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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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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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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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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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Twitching after Intense Workouts

I do high intensity training to build mass. I usually get muscle twitching after a hardcore training session. Usually in my Glutes, Triceps, Shoulders, Chest and Quads. I am genetically more gifted ...
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How can I gain muscle in two months without using weights?

What can a 15 year old boy who weighs 145 pounds and is 6' tall do to gain a lot of muscle and size without using weights? I'm looking for results in two months and I work out for half an hour a day. ...
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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 ...
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Is it really important to restrict the workout to 45 minutes?

It is been said everywhere that any strength/muscle gain workout should be restricted to 45 minutes, due to hormone levels decay after that time. Many say that you are even supposed to cause loss of ...
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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 ...
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Is it effective to do 2 sets for size and 2 sets for strength?

I've read a lot about size gains vs strength gains, where the difference is substantial and where size is certainly not linear to strength. Strength appears to come from low reps with very heavy ...
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How much muscle gain can be expected within 1 month of training on average (m/w) [closed]

Assuming a strict diet and training schedule, there should be a limit to how much muscle growth the average person can expect within a given time frame. To be more specific, lets assume the person ...
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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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What's the relationship between gaining muscle mass and strength? How do I increase in strength without increasing in mass?

This question is a follow on from http://fitness.stackexchange.com/a/11884/5376. I assumed that as I get stronger, my muscles will get bigger, but it seems that this is not a strictly linear ...
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Body building diet [closed]

What's a good diet for bodybuilding nothing too crazy just what to eat and what not to eat and how much of a portion to gain mass and not be skinny anymore?
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Is increasing resistance the only possibility to build more muscle mass?

I've often read and heard that you can only build more muscle-mass (get stronger), if you continuously increase the resistance weights (e.g. here). But for me, it's the case that I'm often not able ...
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I seem to lose muscle size quickly if not working out for some time. Why?

Not months of lay off but no more than 10 days takes my muscles, especially of my arms, from looking big and feeling hard to something that doesn't make me look like I lift serious weight. It stays in ...
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Gyming does not add bulk to my body, it only puts my body into good shape

I am a 23 year old, 5 foot 5 inches tall, 52 kg male. Judging by my BMI, I'm not underweight, but I still look skinny. I am not weak (I think) as I can do 60 push ups (20-20-20), 10-12 pulls ups and ...
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To what extent is strength training about optimal breakdown of muscles [closed]

In beginner strength training the way it is usually recommended, how much is soreness, DOMS (Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness), and inflammation associated with the productive muscle breakdown that ...
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I am a newbie (male), and want to get pump some mass to my butt, thighs and legs (they are very thin as compared to my upper body) [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Chicken legs + butt exercises - video training without equipment (at home) OR WITH equipment? I am a newbie (male), and want to get pump some mass to my butt, thighs and ...
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General advice for continuing my weight training effectively

I've been going to the gym 5 days per week rarely missing a day for the last 4 months now, with the aim to put on as much muscle mass as possible. Until about 3 weeks ago I have been able to increase ...
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Should I concentrate on leg lengthiness exercises first or leg thickening exercises first?

Should I concentrate on leg lengthiness exercises first or leg thickening exercises first? I am a guy age 30. Height : 5 feet 6 inches (1.67m). I have short and thin legs as compared to my upper ...
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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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How can I structure going to the gym twice per day?

I have been going to the gym for almost 3 months now, focusing on gaining size. I have been going 5 nights per week (Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday) and have noticed good gains, ...
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Varying Rep Ranges During a Workout

My question is...Is my work out routine useful for mass or is it completely wrong? For quite a while, I followed a routine where I would start with 3 or 4 sets of a tough excercise and heavy weights ...
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Does Muscle Fiber type matter?

Christian Thibadeau ( in the book "Black book of training secrets" ) recommends that people who have fast twitch muscle fibers should do more heavier weights with less reps to get the maximum gains. ...