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What is the effect of masturbation on weightlifitng ability?

For years I'm listening from everyone that we have to stop masturbation and also limit sex as it let down process of gaining muscle. Also everyone in gym suggests me to completely stop masturbation. ...
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How does muscle build up when we exercise?

I want to put on some muscles, so I thought the best way to get started is to learn how the process of muscle build up works. I want to start from the basics to get good results. So, how exactly do ...
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Will Pilates kill my gains?

I am planning to start pilates for better posture and also weight training. I am planning to go to pilates in my rest days. But I am concerned with two things: 1) Will pilates kill my gains? Because ...
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What's the best way to begin cutting down to lower (and even single) body fat percentages for an active, healthy father with a standard work schedule?

I'm a long-time reader, first-time poster. Some brief background info: I'm between 5'11 and 6' tall. I used to be a long distance runner in my 20s. I ran half marathons, 10ks, and 5ks, regularly for ...
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What activity level should I choose in calorie calculators?

My goal is to gain weight, primarily for muscle bodybuilding (not professional). In various online calorie calculators I need to choose my activity level. I'm always stuck on which one to choose. For ...
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Is resting affected by office work?

I'm a computer programmer and I basically sit around for 8 hours each day just staring at the screen, coding. I started working out for about 3 months now. I'm working out from 12:00 to 12:40 pm ...
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The influence of cortisol on muscle gains

I know that there are several things which result in an increase of cortisol release, such as: Stress Too long workouts Caffeine, especially in energy drinks One influence is that cortisol will ...
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suggest some diet for me as I want to gain muscles and at same time want to reduce belly fat

I workout daily for half an hour to gain some muscles(e.g. chess and weight lifting). I have a nice physic except a little bit belly fat, so for that I daily do some half an hour walking and 15 ...
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Is cardio really counter-productive to “gains”?

I've heard from a lot of different places, perhaps with their tongue planted firmly in their cheek, that cardio is antithetical to "gains". I've only started hitting the gym since about a year ago. ...
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Good clean bulking meals

I've been clean bulking for a long while but after eating the same things for a long while it gets hard to keep eating it every day. Do you guys have any advice on meals with many complex carbs, ...
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Why do I feel my arms burn after doing a lot of push ups?

So I have noticed that I am doing far beyond 20 reps of push ups and still, after I have done about 50 of them, or even 2 sets of 25 my arms feel like they're expanding and growing muscle, both the ...
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Does the body process food and supplements the same way?

I am currently progressing through 'Mad Cow' system and I have upped my calorie intake over the past 1 to 2 months. I have a question that I wondered if anyone could shed some light on. I take about ...
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Target the same muscles twice in a day?

Would working the same muscle group - twice in the same day - cause worthwhile extra muscle fiber tearing to later gain mass? Or is this not worthwhile (the extra tearing is only marginal) given the ...
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Relation between upper body workout and wrist size

Does regular upper-body workout lead to an increase in the circumference of the wrist? I'm thinking of exercises like bench press, curls, etc.
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Breaking Microtears by flexing?

Try to flex your biceps as hard as you can. It feels like if you were lifting right? So does this mean that microtears are getting broke and therefore we are having the same effect as lifting(Muscle ...
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Would lots of walking allow me to lean out while lifting and eating a lot?

Suppose I'm on a hypercaloric diet (i.e bulking diet), lifting weights, and I also go for a walk 3 hours a day. Walking is not an aerobic exercise, so the ratio of glycogen vs fat used as fuel is ...
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Feeling my chest being built during dips?

So dips are supposed to hit triceps, right? Well today at my gym I did about 40 of them and my chest still feels like its expanding right now, but my triceps don't. Is this normal? Can dips be hitting ...
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Can one with a poor diet gain muscle if they work out?

My diet is healthy, but I am wondering just for the heck of it if a person with an unhealthy diet that lifts weights can still make gains in muscle mass or not. That is my question. Thank you.
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The leg workout

I am an ectomorph, looking to increase muscle and mass. My previous leg workout was, Smith Squats Dumbbell lunges Leg extension Leg curls and Calf raises New workout is, Leg Press Leg ...
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Is high protein intake necessary for building strength when you don't want to add muscle?

I want to maintain my bodyweight but increase my performance on exercises like pull-ups and skater squats. Assume that I find ways to create progressive overload that stimulates the muscles to improve....
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Effect of whey protein on blood cholesterol level

I am new to body-building ( started 4 months ago; workout 4 times a week ). Due to my lifestyle ( choices ), my diet only contains occasional white meat servings and very little red meat. My intake ...
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Is casein a better choice for people with limited recovery ability?

My body takes several days to recover after each full-body workout. Several things may play a role on this fact (lack of abundant sleep, mid-age, whatever) but in any case it is very noticeable and I ...
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Are tricep overhead extensions shoulder healthy? [duplicate]

The thing is, the movement of a dumbbell tricep extension looks so complex that I wonder if it is shoulder safe or not. Can one do triceps overhead extensions without damaging shoulders? And if not, ...
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Front squats lagging behind back squats by too much

Background I've noticed that my front squats are seriously lagging behind. I know that most people have a weaker front squat than back squat, but mine is about 50-60% behind in terms of 5-8RM. I ...
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Daily routine to lose weight, but I'm actually increasing weight. How do I fix it?

