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Working out consecutive days with longer resting periods

Supose you can only work out for five days, and you know you won't be able to do so in a couple of weeks after. Would it be better to work out five days on a row, since you'll have a longer than usual ...
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What determines recovery speed, progressiveness, and patternized approaches to falling within the compounds of a structured recovery program? [closed]

Aside from my poor genetics, high body fat, poor fitness, Social Anxiety, bad sleeping patterns, and poverty I can not determine the correct approach to measuring recovery between workouts. Albeit I ...
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What exercises can I do to recover my left hand's grip strength?

I recently sprained my left wrist slightly. Since then, I've noticed my grip in my left hand has been significantly reduced. I'd like to regain the grip strength I had in this hand, as I used it ...
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Whey Protein or Recovery Formula?

I'm doing P90X and Insanity. I've been taking Amplified Wheybolic Extreme 60 (a whey isolate formula), and it works amazing. I also got the results and recovery formula from beachbody.com when I ...
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Do I need to take creatine and L-glutamine on rest days to maintain a load?

I use creatine and L-glutamine for my workouts, typically taking the L-glutamine about an hour before my workout, and creatine immediately after. (I don't take them together because I understand they ...
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What happens when you miss a workout?

Normally I get to the gym Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and try to lift a little bit more weight than I did the time before. Today everything has gone wrong and I am not going to be able to make it ...
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How do you effectively train for running while in the water?

I am looking for alternatives to doing effective cardio running in the water. Big plus if there are ways to get all of the same muscles to fire, to scale workouts easily, to be able to have an ultra ...
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Recovering from trochanteric (hip) bursitis

Last week I started noticing some pain building in my right hip after my morning runs, culminating on last Wednesday when I could barely walk without severe pain in the afternoon. I took a few days of ...
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Avoiding Tendinopathy (suggested rest interval to prevent chronic pain)

tl;dr - Starting to feel slight tendon pain. How long should I rest before it's OK to hit the gym hard again. Background: I recently decided to end my winter hibernation and got back into rock ...
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Is series training more exhausting than long run training?

I would like to know if when training in a day with a speed series like 8x400 is more heavy than a 18k longrun. Because yesterday I did my first speed series training and I was sleeping all the ...
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What is the efficacy of shock wave therapy in treating plantar fasciitis?

I have had plantar fasciitis for over a year now, have tried a variety of treatments (e.g. stretching, golf ball rolling, night splint, physical therapy, etc.), and would like to know the efficacy of ...
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Hip stretches - recover from piriformis syndrome and hard gluteal muscles

Situation Due to a one sided sport I intensely practiced for a good portion of my teenage years(rowing in a team with only one oar per person), I have ever since experienced an awkward tight feeling ...
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Post running meal

I wonder what you recommend as a post-running meal. I've read that you're supposed to eat something right after the training to prevent your body storing your next big meal's calories as fat. I use ...
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Alternative sources of potassium to the banana?

I have started working out recently and my muscles hurt to say the least. I heard potassium helps with that and that bananas are a good source of it. The thing is that I hate the taste of bananas. Is ...
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injured rib and pain killers [closed]

Injured (not broken) rib pains for 3 weeks or more. Friends, doctor and some online material suggest taking some paracetamol based pain killers, e.g http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panadol First aid ...
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Is shakeology worth the price

I am doing the insanity fitness and I am currently in the first month. It's going pretty great. They keep pushing shakeology as a results and recovery drink pretty hard. But the thing is that it is ...
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Can I train for running with a minor finger injury?

I usually just run 1 day per week, I just do my long run for 20k, but now I have a minor injury in my finger, I have a mallet finger (or baseball finger) so I need to use a stack split in my finger ...
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recovery week between 2 demanding programs

That's already almost 2 months that I've started a body building routine that gave me good results (which is why I decided to extend it until now). The program is volume based, a typical 4 days / week ...
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Are there good cardio workouts which do NOT stress the knees?

I recently got into a car wreck which damaged my knee. I can walk around and such, but it's really disrupted my routine of running or getting on a treadmill. Are there any good cardio workouts ...
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Proper sleeping time after tough workouts?

Everywhere it is written to "sleep well" to lose weight and build muscle. I wonder what is the "correct" number of sleep hours? For Cardio workouts? Weight lifting? If I'm doing a more intense ...
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Exercises to recover from mild pain around the 3rd lumbar vertebrae?

I am sitting a lot in the front of the computer, sometimes in not the very best position, mostly seated at the desk but also at home with the laptop not sited on the chair. Sometimes I have a mild ...
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Exercises while recovering from groin injury/surgery

I have a long-standing (no pun intended) injury which gets worse when doing any kind of leg exercise that puts strain on the groin area. For example sit-ups, press-ups and plank exercises all cause ...
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Ankle exercises with bosu ball

Years ago I tripped in a hole and got a 3rd degree ankle sprain. One of the exercises the physiotherapist told me was to use a bosu ball and do circles with while standing with both feet on it. I ...
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Supplementing my weekly routine for increased muscle endurance

I'm currently following a full body program that is helping me build muscle at a satisfactory rate. However a friend convinced me to join him and try the "300" workout, which is a circuit program with ...
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On a 3x5 program, can I do 4x5 or 5x5 if I'm able to?

