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Using a Foam Roller

Recently a personal trainer recommended I use a foam roller for muscle massage and flexibility. Most research I've done on the web simply states the roller 'massages the muscle' or 'breaks down scar ...
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What is the least I need to run to maintain my conditioning?

Sometimes you know that you have a very busy time ahead of you, and that you're going to have less time for fitness activities, for whatever reason (work, a new child, etc). My questions is this- ...
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How does isometric strength relate to isotonic strength?

Background Isometric - holding a weight in the same position. Example: holding heavy bags of groceries. Isotonic - moving the weight through a range of motion. Example: bicep curls. Question How ...
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What are some good strength training routines for runners?

I'm looking for suggestions for a 60-90 minute session, complete with exercises, sets, weight, rep, etc. My primary goal is to build speed for 5k trail races.
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Reducing tightness in calf and soleus

A few weeks back I strained my soleus and have gradually started building up my exercise levels again. I have noticed after a few days back on full exercise that the muscles in my lower leg (calf and ...
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What are some good 5x5 programs I can follow?

I'm looking to start a 5x5 program because I've heard that there are great benefits for beginners just starting to get into weight lifting. What are some good programs, and how can I pick the one ...
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What can I do for cardio while I am on vacation with no equipment? [duplicate]

I started exercising and eating healthier 3 months ago and am really motivated and on a great schedule. I swim for 30 minutes 2-3 times a week, hike with elevation gain 2.2 miles 1-2 times a week ...
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Does working a diverse set of muscles increase metabolism?

By supplementing my running with working additional muscle groups, can I increase my metabolism? I'm thinking of doing about 30 situps 30 pushups before running and gradually building up. I might add ...
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Preventing upper back from rounding while squatting

My current bodyweight is 65kg and I am doing StrongLifts 5x5 for past two months. I am stuck between 70-75kg squat. Until 65kg squat it didn't matter much how my form was. I know that, I used to ...
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1answer
254 views

Effects of not extending arm fully during bicep curl

I've recently started working out at a gym, and I've been critiqued by a friend with whom I work out that I don't do the exercises as they are supposed to be done. I.e. when doing bicep curls I tend ...
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Bodyweight strength training

Normally I'd be following a typical freeweight strength training program, like Stronglifts 5x5, but lately I have found the necessity to go to a gym is a bit of a problem. Also, I will be leaving for ...
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1answer
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how accurate are the calorie counters on iPhone apps?

I use Kinetic to measure my regular excercise routine (walking). It calculates / estimates the amount of calories burned during that period. I am wondering how accurate (generally speaking) these ...
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Calorie Counter from heart rate monitor Vs. Elliptical machine

I used an elliptical machine at high intensity (not crazy high) for around 20 – 25 minutes, the elliptical machine workout said that I burned 600 calories where as the heart rate monitor said that I ...
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How reliable is this study for the relationship between heart rate and calories burned?

I am talking specifically about a paper called Prediction of energy expenditure from heart rate monitoring during submaximal exercise. It states that within the narrow range of 90-150 bpm, there is a ...
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365 views

Body Fat % Measuring Device

I want to closely monitor my body fat % but I'm not sure which scale/device is best for doing so. Are the scales with built in boy fat % calculators or the handle measuring devices accurate and to ...
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2answers
651 views

Should milk be completely avoided during weight-loss work-outs?

Milk has a considerable amount of fat. So while in a weight-loss regiment, should milk be avoided completely?
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How many calories will I burn walking one mile?

I walk, on average, a 15 minute mile and on flat terrain. I weight 150 lbs and I'm about 5' 7" with a medium build. I'm trying to manage my overall health and want to ensure my exercise is balancing ...
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2answers
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I want to grow taller?

I'm 15 years old and only 5'2 and about 47kg. I can't help it anymore and I really want to get taller, as I hate seeing my friends grow to about 6'0 and i stay shorter as if i'm their kid. My dad is ...
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1answer
670 views

Could someone explain this psoas stretch?

Without an image to accompany it, I don't really know how to perform this psoas stretch Stand up straight, and move one foot about 10 inches behind the other. Bend both your front and back knees, ...
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1answer
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What is this part of the knee?

There is a large cord I can see and feel on the lateral (outside) part of my knee and I'm wondering what it is, as it hurts sometimes. Does anyone know what it is? I think it is the LCL, the IT band ...
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1answer
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Is it harmful not to wear an underwear while running?

Shall we or shall we not wear an underwear while exercising? Though it may boil down to personal preference. But I am looking at it from health point of view. Some say that it's harmful not to wear ...
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2answers
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Does Fitbit Flex Count Indoor Rowing Machine Strokes

I am thinking of purchasing a Fitbit Flex. I have an indoor rowing machine which is my main form of exercise other than walking. I can't do much else because of injuries. I wondered if my rowing ...
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5answers
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How do I naturally boost my Testosterone levels?

