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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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How can I gain weight and muscle weight?

I'm a 15 year old teenager, I am terribly underweighted due tot he fact when I was smaller I had nutrition issues (Skipping breakfast on most days, not eating consistent food, eating junk food, etc). ...
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2answers
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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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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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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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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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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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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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2answers
396 views

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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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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I want to get ripped. Can bodyweight exercises do the job?

Can I get ripped without going to the gym ? I know it sounds lazy but I live in an area where there is no gyms at all. And going to the gym even twice a week can be really tedious for me. So .. Can ...
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How to Increase height naturally? Are those ads gimmicks?

I'm 5'6, weigh 137, male and close to be 24 soon. I am not happy with my height. I love sports, basketball, soccer, and others. Being this short have some influence on sport activities I ...
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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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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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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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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 is the (a) proper way to pool run?

What is the right way to pool run? Some specific questions I have are: Should you use a floatation device? What type? Should you just use a normal running motion? If not, what changes should you ...
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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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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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2answers
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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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2answers
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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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2answers
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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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305 views

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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5answers
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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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10answers
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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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3answers
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What happens when you miss a workout?

Normally I get to the gym Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and try to lift a little bit more weight than I did the time before. Today everything has gone wrong and I am not going to be able to make it ...
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7answers
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Lungs on Fire When Running

I've been overweight most of my life and recently I've been slimming down (lost > 50 lbs so far, shooting for 35-40 more) and I'm wanting to start running. I have no problems walking for miles and ...
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3answers
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Recomposition vs weight loss

I understand recomposition to be about trading away fat for new muscle. How is it different than weight loss as a goal? Would it ever be recommended to focus on purely weight loss first, and then ...
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Is increasing resistance the only possibility to build more muscle mass?

I've often read and heard that you can only build more muscle-mass (get stronger), if you continuously increase the resistance weights (e.g. here). But for me, it's the case that I'm often not able ...
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718 views

Exercise for six pack abs

I want to have six pack abs and I am doing 6 different exercises for that. But none of them more than 10 times. Is it sufficient or do I need to increase the number of repetitions? Could anyone ...
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Tricks to lose weight in 48 hours

In the past 3 months I've lost 12.5kg/28 pounds doing it the "right" way: Regular exercise with regular small low-fat meals. I'm 178cm/5.84 feet and now weigh 73.5kg/162 pounds. The biggest ...
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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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13answers
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What are the downsides of minimalist running shoes?

Over the past few years, barefoot (or close to it) running has become extremely popular. New Balance, Nike, Saucony, and I'm sure more have come out with minimal shoes, not to mention the Vibram Five ...
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6answers
768 views

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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4answers
678 views

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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10answers
909 views

When is it time to buy new running shoes

How do I know that it's time to buy running shoes before they start looking like this?
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4answers
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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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4answers
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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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5answers
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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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Injury to knee, need advice

I have a Meniscus Tear to my right knee, itself subject of an ACL rebuild 20 years ago. I don't think I will have an op, as it is not completely severed. So I know I will need to strengthen my quads. ...
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4answers
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Is it true that you can eat anything you want within 15 minutes of working out without putting on weight?

A friend of mine told me that you can pretty much eat whatever you want within about 15 minutes of a big exercise session without putting on weight. I can't really understand the science behind this. ...
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1answer
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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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2answers
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How do I workout my heart rate zones for training?

Is there a relatively easy way to get better values for my heart rate zones if I already have a heart rate monitor? A couple workouts I've done have my heart rate in the "hard" zone for 90-95% of the ...
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3answers
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How to strenghten my wrists?

While my wrists are fine in general, some of the more strenuous exercises I (try to) do are painful sometimes; for example, one-armed pushups. I used to have more problems, even when doing pull ups ...
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3answers
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How do I fix an uneven butt?

I'm 4'11 and 84 lbs and have been doing the 30 day squat challenge. I'm on day 25 and I noticed that the right side of my butt looks better than the left. It's rounder and more lifted. I was just ...
5
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1answer
209 views

How to ensure you use the right technique when learning from a book?

I have recently moved to a foreign country and find myself with a lack of things to do. As such, I've decided to finally follow a weightlifting program; I choose Starting Strength. It has just five ...
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483 views

Advice on gaining weight [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: I am underweight. How do I gain weight and muscle? Here's some info about me: I'm 21 years old. Weight: 50kg (110 pounds) Height: 1.70m (5'7") What would you ...
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3answers
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Why is body mass index so widely used to determine ideal body weight?

Given the fact that it doesn’t distinguish between lean body weight and fat weight, why is body mass index so widely used to determine ideal body weight? When I started seriously exercising a number ...

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