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

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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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How does Vo2max dieting differ from normal gym more endurance-training dieting? How much intake is enough?

This is my second week of vo2max training where each week has 2 rest days. I train the whole body during the week. I need to eat a lot. If I am not eating enough, catabolism wakes me up. I already ...
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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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Does Intermittent fasting increase growth hormone secretion without negating strength gain benefits? [closed]

I have heard many claims, and done some reading, but I am not qualified by any means to determine the truth of the matter: Question: Will Intermittent fasting, increase growth hormone secretion ...
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Can I increase strength without lifting more weight?

So I have been doing weight training for a couple of months now. Using the idea of progressive overloading I have been increasing the weight by about 5kg every week or 2 or 3. Since I'm working out at ...
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Pain in left palm while doing push-ups

I am a very skinny guy, 180cm tall, weigh 63kg. Even being as thin as I am, I had started to develop a potbelly. So I decided to do small rounds of working out about 10 days ago whenever I can, which ...
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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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Trying to achieve thicker biceps using TRX and dumbbell curls

I recently returned to strength training after years of only cardio. Today I mostly exercise with bodyweight and TRX, trying to avoid the muscle isolation method of classic free weigh exercises. Back ...
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Could I do a 1-series split exercise workout routine?

All of my friends who workout tell me that I they do a 1 muscle group a week training routine in the gym and that I should do the same. My problem is that I hate that and I don't want to go to gym for ...
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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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Should beginners be doing Rounded Back Deadlifts in a beginner strength training program?

Ma Strength posted a video on Facebook with the following description: "To be prepared beforehand for any contingency is the greatest of virtues.” ---Sun Tzu The Art of War During maximal ...
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Integrating additional abdominal workouts into StrongLifts program?

I realized that weak abdominals are resulting in poor Squat form and thus limiting my progress in StrongLifts 5x5. How can I integrate and program additional abdominal workouts to my StrongLifts ...
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Preventing upper back from rounding while squatting

My current bodyweight is 65kg and I am doing StrongLifts 5x5 for past two months. I am stuck between 70-75kg squat. Until 65kg squat it didn't matter much how my form was. I know that, I used to ...
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Would you recommended supplements for the average Joe/Jane? [closed]

I see a lot of people using pre-workout boosters and I tend to question myself if they are really necessary for the average gym user. I can understand it for pros though as they potentially have more ...
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Can I avoid Squating by doing sumo deadlifts

I dont like squating, so Im avoiding doing squats. However I enjoy deadlifting and Im doing them every day. A different variation each day. Is it really necessary to squat actually if you can do sumo ...
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Did walking & stretching on my rest day made my lower back sore?

I'm doing StrongLifts 5x5. I hit gym in the night hours and this is the situation: BW: 64kgs Saturday: Rest Sun: 6km walk Mon: Squat 75kg 3sets of 5 reps, Bench 42.5kg 5x5, Barbell Row 42.5kg 5x5 Tue ...
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Is warmup before lifting really necessary in real world outside the gym?

I'm doing StrongLifts 5x5 for close to two months now. I'm happily making steady progress. All the excitement of lifting personal best weight every other day in gym got diluted last week. I wanted to ...
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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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Workout plans for cutting

Background The past 6 months, I've been on a bulking phase, where I've been able to gain about 9kg (from 78kg to 87kg), a mix of muscle and fat. The past 6 weeks, I've been doing a benchpress ...
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Why isn't barefoot squatting recommended?

I've been doing StrongLifts 5x5 program for past one-and-half month. Currently my squat has just crossed my bodweight. And my deadlift is 10kgs more than my squat. My goal is to squat 2 times my ...
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How can I improve my training program to become leaner and increase strength?

I am 21 year old male and my overall aim is to lean up and build some more muscle/ increase strength, there fore I have adopted a higher protein intake and lowered my calorific intake, could I get ...
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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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combining crossfit with stronglifts - both scheduling and weight intensity

I am in okay shape, so I decided to join a crossfit box. I have been doing crossfit for about months now, and I really enjoy it. However, I find that I am having trouble doing some of the more ...
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Can Starting Strength be made faster?

At my work weight it takes me between 60 and 75 minutes to finish the novice Starting Strength program. I would like to be in and out of the gym in about 40 min. When I diminish my work weights I'm ...
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Starting Strength, time to move on?

I'm 41 years old, 1.82m tall and weigh 82kg. I have been on strength training for 14 months (2.5 stronglifts, 11.5 starting strength). I didn't do the program, as Riptoe would put it. I never got ...
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Integrating Olympic lifting exercises into Strong Lifts

I did Olympic weightlifting for 4 months with dream of becoming a competitive lifter but unfortunately had to move out of town and here I don't have access to any coach or even a proper gym for that ...
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Under What Conditions Will Muscles End Up Weaker After Work Out?

A very, very common situation for me is this - I work out, I rest, I come back weaker. A number of books/people have given reasons for this: Not enough sleep. Not enough protein. Frequency too high. ...
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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 to best train for rock climbing

I've gotten really into rock climbing. I love the adventure off the sport and how it gets me of the beaten path when I come to visit a place. I want to continue in my skill and get more serious so ...
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Program Feedback

My intent was to run a version of 5/3/1 over the school year, as it allows for consistency and not having to worry about how much I need to lift each training session. However, my engineering design ...
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Train for strength or hypertrophy?

I'm almost 19 years of age and I am regularly doing gym since 3 months. With the height of 5'10 and weight of merely 115 pounds, I initially joined the gym with the intention of becoming a little ...
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Is it Necessary to Make Noise While Deadlifting Or Wear A Belt

Background I've been deadlifting for about a year at home and have managed to have a 1RM of 405 lbs (more than twice my body weight). Because I had no intention of disturbing my downstairs neighbors, ...
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How much and why will my muscle mass slow me down in the different running categories?

Assuming that bodyfat% remains low (6-15%), how does having a lot of muscle mass affect performance in sprinting-type events (50m-400m), middle distance runs (800m-5K) and endurance runs (10K-100K)? ...
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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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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 ...