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

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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)? [closed]

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 ...
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Skull crusher workout issue

Usually, I do skull crusher exercise (1st or 2nd exercise of Triceps day and neutral position with an EZ bar) 3 sets with following weights (8-11 reps range). Earlier I used to do 20kg max (for 3rd ...
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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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Is it necessary for a vegan to supplement protein?

Is it necessary for a vegan who wants to build muscle to take a protein supplement, or can they get enough protein from diet alone?
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How to compensate for extended cardio as body builder

I'm am doing body building as a hobby with 4 training sessions a week lasting for 60 to 90 minutes. I had good results with an intake of around 3.500 calories per day, the usual low carb diet. My goal ...
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Interchanging Workouts

My current workout routine is as follows: Monday : Chest Tuesday : Triceps Wednesday : Lat's/Back Thursday : Biceps Friday : Shoulder Saturday, whole day I go to play cricket and Sunday is rest ...
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Beginner full body routine without squats

My gym does not have a squat rack, and I can't seem to find any beginner strength routines without squats. Any suggestions? Is it possible to do something like strong lifts with split squats instead? ...
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Optimal interval between workouts [duplicate]

I read somewhere that after breaking your muscles apart (f.e. by working out) they start to repair until the muscles reach their new maximum volume/strentgh. All information which is not new for me, ...
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Skull crusher exercise positions

Usually I do flat skull crushers for Triceps but I have seen some guys doing it in incline and decline way. What is the difference between incline, decline and flat modes? Is it same as we do ...
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Can I beat Arnold in arm wrestling? [closed]

NOTE: I know this question is off-topic, but I feel compelled to ask it here. Arnold Schwarzenegger: He's 66 years old now, and I know you can see all recent videos of him working out, his arm size ...
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getting bigger arms by doing just bicep / tricep exercises

I try to find time for 45 - 60 minutes, 2 - 3 times a week for resistance training, where I follow a circuit-training routine. Sometimes, I don't manage, but would manage to squeeze a short one of ...
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Weigted vest exercises for bodybuilding at home

Since heavy barbells may be problematic in an appartement I am constantly looking find some alternatives to traditional barbell exercises which I can do at home. This time I want to ask, what ...
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When does plank during stop working for aesthetic purposes?

I understand that for any given exercise, the rep range for power is 1-3, strength is around 5, hypertrophy is around 8, and 12+ is for endurance. How does this related to planks? E.g. how long ...
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How to breathe in lifts requiring tight core (squats, deadlifts)

I am a bit confused about the correct breathing technique in lifts that require core strength. Take the squat as example: 1) Some people say that it is very important to breathe in at the top of ...
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Cable pull throughs as alternatives to traditional deadlifts

Im constantly looking for deadlift alternatives for my home workout program (or for home workouts in general, not only for me). This time I stumbled over an exercise called cable pull throughs (you ...
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2 workouts a day, supplementation

i'm currently trying a 2 workouts a day, and i want to know if it's usefull to take like 2 times BCAA , pre-workout, post-workout, ... for each workout. Thank you !
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Gaining muscle but scale showing more body fat percentage?

I have been recently training for muscle gain - less reps, more weight, lean proteins, complex carbs, no processed food...and all that jazz. I have been also taking some supplements (protein, ...
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Can a person who has Marfan Syndrome grow muscle?

Marfan syndrome is a weakness on the connective tissues, this means that numerous if not all tissues of the body are weak and is very easily to get injured, but I wonder, does Marfan syndrome prevents ...
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Is it possible to “tone” up your muscles?

I hear a lot of people talking about going to the gym to "tone" up their muscles. What they usually do to improve their tone is to do relatively high reps with relatively low weights - say 30-50 reps ...
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How to achieve a “marathon runner's” physique by just working out? [duplicate]

By marathon runner's physique what I mean is a body type that is not bulky but muscular. Something like just a real lean build with low body fat percentages, muscles showing naturally without even ...
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Do I need to do a full body routine before I follow beginners' routines

I hit the gym yesterday after I found a "3 day split" routine which I feel like it sounds good, but I want to ask whether should I do like, what I know as general/full body training for certain period ...
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How do I check my own form doing weight lifting?

I don't work out with a partner and I don't want to, so that's not an option. Is there a general method I can use to check my own form during moves? For me this is specifically about bodybuilding ...
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Glutamine to increase muscle mass through better recovery

My main goal is to increase muscle mass through strength / heavy lifting. I am considering taking a Glutamine supplement and was wondering if doing so will result in quicker and more complete recovery ...
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Is there anyway you can recover muscle mass that you've lost due to improper dieting?

