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For bench press, should I use dumbbells, a barbell, or the Smith machine?

With my new workout, my trainer has kept a whole day for the chest. Before this I used to decline dumbbell press and do incline smith bench press. Current workout has, Decline, Flat and Incline ...
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Any input on fixing running form with resistance training?

Underwent a gait analysis for a sports conditioning class. We found that my gait is way too long/wide. I'm heel striking like it's going out of style. The rear leg is consistently way too far back. ...
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how can I prevent gagging from mucus on back of throat when swimming?

It's not the most glamorous question but its a very annoying problem. I like to swim about 1km without stopping, but I find every now and again I get thick mucus on the back of my throat that makes me ...
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is it important to keep both shoulders at equal strength? (If so, why?)

My wife got a hairline fracture in the ball of her shoulder joint about two years ago. Unfortunately, it still hurts when she exercises that shoulder, which limits how much she can train it. If she ...
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What different is going on in the initial stage of a cyclic ketogenic diet than after each 'carb up' weekend?

With the cyclic ketogenic diet, initially it takes roughly 2 to 4 weeks (or so I've been told) before the diet becomes easier and you start ketosis. I'm assuming that in this time the body is using up ...
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Best home gym to replace going to the gym

I'm looking for the best home gym/equipment to replace going to an actual gym. I have a severely disabled child who needs a lot of care, thus interfering with my gym sessions. I would really like to ...
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Alternating exercises from workout to workout?

For my strength/hypertrophy based training program, I've chosen following exercises: Deadlifts (2 work sets of 4 reps) Press (3 work sets of 5) Ring Dips (3 work sets of 9) 1-Legged Squats (3 work ...
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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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I'm a very loud runner - how do I improve my running technique?

Whilst playing any sort of indoor sports, a number of people have commented on how loudly I run, it's like I'm stomping around the hall and I'm especially noisy when trying to slow myself down - to ...
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help me adapt the bizzy diet to my needs

This question is specifically about the bizzy diet. But I guess it could pertain to any other diet. My goal is to lose the 8 kgs of mostly fat I've accumulated all over my body the past year. I want ...
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Why Aren't I More Tone?

For the last four months I have been doing the Insanity workout. During this time I have decreased the amount of food I eat to about 1800-2000 calories a day. I drink the recommended amount of water ...
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Information overload makes me unsure of how to lose fat weight

Good morning, I am an avid lurker here and I try to answers that I feel confidently knowledgeable about to answer but after much reading between answers to my own questions, other questions, and ...
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What are the risks of wearing ankle weights during normal activity?

In this question, there's some discussion of the effect of wearing ankle weights all day. Some answers also go into health risks, sadly without citing sources. What are the risks when wearing ankle ...
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What is long distance running? How much is too much?

So let's say you're running 30 minutes to one hour each day, under what category is that? It certainly isn't warm-up, cause it's pretty long. Is that considered long distance running? Or is long ...
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How to reduce stiff back when waking up?

My back is stiff and it hurts after sleep. What can I do to reduce the pain? I sit in the office most of the day. I don't have an exercise program but I cycle to work.
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Cardio: Energy boost and improved fitness

I do cardiovascular work for two reasons of equal importance... For the betterment of my fitness For the post-workout increase in mental energy and well being I usually do some intervallic type ...
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Improve Sled Pull for Mountaineering

I am training to climb Mt. McKinley where I will be pulling uphill a 60lb sled with a 60lb pack on my back for 8-9 hours. I would like to know, other than actually pulling a sled, what exercises ...
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If I lift weights and eat exactly my calorie requirements, what will happen to my body?

I know I won't lose or gain weight if I lift and eat my exact calorie requirement (including the calories burnt during a workout) - but what will happen to my bodyfat percentage? Will no muscle grow ...
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Should we train calves 3 times per week?

Once i heard, that a our calves have fast recovery time! And they are "hard" to grow, so some professionals defend the ideia of training it 3 times per week, what do you think? Someone have another ...
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Good workout regimen for building muscle and losing fat?

So I am looking to start working out regularly, and I need some recommendations on exercises to do/weight lifting techniques. I am 17 and consider myself athletic. I play lacrosse, soccer, and ...
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Are there any advantages of being an ectomorph?

It can be on fitness, sports or just plain daily life. Everything I hear and know about ectomorphs is: They struggle to gain weight (be it fat or muscle) and they tend to lose the gains easily. ...
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Is there a correlation between a heart risks and high BMI for someone with a low body fat percentage?

While Body-Mass Index isn't the worlds most accurate indicator, it does correlate quite nicely with body fat, as the graph below shows. One of the uses of BMI in this case, is that a high BMI is ...
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Is there any way I can convince companies I'm in great shape, despite my BMI results?

I'm currently 5'9", 262.8 at last weight in (about 10 days ago). I'm still cutting, by no means am I 'obese', although that's what my BMI says. I have plenty muscle mass, but to be honest I could ...
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Planning My Workout

I'm a 16 year old a little fat girl and I have some problems with my body shape. I have a pear shaped body shape and I want to get rid of that as much as it's possible. I want to be fit and healthy. ...
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Improve overhead press by clean'ing

I just read an article that states that one way to improve overhead press'ing is first to clean the bar, this would better tighten the lats/core as opposed to pressing directly off of a rack. Does ...
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Is this a good at-home exercise routine for a beginner?

