How to safely and effectively build muscle, whether for looks or for strength. Also, how muscles work physiologically.

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What are the functional effects of hypertrophy?

Hypertrophy means that your muscles are bigger, but does this mean that they don't perform better or worse than smaller muscles? Is it really possible for hypertrophy of the muscles to have no ...
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How can I do a recomp?

I am 17, and I used to be really skinny, but I had great cardiovascular health. I decided to bulk up and I started bodyweight exercises and ate at a surplus. The thing is, I gained a lot of fat and ...
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Can one get ripped by just playing a/some sport(s)? [closed]

I've been getting in shape lately. I was kind of fat some months ago and I'm not anymore (thanks to a bit of running, a bit of sports like volleyball, and a bit of eating better). I have a decent body ...
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What are superficial muscles?

Articles like the wikipedia entry for the Forearm distinguish between superficial, intermediate, and deep muscles. What is the difference between these muscle levels? What are some readily ...
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Would only doing exercises on a regular basis, without worry about anything else, help grow muscle?

I'm male 24. I'm occupied with my office work so I'm trying to minimize the effort in exercise as best as I could. This means that I don't go to the gym, and I don't buy any equipment. The only thing ...
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Combining different muscle groups

When I started going to gym, it happened that I had chest+shoulders+biceps day, back+triceps day and legs day. But I've heard many times that people tend to do chest+triceps because triceps works ...
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Can exercises such as squats, lunges and push-ups replace running and jogging to lose fat?

Due to an injury to my right knee, it precludes me from activities such as running and jogging as it places considerable strain and intensity which results in pains. Since i have gained weight since ...
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Eat more or less to lose fat and gain muscle

I am working to get my six packs and as per the saying "it starts from kitchen", so I started looking into diet plans on Google. Amazing to know that different sites have different diet plans. One ...
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Exercises to alleviate shoulder cramp

For some reason my shoulders are cramped up since last night. Lacking any other probable causes I blame temperature. Now I've been having trouble moving both my shoulders for a couple of hours ...
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How to do overloaded closed-kinesthetic-chain pushups without a spotter?

Muscle & Fitness says Most chest and shoulder closed-chain exercises aren't practical for developing strength, so these routines substitute the incline barbell press and barbell overhead ...
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how to measure my total fitness?

is there any way to measure my total fitness, like muscular strength, muscular endurance, cardiovascular endurance, flexibility, and body fat composition. I mean an app or website to get my data (...
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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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Suggest better workout schedule to get ripped body [duplicate]

Currently, I'm doing strength exercises and cardio exercises on alternate days as 6 days a week. In strength exercise, Routine: chest & triceps biceps & back legs & shoulder 4-5 ...
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What's the benefit of a long tendon and short muscle belly in the forearm?

In bodybuilding the benefits of long muscle bellies are fairly self evident, just look at Ronnie Coleman's out of place biceps and compare them to Sergio Oliva. For any sport requiring strength ...
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Do I lose muscle or fat if I don't eat for 5 days?

Due to an injury followed by a stomach virus, I drank a lot (coke, iced tea, and water) but hardly ate anything for 5 days. Now, my weight has dropped by 3 lbs. I feel like I lost muscle mass. ...
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Plank Progressions

So, I have been doing workout routine for a while now. IDK exactly how effective it is, but it certainly seems effective for me and I like it because each exercise is something I can scale up(by ...
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Why is muscle size not proportional to strength?

This guy claims that Olympic powerlifters working in the 1-6 rep range can increase strength without increasing muscle size. http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/topicoftheweek8.htm Trained Olympic ...
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Taking body muscle to next level

I started lifting around November 2014. I was 84Kgs and I had 30% body fat with waist line of 37 inches. I have reduced my weight to 74Kgs, body fat to 20.2% and waist to 32.6 inches. I can see ...
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Would Training with same volume on cutting phase as on bulking result in loss of muscle?

For the first time I am going to start a cutting phase so i have a number of questions: Q1:Would Training with same volume on cutting phase as on bulking result in loss of muscle to provide energy ...
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What are the implications of diminishing levels of soreness in Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS)?

A while back, I sent out the following query to a subject matter expert (through a different social media platform), but did not receive a reply. Thought I'd post it here to see if anyone with ...
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No visible results, can anyone help? [duplicate]

I’m 16 years old. I’ve been using gold whey protein for quite some time now n frankly I'm seeing no results so I was thinking of switching to inner armor hard mass gainer..think it's a good idea? And ...
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Am I eating enough for a bulk? [closed]

5'9 and weigh 139 pounds. I've decided to bulk and need help on my diet. This is what I ate today and I was wondering whether I should be eating more, or less to gain muscle and at the same time not ...
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What effect does restricted oxygen in cardio have on muscle damage & repair?

As we all know, cardio and strength training have completely different effects on your muscles, and your body's response to them. Strength training trains the body to make those big anaerobic muscle ...
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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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Suggestions for workout to build muscle fast after suffering from bad wrist injury?

I had a bad wrist injury that is taking about 2 months to recover. I did do some upper body during treatment, but I stopped because it hurt too much and the doctors and my friends told me not to. On ...
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Breaking Microtears by flexing?

