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

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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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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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Why is muscle size not proportional to strength?

This guy claims that Olympic powerlifters working in the 1-6 rep range can increase strength without increasing muscle size. http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/topicoftheweek8.htm Trained Olympic ...
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Should rep range be determined by muscle fiber composition?

There are many people, including Arnold Schwarzenegger and Hodge Twins, who say that endurance and stabilizer muscles should be worked out at high rep ranges (16+) for optimal hypertrophy. Their ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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When I workout, 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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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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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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I am 22 years old & 5feet 2inches tall. I wanna become taller. what do I do? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to Increase height naturally? Are those ads gimmicks? I am 22 years old. And I am just 5feet 2inches tall. I wanna become taller. I have heard that there is an ...
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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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different muscle fiber types relation to size/strength

The accepted theory (I think) is that quick-twich (white) muscle is responsible for sprinting and weight lifting and slow-switch (red) muscle is for endurance. We know that too much endurance ...
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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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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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Advanced Fitness Program

Can anyone recommend somewhere where I can get or buy fitness programs for body building? I want to change my program every 6 weeks or so. I was using a personal trainer but he has moved to a ...
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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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How do I warm up my biceps?

I have been going to gym for past 3 months. How do I warm up my biceps? Please give me some suggestion. I dont know the rules. What are the steps for improve my biceps? Whether work out in low ...
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Keeping track of muscle dimensions

I am looking for tools and procedures to keep track of changes in sizes of muscles. (or groups of muscles like upper arms and chest). (1) How feasible is this? (2) Are more subjective measures like ...
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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 ...
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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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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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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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Is growth of a muscle limited to the size of the opposing muscle?

I've read and heard from several bodybuilders (Arnold, big Youtube guys) that the pectorals will only grow in proportion to the upper lats. Both must be trained equally to see growth. What is the ...
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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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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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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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What is the optimal bulking / cutting rotation schedule?

What is the optimal bulking / cutting rotation schedule for maximum muscle gain and fat loss? By bulking, I mean eating tons and lifting heavy. By cutting, I mean eating less and doing more cardio. ...
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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 timing and amount of protein intake for building mass

I'm 18 years old and started bodybuilding two years ago. To build muscle mass, I want to optimize my diet/nutrition. I know that 2g of protein per 1kg body mass would be a good choice and one doesn't ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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What are the recommended exercise types for getting broad shoulders?

What exercises do you recommend, if one's main target is broad shoulders (and chest too, but less priority)? Does reducing exercises for other muscle group help? Any other tips?
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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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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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For better muscle growth, how many hours' sleep are recommended after doing a workout?

I heard to help muscle growth one has to sleep a lot after doing a workout. How long is the recommended one? Does this mean the best time to workout is at night so you can go to sleep immediately ...