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Muscles shake irregularly during workout?

I've been working out for a while now and I realized that my muscles shake whenever I lift weight. It doesn't seem like it's because of the weight. I could halve the weight on a bench press bar and ...
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I run one hour without a break everyday. Am I over training?

Normally I run 1 hour every day without taking breaks. After reading posts about overtraining, I am worried that I am doing that. How long can we run without over training?
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Breakfast on Morning of Race

I'll be doing a triathlon next Sunday with the beginning of the race at 8:00 am. I'm going there as an amateur, but I've always been a competitive guy so I'll do my best to perform well. I've been ...
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Is there a correlation between a heart risks and high BMI for someone with a low body fat percentage?

While Body-Mass Index isn't the worlds most accurate indicator, it does correlate quite nicely with body fat, as the graph below shows. One of the uses of BMI in this case, is that a high BMI is ...
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(How) Can I use pulse as a fitness measure?

According to wikipedia The pulse rate can be used to check overall heart health and fitness level. Generally lower is better ... Thus I could use my pulse, as a measurement of my fitness. ...
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Interval training versus linear training

What are the pros of interval training over same intensity training over the same period? For example, I walk for 1 min @6kmph and then run for 2 mins @9km/hr, repeat for 10 minutes. Contrast this ...
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Ankle exercises with bosu ball

Years ago I tripped in a hole and got a 3rd degree ankle sprain. One of the exercises the physiotherapist told me was to use a bosu ball and do circles with while standing with both feet on it. I ...
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How dangerous are steroids (injections)?

What are the dangers of steroids (injection/shots) and how can I convince someone to stop using it? I'm having a hard time at the moment, I try to convince my best friend. Please help.
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A linear progression v-taper program

I've now done four Starting Strength workouts and admire the linear progressive nature of it and really look forward to each workout. I'm not sure however it's the best choice for addressing my ...
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Getting stronger without gaining muscle

I want to eventually start competing in BJJ competitions in the lightweight division (<70kg) and I'm about 67kg (10%bf) at the moment. I'm going to continue weight training until I reach 70kg and ...
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General mobility help for Strong Lifts?

I've seen a lot of remarks in different places about mobility work to help you to achieve the full range of motion in your lifts. Are there general mobility workouts that one can do to help them with ...
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Start running and progress without overtraining

Background I am an ex smoker (male, 26, 173cm (5'8")) – smoked about ten years with varying intensity – and since some month really getting into sports. I started mountain biking, shortly after I ...
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What exercises can I do to equalize differences in upper-body strength?

I've been struggling with bench recently and have discovered that if my spotter supports the right side of the bar, I'm able to complete the set with considerably greater ease than if I did it on my ...
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How many extra calories do I burn when running with a jogging stroller?

I'm curious how to figure out how much extra work I'm doing pushing a jogging stroller while running? I have a 20 lb baby sitting in an otherwise empty Bob Evolution stroller.
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Guidelines for taking useful progress pictures

I started weightlifting three months ago, aiming to bulk up. So far I've just been monitoring my weight to make sure that I'm putting on weight, but this is of course a poor statistic. I'm also ...
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Incorporating kettlebell exercises into an existing workout plan

I've been working through Ripptoe's Starting Strength and Practical Programming books and training schedule, mostly aiming for basic fitness and building muscle mass. My current workout is mostly ...
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Are barefoot shoes suitable for multi-terrain obstacle courses?

I'm planning on doing the Warrior Dash later this year. It is a 3.2 mile (5K) race course through mountainous terrain, mud, and water. In addition, there will also be obstacles along the way such as: ...
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Are functional movement exercises healthy to do everyday?

A friend mentioned maxing out pushups as a challenge for ten days in a row. To me, this does not sound particularly healthy since it all but guarantees torn up muscles and they need time to rest. ...
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How good/bad an idea is it to work out twice a day?

Let's imagine you're not limited by time/work, therefore you can work out twice a day, for example once in the morning and once in the evening (big time gap between those two work outs). Is this a ...
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Is Abnormal Sweating a physical disorder?

I am an cyclist. I at least cycle about 30 km everyday. Other than, I love playing basketball. I play at least about an hour everyday. The problem is, when I am doing these, I sweat a lot than other ...
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How to get started with minimal shoes?

I got a pair of Vibram Bikila and Saucony Mirage to give minimal shoes a shot and so I wouldn't have to rely on second hand experiences when discussing them. I've heard some conflicting opinions ...
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does muscle build differently after 40?

I've heard than muscle builds at a different speed in people over forty and that it's necessary to use weights in a different way - specifically, with less weight and in shorter sets - for that ...
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Psoas Muscles Hurt Using Exercise Ball for a Chair

Will my psoas muscles stop hurting after using an exercise ball for a chair for a while? I've been using the exercise ball as a chair for about a week now 4 hours a day at work, and it seems that ...
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should a white-muscle-fiber guy do the same type of workout as a red-fibre-muscle guy?

To reach a certain training goal, e.g "get more 'speed strength' ", "get more muscle mass": Should a white-muscle-fiber guy do the same workout, or a different workout than a red-muscle-fiber guy to ...
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To count or not to count?

I started training some months ago (mainly strength), but when I do sit-ups/ crunches I tend to forget counting repetitions and just continue until I can't do any more. What are the pros and cons of ...
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Do athletic socks make a difference to performance?

