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Breakfast on Morning of Race

I'll be doing a triathlon next Sunday with the beginning of the race at 8:00 am. I'm going there as an amateur, but I've always been a competitive guy so I'll do my best to perform well. I've been ...
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What is the most important exercise one would do for Vertical Leap Improvements?

What fundamental exercises are done in order to develop a good vertical leap? Is there one exercise that is the base foundation in maximizing your overall vertical leap?
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Safe exercises after L5-S1 disc problem

I have been diagnosticated with an L5-S1 disc protrusion which is less than a herniation. Most of the disc herniations occurs at L5-S1 disc, so I think it is a common problem. It happens a few months ...
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Does BMI really matter?

I've been going to the gym around 3 - 5 times a week for 2 solid months now. I do a variety of weight training exercises and up to 20 minutes of running on a treadmill. I have a fairly balanced diet ...
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More fatigue, DOMS, and pain than improvement in exercise

I am sure this has been asked countless times before, but I seem unable to get a fulfilling workout. I focus mainly on strength training, so I do fast-twitch enabling exercises, heavier weights with ...
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Best home gym to replace going to the gym

I'm looking for the best home gym/equipment to replace going to an actual gym. I have a severely disabled child who needs a lot of care, thus interfering with my gym sessions. I would really like to ...
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Improve Sled Pull for Mountaineering

I am training to climb Mt. McKinley where I will be pulling uphill a 60lb sled with a 60lb pack on my back for 8-9 hours. I would like to know, other than actually pulling a sled, what exercises ...
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Should we train calves 3 times per week?

Once i heard, that a our calves have fast recovery time! And they are "hard" to grow, so some professionals defend the ideia of training it 3 times per week, what do you think? Someone have another ...
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Weight Loss after reaching a plateau

I am a 46 year old male (Height 170 cms and Weight 179.7 lbs) and I have just been diagnosed as Type 2 diabetic two months back and put on a mild oral medication by my doctor. I prefer exercising ...
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Best information to keep in a exercise journal and how to keep it

My main focus is on weight lifting - the big five: deadlift, squat, press, bench and row - I also add in accessory exercises and try (really I do) to get 1-2 cardio workouts in. My current approach ...
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passing out when holding breath

I train a lot every week and sometimes after a very intensive training, when I hold my breath, I start to become dizzy. I did that about 3 times in the past, and the last time I did it I completely ...
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What is an effective and safe way to train shoulders out of the gym?

I am a house call personal trainer. I go to my clients' homes and train them there. I bring along the equipment which consists of a foam roller, a mat, valslides and resistance bands. At first I ...
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Should I change my workout as I get closer to a 5k (or any other short-term goal) when I have a routine that's helping me meet my long-term goals?

I've been working out with the goal of weight loss for about a month and a half now (after falling apart due to circumstances beyond my control for a couple of months) and specifically my first 5k for ...
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Can you overtrain?

This goes along with a prior question, what over-training signs to look for. Is there such a thing as over-training? or is it that you injure yourself from lack of proper training and don't perform ...
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How to train general stamina (e.g. 12 minutes running)

There are activities where I consider my fitness above average: Long-term stamina (hiking or cycling for several hours) Going up a hill, or going up stairs I have friends (same sex, same age as ...
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Training for Pro-Soccer Tryouts

I'm in a 1-year long journey to hopefully prepare myself to try-out for a pro-soccer team. I was hoping to get some guidance from the community, as to training workouts that I can use to prepare. ...
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Lower lat/ribcage pain while Deadlifting

For the last year or so I've been taking the deadlift seriously. Every time I near my max, we'll say my 3-rep max, I feel a what can best be described as a pressure / pain on my lower rib cage. It ...
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Typical weekly training cycle of a football club

The problem I am trying to resolve is either dropping off my training too early in the week and feeling a bit stiff on the day we play or I over train and can't maintain speed/power/endurance because ...
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Are we more likely to develop rhabdomyolysis if we suffered from one before?

I was diagnosed with rhabdomyolysis once. (CK levels were around 10k) Now I am wondering: am I more likely to get another one? Or does one's history has nothing to do with it? I wasn't able to find ...
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How much press strength for human flag?

Shoulder strength seems to be the main factor for achieving a human flag. I was wondering if there is some number relative to the bodyweight that indicates when one's press strength is ready to try a ...
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Should I avoid bread, noodles and other starches the day before fitness activities?

When I used to run track my coach would tell us to eat a bunch of spaghetti the day before a big race because it would give us energy. Recently I ready a study that said whenever you eat complex ...
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How to win in an arm wrestling?

Is there any trick to win in an arm wrestling or any training or exercises we can practice to excel in it?
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Need proper pace training for a 1.5 mile run on a treadmill

What is the proper pace training for a 1.5 mile run on a treadmill? When I was training for the PAT for Correction Officer in the past, I remember there being a time/speed increase at small intervals. ...
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How do I know if I'm training too hard?

I'm an averagely built guy (183cm, 85kg, 20% body fat) that's looking to build a bit of muscle, lose some fat, and generally turn some heads if I ever go running topless down a beach, but I've got a ...
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how to train for sit and reach?

