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Are resistance bands really a reliable form of resistance?

I am considering getting a few resistance bands so I can keep my muscles active while at work, but I got to thinking about their long-term reliability. On the issue of loss of elasticity, it seems to ...
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Stronglifts Adaptation Questions

I'm currently doing StrongLifts however I have changed the bench & squat parameters to 5x8 instead of 5x5. I've also added in some accessory stuff (flies, curls, skull crushers, pull-ups on days I ...
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Fix for excessive saliva/mucous during workouts? [closed]

I'd like to get in better shape, but I'm running into an unusual block (from what I can tell). Whenever I try to work out - say on an exercise bike - after 5-10 minutes I have to stop and spend a few ...
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Do activity trackers count steps when you don't move your arms?

I have a Jawbone up which I wear on my wrist. As far as I know it calculates my step count by measuring the movements of my arm when I walk/run. So if I have my hands inside the hoodie pockets(when ...
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Workouts don't become easier for me

I do an 8 minute workout every day with an application. My workout is a mix of different excercises (hindu push-ups, abdominal etc, 30 seconds each). before this I used to do easier work-outs. I've ...
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How can ballet dancers deal with ingrown toenails? [closed]

I am suffering from ingrown toenails as a result of fairly recent and constant ballet dance routines. I got them cut back at a chiropodist but it still hurts. What should I do ? Keep cutting them back ...
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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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good eye exercises for all day computer use

I'm working in IT for a company, so I have to spend 8 & 1/2 hours of day in front of a computer. Can you suggest some exercises that will help rest my eyes?
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Why does my RHR rise every day after a strength workout?

I measure my resting heart rate every morning before turning out of bed. The day after a demanding strength workout I find it has risen as compared with the day before. I had thought it was merely a ...
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Resistance bands: What do the resistance ranges of “X to Y” pounds mean?

If you look at the typical product description of a resistance band (Amazon is a good place to see a lot of these), you'll see that nearly all of them give a range of resistance. For example, one ...
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Does training > 75% MHR benefit aerobic base?

I've been reading that developing one's aerobic base is good for improving overall speed, and that to do so, I should be training at 60-75% of MHR. Is there still merit for overall speed in training ...
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Risk for Type 2 Diabetes [closed]

I am a 16 year old teenager. Unfortunately I am very fat, trying to lose weight. I weigh ~91kg my height is 5 ft 11 in, and my waist circumference is 41.5 inches (I know....) My father has type 2 ...
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Energy intake and expenditure

I was reading below and have a doubt. http://www.nutrition.org.uk/nutritionscience/energy/energy-intake-and-expenditure.html?start=5 So to lose weight "energy in" should be less than expenditure . ...
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Percussion massage good for muscle knots?

I've got a muscle knot in my lower back on the left side and i have found that beating it with a pestle seems to ease my stiff knees and makes me feel looser. Pulled my back out years ago. Is it ok ...
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How celebrities can shed/gain so much of fat in such short time and abstinence?

Christian Bale for the "The Machinist" and Hugh Jackman for "The Wolverine". These two celebrities went too far to reach perfection in their role. Has anyone this community happened to be with these ...
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Vitamins: How much is too much? [closed]

I received some Kinetica Essential tablets with some protein (I paid a little more for them, they weren't free), and looking at the RDA for the vitamins it contains raises some questions. They ...
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Increasing muscle/fat ratio while remaining at the same (ish) weight

Background: For the past 6 months, I've gone from 89kg to 81kg bodyweight, while doing mainly 8-rep sets on most exercises. Keep in mind, before I started working out a couple years ago, I was at ...
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Fitness app that allows recording food consumed by weight and not by volumetric serving?

myfitnesspal.com has a large database of foods with their nutritional value stored, and allows one to add in how much one has consumed by the volumetric servings, e.g. 1 cup of carrots. However, it ...
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Active minutes on Flex

How is it possible to spend 45-60 min on the treadmill at 3 mph and only record 4 active minutes? I believe the Fitbit flex is not accurately counting active minutes.
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How to increase push ups

I started doing push ups three weeks ago and I can't seem to do more than 20 in a set. When I do 3 sets I always get stuck on 20. I am 65kg, I used to do 90 push ups, 30 reps, 3 sets. After I ...
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Does weighlifting have the same benefits as HIIT?

Background of HIIT High intensity interval training (HIIT) is generally performed by sprinting close to maximum capacity followed by rest. The process is repeated several times. Proponents of HIIT ...
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How to recover from a long break, with proper nutrition?

22/M/55kg/176cms My last StrongLift 5*5 workout was on 28th Nov 2014, and I weighed 58.2 Kgs then. Since then I haven't worked out one bit and my diet is getting less by day (at least thats what I am ...
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Best protocol for self assisted pull-ups?

I can't do full body weight pull ups, so I do self assisted ones. I try to follow the form described on exrx. I have a few questions that are probably linked, so I ask them as one: What is the best ...
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Squat for over weight people

I'm trying to do dumbbell squats but not possible. I feel unbalanced hence no confidence to put my weight on heels . Could anyone help me to find out how I could progress to there ? Is there way I can ...
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Cycling speed and fitness

I have a number of health issues (including heart) but love cycling and am determined to train for a long distance ride. I am 68 years old and a beginning cyclist. I have worked up to a distance of ...
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Getting fatter with weight training

I am a 32 year old female who started weight training about 1 month ago after doing lots of cardio work. I really enjoy it and am building the weight slowly each week. I am also trying to move to a ...
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Critique of my prep for a bikini competition

I am a 22 year old female, current weight 138lbs, goal weight 120lbs. Current body fat 30%, goal body fat ~15-18%. I am entering a bikini fitness competition in July, so I have around 22 weeks left. I ...
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My Current deadlift is 116% of my body weight. My goal is 200% of my body weight, how much time should I give?

