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Randomly getting a pump in one arm?

While working out tonight, I walked/ran for 15 minutes on the treadmill and started to warm up with light weights (one set of overhead barbell press). I then noticed that my left arm was engorged with blood - like a “pump” as if I had been working out intensely for a while, but my right was not. The medical advice line thought it wasn't cardiac, but I'd like to figure out what the cause might be. [more inside]
posted by Sexy Question Bot on Apr 9, 2014 - 14 answers

 

Stomach crunches: more quickly, or fewer but holding them?

Is it better (in terms of muscle building) to do a large number of stomach crunches quickly without pausing at the 'up' part of each crunch, or fewer but pausing and holding the muscles tensed for a few seconds with each crunch?
posted by paleyellowwithorange on Nov 30, 2013 - 7 answers

Are there any websites that lets you explore the human anatomy in 3D?

I'm looking for a low-cost app or site where you can explore the muscular structure, how they attach to the skeleton, isolate a muscle by turning on/off other muscles, etc. My chief aim is for fitness purposes so I can understand my own body better before my chiropractic visits. Book or other learnig tool recommendations are welcomed! [more inside]
posted by film on Nov 20, 2013 - 7 answers

I need a pillow for reading in bed

I need a pillow for when I'm sitting up in bed reading/computing so I stop screwing up my back trying to get comfortable. There are a lot of options, though! What's best for back/neck support? Traditional reading pillows (the kind with arms) or wedge pillows? What material will work well for this?
posted by NoraReed on Sep 22, 2013 - 8 answers

What can I do to feel better after I jolted my body in a fall?

I fell on the back of my head yesterday while playing kickball. I did the right thing and went to the ER, and got the all-clear: no concussion. I felt fine but headachey last night. Today I feel quite bad, and I'm not sure what I should be doing. Sporty-people, help? [more inside]
posted by juniperesque on Sep 13, 2013 - 13 answers

Do I do any work when I hold out a weight at arm's length?

When I hold out a weight at arm's length, I am doing no work (which, in physics, is motion over a distance against a resisting force, iirc) on it, because it remains stationary. But it feels like work! What about at the level of biophysics? Is keeping the muscle fibers of my arm contracted doing work in any way, perhaps at the cellular level?
posted by thelonius on Sep 11, 2013 - 29 answers

Loosening chronically tight muscles/stiff joints

My neck and lower back muscles are very tight from years of sitting in front of a monitor. This causes me discomfort and is gradually decreasing the range of motion of the relevant joints. What can I do about this? I practice yoga three times a week, which helps only a little. I can't afford regular massages (let alone Rolfing or craniosacral therapy, both of which have been helpful in the past). What else can I try? Tai chi? Acupuncture? Specific stretches?
posted by zeri on Aug 21, 2013 - 25 answers

Dealing with muscle soreness when returning to jogging

I have just ramped up my exercise a little, adding some intermittent jogging to my long walks (I'm every other day, or every third day). It has been several years since I did any sort of running more than an occasional dash to catch the bus, and my quadriceps are sore. Searching online, I have found advice that ranges from "do not do any more exercise until your muscles are no longer sore" to "power through no matter what!" MeFi, what should I do to mitigate muscle soreness and keep myself in good shape so I can keep exercising?
posted by ocherdraco on Aug 1, 2013 - 22 answers

There Must Be a Reason They Sit on Those Little Chairs, Right?

Is there a reason that sidelined basketball players sit on regular-sized chairs (or the bench), where their very long legs place their knees much higher than their hips? [more inside]
posted by kinetic on Jun 3, 2013 - 5 answers

Um, what are my muscles doing? How can I get them to stop?

YANMD, but can you anecdotally solve/treat my medical mystery? [more inside]
posted by aintthattheway on Apr 11, 2013 - 13 answers

Why are 10kg heavy?

We carry about 1,000kg of air on top of our shoulders. Why do we feel noticeably heavier when adding a fraction of it, like 10kg? Are our muscles just finely tuned?
posted by Spanner Nic on Feb 8, 2013 - 8 answers

how to strengthen the Rectus capitis posterior minor muscles?

muscle-minded members of Mefi: how do I strengthen the Rectus capitis posterior minor muscles? [more inside]
posted by mirileh on Jan 30, 2013 - 2 answers

Like The Hacker's Diet for muscles?

