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

learn more… | top users | synonyms

1
vote
4answers
167 views

Weightlifting with only one set of weights

I've been looking to gain muscle/lift a little in order to be less weak. Unfortunately, I only own one pair of 10lb dumbbells which I use for dumbbell pressing. As a weak 6'0(182cm) 132 lb.(60kg) ...
2
votes
2answers
174 views

Developing a training routine outside the gym

I am a CS student and hence spend long hours sitting on my desk. I am trying to establish a routine targeted towards cardio (since I have had asthma in the past) and building muscle mass(since my ...
0
votes
1answer
192 views

Beginner in physical fitness, need tips and advices

I am 18 years old, 174 cm tall, 60 kg weight male. I am very skinny, and haven't trained for ages. Last few years I've been living very unhealthy way of life - spending way too much time in front of ...
0
votes
1answer
115 views

Should glute-bridges make my calves ache?

I have been given some glute bridges to do, to improve the strength of my core and hips, to prevent injury while running. I'm quite weak in this area and after a day and a half,I'm finding it's my ...
1
vote
1answer
156 views

How important is it to gain weight for weightlifting (build muscles)?

since a year i go to the fitness-center, first once a week, since 4 months i'm trying to strictly go 2 (or 3) times per week. there i train multiple things (biceps, triceps, back, belly, shoulders, ...
6
votes
3answers
4k views

Does anyone know what causes muscles to shake uncontrolably while under stress?

My question is related to the following, I think: Why is my body shaking during certain exercises? But I would like to know how this works on muscle/biology level. The best thing I can imagine, ...
3
votes
1answer
629 views

Hip stretches - recover from piriformis syndrome and hard gluteal muscles

Situation Due to a one sided sport I intensely practiced for a good portion of my teenage years(rowing in a team with only one oar per person), I have ever since experienced an awkward tight feeling ...
0
votes
0answers
23 views

how to gain weight without joining gym [duplicate]

I Am Rachit Chopra a clg students. Basically regulatory I go to clg and after in evening time I go to my dad's office to experience some good thing, Because this is my final year of clg. So, after I ...
0
votes
1answer
64 views

I really want to pick up weight I'm too skinny [duplicate]

I am a 18 year old boy which suppose to look healthy n fit and have a great built but instead I look like a broomstick and I hate that so much I have tried many things such as drinking eggs and milk ...
5
votes
1answer
113 views

Does the body process food and supplements the same way?

I am currently progressing through 'Mad Cow' system and I have upped my calorie intake over the past 1 to 2 months. I have a question that I wondered if anyone could shed some light on. I take about ...
-1
votes
3answers
3k views

How many sets should I make for muscle growth?

I have a very skinny body. So I try to train a lot to change that. I want to make my biceps and chest bigger first, so I do push-ups and pull-ups. Every other day im doing 12 sets of push ups, every ...
1
vote
1answer
95 views

What is the reason my pain and exhaustion are not improving? [closed]

I'm having a physical problem for about 4 years by now that's really making walking or just standing insufferable (even for a few seconds). I can't do any fitness and it really messes my physical ...
2
votes
1answer
678 views

Does boxing interfere with gaining muscle?

I would like to gain muscle, weight and at the same time be flexible, in good condition, and do competitions in near future in boxing. For that, after the recommendations, I bought the proteins and ...
3
votes
4answers
997 views

Muscle imbalances related to indoor rock climbing/bouldering and ways to fix them

Ive read that most climbers have a lot of muscle imbalances, including some that affect proper posture. Is that true? What muscles are imbalanced? How do those imbalances affect posture? How to fix ...
7
votes
1answer
2k views

Simple tests to detect muscle imbalances between quads and hamstrings

Are there any simple tests you can do at home to check if you have some muscle imbalances between hamstrings and quads? I.e. to test if your quads are too weak compared to your hamstrings or the other ...
3
votes
1answer
257 views

How to train muscle which goes from buttocks to the waist?

This year I have returned to alpine skiing and found myself relatively fit for quite intensive skiing session (up to 10 runs per hour for 3-4 hours straight twice a day for 5 days) except for two ...
3
votes
2answers
199 views

Lose weight or Gain Muscle?

