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

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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 3-...
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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 ...
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How should I interpret this performance standards table?

Starting strength wiki refers to these strength standard tables. Are the values listed there the upper limit for the category, or the lower limit? In other words, I'm 81Kg and I'm able to squat 90Kg,...
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Is my training regime going to build muscle mass?

I'm aiming to build muscle mass by going to the outdoor gym in my area. This is the routine I've been doing for the last few months Saturday 5 sets of 10 pull ups 5 sets of 25 push ups Sunday 5 ...
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3 day split workout + running between workout days?

I recently started going to the gym again after a year of little to no sports except long runs and walks and virtually no upper body exercises except a year of PT (popped my shoulder in a bad ...
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Can a two weeks pause have a positive impact on strength training?

I am 42 yr old and have been doing a simple bodyweight squat/push/pull routine every third day for a few months. Then I had not any time for exercising any more during 13 days. Today I came back to ...
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Incline Row Machine vs BB Pendlay Rows

I'm doing SL5x5 and, for my without tonight, I swapped the normal Pendlay rows with the incline row machine. I was quite shocked at the weight difference. Normally, I'd be rowing around 115 but with ...
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Avoiding banned substances [closed]

I'm looking around for some good supplements and have been recommended Matrix Anabolic Gold, but I'm keen to check there's no banned substances in it. informed-sport.com is good for checking a ...
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Critique my SL + Greyskull hybrid

I really like Strong Lifts, but it isn't working well for me anymore. Too many resets and not making it past previous resets. Admittedly, my lack of progress is likely attributable more to my lack of ...
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Sprinting and weight lifting

TL:DR I want to do one day weights, next day sprint, repeat. Viable? Is lifting weights every second day, and sprinting every alternate second day a viable plan? I am 6ft tall at 78kg(172lb), and ...
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Will doing a large amount of shoulder presses interspersed throughout the day improve strength?

Using a kettlebell while sitting at my desk to do occasional shoulder presses over the course of a few hours, I wonder if there's any benefit or am I just risking injury? What volume would I have to ...
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Home workout exercises with minimal equipment

I'd like to start doing workouts with the goal of becoming stronger, building endurance, and being more fit in general.(Also, I don't currently need to worry about losing weight, 5'6" 125 lbs.) Why ...
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Effects of strength training on how fast injuries heal

Suppose you have an injury on one body part (muscles or ligaments,...). Is there any scientific evidence that strength training the other (not injured) body parts speeds up the healing process of the ...
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Best way to achieve muscle activation in the lower abs?

I have back problems and need to work on my posture, one element is the lower ab to 'pull' my lower back into a more upright position (I tend to fall into a hollow back). When I ask about ...
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Joint strength progress

Normally my workouts are HIIT style, so there are not many reps. So far I am quite satisfied with my progress, but after some minor injury on my knee in am wondering if lowering weight and increasing ...
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Can I take the core exercises out of a simple strength routine composed by squats, rows and push-ups?

I have been running every third day for six months now. About a month ago I added a simple, full-body resistance training workout each day before running: BW Squats progression Inverted Row ...
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In a bench press, are there any tricks for determining which muscles are the weakest?

Is there some trick to determine which of the three basic muscles is the weakest in a bench press? I'm referring to the pectorals, shoulders and triceps. I have been working my chest with dumbbell ...
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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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What can I do to maintain equal size and strength in both hands?

I m 25 years old and I m going to gym for 3 days in a week. When I workout for biceps in heavy weight, my partner realized that my left hand is exerting more strength than my right hand. When I look ...
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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 become good at lifting and holding my girlfriend in arms?

I want to be able to lift my girlfriend in arms and hold her while walking for a while. It of course shouldn't seem struggling and I should be able to talk, laugh or even kiss while doing this. ...
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Is controlled release of muscle contraction more beneficial than free release?

I used to think that best way to train a muscle is to do reps very slowly, but from the ACSM's manual I learned that it is a myth. Now that made me wonder about controlled release of muscle ...
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Learning about fitness for skiing

I hope this question doesn't feel like a get-rich-quick scheme for fitness. I am struggling to get/stay fit for skiing. (Leisure). I have not been able to find any coaches which focus on fitness for ...
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Mixing exercises with multiple muscle groups

My current workout routine is as follows. Monday : Chest and Biceps Tuesday : Shoulder and Triceps Wednesday : Back and Legs. Repeat Mon and Tues for Thursday and Friday Saturday : Cricket (morning ...
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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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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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Diet and compound exercises for mass gain [duplicate]

Im 5'11" and weighs 65kg, age is 25. I regularly hit gym.After a 20 minutes warm-up session, I do the concentrated exercises chest(monday), lats(tuesday) and so on. I follow the below diet: Morning: *...
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Is it possible to lose 3 pounds of FAT per week?

I have a lot of fat lose. I weigh 210 pounds, and I was hoping to start losing weight (42 pounds of fat to be precise). According to my calculations, to do this in 14 weeks I need to lose 3 pounds per ...
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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 gain",...
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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 dept)...
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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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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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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 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 ...