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

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Build leg strength while training for 10 mile run

Goal and background: I'm training for a 10 mile (16k) run at the end of July. My typical runs are 6k and my weekly long run is 8k. I'm trying to run 4x per week. My pace is roughly 6 mins/km — so I ...
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How does a layperson measure the effectiveness of a strength building program?

People who have difficulty articulating their fitness goals may begin a workout program with the hope that it will simply "build strength". Also, workout programs are not uncommonly recommended ...
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Can you gain strength in your legs with bodyweight squats only?

A known book about bodyweight training written by a fictitious convict athlete, states that you can gain strength in your legs without using weights at all, by means of exercise variations that will ...
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When is 5x5 deadlifts too much volume?

I am curious what the science is behind strength gains on the dead lift and when it is ideal to stop working on 5x5 rep scheme and switch to something lower, as low as perhaps 1x5. Currently I can ...
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Suggestions for strength workouts DVDs

In market, there are many cardio DVDs out there, to be done in Home or in Gym.For example I like Insanity and 21 Day Fix. I have been doing cardio for 2 years. Now I want to introduce Strength ...
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Recommendations for a new beginner training program

I'm a 23 year old male. 6'1" @ 84kg. I started strength training in October 2014 and embarked on Wendler's 5/3/1+ BBB. First off, I am aware that I may have got off on wrong foot going with that ...
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An equipment-free exercise for triceps / chest without pressue on the wrist

I am looking for exercises to build the upper-body, in particular chest and triceps that I can do basically anywhere (when I don't have equipment/weights available). I have done a lot of variations on ...
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Regaining lost strength and muscles

I have always been strong, broad shouldered and musculus, mostly genetic I think. Though now in my forties, I have less mass than a few years ago. If I want to regain, can or should I train ...
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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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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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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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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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How to find someone that can direct my training to a safe path, what is the name of such profession and where should I look?

In my country of origin it is very difficult to find a good coach to supervise your training. Specially useless are those guys you find as gym staff with "ask me" written in the t-shirt, because they ...
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Is there any benefit to Touch-and-Go Deadlifts?

As per the question title, is there any benefit to doing touch-and-go deadlifts rather than the more "full" reset deadlifts? That is, does the touch-and-go variant provide any specific benefits to ...
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How can the CNS possibly need recovery after a strength workout?

In the last days I have read here and there some comments about CNS (central nervous system) fatigue produced by heavy lifting, and about allowing recovery for the CNS, not only the muscles. It does ...
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Is casein a better choice for people with limited recovery ability?

My body takes several days to recover after each full-body workout. Several things may play a role on this fact (lack of abundant sleep, mid-age, whatever) but in any case it is very noticeable and I ...
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What is the best iOS App for tracking Starting Strength progress? [closed]

What is the best iOS application for recording and tracking progress in Starting Strength? I need an app that tells me which lifts I am supposed to do on which day. It must also allow me to input my ...
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Fitness training with varicose veins

Recently my workout buddy was at a phlebologist who diagnosed varicose veins which have to be treated by surgery (just one large vein) the cause of this seems to be genetic and she now have to wear ...
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How to implement micro periodization in a routine covering a wide rep spectrum

I wanted to train for strength, with no hurry. Forced by the personal need of building strong conective tissue and avoid injury at all costs (42 yr, untrained, somehow prone to injury) I implemented ...
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Is doing the whole rep range from 3 to 15 reps before adding weight a waste of time?

I start every exercise with 3 sets of 3 reps, then I add between 1 and 3 reps each workout, so that it takes me very long to achieve 3 sets of 15 reps. Then I increase the load and start again with 3 ...
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2-day split with weak grip: vertical/horizontal or push/pull?

I have been doing a full-body workout for five months now. The main pull exercise was the inverted row. I have been lowering the Smith bar since I started five months ago. Currently I am "lifting" ...
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Why am I experiencing DOMS in my legs when I'm currently not working out?

I feel Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness in my thighs, however I do not work out. The only thing I do in the gym is cardio. I do the elliptical for about 45 minutes a few times per week at a very fast ...
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Can light activity on recovery days accelerate progress?

I am just starting off and have made a 3 days per week routine with body weight and dumbbell exercises. I am not seeing much of a progress in terms of fat loss two weeks into the routine.(I do 16-20 ...
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Squatting/Deadlifting - Form when adding weight

OK, so, the gym I go to has standard weight plates, from 5KG to 25KG going up in 5KG increments...the other day, I was front squatting, I wanted to go up a little, but realised I can't go up in 1KG ...
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Strength training and BMR correlation?

Is there an observed or measured correlation between BMR and strength training? (Maybe in a form of x-y graph) Or muscle weight VS BMR would be useful as well. I'm not even a beginner at strength ...
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Does my routine adversely affect me?

