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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Grouping and ordering workouts for a 3-day workout week

I've been familiar with targeting a muscle group each day for example, chest for monday, legs for tuesday, and so on. The constraint is: I can only workout 1 hour each day for 3 days a week because ...
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What are the merits of cycling vs running for a beginner?

I am intending to start working out in the morning. I am a fan of being outdoors so would prefer not to go to a gym or use any indoor equipment. My goals are to remain fit and in shape. I am not ...
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Workout during Menstruation

Few days back, my friend (female) skipped workout for the reason being menstruation. I (male) didn't have much opinion about her working out during that period. Now my question is, can a female carry ...
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Does the order of exercises make a difference?

I've recently started a new program, to generally improve strength and get a little bit bigger. One day sample Bicep curls - 3 sets of 15 - 35lbs Tricep curls - 3 sets of 10 - 35lbs Dumbbell squats ...
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Effect of protein intake on muscle recovery

"Protein shakes" and other high-protein dietary strategies are believed by some to improve muscle recovery times after workouts. However, there is some opinion to the contrary: that protein intake ...
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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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What improvements can I make to my workout?

I apologize for the general title question. I hope my question is specific enough to be useful. I am a 6ft tall male, weighing 200lbs. About 4 months ago I weighed 180lbs. The last 4 months I have ...
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What is the ideal number of days of rest to take every week for a beginner/intermediate bodybuilder/powerlifter?

Assuming the person is serious and workouts consistently, how do you decide how many days of rest are necessary? Based on previous research I had thought that the general idea was to rest for 1 or 2 ...
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What can I use to monitor my running workout?

After a period of inactivity I recently started running again and want know what gadgets or tools I use to monitor my workout. Some requirements: It should offer workout programs (based on my level ...
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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 is the purpose of 'cooling down'?

After a hard work out, it's generally a good idea to not stop immediately, but rather to cool down. What is the specific purpose of cooling down? Does not properly cooling down affect the actual ...
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Workout to prolong erection?

I just want to know if it is possible to prolong an erection with the help of workouts. Are there any specific exercises that can be done to help with this?
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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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Building abs and shaping up muscles [duplicate]

I have been working out since 3 months. Initially, my aim was to increase weight. I increased my weight by 3 kgs during this time. Now I feel confident and comfortable lifting moderately heavy ...
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Getting ready for outdoor work as a knowledge worker

I'll be going on a trip in about a year that's going to require some fairly heavy physical labor. Last time I went, I thought I was in fairly decent shape and still got knocked around. This time I'd ...
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What are the disadvantages of using steroids or enhancing drugs while training? [duplicate]

What would you say to a teenager about the use of enhancing drugs apart from the medical conditions that could arise from use?
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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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Best excercises without machines? [duplicate]

for the next two weeks i won't be able to train with fitness-machines. What are the best excercises to train (with own weight)? I want to cover more or less the main parts of the body: ...
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30 Day Ab Challenge

I don't have very much about fitness and what is efficient or not. Is this program constructed well enough to produce good results in your opinion? Thank you for your insight.
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How do I prevent and/or treat dehydration?

There have been a few times that after a workout that I've gotten dehydrated. Are there preventive steps to dehydration that can be done before/during the workout? If, after the workout or during ...
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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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What is safer for your spinal disks: short, high-load sets or longer sets with less weight?

I remember to have read somewhere (and it seems to me reasonable) that you might damage your spinal disks by repetitive excessive stress with not enough recovery time (yes, correct form for the ...
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How often can one do a calisthenics workout?

I was just exposed to Calisthenics and I loved what these people could do on the pull up bar. I researched and found out a few routines for the beginners and would like to start up with them. However ...
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Best primitive several-minute daily routine for time-restricted people?

I do every day 10 push-ups, and with that ends my daily routing. I also do a massive 2 hours walk that includes climbing and walking for a long distance. I would like to improve my daily routine, ...
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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 to gain weight without joining gym [duplicate]

I Am Rachit Chopra a clg students. Basically regulatory I go to clg and after in evening time I go to my dad's office to experience some good thing, Because this is my final year of clg. So, after I ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Very advanced exercises and workouts using only resistance bands [closed]

I am looking for very advanced, intense workouts or collections of exercises using only a resistance band. I am primarily interested in free online resources with good pictures or videos. However ...
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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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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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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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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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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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What is the best way to cool down after a workout?

It takes me 10-15 minutes to cool down - body temp wise - after a work out, this is after a 'cool down' in the gym and a cold'ish shower. It becomes an issue when I workout at lunch time. Does ...
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Arm workout similar to P4P's ab series?

I've been doing the 8 min ab exercises from passion4profession, and would like to do something similar for my arms. The exercises in the video are all done without any equipment, they work their way ...
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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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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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Is it bad to use a blender with protein powder

Is it true that using a blender with protein powder, like whey, is bad because the blender can break up the amino acids? This sounds crazy to me, but I've heard it more than once, so I thought I'd ...
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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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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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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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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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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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I'm kind of new to this creatine protein stuff, and need help

My schedule consists of me working out in the morning, around 7 am, eating 2 eggs before that cooked. after my workout I take my protein/creatine in the same bottle. Should I take it around supper ...