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

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Should cyclists use weight training to strengthen underutilized muscles?

I've read (and it seems intuitive) that cycling exercises some muscles more than others. Other than the obvious lack of an upper-body workout from cycling, are there specific muscles that tend to be ...
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Stronglifts 5x5: an effective program?

I was recently looking through the Stronglifts 5x5 workout, and I was wondering about its effectiveness. The program has some lofty claims (most do), has a ton of anecdotal evidence supporting it, and ...
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How can I train for a 5K while strength training with StrongLifts 5x5 and minimizing detrimental effects on either?

I followed the Couch-to-5K training program several months ago in preparation for a 5K race but have not run at all since then. I'd like to get back into it by doing Couch-to-5K again. I'm doing ...
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Leg exercises that complement squats?

I believe in balancing the amount of exercise that I give to each muscle group, but recently it occurred to me that my leg muscles might be imbalanced. More than anything, squats are the number one ...
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What exercises produce longer, higher running jumps?

I want a higher and longer jump. What exercises should I use to jump further and higher? I'm specifically talking about jumping from a running start. I am only interested in bodyweight exercises for ...
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What is the optimum training intensity to prevent atrophy when on a caloric deficit?

I know that when I'm on a caloric surplus, I stimulate hypertrophy best if my training intensity lies somewhere between 6-12RM. Now let's say I'm on a caloric deficit. What intensity is optimal for ...
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Doing Starting Strength once a week

I'm new to strength training, and, for the time being, can do it only 1 once a week (or maybe every other week). I do aerobic several times a week, and, currently, can't give it up. Should I follow ...
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What's the best way for me to start weightlifting?

I've always wanted to lift weights and honestly have no idea where to begin. How do I get started? Do I need to join a gym? find a personal trainer? buy a book and weights? find a friend who ...
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Are there disadvantages to long rests between sets when strength training?

This is assuming I am training purely for strength (it seems there are already topics about this subject from a bodybuilding perspective). Lets say I only barely make it through my first set of ...
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Starting Strength: a practical program?

Based on this site's recommendation, I got a hold of Starting Strength. It's clearly a spectacular book. But, as a beginner, I find it hard to make practical. It has lots of deep knowledge about ...
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Stronglifts 5v5 : Where do I go from here?

So let me start by saying, This is the best program I have ever followed in my life. I am in the best and strongest shape I have ever been in my entire life, and I can attribute most of it to ...
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Should I lock out my shoulders at the bottom of a pull up?

When I'm doing pull ups, I try to go all the way down until the arms are straight, but I do not lock out my shoulders. Recently, I thought in order to get a greater ROM, it might be a good idea to ...
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What's the minimum amount of strength training that will yield a measurable benefit?

I'm not an athlete – I just want to be healthy and fit with decent muscular strength. What's the minimum amount of strength training that will yield a measurable benefit? For instance, sitting ...
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What type of pants are good for weight lifting?

I'm more comfortable weight lifting in pants than in shorts, but find they inhibit proper knee position when squatting. Are there any types of pants or material that will stretch well enough to be ...
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Why are pyramid sets often advised for bodyweight exercises?

A pyramid set is one following a scheme like 1 rep, 2 reps, 3 reps, 2 reps. I've seen this advised to train pull ups if you manage only very few. I looked at the hundred push ups program, here and in ...
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How to handle a break from StrongLifts?

I have to take a two week break from my Stronglifts program, and I won't have access to the gym or any weights. On the break I will be doing occasional body weight workouts, but for the most part I am ...
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How can I achieve healthy tendons and balanced muscles, with no particular hurry to bulk up?

I want to be healthy, fit, strong, and flexible. I don't want an impressive Deadlift mark in a few months--and much less a herniated disk or tendonitis from training too hard and too fast. My ideal of ...
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How can you tell that you are eating enough to build your muscles?

So I'm doing a strength training program (Starting Strength) wherein each time I exercise, I increase the weight lifted by a small increment. The other day, I was working out and I 'hit a wall', ...
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What's the relationship between gaining muscle mass and strength? How do I increase in strength without increasing in mass?

This question is a follow on from http://fitness.stackexchange.com/a/11884/5376. I assumed that as I get stronger, my muscles will get bigger, but it seems that this is not a strictly linear ...
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Does exercise REALLY increase the basal metabolism rate for any significant length of time after the exercise is over?

I am new to this site, but have read several questions and answers here that are related to this question and have found different contradictory answers. Some say that the only effect is that a ...
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How should I breathe when lifting?

I've heard many different things about how to breathe when lifting? What are some clear, simple, common sense, generally accepted ways to breathe when lifting? (Squatting or pressing.) I'm following ...
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Should I “feel the burn” during a workout?

I am aware of the other question on feeling the burn, but that question seems to be about feeling the burn after a workout. My question is, should I feel the burn during the workout. At the moment ...
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What's good technique to load plates when deadlifting?

I find it hard to load and unload plates when the bar is on the ground for deadlift. When the bar is on the rack, it's easy to put the 45 lbs on and off. But, when the bar is on the ground, it's ...
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Is it possible to gain muscle with cardio/aerobics?

I believe the best way to gain muscle is heavy weightlifting. I've done that before using a routine based mainly off of the Stronglifts program and I saw good results. However, until recently I was ...
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Sore after work out - can't straighten arm

I'm in good aerobic shape but never did strength training. Yesterday, I did some basic strength work, using both dumbbells and machines. Nothing too crazy - I started light and built my way up. I ...
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How to manage inflammation in a resistance training program?

How does inflammation present itself in a resistance training program (I'm currently using Starting Strength)? If it is catabolic (I am asking because I suspect it is), how can one lessen its effects ...
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Shoulder Pressing – Training the Negative

I have been working overhead barbell pressing with no leg drive. Lift the weight up and bring it back down into position and then back up. I do this lift as my primary lift for overhead strength ...
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Push-ups - small range of motion vs full range of motion?

I'm curious about the affects of "range of motion" when doing push-ups. What are the pros/cons to doing push-ups using high reps, small range of motion vs low reps, full range of motion? Here is how ...
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Resuming workouts after 2 months. Any beginner workout suggestions?

I had to take a break from working out for 2 months. When resuming after a long break, are there any good alternative workout plans that you follow to gain back some of the lost strength and stamina ...
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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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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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Should I follow the gym's program or just stick to Starting Strength?

I'm trying to follow the Starting Strength program, and need some help with the exercises. The trainers at the gym want you to do a fancy circuit, using some freeweights but mainly machines. Should ...
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What can improve external shoulder rotation while squatting?

External shoulder rotation (or lack thereof) is becoming a problem for me as I squat a little heavier. It's preventing me from having a nice low bar and also forcing me to take quite a wide grip. ...
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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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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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Is there an alternative way to warm up for lifts that is less tedious than gradually increasing the set weight?

I'm following a 3x5 weight lifting program based off of the Stronglifts and Starting Strength programs. I've been starting with warm-up sets of gradually increasing weight, as suggested by Stronglifts ...
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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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What's a deadlift supposed to feel like?

I did my first "real" deadlift today, and, it's a very different feeling. Unlike a squat or a bench, where I clearly feel myself pushing against something, when I deadlifted (135 lbs, about what I'm ...