I was recently handed this book on stretching exercises by my friend. It has a set of exercises that one is supposed to do daily; starting with 7 repetitions and gradually increasing to 9, 11 and so ...
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Is my heart rate too high to run?

I recently joined a gym, with the sole purpose of getting fit. In my induction I had a checkup and had a resting heart-rate of 99. After a few months I'm down to 64, which is far more normal of ...
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What do Watts really mean on an exercise bike?

The bikes at my gym show your current power output in Watts and I'm trying to figure out what this means in some tangible form. I know 1 Watt = 1 Joule / second. I know 1 Joule = 0.239 calories. So ...
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How to properly strap an ankle for soccer

I would like to learn how to strap my ankle before playing soccer. I have had some problems with my ankle and I've heard many professional players strap regardless of being injured or not. I also ...
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Can StrongLifts be modified to be just as effective with light weight?

Allow me to inject some context. I'm sure some of you saw my post about the hemorrhoid. I went and found out that it was thrombosed and this morning I had the blood clot removed. The doctors said that ...
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180 views

How to choose a running shoe when you weigh 80-85kg?

I've read a little bit about shoes for running on asphalt and for trail-running, but they always refer to lightweight people. I would like to know what to look for in a running shoe when my weight is ...
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What is the best way to get rid of love handles and lower belly fat?

I have been doing cardio lately, eating pretty healthy and doing lots of ab exercises Planks The Wheel Knee lifts Rotating back with body bar my upper abs and upper side abs are getting very ...
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How much do the plates in Crossfit weigh?

I've been a long time bodybuilder, but never tried Crossfit. I watched some videos of Crossfit athletes use large plates of the same size as the 45 pound plates I find in bodybuilding gyms. I am ...
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The leg workout

I am an ectomorph, looking to increase muscle and mass. My previous leg workout was, Smith Squats Dumbbell lunges Leg extension Leg curls and Calf raises New workout is, Leg Press Leg ...
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How much time does it take to reduce belly fat?

I read lot of questions on reducing belly fat in this forum. I am also suffering from large fat around my abdomen. i have started exercise (weight training + cardio) and leading with healthy food ...
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What are the trade-offs of weight versus repetition?

When doing work out with weights, what is the impact of trade-off between amount of weights working with number of times an exercise is repeated For example, I can repeat an exercise 10x3 times ...
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How to train finger extension?

For climbers, it's important to train the antagonist muscles to our primary movers, to prevent injury. For the fingers, these are the extensors (as you're always flexing your fingers when gripping ...
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What footwear would be suitable for climbing

Im starting a bit of indoor climbing, but Im not sure Im commited enough to buy climbing shoes - they are quite costly. Still, my running shoes seem to be a poor choice for climbing, I can only use ...
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Why does water taste different after a workout? [closed]

I noticed this years ago and it's always intrigued me. When I drink water after an exhausting workout the water tastes different.
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69 views

Drills for sea swimming

Has anyone got experience swimming in the sea? I live in India and the sea near my house is Bay of Bengal. This sea is madly violent. Crossing the initial waves is really tough. Being the first day ...
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HIIT in the living room

I am looking for an aerobic training system for the living room: Should be possible to start with low aerobic load and gradually increase to high intensity, like HIIT or interval training. Ideally ...
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Lost 4 kg after 1st month of gym, then it stopped and I did not lose a pound after that.So my second month of gym was a total waste? why is that?

I have joined the gym 2 months ago.Today was the end of the 2nd month . As I lost 4 kg at the end of 1st month I was so excited to see a reduces number on the scale today. But it was shocking, as I ...
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1answer
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Can alternating grip result in muscle imbalances?

I have been taking my strength seriously the last 4 months and managed to get my deadlift from 55kg to 117.5kg. I have also ditched wrist straps and use alternating grip as it allows me to actually ...
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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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1answer
58 views

What to drink during a triathlon

I'm doing my first triathlon and I'm wondering what to have in my water bottle during the bike ride. People will be handing out plain water during the run. It's this weekend 1500m Swim, 40km Cycle, ...
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Should one replace burned calories?

Question: Should you replace calories burned after exercise (specifically when you already take exercise levels into account while calculating your food goals)? Example: I calculate my ...
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132 views

What are the dangers of starting cardio as an overweight 25 year old male?

I live a sedentary life. 12 hours+ on the computer, as its my job and I am a gamer. Lately I have been fed up with this lifestyle and have decided to make gradual changes to a healthier state. I ...
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1answer
76 views

Weight Loss after reaching a plateau

I am a 46 year old male (Height 170 cms and Weight 179.7 lbs) and I have just been diagnosed as Type 2 diabetic two months back and put on a mild oral medication by my doctor. I prefer exercising ...
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690 views

I exercise daily but my weight is not decreasing

I am a 25 year old female and my weight is 141 lbs (63 kg) and my height 5.3 feet (1.63 m). I want to lose 20 lbs (9 kg). My current traning and eating: I do yoga for one hour in the morning ...
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Should I be wearing socks with the Nike Hyperfeel?

I bought a pair of Nike Hyperfeel shoes and they are amazing to run in, but I now have huge blisters on my both of my ankles and a small one on the ball of my left foot. I got the impression that the ...

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