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

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Building abs and shaping up muscles [duplicate]

I have been working out since 3 months. Initially, my aim was to increase weight. I increased my weight by 3 kgs during this time. Now I feel confident and comfortable lifting moderately heavy ...
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Easy gain for untrained muscles? [closed]

It is often said that it is easy to train untrained muscles. How easy? If you train strength, how does what you need to do to keep progressing change over time? Examples: (Can a beginner progress ...
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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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Are there different muscular adaptations between barbell and dumbbell use?

Most exercises can be performed with similar weight and form using either a barbell or a pair of dumbells. I have heard that as people begin to lift heavier weights it becomes more difficult to ...
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What is the resistance band's elastic length

I have a new set of Resistance cord that I bought. Assuming that all brand resistance tubes are quite similar, what is the length of extension that I can give to it? Each cord is of 4 feet length. ...
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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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Ways to reduce rest time between lifting sets?

I'm currently training 3x a week for mainly strength and progressing fine, but I find that my rest times between sets are ridiculously long and if I don't take them, I'm not able to finish my sets.For ...
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Lifting limits guide for different exercises?

I'm am wondering if someone could provide a reference to a scale or explain the limits of how much it is possible to lift for different exercises, based on how much you can lift in one exercise. For ...
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Weightlifting with only one set of weights

I've been looking to gain muscle/lift a little in order to be less weak. Unfortunately, I only own one pair of 10lb dumbbells which I use for dumbbell pressing. As a weak 6'0(182cm) 132 lb.(60kg) ...
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Effective three day split for size and aesthetics?

For the past year and a half I've been doing starting strength with some good results. I'm now getting married within year and want to transition to a program that focuses more on size and aesthetics ...
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Balancing barbell with turkish getup or alternative?

I only started this a few weeks ago, so who am I to talk: I'm currently doing a TGU with a 30kg dumbbell, which is the heavist dumbbell around. Hence, today I used a straight and quite short barbell ...
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Is it really important to restrict the workout to 45 minutes?

It is been said everywhere that any strength/muscle gain workout should be restricted to 45 minutes, due to hormone levels decay after that time. Many say that you are even supposed to cause loss of ...
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Running speed versus running power - is there a difference?

I have noticed that you can put more "force" in to each press off the ground when running, making it more of a power run, or a fast sprint, or the kind of running footballers do when they go to tackle ...
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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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Scientific base for the construction of the army and special forces physical training plans

Recently I took some interest in the military and various armed forces around the world. Ive read some books written by US Marines, SEAL and SAS members. I was very impressed by the training they ...
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Yoga and Strength training

I have been working out for the past 6 months and realised that I need to incorporate a change in my workout routine to avoid boredom creeping in. I started alternating between yoga and strength from ...
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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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How can power tracking tools such as MyoTest or Tendo Unit help my weight training?

I'm investigating tools that can be used to analyze weight training performance. Let's say I'm doing a squat. Besides my gut feeling, how can I know how well I'm lifting? How much force am I applying? ...
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What is the reason my pain and exhaustion are not improving? [closed]

I'm having a physical problem for about 4 years by now that's really making walking or just standing insufferable (even for a few seconds). I can't do any fitness and it really messes my physical ...
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does being able to lift more weight mean more strength?

so I thought this question is physics-related, so why not elaborate here. Muscular strength can be combined not just by muscle mass but density, neuromuscular conditioning, joints, leverage, etc. So ...
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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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How can I increase the weight I take when weight training?

What are you doing wrong if for months together you have been working out pretty regularly but haven't really felt an increase in strength. When I am weight training, I don't seem to be able to ...
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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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How do I get back into exercise after illness

I used to train a few times a week, just cardio like running or cycling, so I was in decent shape. I then tried to cycle to work when my car broke down (about 8 miles of lanes). About half way I got ...
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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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Method of exercising

What is the difference between the normal weight training motions (e.g. bench press lifting it up and down) and holding a weight at a certain point (e.g. holding a weight in the middle of a press for ...
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How to improve symmetry in both strength and size

I have noticed lately that I lack symmetry in my arms (biceps and triceps, not forearms). This lack of symmetry also follows through to the strength and endurance in the weaker arm. With my dominant ...
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Can I train for 'mass' on some parts of my body, and 'strength' for others?

