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How to keep flexibility with weight training?

I heard that weight training will lower a person's flexibility over time. How to preserve the flexibility while getting stronger? Is the answer taking up yoga classes at the same time? Or, is there an ...
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1answer
1k views

Difficulty breathing in push-up position

I've been out of shape for several years, but finally starting to get back into exercising. I've been doing pretty heavy aerobic exercises for the past two months. For the most part, I'm doing ok - ...
2
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7answers
615 views

Lifting limits guide for different exercises?

I'm am wondering if someone could provide a reference to a scale or explain the limits of how much it is possible to lift for different exercises, based on how much you can lift in one exercise. For ...
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71 views

Will this be 'Overtraining'? [closed]

Right now I am doing a 5x5 workout 3 times a week. However I want to workout more frequently (maybe 4-5 days a week). My current workout routine is something like this: Monday (Squat, Deadlift), ...
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2answers
129 views

How many days should I run

I am 34 years old with average fitness. I started running since last year and usually run about 5 kms, 3 to 4 times a week. I would like to know if it seems reasonable. Another question I have is - ...
3
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1answer
74 views

Should I rest completely or just tone it down?

I've gotten into running recently and I really like it. However, my body just isn't having it and whenever I run longer than about a mile and a half, my knees just kill me. Yesterday, I had to lay ...
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59 views

Meditation (Relaxation or breathing exercises) after exercise - Is it a good practice?

Is it a good practice to meditate or do some breathing exercises (like Pranayam, Analom-Vilom) soon after daily gym exercise? It felt to me that during our gym exercises the heartbeat rate increases ...
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1answer
153 views

What workout regimen is appropriate for the recently malnourished?

Background: For past 3 years my weight was 55-58kgs. 3 years ago, I was able to do 25+ pushups w/o break, 10 pull ups (from dead hang to chest over bar), 10 dips. For past three years I survived on ...
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1answer
56 views

Loss of Appetite since exercise

I have increased cardio by minimal amount and feel less hungry .... This is good for cutting out snacks but I feel as if I'm forcing myself to eat full breakfast, medium lunch, light dinner. Any ...
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1answer
49 views

What's the scientific name of the “cracking” sounds when someone stretches or gets hard massage on the back muscles?

It is common for people to purposely stretch or twist their own back, so that some muscles/tendons/joints produce somewhat loud sounds similar to "cracking" or "snapping" or "clicking". Similar ...
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1answer
35 views

Pilates: Trouble sitting with legs straight. How should I adapt the exercises?

When doing Pilates, I find it very difficult to sit on the mat with my legs straight in front of me. Due to my tight hamstrings and lower back, my centre of gravity is behind my bottom, so I will ...
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2answers
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Is there a good activity tracker, in terms of calories spent, for skating and cycling?

I'm looking for a good activity tracker that I can use to measure how much calories I've used up while skating. The Fitbit Charge HR seems very promising, it's cheap (relatively), has a heart monitor ...
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3answers
70 views

Increase cardio for a heavyweight MMA fighter?

I'm a bigger guy, 6 foot tall, about 250 pounds, go to an MMA gym 3-4 times a week (more when time allows) and a regular gym once or twice a week. My boxing/kickboxing/Muay Thai is on point, both for ...
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1answer
54 views

Is there any benefit to Touch-and-Go Deadlifts?

As per the question title, is there any benefit to doing touch-and-go deadlifts rather than the more "full" reset deadlifts? That is, does the touch-and-go variant provide any specific benefits to ...
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5answers
170 views

Can you gain strength in your legs with bodyweight squats only?

A known book about bodyweight training written by a fictitious convict athlete, states that you can gain strength in your legs without using weights at all, by means of exercise variations that will ...
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2answers
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What are the potential benefits of using inclined push-up bars?

What are the potential benefits of using inclined push-up bars vs the flat push-up bars? What is the correct way of holding and exercising with this kind of bars? Thank you
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0answers
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Can dehydration really lower our resting metabolic rate?

