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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“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 ...
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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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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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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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Is my current nutrition enough to support my body building goals?

I am new to to bodybuilding. Though I have worked out previously for more than 6 months on and off, I haven't really followed a proper schedule or had the right nutrition. My goal is to have lean ...
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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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How to incorporate cardio in to a barbell routine?

I lift M-W-F. On A days I would do back squats, bench presses, power cleans, and push ups. On B days I would do back squats, overhead presses, deadlifts, and pull ups. This is all fine but if I want ...
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Do protein shakes really damage the kidneys?

I've been reading about protein shakes, it's benefits and side effects. However i've used it many times as my post workout recovery drink. I have no doubt in the benefits i get in my protein shake, i ...
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Is it okay to do workouts immediately after doing yoga?

Usually, I do yoga (pranayam and some asnas) around 1 hour and immediate after this I also do some set of workouts like leg raise, push ups, mountain climbers etc. Is that okay or should I have some ...
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What can I eat first thing in the morning before a workout when I have no appetite?

When I get up in the morning I have no appetite for food until I've been up and mobile for at least a couple of hours. The problem is that when I go to do an hour workout in the morning I find myself ...
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is it OK to drink glucose water during workout?

I have started exercising a month ago. I do a two hour workout starting with 20 Min of cardio and then weights. I sweat a lot, and by a lot I mean wetting the floor kind of sweat. I weigh 600-700 ...
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Is there a definitive way to calculate a target heart rate for a cardiovascular workout?

In one book I read, the target heart rate for a cardiovascular workout for a person my age (36) was somewhat lower (10-15bpm) than the rate listed on some of the machines I'm familiar with at the gym. ...
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Going to gym every day when I have very low physical activity

I know this question has been asked before but my situation is a bit different. Beside going to the gym, I literally have no other physical activity. I'm a programmer and I spend most of the day ...
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How can i get some motivation for re-starting my workouts?

My name is Frederico Azevedo and i'm new here in stack exchange. First of all, i'm sorry for my english. It is not my first language. I am overweight and i really need to lose some weight, not just ...
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What is good workout attire for weight lifting?

I want to know what the best practices are for workout attire, what kind of clothes should one use? Loose fitting clothing, moisture wicking etc? I'm not asking for discussion but what is commonly ...
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Changing workout routine often vs. same workout

From your experience are there any benefits of changing your workout regimen often? As in experiences in muscle growth or weight loss? I usually get in 3-4 times a week to weight lift. I'm pretty ...
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Should one keep track of workouts and if so how? [closed]

To get fit in the gym / lifting weights, is it important to keep track of how much weight you lift, which exercises you do on which days? What's wrong with going by feel? What are the advantages of ...
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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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Weights + Conditioning circuit + Mixed martial arts

I'm thinking of starting a regime, where I hit my local gym 3 hours a day 6 days a week. I am 5'7" with a moderate build and I weigh 65kg. I'm wanting to build muscle and lose fat. The first 1hr ...
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How does stress affect results?

I have noticed that my results are poorer when I'm stressed. I have S.A.D. and this very much impedes performance for a variety of reasons, among other reasons. I wanted to ask and see how stress, ...
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How to create a workout routine based on the goal physique?

Currently I am following Jason Blaha's Ice Cream Fitness 5x5 Novice Program. Different workouts will result in different body physiques. So how do you create your own workout routine so that it will ...
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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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Taking protein right before the workout

The label of one protein supplement suggests to have a shake before the workout and one after. I understand having a couple of protein shakes during the day after the workout, but is there any actual ...
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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 workout should I do if I want to prepare my condition?

During weekends I'm doing a lot of sports, e.g. snowshoeing in the winter and biking and hiking during summer. I personally think, my condition is slightly above average, but the problem is, I now ...
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Correcting squat form, mild knee pain, numb thumb

Basically started with the low bar squat (following StrongLift 5*5) but being very skinny (179 cm, 58 KG) the bar doesn't rest at the shelf created in scapula as described by Mark Rippetoe in this ...
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Running out of energy before feeling muscle stress

So when I started training I felt my muscles extremely hardened immediately after a workout, my abs were like touching a wall and my biceps looked at least 10% bigger (I'm not bragging). Lately ...
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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 workout routine is the most optimal for my situation?

I am an engineering student studying at a good school in Silicon Valley. Over the summer, I started working out and I continued for almost two months until my school started. Now that school started, ...
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What is the meaning of: 5 sets of 3, 2, 1 reps?

I first encountered the 5 sets of 3, 2, 1 reps instruction here. Some say those are movement timings for concentric contraction, pause and eccentric contraction. Somewhere else, there where theories ...
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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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Keeping in shape with a terrible sitting-job

I work in a big IT company and it's really hard to keep yourself fit when sitting in front of your monitor for 10 hours per day (I'm doing even more than 8 hours per day to get a permanent position). ...
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Will climbing (bouldering) with the right amount of calories build muscle?

I love climbing, be it high wall or bouldering. Here's what I plan to do: 2 hours bouldering 3 times a week 1 hour calisthenics 1-2 times a week I weigh 62kg and I'm 6' tall - and will aim to eat ...
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Suddenly not sore anymore?

I began tranining split training 3 months ago, about 4 days a week. I am normally SO SORE after every workout and have been making gains in strength and size. I took about 2 weeks off from the gym ...
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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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How to begin workout after 9 years of no workout?

I used to workout regularly (long time ago, by going to the gym), but it's about 9 years, I have had no workout or any such activity. I have put on some weight specially my belly and buttocks. I want ...
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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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What are the benefits of performing the full motion of the exercise as opposed to holding it part way through? [duplicate]

To clarify I'll provide some examples of what I mean by "holding": Say when you are doing a situp, you can hold the position part way through and then just stay there and it will work your muscles. ...
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effects of sweating while working out

Are there any connection with sweating and working out? Does sweating more means that I am burning calories? or is it ok not to sweat while working out?
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not feeling abs working out

first of all I just want to say that I have an Excessive Anterior Pelvic Tilt. When I am working out my abs I don't feel anything except when I do crunches on the machine. any other workout just ...
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Should standard, non-rehabilitation exercise routines target smaller individual muscles?

Looking at the list of exercises on exrx.net, I see a good deal of them recommending exercises to target muscles that most fitness sites seem to completely overlook. For example, there are pages with ...
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Seemingly useless workout

A little background: In January of last year, I decided to shed some weight. I was then 97 Kg (213 pounds), and 1.93 meters tall (6.3 feet). Even without working out, last September, I weighed 82 Kg ...
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Are there benefits of working out slowly?

I'm working out at a nearby gym. I noticed that most of the people in there are avid to lift more weight but as they don't have the needed strength, they do it faster than they could do with less ...
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Seeking suggestions for lifestyle changes beneficial for upper body strength [closed]

I am interested in identifying lifestyle changes which are beneficial to upper-body strength while also being practical for accomplishing other common tasks. In other words, activities which fit into ...
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I want to incorporate barbell front squats into my workouts, does anyone have good tips for doing it correctly?

I wanted to try using front squats in my workouts. They always seemed technically tough to me and a bit intimidating, does anyone have good tips on how to perform them properly? For front squats, I ...
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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 ...