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

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Benefits of having low salt diet?

I am totally aware of the health benefits of having moderate amount of salt (Sodium) in a balanced diet and also down sides of having too much. However, I can see that, in so many healthy cooking ...
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Specific weigthlifting protocol to strengthen tendons, regardless of hypertrophy or any other goal

This question was indirectly embedded within other more general questions I made in this site, for example here and here. But the scope was more general. I would like to do this specific question here ...
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Should I be building strength if I have very tense back/shoulder muscles?

I have very tense muscles in my back (mainly my traps) and I am having trouble relaxing them. Physios have told me that my lower traps and rhomboids are weak and I should be trying to strengthen ...
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What is the benefit of eating excess calories when strength training?

Is there a benefit to eating excess calories while strength training? Programs like Starting Strength suggest that a novice should be eating many calories in excess of what is needed, and that in the ...
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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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is it important to keep both shoulders at equal strength? (If so, why?)

My wife got a hairline fracture in the ball of her shoulder joint about two years ago. Unfortunately, it still hurts when she exercises that shoulder, which limits how much she can train it. If she ...
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What is a good upper body strength routine for a cyclist

I have previously done the starting strength program, which puts emphasis on compound exercises with a lower body focus. Recently I have started commuting to work on my bicycle, and my commute ...
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Strength Training for Running Books - Strength without Mass

I'm a middle-distance endurance runner (58kg BM) and I'm a fan of physiology books such as Lore Of Running by Tim Noakes and De Castella on Running. Can anybody suggest books related to building lean ...
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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 ...
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Strength training after back injury

I recently injured my back and am anxious to get back to the gym, but I'm used to free-weight exercises and not exactly excited about having to use machines. Are there good options for lower body, ...
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Bench pressing and deadlift on even days, squat and pull up on odd days. Is this all I need?

I recently read an article in Men's Journal: [A] guy who hasn’t trained in a long time, if ever, will get stronger faster on the simplest program of squats, dead lifts, and presses, three times a ...
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Strength training: what to do when it becomes kind of easy, in order to keep improving

I've been training for several years, stopped for a while then started back but kept working out regularly (4-6 days a week) for the past 2 years. I lift heavy weight, do bodyweight training, skip ...
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Weighlifting shoes for a beginner

I'm getting into strength training, following the Starting Strength program, and they advise strongly to buy some weightlifting shoes. (Currently, I'm using some tough hiking sneakers, and don't feel ...
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My back goes horizontal (forward) when squatting

When squatting, my back is too horizontal (forward). The bar goes forward of my toes. What should I do to correct this? Is it due to not keeping my lumbar tight enough? Also: I haven't checked ...
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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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Do ring dips and ring push-ups overlap?

I'm getting a set of gymnastics rings soon, and will be modifying my current strength workouts to use them. I'm not at the stage where I should be doing ring dips yet, but from looking at ring ...
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The leg workout

I am an ectomorph, looking to increase muscle and mass. My previous leg workout was, Smith Squats Dumbbell lunges Leg extension Leg curls and Calf raises New workout is, Leg Press Leg ...
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To what extent is someone who does “powerlifting” a “powerlifter”?

I do work out for strength, but I am not a professional powerlifter. Does that mean I have the right to, and expect a respectable position so forth, to be coining/coined as a powerlifter if I just do ...
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Effective three day split for size and aesthetics?

For the past year and a half I've been doing starting strength with some good results. I'm now getting married within year and want to transition to a program that focuses more on size and aesthetics ...
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What are some good strength training routines for runners?

I'm looking for suggestions for a 60-90 minute session, complete with exercises, sets, weight, rep, etc. My primary goal is to build speed for 5k trail races.
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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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What are you views on progress between rep range vs. fixed reps?

Assuming the goal is to progress in size and strength using weight training, what are you thoughts on a routine that either: 1) Uses a rep range of 5-8 (for example), where you start workout day 1 ...
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Does hypertrophy need to be maintained?

I'm familiar with the general idea of adaptation and super compensation, and the loss of strength if your body doesn't feel you need it anymore because the increased load isn't present. I've been ...
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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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Integrating Front lever into training plan - which muscles are used?

