Strength is the ability of the body to exert force. Questions are about training methods for improving strength.

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Is it better to do Barbell Squats with a lower weight or Smith Machine higher weight?

I've been doing the Stronglifts 5x5 program as you guys sugested and it's been amazing. I can really say that I feel great. Being a complete newbie as I started I had no idea there's a difference ...
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Mixing high intensity and high volume in a single session

It seems to be generally agreed upon that high intensity (i.e. heavy weights) for fewer reps, tends to make you stronger, while high volume (i.e. less weight) for more reps, tends to make you bigger ...
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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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Are there papers about Starting Strength or Strong lifts?

I read a bit abut these programs, I see some results in forums and in internet in general, but any reasonably good method and proper nutrition can get results. I would like to know if: Are there ...
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Correct form of cuban rotation with a single dumbbell

What is the correct way to perform cuban rotation with a single dumbbell? I am experimenting with cuban rotation as an assistance exercise for olympic lifting and gymnastic arm balances. My current ...
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What workout regimen is appropriate for the recently malnourished?

Background: For past 3 years my weight was 55-58kgs. 3 years ago, I was able to do 25+ pushups w/o break, 10 pull ups (from dead hang to chest over bar), 10 dips. For past three years I survived on ...
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How can I ensure I am working the muscles in each leg equally?

I have a problem with my knee where it hurts a lot when my leg takes weight (for example, I can do one-legged squats with one leg but not with the other because my knee hurts too much). This knee ...
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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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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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How to overcome grip strength as sticking point for deadlifts?

Coming from a Body Building background I have started experimenting with powerlifting recently. I especially like deadlifting a lot and want to improve my maximum weight for singles and doubles. ...
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Should one generally avoid machines in favor of free weights?

From what I have been told, machines are not recommended for strength training, because they isolate muscles and thereby exclude the smaller stabilizing muscles from developing together with the major ...
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How to recover from a long break, with proper nutrition?

22/M/55kg/176cms My last StrongLift 5*5 workout was on 28th Nov 2014, and I weighed 58.2 Kgs then. Since then I haven't worked out one bit and my diet is getting less by day (at least thats what I am ...
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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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unable to do squats

I am a college football player, I have been playing football since young age but I am not doing any kind of squat or strength exercises because whenever I do I become immobile for 15 min. So if you ...
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When does maximum muscle repair and growth take place after a strength workout?

Every strength routine includes rest days between workouts, so that the natural processes of tissue repair and muscle growth are allowed. I guess this process of repair and growth happens mostly ...
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Are dumbbells alone enough to build strength?

If I do exercises with dumbbells each day, will that be sufficient to build strength and tone muscle? I don't care to large biceps, I am just after some strength and definition. While doing other ...
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How much stronger can you get as you get fatter?

I've heard of people actually just getting really huge (obese) to be able to generate more force. I don't know how effective it is, but I've seen 300-400 lb. people who don't regularly lift weights/go ...
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How does superhuman strength work?

I totally know this is not the best question for here because it goes beyond just fitness-y stuff and into all of that science stuff more so, but let's consider I am asking this is a good-hearted, ...
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Weird result of working biceps and triceps? strength depeleting?

Earlier I used to do regular pushups about 30-40 and was able to perform about 5 chinups everyday. I left training for a while and then for the past few weeks started training with 10kg dumbbells. ...
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Intelligently/Optimally Designed Exercise Routines (Sources and Information)

I'm looking for sources where I can get information on design of exercise routines, specifically information that has good scientific backing. My ultimate goal is to design an exercise routine that ...
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What resources are recommended to learn more about cuing specifically?

As strength coaches, we can sometimes fall victim to using terms that are too technical for the client to understand. I'd like to know if a compendium exists that revolves around external cuing, ...
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incresing weight , breast and height growth [duplicate]

I am a 19 years old girl. My weight is 37 kg only. My height is 5"3. I am a very slim and skinny girl. My problem is, my breasts are very small or you can say I have no breasts. I want to gain weight ...
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Seeking suggestions for lifestyle changes beneficial for upper body strength [closed]

I am interested in identifying lifestyle changes which are beneficial to upper-body strength while also being practical for accomplishing other common tasks. In other words, activities which fit into ...
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How can the conventional deadlift be harder at the top than the bottom?

This video is the example I'm talking about in particular. But outside this, I've heard of and seen people having trouble at the top of a deadlift while not having such trouble at the bottom. To ...
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How to find your one repetition maximum?

