygen to the blood.As for other exercises to do, check out other calisthenics (body weight exercises) that you can do. Helms has also posted some great General Physical Preparedness (GPP) workouts that are great. Try going through a run through of those (though you may not have a chin up bar for the one, try doing a regular "burpie") then jogging up and down the stairs, and if you're feeling good, repeat.

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    RobBob

    Been to the southwest and southeast coast in the US, Hawaii (Oahu and Maui), and Mexico. I absolutely love Maui. If I was to pick any place to go back to Maui would be it. Unfortunately it's still full of really touristy areas, but the atmosphere there is just so serene, so chilled, and pretty much all the people I dealt with were so nice. I wouldn't bother going back to Oahu, I don't remember it being nearly as good.Other than that I've really just stuck to western Canada. I would love to travel more. I'm thinking south east asia, somewhere I can get by cheaply.

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    Drink it in moderation and have it with other foods or right after exercise. It does have some vitamins, particularily Vitamin C, but all the same it is high in simple sugars. Don't drink more than 1-2 glasses a day, and the tip on having it with other foods is to reduce the impact of the high glycemic index, and your body can take up the sugar more readily after exercise without as dirastic of an insulin spike since muscles will have depleted some of their glycogen (cellular energy) stores.Edit: Lol, something just popped into my head. "Real sodomized-to-hell-and-back OJ from concentrate, full of that sweet sodomized flavour"

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    Now I find it's hard to take the stance I do, because as much as I find it frustrating, if it would really decrease school problems like that then it might be worth it. Still... I'd have no desire to wear a mandated uniform if I were back in grade school.

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    For the duration I worked in my sales job at Future Shop (kind of a commissioned salesmen version of Best Buy in Canada) I hated wearing a uniform, especially since I started on night shift doing inventory for entertainment and had the freedom to wear what I wanted when I started. The attire was black dress shirt and beige khaki's, and I still found it frustrating. I've always felt more comfortable and confident in my own clothes (though, I admit it gave me an appreciation for being able to choose what I wear) and I believe that shines through. I'm more willing to work, learn, and just be myself when I can truly be myself. I love being dressy if it's called for, but for the time I was working there it just didn't appeal to me because I'd wear the exact same thing 5 days a week.Maybe it's just me and a handful of others, but I find it frustrating and even slightly humiliating having to wear the same specific uniform all the time. I know it has its place, and in a job like that you should look professional and be set out from the customers so they know who you are, but it just didn't click well with me.My thinking of why it was like that is because I didn't see that as being me (I'm not a salesperson, it was just a job), so the little individuality I had felt like it was being taken away. For school, where you don't have the choice of not going, I don't believe it's right either (though a minimal dress code should be in place, there's obviously some things that aren't appropriate). Being my own person is very important to me and I don't like the idea of an institution that you are required to attend (well, I suppose there's home schooling) dictating that. Having a job I didn't want where I had to dress like that every day was bad enough. Now if it's my own choice, that's different.

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    Might be the teacher's teaching style versus the way you learn best, but considering this is the first time you said it's happened that's kind of odd. I have all sorts of potential suggestions, but it's really tough to say without knowing more or talking to you face to face.In the mean time, if you don't find a way to stay focused, then study. Read the textbook if that works well for you. Take notes in class if that helps and read them later. It's all about finding what works for you, but it's still tough for me to say.Another thing that's already been pointed out is your breakfast. You need to eat less sugar and more complex carbs, fats, and protein. It's unfortunately a common problem and there's so many "everything you need for a balanced breakfast" statements out there that are a lie. You need something that will supply you with energy until lunch. I normally have Carnation Instant Breakfast blended with a banana and something else, including: whole grain english muffin with peanut butter or with ham and an egg, sometimes whole grain cereal though if I do that generally I need to eat a bit sooner in the day, etc. Try bringing snacks with you to school. If your teachers will let you munch on something during class (banana, granola bar, whatever) then that's a good way to go I found.Anyways, try switching up your morning breakfast habits (no more sugary cereals, I can't believe how many years I ate those for) then tell us how it's going.

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    Quote:So thank you Helm's, and here's proof that the work you guys do on these forums actually do make a difference in people's lives. I won't say my reason for doing Kinesiology is solely because of Helms, but all the discussions here with him and everyone else surely sparked part of my interest in conditioning and health. me too, thanks

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    RobBob

    Your deltoid is the muscle that makes up the round part of your upper arm at the shoulder. http://exrx.net/Lists/ExList/ShouldWt.html#anchor166631
    Click the links for pictures. It has three parts to it, and the one especially relevant to bench press is the anterior (frontal) head.

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