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

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How to Create an Optimized Diet for Muscle Gain

I have seen a lot of information on the internet about diets for bodybuilding. The information seems to change depending on the writer of the article. Everyone seems to have their own suggestions on ...
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Is “micronized” creatine better than regular creatine?

I frequently read advertisements for "micronized" creatine which is supposedly more pure, easier to absorb, and more effective than regular creatine. Is there any validity to this claim?
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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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why do my hands shake after a workout?

My both hands are really shakey. Starting in the middle of the workout and ending after five hours. Why do they shake? What doest it mean? And is it normal?
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Does this sport's plan provide too much protein?

I have found a new sport's plan for me and I liked it a lot. I tried two days ago and today this sport's plan without special nutrition, just with my daily meals. This is the plan: Kris Gethin's DTP: ...
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What is the optimum training intensity to prevent atrophy when on a caloric deficit?

I know that when I'm on a caloric surplus, I stimulate hypertrophy best if my training intensity lies somewhere between 6-12RM. Now let's say I'm on a caloric deficit. What intensity is optimal for ...
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If you consume a lot of protein but don't exercise does it go to waste?

I recently had surgery and have been asked to avoid exercise for atleast 4 weeks. Before surgery I was doing moderate weight lifting and cardio several times a week and consuming 200 grams of protein ...
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How do you properly 'focus' on one or two muscle groups?

I have a couple of muscle groups that I consider to be 'falling behind', or that I simply want to get bigger as quickly as possible regardless of sacrifices I have to make to training other areas. ...
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Does bodybuilding make you shorter?

When you lift a lot your intervertebral disks get smaller because of the pressure and destruction caused be too much pressure. Also, you loose the body fat surrounding many of your organs and the fat ...
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Twitching after Intense Workouts

I do high intensity training to build mass. I usually get muscle twitching after a hardcore training session. Usually in my Glutes, Triceps, Shoulders, Chest and Quads. I am genetically more gifted ...
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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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Will drinking alchohol and smoking cigarettes inhibits muscle growth? [duplicate]

I've a few questions regarding the alcohol consumption, smoking and body building. About me: 5'5", 136 lbs. Undergoing a hard weight gaining program at gym at evening. Drinking Serious Mass two ...
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One arm chin/pull-up and the lat pulldown machine

I'm currently encountering a weird discrepancy between the force I can generate to lift my body with one arm and the amount of weight I can pull down with one arm at the lat machine, using a ...
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Are there such thing as best exercises for weightlifting?

I've heard this many times from powerlifters that I've work with, "All you really need is 3 lifts to hit all major muscle groups, and technically that's all you really need for maintenance, too." On ...
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Playing volleyball and muscle building

I got sick and lost almost all the muscles that I had built. I have recently started playing volleyball. I used to play basketball but the court seems to be a little way from where I live so I can't ...
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Will a vegan diet help for weight loss and physique?

Some people say that vegan food is good for health, but is it good for bodybuilding and weight loss? As an additional wrinkle, although I am not diabetic, my family has a history of diabetes so I am ...
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increasing muscle size / mass and protein intake

I have a mild chronic kidney disease, through which I have an elevated creatinine level and decreased kidney function. Due to this, I cannot take good amounts of protein, and need to follow a ...
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Deadlifting yesterday gave me pain in my lats. What is the proper posture for deadlifting to avoid this?

Yesterday I did deadlifts in my workout, then I got pain in my lat muscles and also in the thigh. I think this was caused by wrong posture which also can lead to back problems. But I don't know the ...
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Muscular body building by gym [closed]

Is joining a gym for getting a muscular body and good physique really worth it? I mean, how beneficial is a gym membership for staying in shape?
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Hip & ankle flexibility - how to progress?

I'm currently having problems with the following exercises and activities: Tucked planche (Priority 1: even getting of the floor is impossible, my legs only tuck if my hips get pulled in by my abs, ...
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What is Insulin Amplification?

I'm going to buy a protein product which features a Insulin Amplification. But, I'm a little bit worried what Insulin Amplification really is. So, I'm here to ask the expert: What is actually ...
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Should I consume protein shakes after team sport (cardio)?

I started to consume protein shakes (about 25g with milk and water) after hitting the gym to help me gain muscles. I also play flag football two times a week, where the training is more focused on ...
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Quick start body building advice [duplicate]

I know close to nothing, have a lot to learn. I'd appreciate any advice so I can quickly get started while I start learning - the less the better for motivational reasons. I don't expect a quick ...
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How much muscle gain can be expected within 1 month of training on average (m/w) [closed]

Assuming a strict diet and training schedule, there should be a limit to how much muscle growth the average person can expect within a given time frame. To be more specific, lets assume the person ...
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Training load on a diet (am I doing too much?)

