Replies to Replies

October 18, 2009

A quick post today to reply to a a couple of replies before going back to the norm tomorrow.

In response to a post a couple of days ago, Steve Chambers said this: “all this analysis seems to be relevant to getting in shape for a competition rather than for everyday life.  I guess it depends on one’s priorities.”

Hey, Steve, thank you for your reply.  I found your feedback quite valuable.

Yes, doing the calculations recommended in the last several posts can be used to fine tune your physique.  However, my original intention in posting the diet details in those posts was to take the guesswork out of what to do, as far as food is concerned, to lose fat and/or gain muscle.  I need to work on making it more simple, and I will.  Look for the simplified method for making the caloric needs, protein, fat, and carb needs estimations at in the near future.

Here’s another question posed in response to a previous post.

Lisa Mclellan asked this question: “…I started doing inclines and another exercise where you sit and pull the weighted bar down in front of and behind your head with spread arms. Not sure if you know what I mean, but you need a machine to do that one.  Any ideas on how to tone that muscle again.”

Lisa, I believe that the exercise you described is called a “lat pulldown”, and it is meant to exercise the latissimus dorsi, which is the “wing” muscle under the arm and on the side of your torso, which extends onto your back.  If you have any dumbbells at home, you can do an exercise called the dumbbell pullover that exercises this muscle (the latissimus dorsi) along with the chest.

Here’s a video that shows a guy doing the dumbbell pullover.

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17 Responses to “Replies to Replies”

  1. Thanks Darryl, that’s perfect! I’ll give them a try. Good idea using the video to demonstrate. It is often hard to get the right technique from just reading how to do an exercise.

    Lisa McLellan
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  2. kate McKeon says:

    Close push-ups with elbows brushing your sides is the best form of tricep work and is plenty challenging. Start on the kitchen counter and work down to the floor. That’ll tighten arms in a flash! You’ll feel it the next day . . . but it will feel so good.

    Forward facing tricep work prevents shoulder surgery from all the surgeons I know….


  3. Vicki says:

    I, too, am with the women on this one. One of the places on my body that could use some work. Without equipment is even better so no matter where you are you can excercise.

  4. John Ho says:


    Short video is a great way to show how exercise is done correctly.

    John Ho
    Numerology Expert Helps Understanding Personality for Better Influence & Persuasion

  5. I like the addition of the video.

    Robert Martin

  6. JJ Jalopy says:

    Looks like hard work! :-)

  7. Martin says:

    Neat answers to the questions and great use of video – a picture paints a thousand words and all that.
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  8. Pam Schulz says:

    More great advice from the fitness and health expert.

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  9. I’m with Keri… I need the no-flap arms and the no-flap belly. After 3 c-sections, is there any hope?

    Jen Battaglino

    The Harwood Group – Tinnitus, Chronic Illness, Fears, and Anxiety

    • Katie says:

      Jenn, you’ve got to stop letting them slice and dice, yikes! Hope those kids are cute. :)

      Darryl mentions so cool eating routines and I recommend a cleanse before you go full throttle (GetHealthyHQ’s 21 Day Body Makeover).

      then the lifting you do has a chance to show, have to burn off the fat that hides your muscles.


  10. Thank you Darryl you post are always helpful.

    Jose Escalante

  11. Lisa says:

    Is there a way to tone your arms without using free weights or machines? Something you can do at home for 10 minutes a day?


  12. Mister P says:

    Thanks for explaining things better. Very informative posts.

    Bert (alter ego- Mister P)

  13. Rob Northrup says:

    Those are excellent clarifications Darryl, thanks for responding to them–


  14. Darryl:

    Thanks for your response. I do find your posts informative, helpful and easy to read. I’m learning a lot.

    Steve Chambers
    Sales Training Speaker

  15. Why stop. I’m sure you could have done another 50 reps.

    Martin O’Connor

  16. Keri Eagan says:

    Is that the exercise you would do to prevent the “flap” that happens on arms? If it is, then is that all you need for toned arms?

    Keri Eagan



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