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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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What are some signs of overtraining?

I'm currently working out 5-6 days a week, typically 3 days of weights and 2-3 of HIIT/Tabata. My focus is on strength and endurance training (not size). When I feel tired I take a day off...some ...
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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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Cold Bath After Training - Recovery Techniques

I am a sprinter around the grand old age of 21. At our track, there is a lot of debate of whether cold bath (or ice bath if you're brave enough) aids recovery of the muscle. What are your opinions? ...
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Should I Be Discouraged if my Muscles Aren't Sore After Exercise?

A day or two after exercise my muscles will sometimes be sore, "wonderfully sore" I'll say. I think this is common, and I know I've done a good workout when this happens. But sometimes, my muscles ...
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My legs still ache 3-4 days after legs day

I have been working out for ~6 months and have worked my legs once per week throughout this time, on their own day. My legs, especially my quads, ache to the point of finding it hard to walk, ...
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Am I getting sore too late?

Typically when I workout I am not sore the next day. I'm sore the day after the next day. My workout buddy is always sore the very next day, and I think he usually recovers faster. I was wondering if ...
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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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What's the time threshold for a drop in performance when taking a break from training?

Whenever I go on vacation, the dilemma in my head is, should I try to work out there? Or just take a break from everything and resume when I get back. The worry is that a break would cause some ...
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How can I recover more quickly from leg-intensive cardio workouts?

It seems that every time I do a leg-intensive cardio workout, like stair climbing, intense elliptical machine, or running more than 3-4 miles, my legs take forever to bounce back. They don't hurt so ...
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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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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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What's an appropriate recovery period after a summit event?

After a big event (in my case a weekend tennis tournament), what's an appropriate recovery time before continuing to workout again?
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How to regain endurance after a long period of rest?

I have always been a sport junkie, running once a week 15 miles, doing weight lifting and practicing kettlebells. After the new year the doctors found a tumor in my chest and luckily now after the ...
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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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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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How can I best recover for a second strength workout on the same day?

I'd like to do two strength workouts in the same day, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. With this goal in mind, what strategies can I employ throughout the day so that I'm as fresh as ...
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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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Are there any specific exercises I can do to strengthen my knee?

I find after strenuous exercise (competitive basketball specifically) that my knee needs a couple days to recover. Are there any specific exercises I can do to strengthen the joint and reduce my ...
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Fruit as optimal post-workout snack? What else besides fruit?

A friend asked me once if eating a banana was a good post-work out snack, to which I gave him a knee jerk reply of "any fruit is a good post work-out snack". I've conditioned myself in to thinking ...
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How can I best modify starting strength to fit with a team practice schedule and cardiovascular conditioning?

I have two goals: improve speed and vertical, and improve at my sport (ultimate). It seems from my relatively untrained state, the biggest gains in speed and vertical will come from strength ...
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Eating before/after an evening workout?

If I'm working out in the evening (an hour of cardio at, say, 8pm-9pm), should I have dinner before or afterwards? What effects will it have on a) my workout if I eat beforehand and b) my recovery if ...
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Intensive training after 8 years

Long time ago I used to run in the mornings, workout in the gym 2 days a week, and some martial arts. I was not a gym freak at all but I had some nice definition. Now 8 years later (and 30 years ...
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How to relax the palm muscles after cycling?

I cycled 200 km. My palms are feeling a bit numb and like a mild electric shock is passed through my palms. Can anyone please suggest any relaxation exercise for my palms?
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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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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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What is a recovery meal, and of what should it consist?

People sometimes talk about a "recovery meal". What is a recovery meal? When should one eat the recovery meal? Of what should it consist? There may be variation depending on the preceding ...
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Effective ways to decrease recovery time

What are some effective ways to decrease recovery time? I find my recovery times are in excess of 30 minutes after hard exercise, such as sprinting (on a road bike), despite exercising fairly ...
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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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Effects of aerobic exercise after weight lifting

What are the effects, positive and negative of: Swimming for 30-60 min immed. after weight training and/or Walking briskly a few miles the day after weight training I'm following Starting ...
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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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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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How to aid recovery as I get older (& try to get fit again)

In the past 3 years I have gone from a solid 185 lbs that surfed several times a week, ran 4 miles daily & ran marathons to a 215 lb sedentary desk jockey. I am trying to get back on the wagon ...
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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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What's a good exercise to help with Tennis or Golf Elbow?

I'm starting to have pain in the elbow, from lifting, and everything points to tennis or golf elbow. What are some good exercises to help with the pain and recovery?
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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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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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I'm doing Starting Strength M/W/F but have a PT appointment on Thursday; how to adapt?

I've been consistently doing Rippetoe's Starting Strength program every Monday, Wednesday and Friday for two months. Today (Thursday), I've got an appointment with an instructor to go through some ...
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How to recover from 5 days of intense dancing/fitness?

Last year I went to the Montreal Salsa Convention and had lots of fun dancing all those 5 nights. I had bought trail mix bars and whole grain stuff and lots of proper health food to keep me ...
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After a strenuous workout, do your lungs need time to rest and repair? If so, what is being repaired in your lungs as you rest them?

I had a difficult surf session this morning and exited the waters with burning lungs, similar in feeling to after running long distance or multiple sprints. I'm an avid weightlifter, so I'm well aware ...
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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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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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How do my eating habits affect my recovery?

I'm somewhat overweight (BMI of 28) and mainly sit behind my desk all day, so I've been on quite a calorie deprived diet. I go running about three times a week for half an hour and occasionally go ...
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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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Correct form for eccentric squats on slant board for treating patellar tendonitis

In the book by Martin Koban "Beating Patellar Tendonitis" the correct form for eccentric squats on a slant board for treating patellar tendonitis involves having the shins as vertical as possible with ...
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Can you overtrain?

This goes along with a prior question, what over-training signs to look for. Is there such a thing as over-training? or is it that you injure yourself from lack of proper training and don't perform ...
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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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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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Working out while slightly ill

I'm a novice weight lifter, currently going to the gym 3 times/week for an hour each time. I recently came down with a head cold. I know that if I go to the gym I won't be able to hit my usual max ...
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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 ...