I'm 6"1 (187cm) at 194 pounds (88kg) targeting 187 pounds (85kg) and currently eating between 1800 kcal and 2200 kcal daily, with 50 % protein and fat & carbs more or less balanced. I've been ...
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Differences in recovery time (after weight lifting) versus age

I am now 40. I did some weight lifting about 15 years ago and it was fun. I am now back into it, focusing on strength and muscle gain. I obviously don't expect to become a Mr Olympia, but I find it ...
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I want to gain weight. 15 KGs in 5 months [duplicate]

I am 28 Years old Male. My height is 5.6 feet, and weight is 45 KG. My BMI is 17, and I am underweight. I look very skinny, and I get insulted by many people when I am in public gatherings like ...
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How (much) can a metabolism slow down?

Always when you read about diets, you also read a warning saying that a too small calorie intake will slow down your metabolism. However, I can't find any sources explaining what exaclty slows down ...
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Does boxing interfere with gaining muscle?

I would like to gain muscle, weight and at the same time be flexible, in good condition, and do competitions in near future in boxing. For that, after the recommendations, I bought the proteins and ...
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recovery week between 2 demanding programs

That's already almost 2 months that I've started a body building routine that gave me good results (which is why I decided to extend it until now). The program is volume based, a typical 4 days / week ...
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Bulking up in a 2 month time span [duplicate]

This will be my first post on Fitness Stackexchange but I am very familiar with this great website (you may remember me from the Mathematics forums). Well, I have 2 months before I leave for my home ...
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What is the best way to integrate brief sessions in my workplace gym into my strength and body building practices?

My job as a software developer requires me to spend nine hours a day in an office. The building has a gym, but it is not so well equipped that I use it as my primary facility. I work out at another ...
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Can both Yoga and Bodybuilding be done on same day?

I would like to know is it worth doing both Yoga and Bodybuilding on the same day regularly?
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How to lose fat and gain muscle at the same time?

Firstly, is losing fat and gaining muscle at the same time possible? If it is possible, what is the general nutrition and exercise plan to do it? Secondly, is losing fat and gaining muscle at the ...
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Optimum amount of aerobic exercise to induce Angiogenesis for bodybuilding purposes?

So I have always noticed that my endurance-oriented friends have always been more vascular than me at similar bodyfat levels. I stumbled upon the term, Angiogenesis, in another post on this site so I ...
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Quick body development tricks [closed]

I want to quickly get a good shape and muscles. I would prefer to spend 4 hours a day in Gym. I would like to take Eggs, Bacon, Beef, Mutton, Potatoes and Beer everyday with a hope I can achieve a ...
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Adjusting volume and intensity on non “zoned-in” days

we all have encountered those days when we aren't zoned in at the gym, but what do you find to be the "best"(if there is truly a best way) to handle your volume and intensity on those days? I am ...
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Best way to ease back into body building routine after a long break

Do you guys have some recommendation on how to "get back" into the training? Sometimes I have to stay few weeks without training, when I am on holidays for example. I usually have two weeks of ...
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How do I naturally boost my Testosterone levels?

Its a well documented fact that testosterone in essential for muscle development. So much so that some will want to go to the lengths of taking synthetic testosterone in order to aid their ...
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Can I be serious about getting into great shape if I have an office job?

I'm a web developer. I spend 5 days a week, 8-10 hours per day in front of my PC in a chair. I want to get in insanely good shape. I don't mean I want to be a little stronger than the average person, ...
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Muscle building exercises without looking like the Hulk, think toned and defined

I'm looking to tone my body up and build muscle, but don't want to look like the Hulk or the chicken-legged guys with a huge upper body. I would like to target: Upper Body Lower Body Mid area ...
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Can I train for 'mass' on some parts of my body, and 'strength' for others?

Is it possible to perform strength training on certain muscle groups and training for mass gain on others? For example, I don't want big legs, but I of course want much stronger legs. Can I do ...
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Is there a maximum amount of protein the human body can absorb a day?

Assuming I workout on a regular basis and I'm in constant need for protein for recovery.
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Body building diet [closed]

What's a good diet for bodybuilding nothing too crazy just what to eat and what not to eat and how much of a portion to gain mass and not be skinny anymore?
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Is my mass gainer supplement ideal?

Let me describe myself: I have been weightlifting since I graduated (2010). Before graduation I weighed close to 120lbs, now I weigh (on a good day) 163lbs (I'm 5' 11"). I have plenty of definition ...
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Are crunches an effective exercise for building the abs?

Vince Gironda was famous for training people like Arnold and Lou Ferrigno and operating Vince's Gym. He was one of the OGs of professional bodybuilding. There's a story I've heard more than once ...
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What type of physique is possible without use of steroids?

Let me begin by saying I'm completely against steroids, as everybody should be. I don't plan to get into fitness model shape, as I know it often involves extremely strict diets and starvation prior ...
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Shape up body with heavy weights or light weights

I am now planning to go to the gym, I never did gym before more than a month.. and that was 5 years back. Now as since last 5 years I have ruined my body by eating junk foods, sitting in front of the ...
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Creatine and protein schedule

I'm 17 and I workout 5 times a week with my uncle after school for conditioning for football next year and I need to get stronger and bigger and we lift everyday and run on the treadmill everyday and ...
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Is increasing resistance the only possibility to build more muscle mass?

I've often read and heard that you can only build more muscle-mass (get stronger), if you continuously increase the resistance weights (e.g. here). But for me, it's the case that I'm often not able ...