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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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Types of endurance and ways of training them

Ive read that there are several types of endurance. One of them is the so called strength endurance, defined as the body's ability for repetitive action on a moderate to high intensity level ...
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How much exercise is “just enough”?

I'm in my early 40s, BMI=27, and my primary goal in exercising is to be healthy: to live as long and as ably/comfortably as I can. My secondary goals are to maintain a reasonably good weight ...
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I have 10 weeks to go from running 12 miles once every few weeks to running a 24 mile race/run. Can anyone advise me on a training plan?

I run approximately 10 - 12 miles every few weekends and then the odd 5 mile run in between. I have misjudged time and agreed to run a 24 mile run in just over 10 weeks. Can anyone advise me on a ...
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Precautions for difficulty faced on first day of gym

This was quite bad day today in the gym and that too my first day. I vomited after doing just 20 sit ups in the final session of the day. I'm newbie in fitness and don't know too much terms and i ...
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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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Taking body muscle to next level

I started lifting around November 2014. I was 84Kgs and I had 30% body fat with waist line of 37 inches. I have reduced my weight to 74Kgs, body fat to 20.2% and waist to 32.6 inches. I can see ...
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Once I have activated a muscle, can I stop exercising it or will it forget to fire again?

After receiving help with this question I began working out my weak gluteus medius. Very rapidly I became able to do the exercises without pain or losing balance, and no longer feel pain while walking ...
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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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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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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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How can power tracking tools such as MyoTest or Tendo Unit help my weight training?

I'm investigating tools that can be used to analyze weight training performance. Let's say I'm doing a squat. Besides my gut feeling, how can I know how well I'm lifting? How much force am I applying? ...
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What assessments would you recommend prior to working out?

What assessments would you recommend taking prior to you (or someone you workout with) takes prior to working out? NASM recommends a PAR-Q, performing an overhead squat, push up and step tests...what ...
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Why is it hard to slow down or speed up in the second half of a long run?

I want to know what is the phenomenon, or if it exists, that makes you stay at the same pace after about 2 hours of running. Changing speeds whether its to slow down or speed up feels slightly painful ...
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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 choose between single set or double set?

I am doing a single set in my gym that is only bicep a single day,tricep other day like this. My Weekly routine: Monday:bicep tuesday Tricep Wednesday Chest thurday Back Friday shoulder Saturday ...
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Difficulty to eat healthy food and weight loss

First of all a couple of background lines to my question, so you can better understand what I am talking about. I am a 31 y.o. man, working pretty much all day at my desk, with little-to-no-time at ...
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Would I benefit from protein shakes?

My wife and I plan on doing some weight training and want to know if we should drink protein shakes? My plan is to eat dinner around 6pm and around 7:30pm start riding elliptical and after the ...
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Is it better to reschedule workout than skip it?

I go to gym 3 days a week on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday (chest, shoulders, biceps/back, triceps/legs). This Friday, however, I'm going to leave the city till the next Tuesday. Is it better to ...
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Max reps, boredom and carpet-burn

Is there any consensus on the maximum number of reps you should perform, before rotating? Curious as I find I get bored, or start to get say carpet burn (sit-ups), if the number exceeds a hundred. ...
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Joint strength progress

Normally my workouts are HIIT style, so there are not many reps. So far I am quite satisfied with my progress, but after some minor injury on my knee in am wondering if lowering weight and increasing ...
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Training plan for a sailor at sea

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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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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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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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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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 without using wrist

I broke my wrist when I was a kid. I do body building but my wrist gets painful from time to time. I am looking for alternative workout plans without using my wrist, so I could give my wrist a rest ...
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Is this normal?

Just to introduce myself and add some detail to my question, I am a 13 year old boy. I play rugby, rugby league, soccer and mountain bike usually twice a week. that adds up to 4 days a week of rugby, ...
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Should I go run slowly or not at all

I am a 19 year old male and recently restarted doing running after around one year. I am very thin and would like to become bigger and fatter. Ocassionally (actually quite often), I feel tired and ...
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Is a mainly cardio based schedule any good?

Currently I run every morning before work and follow that run up with some Chin-ups, Muscle-ups and Push-ups. I'm not trying to build muscle with these exercises but I just want to make sure I don't ...
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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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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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What exercise develops internal fortitude? [closed]

What exercise builds your internal fortitude the best? the ability to mentally prepare you for life, exercise, encounters, etc.? Is it weight lifting that gives you the physical strength and ...
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How should I train for multiple running races simultaneously?

This year, I'm planning on running a 5k, a 10k, and a half marathon in 2015. The dates of the races other than the 5k haven't been announced yet. However, based on last year's dates, there will be ...
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How far to run at the beginning?

I would like to start running because someone told me that I can minimize my belly by running. I am not very trained so I am asking how far I should start running in the beginning. Thanks for ...
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How to train for marathon if I haven't been running, but walking a lot?

I have very little experience with running, actually last X year I was running only to catch a bus. But I walk a lot, I make 40 km without a problem. However, when I've tried to run, I've finished ...
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Training to walk up to my 5th floor office without panting

I work on the 5th floor of a 7 story building, and prefer the stairs over the elevator. I'm in moderately good shape, walking 1.5 miles each way to/from work every day, and usually working in a 1-3 ...
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Training load on a diet (am I doing too much?)

I'm 6"1 (187cm) at 194 pounds (88kg) targeting 187 pounds (85kg) and currently eating between 1800 kcal and 2200 kcal daily, with 50 % protein and fat & carbs more or less balanced. I've been ...
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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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Is it necessary to stretch legs after jogging if I walk before and after?

so I'm asking this because I'm out jogging every other day on a hill near my house, but to get to the hill I walk about 30 minutes and I try to walk fast (to go home I walk another 30 minutes), so I ...
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What is my target training heart-rate?

What is my target training heart-rate? I'm 32 M 184 lbs. My Resting HR is 76. My Maximum HR is 156.
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Which muscles you need to train additionally for climbing to avoid unbalances? [duplicate]

Climbing strongly trains your upper back, your forearms, biceps, legs and upper back. (http://healthyliving.azcentral.com/muscles-worked-during-rock-climbing-3416.html) However, if you don't pay any ...
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Improve running style

Recently I started running (never ran before for longer than 1 or 2 kilometers, or maybe just few times). After 2 weeks of 3x5 Km plus last time 8 km my right knee started hurting so I stopped. The ...
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Nutrition before sleeping during intensive training program

Assume you practice 4 times per week in gym regularly and running once (30 minutes) per week. Each training gym session is from 45 minutes to 1h 30 minutes. I am in the mass building phase. I often ...
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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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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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How early should I eat before Hockey training

I have just started playing hockey, and it is in the evening. So it is after work (about 02:30 hours). I usually get cramps when doing training, so: How long before training should you eat? What is ...
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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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Why do my arms go to sleep at night after strenuous workout?

I have this problem always especially after forearm training. Depending on how intense the training was my arms go to sleep 1-5 times per night. After a few days without training it doesn't happen ...
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How often should I go bouldering (including a little core strength training)

I recently picked up bouldering contrasting my distance running training quite nicely. From my run training I learned that training about every other day seems to give really good results, but how ...