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

learn more… | top users | synonyms

-2
votes
0answers
21 views

Is it possible to do 1 leg squat with a torn acl?

I am not sure if I tore my ACL or not yet, waiting to go see a doctor, but I did not have any pain in my knee when I injured my leg. Only my foot was in a ton of pain because of the way I landed ...
0
votes
0answers
30 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
56 views

Gain Mass: High weight and low reps OR low weight and high reps

I want this settled once and for all. Over the past few years, I have heard (and read) almost a perfect 50/50 split on what the best technique is for gaining muscle mass (bulking). Some sources say ...
0
votes
1answer
36 views

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 ...
1
vote
3answers
108 views

Muscles shake irregularly during workout?

I've been working out for a while now and I realized that my muscles shake whenever I lift weight. It doesn't seem like it's because of the weight. I could halve the weight on a bench press bar and ...
2
votes
3answers
958 views

Muscle imbalances related to indoor rock climbing/bouldering and ways to fix them

Ive read that most climbers have a lot of muscle imbalances, including some that affect proper posture. Is that true? What muscles are imbalanced? How do those imbalances affect posture? How to fix ...
0
votes
2answers
58 views

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 ...
2
votes
2answers
82 views

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 ...
0
votes
3answers
68 views

Can one do pull-ups right after a meal?

I am generally healthy. Just wondering if it is safe to do pull-ups within 10-15 min of having lunch. I am trying to avoid any exercises that might affect digestion. Are pull-ups "safe"? Moreover, I ...
0
votes
3answers
214 views

Yoga for muscle imbalances?

I used to follow a faulty workout regime that emphasised anterior chain more while stretching the posterior chain more, meaning horrendous posture and muscle strength imbalance. I'm considering yoga ...
1
vote
1answer
127 views

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. ...
2
votes
2answers
93 views

Muscle size reduction sans loss

I'm in a rather weird situation here. I've been doing weights for about a year; it's been going well due to a good trainer (my brother), good attitude and suchlike. I've been able to keep going 4 days ...
4
votes
1answer
86 views

How to find what muscle groups to strengthen?

Without a specific sport in mind, are there good general-purpose exercises or movements that can show me what muscle groups or areas need more work? I'm trying to make sure that my overall strength ...
0
votes
1answer
38 views

What is the correct physical fitness path here? [closed]

When a person feels that s/he is "out of shape". Should the goal be to lose weight, or to improve health regardless of what that does to the number on the scale? Why?
5
votes
3answers
6k views

Is it better to use whey protein pre or post workout?

I am a 17 year old athlete, and am trying to build muscle effectively. I workout maybe 3-4 times a week for an hour with a combination of running, pushups, crunches, lifting and chin ups in varying ...
2
votes
1answer
950 views

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
7
votes
2answers
394 views

Why do some actions benefit us and others injure us in the long term?

I don't understand this very well. Some repetitive actions - lifting weights, for example - develop our muscles. And other actions can lead to long-term injuries. My old hockey coach told me how lorry ...
1
vote
4answers
192 views

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 ...
1
vote
2answers
116 views

vascularity in males

I have a question that although I exercise (calesthenics, sometimes weightlifting, running) I can't seem to be attaining any vascularity. I have read on the net about the water intake, genes playing a ...
0
votes
1answer
61 views

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 ...
1
vote
2answers
98 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
65 views

How to change the weight during an exercise in order to train muscles more efficiently?

I heard of different ways of how to handle weight increase (and decrease) when doing exercises for muscle training. I wondered which technique is the most efficient one when trying to train muscles. ...
14
votes
3answers
4k views

Recomposition vs weight loss

I understand recomposition to be about trading away fat for new muscle. How is it different than weight loss as a goal? Would it ever be recommended to focus on purely weight loss first, and then ...
-4
votes
2answers
1k views

How to get reduce the size of my nipples? [closed]

I am male (23) , i was normal like all the boys in my age group until my 16th year ,One day i felt small pain on my nipples after that i could able to see my size of nipples increasing , And now i ...
2
votes
2answers
216 views

I can't get any abdominal activation, how to fix?

