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

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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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How to build muscle strength without exercise? [closed]

So I have six eight years of trial-and-error evidence to show that I am incapable of building strength to any measurable degree from any form of exercise. I do not show results and I have become tired ...
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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 ...
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Recomposition vs weight loss

I understand recomposition to be about trading away fat for new muscle. How is it different than weight loss as a goal? Would it ever be recommended to focus on purely weight loss first, and then ...
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Substituting dumbell bench press for barbell bench press

I would like to begin with the strong lifts 5x5 program. The only problem I have is the lack of a spotter or power rack for the bench press. Would it be a good idea to do dumbell bench press instead? ...
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I can't get any abdominal activation, how to fix?

Whenever I do exercises like hanging leg raises or cable crunches, or just generally any crunch or ab exercise, I don't really feel like I'm getting any good abdominal/core activation and so after ...
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Does smoking affect muscle gain? [duplicate]

I smoke and work out. The former for pleasure, the latter for muscle building. Does my smoking habit affect the rate of my muscle gain?
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How to be strong and fit? [closed]

I'm 22 I'm normal in height almost 5.9 but my weight is around 56kgs, I'm looking lean. How can I be stronger?
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how to correct forward neck posture?

I am "software programmer". I recently noticed that i am victim of forward neck posture. I know my computer realated job is reason for this. I am trying to correct my posture. but while doing this i ...
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How to determine the quality of a training program

In the context of strength and weight training i have always been wondering how a trainer or physiotherapy determines when a training program is well prepared. Which parameters decide that exercises ...
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Deload or Rest in weightlifting?

Purely strength-wise, what is the difference between taking a deload week (where work is done in the range of around 40% of 1 rep max), compared to taking a complete break from weightlifting for the ...
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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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Handling a single stagnating exercise?

About 6 years ago, after having been a couch-potato for about a decade (following a knee injury) I've picked up strength training once more, and for the most part I'm already back at about 80% of my ...
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Increase in Belly size after workout

My workout includes exercises to increase muscle strength. I am trying to gain weight by following a specified diet and working out as instructed. My muscles are growing slowly but I don't have any ...
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How can I best recover for a second strength workout on the same day?

I'd like to do two strength workouts in the same day, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. With this goal in mind, what strategies can I employ throughout the day so that I'm as fresh as ...
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Why is “Starting Strength” the most highly regarded workout regime on the Internet?

Starting Strength is a excellent resource for overall strength training and invaluable for powerlifters. However, I feel for the majority of people who are new to fitness, Starting Strength is an ...
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Can StrongLifts be modified to be just as effective with light weight?

Allow me to inject some context. I'm sure some of you saw my post about the hemorrhoid. I went and found out that it was thrombosed and this morning I had the blood clot removed. The doctors said that ...
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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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Total Gym To Get A Ripped Body

I' m busy with my work routine and I don't have time to go to a Gym. But I want to have a ripped body. So I m thinking to buy a Total Gym product. I have seen it have no effect like a real GYM. But I ...
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What to eat to gain strength in one hour to compensate for going hungry for a week?

For the past week I have been eating about 200 calories a day to lose weight for a wrestling meet tomorrow. As a result I have dropped 5 pounds in the last week but do not feel at my full strength. I ...
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Can I add in some core exercises to SL 5x5 and what do you suggest if so?

I don't really think that my core is being worked enough when performing the compound lifts of strong lifts, as the rest of my body has caught up while my stomach and waist are still really flabby and ...
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Knee Articular Cartilage pain

Please refer image for the cartilage I am talking about. On the outer side of my left leg I experience pain after running very long distance (marathon). My doctor said that this pain is common for ...
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Deadlift relatively low compared to squat. Where am I weak?

