An activity that challenges one or more aspects of your body's abilities (strength, endurance, agility, etc), often with measurable resistances: weight, time, reps.

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Progressive overload vs. greasing the groove

I want increase my endurance with bodyweight exercises including pull-ups, push-ups, sit-ups etc. Would it be better to use progressive overload and start at, for example: 3x4 reps for Pull-ups and ...
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Half pull up for the Lats

Which half of the complete Pull up works the Lats more ? For eg : If I do the lower half of the pull up will it involve my Lats more OR if I do the upper half of the pull up ? My problem : I can't ...
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Teen Calories/ Workout

I am a 16 year old boy. I work out for 15 minutes daily (intense cardio and about 50 pushups), and I am mildly active. I have read online that I should be eating between 2000 and 3000 calories a day, ...
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Looking to gain weight by putting on muscle [duplicate]

I am very skinny and I am looking to put on weight by gaining muscle. I am 6 foot 2 and weigh about 160 pounds. I am willing to change my diet. I eat quiet a lot of chocolate and crisps but not fast ...
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Working Out in the Morning vs. Evening

I work out at the gym and do weight training and cardio alternately. Like the general working population, I work from 9 am to 5 pm. And I am a software developer, so for the most part, I am seated at ...
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How often should one take breaks when lifting weights for muscle size gain?

All the literature seems to suggest I should do between 4 to 5 sets of bench presses, but after my third set or so, I start to feel very exhausted, often to the point where I couldn't even complete a ...
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Is just a pair of dumbbells enough?

I started consulting in November 2012. The 4-hour a day commute tires me out and leaves me with absolutely no time to do anything else, much less go to the gym. So, I haven't gone to the gym since ...
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Nap after exercising

I'm a grad student I find it hard to concentrate on my work after exercising (cardio+weights) and I can only do after taking a nap. I would like to know if its healthy to have a nap after the work ...
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Correct seated Row technique

I would like to know the correct seated Rows technique. I wanted to use this exercise to develop the middle back particularly the lower Traps/middle Traps and Rhomboids. I already do Deadlifts and ...
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How to improve symmetry in both strength and size

I have noticed lately that I lack symmetry in my arms (biceps and triceps, not forearms). This lack of symmetry also follows through to the strength and endurance in the weaker arm. With my dominant ...
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My legs still ache 3-4 days after legs day

I have been working out for ~6 months and have worked my legs once per week throughout this time, on their own day. My legs, especially my quads, ache to the point of finding it hard to walk, ...
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Recommended workout duration vs working out with a partner

I've read about / been told / agree with the fact that my workout should not be exceeding around 1 hour, however most of my workouts approach the 90 mins - 2 hour mark because I work out with a ...
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Wrist Wraps on both wrists?

One of my wrists is weaker than the other. I am working on strengthening both of my wrists, but I want to protect my weaker wrist while I workout. Should I use wrist wraps on the weak wrist or both ...
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Building a first-time workout based on my lifestyle

I'm 6'2" and 270lbs. I'm not all fat, for some reason, but I've never worked out before. I've just decided that I'm going to be joining a local gym and was wondering if there was a tool online that ...
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Concentrated calories in a small snack as energy boost before gym

I typically eat a big lunch around 1PM and work until about 6:30-7. I get home around 7:30, and after a few domestic errands, go work out. The problem is, by that time I am typically hungry yet I ...
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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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Is it beneficial to stay warm after a workout to support muscle gain?

I work out for 1 hour daily in the morning. My trainer told me to stay warm i.e. keep the muscles warm, throughout the day (or at least most of the time) because it helps muscle gain. That is, he ...
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What exercises would make up the minimum, complete, general fitness workout?

What exercises would be in a complete, but minimalist, general fitness workout? This would include strength, conditioning, and mobility. I am looking for the quickest workout using the fewest, ...
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should I use of energy/electrolyte drinks if I feel fatigue, exhausted and dried throat during exercise

I workout in gym daily morning for 1 hour with high intensity. But after 30 minutes, I start to feel very exhausted, fatigue and dried throat. Because of that, I couldn't push myself for much. e.g. If ...
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effect of masturbation on gym workout to gain muscle

For years I'm listening from everyone that we have to stop masturbation and also limit sex as it let down process of gaining muscle. Also everyone in gym suggests me to completely stop masturbation. ...
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I haven't worked out in years, how should I go about starting?

As the title says, I haven't worked out in quite some time. I am 23 and I would really like to get into shape, put on SOME muscle. I am 5'9" and weigh about 130 - 140 pounds, so I'm pretty tiny. I ...
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Gym time after lunch

Normally, when I wake up I don't have any hunger. I eat directly at 12:30 sharp due to work hours so I can go to the gym in afternoon? My question is: how much time should I wait for before I ...
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is there any need to wear LANGOT(Loin Cloth) while doing gym workout

Here in India, lot of people doing workout in gym wear LANGOT(Loin Cloth or Drawers or Nappy), e.g. They say that if they don't wear it, they will suffer from Hernia. I have joined gym some days ...
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Caloric intake for fatty trying to gain muscle

OK, I'm 6 foot tall and I weigh 215 pounds. Based on my weight when I was younger (I'm in my late thirties), I'd say I'm about 25 to 30 pounds overweight (fat) now. I started lifting about three weeks ...
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what is burnt first, muscles(protein) or fat

I'm trying to reduce my belly fat, for which I'm doing exercise for a month now, but no result yet. So now thinking of starting diet. But if I do that, and eat much less calories, then what will be ...
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What are the trade-offs of weight versus repetition?

