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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 ...
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What is the best way to recover after a long bike ride?

I just did a long bike ride (75 miles) and my legs are starting to hurt alot (tightening up, soreness, etc). The ride was about 10 hours ago and this was more than i have ridden in the past. What is ...
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Does the PC muscle recover faster in comparison to the other muscles?

I often read "if you exercise your PC muscles every day you will see great results". This is counter-intuitive to me, having been working out for many years. I know for sure that if I don't rest ...
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Can I use ON Whey Protein and P90X Recovery Formula together?

I'm doing Body Beast. I was using P90X Recovery Formula after workout but it's doesn't have enough protein for me to reach my goals. So I've decided to use Whey protein too. What is the best time to ...
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Intermittent Fasting Post Workout

I have lost around 33 pounds using intermittent fasting (skipping breakfast by substituting BCAAs). Since then, I have started lifting, first with Starting Strength and now with Texas Method, ...
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Fitness equipment for back muscles

I used to go this gym which had an equipment for back muscles training. The equipment helped me get rid of horrendous back pain I had for several years. I am looking to buy one of these for myself ...
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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 someone who takes steroids get muscle mass even without lifting?

My impression given what I read on the internet about it was that steroids help your body recover much faster after workout. So for the recovering to work, you still have to damage your body in the ...
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Should I continue other exercises while dealing with sore hamstrings?

I overdid my Single-leg Romanian Deadlifts this weekend. I was in a hurry and wasn't performing the exercise with proper control, which has led to me overstretching them a bit. I'm back to the point ...
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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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Does training of some major muscles groups enhance overall muscle growth?

There is a popular (e.g. link 1, link 2) theory, that is, if you train big muscle groups (e.g. legs, chest), it will increase the overall growth of muscles all over the body; the trained muscle will ...
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Does loading and unloading weight help build muscle, lose fat and develop strength?

As part of my regime to build muscle, develop strength and lose fat, i am progressively loading weights as part of each set. For example, once sufficiently warmed up, a bench press set looks as ...
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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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Nutrition during rock climbing workouts

I go rock climbing roughly 3 days a week for 2 hours per session. As you can imagine, this exercise really challenges my all around muscular endurance. How should I be nourishing myself before, ...
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What is a muscle knot?

After starting lifting, or perhaps it was from bad posture at my desk job, I got what I think is a muscle knot and I'd like to know more about them. What causes muscle knots? On both a higher level ...
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Don't feel muscle soreness until after a day [duplicate]

so, I only get this with my legs (meaning my quads and hamstrings and inner thighs) and my glutes...so here is my squat routine: 120kg - 2 sets of 6 repetitions followed by 1 set of 4 (it is really ...
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exercise to isolate the leg stability muscles used when walking backwards

Particularly as you place the ball of your foot down and transfer weight onto it. From this image I believe it's #3, and #18-20. These correspond with Sartorius, Gracilis, Adductor Longus, and ...
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Does electric muscle stimulation help with sprains or strains? [closed]

Say you got a sprain or strain on your lower back, hamstrings, and glutes, with my understanding, it contracts the muscles, if you were to workout while wearing these, can it help regenerate muscle ...
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What happens to your muscles when you stop working out for several years?

I go through spurts of working out. I'll decide to get a gym membership, achieve decent results over six months, and then, for whatever reason at the time, I'll stop and won't exercise at all for ...
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Taking supplements - Glutamine, brown rice protein, creatine

It's my first time taking supplements...because I need to add more muscle mass. I do a lot of olympic weightlifting, so I squat(front & back) everyday, lots of static holds (around 200kg) - ...
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Is casein a better choice for people with limited recovery ability?

My body takes several days to recover after each full-body workout. Several things may play a role on this fact (lack of abundant sleep, mid-age, whatever) but in any case it is very noticeable and I ...
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I'm trying to build mass, and I had a great upper body workout yesterday, but I only got about an hour and a half of sleep last night

Does this completely negate my workout? Is there something I can do to compensate for it today? I know it was only one session, but I just absolutely hate the feeling that the entire session wasted. ...
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Is lactose free chocolate milk still a good recovery drink

So I have been weight training and doing a lot of cardio for five months now and after every workout I have my full cup of chocolate milk. Since I have a mild lactose intolerance issue I use lactose ...
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Does massage therapy help rebuild and gain muscle faster?

