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How to measure balance?

Balance is important: studies have shown it helps prevent injury (for example, this study (in Spanish)), it's useful when transitioning to barefoot/minimalist running (see this or this) and ...
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How long should I wait with eating after an exercise?

I hear sometimes that after running you should wait with eating for 30 or 40 minutes (may be the metabolism is still in fat burning mode?). What is the reason for this advice? How long exactly should ...
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How can I achieve healthy tendons and balanced muscles, with no particular hurry to bulk up?

I want to be healthy, fit, strong, and flexible. I don't want an impressive Deadlift mark in a few months--and much less a herniated disk or tendonitis from training too hard and too fast. My ideal of ...
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What's the relationship between gaining muscle mass and strength? How do I increase in strength without increasing in mass?

This question is a follow on from http://fitness.stackexchange.com/a/11884/5376. I assumed that as I get stronger, my muscles will get bigger, but it seems that this is not a strictly linear ...
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Is there an optimum for swimming stroke rate?

I started swimming and trying to swim 1500m nonstop (as a first goal). I gradually increased my set distances. After 4 weeks I can swim 1000m nonstop. I guess I will reach 1500m in 2 weeks. One thing ...
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How to structure a high intensity interval training (HIIT) program?

I have read some good things about high intensity interval training (HIIT) programs, and wanted to give one a try. The problem is I don't know how the structure of one works, so I cannot build one ...
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What should I look for in a fitness exercise mat?

I want to buy an exercise mat. I just did a quick check on Amazon and it was like I expected, you get mats in all different price ranges. What are possible differences between cheap and expensive ...
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How can i figure out how much sleep I need?

There are tons of articles, like this one, around the importance off sleep on health, fitness,etc. The one question i have is how do i know how much sleep i need. Most of these articles say between ...
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Absolute Beginner in Weight Training

History: I am an absolute beginner to the world of fitness and nutrition. I'm a classical geek that spends most of the time in front of the computer writing code, fixing stuff. I've purchased a set ...
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Body building and gaining weight

I'm 5'10" tall and weight only 56kg. I'm trying to be massive and doing some workout daily, like push ups for at least 30 minutes, with two breaks. In the last 6 months I gained only 5kg. I'm quite ...
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What is the “kernel” for a 4 decade training program for physical fitness?

Almost all training programs or workout routines are focused on the very short term, e.g. 90 days, 12 weeks and similar. My questions is about the "kernel" (key elements in a wide sense) for a ...
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Any suggestions on how I could improve my workout routine?

Me: 6'5", 195 lbs, eat fairly healthy, drink on weekends, always been tall and skinny Desired results: increase upper body mass and definition My Current workout routine (each day is usually 45 mins ...
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How to maintain my body without fat and reduce belly?

I've been going to the gym for the past 3 years. Although my body shape has changed a lot, my weight has been stable 70kg for this period. For example, my biceps has developed a lot, but I was unable ...
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What are good books on muscle building heavily based on science?

Please suggest few books on the topic of muscle building, that are heavily backed by scientific research. I prefer them to be light on concrete training programs, but heavy on facts and research ...
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What are good ways to prevent shoulder injuries? [closed]

I'll start this: Shoulder "dislocations" - great for improving shoulder mobility
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How much water is too much?

I know, that there is the standard 8x8oz glasses or ~ 3 liters of water per day. But today I read, that since about 75% of muscle is water, people using their muscles intensively need more water, ...
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Shoes for Weightlifting

What shoes have you found to be most effective for exercises like squats and deadlifts etc.?
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Running with a backpack

I carpool to work in the mornings but I run home after work. I have tried running with a regular backpack and that didnt work. It bounced up and down too much and wore out my shoulders. I am now ...
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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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When fat is burnt, where is it taken from?

I'm just curious if there is a general pattern of where fat is taken when it is spent during exercise. Is it taken more or less equally from all fat in the body, are some areas used more than others, ...
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Does lactose inhibit fat loss?

In Tim Ferriss' The Four Hour Body, the claim is made that lactose intake seems to inhibit fat loss. Note that it is not claimed that it causes fat gain. Like many claims in this book, it is (and the ...
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Cold Bath After Training - Recovery Techniques

I am a sprinter around the grand old age of 21. At our track, there is a lot of debate of whether cold bath (or ice bath if you're brave enough) aids recovery of the muscle. What are your opinions? ...
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Doing Starting Strength once a week

I'm new to strength training, and, for the time being, can do it only 1 once a week (or maybe every other week). I do aerobic several times a week, and, currently, can't give it up. Should I follow ...
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How to count laps while swimming?

I always lose track of laps while swimming more than 1km freestyle in a pool. Is there any gadget or technique which helps counting laps?
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Is it ok to heel-strike while walking?

