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What kind of home exercises are helpful when one trains martial arts?

I have recently started training martial arts (mostly striking, some wrestling). I have trainings twice a week (monday/wednesday). Trainings are pretty demanding, even after 3 months. I don't train ...
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4answers
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Knee pain when running

After a run (cross country, mixed terrain, ~4 miles) I sometimes get knee pain. The pain is located beneath the knee cap. It goes away after a while, but sometimes resurfaces if I'm walking. I've ...
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1answer
874 views

Glute exercises for someone with knee pain

I have comparatively weak gluteal muscles and need to start strengthening them up. Unfortunately, due to knee-issues, my doctor doesn't want me doing exercises where my knees go to or below parallel ...
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1answer
137 views

How to asess and correct imbalances in the body [closed]

I suspect I have a lot of imbalances in my body causing pain. How do I assess and correct them? I expect to consult a professional, so what kind of professional is part of the question. (Regular ...
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2answers
175 views

Less weight and more reps or heavier weight and less reps? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What are the trade-offs of weight versus repetition? I have just started out with lifting weights, now I know that I should be working all the muscles and I have a ...
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2answers
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Quads vs Hamstrings in Squats and Lunges

I've read that squats and lunges are primarily Hamstring/Glute exercises. But I tend to feel them much more in my quads. Is this indicative of a form issue, or an imbalance in the strength of my ...
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1answer
708 views

Are rest days required for Cardio?

Suppose one wishes to start an aerobic workout routine. Assuming one is young and without illness, is a 30 min a day workout (approx 15 min jogging and 15 minute walking intermittently) a reasonable ...
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1answer
348 views

What is an ideal body fat% for young lean males?

I am 25 year old male, 67cm in height, 74kg in weight, and have approximately 8% body fat. The 8% figure comes from a 9-point caliper test, while the less accurate 4-point caliper test measures me at ...
2
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1answer
649 views

bodyweight leg exercises for strength/hypertrophy

I'm doing upper body bodyweight strength training (gymnastics stuff) for a while now, and would like to incorporate some leg exercises into my training. I'm looking for 1-2 good compound exercises ...
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1answer
230 views

Supercompensation and split workouts

I'm an amateur weight lifter. For the past few years have doing a 3 day split workouts. Squat/Deadlift/BenchPress + support. I recently got introduced to the concept of supercompensation and seems to ...
2
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2answers
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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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7answers
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What to do during a week off?

I am feeling pretty battered and reckon I really need to take a week off from lifting weights. What are some things I should take into consideration? Should I adjust my diet? Eat less? Eat less ...
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2answers
173 views

Is taking a set to failure recommended for any type of lift or goal?

I recently posted a question about light-headedness after squats, and it was mentioned that squat sets should not be taken to failure. I can appreciate squats could be dangerous if one collapsed or ...
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0answers
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Understanding physical fitness anatomically [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What are good books on muscle building heavily based on science? Are there any books which explain the significance of each and every exercise we do in the gym? I do not ...
3
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1answer
838 views

Does the optimal hypertrophy rep range apply to tired muscles?

It is generally accepted that the optimal rep range for muscular hypertrophy is around 6-10 reps. And it is also generally accepted that after 3 minutes of rest muscles will recuperate all the energy ...
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1answer
283 views

Why do bodybuilders take such a long recovery period?

Why do bodybuilders take recovery periods that are longer than any other type of athlete? Im doing a mixture of weights and cardio. I try to do 2 sessions with weights focusing on upper body and 2 ...
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3answers
3k views

training for 200m freestyle swim race

I have 6 months to train for a swimming race (200m freestyle in a 50m outdoor pool). My level at the moment is beginner/intermediate, with fairly good technique. Should I focus on training longer ...
6
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1answer
119 views

What is the difference between one and several sets - With the same level of soreness?

What is the difference between doing just one set and several sets in one training session, if you train to the same level of post training soreness?
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0answers
34 views

Maintaining a healthy body for a teenager [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: I am underweight. How do I gain weight and muscle? I am a 18 yr old guy with height of 6 ft. I have had a thin body from my childhood. My weight is around 66 kg. ...
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1answer
88 views

Does it matter if I use one kettle bell v.s two ?

As I move up to heavier kettle-bells for my swing, I've been sticking to using two kettle bells instead of one. So I'll do a 2 hand swing with 25lbs on either hand instead of a 50lbs swing. Does it ...
3
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2answers
3k views

I want to increase my height (teen girl) with the help of excercise routines and diet

I am a 15 year old girl and 5'5 in height. How can I increase my height in terms of food and exercise? Is there some specific diet plan or routine practice required that could accomplish this? I ...
3
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2answers
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Lower back pain when stretching hamstrings

I went to defence forces 4 months ago and have had intense training and stuff without no good physical base before. Had to carry a 60 pound bag for miles on my back etc and now having lower back pain ...
2
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1answer
107 views

daily upper body weightlifting?

What is a good upper body weightlifting routine that I could do daily to gain muscle without leaving a day for rest in between? How can I split upper body exercises in 2 halves so that I let the rest ...
4
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2answers
996 views

Optimum heart rate for fat loss

I'm trying to figure out what the optimum heart rate should be for cardio exercise to burn fat. According to this website apparently between 60% and 70% is best for fat burning. Is this true?
3
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2answers
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Is the Pendlay row the same as a bent-over barbell row?

I'm trying to find the Pendlay row on exrx.net. Is it the same as the barbell bent-over row?
2
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3answers
362 views

How can you do a BMI test?

