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

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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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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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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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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 one-...
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Weight gain diet for a Pescetarian?

I was weight gaining/lifting about 5 years ago on a diet consisting of a lot of chicken, beef and tuna. However, I stopped, and have since then stopped eating factory farmed meats, and now have a ...
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Are certain muscles less prone to DOMS?

I feel Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS) on all my muscles except my medial deltoids. I know DOMS is not the only sign of muscle growth, but it's one good form of feedback. The way I do medial ...
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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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Is this a plausible cutting/bulking proposal?

Considering that losing fat without some muscle mass loss is highly unlikely and gaining muscle mass without gaining any fat quantity is also unlikely, all we have to do is trying to optimize our ...
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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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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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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 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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Is there a simple program that I don't have to look up at all? [duplicate]

In an effort to make a regular basis for working out, and as an extension of my previous question*, I am looking for a simple plan that satisfies these requirements: No equipment require, or simple ...
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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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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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Taking body muscle to next level

I started lifting around November 2014. I was 84Kgs and I had 30% body fat with waist line of 37 inches. I have reduced my weight to 74Kgs, body fat to 20.2% and waist to 32.6 inches. I can see ...
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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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Should I jump rope even though I suffer from flat feet?

I have flat feet. I don't think it's that severe though. It was my leg day a couple of days back and I did squats, lunges, exntensions, curls and some rope jumps. However, today, my left knee hurts. ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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Body building workout equivalent to Starting Strength?

I have been following a strength training program for about 14 months (Stronglifts 2.5 months, Starting Strength the remaining time). I'm getting a bit bored of it (going to the gym feels like a ...
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How often should one serious about bodybuilding have a cave day?

So I am a bodybuilder and I cave every 10 days, which doesn't seem that bad really, but how often should a bodybuilder actually cave. How frequently? How rarely?
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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 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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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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What is the optimal sleep schedule for bodybuilding?

To find the perfect sleep schedule for bodybuilding, I think we should look at the top professional bodybuilders. 4 time Mr. Olympia Jay Cutler said in a Q&A session that he gets 8-9 hours of ...
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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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Heavy weight vs Light weight?

My goal is to build muscle size. There is lot of information online which says like Arnold says(3rd point) you need to lift heavy to increase muscle size and there's other information as well like on ...
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Combining body building and grappling

I am training to build body mass. Does a grappling session once a week, which lasts for 2 hours, will effect my muscle size or performance at the gym. I want to do the session on a day that I dont ...
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What are some shoulder healthy way to train tricep?

It seems like most workout targeting tricep is harmful to shoulders (dips, overhead extension), I have suffer from shoulder impingement from the past and would like work out my tricep in a healthy way ...
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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 ...