Methods of organizing one's training.

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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 ...
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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 to choose a routine for building muscles?

When searching for the internet, or even talking to trainers, you will get an infinite number of routines. How should one choose a routine that is best for him? Is there any logic about it at all? ...
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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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How good/bad an idea is it to work out twice a day?

Let's imagine you're not limited by time/work, therefore you can work out twice a day, for example once in the morning and once in the evening (big time gap between those two work outs). Is this a ...
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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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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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How long should a person stick to the same weightlifting routine?

I have heard various opinions on how long a person should stick to a weightlifting routine before changing it up. Some have mentioned 8 weeks, others 12 weeks. How long should duration be? Also, ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...