How to safely and effectively build muscle, whether for looks or for strength. Also, how muscles work physiologically.

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Exercise advice for newbie

I'm a 22 year old male currently employed as a Program Developer(sedentary work).I weigh 110Kg's and am 186cm's high. I started working out about last week. I normally do 30mins of cardio on bicycle ...
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Is my meal & workout plan suitable for losing fat and gaining muscles?

The below list is not exactly how I usually eat but approximately correct. Furthermore, I've used calories calculator to check their calories just to help you give me better recommendation. In ...
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What happens to your muscles when you stop working out for several years?

I go through spurts of working out. I'll decide to get a gym membership, achieve decent results over six months, and then, for whatever reason at the time, I'll stop and won't exercise at all for ...
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What muscles are used to create and oppose posterior pelvic tilt when the upper body is leaning forward?

I have no difficulty tilting my pelvis in a seated or standing position, or in a quarter squat when my body is upright. When my upper body is tilted forward 30 degrees, however, curling my tailbone ...
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Average Muscle breakdown by percentage (by weight) of the total

One often hears lower body accounts for 40% of total muscles mass. Going a step further, would it be possible to estimate for an average body, a given muscle group percentage of the total? Is there ...
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Extended chest pump - 1 and a half days

After a 6 month break after finishing a 10 week (5 day/week) fitness program, I restarted it last week. Last week I only went to gym 2 days out of five (Monday & Friday) and this week all the way ...
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Muscle spasm/contraction

Recently I have started a program to strengthen(and learning to activate) specific muscles relating to overpronation(abductor hallucis, flexor digitorum brevis etc.). After a few weeks I'm now able ...
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Gaining muscle after significant weight loss [slightly specific situation]

I'm male, 5'11, age 29. In 2008 I went from 260lbs to about 160lbs with very little exercise, and have hovered around that weight since then. My weight will fluctuate, with a high of around 175lbs. ...
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Fatigued triceps in freestyle swimming

I used to swim a long time ago and after a break of several years, I took it up again about 6 months ago. However, my triceps (i.e the lateral part of the back of my upper arms) still get fatigued ...
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What are the most effective ab exercises in terms of muscle activation?

Aside from the fact that abs are made in the kitchen, there must be differences among different types of ab exercises. Which are the most effective per unit of time in terms of muscle activation? Tim ...
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Pain in my feet while running

When i run, i have pain in my "Inferior Extensor Retinaculum" and "Superior Extensor Retinaculum", i am not expert on knowing that part but i did some research and found this example, where i took ...
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Effect of smoking cigarettes on performance at the gym [closed]

What, biologically, is different on a day you smoke cigarettes and then hit the gym?
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Depleting Muscle Glycogen and Fat Burning

Suppose I do the following exercise: As many body weight squats as possible in 1 minute without stopping with a 10 second rest. Repeat 15 times. Would this deplete the muscle glycogen in my legs? ...
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When a muscle can flex so tight it's painful, is anything wrong?

As I train various muscle groups, I've noticed that I cannot flex a few of them the way I would biceps or quads. The flex becomes painfully tight verging on a muscle cramp before I finish the range of ...
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What is the minimum amount of time someone might need for muscles to recover?

I know there have been answers to this question, but I'm looking for something specific. The workout has just been completed. Now, what is the minimum amount of time required for the muscle group ...
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How to reduce muscle mass in lower body?

In my childhood I was very active and running was my favorite sport. Unfortunately, the size of my thighs, hamstrings, and calves, are disproportionately large, and they have been this way for several ...
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I am on the Atkins diet and weightlifting everyday, what is this doing to my body?

I am a novice. I eat 1/4 cup of raw oats in the morning and two portions of meat later on in the day, and tons of low-carb & low-calorie vegetables. I work out everyday, and I'm following Mark ...
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Do I lose muscle or fat when on a diet and not exercising much?

I am a thin guy (5'6-3/4" - 138 pounds), somewhere between ectomorth and mesomorph (more towards mesomorth I would think) who eats very little. I have been going to the gym to lift weights twice a ...
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Will the usage of Exo-Skeleton Gear actually weaken the human body over time?

By using Exo-Skeleton suits, are the users not undermining the whole process of exposing ones body to forces that will ensure muscle growth?
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How can I ensure I am working the muscles in each leg equally?

I have a problem with my knee where it hurts a lot when my leg takes weight (for example, I can do one-legged squats with one leg but not with the other because my knee hurts too much). This knee ...
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Best way to start excercising after taking a break

If i just started to work out after a 4-5 week break would it be best to start slowly or just pick up my old pace? The 'sport' im referring to is fitness. Im currently debating with myself whether or ...
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How can I lose muscle mass in my quads and ham strings (thighs?)

I would really appreciate the help on how to lose muscle mass in the thigh area? Ever since I recovered from weight loss (40kg back up to 46kg, age 20, female, 1.66m), I started taking lysine and ...
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Never skip leg day?

Currently I am gaining strength (and muscle) with a 3-way split. Back- biceps Chest - triceps Legs - Shoulder This however is my concern, I am getting married in 6 months and bought a suit which ...
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How much beer can i drink? [closed]

I love beer but I want to get muscles too. Is it ok if I drink 2 x 0.33 L cans per day? Beer has 5% alc.
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How long does it take for muscles to recover?

