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

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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 ...
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Is stretching more difficult once the muscle mass is bigger?

I was wondering if, assuming one gains lots of muscle while not stretching regularly, the process of stretching is more difficult or at least more painful after. This isn't about the benefits of ...
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Lost weight and getting fit - where to go from here?

I've maintained a pretty poor diet for most of my adult life, and as a software developer, I've spent most of my time behind a desk with very little exercise. Since New Year 2011 I've lost nearly 2st ...
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What can cause severe muscle fatigue and even pain at wake-up? [closed]

When I wake-up (i.e. hear the alarm clock and open my eyes) I experience severe muscle fatigue, that I am hardly able to force myself to move my arms and legs to get-up. I feel like my muscles were ...
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Does stretching muscles help build / tone them?

Does stretching muscles (both right after a workout but also very much throughout the day afterwards, when you still often feel they could do with a good stretch), actually play a role in helping to ...
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What type of physique is possible without use of steroids?

Let me begin by saying I'm completely against steroids, as everybody should be. I don't plan to get into fitness model shape, as I know it often involves extremely strict diets and starvation prior ...
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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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I am on the Atkins diet and weightlifting everyday, what is this doing to my body?

I am a novice. I eat 1/4 cup of raw oats in the morning and two portions of meat later on in the day, and tons of low-carb & low-calorie vegetables. I work out everyday, and I'm following Mark ...
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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 ...
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Legs sore 1st day of rest after workout, even more sore the second day

I did a pretty intensive leg workout and decided to take the next day off for rest. I definitely had some lactic build-up the next day and my legs were slightly sore. However, when I woke up on the ...
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Use lighter or heavier weight in higher or lower reps for building muscle size?

When training to build up muscle size, should I use lighter weight in higher reps and sets or use heavier weight in lower reps and sets?
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What other changes should I make to my weightraining plan and diet to continue losing belly fat?

I was once over 181 pounds and for my body type I was tipping on the scale of very fat to obese. I started to do lots of cardo and watched what I ate(but never dieted as I knew if I diet I won't be ...
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How do I build my obliques?

I've tried for a couple of months now and I just can't seem to build on my obliques.. I have minimal trouble getting and keeping my 6 pack, but I just can't get those darn obliques. It looks really ...
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If I build up my muscles and then don't use them for a while, then will the “build-up” regress after a while?

And if so, is regression more powerful if I build up my muscles from, say, the 90th percentile to the 99th percentile as compared to from the 30th percentile to the 50th percentile? As in, is the ...
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Weights + Conditioning circuit + Mixed martial arts

I'm thinking of starting a regime, where I hit my local gym 3 hours a day 6 days a week. I am 5'7" with a moderate build and I weigh 65kg. I'm wanting to build muscle and lose fat. The first 1hr ...
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Training the twitch fibre muscles for faster punching and kicking

I am after some exercises which work the fast twitch fibre muscles, both isometric and weight training wise. Could you guys please suggest some? I also wanted to know, when I curl a dumbell I pull it ...
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Is the muscle pump after exercise due to increased cellular Na (due to reduced ATP availability)?

Cellular hypoxia leads to reduced ATP, resulting in Na/K ATPase down regulation reducing the activity of the Na/K pump. (edit removed the original link since I'm limited to two links in a question ...
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Good workout regimen for building muscle and losing fat?

So I am looking to start working out regularly, and I need some recommendations on exercises to do/weight lifting techniques. I am 17 and consider myself athletic. I play lacrosse, soccer, and ...
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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 ...
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Are there any harmful side effects to working out just your arms?

I'm 15 years old and during the summer I've been working out with some dumbbells, and I've only been working out my arms for right now. Lately I have been feeling pain in my lower back and neck (which ...
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Learning form without weights

One thing I like a lot about the Starting Strength program is its focus on squats. Why? Because I could practice and practice them, getting my form right, without weights. Now that I can squat well, ...
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Is supplementation counter productive when your goal is getting a six pack/lean mass?

