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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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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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Am I missing exercises for a balanced total body workout in a 3 day split?

I'm working on a 3-day split routine, about 5(+1 support) exercises per day. It's the first time I'm putting something together for myself, so I was hoping you'd be able to put in some comments. I ...
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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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Guidelines on whey protein, glutamine, creatine, amino acid supplements

I am 27 and I have been underweight for many years. Recently, I began to have consistent training sessions in a nearby gym. My personal trainer advise me to buy several supplements. They include whey ...
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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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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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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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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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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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real time visualization of heart rate data on a graph [closed]

I want an app that will visualize my heart rate on a graph real-time while I do exercise. The heart rate information will be coming from a smart bluetooth (4.0) sensor. Preferably, the software ...
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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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Body's adaptations to training in hot conditions? [closed]

Roger Federer, a professional tennis player, spends time in his off-season training in the dessert of Dubai, where temperatures can be extremely high. What physiological adaptations does the body ...
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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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Is 1 year a reasonable amount of time training for a challenging obstacle race?

Some background info: I am 28 years old, about 177 cm tall and my weight fluctuates between 92-96 kg. Despite the unfavorable height/weight ratio, I am pretty heavy built, with wide shoulders and a ...
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Beginner in physical fitness, need tips and advices

I am 18 years old, 174 cm tall, 60 kg weight male. I am very skinny, and haven't trained for ages. Last few years I've been living very unhealthy way of life - spending way too much time in front of ...
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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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Ensuring muscle isolation when training alone

I've found that trainers or other experienced body builders are great to work out with because they can help with form and method. One of the biggest issues I have is muscle isolation, meaning that ...
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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 ...