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

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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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Depleting Muscle Glycogen and Fat Burning

Suppose I do the following exercise: As many body weight squats as possible in 1 minute without stopping with a 10 second rest. Repeat 15 times. Would this deplete the muscle glycogen in my legs? ...
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Is controlled release of muscle contraction more beneficial than free release?

I used to think that best way to train a muscle is to do reps very slowly, but from the ACSM's manual I learned that it is a myth. Now that made me wonder about controlled release of muscle ...
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What is the difference between rest and sleep? Can inactivity replace sleep?

I've just been reading about the importance of rest days and why sleep is important. According to Lego Stormtroopr, sleep is something you can't work around. I work at a desk in an office all day. ...
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What's the deal with 'inner' and 'outer' abdominals?

I have a questions about what abdominal muscles I actually have, and what they do. On one hand, I often hear about the distinction between outer and inner abdominals: The outer abs are mostly worked ...
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Using Muscle Milk but worried about its calorie content

I am lactose intolerant. I researched many nutritions shop (in Turkey) and couldn't find lactose-free protein powders except Muscle Milk. I have also tried 1 serving from my friend's Muscle Milk and ...
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Do muscles discriminate against the type of micro-tear?

Weightlifting creates micro-tears in the muscles. When these micro-tears repair, the muscle grows back bigger. Does this same principle apply to tears caused by other means? For example, if you create ...
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Can posture braces help strengthen muscles?

Lately I have been trying to correct my bad posture(curved shoulders and Anterior pelvic tilt). Among all the possible solutions I found, the most common were the stretches and other exercises to ...
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I need help to be able to focus during my work outs [duplicate]

I stop working out few months ago because of work I travel a lot and I lost a lot of muscle . I got me a membership at a gym but is so hard for me to concentrate and motivate myself while I'm at the ...
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How can I tell if it is a cramp or tear? [closed]

Is there anyway I can tell a difference between a muscle cramp and a muscle tear? I was running today on the treadmill, and decided to increase the speed a little bit, but after some time my left calf ...
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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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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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Average Muscle breakdown by percentage (by weight) of the total

One often hears lower body accounts for 40% of total muscles mass. Going a step further, would it be possible to estimate for an average body, a given muscle group percentage of the total? Is there ...
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Locking of the jaw during workout related stress

The sympathetic nervous system (SNS) is involved in energy expenditure as it drives the body to respond to stress. So when one is lifting weight or doing a pullup or pushup and is about to finish the ...
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How can I get toned without losing weight? [duplicate]

I am a 17 year old female about 5'6" to 5'7" and weigh about 120/125 lbs, and am skinny so I don't want to lose any weight. I am active in sports, but I am not where I want to be and would like to be ...
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How is energy derived from muscle, fat and glucose at different intensities?

I have learned that during aerobic exercising the body converts different sources of energy: glucose, fat and muscle. However, different ratios are used in different situations. So what are the ...
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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 ...
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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) ...
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Getting big with just push ups? [duplicate]

I have no gym access right now. How do you keep bulking up just using push ups?
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Muscles targeted by swimming? [closed]

I know it's cardio. But I still would like to know the muscles built by swimming. Which muscles are targeted by swimming?
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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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Why do good lifts feel effortless? [closed]

I am curious what explains the difference between perceived effort and absolute effort for different types of movements. For example pull-ups and burpees always feel hard, while a 1RM snatch sometimes ...
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Fast-twitch hand muscle exercises?

A friend who spent some time in the military told me about a silent language in which the hands are signed in short, rapid bursts. Really, really rapid bursts, actually. I've seen videos of both wing ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Caffeine, weight loss, muscle gain & stretch marks [closed]

I am searching for information regarding the effects of caffeine and found this website for the first time. For the last 3 weeks I´ve been trying to decrease my caffeine consumption, after having ...
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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 ...
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How to keep my leg muscle from increasing in volume while still exercising?

First, some words on my fitness history: I was quite a scrawny kid growing up but in high school I joined the high school's Cross-Country team and started running regularly for part of the year. I ...
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Calorie calculation, consumption and side effects of minimum intake

In short, my question is "How actually calorie calculation works?" Now, I will try to describe my question in detail. While surfing net I found a calculator which claimed that it can identify my ...
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Best swim crawl to enlarge the shoulders

What is the best crawl that helps to broaden your shoulders? Is is possible to tell that theres a crawl, according to the specific movements, better than the others for this aim?
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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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How do I fix skinny biceps? [duplicate]

I've been working out quite awhile and this has always plagued me, skinny biceps. I'm not a small guy(6'2 185lb) and I can curl a decent amount of weight (45's) and I have large triceps, but no matter ...
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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 ...
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How to Rehab a Bicep Tear

I'm writing this on behalf of my gym instructor who unfortunately doesn't have Internet access. Last fortnight he suffered a slight tear in his left bicep while moving some heavy equipment. He has ...
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Stronglifts 5x5, Balancing and What Next? [closed]

Progressing well for the last couple of months on Stronglifts 5x5. (25 y/o, male, 6ft, 80 kg / 176 lbs weight / eatting a surplus of 3200 kcal) How to stop my Bench and Overhead Press lagging ...
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scientific papers on muscle growth in (severely) undertrained males?

It's common knowledge that weak individuals tend to pick up strength at a rapid pace given some 3x a week barbell training program. Some (starting strength) say there's massive lean body mass (LBM) ...
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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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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 ...
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Effect of muscular excercise on height growth [duplicate]

I am 16 years old. .I am a bit less than 5 feet 7 inch.I want my height 6 feet.But I have just joined gym and started muscular excercise of triceps, biceps ,shoulder and chest to gain muscles.Will ...
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Cell Death and muscle synthesis

just a question out of curiosity! I went to a Science Live event last week, and one of the things they talked about was how cell death is essential for growth and replacement of cells. Does this ...
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How much beer can i drink? [closed]

I love beer but I want to get muscles too. Is it ok if I drink 2 x 0.33 L cans per day? Beer has 5% alc.
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Allergic to Protein supplements

I'm allergic to Coco (I can't eat chocolate or coffee ) if I take any whey Protein or anything like SSN OR any kinda powdered supplements within 2days my Asthama gets high, I get lots of cough and ...
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why one leg soleus muscle can be bigger than the other leg?

I have my left soleus muscle more stronger than my other soleus, you can see it with no effort, I think it must be because of my form of running, my right leg is shorter so maybe that could be the ...
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Will drinking distilled water improve muscle definition?

So, basically the question says it all. This question pop out today at work, a colleague is trying to increase muscle definition and thought at this... I've read it can lead to undernourishment ...
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Reducing flab and Building the Upper Body simultaneously - Guidance? [closed]

I have recently joined a gym, and I wanted to build both the abdomen (6-8 packs) and upper body (chest and shoulders). I have used a gym two years back. I have the following questions: How I ...
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First week at gym, am I doing right?

I have just joined a local gym near my home. My body details are: Height: 5'8" Weight: 56 Kg My target is to gain strength, shape, and muscle. I am 24 years old. After joining a gym, I found that ...
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What is the most inclusive exercise that does not require tools? [closed]

By most incluse I refer to activating the most muscle groups. The background of my question is the following thought: If you had to choose one single exercise to do every day, which one would it ...
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presistent cramps for months

Recently i been getting a lot of cramps. In my calf, feet and even hand. Its like if i curl my feet or hand, a little i get cramp. When i stretch my leg, i get it in my calf. I been a constant trainer ...