An exercise/program designed to increase your muscle mass/lifting capacity.

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Lower back strength-training and running for tennis

I have been building muscles half a year successfully. I today run first time for a long time 1.5 hours. I feel a kind of good tension or gentle pain at my middle back (T10). I have not had a ...
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Strength training for health tips for an endomorph?

I am about to embark on a strength training program, most likely Starting Strength possibly blended with aspects of Strong Lifts. I am a 32yr old male who is out of shape (weak and terrible cardio) ...
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For the same number of repetitions, does it build more muscle to do fewer sets?

Suppose I want to do 50 pushups. I could do: 10 sets of 5 5 sets of 10 2 sets of 25 1 set of 50 Each option is more difficult than the last. But is it more beneficial? Is it "more pain, more ...
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optimal resting period for strength

I'm currently doing a (mainly) body-weight routine that involves 3 circuits of: 15 close grip push ups 15 squats plank 1-2 min 5 chin-ups 5 pull-ups (just started the *ups lagging behind in that ...
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Is heavy compound lifting enough for cardio fitness?

I've been sedentary for a long time and am currently working on becoming healthier. I'm lifting (SL 5x5) to increase my muscle mass while still losing small amounts of fat. But as part of getting ...
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How to get started with Pull-Ups? [duplicate]

My other half is a total newbie in Fitness activities. She has had a tough time to even get through a single set of 5 Pull-Ups. Whats the best way to get started with Pull-Ups? And, How do I support ...
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Protein: How much is too much?

I'm currently taking in 100 grams a day of protien via whey powder. I used to take 250 grams when I was training. I've read that you should intake 1 gram per pound of body weight you have when ...
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High intensity training schedule during vacation

I will have a lot of time available for one week and I am thinking how to use this for strength training most effectively. I am used to three training sessions (Mo-Wed-Fri) with weights and gym ...
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Is technique or form more important than progress in weight or reps?

I'm a novice bodybuilder (getting converted into strength trainer). Its been 3 weeks since I'm hitting gym. All my ego is shattered in past couple of weeks. I used to think I was strong but I'm so ...
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Which parameters define a well-balanced full-body strength training program?

I think many have heard this question before, and it is still something that in my opinion seems a bit unclear. A fitness training program consisting of 5-8 compound exercises is considered to be a ...
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How to take care of the hurting shoulder joint? [closed]

I think I've hurt my right shoulder. I don't know what caused it but it is painful. I noticed it today while taking bath. I clean my back by applying soap with my hands somewhat like this: I when I ...
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What exercises are good to build up to performing chin-ups?

I can't do a single decent chin-up, are there any easy alternatives that I could build up in quantity as a forerunner to being able to do chin-ups? Alternatively are there are any weights exercises ...
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How to track my weight training?

I've started weight training and I'm in my 4th week now. I'm seeing big improvements. Now I want to start tracking my workouts & diet. Is there a software or a website which allows me to do that?
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Looking for equivalent workout to Upright Barbell Row excersie

i'm looking for an equivalent workout to this shoulder workout i've been practicing. I had to stop practicing this because my wrists hurt! (both my wrists were broken when i was a kid) Any help is ...
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What is the opposite exercise of push ups?

I've been doing push ups on a daily basis, and I feel like I need to also train the opposite muscles, to make sure I'm training evenly. What would be a good counter-exercise for push ups?
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What novice program should I recommend to my unfit friends?

I lift, but most of my friends don't. What should I have them do when they (finally!) decide to try coming to the gym with me? My friends are not fit, but also not obese or possessing gross injury. ...
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How to train up to 50 pull-ups?

My target is to do 50 pullups (without coming down in between them of course). Is it more beneficial (faster for me to hit my target) by doing 1-shot as much as I can or is it more beneficial to ...
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How does muscle confusion work?

I just found out about P90x and it seems they use the muscle confusion theory. But how does it work neurologically and as far as creating muscle mass is concerned? What would a typical routine be? ...
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When is isolating certain muscles beneficial?

I have heard that isolation exercises are pointless by some, and that total body workouts are to be abided by. I must digress as, for example, what if supporting muscles are strikingly weak? I have ...
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How to strengthen my wrists?

While my wrists are fine in general, some of the more strenuous exercises I (try to) do are painful sometimes; for example, one-armed pushups. I used to have more problems, even when doing pull ups ...
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Wide grip pull-ups vs “normal” pull-ups

What is the purpose why people do wide grip pull ups? I know that these pull-ups are harder, but I would like to know why. Are there different muscle groups being stressed? Or is a wide grip pull-up ...
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Unable to maintain same reps through all the sets of an exercise

In the gym, I stick to 3 to 4 sets (4 sets for compound exercies and 3 sets for isolation exercises) of 10 reps each. But the problem is I'm unable to maintain 10 reps in 2nd and 3rd sets. I'm taking ...
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What differences in the muscle structure can be seen when trained for Strength vs Hypertrophy vs Endurance?

This question is bugging me for few weeks now. Its not that I didn't try to look up. I never found a complete answer in an understandable language. From the articles I read over internet I could just ...
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Would I benefit from protein shakes?

