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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Any suggestions on dealing with a longer-term shoulder injury?

I jammed my shoulder a few years ago while catching myself in a skateboard fall, and since then, it has had issues, off and on, where during periods where it bothers me, I can't do pushups or dumbbell ...
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How to build muscles and lose fat quickly within weeks?

Some people like models or actors have to look their best for certain occasions like a shooting. They have special training programs and diets that allow them to improve their looks within several ...
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800-Calorie Diet

I am looking for an 800-calorie diet which is suitable for somebody who is allergic to eggs and milk. I am able to consume soya drink (or "soya milk", as some people refer to it), but am unable to ...
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How long does it take lungs to recover after quitting smoking

I have smoked on and off since I was 14. I just turned 27 in July. I have smoked a mix of tobacco and other stuff. I averaged about 15 packs a week. I currently cycle roughly 100 miles a week. ...
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Should I exercise when my muscles are aching?

I exercised for the first time in a long time yesterday. This is what I did: 500 jumping jacks at moderate pace 100 jumping jacks at fast pace 10 min of running in place at moderate pace 100 ...
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How can I train for a 5K while strength training with StrongLifts 5x5 and minimizing detrimental effects on either?

I followed the Couch-to-5K training program several months ago in preparation for a 5K race but have not run at all since then. I'd like to get back into it by doing Couch-to-5K again. I'm doing ...
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Effect of squat and dead lift on long distance running

I've primarily been a long distance runner, but I have recently started incorporating swimming and upper body exercises into my weekly exercise program. My latest addition is compound exercises like ...
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Cardio before or after exercise?

I usually do a 10-20 mins Cardio (Treadmill/Elliptical/Cycling) before I go for the weights and other exercises. Is this a good practice? Would there be any advantages if I order my routine ...
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Are there any benefits to running in the heat?

I live in Texas and with the summer coming up, my lunch time runs are becoming less enjoyable. I have goal races that will occur in September (Olympic Triathlon) and November (Marathon) where the ...
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Will daily push-ups help to get rid of my belly fat?

I've never made real exercise. Recently i began doing push-ups starting with 1 a day and finally increasing it to 15 day. Sometimes doing it 3-4 times (45-60). If i continue this routine, will it ...
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Does anyone know what causes muscles to shake uncontrolably while under stress?

My question is related to the following, I think: Why is my body shaking during certain exercises? But I would like to know how this works on muscle/biology level. The best thing I can imagine, ...
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What is the opposite exercise of push ups?

I've been doing push ups on a daily basis, and I feel like I need to also train the opposite muscles, to make sure I'm training evenly. What would be a good counter-exercise for push ups?
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What scientific evidence says cables build less muscle than free weights?

Look at any classic bodybuilding book or DVD and it will say free weights are superior to cables (and machines) for muscular hypertrophy. Joe Weider and Arnold Schwarzenegger are two famous proponents ...
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Does exercise REALLY increase the basal metabolism rate for any significant length of time after the exercise is over?

I am new to this site, but have read several questions and answers here that are related to this question and have found different contradictory answers. Some say that the only effect is that a ...
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Why is there an emphasis on consuming protein for muscle repair and gain?

I've heard it explained before but I still don't understand why there is such an emphasis on consuming lots of protein. My trainers say I should consume 1 gram of protein per body weight (and then ...

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