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2answers
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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 ...
7
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3answers
2k views

Will frequent training on a boxing bag have the same inhibiting effects for mass gaining as lots of running?

I love using a boxing bag. Before I got serious about hitting the gym and putting on size, I used my bag up to two times per day for 30-60 minutes each session. I was very strong even without lifting ...
7
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3answers
580 views

Overcoming a chin-up plateau of 6 in a row

I have a problem. I can only do 6 chin-ups in a row before something gives way. I'm able to go for 2-3 sets, usually with a kip on the last on few. With a weight bearing exercise, there are common ...
8
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3answers
932 views

How do I know if I'm training too hard?

I'm an averagely built guy (183cm, 85kg, 20% body fat) that's looking to build a bit of muscle, lose some fat, and generally turn some heads if I ever go running topless down a beach, but I've got a ...
3
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1answer
122 views

How should I proceed with my runnings?

Since August, I've started running. I never did much of sports before with lots of movement because of my blister forming condition (luckily I have the mild, simplex, variant), but it seems that the ...
2
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3answers
629 views

What should i do to run 6 miles in 1 hour

I am fat, overweight (85 kg, 28 Years, 5ft 9in). I usually eat lots of rice. I am vegetarian, do not take alcohol, sleeps at least 8 hrs daily. I want to run 1 hr to cover 6 miles ( in order to ...
1
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1answer
108 views

What order should I complete my goals in?

I am currently 6'0" 194 lbs. I teach martial arts, which requires me to be physically fit in almost all respects. My physical fitness goals are (in random order): Increase flexibility in the hips, ...
1
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1answer
71 views

I need some advice on push ups due to surgery and injuries

I am a beginner with working out and I know one of the best exercises is push ups but due to steel pins in my toes I am unable to do a "real" push up. Are knee supported push ups just as effective or ...
5
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1answer
665 views

V sit Vs L sit: Muscles involved

I would like to know the muscles that are involved while doing a V sit Vs doing L sit. Is one a progression over the other? Trying V sit for just 15 seconds cause my quads to ache. Is that a weakness ...
3
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1answer
165 views

Am I at a greater risk of injury while experiencing DOMS?

Three days ago I did my first chest workout since around the start of the year. Today, I am experiencing extreme pain from shoulder to shoulder across my chest as far down as my sternum. It is at the ...
5
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3answers
3k views

How do I strengthen my false grip to do a muscle-up?

I have been learning to do muscle up for past few week and still could not do one. For the past few weeks I have been using my legs to try and kick myself up, but still could not do a muscle up. I ...
3
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1answer
1k views

how to train for sit and reach?

One of my physical fitness test is called sit and reach. What are the best methods to train for this "exercise"? Yes, I do agree that it requires flexibility. However, I heard of different methods ...
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3answers
2k views

Are bumper plates “lighter”?

OK, I know that a 45 pound bumper plates weighs the same as a 45 pound iron plate. My experience, however, is that bumpers seem to go up easier. True or myth? If true, wondering if people have ...
4
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2answers
821 views

Back and neck problems from sitting in front of a computer

I am a computer programmer who spends more than 8-10 hours a day at the desk. I want to know which is the appropriate kind or design of the chair that a computer programmer must use, and what types of ...
3
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2answers
175 views

Eating before morning exercise

I lift fairly heavy within about 15 minutes of waking up. I know I should eat something before I start, but I am not sure what or how much. I use a basic protein powder supplement after then a small ...
10
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1answer
559 views

Recommended workout duration vs working out with a partner

I've read about / been told / agree with the fact that my workout should not be exceeding around 1 hour, however most of my workouts approach the 90 mins - 2 hour mark because I work out with a ...
2
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1answer
6k views

How can I build a routine based around a power tower?

