Methods of organizing one's training.

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Best exercise to lose belly fat fast

I have had a couple of lower back surgeries in the past but I'm okay to do any activity. During the last 10 years I have gained a little more weight around the mid section but have been actively ...
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How many calories to burn daily to see a change in weight within a month

My BMI is 26.8, which means that I am in the overweight category. When one hits a gym regularly every day, what is the minimum amount of calories that he should burn in order to see a change in his ...
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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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What is tabata? How effective is it?

What exactly is Tabata ? Is it just a form of HIIT ? What makes Tabata effective in fat burning or providing thermogenic effects ?
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Starting morning routine for unfit person

I'm not fit. I'm in my early 30s. I struggle to do 10 push-ups, crunches/sit-ups hurt my back, and I can't jog more than 5 minutes without feeling exhausted. I'm not too fat, just crossing the ...
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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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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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What are some short 30-minute body-weight lift routines for travel.

I travel a good bit for my job. As a result, the weeks that I travel often involve a lack of physical activity since I am primarily a weight lifter when it comes to exercise and most hotel gyms have ...
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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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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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Is once-per-week training enough for building muscle

I recently read Convict conditioning book and in the workout routines part the author put a routine for beginners in which trainees workout an exercise only once per week. But I've read on the ...
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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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Exercise for six pack abs

I want to have six pack abs and I am doing 6 different exercises for that. But none of them more than 10 times. Is it sufficient or do I need to increase the number of repetitions? Could anyone ...
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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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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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Small woman and want to get bigger

I'm a 35 year old woman and I weigh 105. I want to gain 20 pounds and add shape to my figure. I know what I need to do to gain weight, but what exercises can i do that will help me maintain the ...
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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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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 novice program should I recommend to my unfit friends?

I lift, but most of my friends don't. What should I have them do when they (finally!) decide to try coming to the gym with me? My friends are not fit, but also not obese or possessing gross injury. ...
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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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How many days in a week should I work out?

I'm self-employed, which means I can arrange my time however I want, therefore I can hit the gym every day in a week. I also do have the energy to do so. But, I've heard it's not a good idea. Why so? ...
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How to structure a high intensity interval training (HIIT) program?

I have read some good things about high intensity interval training (HIIT) programs, and wanted to give one a try. The problem is I don't know how the structure of one works, so I cannot build one ...
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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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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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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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How to harden muscles?

Specifically, harden. To elaborate: I weight 130; my friend weighs 200. He's very muscular. But I'm strong for my weight-- we both do one arm bicep curls at 40 pounds. I have no trouble with ...
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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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What are the health risks for children under 18 of going to a gym?

When I went to a gym to pick up a membership form, they gave me a parental consent form as well. I understand that means there is some risk attached to going to a gym for children. Aside from ...
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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 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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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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Re: Touching your toes (not mentioned in 30)

My mother could touch the heels of both hands on the floor up to the age of 89. She had short legs and a long torso. Is it likely that someone who cannot reach his toes has a short torso and long ...
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Workout plan for a lazy person

I have been going to the gym (on and off) for about 20 years (I am in my late 30s). One thing that I have definitely established is that I do not like getting very tired and if I do work out hard, it ...
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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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Home workout exercises with minimal equipment

I'd like to start doing workouts with the goal of becoming stronger, building endurance, and being more fit in general.(Also, I don't currently need to worry about losing weight, 5'6" 125 lbs.) Why ...
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Doing Strength training everyday

I am 5'8 and 84kgs. I used to do all regular sets of exercises like biceps, triceps, chests etc. Yesterday, my GYM trainer walked up to me and said that i need to reduce my belly and do nothing else. ...
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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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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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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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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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Planning My Workout

I'm a 16 year old a little fat girl and I have some problems with my body shape. I have a pear shaped body shape and I want to get rid of that as much as it's possible. I want to be fit and healthy. ...
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training for 200m freestyle swim race

I have 6 months to train for a swimming race (200m freestyle in a 50m outdoor pool). My level at the moment is beginner/intermediate, with fairly good technique. Should I focus on training longer ...
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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 necessary to have a rest week?

I have seen fitness programs that focus six days of workout per week, and following three or four weeks have an entire recovery week. The term "recovery" is misleading, because you still workout six ...
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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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Any advice for improving my diet chart?

I am 30 years old woman and weigh 53 kgs.My height is 5 feet 2 inches (1.57 m). I have been working out for 5 years now with 1 year gap in between when I gave birth to my girl in 2011 December. I have ...
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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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I want to increase my height (teen girl) with the help of excercise routines and diet

I am a 15 year old girl and 5'5 in height. How can I increase my height in terms of food and exercise? Is there some specific diet plan or routine practice required that could accomplish this? I ...
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Wendler 5-3-1 without squats

I currently only have a bench, a barbell and a heap of weights, no squat rack. I want to work on Wendler 5-3-1 (without boring but big) in the standard fashion with one change. No squats(due to the ...
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Developing a training routine outside the gym

I am a CS student and hence spend long hours sitting on my desk. I am trying to establish a routine targeted towards cardio (since I have had asthma in the past) and building muscle mass(since my ...