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Why is muscle size not proportional to strength?

This guy claims that Olympic powerlifters working in the 1-6 rep range can increase strength without increasing muscle size. http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/topicoftheweek8.htm Trained Olympic ...
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Should one generally avoid machines in favor of free weights?

From what I have been told, machines are not recommended for strength training, because they isolate muscles and thereby exclude the smaller stabilizing muscles from developing together with the major ...
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Why does cardio/aerobic exercise lead to muscle loss?

Recently, I've been reading a lot about how cardio reduces muscle mass and strength. The following is an excerpt from crossfit.com that seems to sum up what I've been reading: Aerobic training ...
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What are some good stretches to help with squatting?

It seems a lot of form problems with the squats are caused by inadequate flexibility - I think mainly in the hamstrings and also the shoulders. What are some good stretches that can be used to ...
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Why is my outer hip tight when doing some inner thigh stretches?

Bound angle pose (pictured below) is supposed to stretch the inner thigh muscles and groin, but I can't even get to the point of feeling anything in in those areas because something in my outer hips ...
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Do you need to “feel the burn” to become stronger?

If your goal is increasing strength, must you always train to the point where you feel the burn later?
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What is a jump rope good for?

I have a jump rope, and my pulse sure goes up while jumping. But what am I exercising exactly?
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Energy expenditure (calories burned) equation for running

There are numerous online calorie calculators for running (e.g. from runners world). What is the underlying formula for calculating energy expenditure while running? This post has an excellent ...
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Does being cold help lose weight?

I heard on Doctor Oz once that drinking cold water can help burn calories in a rather passive way since the body will have to work to warm it back up. Would this concept work practically in general? ...
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Will weight training stagnate growth in a teenager?

Will weight training stagnate growth in a teenager? Is this a myth or fact? If it does, how does it stagnate a youth's growth?
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Useful measurements / tracking approach for a fitness strategy

I've been working on improving my overall fitness for the past few months. My strategy has been to try and integrate a bit more physical activity into my lifestyle gradually, with the thinking being ...
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Active minutes on Flex

How is it possible to spend 45-60 min on the treadmill at 3 mph and only record 4 active minutes? I believe the Fitbit flex is not accurately counting active minutes.
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How do you motivate yourself to keep exercising?

I'm always trying to find different ways to exercise (currently playing lots of Wii - that counts, right?) but I find the problem of after a few weeks to a month I lose motivation, get distracted and ...
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What are the pros and cons of running versus walking?

I enjoy going for long -- I mean, ten mile -- walks. Part of this is because I was training for the Susan B. Komen 3-Day Walk about a year ago, and I got into the habit of taking very long walks ...
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Good amount of sets and repetitions for different muscle groups

About 10 years back, when I went to my first gym, the trainers told me to do 3 or 4 sets with about 8 to 15 repetitions on 3 different machines for each group of muscles, depending on the goals I want ...
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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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What are the top intensive bodyweight exercises?

I am 22 and have tried two gyms, but I always fall back to burpees. I am looking for more exercises that are fun to do. require only bodyweight (and minimal equipment). are intensive and have even ...
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How can I learn essential self care?

I know that it is impossible for anyone to give me a complete answer on how I can lead a healthy, productive life without writing a book, but what I wish to ask is how can someone who possesses no ...
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Best warm up for running

Trying to figure out the best warmup routine for running. I see a few articles that say you shouldn't do any stretching before warming up given cold muscles. This article for example, just states ...
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My legs still ache 3-4 days after legs day

I have been working out for ~6 months and have worked my legs once per week throughout this time, on their own day. My legs, especially my quads, ache to the point of finding it hard to walk, ...
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What causes side stitches?

From time to time during aerobic workouts such as running or heavy cycling, I get side stitches that force me to slow down my effort. What causes side stitches? I know that reducing your effort ...
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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 best thing to eat right before a workout?

I have two related questions: What is the best time to eat before working out and what is the best thing to eat to get a good workout? Same question for post workout (should I eat immediately or ...
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Are ab exercises more usefull to reduce belly fat than other exercises?

I have little bit belly fat which I want to reduce. So I started ab exercises (like sit-ups and crunches) month ago. It's much more difficult to me to do these kind of exercises than other e.g. ...
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How does alcohol really affect gains?

I have been training with a personal trainer now for about a year; we work four days a week (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday) and do bodybuilding splits. So, we do dynamic lower core, heavy ...
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What is the proper way to run?

What is the proper form for running? I find that whenever I run, even for a short distance, I end up hurting my legs. Sometimes my shins hurt, but most of the time after a little running the bottom of ...
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Smoking and its effects on muscle building

Does smoking effect the muscle building process? I understand it can effect your endurance.
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How can I calculate calories burned during an activity?