Try to flex your biceps as hard as you can. It feels like if you were lifting right? So does this mean that microtears are getting broke and therefore we are having the same effect as lifting(Muscle ...
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How to avoid your muscles from showing?

I am a woman and I exercise to gain weight. This includes weight lifting and I am starting to show biceps. I do not like the muscly look. Is there any way I can avoid that and still gain weight? EDIT:...
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How to avoid calf activation in isolation leg curls/extensions?

This weekend I had a bad calf cramp in the last part of a combat stick sparring match (Calf cramped right as I pushed off for a strike, and then really locked up). Yesterday and today sore when ...
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How should i train for strength with very minimal size increase

I'm 20 6'3 and trying to gain strength with very little increase in my size.Are there any specific things i should be doing when lifting so i gain muscle strength without any size increases? i notice ...
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Squats & Oats,Diet, and muscle mass

I've been wondering if I could do regular squats instead of squats with weights (because I have none & there's no gym near) I want to build a bigger butt but I heard that it won't work if you don'...
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Push Ups vs Machines

Why can't I do push ups (lol) but I can perfectly do 13 kilos 4series 30 reps, in a tricep or bicep workout? Plus it's a compound movement meaning I'm not enfoquing everything on just one muscle? If ...
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Lat Pulldown vs. Pullups for back strength and bicep development

An old coach of mine told me that pullups are way more effective than using the lat pulldown machine. Is this true and if so why? If not, then why is it not?
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Will eating lots of eggs and peanut butter, and drinking a lot of milk help bulk you?

If I eat 5 eggs a day, have 3 tablespoons of peanut butter, and 36 ounces of white fat free milk a day combined with moderate weights and cardio each day, is this healthy?
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Pinky finger movement affected by lifting weights?

Since I started lifting several months ago, I have noticed that my pinkies' (both of them) movement has been affected. This is more noticeable right after waking up in the morning, and consists on the ...
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How much weight lifting will require me to eat protein supplements?

I am 32 years old and weigh 67 kilograms (148 pounds). I recently started going to the gym. I would like to know how much weight lifting I need to do where I will be required to consume protein ...
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How can I ensure I am working the muscles in each leg equally?

I have a problem with my knee where it hurts a lot when my leg takes weight (for example, I can do one-legged squats with one leg but not with the other because my knee hurts too much). This knee ...
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Gym for a 14 year old? [duplicate]

So I'm skinny, and I began going to the gym, I started first weekends doing very small weight (5 kilos) but in a correct form, doing 4 series of 15 reps for every exercise/machine I did/used, I don't ...
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Ensuring the body burns fat instead of muscle?

When exercising, our bodies take energy from our blood sugar, then uses glycogen as a source for energy, and finally burns fat or muscle when the glycogen is used up. A nutritionist told me that ...
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Should I perform exercises in full range of motion if my goal is to build muscle

I'm quite experienced in fitness and bodybuilding by that I mean I have been lifting weights for about 5 years, I'm not professional nor fitness "guru" or expert in anyway but I'm still always asking ...
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Push/Pull/Squat vs Brosplit [duplicate]

I am 26 years old, been working out for about three years now. I have not been sticking to my program for about 6 months, only lifting 1-2 times a week (working college student). My schedule has ...
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Is sleep actually vital to muscle growth? [duplicate]

I think personally it is mainly diet and weights that contribute to muscle growth. Is sleep that important of a factor too? Are there substitutes for sleep, like meditation, for example?
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Determine weaker muscle group

I've heard that it's useful to determine your weakest muscle group and to work more on it. Sometimes it can been clearly seen, but if not, how do I actually do it? Is there some approximate ...
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Rumble Roller question

Recently I bought a rumble roller. I use it primarily for Hamstring and Quads muscles. Is it safe to use it 3-4 times a week ? How much times a week it is recommended to use a rumble roller ? ...
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Does someone lose muscle if they don't exercise? [duplicate]

I had great muscle gains about 6 months ago. But recently I have stopped exercising intensely so I have become slightly fat. Will I lose muscle if I do not lift weights?
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Help with obtaining torso abs [duplicate]

I was wondering how I might be able to obtain abs. I would already say I have a lifestyle suited to gaining them. Every day of the week apart from Monday (rest day) I go running/biking anywhere from 2 ...
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Will biking 5 miles 5 days a week shrink or strengthen my leg muscles?

So I am training for a triathlon, I am biking 5 miles a day 5 days each week. I also do a chest-biceps workout rotating every other day 5 days a week. I figure that presses, incline presses, curls, ...
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When will muscle be cannibalized?

Can you tell me what are all the cases when muscle would be cannibalized? I've heard the two following cases will cannibalize muscle, but I still don't quite understand. Aerobic Exercise Arnold ...
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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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Trying to stop being skinny and gain muscle [duplicate]

Basically, I am a 15 year old boy, 5f 11". I weight about 10st/140lb/63.5kg. For the last month I have been exercising by just doing random push ups/sit ups throughout the day (roughly 100 push ups ...