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Why is it beneficial for powerlifters and heavy weight olympic lifters to not have low body fat?

Most powerlifters and heavy weight olympic lifters have a lot of muscle, but are not skinny, why not? Would excess fat not hinder them in their technical lifts?
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Knee ligament stretches

I have this problem. Since I'm a dancer, but I'm also a tad bit overweight, the strain on my knee joints and ligaments is a little bit bigger than it should be. So, a while ago I started feeling pain ...
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When Do You Stop Working Out?

I've always stopped when my muscles are moderately sore, but I've seen some people on this site say that soreness is not an accurate gauge of how good of a work out you got. How do I tell when my ...
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Why do I get cramps all the time?

Fairly often, I get cramps that are really painful. I've noticed that there seem to be 2 different varieties of these cramps. Random Foot Cramps - these are just cramps that I get in either of my ...
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How many times a week should I deadlift and squat as a beginner?

I am a 32 year old guy. I haven't done deadlifts or squats before, but occasionally did workouts on individual muscle groups, and running. I am looking forward to building strength, gaining muscle ...
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Recreational vs Competitive Breaststroke Timing

Looking around some information about breaststroke technique, I am seeing different information about the timing of the kick. With the recreational breaststroke (with head all time out) I tend to ...
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Is it safe to do jogging on asphalt?

I do jogging every day in the morning. I have a river near my house with an asphalt (bitumen) road along it. I heard, that people ruin their knees and acquire hernias on such surface. Unfortunately i ...
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Correct form of cuban rotation with a single dumbbell

What is the correct way to perform cuban rotation with a single dumbbell? I am experimenting with cuban rotation as an assistance exercise for olympic lifting and gymnastic arm balances. My current ...
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Correct form for eccentric squats on slant board for treating patellar tendonitis

In the book by Martin Koban "Beating Patellar Tendonitis" the correct form for eccentric squats on a slant board for treating patellar tendonitis involves having the shins as vertical as possible with ...
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Balancing barbell with turkish getup or alternative?

I only started this a few weeks ago, so who am I to talk: I'm currently doing a TGU with a 30kg dumbbell, which is the heavist dumbbell around. Hence, today I used a straight and quite short barbell ...
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How does muscle length and range of movement correlate?

First, I'm free to admit that I don't know exactly where along a limb the muscle mass really is and also that I have a very simplistic view of "short muscle" - so if I'm conceptually wrong, please ...
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Exercise scientific understanding of this leg exercise program

This is a follow up question to this one: Substitute for squats and squat jumps that put less stress on knees I have found this leg exercise program which tries to minimize knee strain ...
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Upper and lower body proportion, gaining muscle losing fat

Let me start by saying that I am a Systems Engineer and have been working professionally for the past 10 years, in a very demanding and stress oriented environment. This has not allowed me to care ...
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Exercises for the bottom/seat/buttocks area

I am over weight (1.85m/6 ft 1" and 105 kgs/231 oz). I started working out 8 months ago and I have lost 25kgs/55 pounds. Over the last 2 months I am focusing on muscle exercises as much as cardio and ...
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What happens if I substitute different exercises for my warm-up sets?

I'm doing a program that promotes warm-up sets before performing working sets at maximum weight. At the moment I do 3 warm-up sets at increasingly heavier weight, and am considering changing the ...
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Home Calve Exercises

I'm a pretty skinny guy, and I've been weight lifting, working out, etc, and I've noticed some results with my upper body, but I'm as chicken-legged as ever. So, what are some good, rather simple ...
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Influence of hand position on squatting

I am familiar with two positions to keep the hands when doing body weight squats, either in front of your body with arms straight forward or slightly bent or behind the neck. Does this make a ...
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Technique Improvement for StrongLifts [Form Check]

After reading answers to my previous question (Struggling with barbell row and overhead press - StrongLift), I decided to record my sessions and seek advice on my form. Squat: back view, side view ...
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Which is the proper technique in overhead press?

I recently started working out and realized that one can to overhead press in two different ways. (I can lift more) I root myself leaning slightly back so that all the weight when lifting ...
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Pilates- Taking time to learn form versus… actually doing it?

I bought this manual on the Pilates method and upon reading it, I was pretty surprised how wrong my form has been all along. This manual has enough detail for each exercise to effectively keep ...
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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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Can't seem to do a proper bench press … any reasons as to why?

My bench press, aside from me not liking the motion of the exercise, nor the overrated outlook on it in general, is pretty crappy, even with attempts to improve it. I follow a strict regimen only ...
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Is it ok to exercise when I feel a strain in my muscles, if it's more than 3 days after a previous workout?

I have heard that muscles need to rest 48-72 hours. However sometimes even 80 hours after a workout, (the muscles aren't aching, that's for sure, but) I can still feel it, you know feel the strain. ...
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How often should one take breaks when lifting weights for muscle size gain?

All the literature seems to suggest I should do between 4 to 5 sets of bench presses, but after my third set or so, I start to feel very exhausted, often to the point where I couldn't even complete a ...
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Correct technique for ab wheel rollout or must the hip flexors work isometrically?

