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Leg exercises that complement squats?

I believe in balancing the amount of exercise that I give to each muscle group, but recently it occurred to me that my leg muscles might be imbalanced. More than anything, squats are the number one ...
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Why do my legs begin to itch during my running warm up?

For as long as I can remember, my legs will start to itch when I begin jogging. Sometimes the itching is unbearable and I have to stop. I noticed that it doesn't happen during sprinting / high ...
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Will squats/running/etc cause knee injury when we age?

I had been told that doing exercise like squats, running, jumping, etc will cause knee injury when we age. As we do those exercise we are rubbing the soft bone together and as time passes the soft ...
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How to lose fat only in your thigh?

Let's say I am a pretty skinny guy with a fat thigh. Is it possible to lose fat exclusively in some part of the body? For example, is it possible to lose thigh fat while not losing any weight in my ...
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I'm a casual runner & active human. Do I need to work out my legs + lower body?

I'm 27 and I'm in pretty good shape. I'm getting in even better shape, having signed up for a gym membership a couple months ago for the first time in my life. I've been hitting some free weights, pec ...
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What does academic research say about the relationship between squats and hGH/Testoterone?

I hear a lot of advocacy of squats as a method for producing testosterone and human growth hormone as part of exercise-induced muscle hypertrophy. I cannot, however, find any academic research on ...
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How can I recover more quickly from leg-intensive cardio workouts?

It seems that every time I do a leg-intensive cardio workout, like stair climbing, intense elliptical machine, or running more than 3-4 miles, my legs take forever to bounce back. They don't hurt so ...
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How to train for leg explosive power?

One of my physical test requirements are standing broad jumps. What methods are there to train for standing broad jumps or leg explosive power in general? And which precautions do I have to take so ...
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Should I be running with aching legs?

I'm currently training for a marathon with a training program consisting of 5-6 workouts for week. It's also varied workouts including pilates, football (read: soccer) and a weights session. During ...
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Is there a significant difference between standing lunges and walking lunges?

I get the feeling that walking lunges are better for balance, but other than that - especially in terms of muscles used and caloric burn - are there any significant differences?
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My legs still ache 3-4 days after legs day

I have been working out for ~6 months and have worked my legs once per week throughout this time, on their own day. My legs, especially my quads, ache to the point of finding it hard to walk, ...
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Squats vs Stairs - Whats the difference?

Why is it that when I squat (400lbs) I can do all of my sets with no ill after effects. Even one legged squats (up to 200lbs) cause me no problems other than maybe DOMS. When I climb stairs I find ...
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Why did my legs give way?

I started exercising after a long time and did some exercises of legs (running, squatting, etc). The exercise was not strenous. Just after the session I had to go to a party, so I jumped in my car and ...
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I want to run but have a bad knee. How should I deal with it?

After the previous post, I ran for 2 more times and then I stopped running because I felt that I needed to let the knee rest. And then there is the feeling of discomfort in my knees, especially the ...
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Body weight leg exercises for mass

I want to make my legs more symmetrical to my upper body. They need to catch up slightly. I can easily achieve that with weights but I wish to achieve it with body weight exercises instead since I ...
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Is there any way to keep your knee problem free in the long run for a distance runner?

I found on the internet that people who are runners and run long distances surmount knee problems in their later life. I am a runner too and I don't want any kind of problems with my legs anytime in ...
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To add mass to my legs, should i lift heavy with few reps or lighter with 12-15 reps?

To add mass to my legs, should i lift heavy with few reps or lighter with 12-15 reps? For legs I did 5 sts of 5 reps: Squats Leg Press Straight Legged Dead Lift Leg Extension Leg Curl Every 5th ...
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How can I stop a burning sensation in the legs during/after walking?

I'm a "morbidly obese" guy who recently went from a work-from-home position to a commuting job. Part of my commute includes a half mile walk from the train station to the office building where I am ...
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Excercises to try correct knees pointing inward

Since asking this question quite some time ago I have been on a quest to be able to squat. I quickly managed to solve the ankle issue I was having by stretching daily against objects under my desk at ...
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What are some free weight exercises to isolate hamstrings?

We have tons of squat variations to work the quadriceps and glutes, but I've never seen a free weight exercise to really work the hamstrings. It seems like hamstring isolation is only possible on a ...
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Quick leg workout without equipment

My friend and I take 5-15 minute breaks every hour while studying. We like to be productive during these breaks. Most of the days, we do push-ups during these breaks. However, on days when our ...
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Are Vibram FiveFinger shoes good for biking?

Preface: I've used a standing desk before and loved it, I'm going to switch back very soon. I also bike every day, my commute is at least 9.8 miles. The bike I use has cages on the pedals and I'm ...
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Is it possible to lose weight on some special parts of body?

I'm 165 cm tall, weigh 56 kg. I'm the ideal weight for my height now, but don't like my body and how it looks like! I'd love to be skinny but I don't know how. Fat tummy, belly, leg .. I am, as ...
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Legs workout and fat loss

I am trying to lose weight and someone told me that working out legs is the best way to lose fat (obviously along with a balanced diet, cardio and good amount of sleep). Is there any truth to this ...
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I am disabled, can I go to gym?