Are these formulas close to every ones one rep max on varies exercises? and I would like to know how accurate this is for everyone and if you have anything better? Formulas to find your one rep max ...
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Milk, the feeling of starvation and viability as a basis of your diet as a weightlifter [closed]

I am lifting for strength and eat at a caloric surplus. A large amount of my day's calories come from milk, but weirdly enough, I feel constantly hungry if it is milk filling these calories. Consuming ...
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Re: Touching your toes (not mentioned in 30)

My mother could touch the heels of both hands on the floor up to the age of 89. She had short legs and a long torso. Is it likely that someone who cannot reach his toes has a short torso and long ...
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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 is the maximum acceleration a human can generate? With which body part?

As I was reading the description on the back of a gaming mouse carton, "50g of acceleration", I was thinking: "A human hand cannot possibly get close to this kind of acceleration!" The ensuing ...
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What is a low-impact exercise routine that slowly progresses towards more normal exercises?

I'm out of shape. I'm the kind of person who usually spends almost 10 to 16h a day in front of the computer nowadays but in the past I at least experienced or practiced about 10 different martial arts ...
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Pullup Bar & Bodyweight exercises

First of all my excuses if this question seems stupid. I'm 19 years old and have a friend who is the same age as I do. He has been going to the gym for about 1,5 year, where he is mainly lifting ...
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Strengthening neck and shoulders to hold weight on my head

I practice lion dance as part of the tradition and culture of my martial arts system. It is a dance in which two performers mimic a lion's movements inside a costume. As part of some lion dance ...
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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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If StrongLifts takes longer should you reduce volume?

I'm aware of what the report says but was advised to post the question. I am also interested in the responses more so that I can figure out how to proceed with my own gains. One of the main draws I ...
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How to create the leg drive and keep shoulder blades together while bench pressing?

I have heard various powerlifters on youtube to use the leg drive(1) and keep your shoulder blades tucked in or together throughout the rep(2) (just as we do on the low bar squats) while doing the ...
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What are realistic strength goals?

In this question (How do you motivate yourself to keep exercising?) I read it's good practice to set fitness goals. Because I kept losing motivation and my goal was just to get more muscle, I wanted ...
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Does stretching muscles help build / tone them?

Does stretching muscles (both right after a workout but also very much throughout the day afterwards, when you still often feel they could do with a good stretch), actually play a role in helping to ...
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Balancing StrongLifts with other workouts

I am very eager to start StrongLifts 5X5, but am apprehensive about how to balance it with my other physical activities. I know that recovery is key to the program’s success. Background I am a fit ...
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Which muscles would I need to train for ambulance work?

TL;DR Version: Which muscle groups would I use when lifting an object from the floor with a straight back holding an object at chest height for an extended period of time whilst climbing stairs ...
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How to gain definition on my biceps?

I am a 17 year old guy, 190 lb, 5'11", work out six days a week after school targeting various muscle groups each day (legs, arms, chest, etc.). I have been working primarily on gaining strength, not ...
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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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Calves hurt in the front (the tibialis anterior muscle) from walking fast?

I often brisk walk for rapid reaching of destination, and my legs aren't in bad shape; I have always been a walker, do calf exercises, but the front part of the calf (as mentioned in title). Why would ...
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Muscles fibres, hypertrophy and energy systems

I've asked a few questions on this site about, and have been doing some reading, on: muscle fibre types (slow twich and fast twitch) hypertrophy (myofibrillar and sarcoplasmic) energy systems ...
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I am skinny, would joining a gym make me skinnier?

I am 17 and I am skinny according to BMI. I am thinking to join a gym to gain muscle and strength. Some people contradict me saying that I will get even more skinner if I do so. Should I join gym?
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Making a training plan for medieval swordsmen / reenactment

Some of my friends are into history reenactment and historical fencing. Doing this is quite demanding in terms of fitness, so I wanted to help them develop a training plan to follow. What would be ...
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When\how to start to train on a campus board

I've been climbing for a little while now, strength is improving thanks to gym sessions to top up climbing sessions but the campus board seems to be to beginner climbers like the sun to Icarus. It's ...
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combining Greasing the Groove with regular strength workout

So I am interested in using Greasing the Groove(GtG) to increase my number of pullups and pushups. I am a beginner at strength training, so I figured I would post my question here. My goal is more to ...
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How to strengthen my forearms?

17 year old athlete, 190lb 5'11" I want to really gain some definition and strength for my forearms but don't really know how to go about it. Any recommendations on good exercises to do or other ...
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Mild left shoulder pain while squatting low bar

I am on stronglift 5*5 and as the weight is increasing with each workout, squats are getting challenging, while the program is really good, I want to keep doing it and avoid any injuries. The other ...