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

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How do I naturally boost my Testosterone levels?

Its a well documented fact that testosterone in essential for muscle development. So much so that some will want to go to the lengths of taking synthetic testosterone in order to aid their ...
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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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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 much can the 95th Percentile lift without overly exerting themselves? [closed]

In terms of product design how large a weight could people in the 95th Percentile (Men & Women) lift in KG, per hand, without overly exerting themselves? This is in regards to anthropometrics, and ...
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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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Recommendations for a weight program to support martial arts competition

Ok, going along the vein of a man who coaches himself has a fool for a client, I am looking for recommendations on a training cycle to support competing in martial arts forms and weapons competitions, ...
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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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Having a stronger right hand than left hand

I recently started training with a friend of mine, and on the days that we do push force exercises he keeps telling that he doesn't feel satisfied from the workout. Now this was very strange to me ...
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Exercises with a Torn Wrist Tendon [closed]

For the past month, I noticed that I developed about a 1/2 inch size lump on my left inner wrist. I suspected it was a cyst, but after seeing the hand surgeon I was told that I have a torn Flexor ...
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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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Increase number of reps

I've been going to gym for a few months now. I was told that doing low reps with heavy weights builds strength and I've followed this low rep heavy training religiously and seen my strength improve. ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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Body weight exercises for arm wrestling

I am wondering what body weight exercises might be best to improve arm wrestling skills. Of course not on a professional level, in this case I'd buy equipment, just for the pub level difficulty. My ...
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Should I do my deadlifts on leg day or on back day?

The way my workout is split is as follows: I do legs on Sundays which includes squats followed by deadlifts and then leg presses. On Mondays I do bi's and back. I do lat pulldowns, seated cable rows, ...
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Is maintaining really so bad?

In a process of one question begetting another, Meade Rubenstein made a comment about something I stated in my original question. It seems like an interesting enough question on its own, so here we ...
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Where do I start when finding/creating a fitness program for myself?

I'm a senior in college studying computer engineering, so I spend a lot of time sitting in class and/or in front of a computer. I want to commit to a fitness routine before my sedentary lifestyle ...
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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 ...
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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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grams of protein vs calorie intake

I am currently on the 5x5 program with the goal to get stronger. I understand that in order to achieve this goal one must consume a surplus of calories in order to actually gain the muscle. I am 5 ...
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Why is the weight not dropping off?

I set out to loose 40lbs this year. I cycle approximately 50 miles(10 miles Monday to friday) each week, and have been on a diet of less than 2000(~1700) calories each day for the most part of this ...
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Is there a biological reason for women to be weaker then men (in the same weight category)?

Are women weaker then men because of something biological, or cultural, or both? Men do have predispositions to be higher and heavier, but lets compare equal weight categories (a 70kg man against a ...
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Why is muscle size not proportional to strength?

This guy claims that Olympic powerlifters working in the 1-6 rep range can increase strength without increasing muscle size. http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/topicoftheweek8.htm Trained Olympic ...
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What is the best time of the day for High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)?

I have heard a lot about benefits of HIIT; however, nobody seems to address when is the best time for such activities. I got this question when watching "The secret life of your body clock" (BBC ...
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What's the ideal way to maintain my deadlift with minimal recovery demands?

Briefly My deadlift is great and my squat sucks. I want to continue squatting 3x5 more and more weight while I keep my deadlift where it is. What's the best way to maintain my deadlift strength with ...
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What lifting is best for discus training?

After learning about the difference between bodybuilder training versus powerlifter training, I want to know about how to strength train for the discus throw. Is high weight and low reps best for me ...
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I missed a Starting Strength workout and squats are getting intense - should I change my schedule?

As recommended by SS (Starting Strength) I am running workouts A and B, alternating every other day. However, with only a two day break in between squats I feel like I haven't fully recovered most of ...
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Am I gaining anything more by doing accessory work with Starting Strength or is it potentially not contributing anything?

I'm a new lifter about two months into Starting Strength. Recently I bought myself a dip tower so I could add some chin-up/pull-up accessory work. My gym buddy mentioned that potentially I may be ...
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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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What changes between the 5 rep range and the 10 rep range?

Through observation and empirical evidence, a lot of strength trainers and bodybuilders have found that 5-6 reps is ideal for building strength, while 10-12 reps is ideal for building size. I've ...
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Resuming workouts after 2 months. Any beginner workout suggestions?

I had to take a break from working out for 2 months. When resuming after a long break, are there any good alternative workout plans that you follow to gain back some of the lost strength and stamina ...
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Should I use weights training for endurance or for strength to deal with aching back?

I'm a programmer and I spend a lot of time sitting in front of a computer typing, and this seems to be too much strain for my back and upper hand muscles. All the orthopedists I talked to said these ...
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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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Best strength exercises for arm wrestling

Arm Wrestling consists of both technique and strength. An arm wrestler must of course master all of the techniques, and be strong in all the muscles involved in all of the techniques. I want to ...
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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 ...