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

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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 ...
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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 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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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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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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Do isometric exercises decrease flexibility?

When weight training I've been told that to avoid muscle inflexibility to always perform lifts through the full range of motion of the joint. Does this extend to isometric exercises, where there is ...
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When to start working front muscles for a person with kyphosis?

I heard that if one has kyphosis, it is harmful to work front muscles (abs, pecs) since they will worsen the problem. So given a person has started doing correct exercises to correct his back, when is ...
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Correct form of cuban rotation with a single dumbbell

What is the correct way to perform cuban rotation with a single dumbbell? I am experimenting with cuban rotation as an assistance exercise for olympic lifting and gymnastic arm balances. My current ...
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How can I ensure I am working the muscles in each leg equally?

I have a problem with my knee where it hurts a lot when my leg takes weight (for example, I can do one-legged squats with one leg but not with the other because my knee hurts too much). This knee ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How do you know what intensity you should go with?

I've started working out several month ago at home. I'm building my own training routines and using mostly Super-sets. (as for the equipment I use dumbbells, exercise bands and body weight). Mostly I ...
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What resources are recommended to learn more about cuing specifically?

As strength coaches, we can sometimes fall victim to using terms that are too technical for the client to understand. I'd like to know if a compendium exists that revolves around external cuing, ...
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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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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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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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Upper and lower body proportion, gaining muscle losing fat

Let me start by saying that I am a Systems Engineer and have been working professionally for the past 10 years, in a very demanding and stress oriented environment. This has not allowed me to care ...
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What is meant by 'frequency', ' volume', and 'intensity'?

It seems like 'frequency', 'volume', and 'intensity' correspond to lifting sessions per week or sets per session or reps per set or total reps or weight per rep but I'm not sure which term goes ...
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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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Consequences of taking a break from training

I'm taking a forced break (about 2-3 weeks) from weightlifting after several months of training. How much are my strength and volume going to drop and at what pace should I start training after coming ...
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Does muscle strength (rather than muscle mass) also depend on food consumption?

I know it's conventional wisdom that muscle mass is dependent on food intake. If you don't eat big, you won't have big mass gains. I'm wondering, however, if the same is true for strength. For ...
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What other changes should I make to my weightraining plan and diet to continue losing belly fat?

I was once over 181 pounds and for my body type I was tipping on the scale of very fat to obese. I started to do lots of cardo and watched what I ate(but never dieted as I knew if I diet I won't be ...
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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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Four day training for strength

Could someone suggest me a strength training that I could do for four days a week? I am 26 years old, I weight 77kg and have 176cm. I can do about 50 - 60 pushups in a row and I have done 5 weeks of ...
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Daily routine to lose weight, but I'm actually increasing weight. How do I fix it?

I am a relatively fit guy (180 cm, and normally 81 kg athletic) and a few weeks ago I started a daily routine to lose fat and gain some core muscle. I train martial arts so the goal is to get faster ...
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What are the target muscles of kettlebell swings

I have got access to a pair of kettlebells (12 & 16 kg). Can anyone please let me know what are the target muscles while swinging? I hope they workout the gluteus and the hamstring.
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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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Learning form without weights

One thing I like a lot about the Starting Strength program is its focus on squats. Why? Because I could practice and practice them, getting my form right, without weights. Now that I can squat well, ...
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Push Ups vs Machines

Why can't I do push ups (lol) but I can perfectly do 13 kilos 4series 30 reps, in a tricep or bicep workout? Plus it's a compound movement meaning I'm not enfoquing everything on just one muscle? If ...
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How do male gymnasts train in order to get muscular?

Having learnt a bit about weightlifting programs using barbells and other stuff, now I wonder how male gymnasts train in order to become muscular and strong. Do they use weights in the same way as ...
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What is the proper use of the abdominal muscle to reduce injury?

When performing different body strengthening exercises, I am at a loss on how to properly use my core abdominal muscles to complement the muscles that I am actively engaging. I know that one can ...
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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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Is wearing weight adders on arms beneficial?

I am doing weight-lifting 3 times a week, 2-3 hours for each workout. Now I got a gift of arm weight adders (basically, a sand bag wrapped around forearm, each bag weights 1kg). I'm considering ...
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Should you really work on your legs the most?

Since your legs are the biggest muscle group on your body, should they be worked more than the rest of the body? And should the chest and shoulders be the most worked on upper body becuase they are ...
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How to exercise for kyphosis?

I have a slight kyphosis and I have seen this, this and other videos as beneficial exercises. My questions are: What should be the weekly workout plan for these exercises? Should it be once a day, ...
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How much muscle do I need for optimal strength to weight ratio?

Ever since I started getting into powerlifting at age 16, I've been weighing 100kg+ at 192cm. Lately I've burned a ton of fat by playing badminton and my bodyweight is now around 90kg with 7%bf. ...
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Strengthening for performing Head Stand

I wish to perform head stands, however I need to make myself fit. On a daily basis I have been doing Downward Dog, with both feet touching floor, 20 seconds Tree Pose, each side 20 seconds What ...
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Wendler 5-3-1 without squats

I currently only have a bench, a barbell and a heap of weights, no squat rack. I want to work on Wendler 5-3-1 (without boring but big) in the standard fashion with one change. No squats(due to the ...
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Intelligently/Optimally Designed Exercise Routines (Sources and Information)

I'm looking for sources where I can get information on design of exercise routines, specifically information that has good scientific backing. My ultimate goal is to design an exercise routine that ...
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What is a low-impact exercise routine that slowly progresses towards more normal exercises?

I'm out of shape. I'm the kind of person who usually spends almost 10 to 16h a day in front of the computer nowadays but in the past I at least experienced or practiced about 10 different martial arts ...
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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 ...