My long term goal would be to lose about 10 kg of fat, but I would also like to gain more muscle mass. I am about to begin a training program. I have seen on this forum that it is difficult to lose ...
2
votes
1answer
135 views

I am 15, what is a recommended non bull-crap workout routine?

I am 15 and I am 6 feet tall, I weigh 'bout 145 pounds (last time I checked), I am currently doing about 35-40 pushups and about 50-60 sit-ups every night. Then, every wednesday I go to Krav Maga, on ...
5
votes
3answers
5k views

I am skinny, would joining a gym make me skinnier?

I am 17 and I am skinny according to BMI. I am thinking to join a gym to gain muscle and strength. Some people contradict me saying that I will get even more skinner if I do so. Should I join gym?
8
votes
5answers
671 views

Stronglifts 5v5 : Where do I go from here?

So let me start by saying, This is the best program I have ever followed in my life. I am in the best and strongest shape I have ever been in my entire life, and I can attribute most of it to ...
7
votes
4answers
7k views

What can I do to prevent my (outer) shins from tightening while running?

My shins (specifically the Tibialis Anterior muscle - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Tibialis_anterior_2.png) often tighten up while I'm running. This has happened my whole life when running ...
5
votes
1answer
104 views

What is the best way to integrate brief sessions in my workplace gym into my strength and body building practices?

My job as a software developer requires me to spend nine hours a day in an office. The building has a gym, but it is not so well equipped that I use it as my primary facility. I work out at another ...
1
vote
0answers
47 views

Looking to gain weight by putting on muscle [duplicate]

I am very skinny and I am looking to put on weight by gaining muscle. I am 6 foot 2 and weigh about 160 pounds. I am willing to change my diet. I eat quiet a lot of chocolate and crisps but not fast ...
14
votes
3answers
4k views

Recomposition vs weight loss

I understand recomposition to be about trading away fat for new muscle. How is it different than weight loss as a goal? Would it ever be recommended to focus on purely weight loss first, and then ...
1
vote
2answers
483 views

Gaining muscle with slim body type

Some people appear to be born with muscle*. I know lots of people who don't work out at all, have an office job where they sit around all day, and still they have a muscular body with strong (looking) ...
2
votes
1answer
965 views

Does it damage the joints if we do pushups everyday?

I'm doing 100 pushups everyday and now I'm afraid whether this will cause damage to the shoulder joints? Will this help me to gain Chest muscles? Thanks
6
votes
1answer
476 views

How to improve symmetry in both strength and size

I have noticed lately that I lack symmetry in my arms (biceps and triceps, not forearms). This lack of symmetry also follows through to the strength and endurance in the weaker arm. With my dominant ...
1
vote
0answers
88 views

Good diet for losing fat and gaining muscle at the same time? [duplicate]

I have lurked this site for a bit and this question basically showed me that for people who are obese it is possible to be losing fat and gaining muscle at the same time. I have experienced this ...
4
votes
2answers
711 views

Is it physically possible to have a calorie deficit for a month and gain 5 kilos of weight while being on diet and training?

Is it physically possible to have a calorie deficit for a month and gain 5 kilos of weight while being on diet? I am eating around 1500-2000 calories a day and I should be taking around 3500 minimum ...
5
votes
2answers
147 views

How to increase my speed in Olympic distance triathlon?

I am training for Olympic distance triathlons or longer. My schedule is as follows: Mon: Rest Tue-Fri: Swim 8km or more Sat-Sun: Cycle 100km or Run 10km I don't have any particularly weak ...
1
vote
0answers
19 views

Understanding physical fitness anatomically [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What are good books on muscle building heavily based on science? Are there any books which explain the significance of each and every exercise we do in the gym? I do not ...
0
votes
0answers
33 views

how to have big muscles for one who have been trying but have not seen any change? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: I am underweight. How do I gain weight and muscle? Hey I am 15 years old and i am so underweight. I am 5 feet 7 inches and i am 100 pounds. I have tried everything. I ...
15
votes
1answer
1k views

How is muscle repair affected by a caloric deficit?