When doing work out with weights, what is the impact of trade-off between amount of weights working with number of times an exercise is repeated For example, I can repeat an exercise 10x3 times ...
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Free alternatives to nike training club for windows or linux pc

Are there free alternatives for the Nike Training Club, which run on a windows or linux pc or just online via web-browser? List of features, from the iTunes App Store description: Full-body ...
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What additional exercises do I add to the Madcow 5x5 program?

I just started the MadCow program and appreciate the approach to weekly improvements and regimentation - BUT, I'm used to doing 15-18 exercises per workout (3-4 times a week for about 1 1/2 hours) - ...
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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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sleep and exercise

I sleep for about 8 hours the other day and just last night I have just about 2 hours of sleep. Can I do light exercise workout later?Or if I sleep about 2 hours later and exercise is that ok?
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Is it not worth it to go for a workout over 1.5 hours?

Last Friday me and a friend of mine went to the local gym for a workout. It took us 2.5 hours, cause we pushed each other and made a lot of things. After that another friend of us has called us and ...
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Eating less, working out more, but gaining weight?

About a year ago I started putting in effort to lose weight and get more physically active. My effort to lose weight was successful and I dropped about 13 pounds and felt great. But a few months ago I ...
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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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Am I gaining anything more by doing accessory work with Starting Strength or is it potentially not contributing anything?

I'm a new lifter about two months into Starting Strength. Recently I bought myself a dip tower so I could add some chin-up/pull-up accessory work. My gym buddy mentioned that potentially I may be ...
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Could a thicker pull-up bar explain my inability to do as many pull-ups?

Something like 6 months ago, I could do 10 pull-ups rather easily. Now, I'm much stronger than I was then but struggle doing just 6 pull-ups. Could this possibly be related to the width of the ...
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What should be my first goals and supplements when starting a bodybuilding program?

I'm 20 years old. I am 85 kg (about 187 pounds), and my height is 179 centimeters. I don't really have any muscle. I have belly fat. I was a swimmer 4 years ago, but I haven't done any sports for 4 ...
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Don't Understand Workout Schedule

Can somebody explain this Men's Health workout plan to me? I don't understand what this workout is asking me to do (along with the commenters). More specifically, how am I supposed to know which ...
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Which muscles would I need to train for ambulance work?

TL;DR Version: Which muscle groups would I use when lifting an object from the floor with a straight back holding an object at chest height for an extended period of time whilst climbing stairs ...
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Why is my body shaking during certain exercises?

During some exercises (push-ups, crunshes) my whole body shakes, I feel a tremor that I cannot control. This happens even during first push-up, when I'm not tired at at all. So, my questions are: ...
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What are exercise a kidney patient can do?

I want to know what exercises a kidney patient can do other than jogging?
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How does muscle length and range of movement correlate?

First, I'm free to admit that I don't know exactly where along a limb the muscle mass really is and also that I have a very simplistic view of "short muscle" - so if I'm conceptually wrong, please ...
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Muscles shorten when working out - why do I feel this most strongly in the lower back?

When I follow the normal routine of my gym including stretching after the workout, I strongly feel a shortening of my lower back muscle, to the point where I have a distinct hollow back after working ...
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What's the exact effect of this training regime? (12-15 reps, 30s - 1min break, 3 sets)

That's the regime I was advised at my gym: 12-15 reps per set - maybe less on the last set 30s - 1min break between sets, 3 sets weights are adjusted so that this is doable, but not by much What ...
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Useful exercises to increase agility/responsiveness for team sports

I have been doing team/ball sports as far as I can remember, even though I was never the star of the team. Consequently it's not very surprising that I did not end up training on pro or semi-pro ...
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What should I do to remove my belly fat?

I saw this question and it is exactly what I am asking. However, there is one issue with me I want to explain. I am only 137 pound. Kind of skinny for a 24 years old guy. But, its been 4-5 years ...
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How to lose waist fat?

I have been working out for 3 years and am in a good shape. My only problem is that I have extraordinary huge love handles and some belly fat that I can't seem to lose! I workout in the morning 3-5 ...
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Any reason for feeling nausea when working out?

I seldom exercise and hardly even go for a jog. I have been living this way for over 20 years. I have high metabolism and have a body shape of an ectomorph; I am skinny. Recently, I wanted to bulk ...
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Why do I see better results when taking it easy?

So I've been trying to tone my body for almost a year now. Through most of the year, I've been going very intensive with my workouts and although I was seeing results, they weren't as good as I ...
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How can i burn fat without losing weight?

I am 21 years old 1.75m and like 64.5kg. and started doing kickboxing 3 days a week for 4 months now. Kickboxing contains endurance and strength training nearly for the whole body. I didn't do ...
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How can I make sure I am doing my exercises right?

Specifically when I am doing dumbbell deadlifts and dumbbell squats, I have a feeling that I may not be doing the exercises correctly or may even be doing them in a harmful manner. I've watched ...