Whenever I do exercises like hanging leg raises or cable crunches, or just generally any crunch or ab exercise, I don't really feel like I'm getting any good abdominal/core activation and so after ...
0
votes
2answers
81 views

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 ...
0
votes
0answers
31 views

Does smoking affect muscle gain? [duplicate]

I smoke and work out. The former for pleasure, the latter for muscle building. Does my smoking habit affect the rate of my muscle gain?
7
votes
4answers
7k views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
104 views

What is a good way to dry out extra fat after extensive muscle training program?

I have not accumulated muscles (5-6 times training per week) two months without burning fat because I do not want to lose muscles. Nutrition Some say I should eat little BCAA before sleeping. ...
6
votes
2answers
184 views

how to correct forward neck posture?

I am "software programmer". I recently noticed that i am victim of forward neck posture. I know my computer realated job is reason for this. I am trying to correct my posture. but while doing this i ...
7
votes
4answers
2k views

What's the minimum amount of strength training that will yield a measurable benefit?

I'm not an athlete – I just want to be healthy and fit with decent muscular strength. What's the minimum amount of strength training that will yield a measurable benefit? For instance, sitting ...
1
vote
1answer
233 views

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 ...
2
votes
3answers
179 views

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 ...
3
votes
4answers
306 views

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 ...
13
votes
3answers
42k views

Am I gaining fat or muscle - how can I tell?

I've been attempting to do a high-protein calorie-restricted diet, while working out with the Stronglifts 5x5 program since early February. My follow-through for the Stronglifts part has been ...
1
vote
3answers
127 views

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 ...
4
votes
3answers
1k views

How to focus at the gym?

Lately i am having trouble focusing on my weight exercises. I don't really know how to explain it, but i have the feeling that the exercises i do are not having their effect, because i am not ...
-3
votes
1answer
44 views

What type of exercise will cause growth retardation on my body.?

I like to workout a lot(once two hours a day) for a whole week and people keep warning me on my height and growth because I'm 17. Which exercise will cause growth retardation and height loss on my ...
1
vote
1answer
160 views

Lose more or gain weight?

I need some advice to choose my next targets. I started a low carbish diet (as in a not so strict low carb diet) last January together with a 20 min work out 3 times a week consisting mostly of ...
17
votes
3answers
3k views

Are “fast-twitch” and “slow-twitch” muscles actual scientific terms? If so, are they useful for the strength trainer?

When I first started to strength train in high school, one of the first things I remember reading in the weight room was this giant chart that highlighted areas of so-called fast-twitch and ...
20
votes
8answers
46k views

Ensuring the body burns fat instead of muscle?

When exercising, our bodies take energy from our blood sugar, then uses glycogen as a source for energy, and finally burns fat or muscle when the glycogen is used up. A nutritionist told me that ...
3
votes
2answers
111 views

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 ...
0
votes
2answers
189 views

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 ...
16
votes
4answers
5k views

How does alcohol really affect gains?

I have been training with a personal trainer now for about a year; we work four days a week (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday) and do bodybuilding splits. So, we do dynamic lower core, heavy ...
1
vote
1answer
90 views

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 ...
4
votes
5answers
2k views

How to grow muscle while burning fat?

I am not obese, nor overweight but I still have fat accumulated around the waistline(giving me those ugly love handles). Other than that, I don't have much fat on me. I have tried long cardio ...
-1
votes
3answers
3k views

How many sets should I make for muscle growth?

I have a very skinny body. So I try to train a lot to change that. I want to make my biceps and chest bigger first, so I do push-ups and pull-ups. Every other day im doing 12 sets of push ups, every ...
44
votes
3answers
5k views

When will muscle be cannibalized?

Can you tell me what are all the cases when muscle would be cannibalized? I've heard the two following cases will cannibalize muscle, but I still don't quite understand. Aerobic Exercise Arnold ...
3
votes
1answer
3k views

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 ...
1
vote
3answers
318 views

How often should I work out if I want to build mass?

I find that if I work out frequently my muscles don't get very sore after working out, but if I do slightly more intense workouts less frequently my muscles stay sore for at least two days. With the ...