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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. ...
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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). Rather,...
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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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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 ...
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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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Cardio and muscle growth

I have spent 7 years doing practically no exercise at all and eating all the crap I wanted. Weird thing is that during all this time I have been pretty muscular. Recently I started doing some ...
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Arm size growth and halt [closed]

Meanwhile I was working 2 months ago, I saw change in my bicep part of arm change, the girth change and it seems bigger, I was taking supplements,but I was told by many it's too many. While I saw ...
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Collar bone visibility issue

I've been following a bodyweight training routine for 2 months now and I'm satisfied with the gains until now. I am training to improve how I look, and I've succeeded till now except for my shoulder. ...
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Can protein shake be blamed for not losing weight

I'm trying to lose my tummy, I am following a plan. I eat accordingly and stay away from sugar, I do have protein shake post workout, and in work out have my BCAA. It's been a month, I take 1-2 days ...
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Will a full-body routine like this be effective for muscle mass gain?

Routine: Dead-lifts (Traditional) 1x12 Barbell Squats 1x12 Lunges 1x12 Military Press 1x12 Upright Rows 1x12 Barbell Bench Press 1x12 Pull-ups 1x8 Barbell Curls 1x10 Dumbell French Press 1x10 Dips ...
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Does slowing negative and positive movements of exercises build muscle

I've heard that the perfect form of bodyweight exercises need to be slow. For instance, in pull ups, I have to go up in 2 seconds, pause a second at the top position and then go down in 2 seconds. ...
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How to change the weight during an exercise in order to train muscles more efficiently?

I heard of different ways of how to handle weight increase (and decrease) when doing exercises for muscle training. I wondered which technique is the most efficient one when trying to train muscles. ...
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Optimal interval between workouts [duplicate]

I read somewhere that after breaking your muscles apart (f.e. by working out) they start to repair until the muscles reach their new maximum volume/strentgh. All information which is not new for me, ...
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Gain Muscle Mass with Weight

I am on an intermediate level when you talk about workouts. I am working out from last two years but on/off as I get time. I am 72kgs right now and with an atheletic body type but looks skinny too. ...
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The best workout for defining muscles [duplicate]

I would like to know how can I achieve defined muscles. I am not really after gaining tons of muscles, instead I'd like to be somehow like this guy, having my muscles defined. Can you please tell me a ...
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Can you build muscle when you are on a low carb diet but supplementing with branch chain amino acids?

I'd like to do what most of us want to do; build muscle and lose fat. However it seems almost impossible to do both at the same time. I know that bcaa's are good for maintaining muscle while on a low ...
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How often should I work out if I want to build mass?

I find that if I work out frequently my muscles don't get very sore after working out, but if I do slightly more intense workouts less frequently my muscles stay sore for at least two days. With the ...
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Organize meals for morning workout (gaining weight)

I have gone through the thread "I am underweight. How do I gain weight and muscle?". I have a few other questions regarding protein supplements and organization of cooking. How can I organize my ...
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How can I increase ab depth and size?

I understand that "Abs are 70% diet and 30% training" and all of the other cliches out there about "how to get a six pack". This is not the purpose of this question. I think all of those cliche ...
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Do you still gain muscle even if you do less reps than last time?

Today, probably due to having a not very nutritious lunch, I was able to lift noticeably less (e.g. Benching at 55kg rather than 75kg) weight & reps than normal. In a situation like this, if ...
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Disavantages of a faster metabolism [closed]

Everywhere I read people talking about how to increase metabolism in order to improve weight loss and fitness. Be it with frequent meals, special foods, developing more muscular mass, etc. Overall ...
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When does musclar atrophy take place?

Both my father and my grandfathers have fairly large muscular frames. However, they haven't worked out since they were much younger. How is it possible for them to maintain this muscle mass without ...
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Does muscle strength (rather than muscle mass) also depend on food consumption?

I know it's conventional wisdom that muscle mass is dependent on food intake. If you don't eat big, you won't have big mass gains. I'm wondering, however, if the same is true for strength. For ...
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Home weight gaining exercise list

I am 23, software engineer in profession. My height is 5'8" and I weigh around 57+. I want to gain some more weight with a better shape. But unfortunately I don't have enough time to go to a gym. I am ...
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What does scholarly research suggest about the difference between heavy compound exercises vs. split routines for maximizing muscle mass

There have been dozens of questions asked about the best way to maximize muscle mass. Consistently, the highest rated answer suggests focusing on whole-body compound exercises like squats, deadlifts, ...
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I'll be in Africa for one year: What is the most effective combination of programs to add mass? [duplicate]

I have access to a standard gym in Africa, and will be here for one year. What program or combination of programs would provide the largest physique changes for when I return to the states?
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Weight training advice for ectomorph female?

I am pretty active,but nursing injuries now. I haven't started lifting heavy yet. I have come across many sites that suggest ectomorphs to train with compound moves only while a few others opine that ...
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How can a vegetarian ectomorph put on lean muscle mass?

I know there has already been a question relating protein to vegetarianism, but the answers mostly speculated on whether it was possible for vegetarians to get enough protein. Which kind of diet ...
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Is the strain on your heart the same if you are overweight due to muscle or fat?

I believe there is increased strain on your heart if you are overweight due to body fat. However I am overweight due to my muscle mass. Since I started training my BMI has gone from the middle of ...
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What are you views on progress between rep range vs. fixed reps?

Assuming the goal is to progress in size and strength using weight training, what are you thoughts on a routine that either: 1) Uses a rep range of 5-8 (for example), where you start workout day 1 ...
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increasing muscle size / mass and protein intake

I have a mild chronic kidney disease, through which I have an elevated creatinine level and decreased kidney function. Due to this, I cannot take good amounts of protein, and need to follow a ...