There are plenty of selections that athletes have in selecting socks. Most of these socks are ear toward moisture whicking material. My question is, do these type athletic socks make a difference in ...
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Why do I feel my arms burn after doing a lot of push ups?

So I have noticed that I am doing far beyond 20 reps of push ups and still, after I have done about 50 of them, or even 2 sets of 25 my arms feel like they're expanding and growing muscle, both the ...
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How can you build tolerance to neck muscle strains?

Every now and then at climbing competitions I'll need to do pull-ups while my head is looking to the left or right. I've hurt my neck a couple times doing this. I get a muscle strain or pinched nerve ...
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Resistance bands: What do the resistance ranges of “X to Y” pounds mean?

If you look at the typical product description of a resistance band (Amazon is a good place to see a lot of these), you'll see that nearly all of them give a range of resistance. For example, one ...
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What Limits the Repetitions One Can Perform?

What is the scientific explanation of why one can only do a certain number of repetitions of an exercise before becoming unable to? For example, at my current state I can only do 8 repetitions of a ...
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What can I do to stay fit in the car?

I know a number of coworkers who spend 2+ hours a day in the car. What can they do to burn more calories and stay healthy while behind the wheel?
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Can light activity on recovery days accelerate progress?

I am just starting off and have made a 3 days per week routine with body weight and dumbbell exercises. I am not seeing much of a progress in terms of fat loss two weeks into the routine.(I do 16-20 ...
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How to run faster every time without injuries ?

How to run faster ? I am trying to improve my running speed... my fastest time for 400 m is 1 minute 30 seconds... I am trying to break this time since 1 month but I cant... What technique I ...
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how to not over eat and still not feel desperately hungry [closed]

I eat till my brain is really happy and is like yeasssss... i don't care about anything anymore. But that is the amount almost twice as much as i should be eating to be in a healthy weight range. I ...
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How much does a resting pulse normally vary?

This question asked about using pulse as a measure of fitness. Resting pulse seems like a nice, simple way to do this. But I find that my resting pulse varies by a huge amount, from values as low as ...
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Burned only 225 cals in 25 minutes doing cardio. Is it less or adequate for a 5 feet 114 pound girl?

I did only cardio workout in the gym today: 10 mins incline walk at 5.8 kmph with incline 4 - 50 cals 8 min repeat of same incline walk - 50 cals cross trainer at intensity 2 for 12 mins - 100 cals ...
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Is it possible to gain health benefits by following a calisthenics routine for a very sedentary person?

I am in the 30's and I admit to be very sedentary. Worse of all, with a hectic work schedule, a family with small kids it is very difficult (or impossible?) to find the time for a proper exercising ...
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Dumbbells: Why do a few heavy plates feel much heavier than many lighter ones?

I recently quit the local gym (budget restrictions) and started to workout from home instead. I bought a little set of 2x30kg adjustable dumbbells, and built a little bench for doing dumbbell bench ...
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How to strengthen *very gently* your grip in order to safely perform chin-ups? Are wrist wraps good?

I have recently started trying to do negative chin-ups in several occasions, but afterwards I feel a mild pain in both my left and right wrists. It is not the kind of "healthy" discomfort of sore ...
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Should I reboot Starting Strength program, to get better results?

I had started Starting Strength (SS) on mid January, 2013, and have continued 3 workouts/week since then (I think I missed only 2 workouts when I fell sick in between). But, while introspecting if I ...
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How to prepare for the first road bike challenge of the year?

So I participate in a road bike race at the end of the month, and due to the cold weather and general winter laziness I didn't bike a lot. I know that I can do the distance in theory; I've done a ...
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Weight Training for Weight Loss

I have heard that weight training can be a good strategy for reducing body fat. If one's goal is to reduce total body fat, should one's weight training program be aimed at muscle hypertrophy or ...
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Can I remove the nasty rubber smell from new equipment?

I just bought a Burn Machine device which has two rotating handles within a frame. It is weighted and functions similar to using a speedbag (see picture below). I've been using it a lot ever since I ...
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Reduce water consumption during race

I carry a lot of water on my bike, when I cycle. A camelback with a 3liter reservoir and 2 bottles of 0.7liters. When running dehydration is not yet an issue, as I run half an hour maximum at the ...
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Is there a relation between muscle soreness and muscle progress?

If I understand muscle training theory correctly, you put stress on your muscles, often times going as far as microscopically tearing the muscles up, and then expect the recovery process to make you ...
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What are the primary muscles worked when hitting a Heavy Bag?

What are the primary muscles used while hitting the heavy bag (boxing focus sessions as compared to kickboxing where kicks are involved). And how do you improve the overall hitting/power of those ...
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How does one “grind down” calluses?

I love having hardened calluses- except when they rip! A while back, I had a callus on each hand rip open whilst doing Parkour. I was told to "grind down" my calluses every once in a while. By this, I ...
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Is it safe to do jogging on asphalt?

I do jogging every day in the morning. I have a river near my house with an asphalt (bitumen) road along it. I heard, that people ruin their knees and acquire hernias on such surface. Unfortunately i ...
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My back goes horizontal (forward) when squatting

When squatting, my back is too horizontal (forward). The bar goes forward of my toes. What should I do to correct this? Is it due to not keeping my lumbar tight enough? Also: I haven't checked ...
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Training lower trapezius

Recently I had some neck and shoulder pain and my physiotherapist said it is because my monkey-like posture developed from using laptop for too long. Among other things he recommended some exercises ...

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