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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Fatigued triceps in freestyle swimming

I used to swim a long time ago and after a break of several years, I took it up again about 6 months ago. However, my triceps (i.e the lateral part of the back of my upper arms) still get fatigued ...
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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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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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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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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 ...
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How often to take measurements?

How often should someone trying to gain muscle mass take measurements? The only answer I could find was for weight loss, which from experience shouldn't be more than once a month. Can that ...
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Exercise advice for newbie

I'm a 22 year old male currently employed as a Program Developer(sedentary work).I weigh 110Kg's and am 186cm's high. I started working out about last week. I normally do 30mins of cardio on bicycle ...
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Muscle hurts after HiiT session

3 Days ago i did an HiiT Session with dumbbells. I did different excercises in 3 Sets with 12 Repetitions. After I finished excercising i didn't do any streching exercises. On the next day I had ...
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What are the outcomes of training unevenly on various body muscles?

While most of the trainers train all of their body muscles, it is possible to skip a few muscles and focus on the rest. The best example is all of the guys who don't care about the legs and can end ...
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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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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
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Should standard, non-rehabilitation exercise routines target smaller individual muscles?

Looking at the list of exercises on exrx.net, I see a good deal of them recommending exercises to target muscles that most fitness sites seem to completely overlook. For example, there are pages with ...
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Calorie consumption dilemma: strength vs fat loss

I am a 77 kg guy. I used to be a scrawny 52 kg guy before I began 5x5 workout. During the weight gain process, I didn't care much about the associated fat gain. I was getting stronger and looking ...
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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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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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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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What's the “optimal” macronutrient split and daily caloric intake to increase lean body weight while reducing fat?

In the past few months, I've managed to trim down to about 11% bodyfat but unfortunately not without sacrificing a several pounds of muscle in the process. I'd like to regain and build beyond that ...