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Should I run everyday or alternate days and run longer?

I am just getting into doing cardio and there is one question where I see a lot of conflicting information on the internet. What is better for losing fat and general health (more endurance, etc.)? ...
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1answer
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What should I do if I can't complete my program's prescribed workout?

This is a general question, but I'll give some specifics to fill it in. I'm on the Texas Method periodization program. On Monday, I was unable to complete the prescribed workout of a 5lb increase in ...
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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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How does sleep affect your workouts?

Are there any documented studies that show how sleep effects your workouts or athletic performance? It would seem that more sleep would help and less sleep would hinder performance, but that's just ...
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796 views

Is there a benefit to weightlifting without pushing yourself?

Sometimes when I'm at the gym, I am not motivated enough or I don't feel energetic enough to really push myself and force myself to really struggle with those last 2-3 reps in each set. Times like ...
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How can I train to run a sub-45 minute 10k?

I have joined a charity race in 1 and a half month's time. (I have 7 weeks before the race) My PB for 10k is 48:45. I have been running on and off since then but I can still run a 26 min 5k if I ...
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Can I train for 'mass' on some parts of my body, and 'strength' for others?

Is it possible to perform strength training on certain muscle groups and training for mass gain on others? For example, I don't want big legs, but I of course want much stronger legs. Can I do ...
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776 views

What is a good training program for a Quidditch Snitch?

For those of you who aren't Harry Potter fans, Quidditch is a wizard sport played on broomstick that has been modified for us non-flying people and is now pretty popular (Quidditch World Cup is coming ...
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Dumbbell weight training for distance running

What weight training exercises can I do with dumbbells that will benefit me most for running 5-10ks? Are stomach crunches/sit ups worth doing too?
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When I toe-off my feet splay outwards

I am a fairly proficient forefoot runner (10K in 41:30) but I am really niggled about my form. When I toe-off my feet are not in-line with my knee. Is this something that can be corrected? Here is a ...
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Firstbeat Energy Expenditure Algorithm

I am looking for an implementation (or a document that describes the actual algorithm) for the energy expenditure/VO2/EPOC calculation from the heart rate variability. A few white papers about ...
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How does bicycling compare to other exercises when it comes to fat loss?

How does bicycling compare to other exercises when it comes to fat loss? I'm thinking about getting a single speed bike and riding to Uni which is about 10 minutes away by car. There is a nice trail ...
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Muscle building exercises without looking like the Hulk, think toned and defined

I'm looking to tone my body up and build muscle, but don't want to look like the Hulk or the chicken-legged guys with a huge upper body. I would like to target: Upper Body Lower Body Mid area ...
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Low-tech grip strength exercises

Being a student, I'm not exactly rich. I can't currently afford a gym membership or to buy training equipment. Luckily, my roommate has been kind enough to let me borrow his equipment. So far, I've ...
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Does muscle really “turn into” fat?

You often hear people say "My muscle turned into fat" to explain why they used to be strong and in shape but now they are on the somewhat rotund side. My question is how does that transition actually ...
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What is the best Vibram Five Fingers shoes for running long distances? [closed]

I've got the Vibram KSO currently and it works great, especially for trail running. However, running on cement starts to hurt after a while. I'm thinking of getting a different kind, but there are ...
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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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Leg exercises that complement squats?

I believe in balancing the amount of exercise that I give to each muscle group, but recently it occurred to me that my leg muscles might be imbalanced. More than anything, squats are the number one ...
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What are the top intensive bodyweight exercises?

I am 22 and have tried two gyms, but I always fall back to burpees. I am looking for more exercises that are fun to do. require only bodyweight (and minimal equipment). are intensive and have even ...
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4answers
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How to get rid of oversleeping?

I've got a quite intense body transformation coming up, and it is quite time consuming. Therefore I have finally decided I need to get rid of my worst habit - oversleeping. It seems, that every time ...
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5answers
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Skinny but flabby, what to do?

I appear skinny but anyone who's seen me without a shirt knows the truth! My chest, arms, and legs all look healthy (as far as I'm concerned) but my stomach is this fatty mess. It's not that I don't ...
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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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800 views

Why is body mass index so widely used to determine ideal body weight?

