Methods of organizing one's training.

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General malaise after workout for the whole day or sometimes 2 days. Is it normal?

I've been working out, but never regularly, for the last 5 - 6 years now. I just resumed my workout schedule with some regularity (10 - 12 days a month or so) a couple of months ago. After my ...
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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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Which is which in XxY specifications (i.e. 5x5, 3x5, etc.)?

When specifying sets and reps like 5x5, 3x5, (in general, XxY), which is which? It seems like it usually means "X sets of Y reps." but on some forums I see logs that seem to indicate that either they ...
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Going to gym twice a day

I was thinking about going to gym in morning for cardio type exercises and then in evening do some weight training, my main goal is to get 6 pack and get ripped. Do you think going to the gym twice a ...
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On smaller in between workout activies and the interpretation of resting phases

I have a three days a week workout plan (weight lifting Mo,We,Fr, basically an arms/torso, shoulder, back split respecively, for an hour or more) and I do cardio in between (depending on the time of ...
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Upper back exercises to balance out chest workout

I do a lot of chest exercises, and I am worried I am not doing enough upper back exercises to balance this out. Predominantly I am doing chair dips, bench press, dumbbell flys, and push ups to target ...
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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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How to prepare your body for gym workouts?

I joined gym in when I was 18 years old but due to my tight schedule I couldn't continue the intense workout session in the gym. Now, after few years, I am once again trying to re-start my gym work ...
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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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Is maintaining really so bad?

In a process of one question begetting another, Meade Rubenstein made a comment about something I stated in my original question. It seems like an interesting enough question on its own, so here we ...
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How to establish a beginning weight program?

Background After a long time being sedentary and amassing about 299 lbs peak, I decided to get serious about getting healthy. I first attacked my weight by diet and got down to about 210 lbs. Next ...
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Loose lower belly (Bellow Naval area)

My lower belly (the naval area and bellow it) seems a bit outward, I am not fat I am really slim, in fact my chest is just thin and normal, but the lower belly seems a bit outward. Please suggest me ...
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Where do I start when finding/creating a fitness program for myself?

I'm a senior in college studying computer engineering, so I spend a lot of time sitting in class and/or in front of a computer. I want to commit to a fitness routine before my sedentary lifestyle ...
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What is the difference between the diet and workout regimes of lingerie/underwear models and fitness enthusiasts/marathon runners?

I was curious as to what the difference was regarding the diet and workout regimes of underwear models compared to say marathon runners and fitness enthusiasts. Surely they both monitor nutrition to ...
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Seeking a barbell/dumbbell workout for a very small room

Here's my situation... I have a bench, a barbell with 300 pounds of plates, and dumbbells up to 100 pounds (each) in a very small room. I am 5'9" tall and weigh 159 pounds. My bench is very close to ...
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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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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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What are the most efficient exercises for balanced workout

I have read that exercises like squats and bench press work a number of muscle groups. I really have limited time at the gym, and I'm trying to build an exercise routine that is as efficient as ...
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Suggestion for obesity weight loss program

I'm a software engineer, and have to sit at my desk for long periods of time. I don't have any disease, but my weight has increased. At the age of 29, my weight is 89 kg , while my height is 167 cm. I ...
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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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How to maintain my body without fat and reduce belly?

I've been going to the gym for the past 3 years. Although my body shape has changed a lot, my weight has been stable 70kg for this period. For example, my biceps has developed a lot, but I was unable ...
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Completing all sets in a weightlifting routine

I am 22 years old, and it has been 4 days since I started to train in a gym. My weight is 60-61 kg. Currently, I am training on different gym equipment, but most important for me is weightlifting. ...
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Is running 10 miles twice a week too much when is combined with swimming and weightlifting?

I went through a period of having recurring knee pain while mainly been using a treadmill. I stopped running on the treadmill and took up road running and also did more swimming. So now my current ...
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Is it a good idea to only do cardio?

I'm an ectomorph and because of lots of reasons, I cannot (or chose not to) do weights. But I can work on cardio (run, swim etc.) Is this a good idea (only cardio but no weights)? My diet is fairly ...
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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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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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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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The theory behind crossfit, “ghetto” workouts etc

I have a background in bodybuilding training and functional training for climbing. In both cases it has been crucial to keep certain fixed amounts of repetitions within series, numbers of series per ...
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Is there a difference between the benefits from extra sets or extra reps?