I'm making good weight-loss progress with The Hacker's Diet. Now, I'd like to add in exercise to build and tone muscle. I'm active and decent shape already, but don't do any weights. Is there anything as down-to-earth and straightforward as The Hacker's Diet for this? [more inside]
posted by SampleSize on Sep 22, 2012 - 12 answers

Is it better to cut fat and then build muscle or vice versa?

What should I concentrate on first, losing the fat or building muscle? [more inside]
posted by tokaidanshi on Sep 12, 2012 - 17 answers

Must not drop the ball - literally. What vitamins will help?

Emergency: must temporarily increase muscle endurance or life will be ruined within the next 24 hours. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by sarling on Jun 4, 2012 - 53 answers

Oh, is that my leg that just kicked you?

Body Mindfulness and Exercise Filter: how can I become more aware of the 'shoulds' of my body to correct posture, gait, breathing, etc...? [more inside]
posted by Phalene on May 12, 2012 - 11 answers

I feel like someone punched me in the back

I've been suffering muscle soreness/stiffness in my back for almost two months now. I thought it was related to walking (see my previous question), I've reduced my walking to almost zero and the pain persists. What could possibly be causing this and how can I nip this in the bud? [more inside]
posted by chara on Apr 24, 2012 - 14 answers

What lifts should I do to increase the width (from front and rear) or general diameter of my biceps/arms?

What lifts should I do to increase the width (from front and rear) or general diameter of my biceps/arms? [more inside]
posted by Senor Cardgage on Mar 24, 2012 - 7 answers

Why do my knees hurt when cycling? And then suddenly not hurt...?

Why do my knees hurt when cycling? And then suddenly not hurt...? [more inside]
posted by sodium lights the horizon on Mar 15, 2012 - 24 answers

Help me bring back my sparkle!

When have you been told ... "hey, are you doing something different? You look great!" [more inside]
posted by athena2255 on Mar 2, 2012 - 39 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

What have I done to my shoulder?

What the hell did I do to my shoulder? All the details (as many as I can type) inside. [more inside]
posted by littlerobothead on Jan 17, 2012 - 8 answers

My joints POP loudly

Pop qoes my joints - why? [more inside]
posted by dukes909 on Aug 30, 2011 - 3 answers

Little time, more muscles.

I have 15 minutes in the morning and 15 minutes at night to do some muscle toning exercises. What should I do that would be the best use of my time? [more inside]
posted by greta simone on Jul 18, 2011 - 30 answers

Don't want to feel this ripped?

Am I not resting long enough between workouts? [more inside]
posted by quodlibet on Jan 7, 2011 - 8 answers

You'd think that stretching 4 times a day would do it!

I stretch 3-4 times a day (for about 10 minutes each time), and get 1-2 massages a week, but my muscles are still SO tight, and my flexibility isn't increasing! What can I do? [more inside]
posted by hasna on Jan 4, 2011 - 17 answers

Annoying muscle spasms

What's with this really annoying twitch/spasm in my gut...? [more inside]
posted by twine42 on Nov 5, 2010 - 6 answers

Runners! Help me buy or make a foam roller!

I have a tight IT band and a weak medial (?) glute which is allowing my knee to move inward, moving from tweaking towards injury. I have seen the physio. Have 4 key exercises. Don't need more at the moment (thank you!). One involves rolling up and down a foam roller. I would rather cry in pain over this in the privacy of my own home. I have to do the exercises every day for 3.5 weeks so I can manage the half marathon I have planned (again, don't need advice on that, thanks - am being careful / will walk if have to etc etc) So - where in the UK Midlands in a physical shop can I buy a foam roller to roll my leg muscles with? [more inside]
posted by LyzzyBee on Sep 30, 2010 - 24 answers

Streches for the lowest of the lower back

I have the wrong kind of tight ass. Please help it. [more inside]
posted by mudpuppie on Sep 15, 2010 - 18 answers

Tall and skinny: I've never been able to build upper-body/arm muscle -- how do I bulk up?

I'm tall and skinny and have never been able to build upper-body/arm muscle -- how do I bulk up? [more inside]
posted by TallRail on Sep 7, 2010 - 23 answers

Mussels

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

Exercise Routine

How and what should I warm up, and when and how long should I rest for a 4 day muscle sculpting routine? [more inside]
posted by Bacillus on Mar 5, 2010 - 8 answers

passive or idiot-proof posture improvement?

I have bad posture, but I'm not sure how to get it right. Looking for passive or idiot-proof tools/tricks for posture improvement. [more inside]
posted by needs more cowbell on Feb 16, 2010 - 33 answers

How to recover from muscle damage in the neck?

