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Lifting people onstage, regularly, safely

Do you lift people regularly onstage? If so, what are your best tips for doing so safely? In the opera I'm currently rehearsing, I have a comedy fight scene which involves lifting another singer. So far it's going well-- the liftee is happy, I'm feeling no ill effects, the fight/movement director has given us the OK, and the lift works well in the context of the scene. However, we have four more weeks' rehearsal ahead of us, and I'd like to stay uninjured and safe during that time. Hit me with your tips. [more inside]
posted by Pallas Athena on Jul 14, 2016 - 9 answers

Random flank spasm: is it really my hamstrings?

You are neither my doctor nor my trainer. But for the past week and a half I've had random transitory (<1 second) spasming pains (3/10) in my right flank/kidney area. My trainer says it's just tight hamstrings and is working with me to stretch them. Should I adopt a wait and see attitude to see if it really is my hamstrings, or should I be calling the doctor? [more inside]
posted by Somnambulista on Apr 28, 2016 - 3 answers

Squat Stands A Go Go

I am currently torn between three squat/bench stands for my bedroom gym. Please help me make a choice. [more inside]
posted by a manly man person who is male and masculine on Mar 22, 2016 - 2 answers

Best prepackaged protein shake?

Pretty simple. I've started lifting and making my macros is a mess, much less calories. Need a rec for a protein shake that requires me to open it, not make it. [more inside]
posted by Medieval Maven on Nov 11, 2015 - 6 answers

Planet Fitness vs. "regular" gym for a middle-aged man

51, overweight, just started lifting using the Stronglifts 5X5 program. I'm considering switching to Planet Fitness. Thoughts? [more inside]
posted by Halloween Jack on Nov 2, 2015 - 8 answers

2 days in NYC or BOS to become a competitive lifter

i'm an intermediate to solo lifter looking to move to amateur competition. I'll be idle in Boston or NYC (haven't decided yet) on Nov 8 - 10. what workshops or retreats could help me up my game? [more inside]
posted by jander03 on Oct 28, 2015 - 4 answers

Starting a new job during early pregnancy

Recently hired at a decent job with good benefits. The job requires some occasional heavy lifting. The hiring process was long and in the meantime I have become pregnant (yay!). [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 8, 2015 - 10 answers

Chasing Two Rabbits: weight lifting and a six minute mile

Can anyone recommend a routine that will allow me to continue weight lifting while simultaneously working toward a six minute mile? [more inside]
posted by mannermode on Jun 7, 2015 - 4 answers

Should I be concerned about this spontaneous bruise under my bicep?

After a hard strength training workout this morning, I noticed a weird bruise on my bicep. It doesn't hurt. Is this a thing that happens sometimes when you lift weights or is it something to be concerned about? [more inside]
posted by pazazygeek on Jun 1, 2015 - 5 answers

Questions about using a lifting belt for work

My son works as a stocker in a large home improvement store and often lifts heavy objects. He's looking for a lifting belt to protect his back. Any clues what he should be looking for? He's a skinny kid if that's helpful.
posted by readery on Feb 23, 2015 - 13 answers

Resources/training plans to balance strength training and cardio?

I'm looking at starting a beginner strength training program in a few week's time. But I've also taken up running in the past year, and don't want to regress on that front while I'm concentrating on the weights. I know I need to build in proper rest if I want to see improvements strength-wise, and I'm trying to figure out how to balance all this stuff. Any pointers/resources that tell you how to build a workout plan that can accommodate both goals and not leave me exhausted? [more inside]
posted by Diablevert on Oct 2, 2014 - 9 answers

Depression's made me fat. Help me become a muscle man!

Thanks to severe depression I've gained about fifty pounds in under a year and wish to shed this excess weight off. Though I know how to shed weight, I want to do things differently this time by gaining muscle and avoiding meat. [more inside]
posted by GlassHeart on Sep 8, 2014 - 14 answers

Accomodations for heavy lifting -- interview question

I have an interview next week. One requirement is to be able to life 40 pound files, but I have a lifting restriction. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 9, 2014 - 12 answers

How do I get a 198 lb box up two stairs and inside before it rains?

FedEx freight just delivered a mattress but did not bring it inside. The mattress is in a rectangular box that is 198 lbs and I need to get it up and over two stairs so that I can slide it into the house through the front door. [more inside]
posted by anya32 on May 21, 2014 - 26 answers

Lifting + eating + cardio = ?