My squat is currently 235 (see form check video) but my deadlift is suffering badly. Before I went on a 2 week vacation at work (where my gym is) I was pulling 225 with pretty good form but now I'm ...
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How to Isolate Initial Push on Bench Press

I am finding that the weak point of my bench press is the initial push, especially when doing heavy singles/doubles/triples. If I can move the bar the first six inches or so, then I can typically lock ...
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Gaining Muscle/Strength over age 50

How much muscle/strength could I really expect to gain over age 50? I'm lifting on a regular basis, eating healthy, taking in a lot of protein, have been tested for testosterone levels (at 480 which ...
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Dumbbell / Free Weights Training Programme

I'm currently road running and swimming and I'd like to start strength training using free weights. I have access to a set of dumbbells and would like to make use of them, but searching for starter ...
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What credibility or scientific backing does 1g protein per 1lb of body weight have for its applications?

Say you're of an average weight, not really fat, just skinny and want to put on pounds. People who want to add muscle but are not yet serious bodybuilders(if that's even their goal)are advised to ...
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How can I get more “toned”?

Some background: I'm 6'1 and weigh approximately 152 lbs. I want to be toned (muscular and cut). Not big, but I want my muscles to be showing even when I don't flex. I especially want a six pack. ...
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Running + Strength (main goal: lose fat)

I've been following this schedules for a few weeks already and seeing improvements on upper body strength, stamina and losing stubborn belly fat, which is my main goal right now. REST 30' running ...
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Can external rotations help an already torn rotator cuff?

I just got a new client who informed that both of his rotater cuffs are torn. From My understanding, it seems as though I should avoid all upper body exercises so that I don't injure them further. I ...
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Needing some tips on toning up [duplicate]

I have lost a good amount of weight, but now it is time to tone up and get ready for swim suit season.Not only toning up but i need to build some strength as well. What kind of exercises can help me ...
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Is muscle strength 100% correlated with testosterone levels?

I have heard time and time again that T levels are indicative of strength since muscle size is often associated with absolute strength in all respects. Since we know that strength and size are not ...
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Lower lat/ribcage pain while Deadlifting

For the last year or so I've been taking the deadlift seriously. Every time I near my max, we'll say my 3-rep max, I feel a what can best be described as a pressure / pain on my lower rib cage. It ...
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How do you stick a free-standing handstand?

Ask me to do a headstand or nearly any other yoga arm balance, and I can do it, but I cannot for the life of me stick a handstand without the help of a wall or a spotter. Image from Yoga Journal ...
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Help with getting over plateau?-weighted pull ups

I had a long term goal of achieving a one-arm pullup. After doing some bodyweight workouts (one arm negatives, muscle ups-(sort of), various pullups), I decided to try out weighted pullups. My goal is ...
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How much press strength for human flag?

Shoulder strength seems to be the main factor for achieving a human flag. I was wondering if there is some number relative to the bodyweight that indicates when one's press strength is ready to try a ...
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HIT training for strength (bodyweight)

I've been doing a lot of reading over the last few days and I've come across "HIT: High Intensity Training". Now I like the idea of only having to do 1 set (albeit with slow reps) and there seems to ...
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What strength programs have been used by elite grapplers?

How do elite judo players, Brazilian jiu-jitsu fighters, and wrestlers develop their strength? I am interested in their conditioning as well--running and the like--but primarily in resistance work. I ...
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How big of a role do genes play in strength/fitness potential?

Many people brush off many factors by assuming person X is weaker than person Y because person X works harder(incorrect assumption). It is a fact that person X may work much harder, more thorough, ...
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Why aren't stiff legged deadlifts bad for your back?

It seems to me they go against everything safe about lifting! Lifting with your lower back and not your legs. Image source Anyone have any thoughts on the safety and science behind them?
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do low oxygen levels effect fat burn and/or muscle strengthening?

My goal is to lose 8-pds. I currently weigh 172-pds. Using the following workout and a protein diet, I've lost 10-pds so far starting from Aug-1. Ultimately, I want to do long-distance running, and so ...