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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 ...
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Should cyclists use weight training to strengthen underutilized muscles?

I've read (and it seems intuitive) that cycling exercises some muscles more than others. Other than the obvious lack of an upper-body workout from cycling, are there specific muscles that tend to be ...
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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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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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Making a training plan for medieval swordsmen / reenactment

Some of my friends are into history reenactment and historical fencing. Doing this is quite demanding in terms of fitness, so I wanted to help them develop a training plan to follow. What would be ...
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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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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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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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What exercises produce longer, higher running jumps?

I want a higher and longer jump. What exercises should I use to jump further and higher? I'm specifically talking about jumping from a running start. I am only interested in bodyweight exercises for ...
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How to train for Parkour as middle aged beginner

I got interested in Parkour and like to start to train for it. I used to do weight lifting and running short distances, but it's more than ten years now and I'm out of shape. So getting in shape again ...
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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 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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Does losing weight impede endurance training (Specifically cycling but also in general)?

This is somewhat related to the losing weight/gaining muscle question found here, but I would like to find out if there are any studies or knowledge of weight loss impeding the physiological ...
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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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How long before a judo tournament should I switch from strength to conditioning?

I've got a judo tournament in early May for which I want to be strong, quick in my reaction time and strength output, and in condition. Since it's still pretty far in the future, I'm working on ...
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Fitness routine for chainsaw use and tree surgery

I'm about the average weight for my age (17), I'm fairly active, I enjoy walking and cycling but I don't particularly exercise at home or at a gym. I've started a college course studying ...
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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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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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Is increasing lung capacity a misnomer?

I have been under the impression that one cannot increase their total lung capacity, it's like the ratio of fast twitch to slow twitch fibers in your muscles, i.e. it is what you were born with. ...
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How to prepare for exercise at high altitude?

I am doing the Tough Mudder here in Northern California and the event takes place at a ski resort at an altitude of 6000' to 8000'. I have been training at about 3000' elevation and I'm wondering if ...
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Is this an effective military PRT training plan?

The military PRT, Physical Readiness Test, requires one to do a minimum number of pushups and situps followed by a 1.5 mile run. I'm a good runner, so the main concern is my weak upperbody. A month ...
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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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What is the best time of the day for High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)?

I have heard a lot about benefits of HIIT; however, nobody seems to address when is the best time for such activities. I got this question when watching "The secret life of your body clock" (BBC ...
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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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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 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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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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How to organise a second weekly run session?

I've been asked about organising a run session for my Triathlon club. The club already has a well established run session on a Tuesday night, and would like hold another on Thursday (the one relating ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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(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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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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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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Effects of altitude on athletic performance

It is well known that the performance of athletes who suddenly move to a location at a higher altitude than they are used to will suffer; when sports events such as the Olympics are held in a high ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Training for Half/Full Marathon on Treadmill

I am going to be starting to train for either a half or full marathon. The problem I have is I live in the desert, it's hot...all the time, even in the early mornings it is in the mid-upper 80s to ...
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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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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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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 ...