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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Is workout necessary for being healthy?

According to the NHS - and the WHO and CDC say the same - muscle-strenghtening activity is more or less necessary (otherwise they would not recommend it for the general public) in order to "build and ...
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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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What to eat to gain strength in one hour to compensate for going hungry for a week?

For the past week I have been eating about 200 calories a day to lose weight for a wrestling meet tomorrow. As a result I have dropped 5 pounds in the last week but do not feel at my full strength. I ...
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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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What are workouts that I can do at home instead of walking outside?

I don't walk and even when I plan to walk I just say I will do that tomorrow and I don't. So I say to myself I should try something at home. I don't want to buy anything, do you know any workouts that ...
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how much does workout spread matter?

I am currently on the following schedule, or rather, this is what I aim for: (I used to do deal lifts, but its winter, so I cant unless I join a gym, which I might do.) 3 days a week: 2 minute ...
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Does strength training cause an increase in sleep?

My workout is divided as follows: Chest/Biceps, Legs, Back/Triceps and Shoulders. I workout 4-6 days a week, depending on my week's schedule. I have been off work lately for these past 15 days and ...
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My hands becoming fat due to weight lifting

this is very undesirable result of lifting heavy weights. i don't want my fingers and palm to look like a balloon. It is even making even holding a pen difficult. what can i do to stop this ...
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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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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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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 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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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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What are the traits of different types of workouts?

To my limited knowledge - you must train differently depending on what you want to achieve. E.g. to lose weight one should do small weight lifting with lots of repetitions (also - according to my ...
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Effect of smoking cigarettes on performance at the gym [closed]

What, biologically, is different on a day you smoke cigarettes and then hit the gym?
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How to follow up TRX suspension training workout?

I'm in a TRX suspension class at my gym three days a week that lasts for only 25 min, although they work us pretty hard. I don't really feel like lifting weights after I finish. I usually have the ...
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Is there any equipment/method that might help growing height?(20 yo male)

Sorry, this might be a dumb question, but I'm a 20 year-old male, only 170cm, I know I only have 1-2 years left for growing, and I've been trying everything to help me to grow height. Recently I just ...
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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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How to get rid of cellulite?

What types of workouts or other things need to be done in order get rid of cellulite?
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Question about Newbie Gains

So I read about something called 'Newbie Gains', which is essentially how new people starting a workout routine will see themselves gaining a lot of muscle mass in the initial first few weeks of ...
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Is it possible to workout too long? [duplicate]

Is it possible to workout too long? If so, why? At the beginning of this year I started really working hard at the gym and would lose track of time and would sometimes workout for almost 2.5 hours. ...
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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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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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Lose more or gain weight?

I need some advice to choose my next targets. I started a low carbish diet (as in a not so strict low carb diet) last January together with a 20 min work out 3 times a week consisting mostly of ...