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

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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 these Workout Routines right for Body Building

The weightlifting-101 blog post on the stackexchange blog and posts on fitness.SE has helped me learn more about strength training and body building. My goal is body building (to bulk up) in short ...
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What exercises are good to build up to performing chin-ups?

I can't do a single decent chin-up, are there any easy alternatives that I could build up in quantity as a forerunner to being able to do chin-ups? Alternatively are there are any weights exercises ...
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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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What are some short 30-minute body-weight lift routines for travel.

I travel a good bit for my job. As a result, the weeks that I travel often involve a lack of physical activity since I am primarily a weight lifter when it comes to exercise and most hotel gyms have ...
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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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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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Do you need to “feel the burn” to become stronger?

If your goal is increasing strength, must you always train to the point where you feel the burn later?
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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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Smoking and its effects on muscle building

Does smoking effect the muscle building process? I understand it can effect your endurance.
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Are multiple lighter deadlifts better than single heavier maxes?

My max deadlift is 350 (still gaining), but I can deadlift 300 twice. Is it better to focus on my 2 lift max or my single lift max to build overall strength?
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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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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 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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How does muscle size relate to strength?

I've heard it often that the size of muscles, for example biceps, is not realted to how strong someone is. Is this true? See for example this image of Gu Yanli who won the strongest man championship ...
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How to get enough Protein as a vegetarian? [closed]

Is is possible to take on enough protein to build muscle whilst eating a vegetarian diet? Many sources of proteins such as meat, poultry and fish are obviously ruled out. Do you have experience of ...
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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 aren't stiff legged deadlifts bad for your back?

It seems to me they go against everything safe about lifting! Lifting with your lower back and not your legs. Image source Anyone have any thoughts on the safety and science behind them?
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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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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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How can I increase the number of push-ups I can do?

The number of push-ups I can do is dismal. I have tried over the years to increase the number and have received to pieces of advice. Start easy and try something like a raised bar or railing and ...
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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's the time threshold for a drop in performance when taking a break from training?

Whenever I go on vacation, the dilemma in my head is, should I try to work out there? Or just take a break from everything and resume when I get back. The worry is that a break would cause some ...
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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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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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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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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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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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How can I improve my vertical?

I have been playing basketball a lot lately and I'd like to improve my vertical. Currently it's not terribly bad, but I'm guessing below the average competitive basketball player (somewhere around ...
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What strength programs have been used by elite grapplers?

How do elite judo players, Brazilian jiu-jitsu fighters, and wrestlers develop their strength? I am interested in their conditioning as well--running and the like--but primarily in resistance work. I ...
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Neural Adaptation Training vs. Hypertrophy Training?

I see training broken up as neural adaptation and hypertrophy. One type of training allows your nervous system to fire at a maximum level while the latter allows you to build size and muscle. The ...
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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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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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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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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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Which muscles would I need to train for ambulance work?

TL;DR Version: Which muscle groups would I use when lifting an object from the floor with a straight back holding an object at chest height for an extended period of time whilst climbing stairs ...
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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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Total Gym To Get A Ripped Body

I' m busy with my work routine and I don't have time to go to a Gym. But I want to have a ripped body. So I m thinking to buy a Total Gym product. I have seen it have no effect like a real GYM. But I ...
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What determines recovery speed, progressiveness, and patternized approaches to falling within the compounds of a structured recovery program? [closed]

Aside from my poor genetics, high body fat, poor fitness, Social Anxiety, bad sleeping patterns, and poverty I can not determine the correct approach to measuring recovery between workouts. Albeit I ...
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Will calcium supplements affect my strength gain?

I've just started taking calcium supplements, 1 tablet each day with each tablet containing 650mg of calcium. This is to try and negate the effects soda can have on on making it hard for bones to ...