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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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Is there a benefit to weightlifting without pushing yourself?

Sometimes when I'm at the gym, I am not motivated enough or I don't feel energetic enough to really push myself and force myself to really struggle with those last 2-3 reps in each set. Times like ...
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Is maintaining really so bad?

In a process of one question begetting another, Meade Rubenstein made a comment about something I stated in my original question. It seems like an interesting enough question on its own, so here we ...
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Advice on finding a training partner

I regularly workout on my own but on the occasions I workout with a training partner I find my motivation increases, my output increases and perhaps most importantly, my overall enjoyment increases. ...
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Why am I falling back when I am squatting?

I started doing squats a couple of weeks ago, and I'm having trouble maintaining balance near the bottom of my squat (when I'm trying to go below parallel). Let me describe the situation. Squat ...
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Why is it so hard to restart running if you stop?

When I run, after I have run enough to feel tired, if I stop, for even a bit, it becomes incredibly painful to restart. The pain is muscle pain, in all the muscles that I use to run. I am often able ...
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Are glucosamine tablets actually effective in building up cartilage in joints?

Glucosamine is quite popular and is featured prominently in pharmacies and supermarkets in Australia. I was once recommended by a GP to take glucosamine tablets to reduce joint soreness as I exercise ...
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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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How can you tell if someone is dehydrated?

I was cycling with a group, it wasn't a particularlly hard ride and it wasn't terribly hot outside. During a break one of the riders didn't look good at all and commented that he didn't feel well. We ...
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Safe training regime to work towards center and front splits

I want to improve my flexiblity to be able to to center and front splits. Is there any safe exercise program to follow which will lead me to this goal? During the week I have time to stretch for 10 ...
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What novice program should I recommend to my unfit friends?

I lift, but most of my friends don't. What should I have them do when they (finally!) decide to try coming to the gym with me? My friends are not fit, but also not obese or possessing gross injury. ...
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What are good cardio exercises for a one legged man?

I am a right leg amputee. I am trying to lose weight. With success. But I want to vary my workouts. Right now I do the following: Long Walks (with crutches or my 15 lb artificial leg); Sit-ups; ...
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Squat /Deadlift with torn ACL?

I tore my left knee ACL 6 months playing soccer. After the incident I was able to go to a Dr and he told me I need to let the inflammation come down and then get surgery. He said I don't need to do ...
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Dangerous to use barbell squat without padding?

Are you supposed to use foam padding on the bar when doing barbell squats? The answer seems inconsistent even from the same professional bodybuilder. I've seen Arnold Schwarzenegger sometimes go bare ...
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I missed a Starting Strength workout and squats are getting intense - should I change my schedule?

As recommended by SS (Starting Strength) I am running workouts A and B, alternating every other day. However, with only a two day break in between squats I feel like I haven't fully recovered most of ...
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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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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, ...
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How can I get more “toned”?

Some background: I'm 6'1 and weigh approximately 152 lbs. I want to be toned (muscular and cut). Not big, but I want my muscles to be showing even when I don't flex. I especially want a six pack. ...
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Why are push-ups and sit-ups so common?

Growing up in many school activities we were made to do sit-ups and push-ups. In Navy Cadets we did pushups and situps whenever we exercised. I have also seen it included in many general fitness ...
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Reading while doing cardio.

A while back I read in the Bodybuilding Bible, that if you are able to read while doing cardio - You're doing it wrong!. Now since then, I've always kinda smiled to myself at the gym, when seeing ...
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Which is which in XxY specifications (i.e. 5x5, 3x5, etc.)?

When specifying sets and reps like 5x5, 3x5, (in general, XxY), which is which? It seems like it usually means "X sets of Y reps." but on some forums I see logs that seem to indicate that either they ...
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Is having a “normal” BMI a healthy target?

I always see BMI charts posted in various health related places, and I know life insurance companies use it for assessing risk. I've heard the normal range of the index is supposedly based on what ...
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Light-headedness after squats

My final set of squats has me going until I can do no more. I usually stop when I feel one more rep may or may not might be possible, but it's going to totally wipe me out trying. I usually sense that ...
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Is running barefoot on pavement beneficial or detrimental to flat feet?

I have been told by the doctor that barefoot walking is good as long as it is on a rugged surface (grass, gravel, sand, ...) but I should not walk barefoot on a pavement or home. Simultaneously, ...
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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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Is it advantageous to be fit when young?

Let us assume that we have two people. The first person starts exercising at 20 years old and continues to do so for the rest of his life. The second person doesn't exercise in his 20's, but when he ...
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How to create a workout plan?

How do you create your workout plan? How do you know when to increase your reps or stay the same? Do you use spreadsheets or other tools? How do you keep track of your progress? Since I'm a bit of a ...
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What heart rate can a beginner runner expect?

I've started running a couple of months ago. I'm 27, average height and normal weight. However it seems that no matter how slowly I run, my heart rate quickly climbs into the Max Effort zone of ...
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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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For burning fat, is it better to jog for 45 minutes straight, or break them up by 15 minutes, three times a day?

If my goal is to burn fat, is it better to do three 15 minute workouts in a day, or one 45 minute continuous workout? My current plan is: 15 minute jog before work, 15 minutes before lunch, and 15 ...
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What weight difference will tip an Olympic bar on a rack?

If an olympic bar is in a rack where the rack is touching approximately where the arrows are in the following picture, how more much weight has to be added to one side before that side will fall to ...
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What kind of exercises can I do to strengthen my ankle?

I've been running for about 5 years now and almost every year I get problems on the medial side of my shins. If I keep running, eventually the soft tissue even swells up enough to be palpable and ...
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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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Correct form and technique in single leg db deadlifts in detail

What is the correct form and technique for the single leg db deadlift in detail? I also want to know why one should do it in this way and not differently. What are common mistakes when doing this, why ...
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Firstbeat Energy Expenditure Algorithm

I am looking for an implementation (or a document that describes the actual algorithm) for the energy expenditure/VO2/EPOC calculation from the heart rate variability. A few white papers about ...
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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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How to lose fat only in your thigh?

Let's say I am a pretty skinny guy with a fat thigh. Is it possible to lose fat exclusively in some part of the body? For example, is it possible to lose thigh fat while not losing any weight in my ...
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How Can I Stop Swinging On Pull-Ups?

Whenever I do pull-ups, Palms facing in, my body swings forward and backward. I'm trying to avoid this because I was told that swinging will make pull-ups "easier", and take stress off of the target ...
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Muscle building exercises without looking like the Hulk, think toned and defined

I'm looking to tone my body up and build muscle, but don't want to look like the Hulk or the chicken-legged guys with a huge upper body. I would like to target: Upper Body Lower Body Mid area ...
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How serious are the dangers to rapid weight loss?

I started getting serious about weight loss recently and have reduced my calorie intake somewhat significantly. I've been doing this for about 6 weeks now and the results have been very satisfying. ...
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When are electrolyte/sports drinks necessary?

I drink a lot of water through a normal day, even when passive - about 7-9 liters. On days when I work out, I likely drink about 1-3 extra liters. Is there a rule of thumb for taking in extra ...
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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 to get started with exercising without any previous experience?

I have never exercised except in grade school when I played volley ball. I am not fat 5'8 and 140 lbs, but I have no muscle tone at all, I am completely flabby. To make things worse I have no cardio ...
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How to get rid of oversleeping?

I've got a quite intense body transformation coming up, and it is quite time consuming. Therefore I have finally decided I need to get rid of my worst habit - oversleeping. It seems, that every time ...

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