The Body Mass Index is supposed categorize you into a place in a scale to determine how healthy you are. What components would one need to provide to do a BMI test, and why? If one were to do a BMI ...
0
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0answers
34 views

how to have big muscles for one who have been trying but have not seen any change? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: I am underweight. How do I gain weight and muscle? Hey I am 15 years old and i am so underweight. I am 5 feet 7 inches and i am 100 pounds. I have tried everything. I ...
2
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1answer
102 views

What is starvation mode?

I lift weights but sometimes I'm so tired I forget to take dinner because I end up asleep in bed after showering, then I go without eating until next day's lunch time. And I feel light headed before ...
11
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1answer
509 views

Gyming does not add bulk to my body, it only puts my body into good shape

I am a 23 year old, 5 foot 5 inches tall, 52 kg male. Judging by my BMI, I'm not underweight, but I still look skinny. I am not weak (I think) as I can do 60 push ups (20-20-20), 10-12 pulls ups and ...
8
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2answers
2k views

Why does the Bill Starr Rehab protocol work, if it does?

From here and other places around the internet, the Bill Starr rehab protocol for muscle-belly injuries is described like this: Wait 3-4 days until the pain starts to “blur”, which indicates ...
7
votes
1answer
139 views

How to superset effectively?

I am just starting to incorporate some dumbbell exercises in my workout. I try to reduce pauses between exercises to get more stuff done in the same time and spend less time waiting. At the moment I ...
9
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1answer
757 views

What is the right kind of protein for that job?

There are so many kinds of protein available in the market that it does your head in . I have done my homework but still not sure as to when to use which one. Following is what I have understood so ...
2
votes
4answers
1k views

Continuous heart rate monitor [closed]

I'd like to monitor my heartrate throughout the day, and do some analysis/visualisation of the data myself. As such, I'm hoping to find something that meets the following requirements: Must-have: ...
12
votes
1answer
206 views

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 ...
4
votes
1answer
149 views

Weight Training for Weight Loss

I have heard that weight training can be a good strategy for reducing body fat. If one's goal is to reduce total body fat, should one's weight training program be aimed at muscle hypertrophy or ...
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votes
2answers
178 views

To what extent is strength training about optimal breakdown of muscles [closed]

In beginner strength training the way it is usually recommended, how much is soreness, DOMS (Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness), and inflammation associated with the productive muscle breakdown that ...
1
vote
1answer
319 views

What is a good and tested body building programs for a beginner?

What would be a good body building program for a beginner? I have been searching the Internet and find a lot of programs but am not sure about the credibility of the people who have published these ...
9
votes
3answers
268 views

Compound, total body exercises minimising quad and ham development

I'm currently squatting twice a week, deadlifting once. Deadlifting doesn't concern me because I feel my back is getting a great workout and the hips are starting much higher than the knees, but ...
6
votes
3answers
1k views

Can glycogen only be used by the muscle in which it is stored in?

Carbohydrates are stored in the muscles as glycogen. It is a major energy source for weight lifting. I want to know if a muscle can only use the glycogen stored in itself or can it borrow glycogen ...
5
votes
1answer
3k views

Can I remove the nasty rubber smell from new equipment?

I just bought a Burn Machine device which has two rotating handles within a frame. It is weighted and functions similar to using a speedbag (see picture below). I've been using it a lot ever since I ...
12
votes
3answers
970 views

Light-headedness after squats

My final set of squats has me going until I can do no more. I usually stop when I feel one more rep may or may not might be possible, but it's going to totally wipe me out trying. I usually sense that ...
3
votes
2answers
3k views

Having a stronger right hand than left hand

I recently started training with a friend of mine, and on the days that we do push force exercises he keeps telling that he doesn't feel satisfied from the workout. Now this was very strange to me ...
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votes
3answers
436 views

Exercises with a Torn Wrist Tendon [closed]

For the past month, I noticed that I developed about a 1/2 inch size lump on my left inner wrist. I suspected it was a cyst, but after seeing the hand surgeon I was told that I have a torn Flexor ...
3
votes
1answer
432 views

How does wiggling your fingers activate your fast twitch muscle fibers?

You may remember hurdler Michelle Jenneke's famous dance where she wiggles her fingers to warm up before the race. In this interview (at 01:11), she reveals that wiggling her fingers activates her ...
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vote
7answers
488 views

Am I eating right? or way too much?

I'm 25, in good shape(maybe a few kilos over weight), doing a desk job. Recently I started working out hard, and changed what I eat to healthy options. My goal is to lose weight and build muscles. I ...
6
votes
2answers
12k views

Why do my legs hurt while jumping rope?

I used to skip in the passed, but always ended up stopping after a week when I could no longer handle the pain in the lower legs, i.e. knees, shins, feet. Looking at these diagrams from ...
7
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4answers
742 views

What kind of exercises can I do at home with no equipment?

My current exercise/fitness plan involves just healthier eating and running at least 3 days a week. However, I want to try to include some exercises that I can do on my off-days from running in order ...
3
votes
2answers
99 views

What should I be looking for in a heart rate monitor?

What are the most important points I should look for in a heart rate monitor? I am looking at only using it when I work out (so not a fitbit, etc for sleep). I want a hrm and not just a glorified ...
8
votes
1answer
425 views

100 push-up. I went from 36 to 28 after being sick. Is it normal? How can I improve?

I am 29 years old, weigh 72kg (174cm tall), my goal is to do 100 "good form" push ups. I am following the hundred push ups training program. I initially did 30, then I got up to 36. Then I paused for ...
3
votes
2answers
3k views

How do I build my obliques?

I've tried for a couple of months now and I just can't seem to build on my obliques.. I have minimal trouble getting and keeping my 6 pack, but I just can't get those darn obliques. It looks really ...

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