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

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Barbell biceps curl - standing up or sitting down?

So, I'd like to do a prefect exercise for biceps, really isolate them and make them work 100% in order to get them bigger. I use barbells. I'm wondering, which of the following two exercises is ...
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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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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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Intensive training after 8 years

Long time ago I used to run in the mornings, workout in the gym 2 days a week, and some martial arts. I was not a gym freak at all but I had some nice definition. Now 8 years later (and 30 years old)...
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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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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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Is the deadlift necessary for an intermediate bodybuilder?

I have been lifting for 6 years (non professionally) yet never seriously tried the Deadlift exercise. Is this exercise necessary for intermediate\advanced bodybuilders in any way?
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I can't perform a single pull-up

I can't perform a single pull-up, or even a chin-up. I can't lift myself to the bar, however when using a low bar (one that I can start from the top) I can perform 3-4 chin-ups but still no pull-ups. ...
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Fitness training with varicose veins

Recently my workout buddy was at a phlebologist who diagnosed varicose veins which have to be treated by surgery (just one large vein) the cause of this seems to be genetic and she now have to wear ...
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Beginning the deadlift exercise

With so much misinformation all over the internet, how do I learn the Deadlift?
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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 ...
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Should I train all muscles or concentrate on some muscles in each session?

Say I train 3 times a week. Which alternative is better: Just train all target muscles in each session, no focus on any muscles on any session, or Dedicate each session to some muscles. For example: ...
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What kind of muscle workout was Mike Tyson was doing?

I'm looking for the details of the muscle workouts that Mike Tyson was doing when he was training. I need to know what muscle groups he was concentrating on, and what workouts he was doing for those ...
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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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How does doing more repetitions improve muscle definition?

I always heard people saying lifting heavier weights helps build muscle mass while doing more repetitions helps improve muscle definition. I have no trouble understanding the former. But how does one ...
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What changes between the 5 rep range and the 10 rep range?

Through observation and empirical evidence, a lot of strength trainers and bodybuilders have found that 5-6 reps is ideal for building strength, while 10-12 reps is ideal for building size. I've ...
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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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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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When I work out, do my guts grow too?

There could be two reasons: 1. Testosterone release As far as I understand, when one works out, it provokes a testosterone release that promotes the repair of microtears in the muscles involved in ...
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What are some safe chest exercise for people with shoulder impingement?

Are there any safe chest exercise you can do when you have shoulder impingement? Or should you avoid all forms of chest exercise in general?
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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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A linear progression v-taper program

I've now done four Starting Strength workouts and admire the linear progressive nature of it and really look forward to each workout. I'm not sure however it's the best choice for addressing my ...
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How to maintain muscle during breaks from training?

I m 25 years old and have been going to the gym for the past 3 years. Recently, I took 10 days off due to illness and noticed that I lost muscle. This happens whenever I take a break from the gym. ...
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Obtaining protein from alternative non-meat sources for bodybuilding

I have allergies towards egg whites and meat. I cannot eat chicken, beef, or pork. Others meats though like quail, fish are fine. What products can I substitute for eggs and meat? I would like to get ...
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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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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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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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Are there advantages to breaking up a workout?

For instance, say you're doing an HST (Hypertrophy-Specific Training) routine, and you can choose between Routine 1 ad Routine 2. In Routine 1 you would be doing 3 full-body sessions per week, and in ...
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How to deal with aggressive knurling?

My EZ bar has excessive knurling that is quite painful for my hands. Is there a product to deal with it, other than wearing gloves? I was thinking some kind of wrap, similar to that used to wrap a ...
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As a hardgainer, how do I get the right balance of calories to add size without adding fat?

I am a prototypical hardgainer, 23 years old and never weighed over 10 stone until recently when I started lifting weights again (lifted in the past and never saw any noticeable gains). I read in an ...
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Should I squat with sore knees?

5 weeks ago I've started an 8 week training program which consists of fullbody training 3 times a week. After years of stagnation I feel real progress in all major muscle groups. However, probably ...
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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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Body fat loss halted. Anyone have experience getting under 8% body fat?

I have successfully reduced my body fat from 15% to 8.5%. Keep in mind these are pinch tests so the over all body fat calculated percentage might be a bit off. My abdominal skin fold measures 7.1mm. ...
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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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What is the genetic potential for muscular development?

I've heard the concept of "genetic potential" thrown around when referring to bodybuilding. They say that people are hardwired to reach certain size. I have the following questions regarding this ...
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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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Is there a correlation between a heart risks and high BMI for someone with a low body fat percentage?

While Body-Mass Index isn't the worlds most accurate indicator, it does correlate quite nicely with body fat, as the graph below shows. One of the uses of BMI in this case, is that a high BMI is ...
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Benefits of having low salt diet?

I am totally aware of the health benefits of having moderate amount of salt (Sodium) in a balanced diet and also down sides of having too much. However, I can see that, in so many healthy cooking ...
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Why do bodybuilders take such a long recovery period?

Why do bodybuilders take recovery periods that are longer than any other type of athlete? Im doing a mixture of weights and cardio. I try to do 2 sessions with weights focusing on upper body and 2 ...
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Hand position in dumbbell bench press

How does hand position in a dumbbell flat bench affect which muscles are activated? The positions I know are palms facing each other and the traditional palms facing down. On rare occasions I see ...
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Just finished 12-week shortcut to size. What's next?

I have just completed a popular mass building program by Jim Stoppani called "Shortcut to Size". I found it to be really well designed. There are subtle variations in exercises that become noticeable ...
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What are some free weight exercises to isolate hamstrings?

We have tons of squat variations to work the quadriceps and glutes, but I've never seen a free weight exercise to really work the hamstrings. It seems like hamstring isolation is only possible on a ...
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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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Working out 5 days a week when following strengthening routines

I am currently following the strengthening routine suggested by @DaveLiepmann 3 days a week. Extracts from this thread - Are these Workout Routines right for Body Building 2.In each workout you ...
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I need an effective excercise for wings/chest

I need an effective exercise for chest wings. Basically my body is normal, but my chest is almost same in width to my lower body and the belly. I want my chest/wings to be more in width, so it becomes ...
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Clicking and clicking noise with bench presses

When doing bench presses, both the left and right areas of my shoulders make this really loud clicking sound and it feels as if the bones are clicking against each other. This has been happening for ...
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Bench pressing and deadlift on even days, squat and pull up on odd days. Is this all I need?

I recently read an article in Men's Journal: [A] guy who hasn’t trained in a long time, if ever, will get stronger faster on the simplest program of squats, dead lifts, and presses, three times a ...
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How to sculpt masculine VS feminine chest?

How should men and women differ their chest workout to attain a chest suitable for their gender? Here are the qualities that I believe are masculine and feminine. Your thoughts may differ, but I'd ...
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Spreading workout into two

Would it be better to spread my workout into two different shifts, or better to do it all at once? My focus is to lose fat, gain muscle. I am 5'11", weight 185 lbs and I'm 26 years old. I currently ...
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Shrugs - To roll or not to roll?

This is going to be a short question, because there's very little depth to it. I've been bulking lately, and to have something to focus on, aesthetically, my shoulder region is getting some love. And ...