One of my physical fitness test is called sit and reach. What are the best methods to train for this "exercise"? Yes, I do agree that it requires flexibility. However, I heard of different methods ...
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Advice on protein supplements with Kick Boxing / Weight Lifting Training

What do you think about protein supplements? I train kick boxing and some weight lifting roughly 2 - 3 times a week. Would you suggest taking protein supplements? If so, what would you look for ...
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10 set of 10 reps not too much to bulk up

I've recently come accross this training, I've started it yesterday. But i'm not sure about the number of sets. I've alway think that 3 sets of 5 rep with a lot a weight was good to bulk up. Could ...
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How to train for leg explosive power?

One of my physical test requirements are standing broad jumps. What methods are there to train for standing broad jumps or leg explosive power in general? And which precautions do I have to take so ...
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I am unable to do a push-up, how can I improve?

I'm unable to do push ups. I have problems balancing my weight during the exercise. What am I doing wrong? Do I have to do specific warm-ups or is there anything else I can do to improve?
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Software for planning a Ultra Marathon for Windows?

I found a software called UltraRunner 3 for Mac, I wonder if exists something like, but for windows. I would like to know if exists a software that given a gps route then could generate a plan for ...
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Is it possible to learn to swimming without trainer, alone?

I learn to swim and I have a common swimming pool in my apartment. But we don't have any trainer and I can't afford personal trainer. I don't know swimming but want to learn. Can i learn without any ...
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marathon on 2 days a week [duplicate]

I run several marathons per year, and am transitioning to 50ks. Recently a friend of mine who is limited on time said that he had trained for his last marathon running only twice a week, each time a ...
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Can I train for a marathon with just two runs per week?

I am targeting a marathon in 6 months. I have limited time to train and have recently found it easier to drop the number of runs I do a week from 3 or 4 down to 2 - one long and one short/fast. The ...
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How should I train to increase my push-up maximum from 20 to two sets of 100?

I hope this question is not considered off topic because my honour is on the line here. A few ago, my friend called me a "lightweight" for not being able to do as many push-ups as him. So I challenged ...
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Are there any Android apps similar to RunKeeper, but for things other than running or cardio workouts?

RunKeeper is great for tracking running outside, with the GPS and coaching. More recently, I've started using the ability to track workouts on ellipticals and treadmills. However, I haven't found a ...
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What kind of training is the best, if you hava a competition the next day?

If you have some kind of sportive competition the next day, is it advisable to train? What intensity, and what kind of training is advisable? In my case it's a judo competition.
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Should I run before or after the workout

I've been going to some different gyms in the past few years and at every new place I would ask for a new training plan. One radical difference I observed was that some suggested me to run on the ...
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Maintenance of the Flexor Hallucis Longus muscle for Long-distance Running?

The Flexor Hallucis Longus muscle can be in an intense training during long-distance running, particularly if forefoot running. How do you maintain the Flexor Hallucis Longus muscle for ...
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Training plan for a sailor

My friend is a sailor and has a bit of a problem with designing a training plan for himself. While at home, he does various activities, he likes swimming and rock climbing, sometimes he plays squash. ...
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(Re)Learning how to swim

As a kid, I was an avid swimmer. I was nowhere near an expert, but I was in a pool, swimming laps, almost every day of the summer. My form was probably poor then, but nobody instructed me otherwise. ...
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Adverse effects of NSAIDs during training?

I know that NSAIDs can worsen the healing process of certain tissues in body such as bones. It is the irony of the history that they are now so popular (they do have side-effects). I think this is ...
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What could be a training for a just Saturdays and Sundays?

I don't have much time to do my trainings, I just do my long run on Sundays mornings, but I would like training on Saturdays too, but maybe the training of Saturday could affect my long run of ...
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What kind of training strategies are there and what is there purpose? [closed]

There are different ways of training: low intensity for a long duration intervall short and intense with resting days in between or without are things which I have seen being mentioned Can ...
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How can I achieve healthy tendons and balanced muscles, with no particular hurry to bulk up?

I want to be healthy, fit, strong, and flexible. I don't want an impressive Deadlift mark in a few months--and much less a herniated disk or tendonitis from training too hard and too fast. My ideal of ...
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How sports specific is cardio?

To what degree is cardio/endurance training sports specific? Are there any academic references detailing it? Background: I recently (a little over a month ago) starting training in BJJ. When I was ...
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How do you effectively train for running while in the water?

I am looking for alternatives to doing effective cardio running in the water. Big plus if there are ways to get all of the same muscles to fire, to scale workouts easily, to be able to have an ultra ...
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How to get the best cycling results / improvements in 30 days?

I have a bet with someone who can cycle just a little bit better than me. Our average is about 30 km/h for 75 km in a group. We always cycle together with some friends on Monday evenings (using Racing ...
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Why shouldn't you drink your protein shakes before or during a training session?

It seems to be common knowledge that you should consume your protein shake right after a training session for best effect. The sooner the better. I wonder why you shouldn't consume your shake right ...
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30 Day Ab Challenge

I don't have very much about fitness and what is efficient or not. Is this program constructed well enough to produce good results in your opinion? Thank you for your insight.
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Yoga and Strength training

I have been working out for the past 6 months and realised that I need to incorporate a change in my workout routine to avoid boredom creeping in. I started alternating between yoga and strength from ...