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

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Would this work for a teen looking to get lean?

I’m a 17 year-old teen guy and I’ve been doing some research on trying to get “lean” or just generally getting fit. Currently I have a basic model based on a single plan, but I wanted some suggestions ...
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To what extent is strength/fitness genetically passed on?

I am not talking about muscle mass, but just strength. I know some people who never touch weights, do any exercise, have terrible diets, have poor sleeping habits, live in unsettling conditions, ...
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I can't perform a single pull-up

I can't perform a single pull-up, or even a chin-up. I can't lift myself to the bar, however when using a low bar (one that I can start from the top) I can perform 3-4 chin-ups but still no pull-ups. ...
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Will 5x5 build strength and size?

Will using the "5x5" formula will build size and strength at same time?
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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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Wendlers(5/3/1), how is each future mesocycles weight calculated?

At the end of each mesocycle, how does one calculate next cycles weights? Do I test my one rep max at the end of each cycle? It seems that you are meant to test your one rep max at the start of the ...
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Wendler's routine, should I adjust? (KG)

I am doing Wendler's routine, and am still in my first mesocycle. I hadn't progressed on other routines for six months, doing them properly, such as Stronglifts, mad cow, greyskull and a few others, ...
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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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What workout regimen is appropriate for the recently malnourished?

Background: For past 3 years my weight was 55-58kgs. 3 years ago, I was able to do 25+ pushups w/o break, 10 pull ups (from dead hang to chest over bar), 10 dips. For past three years I survived on ...
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Getting big with just push ups? [duplicate]

I have no gym access right now. How do you keep bulking up just using push ups?
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How come females with less testosterone can be stronger than males with more?

I have seen some pretty damn strong natural females who can lift more than me and lots of other males. The interesting part is that people are always associating testosterone with strength in some way ...
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What exercises can someone with Ligamentous laxity do for supple and strong muscles

I have been diagnosed with Ligamentous laxity. I have practiced numerous sports, but have hurt my joints repeatedly. I need exercises, preferably using my body weight. I also want to focus on ...
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Skinny body and strong power simultaneously? [closed]

How Bruce Lee or Ip Man could keep very skinny bodies, but they had very high physical power?
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how can i give a proper shape or growth to my body [duplicate]

Height6'1" weight 56kg age 18and 1/2 i am too skiny in relate of my age i want to gain weight and want to make muscles but don't know how can you please tell me the proper diet or nutrients to do that ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Theory and meaning of the Wilks score?

The Wilks score is used to compare powerlifting scores for lifters of different body weights. A coefficient 500 Coeff = -----------------------------------------, ...
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Muscles targeted by swimming? [closed]

I know it's cardio. But I still would like to know the muscles built by swimming. Which muscles are targeted by swimming?
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Squatting/Deadlifting - Form when adding weight

OK, so, the gym I go to has standard weight plates, from 5KG to 25KG going up in 5KG increments...the other day, I was front squatting, I wanted to go up a little, but realised I can't go up in 1KG ...
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What happens if I stop exercising?

Let's say after a year of strength training and cardios, I'm fit and well built. For some reason, I stop exercising at all and maintain a random diet that is consistent with my daily calory burn. ...
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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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What is the best combination of muscle groups to workout together? [closed]

I have not exercised properly in about a few years and I'm dying to get back into it. I've put together the following routine : Monday: Leg Day and Abs Tuesday: Chest Wednesday: Back and Abs ...
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Is it normal when starting squats to not have flexible enough ankles?

I've read a lot lately that if I want to build a lot of strength and start thinking seriously about putting on some size that I should use squats as a core workout. I'm only 65kg (143 pounds) and have ...
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Change my routine to use strength exercises that are also cardio exercises?

What are some exercises that use weights or focus on strength that will increase your heart rate somewhat in order to burn more calories while also building muscle mass? One thing I thought of is ...
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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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Mixing high intensity and high volume in a single session

It seems to be generally agreed upon that high intensity (i.e. heavy weights) for fewer reps, tends to make you stronger, while high volume (i.e. less weight) for more reps, tends to make you bigger ...
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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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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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How to measure strength increases for supersets?

I know how to calculate one rep max. I can calculate my one rep max and compare it to its previous values to find out if I have gained strength or not. I'd like to do the same thing for supersets. ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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By systematical training, can strength and muscle continue to grow despite the aging?

Let's say if one starts a good, systematical strength training programme at the age of 30. I would say he should be physically much stronger when he turns 40. What if he just continue this training ...
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How do I make my muscles harder/firmer? [duplicate]

I'm into bodyweight training and it's worked better for me than the gym. I follow the Convict Conditioning program and it's working well for me so far. I'm noticing progress every time I work out so ...
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Should one generally avoid machines in favor of free weights?

From what I have been told, machines are not recommended for strength training, because they isolate muscles and thereby exclude the smaller stabilizing muscles from developing together with the major ...
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How to recover from a long break, with proper nutrition?

22/M/55kg/176cms My last StrongLift 5*5 workout was on 28th Nov 2014, and I weighed 58.2 Kgs then. Since then I haven't worked out one bit and my diet is getting less by day (at least thats what I am ...
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Should I really lock my elbows and knees when lifting?

When bench pressing, at max extension, should I lock my elbows or keep them loose? What about my knees when squatting? UPDATE: Here are some links from the Mayo Clinic warning against locking joints ...
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unable to do squats

I am a college football player, I have been playing football since young age but I am not doing any kind of squat or strength exercises because whenever I do I become immobile for 15 min. So if you ...
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When does maximum muscle repair and growth take place after a strength workout?

Every strength routine includes rest days between workouts, so that the natural processes of tissue repair and muscle growth are allowed. I guess this process of repair and growth happens mostly ...
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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 ...