Given the fact that it doesn’t distinguish between lean body weight and fat weight, why is body mass index so widely used to determine ideal body weight? When I started seriously exercising a number ...
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Running first thing in the morning

I am currently training for a marathon. Due to a change in my schedule starting Dec 1, mornings will be the only time I can run. I heard that it takes about an hour for the body to absorb water, so ...
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6answers
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How to Get Bigger And Stronger with no gym or weights

How can one get bigger at home without weights such as bench press, dumbbells or anything else. I don't have any weight equiment at home but I workout everyday such as push-ups, sit-ups and dips but ...
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Should you work through soreness?

I started working out on Tuesday and today is my second workout. I did squats on Tuesday and today my legs are still so sore I have trouble going from standing to sitting, sitting to standing, and ...
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How to do a one-arm pushup?

I'd like to do a one-arm pushup. I'm aware of the guide on Beastskills, but it fails to get into much specifics on how to actually progress to it (for the record, I'm trying to do what is referred in ...
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658 views

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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Why rest between sets?

Why is it common to rest between sets of repetition? Could I, instead of resting, exercise another muscle group?
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Are squats with dumbbells as effective as squats with barbells?

I was wondering, if I were to use the same amount of weight with dumbbells as I would with a barbell while doing a squat, will I get the same benefits as I would using a barbell? Now I understand ...
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How does muscle size relate to strength?

I've heard it often that the size of muscles, for example biceps, is not related to how strong someone is. Is this true? See for example this image of Gu Yanli who won the strongest man championship ...
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What are the dangers of doing push-ups incorrectly?

Newbie here. I work long hours behind my computer and I do my best to keep an eye on ergonomics: paying attention to my posture, taking short breaks at regular intervals, that kinda thing. Recently I ...
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Working out after a long period of not exercising

I haven't worked out in about 2 years and I want to start exercising again. My diet is also pretty bad- I eat a lot of fast food. I am only about 5 pounds over weight though, (5'10, 155 lbs) but I ...
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How much should I spend for olympic weights?

I'm willing to start some serious training at home. I'm totally new to weight lifting, but I'd still prefer to buy quality long-lasting equipement from the start, instead of wasting money into cheap ...
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What is the advantage of using Olympic plates over standard ones?

I'm lucky enough to have been gifted a half squat rack and 160kg of "standard" weights. I'm happy with this and not looking to upgrade in the near future but I was wondering what the advantages are of ...
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How to train for Parkour as middle aged beginner

I got interested in Parkour and like to start to train for it. I used to do weight lifting and running short distances, but it's more than ten years now and I'm out of shape. So getting in shape again ...
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3answers
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Pushups for muscle mass, fast or slow?

I'm trying to build my shoulder and chest muscle mass so I've been just doing wide pushups. The problem I'm dealing with right now is how I should do these pushups. Should I push up fast, fall down ...
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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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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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4answers
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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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5answers
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Is it bad to sit down immediately after the exercise? [duplicate]

I've heard numerous times that you should not sit down immediately after the exercise when the heart rate is high and you should stand and walk around for a bit. However I don't remember a convincing ...
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6answers
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What is the best way to train at the gym for weight loss purposes?

I joined a gym 2 months ago, and have exercised almost daily. In the first 2-3 weeks I went to the gym almost daily exercising for about 45 mins (treadmill, weights etc) but I realised this was not ...
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Does running reduce the muscle gained by gym workouts?

I go to gym once in 2-3 days, and I have a nice physique except my fatty stomach. Now I have started running daily for half an hour. But some of my friends have suggested to me that I should stop ...
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Do NSAIDS (Ibuprofen, etc.) actually speed up healing or do they just mask pain?

I have a minor muscle pull in my lower back (right side). The initial pull happened Friday, but I re-aggravated it somewhat last night. I'm trying to heal this injury as quickly as possible for an ...
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2answers
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How to Practice Pull-ups without Equipment

I want to work up to doing more pull-ups, but have access to only a very minimal gym (i.e., without a pull-up bar), and then no gym after that, for a month. What are the best ways to work the muscles ...
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Smoking and its effects on muscle building

Does smoking effect the muscle building process? I understand it can effect your endurance.
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4answers
985 views

How can I maintain my energy levels?

What are the best ways to maintain my energy levels throughout the day. I find that I am becoming very tired during the day and go to bed early but then wake up still tired. In particular, things in ...
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2answers
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How does our body dispose of excess calories (physiologically speaking)?

My question is whether all the excess energy that is left every day always go to fat, or can it be wasted or disposed of somehow? (for example by not digesting everything to 100 percent?) Now, I am ...
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4answers
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How can I increase my pull-ups reps?

Do I do as many as possible to failure? Or do I stick to a weekly plan or multiple sets with low reps?
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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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