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

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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 ...
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What is the function of myosatellite cells, and how do they relate to performance?

Three questions pertaining to myosatellite cells: What are myosatellite cells? What function do they have in the muscles? How do they relate to performance?
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Neural Adaptation Training vs. Hypertrophy Training?

I see training broken up as neural adaptation and hypertrophy. One type of training allows your nervous system to fire at a maximum level while the latter allows you to build size and muscle. The ...
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Would this routine work?

EDIT: I have edited it to add in based on the helpful advice given in the answer by user meanderingmoose I have been doing weightlifting for a while now, staying mainly to well know ...
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Are these Workout Routines right for Body Building

The weightlifting-101 blog post on the stackexchange blog and posts on fitness.SE has helped me learn more about strength training and body building. My goal is body building (to bulk up) in short ...
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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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Is my exercise routine healthy?

I read a few guides concerning push up programs and training the belly muscles and started my own routine, based on what I read. However I also read in this SE that an unbalanced training (e.g. only ...
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Foot muscle weakness related to overpronation

I've come to the conclusion that an excessive overpronation partly is a problem related to the weakness of the foot muscles and in particular: Intrinsic foot muscles (abductor hallucis, flexor ...
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How to get stronger without increasing fitness?

I know this is total contradiction to this very domain name: fitness.stackexchange, but hear me out. Plenty of people come here asking for advice about foods, routines, muscle types, other neuro-bio ...
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Smoking and its effects on muscle building

Does smoking effect the muscle building process? I understand it can effect your endurance.
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Need to gain strength to gain muscle?

I've been strength training 4 days a week for about 8 months. My goal is to increase mass. The usual recommendation for this is to do three sets of 8-12 repetitions for most exercises, and that's what ...
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Exercises for strengthening foot twisting

I have not found anything on this. I want to strengthen muscles which help rotate the ski (i.e. point the skis left or right - for snow-plough turns and so on) What exercises would be best for ...
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Training exercises for a change in climate

After three months I will be moving to a new country, and according to travel tips the period of adjustment may take as long as six months especially if I am used to a humid climate, and that I might ...
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Pain in Front Part of Leg

After running Just 5 minutes or so,(even while running very slowly) I get pain in lower frontal part of my leg. In fact, I get this pain even if I walk fast. It might be the bones or the muscles ...
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How does stress affect results?

I have noticed that my results are poorer when I'm stressed. I have S.A.D. and this very much impedes performance for a variety of reasons, among other reasons. I wanted to ask and see how stress, ...
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Running out of energy before feeling muscle stress

So when I started training I felt my muscles extremely hardened immediately after a workout, my abs were like touching a wall and my biceps looked at least 10% bigger (I'm not bragging). Lately ...
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Best home gym to replace going to the gym

I'm looking for the best home gym/equipment to replace going to an actual gym. I have a severely disabled child who needs a lot of care, thus interfering with my gym sessions. I would really like to ...
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Weakness & Lack of Strength

I want a great physique, instead of good, for this I need a lot of hard work, good food & Strength. But the problem is that my stamina is not so good, because of that i am unable to lift weight ...
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Yoga for muscle imbalances?

I used to follow a faulty workout regime that emphasised anterior chain more while stretching the posterior chain more, meaning horrendous posture and muscle strength imbalance. I'm considering yoga ...
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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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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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How quickly can a runner drain lactic acid out of his quads?

For years, I've always played around doing fartlek training and never pushed myself to run fast (7-min/miles is fast for me) for more than one mile. Today, I decided to run 7-min/miles for as long as ...
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How to find what muscle groups to strengthen?

Without a specific sport in mind, are there good general-purpose exercises or movements that can show me what muscle groups or areas need more work? I'm trying to make sure that my overall strength ...
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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 does muscle size relate to strength?

I've heard it often that the size of muscles, for example biceps, is not related to how strong someone is. Is this true? See for example this image of Gu Yanli who won the strongest man championship ...
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Fitness plan for an achieving high school freshman

About myself: I am a high school freshman and in the past months it has dawned on me that exercise is way to important to ignore as I did for the ~8 months prior when I was struggling with anxiety ...
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How to maintain rate of improvement from light excercise

Some months ago, I started performing semi-regular press-ups with the intention of building a bit of upper-body strength, endurance and tone. I'm 39 years old, and male. I've been doing three sets, ...
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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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Shoulders and lats give up before abs during hanging leg raises

I've already mastered leg raises on the floor and I was advised to progress to a harder variation of leg raises which is the hanging knee raises. The problem is that my shoulders and lats give up ...
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Not gaining strength, even after following routine, diet, exercise, sleep, etc [closed]

I've been interested in the strength world for a long time. While I don't limit myself to any specific muscle groups, I never gain much strength. And when I do gain strength, I tend to lose it very ...
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How does support grip strength and crush grip strength differ so much?

Apparently I can hold on to heavier dumbbells than others, but they can crush my hand much harder in a handshake. This tells me that support grip and crush grip can be very much apart. I believe ...
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Beginner full body routine without squats

My gym does not have a squat rack, and I can't seem to find any beginner strength routines without squats. Any suggestions? Is it possible to do something like strong lifts with split squats instead? ...
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What is the impact of changes in weight placement during weighted dips?

People commonly increase the difficulty of dips by either adding weight around the neck or waist as shown below: Less commonly are using a weighted vest or backpack to add resistance. So, how ...