I am a 15 year old male, and I started exercising about 6 months ago. However I managed to procure a pair of dumbbells at the beginning of April, and have been exercising with them so far. My question ...
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Will doing heavy deadlifts once a week increase muscle size?

Because of time problems due to school, I only go to the gym once a week. On that day I do heavy deadlifts to get stronger (one of my goals), triceps, and calves. I'm small, and am wondering if this ...
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How do you maintain a healthy shoulder? [closed]

Shoulders problems are usually the bottleneck in training heavy weights, what kind of exercise or stretches would you do to ensure a healthy shoulder?
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Uneven butt cheeks

I'm 15 years old and started lifting about 5-6 months ago. I started to lift because I wanted a booty and muscular legs. I have always been skinny so I am set on gaining weight in muscle. My right ...
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Growth hormone and training at night

Given this: http://www.precisionnutrition.com/all-about-gh and specifically the graphic there, is it theoretically possible that training hard / eg lifting intensely, at night takes advantage of peak ...
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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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Rectify different arm strengths?

I'm looking for some help with regards to my arm strength. My right arm is weaker than my left. A couple of years ago I dislocated my right shoulder. I was given the all-clear from the Dr's when ...
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Wendler 5-3-1 without squats

I currently only have a bench, a barbell and a heap of weights, no squat rack. I want to work on Wendler 5-3-1 (without boring but big) in the standard fashion with one change. No squats(due to the ...
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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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Do training breaks affect the 'novice effect'?

Starting Strength book mentions the 'novice effect', where a novice can gain strength very quickly and increase lifts every workout. Does taking a break during the novice phase affects this? Is ...
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By systematical training, can strength and muscle continue to grow despite the aging?

Let's say if one starts a good, systematical strength training programme at the age of 30. I would say he should be physically much stronger when he turns 40. What if he just continue this training ...
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Proper Form and Technique for Dumbbell Clean

I'm currently working my way through starting strength (thanks to Dave Liepmann for the suggestion last time I posted on here) and I'm doing all of the initial exercises (squat, deadlift, bench press, ...
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Auxiliary exercise to help my inverted rows to progress

Apart from some light auxiliary RTC work, my workouts consist of bodyweight squats, inverted rows and push ups, the two latter in the form of lighter versions on the bar of a Smith machine. I have ...
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Less sleep the night before, in order to sleep more the night after a strength workout

I know about the importance of good sleep after strength workouts, due to the release of growth hormone during deep sleep. No matter how hard I try, my body refuses to sleep more than 6 hours. Going ...
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Should I wait until my muscles are 100% free of any signal of soreness before training for strength again?

I am trying to avoid injuries at all costs while still training for strength. I seem not to have the greatest recovery ability (42 yr male, healthy but unable to sleep more than 6 hours a day on ...
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How many times a week should I deadlift and squat as a beginner?

I am a 32 year old guy. I haven't done deadlifts or squats before, but occasionally did workouts on individual muscle groups, and running. I am looking forward to building strength, gaining muscle ...
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How do I make my muscles harder/firmer? [duplicate]

I'm into bodyweight training and it's worked better for me than the gym. I follow the Convict Conditioning program and it's working well for me so far. I'm noticing progress every time I work out so ...
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Effects of not extending arm fully during bicep curl

I've recently started working out at a gym, and I've been critiqued by a friend with whom I work out that I don't do the exercises as they are supposed to be done. I.e. when doing bicep curls I tend ...
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How to further my training without going to a gym?

My current training sessions consist of the following : 10 elevated push ups (foot on an elevated platform) 25 squats 30 second planks 3 reps of the above, once every other day, totalling about ...
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Bench Press Shirt? [closed]

Does anyone have any hands-on experience or advice on how to use the so called "Bench shirt"?
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Why does my RHR rise every day after a strength workout?

I measure my resting heart rate every morning before turning out of bed. The day after a demanding strength workout I find it has risen as compared with the day before. I had thought it was merely a ...
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Should I really lock my elbows and knees when lifting?

When bench pressing, at max extension, should I lock my elbows or keep them loose? What about my knees when squatting? UPDATE: Here are some links from the Mayo Clinic warning against locking joints ...
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How does strength training affect one's health and life expectancy in the long run?

I understand that aerobic exercise are very beneficial for one's health, but I always have doubts about muscle training. I know that bodybuilding makes you heavier, stronger and more attractive, but ...
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How to reduce risk of injury in strength training (when not training at a gym)

I have been thinking about taking up weight training, mainly to build up by back, triceps, and biceps. I did not want to go to a gym to do the exercises, though. I would prefer to do them at home but ...
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Should I do weight training while sick?

If I catch a cold or have some sort or minor infection I usually feel I'm not on my top condition, however I'm healthy enough to go work and function normally. I feel I could also go to gym, but I'm ...