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Is this program good to achieve functional strength and fitness?

That's my plan - every week, at least two of the following: gym, one round of upper body pushing and pulling, leg workout in the 6 reps/3 sets range (edited to add: all isolation movements) + core ...
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Increased irritability with ultra-low body fat?

Yesterday, reading in my newspaper I discovered an interview with a professional boxer (at the end of his career). He said preparing for an upcoming fight has been really hard... getting body weight ...
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Training on the border of overtraining

Whenever I feel I have overtrain I rest, say for 3-5 days, and when I start training again I regress in perfermonance, and have to start builduing up again. It is as if I have been stuck in the same ...
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Does exercising at different times affect the amount of calories needed per day?

Just wondering if the time of the day when you exercise affects how many calories you should consume for the day? So I am essentially wondering is, if I change my training time, does it change how ...
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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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Use lighter or heavier weight in higher or lower reps for building muscle size?

When training to build up muscle size, should I use lighter weight in higher reps and sets or use heavier weight in lower reps and sets?
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Is there a connection between general fitness/workout gain and body hair?

It might be a silly question but something that have been bugging me for many years now. Pretty much all male athletes (regardless of their discipline) look pretty much like newborn babies with the ...
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Getting back in shape: beating the odds against sedentary work-routines and team sports mentality

I am soon turning 27 and am in bitter realization that the years are working against me, physically speaking. I have a very compact body, at 177 cm.s I weigh around 94 kg.s even though I do not have a ...
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Tips for breaking the 18 minute barrier for 5km - I'm stuck!

I'm struggling to break the 18 minute - 5km barrier. The weekly Tuesday race I enter finishes in a few weeks for the season, and I really want to crack it this season. My training runs are all ...
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How to maintain muscle during breaks from training?

I m 25 years old and have been going to the gym for the past 3 years. Recently, I took 10 days off due to illness and noticed that I lost muscle. This happens whenever I take a break from the gym. ...
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I need an advice about a training

I'm new here. I'm 67kg and I'm fine with my body, it's pretty normal, but I don't like 2 things. The problem is that I have a hard belly and my bum looks big from a side. What should I eat or do? Any ...
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Is it possible to gain weight while training for marathon

I'm training 4 days a week to gain weight; some mass. But i'm also running 3 days a week to prepare for a marathon. Will I be able to gain some weight while running. I eat a lot of calories, carbs ...
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Recommended repetition speed on weight lifting

I am interested to know what is the recommended speed for each repetition on weight lifting. I have noticed that doing 4 seconds (2-up 2-down) makes my muscles very big but the amount of weight I can ...
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What is changing in my body as I become more fit (i.e., raising my HR @ VT)

I'm getting into a better routine of training regularly and I know I'm getting more fit. I can go for longer at the same rate of exertion that used to blow me out after a couple of minutes. I haven't ...
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Failure to do 16 pushups

I'm sporting moderately for about half of a year, dropped lots of weight and got some muscle. The only problem there is, is with pushup repetitions. Previous summer I was doing 10-15 normal pushup ...
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What to expect for fitness and strength losses given x amount of days of rest?

After training off and on (mostly on) for about a year, I recently took a break from the gym and didn't exercise at all aside from gentle walking for close to 3 weeks. When I returned, it seems I ...
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Training exercises to increase speed and strength

I'm a handball trainer and coach for a couple of teams in our club. All the teams have two training's, each a hour long at minimum. I am looking for simple exercise which can be done without using ...
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Training the legs and Muscle growth

I've heard a lot of people saying that you can help muscle growth of all your body by training your leg. First of all why ? I know it's because the leg muscle are the biggest muscle in the body but ...
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How to build muscles and lose fat quickly within weeks?

Some people like models or actors have to look their best for certain occasions like a shooting. They have special training programs and diets that allow them to improve their looks within several ...
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Multi stage fitness test indoors training?

In a few months, I will need to score as high as I can on a Multi-stage fitness test, or "beep test". I'm a 20 year old male weighting 165 pounds and measuring 6 feet 3 inches. I've never really been ...
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Advice needed in training for heavy mountain biking weekend

Hi I have a heavy moutain biking weekend coming up at the end of January. I have not been on the bike reguarly for the past 3 months and so my fitness has suffered. I wondered what best I could do ...
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How can I best modify starting strength to fit with a team practice schedule and cardiovascular conditioning?

I have two goals: improve speed and vertical, and improve at my sport (ultimate). It seems from my relatively untrained state, the biggest gains in speed and vertical will come from strength ...
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Intensive training after 8 years

Long time ago I used to run in the mornings, workout in the gym 2 days a week, and some martial arts. I was not a gym freak at all but I had some nice definition. Now 8 years later (and 30 years ...
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What is the optimal training time for a combined weight training and cardio workout?

