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Why aren't stiff legged deadlifts bad for your back?

It seems to me they go against everything safe about lifting! Lifting with your lower back and not your legs. Image source Anyone have any thoughts on the safety and science behind them?
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What is wrong with CrossFit?

Background Information When I started exercising a few months ago, I started with P90X and Insanity (Insanity for the mornings and P90X for the evenings). As a result, I'm getting used to high ...
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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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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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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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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. I'...
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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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Should I run before or after the workout

I've been going to some different gyms in the past few years and at every new place I would ask for a new training plan. One radical difference I observed was that some suggested me to run on the ...
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Persistent mild knee pain due to squats - push through or stop?

Over the last 2 months or so of doing heavy squats (200 lbs - 262 lbs) I've frequently had pain in my knees. During the last 2 weeks, it's been especially persistent and seems to be mostly in my left ...
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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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Are there papers about Starting Strength or Strong lifts?

I read a bit abut these programs, I see some results in forums and in internet in general, but any reasonably good method and proper nutrition can get results. I would like to know if: Are there ...
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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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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 exercises would make up the minimum, complete, general fitness workout?

What exercises would be in a complete, but minimalist, general fitness workout? This would include strength, conditioning, and mobility. I am looking for the quickest workout using the fewest, ...
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Should I get rid of my office chair ?

Do a quick google search on "8 hours a day" and you'll find search results that pretty much say that sitting is literally going to kill you. The desk we have at work are adjustable to different ...
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Is it bad to workout when you aren't sleeping a lot?

I am a dad and we just had a newborn so I am not getting much sleep these days. I want to avoid getting out of shape and gaining weight as it easy to be lazy and slack off on health (eating, exercise)...
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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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Should you run with a cold?

I am six weeks away form my first marathon and the last two and half weeks of training have been badly affected as i have been suffering with a bad winter cold. I am still coughing fairly regularly ...
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Reduce sweat rate?

Does anyone know how to reduce one's sweat rate? Currently I lose about 3lbs of sweat an hour when I run, even on mild days where the temp. is around 60-70 degrees. As I'm training for ultras, I'd ...
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What difference do the number of sets make?

Generally when lifting weights if you do a low number of reps it will increase your strength, and a higher number of reps will increase your endurance. However when it comes to the number of sets to ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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Is it okay to swim in the middle of a lake?

So I live in Wisconsin, and I take my motor boat out on Lake Michigan every week or so during this Summer, usually about 30 or 40 miles out. I am literally the only one out there. It's water as far as ...
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What do I do when I see people at the gym doing exercises wrong

I am always curious about this, not sure if its appropriate question, but I imagine others wonder the same thing. I usually don't care when it is simple exercises like biceps, but sometimes I see ...
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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 do I bench press safely without a spotter?

What do smart lifters do when they're working out alone and want to do benchpresses? I have a busy schedule, and it isn't practical for me to have a regular weightlifting partner. I've usually ...
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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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How can I strengthen my lower back

I was diagnosed for "Muscle Spasm" a while ago for my lower back pain. The pain went away for about a year and then came back again. I had a blood test taken and found out that I am deficient in ...
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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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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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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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Is there a rule of thumb for setting running goals?

I'm pretty new to running and can only run for 2-3 minutes at a time. Is there any rule of thumb I should know of for setting goals? For example, each week run two minutes more or something like that? ...
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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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How does Voodoo Floss work?

Voodoo Floss is a new(?) trend in CrossFit that basically involves, if I understand it correctly, wrapping a muscle group or joint very tightly in a thing called a voodoo band while stretching or ...
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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: http://www....
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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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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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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 our body dispose of excess calories (physiologically speaking)?

My question is whether all the excess energy that is left every day always go to fat, or can it be wasted or disposed of somehow? (for example by not digesting everything to 100 percent?) Now, I am ...
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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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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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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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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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