Its a well documented fact that testosterone in essential for muscle development. So much so that some will want to go to the lengths of taking synthetic testosterone in order to aid their ...
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8answers
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How deep should a squat be?

Recently, I've read some articles that suggest that you should go below 90 degrees. On the other hand, I've talked with a trainer in my gym, and he usually places a bench behind him so that he ...
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5answers
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What are the recommended exercise types for getting broad shoulders?

What exercises do you recommend, if one's main target is broad shoulders (and chest too, but less priority)? Does reducing exercises for other muscle group help? Any other tips?
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11answers
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What can I use to monitor my running workout?

After a period of inactivity I recently started running again and want know what gadgets or tools I use to monitor my workout. Some requirements: It should offer workout programs (based on my level ...
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10answers
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How important is it that a person be able to touch their toes?

For as long as I can remember, I've heard the question "can you touch your toes?" asked by people trying to ascertain another person's physical fitness. I've grown up thinking that being able to touch ...
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9answers
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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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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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5answers
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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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3answers
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What exercises can I do to reverse a 'hunch'

I had been a avid weight lifter and runner for a number of years, but I slacked off for a few (4) years and have gotten to be in pretty rough shape. I've also noticed that I've developed something of ...
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643 views

Is “Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It” thesis correct? [closed]

Has anyone read "Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It"? Here is the book on amazon. His basic argument is this (my words): The author argues that insulin in large part is responsible for ...
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3answers
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Are video games like Wii Fit Plus actually any good for losing weight?

Does anyone have an sources on this? I love the idea of playing video games to lose weight, just not sure how effective it is. At the end of my exercises it tells me your burned x calories, but not ...
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5answers
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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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7answers
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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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2answers
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How to get enough Protein as a vegetarian? [closed]

Is is possible to take on enough protein to build muscle whilst eating a vegetarian diet? Many sources of proteins such as meat, poultry and fish are obviously ruled out. Do you have experience of ...
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4answers
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Push-up Variations

Are there some push-up variations I can do to work the biceps or shoulder muscles? Illustrations or pictures would be appreciated as well.
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1answer
334 views

What differences in the muscle structure can be seen when trained for Strength vs Hypertrophy vs Endurance?

This question is bugging me for few weeks now. Its not that I didn't try to look up. I never found a complete answer in an understandable language. From the articles I read over internet I could just ...
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2answers
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Improve breathing and increase lung capacity

Whenever jogging for long distances after some time I feel my breathing is quite laboured. The only solution is to slow down my pace for a while before proceeding. I have checked with my GP and I ...
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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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6answers
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I run 7 miles in an hour, how can i make it 10 miles in an hour?

I go running twice a week, 7 miles each time and it takes exactly an hour. I have kept this routine for a while (like 5 months). I was expecting that by time I would get faster but it seems I am not ...
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4answers
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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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3answers
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Having joint pain and “cracking” after getting back to working out with weights

I have been getting back into working out (both running and weights) and its going pretty well as i am getting back into it and being pretty consistent. The one issue is that i have started to get a ...
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5answers
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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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2answers
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Is working out a healthy alternative to combat RSI (Repetitive Stress Injuries)

I was reading questions on Programmers and I came across this one where a use is having issues with a Repetitive Stress Injury from typing. It got me thinking, is exercise alone a viable alternative ...
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6answers
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What to do against side stitch?

Who am I I started running about two months ago. Before that I occasionally played football/soccer so one can say that I was out of shape but not to a very high degree. As a teenager though I played ...
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2answers
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How to prevent calf cramps while swimming?

I haven't swum in a very long time, although I used to be able to swim with the crawl stroke pretty well as a kid. Now after a couple decades of not using that stroke my body has forgotten how. My ...
7
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3answers
279 views

Where do I start when finding/creating a fitness program for myself?

I'm a senior in college studying computer engineering, so I spend a lot of time sitting in class and/or in front of a computer. I want to commit to a fitness routine before my sedentary lifestyle ...
5
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1answer
1k views

Sleeping less than 4 hours a day?

Six to eight hours per day is the average amount of sleep a person needs. That's about one-third of a lifetime! As a population, we sleep about 1 to 1.5 hours less than we did 100 years ago. ...
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5answers
3k views

How to grow muscle while burning fat?

I am not obese, nor overweight but I still have fat accumulated around the waistline(giving me those ugly love handles). Other than that, I don't have much fat on me. I have tried long cardio ...

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