What is the optimal training time for a combined weight training cardio workout and what is the optimal order it should be done in first weight or cardio?
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How to train for triathlons during business travel

I'm a quite avid triathlete. I do work with a coach and typically peak my training weeks at around 16 hours. At one time, not too long ago, I was a traveling consultant. At times I would be on the ...
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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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Blood test and running training

This evening I did a low intensity run (10km - 46'), a very easy workout based on my standard. Tomorrow morning (about 12-13h after the run) I should do the blood test.. There is the possibilities ...
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How should I change my diet when switching between exercises?

I have been a runner/cyclist for the past six years. To help fuel my body I've been maintaining a high protein, high carb diet, gotten almost entirely from fruits, vegetables, and seafood. Due to ...
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What is a good training program for a Quidditch Snitch?

For those of you who aren't Harry Potter fans, Quidditch is a wizard sport played on broomstick that has been modified for us non-flying people and is now pretty popular (Quidditch World Cup is coming ...
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How long should I be able to stay in HR zone 5?

I'm a very fit triathlete one month away from my first Ironman. I'm strictly following Don Fink's training plan, which includes "interval training" in HR zone 5, or 90%+ max HR. (Fink actually calls ...
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How can I reduce trembling during training?

There are some exercises in my training routine that I cannot perform without my whole upper body trembling like crazy. Pushing dumbbells to train breast or shoulder muscles is one example. I use ...
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Weight vs resistance

I've always heard hardcore lifters saying that resistance is not the same as weight. Bascially that 100lb of resistance is not equal to 100lbs of weight. Imagine a bowflex vs a cable machine. I'd ...
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Should you perform conditioning training until you cannot go on any longer?

I hear from time to time that people consider it valuable to perform conditioning training until you cannot go on any longer. Some people I have talked to are proud that they have trained until they ...
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What is the official personal trainer certification and how to get a certification? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Which personal trainer certifications are most respected? Could anyone please me some information? Thanks
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Working out 5 days a week when following strengthening routines

I am currently following the strengthening routine suggested by @DaveLiepmann 3 days a week. Extracts from this thread - Are these Workout Routines right for Body Building 2.In each workout you ...
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10 days to a 5K run

I am in decent physical condition, but I have not been running for 2-3 months. I have signed up for a 5K in ten days. What training can I do in this short time for the best performance in the 5K? How ...
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How is it possible to use a higher percentage of our theoretical strength?

I've read somewhere ( Why is muscle size not proportional to strength?) that under normal circumstances, even when we try our hardest, we can use only 20-30% of our strength. Under what circumstances ...
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What are normal pace ratios for different activities?

I normally try to run at around an 8 minute mile. Today I kayaked for about 2.2 miles and it took 40 minutes, so I thought of this question. How difficult would it be to look at training records and ...
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What kind of training accessories must one have to protect themselves at gym?

I am looking at some must haves that every guy must have on him to protect his wrist, knees, etc any other that may be useful for stretching. I need some guidance as I go to the gym regularly and do ...
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Why is it important to recuperate between workouts?

After intensive workouts muscle soreness is a common phenomenon. I heard, that it is important to recuperate before working out again. However, I had the following experience: During a two week bike ...
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Day off from training…how to mentally relax

I work out 5-6 times a week and the days I take off seem more stressful - basically thinking I should work out. I realize rest days are important, but how do you recommend dealing with the assoc. ...
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How to train for carrying heavy stuff?

In two weeks I'm going to carry old furniture from my parents home to the sidewalk in front of the house. How do I prepare for this event best? By training strength, endurance, cardio, HIIT, ...? I ...
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Cross court speed

What is a good exercise/training method to improve cross court speed? Specifically in mind is netball, but could be applied to other court sports. With that said, in particular I'm looking at ...
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Cycling as rest-day cross training for running: good idea?

I'm training for the Ragnar Relay Wasatch Back race next month, and I think I need to bump my efforts a little. I don't want to overtrain running, since I've got some lingering trochanteric bursitis ...
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Do people who lift weights twice per week need less protein than people who lift three times per week?

Several exercise programs I've seen suggest lifting weights 3 times per week, but also say that progress can me made by only lifting twice per week (although it will be slower). These sorts of ...
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Increasing pace vs. increasing distance

I recently started running again after a several-year hiatus. Most of my running so far has been on a treadmill indoors, because the weather has been bad, so I have relatively solid data for my ...
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Consequences of splitting up training runs?

If a training program tells you to run say 5 miles one day, what are the consequences of splitting up that run? Is there some gray area where you can reap the same/most benefits (say splitting run to ...
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How do I workout my heart rate zones for training?

Is there a relatively easy way to get better values for my heart rate zones if I already have a heart rate monitor? A couple workouts I've done have my heart rate in the "hard" zone for 90-95% of the ...
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should a white-muscle-fiber guy do the same type of workout as a red-fibre-muscle guy?

To reach a certain training goal, e.g "get more 'speed strength' ", "get more muscle mass": Should a white-muscle-fiber guy do the same workout, or a different workout than a red-muscle-fiber guy to ...
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Strength Training, Muscle Mass, and Weight Loss

I heard on a podcast that pounds of fat burn calories at a different rate than pounds of muscle. The thinking is that a pound of fat, sitting idly over the course of the day, requires X calories, ...