Methods of organizing one's training.

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Why are pyramid sets often advised for bodyweight exercises?

A pyramid set is one following a scheme like 1 rep, 2 reps, 3 reps, 2 reps. I've seen this advised to train pull ups if you manage only very few. I looked at the hundred push ups program, here and in ...
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Suggestions for a good workout when no gym is available

In a few days I am heading off to camp to be a counselor. My problem is that in this camp there is no gym, so that means I will be without a gym for 2 months. I am hoping that somebody can give me a ...
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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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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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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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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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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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How to lose weight when morbidly obese

I am a very overweight man at 400lbs (181 kg). I've been told by several doctors that I need to lose weight or else my health will get worse and worse. What exercises are safe for a large person? For ...
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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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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 ...
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Revised strength building workout - Is this decent? Can it be improved?

Based on my answers to this question, I have made modifications to my workout and would like input if it is now good or if it can still be improved. My revised routine is as follows: 10 pushups. 10 ...
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Is my current strength building workout good to start off with?

So I'm about 6 feet tall (183 cm) and weigh about 180lbs (75kgs). I'm looking to get a more toned stomach and gain more strength in my arms. I don't want huge muscles, I just want to get to a more ...
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How do I get non-sports people to get exercise or do an activity?

Basically, we ask people to come play football, basketball, run, or even something easy like just throwing the frisbee around and no one can ever make it. They either don't respond at all, or have ...
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Bodyweight exercise for traps

Does anybody know a good bodyweight exercise for traps and neck? I have tried the inverted shoulder press but would appreciate other suggestions.
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Leg exercises that complement squats?

I believe in balancing the amount of exercise that I give to each muscle group, but recently it occurred to me that my leg muscles might be imbalanced. More than anything, squats are the number one ...
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Is there any benefit to doing supersets over taking the traditional one-exercise-at-a-time approach

Do Supersets make it any easier for you to go through with your workout ? And since you train different body parts when doing a superset is the intermediate rest period accounted for at least ...
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When following a fitness program, and missing a few days due to sickness, what's the best course of action?

I've been doing the Insanity Beachbody series of workouts, and, near the end of week three, had to take a 5 day downtime due to a severe flu. I spent most of the 5 days in bed, and got little ...
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Stronglifts 5x5: an effective program?

I was recently looking through the Stronglifts 5x5 workout, and I was wondering about its effectiveness. The program has some lofty claims (most do), has a ton of anecdotal evidence supporting it, and ...
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Should I take days off from working out - regardless of what my workout schedule is?

I'm currently working out where I alternate between cardio and weightlifting, and on my weightlifting days I alternate the body parts I target. Doing this I work out everyday, the idea being since ...
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Workout Intensity vs. duration

I came across an article that said 'If you don't finish your workout in around an hour it's probably not that intense'. How far is this true ? (Workout here refers to just the strength training ...
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What is the most effective plan to get abs?

Studies: Show the "bicycle" was the most effective exercise. Shorter weighted ab exercises are greater than longer repetitive ab workouts. Need to know: Is it helpful that a certain percent of ...
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Strength training weightlifting workout routine

I'm looking for a workout routine between 4-6 days per week to get generally stronger. I've seen a bunch of questions here and webpages with routines, but the schedules seem all contrived. Is there ...
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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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What to think about when splitting exercises into different days?

The past couple of months, I've found some exercises that I need in my routine to supplement the compound lifts. I'd like to split them into groups A and B, and then I'd do group A my first session, B ...
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Help me balance my cardio, circuit-training, and weight lifting workouts

I've been off the horse for a few months now, but I'm ready to climb back on and in trying to make a schedule I'm remembering something that I've been confused about for a while. There are three ...
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How to keep fit while travelling long-term?

While on the go, it's hard to maintain the same routines you have back at home. Similarly, you're unlikely to find a gym while you travel in some more out of the way places, and you're sick, stuck ...
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Workout routine for 5 days a week

I understand that working consecutive days without rest isn't ideal because it doesn't give your muscles enough time to repair themselves, but what if your daily workouts isolate particular muscles? ...
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Eating before/after an evening workout?

If I'm working out in the evening (an hour of cardio at, say, 8pm-9pm), should I have dinner before or afterwards? What effects will it have on a) my workout if I eat beforehand and b) my recovery if ...
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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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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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How do you know what intensity you should go with?

I've started working out several month ago at home. I'm building my own training routines and using mostly Super-sets. (as for the equipment I use dumbbells, exercise bands and body weight). Mostly I ...
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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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Weights versus cardio, or weights with cardio

This is specific to an obese individual. For weight loss - is it better to first focus on cardio, and then move on to weights, or is the combination a better approach? And why?
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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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Started weight training, but cannot see progress

I am 23 years old, my height is 5'8" and weight is 56kg. I have been going to the gym for the last two months. my target is to gain muscle and weight. After doing some initial routine (without ...
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Is it really necessary take one entire week to rest from running?

Ok, first of all I know there is a similar question Here, but it is more related to muscle workout (if it's a duplicate please close that without problem) I started run seriously in april, before ...
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What are key points to focus on when trying to increase the size and definition of the bicep?

How does one work the bicep to it's max? Admittedly, I know I'm guilty of lack of symmetry because I do a lot of exercise that build my triceps. Therefore, I think my biceps have suffered and I ...
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Are these Workout Routines right for Body Building

The weightlifting-101 blog post on the stackexchange blog and posts on fitness.SE has helped me learn more about strength training and body building. My goal is body building (to bulk up) in short ...
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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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Looking for short, home routine for thighs and abs

I have a personal trainer which I hit up once a week - love it. We do all our stuff outside with bascially nothing. I'm trying to get a bit more stuff to do mid week which is only around 15-20 mins ...
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Good amount of sets and repetitions for different muscle groups

About 10 years back, when I went to my first gym, the trainers told me to do 3 or 4 sets with about 8 to 15 repetitions on 3 different machines for each group of muscles, depending on the goals I want ...
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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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Which resources should I go to for programming ring training?

I just received a set of EXF gymnastics rings (thanks, Team Chaos!) and I have a smorgasbord of individual exercises that I'd like to try. However, I don't want to do just a collection of random ...
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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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What kind of exercises can I do at home with no equipment?

My current exercise/fitness plan involves just healthier eating and running at least 3 days a week. However, I want to try to include some exercises that I can do on my off-days from running in order ...
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How to Get Bigger And Stronger with no gym or weights

How can one get bigger at home without weights such as bench press, dumbbells or anything else. I don't have any weight equiment at home but I workout everyday such as push-ups, sit-ups and dips but ...
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What kind of workouts can I get on a bicycle?

I currently do running, but it just isn't that fun for me anymore, and I'd like to turn my enjoyment of biking into fitness routine. Do I need a certain style of bike to attain a more productive ...