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How can I quickly build muscle and slowly lose fat?

I suppose I'm your typical skinny fat. I don't have a lot of muscle, but I do have a bit of a gut. My main goal is to bulk up, with a secondary goal of losing fat. Thus, I'm aiming to build muscle ...
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Getting leaner but staying healthy

I am on a 12 weeks transformation program and I passed 6 weeks. Vascularity has started to kick in, weight loss is happening, legs muscles can be felt esp quads and claves. So I guess belly fat is ...
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Regaining lost strength and muscles

I have always been strong, broad shouldered and musculus, mostly genetic I think. Though now in my forties, I have less mass than a few years ago. If I want to regain, can or should I train ...
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How much and why will my muscle mass slow me down in the different running categories?

Assuming that bodyfat% remains low (6-15%), how does having a lot of muscle mass affect performance in sprinting-type events (50m-400m), middle distance runs (800m-5K) and endurance runs (10K-100K)? ...
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Getting muscular hamstrings?

I would like to get my hamstrings more bulk. My quads and calves are ripped, but I feel like my hamstrings aren't as strong as them, or at least don't look as strong. I can leg curl 160 pounds though ...
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Decrease calf size

I'm a 18-year-old girl, I used to run (usually 1000/2000m competitions) and as a consequence now I'm left with quite big calves compered to the rest of my body. I'd like to know what I could do to ...
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Can less exercise give better results?

I'm a rather skinny guy (1m88 for 74 kg). My goal is to gain muscle mass, with a focus on my upper body. I work out 2 times a week (sometimes 3). I also do 1 hour of badminton each week (but usually ...
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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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Just finished 12-week shortcut to size. What's next?

I have just completed a popular mass building program by Jim Stoppani called "Shortcut to Size". I found it to be really well designed. There are subtle variations in exercises that become noticeable ...
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How do I fix skinny biceps? [duplicate]

I've been working out quite awhile and this has always plagued me, skinny biceps. I'm not a small guy(6'2 185lb) and I can curl a decent amount of weight (45's) and I have large triceps, but no matter ...
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Is there a benefit to weightlifting without pushing yourself?

Sometimes when I'm at the gym, I am not motivated enough or I don't feel energetic enough to really push myself and force myself to really struggle with those last 2-3 reps in each set. Times like ...
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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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What kind of Weight Gaining Diet should a 5' 11" skinny framed man have? [duplicate]

Been tall and skinny all my life barely started putting some muscle on but still having a huge problem with getting to where my ideal weight should be around 175 lbs. I stay stuck at 160-165 lbs. I am ...
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NASA's experiment of those who laid in bed for 70 days. What happened to their muscle mass?

I'd like to point out that the participants in the study had a caloric intake that would maintain their weight. Also, they were not allowed to move one bit from their bed. There was an exercising ...
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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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Will doing heavy deadlifts once a week increase muscle size?

Because of time problems due to school, I only go to the gym once a week. On that day I do heavy deadlifts to get stronger (one of my goals), triceps, and calves. I'm small, and am wondering if this ...
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Is there good scientific evidence on the effectiveness of rest days for building mass?

I'm wondering if there is any study that compares two groups doing identical exercises, except that one group has fewer rest days than the other. I have seen a lot of conflicting evidence on the ...
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Will taking MassGainer and Creatine risk damage to my body in long run?

I've been taking MassGainer for the last week and I am going to buy some Creatine soon. This is my 5th year at the gym (I'm 28, 5'10", 68kg). I go thrice a week. I will never stop exercising (it's ...
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Losing stomach fat without losing weight [duplicate]

There are many questions already on this website which are more about spot reduction. I am aware that you cannot just lose belly fat without losing overall body fat. My question is I am more of a lean ...
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What is the meaning of: 5 sets of 3, 2, 1 reps?

I first encountered the 5 sets of 3, 2, 1 reps instruction here. Some say those are movement timings for concentric contraction, pause and eccentric contraction. Somewhere else, there where theories ...
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Why do compound exercises build more mass than isolation exercises?

I've heard this a million times: If you want to get massive, you have to do compound exercises, not isolation exercises. A specific example is the Hodge twins suggesting to do chin-ups rather ...
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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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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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Healthy way of losing leg muscle

I have big legs. This stems from a bad habit I had as a child, that carried on until my late teens, where I would constantly be walking on my toes, essentially always flexing my calfs. Combine this ...
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Increasing muscle/fat ratio while remaining at the same (ish) weight

Background: For the past 6 months, I've gone from 89kg to 81kg bodyweight, while doing mainly 8-rep sets on most exercises. Keep in mind, before I started working out a couple years ago, I was at ...
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How well do chest and back go together in the same workout?

