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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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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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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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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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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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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's the best way for an intermediate-level runner to improve?

For a mid-level runner (7m - 7m30s per mile over distance) with a couple of marathons under their belt, what's the best way to improve their running? Should they simply be doing more running or ...
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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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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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What are some good 5x5 programs I can follow?

I'm looking to start a 5x5 program because I've heard that there are great benefits for beginners just starting to get into weight lifting. What are some good programs, and how can I pick the one ...
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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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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 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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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 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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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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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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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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How To: Avoid damaging my knee when training for and running a marathon

I am shortly to begin training to run in my first marathon. Speaking with several other people regarding their similar experiences I am now quite concerned that I could end up doing some permanent ...
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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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Increase Anaerobic Energy Levels

I am trying to increase the amount of sprinting and cutting that I can do consecutively without getting burned out. I recently started a tough workout program/plan that has me doing jumps and lunges ...
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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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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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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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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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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, ...
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Advice on finding a training partner

I regularly workout on my own but on the occasions I workout with a training partner I find my motivation increases, my output increases and perhaps most importantly, my overall enjoyment increases. ...
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Importance of Rest Days

Why are rest days important? When the weather permits, I jog (or otherwise work-out) every day, but people often tell me I should not, because rest days are important. What is the rationale behind ...