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    Hi,this may seem silly, but today I was wondering, after completing PT pyramid to level ten, why I was able to do this. In the past I was able to do loads of reps of things like push-ups and pull-ups (gymnastics helped with the latter), even though I had no muscle. I assume this was because I also weighed basically nothing. Now I am 14, weigh around 54 kg, and have 12% body fat. So, now that I have more muscle, how much of what I can do is a product of the muscle or me still being somewhat young/light? Apart from that, being young and relatively fit, are there any harder workouts than PT pyramid that are also upper body focused? thanks.

  • #2
    Most probably it´s both.

    Children and young teenagers have a better strength- weight-ratio than adults. Most children are able to move easily on monkey-bars- most adults are not able to do it without training.

    So don´t stress yourself too much. Stick to a healthy diet, make exercise part of your everyday life, but also movement in general (like biking or walking).

    And you can also make programs and exercises harder- like elevating the legs for PU or one-arm PU, one-leg squats or pistols...

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    • #3
      Thanks for the answer.
      On a completely unrelated note, are there any exercises that help reduce asthma? I have mild asthma that only affects me when I run, swim and occasionally when I play soccer (which is annoying because I am on both a track and soccer team). It only really flairs up when I run for over 10-15 mins so not too bad for soccer (rest in between short sprints). It's not bad enough to see a doctor or take meds but are there workouts that would reduce it in the long-term or that I could do just before to reduce it in the short-term? BTW even during very difficult workouts I don't get asthma. Sorry for all the questions.

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      • #4
        rbt0583 asthma has many causes and depending on how it developed there are different things you can do. Yours sounds like a case that could be helped by exercise as you're active already. There are no specific workouts for it, but if you do any of our HIIT workouts and monitor the time you need to take a break because you find it difficult to breathe, and persevere, with time and a little patience you will find that the time you need to stop after exercising will get longer and longer. I hope this helps a little, and ... welcome to The Hive!

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        • #5
          Thanks

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          • #6
            There are several steps of asthma-therapy. First one is to use a fast- and short-acting beta-agonist when needed.
            Also you should be screened for allergic asthma.

            But all exercises that require focus on breathing- like swimming. So if you have problems with swimming it can be either a mental thing or the clorine (or other substances) in the pool.

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            • #7
              I used to have exercise-induced asthma. I never had a full attack, kind of like it sounds like with you, but the trouble breathing and the coughing that would result every time I started any type of exercise (or, at times, to laugh really hard) did make me take two puffs of the fast-acting medication (salbutamol) before any workout. Did that for a few years. Kept on being active, despite my lung doctor asking me whether it was really necessary to work out four times a week (hello? yes? I'm in my late twenties, and exercise is actually GOOD for asthma???), and at some point it just disappeared. I've been off any medication for about four years now. Master says it's the kung fu, but I believe the running played a part as well. My personal impression was that the more even, sustained load of jogging/running helped, in addition to the more interval-like load on the respiratory system during kung fu. But that's totally just an impression.
              Sounds like you're doing great and good luck with your asthma!!!

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              • #8
                Thanks, yeah it's weird because when I run I'm just panting like hell (it often sound like my throat becomes a whistle) which always ends up being funny while running with kids on my track team. As for when I swim it ends up feeling like I'm drowning, and if I don't stop, I often end up puking mucous (why I stopped swimming).

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                • #9
                  Did you try running slower and focus on breathing? Mabye there was also something wrong with your breathing technique in swimming?

                  You can see a doctor and get it tested.

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                  • #10
                    For swimming I think it's particularly bad not because I don't breathe often enough/correctly but instead because I probably don't do it enough. I havn't seen a doctor because it never seems bad enough to really be much of a bother when I run and I almost never swim.

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                    • #11
                      Well, to me it does sound like seeing a doctor to see if he/she will prescribe the fast-acting medication might make your life easier. I do my best to avoid medications whenever possible and really did my research when I started on the salbutamol. To the best of my knowledge inhalers, if used correctly, really get the stuff where it's needed and only there. And even if you swallow some by accident, the beta agonists have none of the possible side effects of glucocorticoids (the slow-acting asthma medication for people with more severe symptoms and inflammation) and are very safe if used in the prescribed amounts. The reason I'm saying this is that a) it's just not fun to be wheezing and b) I seem to remember that it's also not very healthy. But of course I'm neither a doctor nor do I know you.

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                      • #12
                        Yeah the reason why I said it wasn't worth seeing a doctor was because I am living with my parents (14) and I just moved so I don't actually have a doctor yet.

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