Working out for aesthetic purposes: building muscle mass, cutting weight (especially fat), creating desired body proportions.

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I am underweight. How do I gain weight and muscle?

I am a man in my twenties. Although I am 5 feet 6 inches tall, I weigh only 100 pounds. I want to gain weight as soon as possible. How do I gain weight and muscle as fast as possible?
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How many calories should I exactly eat for building body?

The title is little ambiguous. But my situation puts that into context: My weight 60kgs & height 5'6". I've started weight training for body building for past 3 weeks. Its written every where to ...
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What workout regimen is appropriate for the recently malnourished?

Background: For past 3 years my weight was 55-58kgs. 3 years ago, I was able to do 25+ pushups w/o break, 10 pull ups (from dead hang to chest over bar), 10 dips. For past three years I survived on ...
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For the same number of repetitions, does it build more muscle to do fewer sets?

Suppose I want to do 50 pushups. I could do: 10 sets of 5 5 sets of 10 2 sets of 25 1 set of 50 Each option is more difficult than the last. But is it more beneficial? Is it "more pain, more ...
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Building muscle and trimming fat at same time? bulking/cutting phases?

Hi I began gym 2/3 months ago. I go about 5 days a week and my routine is as follows: 30-60 min cardio, 45 minute weight lifting (targeting each muscle group on a different day) Currently: female, ...
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How much do the plates in Crossfit weigh?

I've been a long time bodybuilder, but never tried Crossfit. I watched some videos of Crossfit athletes use large plates of the same size as the 45 pound plates I find in bodybuilding gyms. I am ...
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Diet for pain recovery

I've damaged my lower back doing some stupid stuff and i can't train for the moment. I 'm wondering is there is a "special" diet for muscle pain recovery. Like if i overload veggies or somethig like ...
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How to get started with Pull-Ups? [duplicate]

My other half is a total newbie in Fitness activities. She has had a tough time to even get through a single set of 5 Pull-Ups. Whats the best way to get started with Pull-Ups? And, How do I support ...
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one day - left arm, next day - right arm

Is it ok to train only one arm in this day and then next day the other arm. I am asking because now I am training left and right biceps for example in the same day and feel rather tired in the end ...
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Protein: How much is too much?

I'm currently taking in 100 grams a day of protien via whey powder. I used to take 250 grams when I was training. I've read that you should intake 1 gram per pound of body weight you have when ...
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“Tricep Dumbbell Kickback” causing fatigue pain in back side of shoulder

"Tricep Dumbbell Kickback" is my favorite exercise to work on triceps but fatigue pain (Not a pain because I am hurt). I can't hold weight with elbow at 90 degree position. The position that I chose ...
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Is technique or form more important than progress in weight or reps?

I'm a novice bodybuilder (getting converted into strength trainer). Its been 3 weeks since I'm hitting gym. All my ego is shattered in past couple of weeks. I used to think I was strong but I'm so ...
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Which parameters define a well-balanced full-body strength training program?

I think many have heard this question before, and it is still something that in my opinion seems a bit unclear. A fitness training program consisting of 5-8 compound exercises is considered to be a ...
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How to take care of the hurting shoulder joint?

I think I've hurt my right shoulder. I don't know what caused it but it is painful. I noticed it today while taking bath. I clean my back by applying soap with my hands somewhat like this: I when I ...
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What exercises are good to build up to performing chin-ups?

I can't do a single decent chin-up, are there any easy alternatives that I could build up in quantity as a forerunner to being able to do chin-ups? Alternatively are there are any weights exercises ...
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How to track my weight training?

I've started weight training and I'm in my 4th week now. I'm seeing big improvements. Now I want to start tracking my workouts & diet. Is there a software or a website which allows me to do that?
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Looking for equivalent workout to Upright Barbell Row excersie

i'm looking for an equivalent workout to this shoulder workout i've been practicing. I had to stop practicing this because my wrists hurt! (both my wrists were broken when i was a kid) Any help is ...
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What is the opposite exercise of push ups?

I've been doing push ups on a daily basis, and I feel like I need to also train the opposite muscles, to make sure I'm training evenly. What would be a good counter-exercise for push ups?
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What novice program should I recommend to my unfit friends?

I lift, but most of my friends don't. What should I have them do when they (finally!) decide to try coming to the gym with me? My friends are not fit, but also not obese or possessing gross injury. ...
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How to train up to 50 pull-ups?

My target is to do 50 pullups (without coming down in between them of course). Is it more beneficial (faster for me to hit my target) by doing 1-shot as much as I can or is it more beneficial to ...
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How does muscle confusion work?

I just found out about P90x and it seems they use the muscle confusion theory. But how does it work neurologically and as far as creating muscle mass is concerned? What would a typical routine be? ...
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When is isolating certain muscles beneficial?

I have heard that isolation exercises are pointless by some, and that total body workouts are to be abided by. I must digress as, for example, what if supporting muscles are strikingly weak? I have ...
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How long should I rest in between sets?

If my goal is size. EDIT: Since other people with potentially different goals than mines are likely to see this question, it would be good if your answer includes the optimal rest times for different ...
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Is controlled release of muscle contraction more beneficial than free release?

I used to think that best way to train a muscle is to do reps very slowly, but from the ACSM's manual I learned that it is a myth. Now that made me wonder about controlled release of muscle ...
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How to strengthen my wrists?

