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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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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How does sleep affect your workouts?

Are there any documented studies that show how sleep effects your workouts or athletic performance? It would seem that more sleep would help and less sleep would hinder performance, but that's just ...
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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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Excessive caffeine consumption effect on heart/body

Each day I drink lots of coffee and energy drinks (redbull 355ml cans). I go to gym 3 times a week (on evenings). Are there any effects on my workouts? I stopped drinking any caffeine (at least from ...
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For better muscle growth, how many hours' sleep are recommended after doing a workout?

I heard to help muscle growth one has to sleep a lot after doing a workout. How long is the recommended one? Does this mean the best time to workout is at night so you can go to sleep immediately ...
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Why do I sometimes get suddenly hungry 15 minutes into my workout?

During my run today I suddenly felt weak with hungry about 15 minutes after I started. This only happens some times -- not every run. I feel very hungry and weak, and I can usually only make it to ...
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Advice on finding a training partner

I regularly workout on my own but on the occasions I workout with a training partner I find my motivation increases, my output increases and perhaps most importantly, my overall enjoyment increases. ...
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Home Gym: Is an elliptical trainer alone enough?

I own a gym quality elliptical at home I'm using mainly to do cardio for weight loss purposes. Should I be looking into adding other equipment to my home gym or other exercises to my routine in order ...
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Do sports drinks make a difference in a workout?

Both Gatorade and Powerade claim to help fill your bodies needs of electrolytes, vitamins, and other nutrients. I'm looking to find out if there's documented proof that these drinks really make a ...
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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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Should you not work out within an hour of waking up?

Is there any truth to the claim that you should wait (at least) an hour after you wake up, before you start a workout. I've heard something about "the back is not lubricated enough before that" but ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...