Trying to build muscle bulk but I feel totally confused by the advice about eating and cardio. [more inside]
posted by andrewesque on Mar 20, 2014 - 7 answers

lift alone?

I hate "fitness culture" but I want to learn to lift weights. I have access to a small mostly unstaffed company gym. I would prefer to do this alone - is that reasonable or safe? [more inside]
posted by slow graffiti on Sep 23, 2013 - 28 answers

What weightlifting can I do at home to increase upper body strength?

I regularly walk 6+ miles a day. I'd like to extend my exercise to increasing my strength. Ideally, I'd do bodyweight exercises, but I've tried to do some recently, and my upper body strength is not capable of more than two pushups, nor a single chair dip . So, I need to build my upper body strength with weights, and I want to do so at home. I can get a set of dumbbells. Please tell me which ones, and how to use them. [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco on Aug 22, 2013 - 30 answers

Competitive Powerlifter hurts her back. Now what?

(Female, 28 years old, 5'6 155#, lifting for about 5 years, 1 year competitively. First back injury.) Yesterday was my first day back to my Powerlifting routine (Texas Method if it makes a difference) after a week off for a ski trip. Within my first set of squats (after warmups) something ‘not good’ happened to my lower back (first set, 4th rep, 185#). Now what? [more inside]
posted by LZel on Mar 26, 2013 - 19 answers

Lifting a Washing Machine onto Pedestal

My dad built a proper pedestal for our new washing machine and dryer. It is 19 inches high. The challenge is getting the washer up onto the pedestal. The washer weighs 232 lbs. It is just the two of us today. I don't want to throw my back out. Neither does he. What equipment or physics tricks can we employ to get this thing up on the pedestal?
posted by jasondigitized on Feb 17, 2013 - 16 answers

Seeking info on nutrition/exercise routine for a Woman who wants to see more definition (and has so far failed at her attempts)

Please help a woman gain some muscle. [more inside]
posted by BlueMartini7 on Oct 16, 2012 - 16 answers

Weightlifting-oriented gym in Boston near the FiDi?

Weightlifting-oriented gym in Boston near the FiDi? [more inside]
posted by 6spd on Sep 9, 2012 - 4 answers

Is lazy exercise always an oxymoron?

Recommend some quick exercises that I won't get bored of and can do at home. [more inside]
posted by krakenattack on Apr 5, 2012 - 16 answers

help me help myself get muscle-y in Portland!

Where can I learn to lift weights in Portland? [more inside]
posted by vespabelle on Feb 4, 2012 - 2 answers


After stopping weightlifting, how much weight is it normal to lose? [more inside]
posted by zennish on Dec 8, 2011 - 8 answers

Stronglifts - Weightlifting Wall - Should I switch?

6 months of starting strength. I am following the the program religiously. If it says squat, I squat. If it says eat more protein, I do. My gains have been ok but I have been stagnating a bit lately. I have been at 225 squat for a few weeks now. I am unhappy with the results. I feel like I am much stronger but that I don't appear to be much stronger. It might be that I am getting muscle but it's still under a layer of fat. The composition of my body is changing but not my outward appearance. [more inside]
posted by rdurbin on Aug 22, 2011 - 11 answers

I don't want my back to fucking hate me...

Help me avoid lower back pain at my new (physical) job. Snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by naturalog on Aug 9, 2011 - 11 answers

How can I increase the intensity of my workouts?

How can I increase the intensity of my workout without making it longer? Complications: I can't run, lift, or swim. [more inside]
posted by KathrynT on Jul 7, 2011 - 23 answers

Limited time to lift, trying to multitask

How much do "micro intervals" help with strength training? What can I do to maximize my limited time to lift weights? [more inside]
posted by lettuchi on Apr 7, 2011 - 6 answers

Weight lifters/sedentary employees; after a lower-back injury, did you ever feel the same?

Weight lifters/sedentary employees; after a lower-back injury, did you ever feel the same? [more inside]
posted by dflemingecon on Mar 14, 2011 - 25 answers

Why am I getting headaches when weight lifting?

Why do I sometimes get massive headaches when weight lifting? [more inside]
posted by Thrillhouse on Nov 1, 2010 - 22 answers

Bench Press Goal

I'm doing Starting strength and I have just begun. Right now my bench press is at 90lbs. What would be a reasonable goal for my bench press by the end of the year? [more inside]
posted by josher71 on Oct 12, 2010 - 11 answers

Sore all the time?