Intro: For a few months, I'm not going to have access to my gym. What I do have access to is: A power tower a.k.a chin-up/dip station 2 x 8kg dumbbells An ab roller Some push-up handles When I ...
4
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2answers
1k views

combining isolation exercises with a 5x5 program

i am looking to start doing a 5x5 (stronglifts, specifically), but i have a grade 2 AC joint separation in my shoulder from a while ago. my physical therapist had me doing isolations to help ...
0
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3answers
95 views

Any authoritative references on nutrition? [closed]

This year my wife any I dedicated the year to really getting in shape. Nutrition has become a significant topic in our lives and we're struggling to find a decent resource of nutritional information. ...
2
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1answer
72 views

How to train, eat and relax in the week before my first marathon

My first marathon is this coming weekend. Many months of training are behind me, and I'm feeling pretty good as the race approaches. But I am a little unsure as to how to prep over the next week. As ...
3
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2answers
310 views

Why are there so many exercises in bodybuilder workouts?

I did Starting Strength for 4 months and saw good results. I've changed to a novice bodybuilder workout, and noticed that the rep/set range has increased from 3x5 to 4x10, which makes sense for ...
0
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1answer
1k views

How can I increase ab depth and size?

I understand that "Abs are 70% diet and 30% training" and all of the other cliches out there about "how to get a six pack". This is not the purpose of this question. I think all of those cliche ...
1
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1answer
352 views

Gastric Bypass Surgery and Creatine/HMB [closed]

I have had gastric bypass WLS earlier in the year, and now with the surgeon's encouragement, I have started weight training to preserve lean body mass. It's going well so far, and after two months, ...
3
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1answer
284 views

How to compensate swimming overload in the gym?

I'm looking for exercises which can help me compensate muscle overload generated by swimming (mainly crawl). I crawl about 3 to 4 times a week and I want to focus on that style. I heard that you ...
6
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2answers
196 views

What is it called when you lift yourself into a handstand?

What is the gymnastic term for, from standing on all fours, lifting yourself into a handstand in a controlled manner? That is, without kicking up.
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1answer
415 views

What's the deal with 'inner' and 'outer' abdominals?

I have a questions about what abdominal muscles I actually have, and what they do. On one hand, I often hear about the distinction between outer and inner abdominals: The outer abs are mostly worked ...
1
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0answers
49 views

How to track Fitness effort manually? [closed]

This can mean many things, here is what I have in mind: If I use an Eliptical trainer, I want to log all the settings before I start. Similarly afterwards, I might want to capture several ...
4
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1answer
96 views

My first minimalistic/barefoot shoe

I'm planning to buy my first minimalistic shoe, and I've encountered some attributes of certain shoes that I understand now, but still, I don't know what footbed or drop parameters should I buy in the ...
39
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13answers
9k views

What are the downsides of minimalist running shoes?

Over the past few years, barefoot (or close to it) running has become extremely popular. New Balance, Nike, Saucony, and I'm sure more have come out with minimal shoes, not to mention the Vibram Five ...
2
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2answers
362 views

Do you still gain muscle even if you do less reps than last time?

Today, probably due to having a not very nutritious lunch, I was able to lift noticeably less (e.g. Benching at 55kg rather than 75kg) weight & reps than normal. In a situation like this, if ...
5
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1answer
22k views

Blurry vision after exercise?

I've noticed that after I do some heavy cardio my vision will sometimes get blurry. The blurriness usually occurs about 15-30 minutes after I exercise and then lasts for 15-30 minutes and is usually ...
5
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1answer
304 views

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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2answers
1k views

Advice on protein supplements with Kick Boxing / Weight Lifting Training

What do you think about protein supplements? I train kick boxing and some weight lifting roughly 2 - 3 times a week. Would you suggest taking protein supplements? If so, what would you look for ...
1
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1answer
343 views

Training despite having an unbalanced back (asymmetric)

I have an asymmetrical back, it is not really visible when relaxed, but I noticed that I can easily contract and pop up my right deltoid while the left one, is impossible. A doctor told me that after ...
1
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3answers
369 views

What is the difference between cadence and tempo in spinning?