Ok, that's it. I've read about how dehydration can "slow down" our metabolism one time too many, so I decided to conduct my own research - and find out once and for all, whether or not that's just ...
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3answers
217 views

What happens to people who are sitting 8-10h per day?

I'm a 20 year old girl and I'm an employed programmer. My job consists of so-called "coding" all day long. I don't want to say that I don't get off of the computer at all, but the time I spend doing ...
2
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1answer
101 views

How much muscle do I need for optimal strength to weight ratio?

Ever since I started getting into powerlifting at age 16, I've been weighing 100kg+ at 192cm. Lately I've burned a ton of fat by playing badminton and my bodyweight is now around 90kg with 7%bf. ...
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1answer
159 views

Adapting to exercise

I've finally reached the point where it's harder for me not to exercise. Naturally, looking around for info, I've discovered something that was not previously known to me: recovering from workouts ...
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3answers
73 views

What are some exercises that let me sit properly?

What are some exercises that let me sit properly? I'm a 23, healthy male but never sit properly in a chair in my life. As a kid I forced myself to hunch to hide my belly and it was the reason of my ...
2
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1answer
60 views

Yoga for Muscle Gain?

So, I'm not exactly a gym-going kind of guy; I like outdoor action sports like trail running and mountain biking. However, I've come to a point where all this lower body exercise has made me sort of ...
2
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1answer
101 views

How do male gymnasts train in order to get muscular?

Having learnt a bit about weightlifting programs using barbells and other stuff, now I wonder how male gymnasts train in order to become muscular and strong. Do they use weights in the same way as ...
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1answer
29 views

Techniques to reduce elbow pain during back day [closed]

Heads up: I have a muscle imbalance between my left and right back, my right back is more developed. Yesterday I went to the gym for my usual back day. I started with perhaps 3 sets of neutral close ...
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0answers
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What are side effects of excessive kefir usage? [closed]

I drink 1 liter of kefir a day because I find it extremely helpful to lose weight. But recently i heard that excessive usage might cause some diseases like podagra. However I was unable to find more ...
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5answers
95 views

How many sessions of planks should I do a day?

http://www.eatmoveimprove.com/2012/05/prilepin-tables-for-bodyweight-strength-isometric-and-eccentric-exercises/ Using this article as my guide, I should repeat the plank for 6 times as I can only ...
3
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2answers
85 views

Shrugs - To roll or not to roll?

This is going to be a short question, because there's very little depth to it. I've been bulking lately, and to have something to focus on, aesthetically, my shoulder region is getting some love. And ...
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3answers
202 views

Is There a Fitness / Activity Tracker which Measures Heart Beat Rate?

Is there any activity tracker (For the wrist, like FitBit or JawBone) which measures the heart rate in addition to all the other measurements? They all seem just to measure insignificant statistics. ...
0
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1answer
42 views

Is it better to overload weights on pushups or bench press for healthy shoulders?

Pushups are often recommended as a shoulder healthy alternative for training chest, so I am wondering is it better to overload weight for pushups once you can do 20+ perfect form normal pushups or is ...
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2answers
70 views

How to improve my speed?

I'm 14 and play soccer on a team. I am small and not very fast. I'm not fully physically developed yet so I don't know if certain exercises could stunt my growth or cause injuries, etc. Does anyone ...
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1answer
23 views

Is there any benefit to dumbbell flys on a flat bench vs dumbbell flys on an incline bench?

So like the title says : Is there any benefit to dumbbell flys on a flat bench vs dumbbell flys on an incline bench? Does one position offer something the other does not?
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1answer
28 views

Why can't I extend forearm after working out? [closed]

I'm 14, I have a stocky body type and I wanted to get stronger for the summer To make a long story short I was lifting weights on arm day doing reverse dumbar curls for your forearms(50 lbs) It ...
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2answers
91 views

How to increase BMR by 100%?

I'm researching about how to increase BMR efficiently. (Note that BMR, not TDEE) I want to increase mine by 100% in the long term. How can I do that? A way is increasing muscle obvisously. Also we ...
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5answers
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What can I do to prevent my (outer) shins from tightening while running?