I've recently experimented with low carbing, calorie reduction and fasting. I think I messed it up for the past two weeks and have lost most of the muscle mass Ive gained. I am a novice, started ...
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No carbs before sleep. But how long before?

Facts You need carbs (preferebaly fast absorbing type) after a full on gym session to fuel the muscle and stop the body from losing muscle. It's always recomended not to take carbs before sleep. (I ...
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reverse grip lateral pulldown

when trying to workout the lats/ lower-lats, does using a reverse grip actually provide any utility in honing in on the lower lats? Or is the reverse grip just a strategy to have a stronger grip? ...
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Is it possible for an Ectomorphic to build bulky muscle like the Professional body builders ?

Is it possible for an Ectomorphic to build bulky muscle like the Professional body builders ? Will they be able to build body and compete in body building competitions? Should an ectomorph ...
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May I take a sleep immedietely after doing exercise?

I'm currently working on my body building. I found that it is good to do some small exercises like weight lift and thandal on morning. I’m waking at 5:30 am since I need to do some official work on ...
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Mike Mentzer, Heavy duty

I was looking for a programme that is out of the ordinary so i'm currently using the heavy duty from Mike Mentzer. My main goal is to gain mass / muscle ! It looks like : Monday - back & chest ...
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Role of jogging/running in bodybuilding regime

People have different opinions about running,jogging even walking. There are somethings I want myself to be cleared about which I looked out a lot but couldn't satisfy myself. What time or days per ...
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Light/Heavy weight in a training day

I wanted to try something new so I'm doing something like: Bench press 2*20 2*6-8 So for each exercice, I'm doing 2 sets of light weight and 2 sets of heavy ass weight with 1 minute rest between ...
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Help with 3/Week PushPull routine

I was am about o change my routine (next week), and wish to try a Push/Pull split. I never trained in this split, but would like to try, I have looked for online routines, but it seems target to those ...
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How often should I work out if I want to build mass?

I find that if I work out frequently my muscles don't get very sore after working out, but if I do slightly more intense workouts less frequently my muscles stay sore for at least two days. With the ...
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How can I increase bicep width?

How can I increase bicep width? I am happy with my bicep peak, but I am having trouble increasing the width of my biceps. My arms look rather big from the side but when you look at them head on they ...
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Why are there so many exercises in bodybuilder workouts?

I did Starting Strength for 4 months and saw good results. I've changed to a novice bodybuilder workout, and noticed that the rep/set range has increased from 3x5 to 4x10, which makes sense for ...
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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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Using only dumbbells for aesthetic gains

I'm 6ft and 200lbs. I have some stomach fat, not too much, but enough that I would like to lose it. My Dr. recently considered me very healthy weight-wise, although he didn't get into fat percentages. ...
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What is the difference between powerlifting and bodybuilding and how do you determine which one is right for you?

From what I understand it seems like: Bodybuilding is used for conditioning your body to "look good" via the use of a wide variety of isolation + compound exercises. Powerlifting is used for gaining ...
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How do I promote connective tissue health/strength?

Muscles can be trained and grown. Stretching can prevent injury to muscles, joints, and connective tissue. But can connective tissues (tendons, ligaments) be trained and strengthened like muscles ...
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As a novice/intermediate, how to change to a bodybuilding routine while incorporating these two main goals

A bit of historic and personal info: I'm 24yo, have 5'9 (1,75m) and 213lbs (97kg), more or less 22%BF. I've begin to weight training in my 15, but never got it serious. Trained for one year, stooped ...
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What are the endocrinological benefits of holistic rest in bodybuilding?

It's common knowledge that bodybuilders need rest after a workout to rebuild muscle. Everyone advises localized rest. That is, you should give a particular muscle at least 48 hours of rest before ...
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What does scholarly research suggest about the difference between heavy compound exercises vs. split routines for maximizing muscle mass

There have been dozens of questions asked about the best way to maximize muscle mass. Consistently, the highest rated answer suggests focusing on whole-body compound exercises like squats, deadlifts, ...
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What are reasonable numbers of lean muscle mass growth?

Lot of advertisements of supplements and other fitness products tell that you can grow a lot of lean muscle mass in one month. I understand that it really depends on diet and exercises, but what are ...
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Any Good workout plan for beginner? [duplicate]

I am a beginner in working out and building muscles. I am skinny and have no muscles at all, but I want to start working out, so I could get muscles and get strong. Are there any good workout programs ...