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Training on the border of overtraining

Whenever I feel I have overtrain I rest, say for 3-5 days, and when I start training again I regress in perfermonance, and have to start builduing up again. It is as if I have been stuck in the same ...
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Stretches to help recovery after weight lifting

I've read that stretching after a session of weight lifting can help with recovery time. Is this true? It seems counter-intuitive to me as any real weight lifting session will result in micro-tears ...
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Intensive training after 8 years

Long time ago I used to run in the mornings, workout in the gym 2 days a week, and some martial arts. I was not a gym freak at all but I had some nice definition. Now 8 years later (and 30 years ...
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What is the most effective way to improve a saggy belly?

I used to have a fairly flat stomach but I had a baby 4 months ago by c-section and my lower abdomen is quite saggy. What can I do to lose the extra weight there and get it taut?
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Why do we ice after strenuous exercise?

Inflammation is an essential part of healing. From Wikipedia: It has been further theorized that the acute localized inflammatory responses to muscular contraction during exercise [...] are a ...
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Why is it important to recuperate between workouts?

After intensive workouts muscle soreness is a common phenomenon. I heard, that it is important to recuperate before working out again. However, I had the following experience: During a two week bike ...
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Sleepiness after weightlifting but only after taking a week-long break

I've been lifting weights since January 2010. I typically follow one routine for six weeks and then take a week (sometimes two) off before starting a modified routine. What I've noticed is that ...
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Using a Foam Roller

Recently a personal trainer recommended I use a foam roller for muscle massage and flexibility. Most research I've done on the web simply states the roller 'massages the muscle' or 'breaks down scar ...
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Effect of strengthening the muscle - 1) when muscles are tight, and 2) when they are weak?

I feel pain in my lower back and very seldom in my hip (both right sides). I have been stretching quite a lot in past 1 year and have recently started strengthening exercises for lower body. However, ...
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Need to gain strength to gain muscle?

I've been strength training 4 days a week for about 8 months. My goal is to increase mass. The usual recommendation for this is to do three sets of 8-12 repetitions for most exercises, and that's what ...
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What additional nutrition should I consider when starting to train in Muay Thai?

I'm working out 3 days a week for 1 hour - Muay Thai kickboxing + the same amount of time pumping iron at the gym. The Muay Thai involves: Full contact sparring Leg and arm conditioning (taking ...
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Cold Bath After Training - Recovery Techniques

I am a sprinter around the grand old age of 21. At our track, there is a lot of debate of whether cold bath (or ice bath if you're brave enough) aids recovery of the muscle. What are your opinions? ...
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What specific exercises can be done in a swimming pool to aid recovery after a workout?

I'm looking for some exercises that I can do in a swimming pool that will help my muscles to recover after a workout. I've seen footballers on TV walking/jogging in the swimming pool the day after a ...
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Is it necessary to have a rest week?

I have seen fitness programs that focus six days of workout per week, and following three or four weeks have an entire recovery week. The term "recovery" is misleading, because you still workout six ...
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Can psoas muscle cause lower back pain?

Can tight psoas muscle cause lower (lumbar) back pain? If yes, which exercise would be best to recover? Thanks. How do you differentiate if the pain in lower back is because of tight psoas or due to ...
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Effect of protein intake on muscle recovery

"Protein shakes" and other high-protein dietary strategies are believed by some to improve muscle recovery times after workouts. However, there is some opinion to the contrary: that protein intake ...