My 58 year old aunt has been suffering from a very strange neck condition for about 2 years now. Her head leans to one side. It looks freaky and she cannot straighten it. Has anyone had experience with this or something similar? [more inside]
posted by kmavap on Feb 2, 2010 - 11 answers

Massage Therapy Q & A

What's that weird feeling when you get a relaxing massage? No really? Medically? [more inside]
posted by sweetkid on Jul 31, 2009 - 8 answers

Dumbbells vs Barbells

Is there any reason that barbells would be indispensable from a serious stength-training program? Or are dumbbells just fine? [more inside]
posted by Vorteks on Jul 1, 2009 - 12 answers

twist my arm

fiddle filter: why won't my arm do what I want it to do when I play the fiddle? [more inside]
posted by crazylegs on Jun 8, 2009 - 12 answers

Puffin tired

Will inhaled propylene glycol vapor become lactic acid and cause sore muscles? [more inside]
posted by K.P. on Mar 16, 2009 - 3 answers

Pic of a guy who's really white and muscular

I'm looking for a muscular role-model... [more inside]
posted by mpls2 on Feb 14, 2009 - 13 answers

Why is my girlfriend uncontrollably twitching and spasming?

My girlfriend uncontrollably twitches and spasms while around me. Possible explanations? (slightly NSFW) [more inside]
posted by Defenestrator on Feb 9, 2009 - 15 answers

How to become a better surf hopper-upper?

I went surfing for the first time recently, and had a hard time doing the "hop up" on the surfboard -- my feet always tended to be too close together, and I just lacked agility. What are some exercises I could do that would strengthen the relevant muscles and/or otherwise make me a hop-master? Thanks.
posted by shivohum on May 31, 2008 - 4 answers

crunch-filter: how do I stop my stomach from being sore?

crunch-filter: how do I stop my abdominal muscles from aching? [more inside]
posted by krautland on May 21, 2008 - 12 answers

Stretching Without Bending

Is there a way to stretch my quadriceps without bending my knees? [more inside]
posted by meerkatty on May 6, 2008 - 14 answers

"Kosher" Position in Classic Meditation that Provides Full Back Support?

Are there alternatives to the lotus position for classic meditation that don't leave the back unsupported? I've found that sitting in an unsupported position, or in a chair that doesn't have a seat back, ends up making my back ache rather strongly. I've thought about investigating meditation (and looking into the more classical, early practices), but have wondered if there's a "kosher" (accepted in the discipline) way of doing the more classical meditations while having your back completely supported (by lying on the ground, or doing it in a chair, or what have you).
posted by WCityMike on Apr 24, 2008 - 17 answers

Tied up in Knots

My husband has a huge knot in the muscles at the small of his back (right where his spine meets his pelvis, very close to the spine). He's clearly in a great deal of discomfort, and wants me to massage the area (which I'm happy to do), but what else can he try? (He's already refused to go to the doctor or use a stick-on heat pack, and we don't own a heating pad.) Suggestions as to stretches, massage techniques, and other things we haven't thought of are welcome.
posted by anastasiav on Mar 4, 2008 - 31 answers

Unbalanced six-packs?

Why do some people's abdominal muscles appear to be asymmetrical? [more inside]
posted by Quadroonian on Dec 30, 2007 - 7 answers

Stop looking so mad all the time!

I have noticed that over the past few years I have been carrying a lot of facial tension. It causes me to look like I'm either scowling or frowning. Please help me relax my face. I can't afford the botox route so natural, mental, or other free(ish) remedies only please. Thanks!
posted by MayNicholas on Jul 18, 2007 - 14 answers

Like a bowlful of jelly.

When I work my abs a lot, I get little mini shaky spasms, similar to what your muscles do after lifting, except they last for a while, say 24 hours, give or take, as opposed to up to two hours or so after weightlifting. Does this happen to you too? Is it common? [more inside]
posted by dame on Jun 15, 2007 - 5 answers

It's my secret X-men ability.

MutantFilter: For as long as I can remember, I've had what I thought was a muscle missing in my upper right arm. I've never seen anyone else with this, nor have I been able to figure out if that's it for sure. Anyone who knows something about anatomy want to take a look at this? (Pictures included.) [more inside]
posted by flod logic on May 29, 2007 - 20 answers

Why can induce muscle cramps in my feet so easily?

I can induce foot cramps really easily - why? [more inside]
posted by tomble on Jan 19, 2007 - 29 answers

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