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How can I improve my running form?

I know my form isn't terrible, but it certainly isn't perfect either. How do you work on improving it? Are there certain exercises that will strengthen the right muscles and force better form? Do you ...
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Best way to breathe for long-distance running

What is the best way to breathe while running long-distance? One can breathe in through the nose only, the mouth only, or both nose and mouth. The same applies to breathing out. Are there studies ...
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How do I squat if I can't keep my heels on the floor?

I was told that I was doing the squats incorrectly because I was lifting the heels. I was told to try and do them without lifting the heels but I can't lower myself more than a few centimeters. The ...
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Tips for breaking the 18 minute barrier for 5km - I'm stuck!

I'm struggling to break the 18 minute - 5km barrier. The weekly Tuesday race I enter finishes in a few weeks for the season, and I really want to crack it this season. My training runs are all ...
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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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If I can't get plenty of sleep, should I be doing anything different when trying to put on mass?

Getting plenty of sleep is really important for putting on size - something I am very aware of. Unfortunately, various circumstances lead to me not being able to get to the gym until about 9:30PM at ...
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Stronglifts 5x5: an effective program?

I was recently looking through the Stronglifts 5x5 workout, and I was wondering about its effectiveness. The program has some lofty claims (most do), has a ton of anecdotal evidence supporting it, 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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What to do with sore muscles

Say I have done some exercise and the next few days I am rather sore in certain muscles. What is the best thing to do about that? Let them rest (avoid using them)? Use them a lot? Exercise more? Rub ...
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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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Knuckle vs. palm pushups

What are the differences between open-palm and knuckle push-up forms in terms of benefits, risks, and muscle development? Open-palm: Knuckle:
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Egg whites and yolks [closed]

I recently watched a program on a bodybuilding website, and something in the diet plan struck me as quite weird. It said, that in the breakfast, you should eat 8 egg whites, but no yolks. That struck ...
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effect of masturbation on gym workout to gain muscle

For years I'm listening from everyone that we have to stop masturbation and also limit sex as it let down process of gaining muscle. Also everyone in gym suggests me to completely stop masturbation. ...
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How to learn to do my first push ups without losing hope?

When I see someone else doing push ups, it seems so easy. I have tried doing it myself many times, but I find it very hard. Is there a gradual step by step process to learn how to do push ups?
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Is there an age limit for high-intensity sports like Brazilian Jiu Jitsu?

About five years ago, I did BJJ about five times a week. It was one of my favorite hobbies of all time with the exception of all the amount of "annoyances" that came with it: carpal tunnel pain ...
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The “science of fullness” diets?

I noticed at my local convenience store a nutrition bar I hadn't seen before -- FullBar. I was intrigued by the concepts of the "science of fullness", which is documented on their site: ...
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Daily stretch routine to increase flexibilty and overall fitness?

Is there a standard (as much as can be standard) stretch routine that if used regularly over a period of time will increase/maintain flexibility and help my overall fitness level? I have a set of ...
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Breathing while exercising in cold weather

I've been told when doing cardio to breath in through the nose and out through the mouth. Where I live though, the air is cold enough 3-4 months of the year so that deep breathing through my nose ...
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883 views

Interesting and competitive exercises for couples

My wife and I are quite competitive, however being of the opposite sex it's hard for us to compete with things like push-ups etc. I'm looking to find some other exercises that we can do together that ...
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805 views

What's the difference between Whey Isolate and Whey Concentrate in shakes?

What's the difference? I'm looking at shake options and some contain whey isolate, some contain whey concentrate and some both.
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Increasing explosive power in clap push-ups?

How do you increase explosive power in your clap push-ups? The goal isn't to do more of them or to build larger chest / arm muscles, but to launch oneself higher off the ground.
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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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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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Refuelling during a run?

I've reached a point where my training runs are long enough (2 - 3 hours) and far enough (15+ miles) that I need to take on board some additional energy in the form of gels and/or sports drinks in ...
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What is the most effective way to improve a saggy belly?

I used to have a fairly flat stomach but I had a baby 4 months ago by c-section and my lower abdomen is quite saggy. What can I do to lose the extra weight there and get it taut?
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My wrists and fore-arms hurt, what should I do?

I weight lifts daily and also do parkour and I tend to have problems with my wrists and forearms (edit: specifically it's my right wrist and my left forearm. my left wrist is completely OK and my ...
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What are some short 30-minute body-weight lift routines for travel.