I try hit the gym about 3-5 times a week (using a 3 day split program), and take something similar to Supplements SA Ganic-F Insane as pre-workout, and I've got protein shake that i use as a snack ...
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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 ...
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The importance of fitness and cancer [closed]

I am a thirty year-old living with a brain tumor. I have made it my every effort to keep myself fit. I do this because I understand it to be beneficial for me should I require ongoing surgery in the ...
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Body building and gaining weight

I'm 5'10" tall and weight only 56kg. I'm trying to be massive and doing some workout daily, like push ups for at least 30 minutes, with two breaks. In the last 6 months I gained only 5kg. I'm quite ...
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Basic anatomy for weight lifting and starting strength?

Reading the Starting Strength book, he throws around a lot of anatomical terms. Yet, surprisingly, there's no diagram or chart or glossary explaining what all these are. What's the best way to learn ...
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Does high intake of protein while in catabolic mode prevent muscle loss?

This might seem like an obvious question, but I'm currently exercising a lot and losing a lot of weight (through diet), and I'm afraid that shedding this much weight that I'm putting myself in a ...
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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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What is the impact of mycoprotein on muscle development?

Vegetarian swimmers in Egypt are routinely given mycoprotein as a way of building muscle and as a substitute for animal protein. Is mycoprotein known to improve swimming performance and muscle ...
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Do I lose muscle or fat when on a diet and not exercising much?

I am a thin guy (5'6-3/4" - 138 pounds), somewhere between ectomorth and mesomorph (more towards mesomorth I would think) who eats very little. I have been going to the gym to lift weights twice a ...
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Grouping and ordering workouts for a 3-day workout week

I've been familiar with targeting a muscle group each day for example, chest for monday, legs for tuesday, and so on. The constraint is: I can only workout 1 hour each day for 3 days a week because ...
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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 ...
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Best stretching and strengthening exercise for Gluteal muscle

When I play games (3-4 hours) like Cricket or Basketball, my Gluteal muscles ache a lot. I've heard that swimming can help them stretch, but I can't swim (though I plan to learn) What other exercises ...
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neck pain vs. head orientation

I'm wondering if looking slightly down and to the left puts more strain on the left or right side of my neck. For a little background, I use two enormous monitors and I think I use the on on the left ...
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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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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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Target the same muscles twice in a day?

Would working the same muscle group - twice in the same day - cause worthwhile extra muscle fiber tearing to later gain mass? Or is this not worthwhile (the extra tearing is only marginal) given the ...
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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 to strengthen calf muscles?

I run regularly for about 6 KM. I have completed multiple 10 K runs. I am targeting a half marathon this September. But when I run distances like 10 K + i get pain in my left calf muscle. I believe I ...
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How can I make my thighs and calfs slimmer?

I have done a lot of cycling and stopped a few months back, any exercise (such as squats, lunges etc.) just give me huge thighs and what I do not understand is, everyone else seems to look really nice ...
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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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Stretching muscles while they are engaged

I've heard a theory that it is better to stretch muscles while they are (lightly?) engaged. The reason was said to be that muscle engagement will cause the muscles themselves, rather than the tendons, ...
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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 ...
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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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What are good books on muscle building heavily based on science?

Please suggest few books on the topic of muscle building, that are heavily backed by scientific research. I prefer them to be light on concrete training programs, but heavy on facts and research ...
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What are the true implications of the abdominals being actually just one muscle?

A lot of online advice on developing the abs starts by correcting the misperception that the abs are separate muscles, instead, they are a single wall. Now, it's not clear what should I conclude from ...
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Skinny wrists - will this change as the rest of me does?

I know it's vain - but I'm not blessed in this department. As I progress down the road towards the body I want instead of the current body I have can I expect my wrists to gain in proportion also? I ...
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Eat more or less to loose 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 the diet plan on google. Amazing to know that different sites have different diet plans On ...
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Working abs after regular workout

A guy in my gym suggested not to work for abs after regular/other body part workout. Reason was that, if you do abs after regular workout, muscles get loose and your workout will go waste. How true ...
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Help to add muscle for a skinny guy with fast metabolism

I'm 20 year old, 5ft8 (1.72m) and weight about 120lbs (54kg). I've recently joined the gym and plan to add muscle (like most people). I'm completely new to this and I have been browsing for research ...