For the last 6 months I have been doing a 3 day routine twice per week in the following structure: Legs and shoulders Chest and triceps Back and biceps I have seen very good results with this ...
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3 day split workout + running between workout days?

I recently started going to the gym again after a year of little to no sports except long runs and walks and virtually no upper body exercises except a year of PT (popped my shoulder in a bad ...
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When does maximum muscle repair and growth take place after a strength workout?

Every strength routine includes rest days between workouts, so that the natural processes of tissue repair and muscle growth are allowed. I guess this process of repair and growth happens mostly ...
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All things being equal, does muscle build faster than fat burns?

I ask this question because I have been on a low-calorie diet and have been working out on my total gym once or twice a day and walking 2-2.5 miles a day five days a week for the past two weeks. In ...
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How do I gain lean muscle mass as a vegetarian or vegan?

I am a vegetarian and interested in gaining muscle, bone weight, and other non-fat mass. I do eat eggs but I plan to stop eating that too and turn to complete veganism. If I exercise less and eat more ...
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Is it possible to effectively build muscle mass using resistance bands?

I will be living in Africa for the next year, with little access to a gym. I was thinking about purchasing a portable gym resistance band set, but I'm skeptical of the efficacy of resistance bands in ...
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Does muscle mass help or hurt for powerlifting and other strength sports?

When training for powerlifting, olympic lifting, strongman events, etc., the majority of training cycles in an overall program would be focused on strength (myofibular hypertrophy) and perhaps power. ...
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Does working other muscles improve recovery?

When you work out muscle group A on one day, and muscle group B on another day, does muscle group A benefit from the second workout? I don't mean overlap (e.g., working nearby muscle groups). ...
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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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Maintaining muscle mass while training for half-marathon

I’ve been training for my first half-marathon; running a lot of long distance lately. I’ve found it difficult to maintain muscle mass in my arms and chest, due to all of the calories I’m burning ...
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Will the starvation mode /muscle loss happen if I eat just enough to keep me not hungry?

I am following a 3 days per week workout schedule and I am seeing muscle and fat increase as well. I feel like I am eating too much since most of the time I am so full and feels like 'will all this ...
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Should I drink muscle gainer on days when I'm not working out?

The thing is I have this trendy Mutant Muscle Gainer that advises me to take 4 cups of it in a day when I workout - 2 cups before the workout and 2 cups after. This goes pretty well to me. But the ...
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preventing muscle and energy level loss after an upset stomach

I would like to ask whats the quickest way to regain energy or maintain energy levels after an upset stomach. Assume that the upset stomach is a one off thing. My question has to do with preventing ...
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Vertical jump and body weight

So I got 2 months and I want to maintain my vertical jump or increase a bit. But also I want to get my bodyweight from 52kg to 57-59kg in those two months. I would like to know how I would be able to ...
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Vertical jump and muscle mass [duplicate]

I play basketball and I want to increase my vertical jump but at the moment my arms are still skinny so would I be able to gain muscle mass on my arms as well as get my vertical jump higher?
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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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Getting in shape after age 30+

I was thinking to start working out to get a nice muscular body, but is it worth it considering I'm 32 years old already? Is it too late?
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Should I do cardio if I want to gain muscle weight and lose fat?

I'm 24, 1,83 cm and 70kg (6ft 0in, 155 lbs). Technically I'm not underweight but I could use some bulk. I have started doing some weight training (about 3 days a week) and I plan to get a personal ...
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when to stretch to help building muscle?

When is best to do stretching exercises in order to help building up muscle? Any times one should avoid or concentrate on?
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If I can't get plenty of sleep, should I be doing anything different when trying to put on mass?

Getting plenty of sleep is really important for putting on size - something I am very aware of. Unfortunately, various circumstances lead to me not being able to get to the gym until about 9:30PM at ...
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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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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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Why do sprinters have muscular arms?

I would like to know why all Olympic sprinters have muscular arms. They probably have muscular arms to help them sprint, but the reason is unclear. These are the two paradoxes I cannot fathom: Heavy ...
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Magnesium intake after training in the evening?

I am building mass with high protein intake (my mass 80 kg so about 100-120g) per day and much water (3-5 l per day). Assume you forgot to take your magnesium in the morning. I am thinking magnesium ...
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How many reps are ideal for increasing muscle mass?

Research In Ultimate Bodybuilding: The Master Blaster's Principles of Training and Nutrition Joe Weider says the following: I learned that the best repetition range for building muscle mass is ...