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

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Extremly strngthening thighs

I'm 43 old and I practice martial arts for the recent years. My thighs have strong muscles but not strong enough. Some of the practitioners have thighs that are strong as iron literally. Strong thighs ...
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What is wrong with a beginner following the Rock workout schedule?

So I am about 5 months into training and I am struggling to come up with a suitable routine. My gym buddy suggested me to do what rock does, which is simply-put, one muscle group a day, 2 day rest, ...
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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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What causes a “pump” feeling in muscles?

I think its fairly common knowledge that if you pick a medium weight (for you) dumbbell up and smash out 12 bicep curls you will feel a "pump" in your muscles as they grow temporarily. I have seen ...
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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 ...
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How much protein should I be eating?

I am 59 yrs old, 6'5" and I currently weigh 245lbs, up from my lowest of 230lbs, after having lost 110lbs last year. I have a desk job during the day and I work out with weights 3 times a week for ...
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Osta-Red Supplements [closed]

I have been researching into the Osta-Red supplements online. From the reviews I have been reading they seem to be great for lean muscle mass building without water retention or potential side effects ...
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What should be the best plan for me to lose fat and gain muscle

3 months ago I joined a gym. I am following a diet and doing mostly cardio workouts. To date I have lost 5-6kg (I weighed 85kg before I started). I have a couple of questions: Should I continue ...
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MadCow Routine - When to stop / restart?

In this pic I added the first day of my MadCow spreadsheet. My question(s) are: When do I stop (start over)? For example, if I started Week 6 and I will try to squat 5 reps of 110kg But I only ...
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how to lose fat hips after weight loss? [duplicate]

here is my "chronological weight loss" : when i was 23 I weighed 103 kg then I started to walk long distances ( sometimes 10 km per day and 3 times a week) I also decreased food rations (1/3 of what i ...
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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 ...
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Muscles twitching during non-workout activity [duplicate]

I've had periods in time where I'm just sitting in the office and all of the sudden one of triceps would start twitching like once per second or a bit more spread out. It doesn't hurt, but it's ...
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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, ...
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Maintenance of muscle mass due to doping anabolic substance

Take the case of an athlete looking to increase his muscle mass, it will take anabolic doping substances during a certain period of time then it will stop. Is it possible for this athlete to maintain ...
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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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Heavy weight vs Light weight?

My goal is to build muscle size. There is lot of information online which says like Arnold says(3rd point) you need to lift heavy to increase muscle size and there's other information as well like on ...
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Benefits of Squatting from bottom position as rest position

So I was just thinking I got a home gym set up, and I can't really approach the bar under a power-rack as of yet...so I just clean it up over my head. I was interested in doing a back squat. But this ...
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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 ...
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MY CHEST IS UNEQUAL.Help me make them equal.please [duplicate]

My chests are not equal.My left chest is fully outward and developed and where as my right is full pressed in.PLEASE help me to make both sides equal. this is affecting my abs to making them unequal.
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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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Should strength training be altered according to whether you're seeking size vs strength?

When I read about strength training, the advice often comes with the assumption that the reader wants to get "big". I want to achieve strength, but would prefer not to increase size too much if ...
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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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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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How to lose fat and gain muscle at the same time?

Firstly, is losing fat and gaining muscle at the same time possible? If it is possible, what is the general nutrition and exercise plan to do it? Secondly, is losing fat and gaining muscle at the ...
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Stretching during exercises?

Is it correct to make a brief stretching session even during physical activity, and not just at the end?
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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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What muscles are involved in the downward movement of the v-sit?

Can you help me with the muscles involved in the downward movement of the V sit? Downward would be eccentric but what muscles are the primary movers?
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Is it possible to move each toe individually?

I'm wondering if it is possible (probably with lot of training) to control each of my toe independently of the others. Big toe and pinky: no problem, but the three middle ones... I can't. This ...
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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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Is working on the same set of muscles in a day a sound advice for muscle building, what is the scientific reasoning behind it? [duplicate]

My gymmates told me that if I want to build my muscles, I should concentrate on one part of muscles ( eg: biceps) in one day, then move on to the next part of the muscles the other day. Never ever ...
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My trainer insists on stretching before any exercise, even warming up. Should I be worried?

He wants to start out by doing rather strenuous, even slightly painful, static stretches, mostly in the legs, followed by 10-20 minutes of cardio and then the rest of the workout is mostly lifting. We ...
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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 ...
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What are the functional effects of hypertrophy?

Hypertrophy means that your muscles are bigger, but does this mean that they don't perform better or worse than smaller muscles? Is it really possible for hypertrophy of the muscles to have no ...
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How can I do a recomp?

I am 17, and I used to be really skinny, but I had great cardiovascular health. I decided to bulk up and I started bodyweight exercises and ate at a surplus. The thing is, I gained a lot of fat and ...
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Can one get ripped by just playing a/some sport(s)? [closed]

I've been getting in shape lately. I was kind of fat some months ago and I'm not anymore (thanks to a bit of running, a bit of sports like volleyball, and a bit of eating better). I have a decent body ...
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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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Would only doing exercises on a regular basis, without worry about anything else, help grow muscle?

I'm male 24. I'm occupied with my office work so I'm trying to minimize the effort in exercise as best as I could. This means that I don't go to the gym, and I don't buy any equipment. The only thing ...
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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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Can exercises such as squats, lunges and push-ups replace running and jogging to lose fat?

Due to an injury to my right knee, it precludes me from activities such as running and jogging as it places considerable strain and intensity which results in pains. Since i have gained weight since ...
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Eat more or less to lose 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 diet plans on Google. Amazing to know that different sites have different diet plans. One ...
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Exercises to alleviate shoulder cramp

For some reason my shoulders are cramped up since last night. Lacking any other probable causes I blame temperature. Now I've been having trouble moving both my shoulders for a couple of hours ...
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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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how to measure my total fitness?

is there any way to measure my total fitness, like muscular strength, muscular endurance, cardiovascular endurance, flexibility, and body fat composition. I mean an app or website to get my data ...
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How far can you go with eccentric body exercises?

Oops! This got longer than what I have intended, so please bear with me! Let me start off by saying that it's the first time I see a website about fitness where I can hope of receiving empirical ...
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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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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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Same style in swimming o alternate it?

I swim for fun once per week. During a training session it is better to swim with the same style for many round (4/6 laps) or it is better to alternate the style each time? I ask it because I find ...
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Do I lose muscle or fat if I don't eat for 5 days?

Due to an injury followed by a stomach virus, I drank a lot (coke, iced tea, and water) but hardly ate anything for 5 days. Now, my weight has dropped by 3 lbs. I feel like I lost muscle mass. ...
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Plank Progressions

So, I have been doing workout routine for a while now. IDK exactly how effective it is, but it certainly seems effective for me and I like it because each exercise is something I can scale up(by ...
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Why is muscle size not proportional to strength?

This guy claims that Olympic powerlifters working in the 1-6 rep range can increase strength without increasing muscle size. http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/topicoftheweek8.htm Trained Olympic ...