Strength is the ability of the body to exert force. Questions are about training methods for improving strength.

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Are there advantages to breaking up a workout?

For instance, say you're doing an HST (Hypertrophy-Specific Training) routine, and you can choose between Routine 1 ad Routine 2. In Routine 1 you would be doing 3 full-body sessions per week, and in ...
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scientific papers on muscle growth in (severely) undertrained males?

It's common knowledge that weak individuals tend to pick up strength at a rapid pace given some 3x a week barbell training program. Some (starting strength) say there's massive lean body mass (LBM) ...
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What are some good alternatives to Calf Raises?

My gym has one of these: http://www.precor.com/en-gb/commercial/products/strength/plate-loaded/super-squat-624 You load up some weight (180kg in my case), face it, shoulder under and do calf raises. ...
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How fast should a rep be in strength, power, hypertrophy and endurance goal workout?

I would like to know what is the tempo for a rep in any kind of the four workouts mentioned above in order to gain the best result in the relevant workout. I don't know if it is correct to give each ...
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How to listen to the body during a run?

I am newbie in running and I am not interested in long runs or any records. I start to run weekly 10km 6 months ago, now I run for 20km (with a bit of effort). I would like to understand what the ...
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What kind of goals should I have if I want to be as healthy as possible?

I.e. If I want to live longer and avoid diseases. Should I target to build muscles or to be resistant as a marathoner? Is more exercise always better? (Besides risk of injuries of course)
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Competitions / tests for General Physical Preparedness?

I am searching for some test or competition, what measures the level of GPP. The test should be: complete - it should test absolute strength, relative strength and endurance (maybe more types of ...
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Developing very strong Quadriceps

I'm 43 old and I have practiced martial arts for the last few years. My thighs have strong muscles but I don't think they are strong enough. Some of the practitioners in my martial art have thighs ...
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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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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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Why am I not growing muscularly?

I have been weightlifting for sometime but my muscles are not growing as much as I would like. My workout plan consist of daily light weightlifting and some cardio excerise. And my diet is ...
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What should be my next workout plan? [closed]

I was doing my workout for nearly 8 months continuously without any break, but unfortunately I was forced to take a break for 3 months. This past week I started to go to the gym, doing some cardio. ...
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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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Arm strength for cricket [closed]

What exercises can I do to help me bowl faster?
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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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Tingling sensation at fast lifting

Up do date, I could make 10 pull ups. I pull up slowly. This helps me to recover energy by breathing. Breathing is intensified just to supply the energy I needed to lift myself. Today however, I ...
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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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Holding weights on bench press flyes

After my regular 4 sets of flyes, I do one more set with heavy weight stretching my pectorals as long as I can just like the image attached, Stretching can last 10 to 15 seconds depending upon the ...
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How to tighten core during normal activities?

I work out regularly but want to improve my core/ab strength. During the day I sit on a yoga ball or stand. All to often my stomach muscles relax when I grow lax. I searched for an ab belt that ...
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What does road biking do to improve your running?

Marathon training has greatly helped build my cardio in running such that my rare bicycle ride has been the longer than ever - and faster. This and the pushing part of the pedal stroke seem to be alot ...
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Recurring Sports Injury

I am an athlete for professional football club. However, I feel like I'm with the physio more than the grass. When I get over my hamstring strain, I don't want to sit on the bench again. I want to ...
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Daily routine to lose weight, but I'm actually increasing weight. How do I fix it?

I am a relatively fit guy (180 cm, and normally 81 kg athletic) and a few weeks ago I started a daily routine to lose fat and gain some core muscle. I train martial arts so the goal is to get faster ...
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RSI-prevention wise, should I be using my pink finger or my ring finger for pressing keys/buttons? [closed]

Recently I've started playing a game called Beatmania, where you repeatedly press 7 different buttons and also here and there spin a disc. It's possible to press the buttons with a lot of different ...
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Subseting with second muscle group [duplicate]

Just a question about subsetting: My week is broken up to two muscle groups on 4 days a week. Let's say I'm doing back and Bis on the same day; would it be bad if I subset my back exercises with my ...
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Is it possible to recruit all the motor units available?

If I have exactly 2lbs of muscle on my bicep and I do a weight lifting exercise that involves only the bicep, is there a limit of how much weight I can lift for 1 rep if the muscle mass remains ...
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Exercise that loads hamstring whilst reaching its peak ROM?

