Methods of organizing one's training.

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Arnie's pull-up strategy

Here's something Arnold Schwarzenegger wrote about how to increase the number of pull-ups you can do in one set: Let’s say that before you start training back one day you tell yourself you’re ...
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How Should I Tackle My Routine?

I am a 14 year old female, a little over 5'4 (162 cm), and weigh about 175 lbs (79 kg). Recently, I realized that I needed to get in shape and be healthy. I've got a lot of physical problems to ...
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What book(s) cover supplemental strength and conditioning for an amateur sportsman?

I've read Starting Strength, Practical Programming, various Dan John and Pavel Tsatsouline titles, and Tom Kurz' Science of Sports Training. With the exception of that last title, all the strength and ...
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Long overtraining - What is the solution and how much time is needed to recover?

A week ago, followed by 4-5 months of high intensive training I decided to take a break from the gym. I felt very disappointed and discouraged as I was training very hard and there were no gains, ...
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Is it benificial to take off rest days between bodyweight workouts?

My regular workout consists of about 3/4 sets of 90 pushups and furthermore some situps. I am 19 years old. Would it be bad to do this workout (almost) every day of the week? And would doing it as ...
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30% Body fat, what habits should I adopt?

I'm a 22 year old female. My body fat is 31%. I hadn't exercised in really long because I started last week because the flab I've gained on my stomach, thighs and sides of the stomach has become ...
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How can I get in shape in one month?

My best friend is getting married next month and I'm in the wedding. It turns out they invited my ex whom I haven't seen in a year. I would like to get into shape quickly. However I work long days in ...
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Are squats necessary to reduce body weight?

My partner told me that squats are a basic exercise, that it helps to improve the lungs so you should do squats daily to lift huge weights. Is this true? Are squat exercises helpful to reduce our body ...
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Self Training vs Personal Training at the gym

I have been working out for the past 5 months and gains have been moderate (I am an ectomorph, very skinny), have gained around 5 Kg following a workout plan given to me by a trainer. I select weights ...
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How many Burpees do I have to do per day to lose a lot of fat fast?

I hate exercise, I find it excruciatingly boring. But I am overweight and need to lose fat fast. The main reason why I find it boring is because it takes too long and I don't like doing a a variety of ...
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Does one exercise per body part work?

Does one exercise per body part work? I met a guy at the gym who does only one exercise per body part and he is huge and very ripped. He has been working out for long time though. He is also purely ...
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For bench press, should I use dumbbells, a barbell, or the Smith machine?

With my new workout, my trainer has kept a whole day for the chest. Before this I used to decline dumbbell press and do incline smith bench press. Current workout has, Decline, Flat and Incline ...
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Quick leg workout without equipment

My friend and I take 5-15 minute breaks every hour while studying. We like to be productive during these breaks. Most of the days, we do push-ups during these breaks. However, on days when our ...
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Tips on having six packs and losing fat and keeping the muscles I have

I use to work out 5-6days a week, 80-90mins, where I did weight training. I have a good physique, however I never had well defined abs. Now I'm working hard towards abs. I do abs workout every other ...
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What can I do to improve my bench press and squat?

I have been working out for a while, my weight is about 150lbs (68kg) and i am about 5'7 (1.70m). I bench press about 135lbs (61kg) and i can squat 250 (113kg). My question is: what kind of exercises ...
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Workout Split - what's a good 4 day split routine

I'm looking to do a workout split (to see what the impact to my results are) with the focus on strength gain. I have the split as follows: Day 1 - Legs/Abs - Squats, Lunges (and their variations) + ...
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Good exercise for when all your muscles are sore?

After a long hiatus, I've decided it's time to get my fat ass back in shape. To this end, I'm getting up a couple hours early every morning and doing a some Cardio, weights four times a week, and a ...
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How many sets per muscle?

My current program consists of a 5 day workout. Each muscle group (say chest for example) has 3 different exercises divided in 4 sets of 12 repetitions. Tempo is 2 seconds down and 1 up. ...
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Bench pressing and deadlift on even days, squat and pull up on odd days. Is this all I need?

I recently read an article in Men's Journal: [A] guy who hasn’t trained in a long time, if ever, will get stronger faster on the simplest program of squats, dead lifts, and presses, three times a ...
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What is the best exercise to increase the size of my chest muscles?

I am going nearly 3 years for a gym. My BMI is ok. My height is 173cm and my chest in 36 inch. Can I further expand my chest ?Is there any good exercise ?
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Can light activity on recovery days accelerate progress?

I am just starting off and have made a 3 days per week routine with body weight and dumbbell exercises. I am not seeing much of a progress in terms of fat loss two weeks into the routine.(I do 16-20 ...
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Why do experienced lifters work up to a heavy set, then do a final, lighter set?

I have noticed in the gym that more experienced guys lift weights in a double-pyramidal order. For example, they do 5 sets using 15 kg in the first set, 20 kg in the second set, 30 kg in the third ...
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What are some good exercises for a beginner to do with an Excercise Ball

I'd like to build a daily or bi-daily strength and flexibility workout around a new exercise ball I have. What are some good exercises to start with?
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Training for muscle ups

Hi I've been wanting to do a muscle up ever since I knew they were possible and was wondering what muscles and how you should train for one at home. I occasionally go to a gym with a pull up bar with ...
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Separating cardio and weight training

Is it best to split your cardio and weight training when doing them on the same day? Should I wake up an hour earlier to run, then do the gym in the afternoon? I'd try and go to bed an hour earlier to ...
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Is recovery time required to increase muscle after gym workouts

While reading this post How does muscle build up when we exercise?. I read there that recovery time (rest before your next workout) is important to increase muscle. Now there are 2 questions I want to ...
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What are you views on progress between rep range vs. fixed reps?