While my wrists are fine in general, some of the more strenuous exercises I (try to) do are painful sometimes; for example, one-armed pushups. I used to have more problems, even when doing pull ups ...
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Unable to maintain same reps through all the sets of an exercise

In the gym, I stick to 3 to 4 sets (4 sets for compound exercies and 3 sets for isolation exercises) of 10 reps each. But the problem is I'm unable to maintain 10 reps in 2nd and 3rd sets. I'm taking ...
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What differences in the muscle structure can be seen when trained for Strength vs Hypertrophy vs Endurance?

This question is bugging me for few weeks now. Its not that I didn't try to look up. I never found a complete answer in an understandable language. From the articles I read over internet I could just ...
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Are these Workout Routines right for Body Building

The weightlifting-101 blog post on the stackexchange blog and posts on fitness.SE has helped me learn more about strength training and body building. My goal is body building (to bulk up) in short ...
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What happens if don't consume enough fat?

My aim is to build body. I've been working out in gym for past 2-3 weeks now. I train my full body hard thrice a week and 2 hours per workout day. Considering myself "very active" Interactive DRI for ...
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What are the trade-offs of weight versus repetition?

When doing work out with weights, what is the impact of trade-off between amount of weights working with number of times an exercise is repeated For example, I can repeat an exercise 10x3 times ...
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Do I just have to forget about lifting weights?

Started gym 2 months ago - 5 days a week (1 hour cardio, 1 hour weights). 145 pounds, 170cm, female. I am eating a calorie deficit and realize my gains are only newbie gains.. I will forever be ...
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Muscle mass with dumbbells only

Last summer I haven't job and got a lot of free time so I often was at the gym and achived some results there. But in march things have changed and I just waking in 5:45 am and coming home at 8 pm or ...
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Implications of the fact that resistance bands doesn't provide constant force for pull throughs and in general

Some time ago I asked a question about how to replace deadlifts with resistance bands: Resistance band deadlifts. One point was that the resistance band doesn't offer a constant resistance but it ...
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How to identify what type of body is yours

I agree that different exercise suits for different body types. Different diet ,proteins etc. are good for one body type and may not be good for the other. But how can one identify their build or type ...
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Smoking and its effects on muscle building

Does smoking effect the muscle building process? I understand it can effect your endurance.
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Why are female steroid-using bodybuilders less muscular than male ones?

Given that steroids and growth hormone etc. are taken by both male and female bodybuilders, why are the male bodybuilders always more muscular? Presumably women's doses aren't lower than men's. Also, ...
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Is there any equipment/method that might help growing height?(20 yo male)

Sorry, this might be a dumb question, but I'm a 20 year-old male, only 170cm, I know I only have 1-2 years left for growing, and I've been trying everything to help me to grow height. Recently I just ...
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Why do compound exercises build more mass than isolation exercises?

I've heard this a million times: If you want to get massive, you have to do compound exercises, not isolation exercises. A specific example is the Hodge twins suggesting to do chin-ups rather ...
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How many reps are ideal for increasing muscle mass?

Research In Ultimate Bodybuilding: The Master Blaster's Principles of Training and Nutrition Joe Weider says the following: I learned that the best repetition range for building muscle mass is ...
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Do the calories from high-GI foods eaten in the morning count towards the energy you have in your evening workout?

I guess I have multiple questions stemming from this one question actually. Example scenario: Let's say a bodybuilder needs 2500 calories to be in a caloric surplus. Of his daily calorie intake, 15% ...
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In bodybuilding, how do I train my traps and lats without involving my biceps?

Some people like it not to train biceps together with their back, because "when you get to workout the biceps, it is already tired from the back exercises". Sometimes, you have a hurt biceps and need ...
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Injured bicep, will it now be susceptible to future injury?

One of the strong points about my physique has always been my biceps, but unfortunately last week I injured my right one. Last Friday, I was doing single arm preacher curls with 75lb (34 kg) ...
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How to lift regularly, without training

For the last year, I've been on programs which require 3 non consecutive days. Starting Strength, Stronglifts, AllPros At the moment my life is so hectic that sometimes I can only make it to the gym ...
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What is the effect of alcohol on the body?

What are the effects on the body due to alcohol? Should I simply consider it as a carb in my macros or is it different (worse?) than that? I’ve been bodybuilding for a year and a half and I haven’t ...
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How to workout on a bad day

I've slept only 5 hours and slept poorly due to anger ans stress. Today feels like a bad day and I feel like I have no energy and im not motivated. I do workout 6 days a week, but what can I do ...
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Is there a routine for hypertrophy that is incredibly intense but effective(no steroids)?

This question was not well received originally, so I will rephrase it. Is there a hypertrophy routine that stands above the others in terms of size gain, given that infinite motivation and ...
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How does the different loading techniques in bulagrian split squats compare?

I know several different methods of how to load a bulgarian split squat: use dumbbells or kettlebells by your sides use a dumbbell or a kettlebell in goblet position use a barbell in front squat ...
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Chest bench press using a machine

I have been working out for 1.5 years now. For chest bench press(with a barbell), I do 10(rep)x30(kg) 10(rep)x40(kg) 8(rep)x50(kg) I feel quite a pain in my front delts while doing and for 2 days ...
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How does muscle size relate to strength?

I've heard it often that the size of muscles, for example biceps, is not related to how strong someone is. Is this true? See for example this image of Gu Yanli who won the strongest man championship ...
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Fitness plan for an achieving high school freshman

About myself: I am a high school freshman and in the past months it has dawned on me that exercise is way to important to ignore as I did for the ~8 months prior when I was struggling with anxiety ...