I've recently realised that I have very tight hamstrings - when lying flat on the ground, I can only lift each leg around 75 degrees off the floor when doing this: Though I'm keeping my legs ...
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Reducing side plank stress on arms

I have recently added side planks to my regular workout in order to get a better workout for my obliques. However, once I've been in the plank for about a minute, I start to feel considerable joint ...
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Is it possible for a person in their 80s or 90s to beat up someone in their 20s if they are both the same gender and weight? [closed]

So I am wondering not if it is probable but if it is possible for a 90 year old to smash a 20 year old down to a pulp in a fight, ever; is it possible; if so, what are the chances? Has this ever ...
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Why are legs usually stronger than arms? [closed]

The majority claims their leg muscles to be stronger than their arms. I am wondering if you use both daily in life why legs should be stringer; shouldn't they have a fair balance, that's all. Thank ...
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Weakness in shoulder a few days after archery. Why did I get weaker why?

I am a 14 year old girl, and not in very good shape. 5 days ago I went to archery practice, with my 40lb bow. The first 40 arrows weren't a problem for me, but when I got to 50 I began to shake. I ...
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What core strengthening exercises put the least pressure on the lower back? [closed]

I'm looking for effective exercises to strengthen the entire core while minimizing stress and flexing on the lower back. No exercises recommended here will be performed without a doctor's approval so ...
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Does loading and unloading weight help build muscle, lose fat and develop strength?

As part of my regime to build muscle, develop strength and lose fat, i am progressively loading weights as part of each set. For example, once sufficiently warmed up, a bench press set looks as ...
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Can ab wheel replace crunches?

Are an ab wheel and plank exercises a good replacement for the good old but boring crunches? What effects are better and what it cannot replace?
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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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Front lateral raise from deadlift position

I've been doing an exercise where I go into deadlift stance with an empty barbell placed a couple feet in front of me so my arms are outstretched. To elaborate, the barbell is far away from my center ...
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How often and how long should yoga be practiced for optimal health benefit?

Yoga is a very varied way of exercise -- e.g., doing Surya Namaskar many times will of course improve one's stamina; most of the yoga asanas will build both strength and flexibility; some will help to ...
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Is Hypertrophy-Specific-Training Enough to Maintain Maximal Strength Levels?

For starters, I usually train specifically for maximal strength gains. As my strength has increased, I've trained to lift maximally using a belt. Unfortunately, I recently injured a couple of my ...
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Is high protein intake necessary for building strength when you don't want to add muscle?

I want to maintain my bodyweight but increase my performance on exercises like pull-ups and skater squats. Assume that I find ways to create progressive overload that stimulates the muscles to improve....
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What exercises will help me open jars?

After failing to open a jar the other day it came to me that the strength required to do so is not built in most exercises and also that it is a common test of strength in daily life. Therefore I ...
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Staying strong and fit in prison?

I am a 32 year old male serving several years in prison. I am hoping to stay in good physical condition there and the security guards enforce a daily routine of 200 push ups, 200 sit ups, and 500 ...
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My buddy benched 450, is this possible with no steroids?

Although he is a kind friend of mine and I do not believe him to be a steroid user or have seen any symptoms(back acne, packing on mass ridiculously fast, etc.), my buddy in the gym in my high school ...
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Does having little triceps muscle affect chest excercise?

I gave recently begun going to the gym and I have been doing chest excercises. Whilst doing these, I gave found my triceps limit me as my stronger right arm can lift much more than my left were I have ...
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Routine for a fairly inactive person with a really bad knee and ankle

I am trying to get back into exercising again. I used to do it religiously 6 days a week and then life happened and I got out of my routine. I want to get back into a routine to get me to a point of ...
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Do isometric exercises decrease flexibility?

When weight training I've been told that to avoid muscle inflexibility to always perform lifts through the full range of motion of the joint. Does this extend to isometric exercises, where there is ...
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Is there a minimum intensity a strength program needs (payoff=0 below that threshold)?

I'd really appreciate some advice on a specific question I have about my workout programme. I am a 34 year old male of medium build, 1.80m (5ft10") tall. My purpose is simply to be "fitter", meaning a ...
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Not getting stronger at standing dumbell overhead press

It doesn't make any sense. I did 7 sets of 4 reps with 45 lb dumbbells each hand yesterday and today I tried to do a set with 50 lbs each hand for 2 reps and I couldn't do 2. I could only do 1 before ...
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Normative ratio between squat and lunge?

I squat and deadlift with a barbell regularly. I know how much I can lift with variants of those exercises on a given day. I'd like to use that knowledge to better understand how much I should expect ...
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Can a lifter's overall “beginner gains” be exhausted by a particular lift?

Let's say a lifter for some reason focuses largely on their lower body when they first start lifting. Let's say that they develop their lower body to the point that they are considered an intermediate ...
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How do I increase my flat barbell bench press? [closed]

I'm currently 17 and my friend and I have been lifting weights for about 5 months. My friend started taking these vitamin pills Dianabol, and although we use to lift the same weights he now lifts like ...
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Consequences of taking a break from training

I'm taking a forced break (about 2-3 weeks) from weightlifting after several months of training. How much are my strength and volume going to drop and at what pace should I start training after coming ...