Some basic angles for a lovely chest

If you skim read

Effect of Five Bench Inclinations on the Electromyographic Activity of the Pectoralis Major, Anterior Deltoid, and Triceps Brachii during the Bench Press Exercise, by David Rodríguez-Ridao et al

you could quite correctly, I suppose decide that to build a good chest, you need to press at various bench angles. There are lots available; However to a review of the conclusion leads you to just 2 angles, horizontal and 30 degrees.

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Tendinitis, tendinosis, tendinopathy. Lets call the whole thing off

The older your therapist or trainer, the more likely they are to muddle up what to call your tendon pain. The younger your trainer or therapist, the more likely they are to waste your time with an obnoxious mini-lecture if you use the wrong word.

A few years ago the word “tendinitis” was widely employed to describe pain located at the tendon which was associated with inflammation (Maffulli et al., 2003).

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Tendon pain, gelatin, and collagen.

In our obsessive pursuit of stronger muscles and hearts, we’ve failed to understand how to train and feed connective tissue like ligaments, tendons, bones, and cartilage.

Almost everyone is told that the tendon doesn’t have much of a blood supply and takes ages to recover from an injury. We do nothing with this information.

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Why does your leg hurt again?

There are hundreds and thousands of therapists and trainers, that, when confronted with your hurting hamstring or your terrorised tendon will simply dive in and rub that bit! Maybe they will give you a specific stretch and maybe a reassuring “There there, therapist kiss it better”

The reality is that your body is a global system and highly interrelated. Leg issues can be caused by core issues, how you chew your food can screw your knee!

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DWF: 3 day metabolic conditioning cycle, fixing pain, weight loss stuff!

The DWF, or daily workout and food is aimed at giving you some basic conditioning ideas. For some it’s the only thing they do, for many it’s just part of your training day.

Most days you also need to work on skill ( I often focus on gymnastics), Strength and therapy drills: I need always focus on my vulnerability to Plantar fasciitis, Patello-femoral and back pain. By having a sensible self applied therapy regime, you can stop the problems before they start.

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