I am 27, weigh 185 lbs (23% body fat, goal 15%), and my current deadlift is 215lbs. I have been working on deadlifts for last 6 months. My goal is to lift twice my body weight. If I have to set a goal ...
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Does exercising in cold burn more calories? [duplicate]

My thoughts are that in winter, especially outdoors winter exercising should burn more calories. It takes more energy to heat up the body for so long. I feel when I eat quite a lot in a day I feel ...
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What is the reason to weigh oneself during a workout?

I saw people weigh themselves during a workout at a gym. Is there a reason to do that? (besides the obvious wanting to know how much water one have lost and be able to drink accordingly?). ...
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Upper thigh pain caused by running?

I run about 8-12 km a day in about 70-90 minutes every morning.I find that I have been having pain in the upper thigh(from mid-thigh to just above the knee) and along the sides of the thigh.This ...
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How to gain FAT & muscle and not “lean muscle” alone, How do I get fatter? [duplicate]

I'm currently a very skinny 59.7kg, 6'1, non-vegetarian and I want to almost double my weight to 90-100kg how can I do this over a very short(ish) period of time? (6 months) I don't want to gain "Lean ...
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How to reduce risk of injury in strength training (when not training at a gym)

I have been thinking about taking up weight training, mainly to build up by back, triceps, and biceps. I did not want to go to a gym to do the exercises, though. I would prefer to do them at home but ...
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Cell Death and muscle synthesis

just a question out of curiosity! I went to a Science Live event last week, and one of the things they talked about was how cell death is essential for growth and replacement of cells. Does this ...
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Progressive, linear steady cardio program with a stationary bike provided with heart rate meter

I am doing a simple strength training routine once every four days (Sxxx). I need to introduce a very low impact cardio day in this routine (e.g. SxCx). I would like to use the stationary bike (not ...
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Long legs squat foot position and posterior chain

I've read a fair bit on this but just wanted to see what other opinions there were on this. I'm 193cm (6'4") with an inside leg of 84cm, I've got longer than average leg to upper body ratio. When ...
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Do training breaks affect the 'novice effect'?

Starting Strength book mentions the 'novice effect', where a novice can gain strength very quickly and increase lifts every workout. Does taking a break during the novice phase affects this? Is ...
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How should I interpret this performance standards table?

Starting strength wiki refers to these strength standard tables. Are the values listed there the upper limit for the category, or the lower limit? In other words, I'm 81Kg and I'm able to squat ...
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Should I do weight training while sick?

If I catch a cold or have some sort or minor infection I usually feel I'm not on my top condition, however I'm healthy enough to go work and function normally. I feel I could also go to gym, but I'm ...
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Can I increase my height after 24? [duplicate]

I am 24 years old. I am ready to do exercise and yoga too..
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Replacing protein food with supplement

Working on a plan and working hard in gym and is more of connected to food and how much calories you take in. Sometime buying all supplements can shrink your budget. Given that, can i substitute ...
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Nutrition: I consume about 250g of maltodextrin daily. Possible negative effects? [closed]

So the headline is fairly self-explanatory, but basically I have been dissolving about 250g (1,000 calories worth) of maltodextrin in 64oz of water and drinking it throughout the day, in an effort to ...
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How to retain a proper posture when sitting, standing, walking?

How do people retain a proper posture when when sitting, standing, and walking? Here I am referring to a posture that is not overly stiff (like with high, tense, shoulders), but also not slouching. ...
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How far should one stretch when doing yoga?

What is the typical threshold for how far one should stretch in, say, doing a forward bend? There are different levels of discomfort—and I know one should not stretch to the point of pain, but when ...
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Is my training regime going to build muscle mass?

I'm aiming to build muscle mass by going to the outdoor gym in my area. This is the routine I've been doing for the last few months Saturday 5 sets of 10 pull ups 5 sets of 25 push ups Sunday 5 ...
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2answers
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By systematical training, can strength and muscle continue to grow despite the aging?

Let's say if one starts a good, systematical strength training programme at the age of 30. I would say he should be physically much stronger when he turns 40. What if he just continue this training ...
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How does strength training affect one's health and life expectancy in the long run?

I understand that aerobic exercise are very beneficial for one's health, but I always have doubts about muscle training. I know that bodybuilding makes you heavier, stronger and more attractive, but ...
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Foot pain during all exercise - HIIT alternatives?

I'm at a loss for what to do. For a number of years now the outer underside of both of my feet cause me a lot if pain during excercise - running, cross trainer, walking!! I've tried different footwear ...
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Taking 'salt tablets' when running longer distances

I'm running a marathon in March (my 5th overall) and the last marathon I suffered with severe cramp after 23 miles. I've been advised to take 'salt tablets' by another runner. I've done some research ...
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Weight lifting gloves with straps between fingers

I recently purchased some (different to my usual) weight lifting gloves with extra padding on the palm, really for doing tricep dips on bars. Between the fingers are some straps, so the first two ...

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