I'm currently doing a typical push-pull workout in the gym, mostly with basic exercises (bench press, squat, dead lift, weighted pullup, ...) and low reps. Now I would like to integrate the front ...
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What's the exact effect of this training regime? (12-15 reps, 30s - 1min break, 3 sets)

That's the regime I was advised at my gym: 12-15 reps per set - maybe less on the last set 30s - 1min break between sets, 3 sets weights are adjusted so that this is doable, but not by much What ...
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The effects of strength training volume on recovery

I'm a member of a competitive (Master's) rowing team and a former bodybuilder (20 years). My coach recently announced that as a team, we need to spend more time (six to seven days per week, 45 ...
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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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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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Atlas stone experience? [closed]

My current strength routine consists of olympic-style squats, clean & jerks, snatches, clean pulls, that sort of thing. I'm making steady progress, but considering adding some variation. Does ...
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Why are strength programs made the way they are - much of the same, regular intervals, same program for a long time

The strength training programs I have seen typically have: Few exercises Many sets of each Do the same program for a few months then change - Usually for example on kind of pull-down replaced with a ...
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Weight training without putting on fat

History The first time I started a strength program I found I could slowly lose a bit of fat during training. Training partner stopped, so did I and I lost a lot of fat (and bit of muscle). Looked ...
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For bench press, should I use dumbbells, a barbell, or the Smith machine?

With my new workout, my trainer has kept a whole day for the chest. Before this I used to decline dumbbell press and do incline smith bench press. Current workout has, Decline, Flat and Incline ...
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Books for learning about strength training and nutrition?

The topic of strength training and nutrition (with respect to fitness) is undeniably complex. As a result of the topic's complexity, there have been many bad books and resources produced over the ...
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what's the reality that keeps progressive strength training from being constant?

I'm looking at my progressive intermediate weight training program, and I'm a little more than halfway through my 12 week program. As expected it's been terrific, I've steadily been gaining strength ...
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Why is the single leg deadlift stiff-legged?

I'm wondering why is the single leg version of the deadlift is usually performed with stiff legs. For instance, exrx.net and most of the youtube videos that teach the single leg deadlift show it with ...
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Should I do light exercises on recovery days when I am not lifting weights?

I am just starting off and have made a 3 days per week routine with bodyweight and dumbbell exercises. My aim is to shed some fat and gain muscles. I am not seeing much of a progress in terms of fat ...
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Why do I have a deadlift deficiency?

For a relatively long time now I have been doing Bill Star 5x5 type routine. Weight ~85kg with max bench 130kg, squat 160kgx5 but deadlift is low, I sometimes got sharp pain in my lower back when ...
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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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best way to cheat - cheat day? cheat meal?

I'm on a strict diet which consists of 3000 calories 50/30/20 (pcf) consisting of chicken or beef, green vegetables, eggs, bread, and rice. I'm 5'7" and currently about 8% body fat. I have ...
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Should I lift weights fast or slow?

When lifting weights (squat, bench press, deadlift, whatever) is it better to do the motions as slowly as possible or fast and explosive? I've heard both opinions. Please support your answer. Note: ...
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Best stretches before weight training

I have a set of stretches I generally do; not sure where I got them from, but they seem to work for me. (I use them for general stretching, not strength training). Now that I'm starting weight ...
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Does not starting with the empty bar in StrongLifts 5x5 really hinder your ability to add weight every workout?

First, I'd like to supplement with general info about SL 5x5 so I can put my question into context. Sometimes in the newsletter emails I get from Mehdi where people ask him random questions about ...
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Alternating exercises from workout to workout?

For my strength/hypertrophy based training program, I've chosen following exercises: Deadlifts (2 work sets of 4 reps) Press (3 work sets of 5) Ring Dips (3 work sets of 9) 1-Legged Squats (3 work ...
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Arching the back during bench press

How dangerous is arching your back while doing a bench press? I've seen tons of guys in the gym who greatly arch their back off the bench, assumedly to assist with the lift. Is this bad, or just an ...
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What are some exercises for glutes and iliopsas that don't require equipment?

As mentioned in a previous question I am a 100/200m sprinter. I have, what I consider to be, a strong body for my sport (stats at the bottom of the post). Two muscle groups that I am looking to ...
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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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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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Adding Strength Training to Yoga

I'm 40, Male and have been doing hot yoga (Bikram) for a few months - go 4 times a week. I guess my metabolism is slowing down and am having trouble keeping weight off and seem to be loosing muscle ...
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Upper back exercises to balance out chest workout

I do a lot of chest exercises, and I am worried I am not doing enough upper back exercises to balance this out. Predominantly I am doing chair dips, bench press, dumbbell flys, and push ups to target ...