I am disabled, I use a walker and I'm practicing walking using elbow crutches. I can move my legs, I just can't balance so I have to use aids. My upper body is normal. I want to go to gym, to ...
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What are some good leg stretches?

I've been going to the gym about 4 times a week, splitting my workout between cardio and strength training. In order to properly maintain my heart rate for my cardio plan, I have to do that before ...
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Exercises to prevent hip pain?

I'm 33 and male. I've had pain in interior of my left hip for the past 5 years or so. I first noticed the pain when playing recreational ultimate frisbee. I have since stopped playing, but the pain ...
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Overtraining my legs doing both cardio and leg workouts

I work out three times a week, using a full body workout plan, doing one leg exercise each time (squats, lunges, deadlifts, with the largest weight I can lift, so it's quite challenging). Two-three ...
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Leg Exercises with Dumbbells?

I have a pair of the Bowflex SelectTech 1090 dumbbells and a bench. They are great for upper-body workouts, but I'm looking for a way to use them for leg exercises as well. What leg exercises can I ...
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Training the legs and Muscle growth

I've heard a lot of people saying that you can help muscle growth of all your body by training your leg. First of all why ? I know it's because the leg muscle are the biggest muscle in the body but ...
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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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Tightness in tendon - what can I do to fix it?

I have been running for about two years now, on and off, and recently I have had a mild - but annoying - pain behind my right knee. I went to an orthopedist, who gave me a cortizone shot, but told me ...
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What is a good exercise to prepare for skiing?

I know that first time and/or slightly-out-of-shape skiiers have a tendency to be extremely sore after their first day on the slopes. What is a good exercise my wife and I can do to prepare for our ...
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Questions on the effectiveness and safety of weighted pistol squats

I recently stopped doing front squats due to bicep tendonitis in my left arm and I peaked at 215 for 5 reps. So now since I am unable to do front squats due to this tendonitis I have picked up pistol ...
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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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How to keep the legs healthy when climbing stairs

My favorite sport is climbing staircases by foot, then going down by elevator and going up again by feet, etc. I feel it hurts the legs much less than jogging, since I don't 'fall' on my legs while ...
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Stiff muscle recovery after running

After running, sometimes my legs muscles are stiff. What's a way to speed up "recovery" when this happens?
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How do I prevent the scraping that occurs when I rotate my leg about my hip?

I recently started taking parkour lessons and after a full day of vaulting and jumping around, the area around my hip flexor (or possible the hip flexor itself, I'm not a doctor) hurts. For some ...
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What exercises are recommended during day to relax my legs?

What exercises are recommended during day (each hour), if I work on the PC whole day? After sitting for a complete hour my left leg starts hurting me (from top to down), and i couldn't bend it any ...
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Slimming legs with exercise and diet

I have thick legs since young (I am 29 now) and play soccer once a week. After my soccer workout I feel my legs get very thick for at least 2 days. Why is that happening? I am hoping to make my legs ...
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Extremely sore legs after plank exercise

I started doing planks in the hopes that stronger abs would help me with my lower back pain, however, after I started doing them my legs have become uncomfortably sore. The areas that ache are the ...
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What is the reason my pain and exhaustion are not improving? [closed]

I'm having a physical problem for about 4 years by now that's really making walking or just standing insufferable (even for a few seconds). I can't do any fitness and it really messes my physical ...
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Leg Abductor Tremble

Today was my fourth or fifth time using the thigh abductors at the gym, and since I began, my inner thighs tremble. I found a similar question here, which has a good explanation of the different ...
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alternatives to leg presses

So I can do leg presses with 650lbs reliably enough and probably more but idk... putting all those 45lbs weights on the leg press machine is a bit of a hassle. Is there any exercise that works legs ...
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Should I concentrate on leg lengthiness exercises first or leg thickening exercises first?

Should I concentrate on leg lengthiness exercises first or leg thickening exercises first? I am a guy age 30. Height : 5 feet 6 inches (1.67m). I have short and thin legs as compared to my upper ...
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Please recommend some exercise on legs

Some background: I'm doing push-ups now, around 100-200 push-ups a day, 2-3 times a week, each day i'll do it in around 4-5 groups, each group 40-50 push-ups. I'm also doing plank, for the core ...
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Legs cramping in cold weather after leg workouts

Why are my legs cramping in cold weather the day that I work them out? Recently, after I workout my legs, usually pretty intense workouts that range from high intensity to low rep high weight, they ...
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Is it bad if I can't do legs in the gym? [closed]

I still work calves but I am unable to do legs due to a forn facia in my right quad. Cheers.
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Knee pain after jogging on an inclined pavement

I haven't been exercising for a while, and three days ago I decided I'd go jogging outdoors. I am currently in Germany, and like most of the pavements in Germany, they are inclined towards the road to ...
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Calves felt sore after long walk

My calves are felt sore after a long walk about two~three miles today. How can I reduce the uncomfortable feeling? Will warm or cold compress help? Will lifting legs higher help? In daily life, what ...