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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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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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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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Are there stretches or exercises that promote knee strength and prevent injury?

I've started cycling some long rides lately, and am feeling some knee pain. I don't know exactly what's wrong; I'm getting minor complaints from all over my knees. See my last question for more ...
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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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Are crunches an effective exercise for building the abs?

Vince Gironda was famous for training people like Arnold and Lou Ferrigno and operating Vince's Gym. He was one of the OGs of professional bodybuilding. There's a story I've heard more than once ...
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Is there a maximum amount of protein the human body can absorb a day?

Assuming I workout on a regular basis and I'm in constant need for protein for recovery.
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How many days in a week should I work out?

I'm self-employed, which means I can arrange my time however I want, therefore I can hit the gym every day in a week. I also do have the energy to do so. But, I've heard it's not a good idea. Why so? ...
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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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Balance Problems

Is there any exercises I can do to help me gain some balance? That is, when I stand on one leg with the other lifted off the floor, it is only a few seconds before I have to put the other one down on ...
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Starting Strength: a practical program?

Based on this site's recommendation, I got a hold of Starting Strength. It's clearly a spectacular book. But, as a beginner, I find it hard to make practical. It has lots of deep knowledge about ...
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Is weight loss possible without cardio?

I have been advised by my doctor not to do any running, dancing type of exercise which puts stress on my legs due to a leg condition. Being on bed rest for nearly a month and a very sedentary ...
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Getting enough calories with a suppressed appetite

I never thought I'd be saying this...but I need to be eating more. I recently switched to a new medication which has been suppressing my appetite to the point that I can go all day without eating. I ...
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Fat burning supplements and their efficacy

I understand that the general consensus is that one should rather rely on exercise/training and proper nutrition to lose fat. However, I'm wondering what else can be used to accelerate this process. ...
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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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Excessive caffeine consumption effect on heart/body

Each day I drink lots of coffee and energy drinks (redbull 355ml cans). I go to gym 3 times a week (on evenings). Are there any effects on my workouts? I stopped drinking any caffeine (at least from ...
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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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Reduce sweat rate?

Does anyone know how to reduce one's sweat rate? Currently I lose about 3lbs of sweat an hour when I run, even on mild days where the temp. is around 60-70 degrees. As I'm training for ultras, I'd ...
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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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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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What are the best ways for a beginner to ease into running?

I have never been able to run even a quarter of a mile straight. Even now, I have to stop and catch my breath. I'd like to take up running. What are the best ways to ease into it?
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What Are The Symptoms of Shin Splints?

I started running around my neighborhood, on sidewalks or streets, a few weeks ago. Recently, I took a new route on the bike trail (asphalt?). After a five-minute warm-up of walking, I started a slow ...
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Troubleshooting “Body By Science” workout

I've been doing a workout inspired by Body By Science for the last 5 weeks. I can't do the whole book justice in a quick post, but in a nutshell it recommends doing a single set of 3-5 exercises ...
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When I wake up after a two hour nap I feel like I was hit by a truck.

The day of or the day after a gym session I'll often grab a nap on the couch after work around 8pm. I'll fall asleep for a couple of hours and wake up on my own. When I do wake up I feel like I'd ...
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How can I increase bicep width?

How can I increase bicep width? I am happy with my bicep peak, but I am having trouble increasing the width of my biceps. My arms look rather big from the side but when you look at them head on they ...
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What should be recorded in my workout journal

What kinds of information should be kept in my workout journal? Should it just be a matrix of stats (exercise name, weight, reps, and date) or is there other important information that should be ...
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1answer
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How to train up to 50 pull-ups?

My target is to do 50 pullups (without coming down in between them of course). Is it more beneficial (faster for me to hit my target) by doing 1-shot as much as I can or is it more beneficial to ...
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757 views

What is the least damaging way to eat unhealthy food? [closed]

I've been on a reduced calories diet for past 4 months and lost about 20kg, but I keep on getting sweet tooth. The main unhealthy thing that I eat is mostly 85% chocolate, which I usually eat after ...
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Keeping track of muscle dimensions

I am looking for tools and procedures to keep track of changes in sizes of muscles. (or groups of muscles like upper arms and chest). (1) How feasible is this? (2) Are more subjective measures like ...
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1answer
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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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1answer
247 views

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 can I measure my fitness at home without any instruments? [closed]

I need to measure my fitness, so I wanted to know the following things: What items should be considered when determining if a person is completely fit. What tests are available to calculate the ...
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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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Flat feet running

I'm a beginning runner and have only done a 5K, but I probably run about 3-4 times per week. I'm have pretty seriously flat feet and wear orthopedics in my shoes that were fitted by a foot doc. I ...
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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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How to harden muscles?

Specifically, harden. To elaborate: I weight 130; my friend weighs 200. He's very muscular. But I'm strong for my weight-- we both do one arm bicep curls at 40 pounds. I have no trouble with ...
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224 views

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 ...
3
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386 views

What is the best time for “me” to exercise?

Some people have argued that morning is the best time to hit the gym but for me personally this has not worked out. I am not a morning person, when I get up I am usually hungry and after breakfast I ...
3
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1answer
243 views

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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299 views

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 ...
3
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4answers
463 views

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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2answers
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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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406 views

What are good ways to prevent shoulder injuries? [closed]

I'll start this: Shoulder "dislocations" - great for improving shoulder mobility

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