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

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Neck problems, are massages the best answer?

I'm in my mid-30s now, and much of work is done in front of a computer - all day and night. Gone are the days in which I play basketball, run track, and hit the weight room 5 or 6 days a week. I now ...
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Are there advantages to breaking up a workout?

For instance, say you're doing an HST (Hypertrophy-Specific Training) routine, and you can choose between Routine 1 ad Routine 2. In Routine 1 you would be doing 3 full-body sessions per week, and in ...
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Theory and meaning of the Wilks score?

The Wilks score is used to compare powerlifting scores for lifters of different body weights. A coefficient 500 Coeff = -----------------------------------------, ...
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scientific papers on muscle growth in (severely) undertrained males?

It's common knowledge that weak individuals tend to pick up strength at a rapid pace given some 3x a week barbell training program. Some (starting strength) say there's massive lean body mass (LBM) ...
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What are some good alternatives to Calf Raises?

My gym has one of these: http://www.precor.com/en-gb/commercial/products/strength/plate-loaded/super-squat-624 You load up some weight (180kg in my case), face it, shoulder under and do calf raises. ...
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How fast should a rep be in strength, power, hypertrophy and endurance goal workout?

I would like to know what is the tempo for a rep in any kind of the four workouts mentioned above in order to gain the best result in the relevant workout. I don't know if it is correct to give each ...
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How to listen to the body during a run?

I am newbie in running and I am not interested in long runs or any records. I start to run weekly 10km 6 months ago, now I run for 20km (with a bit of effort). I would like to understand what the ...
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What kind of goals should I have if I want to be as healthy as possible?

I.e. If I want to live longer and avoid diseases. Should I target to build muscles or to be resistant as a marathoner? Is more exercise always better? (Besides risk of injuries of course)
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Competitions / tests for General Physical Preparedness?

I am searching for some test or competition, what measures the level of GPP. The test should be: complete - it should test absolute strength, relative strength and endurance (maybe more types of ...
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Developing very strong Quadriceps

I'm 43 old and I have practiced martial arts for the last few years. My thighs have strong muscles but I don't think they are strong enough. Some of the practitioners in my martial art have thighs ...
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Can posture braces help strengthen muscles?

Lately I have been trying to correct my bad posture(curved shoulders and Anterior pelvic tilt). Among all the possible solutions I found, the most common were the stretches and other exercises to ...
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Osta-Red Supplements [closed]

I have been researching into the Osta-Red supplements online. From the reviews I have been reading they seem to be great for lean muscle mass building without water retention or potential side effects ...
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MadCow Routine - When to stop / restart?

In this pic I added the first day of my MadCow spreadsheet. My question(s) are: When do I stop (start over)? For example, if I started Week 6 and I will try to squat 5 reps of 110kg But I only ...
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Calves hurt in the front (the tibialis anterior muscle) from walking fast? [duplicate]

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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What are the trade-offs of weight versus repetition?

When doing work out with weights, what is the impact of trade-off between amount of weights working with number of times an exercise is repeated For example, I can repeat an exercise 10x3 times ...
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Why am I not growing muscularly?

I have been weightlifting for sometime but my muscles are not growing as much as I would like. My workout plan consist of daily light weightlifting and some cardio excerise. And my diet is ...
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What should be my next workout plan? [closed]

I was doing my workout for nearly 8 months continuously without any break, but unfortunately I was forced to take a break for 3 months. This past week I started to go to the gym, doing some cardio. ...
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Arm strength for cricket [closed]

What exercises can I do to help me bowl faster?
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Heavy weight vs Light weight?

My goal is to build muscle size. There is lot of information online which says like Arnold says(3rd point) you need to lift heavy to increase muscle size and there's other information as well like on ...
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Tingling sensation at fast lifting

Up do date, I could make 10 pull ups. I pull up slowly. This helps me to recover energy by breathing. Breathing is intensified just to supply the energy I needed to lift myself. Today however, I ...
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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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Should strength training be altered according to whether you're seeking size vs strength?

When I read about strength training, the advice often comes with the assumption that the reader wants to get "big". I want to achieve strength, but would prefer not to increase size too much if ...
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What does road biking do to improve your running?

Marathon training has greatly helped build my cardio in running such that my rare bicycle ride has been the longer than ever - and faster. This and the pushing part of the pedal stroke seem to be alot ...
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Holding weights on bench press flyes

After my regular 4 sets of flyes, I do one more set with heavy weight stretching my pectorals as long as I can just like the image attached, Stretching can last 10 to 15 seconds depending upon the ...
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How to tighten core during normal activities?

I work out regularly but want to improve my core/ab strength. During the day I sit on a yoga ball or stand. All to often my stomach muscles relax when I grow lax. I searched for an ab belt that ...
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Daily routine to lose weight, but I'm actually increasing weight. How do I fix it?

I am a relatively fit guy (180 cm, and normally 81 kg athletic) and a few weeks ago I started a daily routine to lose fat and gain some core muscle. I train martial arts so the goal is to get faster ...
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Are squats with dumbbells as effective as squats with barbells?