I was wondering if massage therapy can help rebuild and gain muscle faster. Or is it just for relaxation? I want to go to a massage center this weekend after a month of training.
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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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How much time needed to rebuild your body after long pause? [duplicate]

Let's say some average person was doing bodybuilding for a year or so. He gained some muscles, increased his weights in all exercises from 1.5 to 3 times. Then he had to do a break for a half a year. ...
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Should I wait until my muscles are 100% free of any signal of soreness before training for strength again?

I am trying to avoid injuries at all costs while still training for strength. I seem not to have the greatest recovery ability (42 yr male, healthy but unable to sleep more than 6 hours a day on ...
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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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Extended chest pump - 1 and a half days

After a 6 month break after finishing a 10 week (5 day/week) fitness program, I restarted it last week. Last week I only went to gym 2 days out of five (Monday & Friday) and this week all the way ...
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Effect of smoking cigarettes on performance at the gym [closed]

What, biologically, is different on a day you smoke cigarettes and then hit the gym?
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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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What is the minimum amount of time someone might need for muscles to recover?

I know there have been answers to this question, but I'm looking for something specific. The workout has just been completed. Now, what is the minimum amount of time required for the muscle group ...
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I keep pulling/getting pain in the same muscle even when I don't exercise it

I pulled a muscle directly under my shoulder blade (dorsal muscles?) a couple of months ago while carrying something heavy - not as I picked it up but as I was walking with it, I felt the muscle "go". ...
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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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High intensity training schedule during vacation

I will have a lot of time available for one week and I am thinking how to use this for strength training most effectively. I am used to three training sessions (Mo-Wed-Fri) with weights and gym ...
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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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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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how to correct forward neck posture?

I am "software programmer". I recently noticed that i am victim of forward neck posture. I know my computer realated job is reason for this. I am trying to correct my posture. but while doing this i ...
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What type of exercise will cause growth retardation on my body.?

I like to workout a lot(once two hours a day) for a whole week and people keep warning me on my height and growth because I'm 17. Which exercise will cause growth retardation and height loss on my ...
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Is ZMA really effective?

Is there any scientific evidence showing that ZMA (Zinc monomethionine and aspartate and Magnesium Aspartate) is effective as a supplement for training? It is supposed to help in muscle recovery and ...
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What to do after a successful 6 month hard strength training program?

I'm about to finish a very successful 6 month strength training (5x5 variation) run. I went from 200 to 225 pounds with a moderate fat increase 10% to 13%. I'm about to hit 300 in Squat and already at ...
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What determines recovery speed, progressiveness, and patternized approaches to falling within the compounds of a structured recovery program? [closed]

Aside from my poor genetics, high body fat, poor fitness, Social Anxiety, bad sleeping patterns, and poverty I can not determine the correct approach to measuring recovery between workouts. Albeit I ...
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How come I don't built a great deal of strength quickly, yet I see countless other lifters who do? [closed]

I have outlined potential reasons as to why some get stronger faster and easier: 1.Testosterone - while it's not 100% correlated with strength, more promotes more muscle mass, which increases ...
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How many days muscles need to rest? [duplicate]

I would like to know how many days should muscles rest before I have another workout with that muscle group? At the moment I am going to gym 3 times a week and on each day I have exercises for ...
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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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Eating enough carbohydrates to build muscle

There is an issue I always surpressed my mind of: the necessary carbohydrates per day. One thing I learned a while ago is the importance of consuming at least 20 gram of protein per 3-4 hours in ...
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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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Scientific base for the construction of the army and special forces physical training plans

Recently I took some interest in the military and various armed forces around the world. Ive read some books written by US Marines, SEAL and SAS members. I was very impressed by the training they ...
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Long overtraining - What is the solution and how much time is needed to recover?

A week ago, followed by 4-5 months of high intensive training I decided to take a break from the gym. I felt very disappointed and discouraged as I was training very hard and there were no gains, ...
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Bodybuilding - Myofibrillar and Sarcoplasmic hypertrophy - Building muscles

I'm training for two years, trying to develop muscles (for astethics, being big and not for strength training). I read that in order to do that I should work more on my sarcoplasmic hypertrophy. As I'...