I know that, while running, humans aren't designed to land heel-first, and should, instead, land on the balls of their feet. I've tried this while walking, but it is much more difficult to do, and I'm ...
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What is a good metric for defining an ideal weight?

It seems that the conclusion is that there is consensus BMI is a really unhelpful metric for determining ideal weight. Indeed, at 5'9" my ideal weight is about 150 according to BMI. The last time ...
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How to choose the right protein shake?

I never consumed any protein shakes before but I am considering it now because I want to cut back on my meat intake. I am currently 30 years old and weight 145 lbs, hit the gym once or twice a week ...
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How to properly stretch your Iliotibial Band?

I've recently heard about having a tight Iliotibial Band and how its important to stretch it. However since I've been stretching it (gentle 30 second stretches, a variety of them in succession), it ...
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What are the nutritional benefits of saturated fats? [closed]

From this answer it was stated saturated don't do you any favors, whereas polyunsaturated fats have been shown to decrease risk of heart disease and stroke Are there any health benefits to ...
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Fruit juice or water? [closed]

Can water be replaced with fruit juice? So instead of drinking a certain amount of water daily, would it be better to get your H2O from fruit juices? Edit 1: How about veggi juice?
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How to improve symmetry in both strength and size

I have noticed lately that I lack symmetry in my arms (biceps and triceps, not forearms). This lack of symmetry also follows through to the strength and endurance in the weaker arm. With my dominant ...
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What's the best way for an intermediate-level runner to improve?

For a mid-level runner (7m - 7m30s per mile over distance) with a couple of marathons under their belt, what's the best way to improve their running? Should they simply be doing more running or ...
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How do I prevent chafing?

I believe just about every long distance runner, hiker, and many more sports enthusiasts have run into the ever long problem of chafing: caused by constant rubbing of another part of the skin—two ...
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What are some good alternative shoes for strength training?

According to this article, the principles for a good weight lifting shoe has the following properties: Not slippery Incompressible soles Excellent support Snug fit Among the cheapest alternatives ...
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Pain in the top of my foot

I'm having some minor (uncomfortable) pain in the outside top of my right foot (think around the inferior peroneal retinaculum or the inferior extensor retinaculum near the external malleolus). It ...
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Specific weigthlifting protocol to strengthen tendons, regardless of hypertrophy or any other goal

This question was indirectly embedded within other more general questions I made in this site, for example here and here. But the scope was more general. I would like to do this specific question here ...
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Is there a name for the exercises that don't use dumbbells? [closed]

Dumbbell: I've done pushups in the past: Is there a word that describes exercises done using only your own body? Is there a book that guides one to fitness by using these exercises?
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Fitness assessments

I would like to do all kind of fitness related assessments that are not to difficult/costly. They should produce reports that can be understood by similar professionals. Ideally it should be ...
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Visualization techniques for pullups?

Visualization can be an important part of doing an exercise right. I recently came upon a bit of advice on another website and I could immediately feel an improvement in my form (despite having done ...
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General nutrition for normal people where weight loss isn't a goal [closed]

I've always been at a healthy weight and now I'm in my 30's I want to make sure that I'm taking care of myself and consuming the right foods. Considering there is so much information out there, bias, ...
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Should I run along?

I was advice to start c25k workout schedule in this post, but as I run, I am worry about my knees. Today is my 4th workout since the start of c25k. My knees have been strange since some years ago, ...
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Advice on resting muscles

What is the suggested amount of time to rest muscle groups between workouts to prevent injury? I want to tone (improve shapeliness of existing muscle) my body and workout on average 6 times/wk ...
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Is sleep necessary for recovery?

In terms of recovery, is there a difference between lying in bed watching TV / reading and actually sleeping?
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Vertical Leap Improvement Plan?

I am having some doubts for quite some years ! Used to play basketball for some years and i was always a guy who could jump quite well(over 38 inch), i am 6 feet tall and dunking was an easy task. ...
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Do i really have to eat this much for building muscles?

The calorie calculator tells me to eat 2700. My friends/forums tell me to eat 3000-5000 to bulk up. I'm student who us very lightly active. Most of the time I read or sitting at the desk. I do go ...
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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 Eat Before or After Lifting

The title kind of says it. If I plan to left weights in the morning should I eat a high protein meal the night before or the night after?
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Which personal trainer certifications are most respected? [closed]

I'm considering pursuing Personal Trainer certification, and I quickly realized there are a large number of organizations that offer personal training, including: ACE NPTI NASM ACSM NSCA NCSF ...? ...
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What is courtesy in a gym?

I've always been kind of creed out by gyms. Many people doing things and no one talking. I started working at a place with a gym that has lots of machines in a relatively small space. I have no idea ...
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Which protein shake I should take as a beginner?

I have been going to the gym for the last four months, previously I went three times a wekk but right now I am going 1/2 of the days in a week. But I am not gaining muscle but I can lift more weight ...

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