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

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Absolute Beginner in Weight Training

History: I am an absolute beginner to the world of fitness and nutrition. I'm a classical geek that spends most of the time in front of the computer writing code, fixing stuff. I've purchased a set ...
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Alternative push-up methods for sightly fat people

Let's say I'm a little too fat to be doing a real push up. Do you recommend me to push up with my knees supporting my body first and then progress further? OR Do you think it's better if I start ...
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To count or not to count?

I started training some months ago (mainly strength), but when I do sit-ups/ crunches I tend to forget counting repetitions and just continue until I can't do any more. What are the pros and cons of ...
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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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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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How is it possible to use a higher percentage of our theoretical strength?

I've read somewhere ( Why is muscle size not proportional to strength?) that under normal circumstances, even when we try our hardest, we can use only 20-30% of our strength. Under what circumstances ...
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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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How can I microload a dumbell?

One of the often proposed benefits of barbells over dumbbells is the ability to load a barbell in smaller increments. For example, dumbells often have 1-2kg minimum jumps, so for any two handed ...
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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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How do I train my calf muscles?

If the goal is functional performance in a power sport (speed, acceleration, vertical jump), how should one train calves, if at all? Here are the alternatives that I can think of: Don't train ...
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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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Increasing Carrying Capacity

I will likely be getting married in one year. I am not in shape by any means of the words, but I am not overweight (6' and 156 lbs). I want to be able to carry my (soon-to-be) wife, who is (best ...
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What's the specific benefit of static holds?

What are static holds good for? I don't doubt their usefulness. But what strength qualities are adressed by holding a position? I'm mostly thinkig about exercises like the plank, horse stance, etc.
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How do you know your overall strength/lifting level?

How do you determine when you move from beginner to intermediate to advanced levels in strength training? What are some indicators? I'm assuming it's not how much weight is lifted, since that ...
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How can I increase shoulder flexibiity for squats & snatches?

I have noticed flexbility is a big issue for me in squatting as well as snatching (I cannot snatch at all currently). For example, if I squat with no weight, I cannot complete a squat with my arms ...
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Do ring dips and ring push-ups overlap?

I'm getting a set of gymnastics rings soon, and will be modifying my current strength workouts to use them. I'm not at the stage where I should be doing ring dips yet, but from looking at ring ...
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Staying strong and fit in prison?

I am a 32 year old male serving several years in prison. I am hoping to stay in good physical condition there and the security guards enforce a daily routine of 200 push ups, 200 sit ups, and 500 ...
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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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How to do deadlifts with dumbbells?

I dont have access to a barbell, yet i still want to try and do deadlifts, so i was wondering if anybody knows how to explain to me the proper technique, or maybe even refer me to an article or video ...
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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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What exercises will help me open jars?

After failing to open a jar the other day it came to me that the strength required to do so is not built in most exercises and also that it is a common test of strength in daily life. Therefore I ...
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How long would the training plan from this answer take to get to the level wanted in the question?

Assuming an average woman... a.k.a NOT already strong or very much in-shape for their chosen sport... And following the following training plan: First, get strong with a simple beginner barbell ...
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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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Normative ratio between squat and lunge?

I squat and deadlift with a barbell regularly. I know how much I can lift with variants of those exercises on a given day. I'd like to use that knowledge to better understand how much I should expect ...
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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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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 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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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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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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Swimming routine for a person in very bad shape?

I've been trying to find an answer to this but I couldn't. If this is a duplicate please accept my apologies and please show me the original question. A bit of background: I'm a developer in quite ...
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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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Are squats necessary to reduce body weight?

My partner told me that squats are a basic exercise, that it helps to improve the lungs so you should do squats daily to lift huge weights. Is this true? Are squat exercises helpful to reduce our body ...
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How to take advantage of a cable machine when you've maxed it out?

There are a number of cable machines I've maxed out at the gym, such as: leg extension, triceps cable push down, lying machine squat, etc. Now I'm at the point where I'm doing 5 by 5 with very slow ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Going backwards in training, do I need a break?

I've been steadily progressing with the Starting Strength program for a couple of months now. But my last two trips to the gym have been a disaster. When I started the program I could only ...
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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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Bench pressing and deadlift on even days, squat and pull up on odd days. Is this all I need?

I recently read an article in Men's Journal: [A] guy who hasn’t trained in a long time, if ever, will get stronger faster on the simplest program of squats, dead lifts, and presses, three times a ...
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My back is weak, how to train carefully with a chin up bar?

I am a 30 years old Software Engineer and for 10 years I've been suffering from muscle contractures on my right and left trapezius: I've started doing the 7 minute HIT training, cycling and ...
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What are some good exercises for a beginner to do with an Excercise Ball

I'd like to build a daily or bi-daily strength and flexibility workout around a new exercise ball I have. What are some good exercises to start with?
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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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To what extent is someone who does “powerlifting” a “powerlifter”?

I do work out for strength, but I am not a professional powerlifter. Does that mean I have the right to, and expect a respectable position so forth, to be coining/coined as a powerlifter if I just do ...
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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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Dancing and the core

I do a lot of salsa dancing and like many other dances you need to have certain muscles subconsciously and almost perpetually tense so that the dancer isn't having to remember to 'flex' all the time ...
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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 ...
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Uneven butt cheeks

I'm 15 years old and started lifting about 5-6 months ago. I started to lift because I wanted a booty and muscular legs. I have always been skinny so I am set on gaining weight in muscle. My right ...
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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 ...