I lift weights to get stronger and to look better, I wonder how long does it take for muscle to recover after workout. I do typical workout routine for every muscle group, I work out every muscle ...
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I keep pulling/getting pain in the same muscle even when I don't exercise it

I pulled a muscle directly under my shoulder blade (dorsal muscles?) a couple of months ago while carrying something heavy - not as I picked it up but as I was walking with it, I felt the muscle "go". ...
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Why do my muscles ache the day after I lift ? How come not asap after my workout or during?

They say muscles ache after a workout because the workout causes wear and tear of the muscles. Why doesn't the pain start asap ?
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Plank Progressions

So, I have been doing workout routine for a while now. IDK exactly how effective it is, but it certainly seems effective for me and I like it because each exercise is something I can scale up(by ...
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How to keep my leg muscle from increasing in volume while still exercising?

First, some words on my fitness history: I was quite a scrawny kid growing up but in high school I joined the high school's Cross-Country team and started running regularly for part of the year. I ...
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Training the twitch fibre muscles for faster punching and kicking

I am after some exercises which work the fast twitch fibre muscles, both isometric and weight training wise. Could you guys please suggest some? I also wanted to know, when I curl a dumbell I pull it ...
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Does stretching muscles help build / tone them?

Does stretching muscles (both right after a workout but also very much throughout the day afterwards, when you still often feel they could do with a good stretch), actually play a role in helping to ...
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For the same number of repetitions, does it build more muscle to do fewer sets?

Suppose I want to do 50 pushups. I could do: 10 sets of 5 5 sets of 10 2 sets of 25 1 set of 50 Each option is more difficult than the last. But is it more beneficial? Is it "more pain, more ...
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Why do good lifts feel effortless? [closed]

I am curious what explains the difference between perceived effort and absolute effort for different types of movements. For example pull-ups and burpees always feel hard, while a 1RM snatch sometimes ...
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Training program to make the left part of the body stronger for the right-handed tennis player

I want to improve my current training program in improving the left-hand side of my body. I currently assist only by the right hand but going to practice more with left-hand and then probably later ...
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building Muscle with Body Weight training [duplicate]

I am trying to build muscle, but don't have access (or time to go to) to a gym. I don't want to neglect anything here, but legs obviously aren't AS important to me as Abdominals / Upperbody. I'm ...
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Periodicity of Muscle Mass

Once someone reaches a certain muscle state, if they undergo muscular atrophy and lose it, is it easier to get back to it than if they had never reached it. Is this a biological effect and if so is ...
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Is controlled release of muscle contraction more beneficial than free release?

I used to think that best way to train a muscle is to do reps very slowly, but from the ACSM's manual I learned that it is a myth. Now that made me wonder about controlled release of muscle ...
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Which muscle training is most effective to burn fat on an untrained person?

I need to reduce my body fat back to healthy levels. The general condition is not nice either (overweight, not well trained...), but I am focussing on the body fat. I noticed that just doing some ...
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Toning jiggly loose muscle

My question is two part: I have very muscular thighs and legs coming from years of swimming and running since I was a tiny boy. The thing is both my thighs and legs are pretty jiggly when I don't ...
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What effect does restricted oxygen in cardio have on muscle damage & repair?

As we all know, cardio and strength training have completely different effects on your muscles, and your body's response to them. Strength training trains the body to make those big anaerobic muscle ...
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How does muscle confusion work?

I just found out about P90x and it seems they use the muscle confusion theory. But how does it work neurologically and as far as creating muscle mass is concerned? What would a typical routine be? ...
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Program or Application that allows a user to view the physiology of stretched muscles

I apologize if this is offtopic or not straightforward enough as it is my first question on stackexchange. I was wondering if there existed a program/application/website/media that allows for one to ...
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Is stretching more difficult once the muscle mass is bigger?

I was wondering if, assuming one gains lots of muscle while not stretching regularly, the process of stretching is more difficult or at least more painful after. This isn't about the benefits of ...
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Gain Mass: High weight and low reps OR low weight and high reps

I want this settled once and for all. Over the past few years, I have heard (and read) almost a perfect 50/50 split on what the best technique is for gaining muscle mass (bulking). Some sources say ...
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Allergic to Protein supplements

I'm allergic to Coco (I can't eat chocolate or coffee ) if I take any whey Protein or anything like SSN OR any kinda powdered supplements within 2days my Asthama gets high, I get lots of cough and ...
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Can one do pull-ups right after a meal?

I am generally healthy. Just wondering if it is safe to do pull-ups within 10-15 min of having lunch. I am trying to avoid any exercises that might affect digestion. Are pull-ups "safe"? Moreover, I ...
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Is the muscle pump after exercise due to increased cellular Na (due to reduced ATP availability)?

Cellular hypoxia leads to reduced ATP, resulting in Na/K ATPase down regulation reducing the activity of the Na/K pump. (edit removed the original link since I'm limited to two links in a question ...
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Muscles shake irregularly during workout?

I've been working out for a while now and I realized that my muscles shake whenever I lift weight. It doesn't seem like it's because of the weight. I could halve the weight on a bench press bar and ...
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Muscle size reduction sans loss

I'm in a rather weird situation here. I've been doing weights for about a year; it's been going well due to a good trainer (my brother), good attitude and suchlike. I've been able to keep going 4 days ...
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What is the difference between rest and sleep? Can inactivity replace sleep?

I've just been reading about the importance of rest days and why sleep is important. According to Lego Stormtroopr, sleep is something you can't work around. I work at a desk in an office all day. ...