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Best timing and amount of protein intake for building mass

I'm 18 years old and started bodybuilding two years ago. To build muscle mass, I want to optimize my diet/nutrition. I know that 2g of protein per 1kg body mass would be a good choice and one doesn't ...
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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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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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Can you do a lot of cardio to lose weight but keep your muscle mass?

I was wondering, if i do more cardio like + 45 min more on my current 30 min, with proper diet and strenght exercises and calorie intake, could i preserve my muscle mass and just lose fat?
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Can a person who has Marfan Syndrome grow muscle?

Marfan syndrome is a weakness on the connective tissues, this means that numerous if not all tissues of the body are weak and is very easily to get injured, but I wonder, does Marfan syndrome prevents ...
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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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How far can you go with eccentric body exercises?

Oops! This got longer than what I have intended, so please bear with me! Let me start off by saying that it's the first time I see a website about fitness where I can hope of receiving empirical ...
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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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Best routines to build muscle mass [closed]

I'm 5'9'' and 153 lbs now and 24 years old. I've been working out regularly for a year now. But I feel that the results now is not as impressive as it used to be. I go to the gym 4 times a week, 2 ...
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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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Will climbing (bouldering) with the right amount of calories build muscle?

I love climbing, be it high wall or bouldering. Here's what I plan to do: 2 hours bouldering 3 times a week 1 hour calisthenics 1-2 times a week I weigh 62kg and I'm 6' tall - and will aim to eat ...
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Why is muscle size not proportional to strength?

This guy claims that Olympic powerlifters working in the 1-6 rep range can increase strength without increasing muscle size. http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/topicoftheweek8.htm Trained Olympic ...
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Can you built back muscles you have lost?

I have read so much about diets that warning that not eating adequate amounts of protein will result in muscle loss. On the other hand I see people like Christian Bale almost flaunting this rule going ...
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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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Using only one arm/leg on machines?

My dad doesn't want me to lift more than 20kg (44 lbs) in any exercise because I'm 14. I know a lot of teenagers don't take this seriously and do bad form just to lift more weight, but I don't wish to ...
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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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What else should I eat besides my post workout shake?

I am starting a 12-Week program to gain muscle mass and weight. I'm taking Dymatize Elite Mass High-protein muscle gainer as a supplement. I take one scoop before workout and two scoops along with a ...
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How long should a muscle building session last? [closed]

Could you also state why you think it should last the time that you mentioned?
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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 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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Workout using only dumbbells to burn fat and build muscles?

I have no time to go to the gym, my house is very small to buy large gym equipments and all I can buy is a set of dumbbells. I have only one hour per day to train. Currently I'm 79 KGs and I want to ...
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Is it okay to take a one week break from the gym after the first one and a half months of training?

I am trying to increase muscle mass. I completed my first month and a half of training. Is it okay to take a one week break and come back the week after? Will it affect my performance?
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How can I change my diet and exercise routine to look like Daniel Craig?

I started going to the gym around June/July, and so far not doing too badly. I'm 5'7" and currently weigh 12 and a half stone (175 lbs). Not too fat or not too skinny. Here is my current workout: ...
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Will biking 5 miles 5 days a week shrink or strengthen my leg muscles?

So I am training for a triathlon, I am biking 5 miles a day 5 days each week. I also do a chest-biceps workout rotating every other day 5 days a week. I figure that presses, incline presses, curls, ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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. ...