If I'm many months in to Starting Strength (which prescribes 3 sets of 5 at the work weight), but I can do 4 or 5 sets, would this be advisable? I know I could just try it, and if I start stalling, ...
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What is the optimal time to train in order to see gains in size and strength?

I am a 21 year old male, currently on my own program that can be found here. It is quite intense and I was wondering what the optimal time to train for strength would be? Please Note: I lift ...
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The importance of fitness and cancer [closed]

I am a thirty year-old living with a brain tumor. I have made it my every effort to keep myself fit. I do this because I understand it to be beneficial for me should I require ongoing surgery in the ...
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Which one is best to maintain healthy body either yoga or Gym? [closed]

Nowadays we don't considering our body with day to day life, all are working day night shifts in our office environments with in front of machines and computers etc.,definitely they will affect our ...
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What to do during a week off?

I am feeling pretty battered and reckon I really need to take a week off from lifting weights. What are some things I should take into consideration? Should I adjust my diet? Eat less? Eat less ...
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Why do bodybuilders take such a long recovery period?

Why do bodybuilders take recovery periods that are longer than any other type of athlete? Im doing a mixture of weights and cardio. I try to do 2 sessions with weights focusing on upper body and 2 ...
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Why does the Bill Starr Rehab protocol work, if it does?

From here and other places around the internet, the Bill Starr rehab protocol for muscle-belly injuries is described like this: Wait 3-4 days until the pain starts to “blur”, which indicates ...
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Is recovery time required to increase muscle after gym workouts

While reading this post How does muscle build up when we exercise?. I read there that recovery time (rest before your next workout) is important to increase muscle. Now there are 2 questions I want to ...
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Recovering from rolled ankle

I very recently rolled my ankle playing basketball. It is nothing serious, but in the wake of the injury my ankle has definitely been hurting when I walk. What steps can I take to ensure a proper and ...
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What is “overtraining” a.k.a. “CNS fatigue”?

After intense training sessions, I sometimes have the following symptoms: My mind races. I can still be functional and productive, but getting it to hold still long enough to make a simple decision ...
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When/How to do a comeback to the training regime after a couple weeks break?

This might have been asked before, phrased in a different way but how do you go back to your training regime after a couple of weeks break, due for instance to a cold infection? I normally try to ...
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Looking to maintain (not gain) while working out 6-7 days a week

Background Information: Height/Weight: 5'8, 150 lbs Sex/Age: M, 24 years I spend all day at work in front of a computer (programming), so knowing I get to workout as soon as I'm done for the day ...
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Does afternoon napping help?

I have trouble sleeping at night and usually get 5-6 hours max. I lift 3x's a week and do cardio 2-3 times a week (including heavy bag work). Does afternoon napping help with recovery? How does it ...
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What is the best way to recover after a long bike ride?

I just did a long bike ride (75 miles) and my legs are starting to hurt alot (tightening up, soreness, etc). The ride was about 10 hours ago and this was more than i have ridden in the past. What is ...
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How frequently can I hit the heavy bag?

I've heard that hitting a heavy bag is taxing enough that it is easy to overtrain using it, especially for beginners. How much rest should the average person (i.e. NOT a boxer who grew up hitting ...
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Any suggestions on dealing with a longer-term shoulder injury?

I jammed my shoulder a few years ago while catching myself in a skateboard fall, and since then, it has had issues, off and on, where during periods where it bothers me, I can't do pushups or dumbbell ...
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Which activities are OK during resting days?

I am currently going to the gym 3 times a week doing 2 alternating workouts. I am 31 years old and in a healthy condition. During some weeks I feel the need to do more. I am sitting at home during ...
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Any way to help muscles grow during rest, besides food (protein etc.)?

Since muscles grow when they are resting, has anyone got any tips, supplements or anything at all that will help my muscles grow more effectively during resting period?
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Why are compound exercises better than isolation exercises for mass gain?

I commonly hear that compound exercises are the best mass builders, but I just can not understand why. Yes, they can save time by doing more at the same time. I also realize that they involve ...
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Is there any benefit to having a sauna after weight lifting?

It certainly feels good, but does it help at all with muscle relaxation and recovery? Or there any dangers with over heating a worked muscle?
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When are the physical benefits of a single workout realized?

When does your body actually build muscle in response to fatigue from a workout? For example, if you slam your arms in one work out ( say any combination of, curls, pullups, pushups, bench press, ...
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Does Vitamin C help with recovery?

There is this gym legend going around where I train. My intake is 1g in the morning and 1g at night. My current training habit is: Weight lifting: (1 hour/5 days a week) Cardio: (1 hour of ...
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Using a Foam Roller

Recently a personal trainer recommended I use a foam roller for muscle massage and flexibility. Most research I've done on the web simply states the roller 'massages the muscle' or 'breaks down scar ...
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Best way to work the back without putting myself out of commission?

I love doing back weight exersises, especially the Seated Cable Rows with a narrow grip with the stack set at my body weight of 210lbs. On two occasions I've performed 3 sets of 10 reps and I feel ...
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How can I reduce risk of injury to my recovering fractured wrist during sports?

I fractured my scaphoid and had my wrist in a cast for the past 3 weeks. Today I had the cast removed and the doctor said this sort of fracture usually heals itself well and that I would recover 100% ...
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Are quick recovery supplements worth using?

I've seen a lot of drinks which seem to be protein shakes with extra carbs and probably some other bits in them specifcially designed for quick recovery after cardio. Do these actually work or is it ...