My shins (specifically the Tibialis Anterior muscle - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Tibialis_anterior_2.png) often tighten up while I'm running. This has happened my whole life when running ...
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2answers
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Recurring muscle pull in Upper-back/Neck when doing overhead press/bench press - form advice

When I was doing a 5x5 based workout a year or so ago, I had issues when trying to push the weight on the overhead press. Even though the weight felt comfortable in the sense that I could do at least ...
2
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2answers
116 views

Things to do during rest days

Currently, my workout consists of (exclusively) high-intensity exercises (some sprinting HIIT, pullups, and more). After a few attempts at research and help from this community, I've come to accept ...
2
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2answers
113 views

Seemingly useless workout

A little background: In January of last year, I decided to shed some weight. I was then 97 Kg (213 pounds), and 1.93 meters tall (6.3 feet). Even without working out, last September, I weighed 82 Kg ...
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1answer
18 views

Alternating muscle groups

This question has been asked here, but I have yet to see any explanation offered (even "we don't know why, but it's been tried and it doesn't work"). Will working out every day on different muscle ...
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1answer
24 views

How can the CNS possibly need recovery after a strength workout?

In the last days I have read here and there some comments about CNS (central nervous system) fatigue produced by heavy lifting, and about allowing recovery for the CNS, not only the muscles. It does ...
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2answers
142 views

Lower back, during weighted pull-up and dips

I've read that doing weighted pull-up and dips with weight using straps can lead to hernia and lower back problems. (specifically damaging intervertebral disc and pressuring femoral artery(with ...
0
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1answer
54 views

P90x nutrition guide

I want to start P90x, but I don't have enough time for their nutrition. I don't want to prepare anything, also I don't have access to some of the suggested foods. I prefer to have dinner and other ...
3
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1answer
27 views

Is casein a better choice for people with limited recovery ability?

My body takes several days to recover after each full-body workout. Several things may play a role on this fact (lack of abundant sleep, mid-age, whatever) but in any case it is very noticeable and I ...
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0answers
14 views

Can being hit with a tennis ball on the eye lead to pain in the ear and head? [closed]

I was recently hit with a tennis ball on the left eye. Though the shot was not powerful and there was no visible injury, I did have some pain in the eye for three days. Then the pain went away and I ...
6
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1answer
79 views

How scientific are the Prilepin tables?

Are the prilepin tables like this one http://www.eatmoveimprove.com/2012/05/prilepin-tables-for-bodyweight-strength-isometric-and-eccentric-exercises/ attested by scientists? Or are they just ...
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2answers
26 views

Training with a stitch is good or bad? [closed]

Sometimes when I begin training, I get a stitch. I'm simply wondering whether there is any issue with resisting the pain and continuing? People say that you should listen to your body if it's ...
14
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2answers
903 views

What is a good training program for a Quidditch Snitch?

For those of you who aren't Harry Potter fans, Quidditch is a wizard sport played on broomstick that has been modified for us non-flying people and is now pretty popular (Quidditch World Cup is coming ...
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3answers
6k views

How to 'engage your core'?

I found when exercising (through Kinect, pilates video, etc) that I am asked to 'engage my core'. How do I do this? How do I know when I am truly engaging my core rather than just sucking in my ...
2
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1answer
35 views

Precise speed measuring gadget with low speed limit?

I am used to run a lot. All the time outdoors rather than on a treadmill. Therefore, speed control is a little harder in my case. I realized that my speed is far from being great, so I want to work ...
1
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2answers
82 views

Does exists a table of effort needed when running uphill and downhill?

I'm training running trails, there is a lot of uphill and downhills in my routes, so I would like to split a route in sections, those section would have similar slope, then I would to calculate a pace ...
1
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2answers
7k views

Fitbit Flex accuracy in counting steps

Yesterday, I traveled 4.46 miles on my Octane Q37xi, which should correlate to roughly 9,000 steps. My dashboard only recorded 4,402 steps, less than half. I assumed the problem could be the stride ...

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