Is it possible to perform strength training on certain muscle groups and training for mass gain on others? For example, I don't want big legs, but I of course want much stronger legs. Can I do ...
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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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Is it effective to do 2 sets for size and 2 sets for strength?

I've read a lot about size gains vs strength gains, where the difference is substantial and where size is certainly not linear to strength. Strength appears to come from low reps with very heavy ...
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What is the simplest way to measure strength?

Background Last August, I started a project to get back into shape after a decade of inactivity. I chose to tackle endurance and cardiovascular fitness first, and to that end followed the Couch to 5k ...
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How to increase my speed in Olympic distance triathlon?

I am training for Olympic distance triathlons or longer. My schedule is as follows: Mon: Rest Tue-Fri: Swim 8km or more Sat-Sun: Cycle 100km or Run 10km I don't have any particularly weak ...
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What is the optimal time to train in order to see gains in size and strength?

I am a 21 year old male, currently on my own program that can be found here. It is quite intense and I was wondering what the optimal time to train for strength would be? Please Note: I lift ...
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How does isometric strength relate to isotonic strength?

Background Isometric - holding a weight in the same position. Example: holding heavy bags of groceries. Isotonic - moving the weight through a range of motion. Example: bicep curls. Question How ...
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bodyweight leg exercises for strength/hypertrophy

I'm doing upper body bodyweight strength training (gymnastics stuff) for a while now, and would like to incorporate some leg exercises into my training. I'm looking for 1-2 good compound exercises ...
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Weights before or after cardio session?

I am a 21 year old male weighting 99kg. I already have my diet managed, but it is a more weight loss orientated diet currently (I understand about needing to eat more to gain muscle etc.) I am ...
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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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Finger/Hand strength exercises for spin bowling in cricket?

I am in the process of transitioning from being a medium pace summer cricket bowler to being a spin bowler in indoor cricket. In particular I'm playing around with some 'caroom ball' style variations. ...
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Exercise for shoulders strength with no special equipment

I'm traveling to a long period and neither able to attend a gym on a regular basis, nor to have equipment like dumbbells. I'm keen to do full-body workouts, but still can't find an exercise for ...
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Seated shoulder press vs standing press

What are the reasons for choosing a seated shoulder press instead of a standing press (barbell or dumbbell)?
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Gym without barbells. How do I get close to Starting Strength?

I'm in a gym without barbells. How can I get as close as possible to the benefits of Starting Strength without the barbell. I'm thinking this... Leg presses: 3x5 up to 3x8, and then increase the ...
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Getting stronger without gaining muscle

I want to eventually start competing in BJJ competitions in the lightweight division (<70kg) and I'm about 67kg (10%bf) at the moment. I'm going to continue weight training until I reach 70kg and ...
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Why are my traps not growing?

Workout plan: http://teenbodybuilding.com/hagy3.htm So I've been following the guide set forth at the url above. I've noticed very minor gains in size and I actually think the growth is just swelling ...
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Fitness/Strength Program for return to sport

Background on me: I am 28 years old. I weigh 205 pounds (92 kg) and I am 6 feet tall (1.82m). Not sure what my BMI or fat % is but I am quite muscular but with a bit of fat. More than I'd like on my ...
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How can I change my diet and exercise routine to look like Daniel Craig?

I started going to the gym around June/July, and so far not doing too badly. I'm 5'7" and currently weigh 12 and a half stone (175 lbs). Not too fat or not too skinny. Here is my current workout: ...
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Mid-Tension Hand Grip Good For beginners?

My personal trainer has suggested I work on my grip strength as he thinks that it is restricting me from reducing heavier(ie I have to lift lower weight as I do have trouble getting a good grip ...
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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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Somewhat confused about the midweek spike on the anabolic diet

I have been on LeanGains for the past 3 months, on what started as a cutting diet (but somehow ended up a recomp). So, now I have the following stats: 72 kg (from 76 kg) 162 cm 88 kg deadlift 80 kg ...
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To increase strength why wouldn't anaerobic reps be done as quickly as possible to fatigue the fast twitch muscle fibers?

There are lots of recommendations to do the reps slowly - like with 2 seconds + 2 seconds, also some machines have rep timers of 2 seconds + 4 seconds. But if you are targeting fast twitch muscle for ...
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Are multiple sets with decreasing weight and no rest between them a good idea?

I saw someone else doing this and I tried it and have liked the results. I start by doing a half dozen reps on the heaviest weight I can handle, then without resting more that the time it takes to ...