I was wondering, if I were to use the same amount of weight with dumbbells as I would with a barbell while doing a squat, will I get the same benefits as I would using a barbell? Now I understand ...
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Recurring Sports Injury

I am an athlete for professional football club. However, I feel like I'm with the physio more than the grass. When I get over my hamstring strain, I don't want to sit on the bench again. I want to ...
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How often should I go bouldering (including a little core strength training)

I recently picked up bouldering contrasting my distance running training quite nicely. From my run training I learned that training about every other day seems to give really good results, but how ...
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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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RSI-prevention wise, should I be using my pink finger or my ring finger for pressing keys/buttons? [closed]

Recently I've started playing a game called Beatmania, where you repeatedly press 7 different buttons and also here and there spin a disc. It's possible to press the buttons with a lot of different ...
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Subseting with second muscle group [duplicate]

Just a question about subsetting: My week is broken up to two muscle groups on 4 days a week. Let's say I'm doing back and Bis on the same day; would it be bad if I subset my back exercises with my ...
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Is it possible to recruit all the motor units available?

If I have exactly 2lbs of muscle on my bicep and I do a weight lifting exercise that involves only the bicep, is there a limit of how much weight I can lift for 1 rep if the muscle mass remains ...
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What are some good stretches to help with squatting?

It seems a lot of form problems with the squats are caused by inadequate flexibility - I think mainly in the hamstrings and also the shoulders. What are some good stretches that can be used to ...
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Exercise that loads hamstring whilst reaching its peak ROM?

I've recently realised that I have very tight hamstrings - when lying flat on the ground, I can only lift each leg around 75 degrees off the floor when doing this: Though I'm keeping my legs ...
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How often and how long should yoga be practiced for optimal health benefit?

Yoga is a very varied way of exercise -- e.g., doing Surya Namaskar many times will of course improve one's stamina; most of the yoga asanas will build both strength and flexibility; some will help to ...
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Reducing side plank stress on arms

I have recently added side planks to my regular workout in order to get a better workout for my obliques. However, once I've been in the plank for about a minute, I start to feel considerable joint ...
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Is it possible for a person in their 80s or 90s to beat up someone in their 20s if they are both the same gender and weight? [closed]

So I am wondering not if it is probable but if it is possible for a 90 year old to smash a 20 year old down to a pulp in a fight, ever; is it possible; if so, what are the chances? Has this ever ...
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Weakness in shoulder a few days after archery. Why did I get weaker why?

I am a 14 year old girl, and not in very good shape. 5 days ago I went to archery practice, with my 40lb bow. The first 40 arrows weren't a problem for me, but when I got to 50 I began to shake. I ...
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Why are legs usually stronger than arms? [closed]

The majority claims their leg muscles to be stronger than their arms. I am wondering if you use both daily in life why legs should be stringer; shouldn't they have a fair balance, that's all. Thank ...
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What core strengthening exercises put the least pressure on the lower back? [closed]

I'm looking for effective exercises to strengthen the entire core while minimizing stress and flexing on the lower back. No exercises recommended here will be performed without a doctor's approval so ...
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Can a person who has Marfan Syndrome grow muscle?

Marfan syndrome is a weakness on the connective tissues, this means that numerous if not all tissues of the body are weak and is very easily to get injured, but I wonder, does Marfan syndrome prevents ...
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Help with getting over plateau?-weighted pull ups

I had a long-term goal of achieving a one-arm pull-up. After doing some bodyweight workouts (one arm negatives, muscle ups (sort of), various pull-ups), I decided to try out weighted pull-ups. My goal ...
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Does loading and unloading weight help build muscle, lose fat and develop strength?

As part of my regime to build muscle, develop strength and lose fat, i am progressively loading weights as part of each set. For example, once sufficiently warmed up, a bench press set looks as ...
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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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Can exercises such as squats, lunges and push-ups replace running and jogging to lose fat?

Due to an injury to my right knee, it precludes me from activities such as running and jogging as it places considerable strain and intensity which results in pains. Since i have gained weight since ...
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Front lateral raise from deadlift position

I've been doing an exercise where I go into deadlift stance with an empty barbell placed a couple feet in front of me so my arms are outstretched. To elaborate, the barbell is far away from my center ...
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how to measure my total fitness?

is there any way to measure my total fitness, like muscular strength, muscular endurance, cardiovascular endurance, flexibility, and body fat composition. I mean an app or website to get my data (...
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Is Hypertrophy-Specific-Training Enough to Maintain Maximal Strength Levels?

For starters, I usually train specifically for maximal strength gains. As my strength has increased, I've trained to lift maximally using a belt. Unfortunately, I recently injured a couple of my ...
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Is high protein intake necessary for building strength when you don't want to add muscle?

I want to maintain my bodyweight but increase my performance on exercises like pull-ups and skater squats. Assume that I find ways to create progressive overload that stimulates the muscles to improve....