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

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Exercises for building strong and well defined abs?

While people are very quick to jump on the adage that "abs are built in the kitchen", there are some people for whom additional help is required. Its generally acknowledged that a healthy, low-body ...
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What should skinny people do to track progress?

Since skinny people, like myself, need to track their progress while building muscle mass and staying feet; what should I be looking at? Right now I'm measuring muscle, weight, and body fat but 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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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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Is this pain in my neck — after Smith Machine squats — just DOMs or something else?

Last Thursday (so, 5 days ago), I did a short leg workout, centering on finding my maximum weight for squats. I used a Smith Machine and, for the first time ever, I did not have a pad on the Olympic ...
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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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Why does the glycemic index of a carb NOT affect exercise performance?

I read an article on SimplyShredded that claimed that the type of carbohydrate doesn't matter, but rather only the amount of carbs matter to bodybuilders. In the following excerpt, the author claims ...
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Will a vegan diet affect my bodybuilding progress?

I am a vegetarian, and I don't eat eggs. I want to start body building and I am wondering how I can continue without eating eggs. In any case I will not eat eggs I want to solely continue a vegetarian ...
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Weights + Conditioning circuit + Mixed martial arts

I'm thinking of starting a regime, where I hit my local gym 3 hours a day 6 days a week. I am 5'7" with a moderate build and I weigh 65kg. I'm wanting to build muscle and lose fat. The first 1hr ...
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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 ...
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Gaining strength at constant body weight vs bulking up followed by losing weight

Calorie intake restriction while trying to gain strength seems not to be easy, and I have experienced with my own eyes an improvement from one workout to another, by simply eating more than usual in ...
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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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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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Water intake while doing body building workouts?

Some people told me that I shouldn't drink water while doing body building exercises and others told me that I should drink more. All these days, while doing workouts, if I feel thirsty I used to have ...
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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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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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How do you calculate daily vitamin requirements?

I'm looking at the nutrition facts label on my protein shake bottle and it says: Protein 42g - 84% DV Vitamin C - 100% DV Vitamin A - 40% DV Vitiman D - 50% DV etc... I know the 84% daily value ...
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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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Body building and gaining weight

I'm 5'10" tall and weight only 56kg. I'm trying to be massive and doing some workout daily, like push ups for at least 30 minutes, with two breaks. In the last 6 months I gained only 5kg. I'm quite ...
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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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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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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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Why is the order of exercise routines important?

Many advice me to do the exercises for shoulders, lats, chests first and then do the arm specific ones (biceps, triceps) or the abdominal ones. For eg the full-body workout from the exrx site. Is ...
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Are there adverse side-effects when creatine is not taken with liquids?

I bought some Optimum Nutrition creatine (Creapure blend of creatine monohydrate) and it does not dissolve in liquids. When I stir the creatine into a sugary drink or even plain water, the crystals ...
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Is my current nutrition enough to support my body building goals?

I am new to to bodybuilding. Though I have worked out previously for more than 6 months on and off, I haven't really followed a proper schedule or had the right nutrition. My goal is to have lean ...
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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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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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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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Does the optimal hypertrophy rep range apply to tired muscles?

It is generally accepted that the optimal rep range for muscular hypertrophy is around 6-10 reps. And it is also generally accepted that after 3 minutes of rest muscles will recuperate all the energy ...
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What are good books on muscle building heavily based on science?

Please suggest few books on the topic of muscle building, that are heavily backed by scientific research. I prefer them to be light on concrete training programs, but heavy on facts and research ...
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Skinny wrists - will this change as the rest of me does?

I know it's vain - but I'm not blessed in this department. As I progress down the road towards the body I want instead of the current body I have can I expect my wrists to gain in proportion also? I ...
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Leaving Bodybuilding after some years may cause bulging of the body?

I have read somewhere and heard from so many friends and people that if we leave bodybuilding after certain years it might bulge or body and etc. Is it true?
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Is it necessary to eat supplements for Bodybuilding?

Please tell me whether is it necessary to eat supplements for a bodybuilder. Abs and Muscles etc, can it build as fast as when supplements are taken?
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Should I always listen to my body when it comes to consuming lots of protein?

I'm a big believer in listening to my body. I stay on a strict and healthy diet, but once in a while my body craves fat, so I'll opt for french fries to that it out of my system. Same when I go to ...
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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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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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How to maintain my body without fat and reduce belly?

I've been going to the gym for the past 3 years. Although my body shape has changed a lot, my weight has been stable 70kg for this period. For example, my biceps has developed a lot, but I was unable ...
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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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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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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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training without using wrist

I broke my wrist when I was a kid. I do body building but my wrist gets painful from time to time. I am looking for alternative workout plans without using my wrist, so I could give my wrist a rest ...
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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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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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Should I train all exercises in a muscle group sequentially?

If, for example I train my chest and back, and I have 2 exercises for each muscle group, lets call them chest1, chest2, back1, back2. In this situation I usually wanted to train back1, chest1, back2, ...
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Getting muscular hamstrings?

I would like to get my hamstrings more bulk. My quads and calves are ripped, but I feel like my hamstrings aren't as strong as them, or at least don't look as strong. I can leg curl 160 pounds though ...
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Can you do “too much” cardio for cutting body fat?

My maintenance-calories number is fairly low (around 1500 calories), so I become very hungry if I cut based on diet alone. I've added basketball + HIIT-type training so that I can eat more and still ...
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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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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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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 ...