I see two slightly distinct ways to do kneeling ab wheel rollouts. Hip does not bend, hip flexors are worked isometrically only, movement extends only as far as this is doable. As seen in this ...
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Correct position on an upright exercise bike?

Let's say I use something similar to the exercise bike shown below. When I used to do track, my friends told me while exercising on this machine, to keep a straight back (maybe even a little leaned ...
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How do you know how much effort to do and for how long?

When stretching and flexing muscles, How much should I push my muscles and for how long before I take a few seconds break? I usualy push as far as I can, and for as much as time as I can, and only if ...
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Proper Form and Technique for Dumbbell Clean

I'm currently working my way through starting strength (thanks to Dave Liepmann for the suggestion last time I posted on here) and I'm doing all of the initial exercises (squat, deadlift, bench press, ...
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Difference between same repetition on each set and limit repetition on each set [duplicate]

What is the benefit difference between doing a move 20x3 and getting exhausted at the end and doing the same move up to the limit each set (28,20,13) I am currently waiting 1min between each set and ...
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Building strength with Spondylosis (L5-S1 degeneration) [closed]

I realize this is a complex medical issue, but I've been frustrated with my lack of progress. About two years ago I was finally struggling enough with my back pain (difficulty standing for long ...
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Health value of juggling

I have noticed after giving up using weights a few months ago that juggling has become harder. I can still do it but my arms get tired after 10 - 15 minuets. This reminds me a lot of weight ...
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How to choose between single set or double set?

I am doing a single set in my gym that is only bicep a single day,tricep other day like this. My Weekly routine: Monday:bicep tuesday Tricep Wednesday Chest thurday Back Friday shoulder Saturday ...
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How do I find the names of gym exercises?

I've been working out for a little while, and just started keeping a log of what I do at the gym. The hardest part has been trying to figure out what to log under "exercise". Sometimes, the coach will ...
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What are these types of “crunches” called and details about them? And are they harmful?

This may seem a little bit funny, because I don't even know if they exist! I saw this in the anime Dragon Ball Z. Goku, hanging upside down with his hands on his neck, touches his head to his knees ...
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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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Help standing back up from lunge position

When I do lunges or when I run, when I have one leg in front I cannot get back into a standing position. I have actually fallen down running because I couldn't get my leg to straighten up to move my ...
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What exercises will bulk up the pectorals and shoulders while avoiding the arms?

What are some free weight or body weight exercises (and general guidelines) to specifically bulk up the pectoral deltoid trapezius and other muscles around the shoulders while avoiding the arm ...
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How do I know if I am using my resistance cord in the right way?

I have a new set of Resistance cord that I bought. I am exercising regularly with it, but then how do I know if I am using it in the correct way? Let us say that I am doing the squat with it. I ...
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Squats technique flat feet

When I'm doing squats my knees go forward further than my toes. Also when I'm standing up I tend to move weight more towards my toes. I was told that this technique is wrong but it seems like I can't ...
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What to do first, stretching or walking?

Should you do stretching before walking or walking and stretching? What do you mean by warming up? How do you warm up?
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Which is more effective for strength gain: a superset or multiple sets?

I recently read somewhere that a massive superset composing of all muscle groups,each working the muscle until fatigue is more effective than multiple sets of the same variety(without fatigue) or ...
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What exercises help toning and firming up after losing weight

I've managed to do something I never thought possible for myself, and lost about 5kg in one month. I'm aiming to continue this trend until I'm back below 100kg. I've managed this by walking most ...
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Handling a single stagnating exercise?

About 6 years ago, after having been a couch-potato for about a decade (following a knee injury) I've picked up strength training once more, and for the most part I'm already back at about 80% of my ...
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Total Gym To Get A Ripped Body

I' m busy with my work routine and I don't have time to go to a Gym. But I want to have a ripped body. So I m thinking to buy a Total Gym product. I have seen it have no effect like a real GYM. But I ...
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what to look for in planks

Is there a checklist of things I should look for when trying to see if someone's doing a perfect plank? They always say back straight. I assume that means head to glutes because, unless your legs are ...
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Does slowing negative and positive movements of exercises build muscle

I've heard that the perfect form of bodyweight exercises need to be slow. For instance, in pull ups, I have to go up in 2 seconds, pause a second at the top position and then go down in 2 seconds. ...
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Doing crunches for month and after that stop doing it effect body shape?

I've done crunches for one month regularly in the gym and after that I stopped exercising. And my stomach came out after two months. So is it because I stop doing crunches ? What should I do in order ...
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Is it possible to prevent forehead muscles from contracting during very stressful times in the office?

Exercise is a great stress buster and relieves you of it during running or weight-lifting (my favorite doing heavy squats, somewhat symbolic of pushing all that stress with all your might!). However, ...
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Leg curl (hamstrings) machine - legs wide or narrow? Or both?

I've been using the leg curl machine recently, and I am wondering if how far apart one's legs are makes a difference to the exercise. Usually my feet are regular squat-width apart (shoulder width). ...
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Stride, heart, respiration in sync when running… What's this called?

Background: I wasn't the fittest kid -- still not as an adult -- and I wasn't fond of running, as I'd get exhausted quickly and/or get a side-ache/stitch. In general I avoided exerting myself. On one ...