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

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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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Keeping track of muscle dimensions

I am looking for tools and procedures to keep track of changes in sizes of muscles. (or groups of muscles like upper arms and chest). (1) How feasible is this? (2) Are more subjective measures like ...
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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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How to increase muscle mass?

I am 49 year old. I have reduced 6 Kgs and maintaining it for last 2 years nicely. Due to busy shedule I don't get time to exercise regularly. But I walk for half hour daily. My diet includes 0.8 ...
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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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Is growth of a muscle limited to the size of the opposing muscle?

I've read and heard from several bodybuilders (Arnold, big Youtube guys) that the pectorals will only grow in proportion to the upper lats. Both must be trained equally to see growth. What is the ...
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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 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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How to strengthen the “foot muscle”

Not sure what the muscle is called, or if there is more than one, but seems like there is a muscle under my feet going from somewhere close to the heel and forward to where the toes are "attached". I ...
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Severe Muscle cramp during abdomen crunch

I have fat around my Belly, and whenever I try to do Abdomen crunch, I get severe (or massive) muscle cramp in my belly which prevents me from doing anything for next 30 minutes due to intense pain. ...
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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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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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How is it possible to use a higher percentage of our theoretical strength?

I've read somewhere ( Why is muscle size not proportional to strength?) that under normal circumstances, even when we try our hardest, we can use only 20-30% of our strength. Under what circumstances ...
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What is the protocol for muscle maintenence (stay the same mass)?

Let's say a bodybuilder has been lifting heavy in the 8-12 rep range, eating a high protein diet, and so has attained substantial muscle mass. Now the bodybuilder would like to just maintain the same ...
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Importance of short rest times between sets

What are the benefits of taking shorter rest times in between sets? If I am capable of doing an extra rep or two if I rest for 1 minutes instead of resting for 30 seconds, which is more beneficial?
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Pulled a muscle - How to heal and relieve pain

I pulled a muscle in my neck and upperback. What is the best way to heal and relieve the pain? The advice on the web is not clear. Some people say apply heat, some say cold, and some say alternate ...
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Is it possible for one of a pair of muscles to feel the burn more than the other muscle in the pair?

The last two times I've done legs curls at the gym my left glute will feel the burn on the third set, but the right glute did not even though I made sure that both legs were putting in the same amount ...
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Is It Possible To Gain Mass With Out Increasing The Workout?

For the past couple weeks I've unintentionally kept my workout exactly the same. Same reps, same weight. Not a lack of motivation, it's just when I'm done I can't do any more. But the crazy thing is, ...
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I can't do more than 10 - 15 repetitions for biceps

I have been going to the gym since last seven years. My friends at the gym do more than 15 repetitions per set. I am not comparing with them, but I don't understand why can't I do more that 15 ...
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Do people who lift weights twice per week need less protein than people who lift three times per week?

Several exercise programs I've seen suggest lifting weights 3 times per week, but also say that progress can me made by only lifting twice per week (although it will be slower). These sorts of ...
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Does muscle really “turn into” fat?

You often hear people say "My muscle turned into fat" to explain why they used to be strong and in shape but now they are on the somewhat rotund side. My question is how does that transition actually ...
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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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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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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 ...