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Adding power to my pull-ups?

I like pull-ups, easily my favorite exercise and I do a lot of them whenever I get the chance. I'm quite familiar with form, do them very strict (elbow lock-out, chin way over bar etc) and vary my ...
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Power while swimming?

Here is a scatterplot matrix of elapsed times for the overall, swim, bike, and run legs of the 2009 Ironman Championship in Kona. Obviously, while the correlation is imperfect, it is still ...
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How to train for leg explosive power?

One of my physical test requirements are standing broad jumps. What methods are there to train for standing broad jumps or leg explosive power in general? And which precautions do I have to take so ...
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How do I track improvement in my box jump?

The gym I currently train at doesn't have equipment for Olympic lifting with barbells, so instead I'm using dumbbell Olympic lifts and box jumps (with either one leg or both) for my ...
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Neural Adaptation Training vs. Hypertrophy Training?

I see training broken up as neural adaptation and hypertrophy. One type of training allows your nervous system to fire at a maximum level while the latter allows you to build size and muscle. The ...
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How do you equate a “stair run” to traditional running in terms of Power?

I want to be able to convert the power required to do one exercise, specifically running down then up four flights of stairs, into terms of a run of distance x in time y. I've found several work and ...
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How do I train my calf muscles?

If the goal is functional performance in a power sport (speed, acceleration, vertical jump), how should one train calves, if at all? Here are the alternatives that I can think of: Don't train ...
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Does hypertrophy need to be maintained?

I'm familiar with the general idea of adaptation and super compensation, and the loss of strength if your body doesn't feel you need it anymore because the increased load isn't present. I've been ...
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relationship between power and body fat

When throwing a punch it's often recommended one throw ones weight into it. Does it make much of a difference with what constitutes that weight? For example, say you have a guy with 130lbs lean mass ...
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What do Watts really mean on an exercise bike?

The bikes at my gym show your current power output in Watts and I'm trying to figure out what this means in some tangible form. I know 1 Watt = 1 Joule / second. I know 1 Joule = 0.239 calories. So ...
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Is it true that more calories give more energy, plain and simple?

I am asking this because I read a post jokingly titled, "Why fat people will hurt you." It mentioned there that, because heavier or obese people tend to eat more, they tend to store more energy. With ...
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Punchbag without boxing gloves, getting a headache

I was using the punchbag at the gym early on Saturday morning, just jab-straight combinations and trying to work on power for the second punch. What I experienced was a pain in my head when I hit the ...
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How to get stronger without increasing fitness?

I know this is total contradiction to this very domain name: fitness.stackexchange, but hear me out. Plenty of people come here asking for advice about foods, routines, muscle types, other neuro-bio ...
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Not gaining strength, even after following routine, diet, exercise, sleep, etc [closed]

I've been interested in the strength world for a long time. While I don't limit myself to any specific muscle groups, I never gain much strength. And when I do gain strength, I tend to lose it very ...
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To what extent is strength/fitness genetically passed on?

I am not talking about muscle mass, but just strength. I know some people who never touch weights, do any exercise, have terrible diets, have poor sleeping habits, live in unsettling conditions, ...
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Can I beat Arnold in arm wrestling? [closed]

NOTE: I know this question is off-topic, but I feel compelled to ask it here. Arnold Schwarzenegger: He's 66 years old now, and I know you can see all recent videos of him working out, his arm size ...
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Could I beat a hairier man armwrestling? [on hold]

There's this guy I just saw in a Liquid PlumR commercial that looked attractive. He had a big, thick beard, and he looked like a "hot guy". I am pretty sure he's more conventionally attractive than ...
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Would a female champion wrestler overpower an average couch potato man?

She is a champion wrestler and exercises on a regular basis for strength, speed, stamina, etc. On average, would a good to decent female wrestler overpower a couch potato man in overall body strength ...