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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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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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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Can doing the same kind of exercise workout daily provide any good improvements?

I've been learning kickboxing from a local trainer in my city for the last 2 months. I've noticed that in one hour of workout he made us to do the same workout exercises with some minor changes. I've ...
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Post workout carbs

The general advice is that after resistance training you should consume plenty of simple carbs to spike your insulin level and thus help getting nutrients to your muscles (and to replenish your ...
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Will developing my leg muscles improve my running?

Will doing strength exercises and working out the leg muscles like the thigh and calve on machines improve speed or endurance in running?
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Will I effectively lose weight only by running? Is it better than doing full body workout?

Just what the title says. What will be the tradeoff of losing weight only by running on a treadmill instead of doing separate muscle group workout?
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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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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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What are good books on general exercise principles?

I'm looking for a good book that will teach me general principles of exercise. I don't want to learn about any specific workout programs. I'm really just seeking to learn more about fitness so I can ...
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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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What kind of muscle workout was Mike Tyson was doing?

I'm looking for the details of the muscle workouts that Mike Tyson was doing when he was training. I need to know what muscle groups he was concentrating on, and what workouts he was doing for those ...
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Is there any scientific theory behind constructing workouts in the right order?

I've been working on my own workout structure for sometime now, trying to find the right combination of warm ups and exercises. I always begin with a warm up, working on the muscles I'll be hitting ...
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How long until a new workout/diet is assessed?

How long is a reasonable amount of time to assess whether or not a new workout and/or diet regimen is working? I've heard many people complain about not losing weight after a week but I've also ...
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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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Started lifting again and am gaining weight but my clothes seem to fit better. What is the cause?

I've been lifting consistently for over a month and have noticed that i'm gaining weight (unfortunately) but you wouldn't know by the way my clothes are fitting. I would think that the extra weight ...
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How to train to make the most out of only 90 minutes of training per week?

Once I'm asking a question on behalf of someone else who isn't comfortable to write on an English site: My wife wants to get in shape, i.e. lose some fat, gain some muscle, increase stamina, increase ...
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Intensive training after 8 years

Long time ago I used to run in the mornings, workout in the gym 2 days a week, and some martial arts. I was not a gym freak at all but I had some nice definition. Now 8 years later (and 30 years ...
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How to reduce fatigue at the gym

I used to go to the gym 2-3 years ago. But now I rarely go, because after a break I can't really do any cardio: after 7-15 minutes at a treadmill I get really tired. I usually go 10-14kmph and going ...
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Workout Suggestions for a 260lbs person that wont cause serious injury on the joints

I am 6"1 and around 264.5lbs (or around about 120kg). I really love working out and i have been losing some weight, but i can't do cardiovascular training or most body-weight type training due to the ...
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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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Stationary cycling and soreness

I've been using my stationary bike to do cardio 3 times a week for about 50 minutes each session for almost 2 months now. When I started off, I found it very uncomfortable to sit on the seat, so I ...
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Insanity Workout: Whey or Nay?

I'm about 5'10" 175 lbs doing the Insanity workout, and have been doing it for about a month and half. I don't want to "get big", I want to get cut. Is there any benefit to taking a whey protein ...
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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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Will training for size increase my strength?

There are a lot of suggestions to do 8-12 reps with short rest for size and less reps with longer rest for strength. Won't my strength increase if I do size workouts with gradual increase of the ...
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Relaxing after an evening workout?

I notice that if I work out after work (~6pm) and the intensity level is up, I sleep really poorly that evening. It's as if I can't relax in bed and I sleep very restlessly. What can I do to fall ...
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why do my hands shake after a workout?

My both hands are really shakey. Starting in the middle of the workout and ending after five hours. Why do they shake? What doest it mean? And is it normal?
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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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Why am I anxious when I don't work out?

I've been bodybuilding for about 4 and a half years. Two hours a day, 5-6 days a week. My physique has went from null to pretty insane in that time frame. I was a scrawny 105lbs 18 year old male to a ...
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How should I integrate CrossFit with Martial Arts training for endurance and strength gains?

I have been practicing martial art for a number of years, usually about 3 times a week. Recently I've come to conclusion that my fitness level (which is rather low) impedes my progress and MA training ...
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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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Is it benificial to take off rest days between bodyweight workouts?

My regular workout consists of about 3/4 sets of 90 pushups and furthermore some situps. I am 19 years old. Would it be bad to do this workout (almost) every day of the week? And would doing it as ...
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Does working out after lunch help to avoid feeling drowsy in the afternoon? Which work out routine is best?

I work about 40 to 45 hours a week at my office, sitting most of the time. My company allows me to adjust my time table and I can arrange my working hours as I like, as long as the job gets done. I ...
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What should be the correct time to wear a belt (if any)?

My current body weight is 57 KG (125.6 pounds) and am 179 cms tall. I am on stronglift 5*5 and my squat weight has reached 110 pounds and deadlift at 155 pounds, while the weights for other ...
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Will doing this workout make me ripped?

Please rate and tell me if im doing something wrong or not efficient. I have a full time job and a child so my time is VERY limited. I also have next to no money to buy weights or gym membership. I ...
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What can I do for cardio while I am on vacation with no equipment? [duplicate]

I started exercising and eating healthier 3 months ago and am really motivated and on a great schedule. I swim for 30 minutes 2-3 times a week, hike with elevation gain 2.2 miles 1-2 times a week ...
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I'm trying to build mass, and I had a great upper body workout yesterday, but I only got about an hour and a half of sleep last night

Does this completely negate my workout? Is there something I can do to compensate for it today? I know it was only one session, but I just absolutely hate the feeling that the entire session wasted. ...
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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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Shoulder / Arm pain during overhead lifts

I have Shoulder / Arm pain when doing certain lifts. For over a year now i have experienced pain in my upper arm when doing overhead lifts. The location of the pain is show in the image. I thought ...
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How to improve swimming performance in the gym?

Question is quite simple. I'm looking for gym-specific bunch of exercises which can help me to build up swimming performance/endurance/speed. So, when I'm not in the water I can still be continuously ...
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Why is it important to recuperate between workouts?

After intensive workouts muscle soreness is a common phenomenon. I heard, that it is important to recuperate before working out again. However, I had the following experience: During a two week bike ...
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Assisted PullUp Machine or Inverted Row?

I finally moved to another location and a new job, and today I entered into a new gym. My idea was initially to go on with the same workout I had been doing for the last 5 months, but I am quite ...
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Good effect of meal size/timing on later mixed workout performance?

I'm do a mixed workout intended to have both muscle-building and general fitness boosting and want to understand how meal size prior to it affects value of that workout. Here are the relevant facts: ...
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Combining home exercise with limited equipment with gym

I would like to start alternating workouts/stretchings that I can do from home (with my limited equipment, listed below), with gym sessions (because I am a student, I have access to a full equiped ...
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Integrating Front lever into training plan - which muscles are used?

I'm currently doing a typical push-pull workout in the gym, mostly with basic exercises (bench press, squat, dead lift, weighted pullup, ...) and low reps. Now I would like to integrate the front ...
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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 ...
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“Negative” Calorie Foods to Renew Energy

Apples, celery, cabbage, and etc. are considered "negative" calorie foods. While I understand that the "negative" portion of that statement is largely mythical in nature, as they are actually just ...
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Are there any Android apps similar to RunKeeper, but for things other than running or cardio workouts?

RunKeeper is great for tracking running outside, with the GPS and coaching. More recently, I've started using the ability to track workouts on ellipticals and treadmills. However, I haven't found a ...
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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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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 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 ...