My instructor makes a lot of use of the terms cadence and tempo in the spinning class, but I have not been able to get a satisfactory answer on what the difference between the two is. What is the ...
1
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1answer
225 views

Very big strain on lungs/breathing when doing cardio exercise

I often try to do cardio to get a little more "in shape" to not feel slobby, slow, unable to participate in physical games without fatigue, avoid embarrassment, etc. However, running at any rate ...
4
votes
1answer
139 views

To what extent is someone who does “powerlifting” a “powerlifter”?

I do work out for strength, but I am not a professional powerlifter. Does that mean I have the right to, and expect a respectable position so forth, to be coining/coined as a powerlifter if I just do ...
0
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1answer
45 views

Different approaches of increasing weight in exercises

What are the different approaches and pros/cons of each method of increasing the weight used in strength exercises? I have been using a certain amount, and when it becomes "easy" then increasing it ...
2
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1answer
89 views

Does depression have a big impact on an individual's exercise results?

I have been depressed before, but I don't believe I have any ongoing, persistent issue with it, though I wouldn't check it off my list. My most prominent issues are social anxiety disorder, which ...
0
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0answers
205 views

Strain to just lift arms out in front of me, or raise them over my head

For years this has always been an issue, but I can't afford to see an expert anytime I wish, and information these days can be self-researched, learned, or found out online by experts who will answer ...
2
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1answer
2k views

Is taking protein shakes without exercising beneficial or dangerous?

My 25 year old brother joined a gym two months ago. He does one hour of exercise when he goes to gym. Due to excessive office work, he can't go to the gym regularly. He takes daily, 30 gram protein ...
7
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3answers
1k views

How does the handstand compare to the plank for abdominal training?

As part of a body weight circuit, I have been using the plank as the abdominal component. Additionally, I have been working on doing handstands, in preparation for doing handstand push ups. How well ...
4
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3answers
3k views

I can't hold a plank for long - how do I get more effect out of a session?

I can hold a plank for 20-30s tops, I think, far shorter after I did other work. I have some ideas tow get more Volume and effect out of a session: hold until perfect form is no more doable, rest 20 ...
0
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2answers
1k views

Runtastic heart rate zones way too high?

I measured my resting heart rate using the runtastic chest strap and It is 54. I am 27 years old and my current weight is 75 kilograms (165.3 lb). I used the Formular which according to wikipedia was ...
2
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1answer
469 views

What is the mileage needed to run half-marathon in minimalist shoes without injury?

I have been running in minimalist shoes for about 4 months now, gradually getting to 40-80 km a month. The maximum distance I have run so far is 12 kilometers. I want to run a half-marathon in about ...
2
votes
2answers
63 views

New at mountain biking

I have been biking for about a month and really enjoy it. However my legs just give out on me. I run 6 miles two days a week then bike 6-8 3 to 4 days a week. Any suggestions on how I can improve ...
0
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2answers
460 views

10 set of 10 reps not too much to bulk up

I've recently come accross this training, I've started it yesterday. But i'm not sure about the number of sets. I've alway think that 3 sets of 5 rep with a lot a weight was good to bulk up. Could ...
1
vote
1answer
84 views

Disavantages of a faster metabolism [closed]

Everywhere I read people talking about how to increase metabolism in order to improve weight loss and fitness. Be it with frequent meals, special foods, developing more muscular mass, etc. Overall ...
2
votes
2answers
228 views

Does muscle adaptation occur when strength training (low reps)?

My current strength-training goals are: One-armed pull-ups: 4x5 One-armed chin-ups: 4x5 One-armed push-ups: 4x5 Handstand push-ups: 4x5 (also training legs through running and pistol squats and abs ...
8
votes
5answers
4k views

How to train for leg explosive power?

One of my physical test requirements are standing broad jumps. What methods are there to train for standing broad jumps or leg explosive power in general? And which precautions do I have to take so ...

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