I have a specific routine that involves weight lifting and cardio. In the weight lifting part I am doing 4 sets of 8 repetitions of several exercises distributed on 5 days. I am not sure if I should ...
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What should i do if I miss a 5x5 session?

I just started doing the 5x5 Stronglifts workout. I ended up missing my third workout because of some personally reasons. What should I do? Should I go ahead and work out the day after I missed, or ...
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Cons of doing all the Starting Strength “Practical Programming Novice Program” exercises on the same day?

I recently started doing the Practical Programming Novice Program from Starting Strength. Program below: Monday 3x5 Squat 3x5 Bench press / Press (Alternating) Chin-ups: 3 sets to failure or add ...
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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 do I perform an assessment workout?

I've decided to run an Olympic Triathlon: Swim: 1.5 km (0.93  mi) Cycle: 40 km (24.8  mi) Run: 10 km (6.2  mi) and need to assess where I'm at in order to build a workout schedule on my own. ...
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Insanity workout - first day failed diet - should I restart or not?

Today I am going to start my insanity workout program but I kinda screwed up my diet on the first day, and the workout is the fit test. Insanity Workout is the famous workout by beachbody.com. It is ...
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What is the “kernel” for a 4 decade training program for physical fitness?

Almost all training programs or workout routines are focused on the very short term, e.g. 90 days, 12 weeks and similar. My questions is about the "kernel" (key elements in a wide sense) for a ...
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Swim technique workouts in a short pool

For a week of my vacation, I will be staying at a hotel that has a short pool (17m). My question is: Given a set of swim drills (e.g. some swim drills), for a short pool what should a workout program ...
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Should you workout abs every day or include rest days like other body parts?

Having a debate with a friend where he says you can do ab exercises basically everyday (planks, knee lifts, exercise ball sit ups, etc) and others have said that you said treat is like other body ...
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Is it good to continuously do the same workouts for maintaining our musles?

We have changed our workout plan from the past month onward. Our daily workouts are back squat chest shoulder biceps abdomen in heavy weights. We are doing it for obtaining muscular strength. I ...
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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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Resuming workouts after 2 months. Any beginner workout suggestions?

I had to take a break from working out for 2 months. When resuming after a long break, are there any good alternative workout plans that you follow to gain back some of the lost strength and stamina ...
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How to pick an exercise program to achieve my goals

I have had a desk job as a programmer for the last 3.5 years and I have gotten pretty unfit. I am not fat or overweight however I am not fit and healthy either, I struggle to run to the end of my ...
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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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Sore stomach muscles from push-ups

I've recently started a pushup routine and I'm finding that my lower abs are very sore, much more so than my chest and arms. How should I proceed? Should I add some excercises to strengthen my abs, ...
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Are “Fit in Six” PlayStation routines safe and appropriate for any age?

I have the "Fit in Six" fitness game on the PlayStation 3 and similar games for the Wii, and I would like to know if it is recommended to follow those routines. In particular, I am concerned about the ...
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Any suggestions on how I could improve my workout routine?

Me: 6'5", 195 lbs, eat fairly healthy, drink on weekends, always been tall and skinny Desired results: increase upper body mass and definition My Current workout routine (each day is usually 45 mins ...
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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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Any solid reasoning behind the fitness regime: 1 set, as many reps as possible?

I recently signed up for a new gym closer to where I live. Together with the signup they were offering structuring a workout schedule with a personal trainer, which I gladly took. After talking about ...
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My workout schedule to get buff w/o gym: pushups, situps, pullups, biking

I'm working on setting up a routine workout schedule for myself and I'm in need of some input on whether this would work well. Basically I bike 8 miles a day and I want to just alternate pushups, ...
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How much time is appropriate 7-year-old to play “Fit in Six” on the PS3?

How much daily time is appropriate for a child of 7 years to do the routines in the game "Fit in Six" on the PlayStation 3? My son is thin, but is very active and likes these routines. However, I do ...
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Will a brief break from my exercise have a negative effect?

I am on a low calorie diet while doing strength building exercises every 2 days. I have been doing this for a few weeks, and in about 2 weeks will go on a vacation for a week. While on vacation I ...