I am a relatively fit guy (180 cm, and normally 81 kg athletic) and a few weeks ago I started a daily routine to lose fat and gain some core muscle. I train martial arts so the goal is to get faster ...
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Squats & Oats,Diet, and muscle mass

I've been wondering if I could do regular squats instead of squats with weights (because I have none & there's no gym near) I want to build a bigger butt but I heard that it won't work if you don'...
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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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gym 3 times a week no muscle gain

I asked this question 3 months ago how much I can improve in 3 months working 3 times a week using protein shaker twice a day and eating meat/chicken/fish every lunch/dinner. and I am still 67 kg.. ...
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5000 Calories to build muscle? Or to bulk?

I'm 14 (think it's important for this question) and I love gym (safe way, no crazy weights). I read a lot about it and I pass through various articles saying that if you want to increase gains you ...
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How does the cyclic-ketogenic diet allow weight loss and muscle gain?

The common notion is that in order to gain muscle you must be a "calorie surplus", and in order to burn fat/lose weight you must be a in a "calorie deficit. However the cyclic-ketogenic diet claims ...
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Effects of doing many push ups, pull ups, dips?

I am wondering if doing lots of push ups(100), lots of pull ups(50), and lots of dips(40) daily will build muscles. That's all. Thanks.
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How much coffee is too much if I'm lifting/dieting

I've been working out 5 days a week. Lifting followed by a 20-30 min cardio session. I've been sticking to my diet as well. "Good" carbs, good amount of proteins, veggies, no soda, only water and ...
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How to hit prescribed reps in last sets?

For gaining muscle, you usually have to do between 8-15 reps with multiple sets. My problem is, for example, if I do close grip chin ups in my first set cleanly and without cheating 8 reps, and, as I ...
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Does it damage the joints if we do pushups everyday?

I'm doing 100 pushups everyday and now I'm afraid whether this will cause damage to the shoulder joints? Will this help me to gain Chest muscles? Thanks
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Should I start exercising right away or increase my weight first?

I'm a 26 years old guy and I used to be super skinny until I increased my weight recently by limiting my physical activities and forcing myself to eat more. Now, my BMI is 19, which is considered "...
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What's wrong with workout routines for muscle building?

I am using a workout routine to gain more muscles in the upper body. For many months (5 so far) I've been following a plan which caused a 2cm (almost 1 inch) girth increase in my biceps and forearms ...
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Will 5x5 build strength and size?

Will using the "5x5" formula will build size and strength at same time?
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how to increase my shoulder width ? is it possible?

I am 19 yrs male. My shoulders are less width. my shoulder and waist not in golden ratio and suggest the exercise not including dumbbells and weight lifting because i also want to grow tall
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Are protein powders unhealthy for a teen athlete? [closed]

I startet working out 5 months ago. Until now i havent used anything that didnt come from my kitchen table. Yesterday i ordered from bodybuilding.com a 5 lbs gold protein and 15 quest protein bars. Im ...
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How to gain weight despite doing lots of endurance training

I'm 6.5 feet and only weight about 160-170lbs. My nutrition is very healthy and I eat a lot - seriously a lot. I found some good websites with good recipes for a healthy way of life. Fish, Meat, Milk, ...
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How is hypertrophy (muscle-gain) provoked?

What are the mechanisms that must be present in order for me to gain lean muscle mass (purely from a training perspective)?
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Should you do more than one exercise per set?

I currently do squats, barbell curls, sit ups and bench press all in one go- consecutively -THEN i take a break and repeat a few more times before moving on. I was wondering if i was taking the ...
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How to get definition in the outer calves

I've been doing sitting/standing/donkey calf raises as accessory lifts on my leg days, but am worried that I'm primarily hitting the inner calf muscle (medial head of the gastrocnemius muscle). Are ...
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Yoga for Muscle Gain?

So, I'm not exactly a gym-going kind of guy; I like outdoor action sports like trail running and mountain biking. However, I've come to a point where all this lower body exercise has made me sort of ...
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Sarcoplasmic hypertrophy routine not working

I am working out from last 8 months and I have had significant improvement in mass gain as well as strength gain. I was earlier focusing on strength with 3-4 sets of 5-6 reps with weights as heavy as ...
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Oats a negative aspect for skinny people? [duplicate]

I am underweight and skinny, I am 5.8 and only 120lbs. I eat a blended shake of milk, oats and banana. I hear that oats is not good to advantage for people looking on to put some mass. Is this true?...
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Weight loss/gain around rib cage (women)

I bought my wedding dress back in December and it fit perfectly. I have been away for 4 months for a ski season and have come home to find my dress is too small around my rib cage and won't do up. ...
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Is jogging prejudicial for ectomorphs trying to gain weight?

I used to run more than 10Km daily(except weekends), on a desperate attempt to develop some muscle on the thighs and calves, but 7months ago I stopped jogging. Of course doing daily runs didn't help, ...
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advices needed for building more muscle while decreasing body fat percentage [duplicate]

Here is some of my background. I have been constantly going to the gym like 3 times a week for about a year. I work on chest and triceps, back and biceps, and shoulders and legs on Monday, Wednesday ...
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Homemade Mass/Protein Blend [closed]

I'm a classic ectomorph aged at 18, I've been hitting the gym hard for about a month now and have been able to observer some sort of progress with both machines and free weights. However, even though ...