Assuming the goal is to progress in size and strength using weight training, what are you thoughts on a routine that either: 1) Uses a rep range of 5-8 (for example), where you start workout day 1 ...
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How to prepare for the first road bike challenge of the year?

So I participate in a road bike race at the end of the month, and due to the cold weather and general winter laziness I didn't bike a lot. I know that I can do the distance in theory; I've done a ...
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What kind of workout regimen can get me back in it?

When I was in college, I used to pretty good at keeping up a decent workout schedule (three days a week during normal times, at least one day a week during extremely stressful exam weeks). My ...
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How much cardio for someone with an athletic build?

For someone who is skinny, has an athletic build, and is trying to put on weight through strength training, how much cardio should they include in their workout? Currently, my workout routine is ...
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5BX XBX or alternative daily “busy people” workout

I was looking for a daily workout routine to do for me and my wife. We both are quite busy people and have three young kids, so I was looking for something easy to do at home, but enough to keep some ...
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Is it better to start exercising with a program/dvd or running/walking/etc?

I want to start exercising but not sure the right approach. I don't want to over do it by doing too much at first since I don't already have a routine. Would it be better to start off with a dvd ...
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What should be the volume and intensity of a posture workout program?

I am exercising to obtain a better upper back posture. Hence, I started doing upper back exercises as shown here. But the thing is, I am not sure how the intensity and volume of these exercises should ...
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Combining home exercise with limited equipment with gym

I would like to start alternating workouts/stretchings that I can do from home (with my limited equipment, listed below), with gym sessions (because I am a student, I have access to a full equiped ...
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Supercompensation and split workouts

I'm an amateur weight lifter. For the past few years have doing a 3 day split workouts. Squat/Deadlift/BenchPress + support. I recently got introduced to the concept of supercompensation and seems to ...
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Weighted Ruck Marches / Hiking for Aerobic Exercise

I've grown incredibly bored with your more traditional cardio exercises: running, swimming, cycling, elliptical, et cetera. I'm traditionally a weight lifter, but the aerobic side is suffering due ...
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What swimming maintenance program can I do until next summer?

Over this summer, I have been focused on swimming, 3-4 times a week, almost 1 hour each time, mostly in outdoor 50m pools. Now, when fall arrives (outdoor pools closed last week in Stockholm) and work ...
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Dynamic Strength/Jump Rope workout

Due to financial issues (who knew a 7-month-old would be so expensive :)), I'm going to be cancelling my gym membership in the next few weeks. I do not have weights at home, and I'm hesitant to buy ...
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Daily Health Routine and gaining weight suggestion

I am 23 years old, 5'8" in height. My weight is 56 kg. My daily schedule is busy, sometimes I can not take my meals on time. I should gain some muscle as my age is growing, looking like a skinny man. ...
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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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When to start working front muscles for a person with kyphosis?

I heard that if one has kyphosis, it is harmful to work front muscles (abs, pecs) since they will worsen the problem. So given a person has started doing correct exercises to correct his back, when is ...
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BodyBuilding - Plateau and a new Workout Plan - Intermediate - Advanced

I have been traning my current session since December, that is about three months. If I consider my whole 3 years of traning sessions I would say this one to be the best. I learnt some new ideas ...
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Combining HIIT and weight training

Im 22 years old, 170cm, ~90kh weight, starting some efforts to get in shape. Im going to the gym 3 times a week, I changed my diet to low-carb. My main objective is to lower my BF%, but i wouldnt mind ...
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Training for strength: How is my training regimen and diet combo?

I'm a student and live a schedule that makes it impossible for me to commit to any extremely serious programs or even go to the gym. As such, I have began to train at home, doing primarily the ...
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Incorporating flexibility exercises into StrongLifts workout

I am currently doing the Stronglifts 5x5 workout program, and I was wanting to incorporate a stretching routine into my workout that would both: Supplement my lifts by stretching the used muscle ...
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circuit training and walking schedule

I do circuit training at least 5 days a week (30 minutes). It is without equipment combining, running, mountain climbing, burpees, jumping jacks, pushups, squats, ab exercises, etc. I also walk for ...
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Which Muscle Groups to Work Out Together

I'm working on my upper body and have singled out chest, flys, biceps, triceps, back, and shoulder. If I wanted to exercise two groups each time I go to the gym, which pairings are best? I have two ...
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One set weight lifting? [closed]

Timothy Ferriss has a lot of fitness and nutrition advice in the bestseller 4-hour body. He advocates one-set-only (per muscle group) workouts. Is that good advice?
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Gym routine with Tennis

What would be some good additional exercises to do at the gym for 2 days a week with 7 days of tennis? Objective - Improve strength, mobility and endurance. (Not particularly in this order) I am ...
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Are there disadvantages of a split routine where everything else is kept the same?

My new job and new address imply that, for some months, I will need to switch from gym to home workouts and under time restrictions. I had been doing a full body workout at the gym, with between two ...