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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Is taking a nap before workout good idea?

When I come home from work (as a programmer) I am mentally very tired, and thus not able to concentrate on my exercises fully, yawning at the gym even. Is it a good idea to take a nap for an hour ...
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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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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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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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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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I missed a Starting Strength workout and squats are getting intense - should I change my schedule?

As recommended by SS (Starting Strength) I am running workouts A and B, alternating every other day. However, with only a two day break in between squats I feel like I haven't fully recovered most of ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Does my workout time have to be consistent?

How important is it to have a consistent workout time? If I workout one day at 6am, the next day at 8pm and then the next day at 3pm for example, will this have a negative impact or a negligible ...
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Working out when tired

How do you get yourself out of the trap wherein you start using tiredness as a reason (not an excuse) to skip your workouts ? I do feel great after a workout and usually use this as motivation but is ...
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What should be recorded in my workout journal

What kinds of information should be kept in my workout journal? Should it just be a matrix of stats (exercise name, weight, reps, and date) or is there other important information that should be ...
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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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I need an advice about a training

I'm new here. I'm 67kg and I'm fine with my body, it's pretty normal, but I don't like 2 things. The problem is that I have a hard belly and my bum looks big from a side. What should I eat or do? Any ...
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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 ...
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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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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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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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Should I “feel the burn” during a workout?

I am aware of the other question on feeling the burn, but that question seems to be about feeling the burn after a workout. My question is, should I feel the burn during the workout. At the moment ...
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Does the amount of breathing (holding breath/breathing fast) affect the calories burned during a workout (not heavylifting)?

Why I even think it could have any effect: maybe when the body has deficit of the oxygen, the burning reaction modifies to burn more sugar/fat/whatever (i.e. instead of burning each molecule ...
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What are planks and box jumping

I've seen these terms a couple times here already. Also, is there a good place to ask these questions? I feel "what are some good exercise terms and their meanings" would get closed.
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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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Beating hunger and managing calories

After I work out (6-7pm), I eat a post workout meal which will largely consist of low GI carbs (like wholewheat pasta or sweet potato), veg (onions, peppers, tomatoes and spinach usually) and a ...
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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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joint problem during workout

I can heard a little snap in my shoulder every time I do a jumping jack. Can hear it sometimes when i do military press to. It's not hurting on the moment, but afterward I have a little soreness ...
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Interval Timing Indicators

I am looking for a way to get some indicator that X time has passed and have it keep repeating. For example, maybe an iPhone app that plays a particular sounds every X seconds where X can be ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Blood test and running training

This evening I did a low intensity run (10km - 46'), a very easy workout based on my standard. Tomorrow morning (about 12-13h after the run) I should do the blood test.. There is the possibilities ...
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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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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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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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What can I do for cardio while I am on vacation with no equipment?

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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How to Get Bigger And Stronger with no gym or weights

How can one get bigger at home without weights such as bench press, dumbbells or anything else. I don't have any weight equiment at home but I workout everyday such as push-ups, sit-ups and dips but ...
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Can I workout six days a week with only 6 hours of sleep a night?

For the past two weeks, I've been getting up at 5:30AM every day to workout. I do a DVD-based workout at fairly high intensity. Because of my life demands, I've only been able to fit in about six ...
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Should I drink water during my workout?

When I do my workout, I often feel very thirsty. And I like to drink water after each set of exercises. I often drink something around 1.5 liters of water during workout. Is it okay to drink water ...
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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 ...