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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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. ...
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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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Routine to win muscle mass

I am confused since there is so much information about possible exercise routines, and I don't know which one is more accurate for me. Age: 28 Height: 183 cm = 6 feet Weight: 158.73 pounds = 72 kg ...
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What's lean muscle mass?

It is said that men usually have more lean than women. I would like to know what does the 'lean muscle mass' mean? is it just the muscle mass? How would you calculate it?
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Training the legs and Muscle growth

I've heard a lot of people saying that you can help muscle growth of all your body by training your leg. First of all why ? I know it's because the leg muscle are the biggest muscle in the body but ...
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How to accurately measure muscle mass versus body fat?

I want to know how to calculate how much muscle mass one has as opposed actually body fat.
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How can I gain weight and muscle weight?

I'm a 15 year old teenager, I am terribly underweighted due tot he fact when I was smaller I had nutrition issues (Skipping breakfast on most days, not eating consistent food, eating junk food, etc). ...
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exercises for serratus and oblique muscles?

I am looking for some weight lifting exercises for the area under the pectoralis muscles, namely the serratus and oblique. I heard this is beneficial for people who play basketball, volleyball and ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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 ...