My wife and I plan on doing some weight training and want to know if we should drink protein shakes? My plan is to eat dinner around 6pm and around 7:30pm start riding elliptical and after the ...
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Would this routine work?

EDIT: I have edited it to add in based on the helpful advice given in the answer by user meanderingmoose I have been doing weightlifting for a while now, staying mainly to well know ...
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Can I do both weight training and BodyPump?

I was expecting to get a bit more cardio from a BodyPump but experience was different. I felt like I have done a full body strength session. Should I go for less weights? And do I need a rest day ...
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effectiveness when interleaving parts of workout

My current weigth-training-plan is roughly like this: arm-exercise-A 10-reps 2min pause arm-exercise-A 10-reps 2min pause arm-exercise-A 10-reps 2min pause arm-exercise-B 10-reps ... 2min pause ...
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Doing Strength training everyday

I am 5'8 and 84kgs. I used to do all regular sets of exercises like biceps, triceps, chests etc. Yesterday, my GYM trainer walked up to me and said that i need to reduce my belly and do nothing else. ...
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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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What types of hip exercises are best suited for a runner?

My apartment complex gym got a new hip machine that supports four types of hip exercises - flexion, extension, abduction, and adduction. I'm primarily a runner (I run 3.5+ miles three days a week, low ...
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Does belly fat hangs before getting less?

It's been 2 weeks of me working out in strength and transformation change. I don't see any much difference expect my body fat is 4 percent less. And weight has reduced. But pictures don't lie. So I ...
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Integrating running into strength training schedule

I'm currently doing 3x week strength training using New Rules of Lifting: Supercharged workouts which promote full body training approach. My plan is to add running training to it in order to improve ...
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chronic lower back pain treatment? [closed]

I got some lower back pain 5 months ago when squatting heavy (with bad form) as well as doing weighted pullups and relaxing my back. In particular, relaxing my back with weights started the back pain; ...
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Effectiveness of TRX System

I am an early 20s fairly active person and volunteer firefighter. I am looking to increase strength and speed as an amateur athlete and be a more effective fireman. I have been lifting for 6 years now ...
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Wendler's routine, should I adjust? (KG)

I am doing Wendler's routine, and am still in my first mesocycle. I hadn't progressed on other routines for six months, doing them properly, such as Stronglifts, mad cow, greyskull and a few others, ...
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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 ...
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Wendlers(5/3/1), how is each future mesocycles weight calculated?

At the end of each mesocycle, how does one calculate next cycles weights? Do I test my one rep max at the end of each cycle? It seems that you are meant to test your one rep max at the start of the ...
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Chest bench press using a machine

I have been working out for 1.5 years now. For chest bench press(with a barbell), I do 10(rep)x30(kg) 10(rep)x40(kg) 8(rep)x50(kg) I feel quite a pain in my front delts while doing and for 2 days ...
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Doing wendler 5/3/1 daily

Would it be acceptable and/or effective to do Wendler 5/3/1 daily rather than Mon-Wed-Thur-Fri? I don't necessarily mean more effective, I merely want to do it for enjoyment sake. But I need to know ...
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High protein intake at a time

I am aware of that per kg protein intake and all. AFA my routine is concerned, I workout in the evening (around 8 - 9.30 p.m). Before workout, I take 1 scoop of protein (25gm protein) and after ...
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Skull crusher workout issue

Usually, I do skull crusher exercise (1st or 2nd exercise of Triceps day and neutral position with an EZ bar) 3 sets with following weights (8-11 reps range). Earlier I used to do 20kg max (for 3rd ...
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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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Compound exercise routine using dumbell

Are there standard workout programs available for all-compound exercises using dumbbells? My goal is to improve functional strength.
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Interchanging Workouts

My current workout routine is as follows: Monday : Chest Tuesday : Triceps Wednesday : Lat's/Back Thursday : Biceps Friday : Shoulder Saturday, whole day I go to play cricket and Sunday is rest ...
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How to increase reps on pullups/dips while doing a 2-day-split?

I had to switch from Starting Strength to a 2-day-split because of recovery. The new routine is a push/pull split, done 4 times a week, which looks like this: Sunday/Wednesday: Squat 3x5 Bench Press ...
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When is the best time of day to work out in order to take advantage of hormonal cycles?

Lately I've been hearing a lot about hormonal cycles and how they change throughout the day. From what I've heard, testosterone seems to be lowest in the afternoon and highest in the morning and ...
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Skull crusher exercise positions

Usually I do flat skull crushers for Triceps but I have seen some guys doing it in incline and decline way. What is the difference between incline, decline and flat modes? Is it same as we do ...
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Exercise order for a particular body part?

I have been working out for more than a year now. As there are multiple exercises for a particular body part, is there any order one needs to follow? Say for example, for chest, people generally do ...
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Substituting dumbell bench press for barbell bench press

I would like to begin with the strong lifts 5x5 program. The only problem I have is the lack of a spotter or power rack for the bench press. Would it be a good idea to do dumbell bench press instead? ...
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Self Training vs Personal Training at the gym

I have been working out for the past 5 months and gains have been moderate (I am an ectomorph, very skinny), have gained around 5 Kg following a workout plan given to me by a trainer. I select weights ...