Background Weightlifting creates micro-tears in the muscle. Protein and other nutrients repair the tears so the muscle grows back stronger and larger. Question How is muscle repair affected by a ...
3
votes
1answer
395 views

How does wiggling your fingers activate your fast twitch muscle fibers?

You may remember hurdler Michelle Jenneke's famous dance where she wiggles her fingers to warm up before the race. In this interview (at 01:11), she reveals that wiggling her fingers activates her ...
2
votes
1answer
135 views

Why do I get lactic acid build up at lower threshholds on different days?

I'm a climber, so I'm talking specifically about forearms. I train regularly and have been for years, so I'm pretty familiar with how my body responds. As I understand it, the "pumped" sensation in ...
5
votes
1answer
199 views

Do Different Bench Press Variants Build Muscle Differently?

I once read somewhere (though not somewhere very reputable) that the incline bench press will build more muscle in the upper chest, while the flat bench press will build more muscle in the lower ...
0
votes
1answer
225 views

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 ...
4
votes
2answers
598 views

Is it beneficial to stay warm after a workout to support muscle gain?

I work out for 1 hour daily in the morning. My trainer told me to stay warm i.e. keep the muscles warm, throughout the day (or at least most of the time) because it helps muscle gain. That is, he ...
8
votes
3answers
2k views

To lose a lot of fat mass, should I lift weights, do cardio, or both?

I'm 6'0 and 272 lbs. I'm 43 and have always been a big guy i.e in 1st grade I was over 100 lbs. already. According to my fancy scale, it says I have 30% body fat so my goal is to lose 80lbs starting ...
4
votes
2answers
676 views

Is recovery time required to increase muscle after gym workouts

While reading this post How does muscle build up when we exercise?. I read there that recovery time (rest before your next workout) is important to increase muscle. Now there are 2 questions I want to ...
9
votes
1answer
665 views

What is the scientific explanation for beginning weightlifters' ability to gain muscle and lose fat simultaneously?

I'm sure you have heard this a million times in bodybuilding articles and forums: Only beginner weightlifters can gain muscle and lose fat at the same time. For intermediate and advanced ...
6
votes
1answer
2k views

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 ...
5
votes
3answers
1k views

is it necessary to do exercise that target only one muscle a day

I live in India and have joined 4-5 gyms in last 4-5 years in different cities. Every time people do and also suggest me to do exercise that target only one muscle per day. e.g. on Monday only biceps ...
0
votes
4answers
357 views

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 ...
4
votes
1answer
367 views

Building up Lat muscles without Chin ups, rowing or lat pull down

I have recovered from a back strain/injury. It was a pinched nerve. As part of my exercises I need to build my back muscles. The lateral muscles I am having trouble finding an excersise for. It seems ...
6
votes
2answers
179 views

Why is the protein recommendation for strength building dependent on bodyweight?

I've just started Starting Strength today and it's recommended to ensure protein intake is adequate to feed muscle growth so the next lift can be made at a heavier weight--the 1g protein per pound ...
4
votes
1answer
151 views

Caloric intake for fatty trying to gain muscle

OK, I'm 6 foot tall and I weigh 215 pounds. Based on my weight when I was younger (I'm in my late thirties), I'd say I'm about 25 to 30 pounds overweight (fat) now. I started lifting about three weeks ...
1
vote
1answer
142 views

what is burnt first, muscles(protein) or fat

I'm trying to reduce my belly fat, for which I'm doing exercise for a month now, but no result yet. So now thinking of starting diet. But if I do that, and eat much less calories, then what will be ...
11
votes
2answers
2k views

Does running reduce the muscle gained by gym workouts?

I go to gym once in 2-3 days, and I have a nice physique except my fatty stomach. Now I have started running daily for half an hour. But some of my friends have suggested to me that I should stop ...
5
votes
3answers
4k views

How to harden muscles?

Specifically, harden. To elaborate: I weight 130; my friend weighs 200. He's very muscular. But I'm strong for my weight-- we both do one arm bicep curls at 40 pounds. I have no trouble with ...