Are people who work out regularly sore all the time? Or does that pass?
posted by smackfu on Sep 20, 2010 - 22 answers

Is this strength training program worth the money?

Am I expecting too much from our (fairly expensive) exercise program? Details within. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 1, 2010 - 5 answers


For a few days every week, I am a mover, and I spent about 12 hours lifting boxes and running up and down stairs. How do I translate these extended workouts into some muscle growth? [more inside]
posted by orville sash on Jul 14, 2010 - 17 answers

Fitting in working, exercising and sleeping - if I eat after I can't sleep.

I've got a problem fitting in working, exercising and sleeping. Some activities are in the evening, and I eat after, then I can't sleep. [more inside]
posted by Not Supplied on Jul 8, 2010 - 9 answers

I need help with what to do at the gym!

Can you help me find a simple weightlifting program to help me get in shape? [more inside]
posted by naplesyellow on Jun 18, 2010 - 16 answers

Looking for tasty cholesterol-free protein shake

I've started lifting weights with protein supplements, and noticed most are very high in cholesterol - 10-15% DV per scoop, and you're supposed to have 6-8 a day. Can someone recommend a supplement that is cholesterol-free? [more inside]
posted by lrodman on May 24, 2010 - 18 answers

But I don't want to be flat!

Help me develop my pectorals! [more inside]
posted by DieHipsterDie on Mar 31, 2010 - 37 answers

D.O.M.S. D.O.M.S. D.O.M.S. D.O.M.SSS

Newbie to weightlifting seeks relief from awful muscle soreness. Yes, I'm a wimp. But my soreness is almost to the point where I can't do exercises the following day. I know it goes away in time and with repeated lifting, but if I can't lift the next day, I'll keep repeating the cycle! [more inside]
posted by Viola on Mar 26, 2010 - 24 answers

Lifting/martial arts in Chicago?

I'm interested in getting involved with either Olympic-style lifting or martial arts in Chicago. Do any good places for either exist in the city? [more inside]
posted by prunes on Mar 20, 2010 - 6 answers

Feed my workout routine!

I've gained a lot of fitness over the last few months. I want to take that fitness and do something useful- I want to do something that's fun and will make me want to work out more, but also have it be a bit of a workout itself. Help! [more inside]
posted by pyrom on Mar 14, 2010 - 22 answers

Good approach to non-serious weight lifting?

I'm want to cut back on my weight training, but I'm not sure how best to do it. Is there a good once-a-week casual approach to weight lifting? [more inside]
posted by croutonsupafreak on Dec 29, 2009 - 17 answers

Favorite Fitness Blogs?

What are your favorite Running/Weight Lifting/Fitness blogs? [more inside]
posted by pyrom on Dec 19, 2009 - 7 answers

I'm looking for a good set of free weights for my apartment. Any suggestions?

I'm looking for a good set of free weights for my apartment. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by decrescendo on Dec 19, 2009 - 16 answers

Some weightlifting queries

How often should I lift weights? and when I do, how much weight should I lift to achieve my goals? [more inside]
posted by miraimatt on Dec 1, 2009 - 13 answers

Are full squats bad for the knees?

Are full squats (below parallel) bad for the knees? [more inside]
posted by pyrom on Aug 2, 2009 - 31 answers

How do you motivate yourself to train?

Strength trainees: how do you keep yourself motivated? [more inside]
posted by ludwig_van on Jul 20, 2009 - 30 answers

Help me, MeFi Meatheads!

Is there training method to add definition to muscles after gaining strength? Or, do I just need to accept my curious frame? [more inside]
posted by FuManchu on Jul 16, 2009 - 22 answers

I need to start working out, but other than my lack of motivation, not having a workout plan is keeping me from starting. How can I solve this? Personal trainer? Websites?

I need to start working out, but other than my lack of motivation, not having a workout plan is keeping me from starting. How can I solve this? Personal trainer? Websites? [more inside]
posted by decrescendo on Jul 13, 2009 - 36 answers

Help me be a stronger person

I work out at home. I'd like to add some free weights to my workout routine, but I don't know where to start. [more inside]
posted by misha on May 20, 2009 - 20 answers

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