I've found various online "calculators" for looking up how many calories are burned when doing an exercise like using an Elliptical machine. Is there a way to calculate how many calories I burned ...
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What is the key to avoid injury when squatting with your body weight?

After seeing the suggestions about sport/exercise which are less stressful, or even good for my knees, I chose squatting. From the suggestions, it can be done with minimal space and equipment at my ...
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Bodyweight Exercise Resources

Does anyone have any idea of what might be taken to be the bible of bodyweight exercises? Many years ago, Bill Pearl put out a book that pretty much shows you any weight lifting exercise you might ...
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Need to get back into shape. Is there a slightly lighter p90x type-thing?

I need to start working out. Since a teenager I've been slightly overweight (10-15lbs, nothing crazy) but quite active usually doing Wrestling, Judo, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Kickboxing, multiple times a ...
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Will wearing ankle weights all day long make any difference?

If I wore them when I'm not exercising, like if I wore them at work (I work in an office), or at home, all day, would it be like a passive form of exercise? To estimate how much I walk: I guess I ...
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Are multiple lighter deadlifts better than single heavier maxes?

My max deadlift is 350 (still gaining), but I can deadlift 300 twice. Is it better to focus on my 2 lift max or my single lift max to build overall strength?
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What can I do to limit shin splints?

I get shin splints when running on concrete/asphalt, anything hard. Rubber track I am fine, grass I am fine, treamills fine. So what can I do to limit shin splints on hard surfaces? I have tried ...
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Is once-per-week training enough for building muscle

I recently read Convict conditioning book and in the workout routines part the author put a routine for beginners in which trainees workout an exercise only once per week. But I've read on the ...
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What is proprioception?

I've been seeing this term pop up lately in like in this question about measuring balance, but I'm not familiar with what it means. There's a tag for it which has no wiki summary. What does this term ...
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Can you overtrain?

This goes along with a prior question, what over-training signs to look for. Is there such a thing as over-training? or is it that you injure yourself from lack of proper training and don't perform ...
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How to lose manboobs?

Well this one is embarrassing as hell to ask, but its a real issue for me. I do dips often, as people say that's good, but different people say different things - that bench press will make them more ...
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Exercises that can replace squats?

I've got a friend that's somewhat interested in doing Stronglifts, but for personal reasons she's utterly terrified of tearing up her knees from doing squats. I've tried to convince her otherwise but ...
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How do I prevent chafing?

I believe just about every long distance runner, hiker, and many more sports enthusiasts have run into the ever long problem of chafing: caused by constant rubbing of another part of the skin—two ...
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Resuming workouts after 2 months. Any beginner workout suggestions?

I had to take a break from working out for 2 months. When resuming after a long break, are there any good alternative workout plans that you follow to gain back some of the lost strength and stamina ...
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Stretches and muscle work for Supination or Underpronation

I've recently had issues with my IT Band, did all the stretches and PT. And it did not work. I recently decided to try out my old pair of running shoes(on a whim), that originally were bothering my ...
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Exercising deficit and daily caloric intake

Hi I'm a 28 year old female, 153cm (5'), 54kg (120lb). I'm am trying to lose some weight and tone up. I am currently eating around 1300 calories a day, working out on a rowing machine and cycling ...
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Should I consume protein shakes after team sport (cardio)?

I started to consume protein shakes (about 25g with milk and water) after hitting the gym to help me gain muscles. I also play flag football two times a week, where the training is more focused on ...
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Weight vs resistance

I've always heard hardcore lifters saying that resistance is not the same as weight. Bascially that 100lb of resistance is not equal to 100lbs of weight. Imagine a bowflex vs a cable machine. I'd ...
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What should I eat to recover from eating only `raw' fruits and vegetables for 6 months?

About 2 years ago I've been eating only fruit and vegetables for 6 months. After that I have chosen to return to regular, diverse food - meat and everything else included. Since I started to eat ...
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Fingers for intensive sports requiring hands a lot? Recoving from ulnar claw?

[Update] Thanks to the answer, I acknowledge now that I am heading towards "ulnar nerve entrapment" where one injury is Ulnar claw -- more common with males particularly training in gym with large ...
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How can you do a BMI test?

The Body Mass Index is supposed categorize you into a place in a scale to determine how healthy you are. What components would one need to provide to do a BMI test, and why? If one were to do a BMI ...
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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 is a reasonable rate of weight loss to work towards?

I often like to set short term goals that don't really work for weight loss. I'm wondering if there is a general principle I should obey like 'lose 1 kilogram per two weeks' - what sort of rate of ...

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