I travel a good bit for my job. As a result, the weeks that I travel often involve a lack of physical activity since I am primarily a weight lifter when it comes to exercise and most hotel gyms have ...
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Optimal exercises for an abdominal workout

In response to this answer, I was curious what exercises specifically target the abdominal muscles. Answers given so far include: Works abs directly: leg raises rollout Indirectly: squats My ...
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How can I get a flat stomach?

I can do plenty of sit-ups and other ab exercises. I also have a house-mate who is a personal trainer so I know I'm doing them right. However, I can stick to a routine of doing reasonable quantities ...
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What quiet exercises should I be fitting into a short morning workout for all-round fitness?

I'm a 40 year old man who manages to maintain a basic level of fitness. Most days I do a couple of sets of press-ups, walk my 10,000 steps and cycle a couple of miles. But I'm not kidding myself that ...
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Can I be serious about getting into great shape if I have an office job?

I'm a web developer. I spend 5 days a week, 8-10 hours per day in front of my PC in a chair. I want to get in insanely good shape. I don't mean I want to be a little stronger than the average person, ...
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Is it possible to “tone” up your muscles?

I hear a lot of people talking about going to the gym to "tone" up their muscles. What they usually do to improve their tone is to do relatively high reps with relatively low weights - say 30-50 reps ...
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Pushing past a weight plateau?

My girlfriend has been on Weight Watchers for quite awhile and although she's lost a considerable amount of weight, she's still over 60 lbs away from her final goal. The problem is that for over the ...
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How should I do push up to get better chest?

I was told push-ups are good for the chest. I tried some and don't quite feel it in my chest, the force is on my hands. How should I do it to focus on the chest?
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How to avoid hyponatremia(drinking too much water) when hiking?

I have read on various places that exercising for a prolonged period of time with excessive water intake can be dangerous. It may lead to water intoxication (hyponatremia). After some searches and a ...
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Improving freestyle swimming pace

I've started getting into freestyle swimming after doing a moderate amount of running for a long time (~50 km a month). I am doing three 1000m sessions a week and have improved to the point of ...
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5answers
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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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1answer
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How long does it take lungs to recover after quitting smoking

I have smoked on and off since I was 14. I just turned 27 in July. I have smoked a mix of tobacco and other stuff. I averaged about 15 packs a week. I currently cycle roughly 100 miles a week. ...
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How can I increase the number of push-ups I can do?

The number of push-ups I can do is dismal. I have tried over the years to increase the number and have received to pieces of advice. Start easy and try something like a raised bar or railing and ...
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2answers
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What are good examples of healthy snacks? [closed]

I'm trying to lose weight, and I'm looking for something healthy to snack on. I've tried eating different kinds of fruit like apples, bananas, and grapes. Most of the time, the fruit will go bad ...
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How does muscle size relate to strength?

I've heard it often that the size of muscles, for example biceps, is not related to how strong someone is. Is this true? See for example this image of Gu Yanli who won the strongest man championship ...
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Cardio vs. Weight lifting. Which one is better for losing weight?

Cardio burns more calories during the exercise, but weight-lifting builds more muscle which in turn raises your RMR (Resting Metabolic Rate). I have a little over an hour to workout each day during ...
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3answers
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Am I gaining fat or muscle - how can I tell?

I've been attempting to do a high-protein calorie-restricted diet, while working out with the Stronglifts 5x5 program since early February. My follow-through for the Stronglifts part has been ...
14
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7answers
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What's the most effective way to improve cardio endurance?

How can I build/improve my cardio as quickly and efficiently as possible? I am not interested in weight loss or burning calories, just in allowing me to run for longer amounts of time without taking ...
14
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5answers
965 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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6answers
454 views

For the same number of repetitions, does it build more muscle to do fewer sets?

Suppose I want to do 50 pushups. I could do: 10 sets of 5 5 sets of 10 2 sets of 25 1 set of 50 Each option is more difficult than the last. But is it more beneficial? Is it "more pain, more ...
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3answers
993 views

Should I eat before my run?

I have heard conflicting advice about whether to eat before running. Some have advised that it's better to do the cardio in a fasted state. This usually involves running in the morning without ...
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Can I get sugar and electrolytes from natural sources, as opposed to goo, during a race?

I'm a long distance runner thats not really a fan of all the goo type products. I'm curious if there are any natural sources of concentrated sugars with the right balance of electrolytes for long ...
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1answer
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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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1answer
396 views

Should you still exercise when sick?

Should one continue to exercise even when sick? I know it may depend on the sickness, but what about minor things like a cold or fever? Are there chronic sicknesses where you should still regularly ...

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