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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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Advice for improving metabolism burn: how do we keep it in high gear?

According to Mayo Clinic about 60% - 75% of the calories burned are non-exercise related. It seems each person's metabolism adjusts to ensure proper support of the body with the focus on efficient ...
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202 views

Barbell squat breathing problem

Being in a good shape it's sometimes for me hard to breathe (I need to breath more and deeper) after doing barbell squats, especially after long omissions. Almost none of other exercises make me feel ...
6
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1answer
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How does muscle build up when we exercise?

I want to put on some muscles, so I thought the best way to get started is to learn how the process of muscle build up works. I want to start from the basics to get good results. So, how exactly do ...
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What is the correct form for seated shoulder press with dumbbells?

When doing seated shoulder presses, must the bench be set to 90 degrees? I seem to be seeing many videos where people are setting up the bench to about one notch before 90. Last night I tried this ...
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77 views

Low weight causing health problems

I'm a 20 year old man. My height is 162cm (approx. 5feet 4in) but my weight is only 42kg (approx 92 pounds). This makes my BMI to be approx 16.00. The low weight is not genetic or the result of any ...
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How to lose weight in about 32 hours [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Tricks to lose weight in 48 hours I have a photoshoot Saturday morning and I'm looking for ways to lose weight for me to be able to fit into my dress. Unfortunately, ...
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97 views

My current office chair makes back ache [closed]

I know this is probably not a usual question you see on here but anyways. I have over the past year purchased three different office chairs. They have all seemed fine for the first few months, however ...
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Are 15 reps too many for increasing muscular endurance?

I'm going to gym and i want to improve muscular endurance . My trainer (actually he's not a professional trainer, and i'm not trusting him) told me you have to do high reps with low weights . For ...
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What should I look for in a fitness exercise mat?

I want to buy an exercise mat. I just did a quick check on Amazon and it was like I expected, you get mats in all different price ranges. What are possible differences between cheap and expensive ...
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1answer
101 views

burn arm fat not feasible in my case

All my life I have been doing exercise (running, jogging, swimming, dancing, basket ball, martial arts, and gym stuff) I know there are many genetic factors that make me almost impossible to reduce ...
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Seated shoulder press vs standing press

What are the reasons for choosing a seated shoulder press instead of a standing press (barbell or dumbbell)?
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Using a rowing machine for abdominal muscles

I was used to doing running and cycling but now I want to work more on my abdominal muscles. I had read from some sources that a rowing machine is good for that. From other sources I have read ...
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How to design a running program and diet plan for losing fat in a healthy manner?

I have a specific fitness goal that I want to achieve, and I wanted to take the opinion of some Fitness.SE members to ensure that I'm going in the right direction, and if not, what steps should I take ...
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How can I change my diet and exercise routine to look like Daniel Craig?

I started going to the gym around June/July, and so far not doing too badly. I'm 5'7" and currently weigh 12 and a half stone (175 lbs). Not too fat or not too skinny. Here is my current workout: ...
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701 views

Mild Pain in Right Elbow When Flexing Starting After Increase Weight During Workout

I started working out with free weights a couple months ago and have been making good muscle and strength gains. In the past week and a half I increased a lot of the weight so I could stay within my ...
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403 views

Where did the idea that we should eat three times a day come from? Under what authority do most people follow this advice? [closed]

I'm trying to figure out if there's more than just tradition to the advice to eat three meals a day. Is the advice valid? Does it come from reliable sources?
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Is there a problem with my gym routine?

I try to go the gym every night, at about 10pm - 12pm. Is it good to go at this time? My aim is to become thinner, I am quite stocky, I have never been to the gym to increase muscle size, only to ...
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394 views

How much should I exercise given my calorie intake?

I train every day, usually running 4 miles and doing brisk walking on an incline to burn fat. My calorie intake is less than 1500 calories, and I am burning between 500-600 calories per day which ...
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1answer
84 views

Calf pain / tightens [closed]

When i do a long run (4 miles) or tempo run, I will get a sharp pain suddenly causing me to slow down to a walk. I will then proceed to ice when I get back home. Any ideas what it might be.
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1answer
241 views

Is there cardio or weight loss benefit to doing the Tabata (HIIT) workout more than once a day?

I'm doing the Tabata Workout. I can easily spend more than the 4m/day on it. I work from home so I can take a 5m break and ride the exercise bike anytime I like. Would there be a benefit from doing ...
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1answer
216 views

Marathon training in Vibram FiveFingers

I've recently started training for the London marathon 2013. I've been running with Brooks Pure trainers for a few months now and have been getting on really well with them. I'm now really tempted to ...
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3answers
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Gym without barbells. How do I get close to Starting Strength?

I'm in a gym without barbells. How can I get as close as possible to the benefits of Starting Strength without the barbell. I'm thinking this... Leg presses: 3x5 up to 3x8, and then increase the ...
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2answers
145 views

Which are examples of “higher intensity cardio”?

In a comment I was told: What you want to do is focus on higher intensity cardio. That will both strengthen your heart making your body more effective at transporting nutrients/oxygen during ...
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Concerned that skipping ab exercises will have negative implications

I find that I never have time to focus on abs when I work out. If I continue to strengthen other parts of my body (I consistently do squats, deadlift, benchpress, shoulderpress) and continue to ...
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2answers
379 views

Post workout carbs

The general advice is that after resistance training you should consume plenty of simple carbs to spike your insulin level and thus help getting nutrients to your muscles (and to replenish your ...
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1answer
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Why does my neck feel strained when doing push-ups?

I used to be able to do about 50 push ups at a time with no problem when I worked out semi-regularly. I stopped when suddenly while doing push ups, as I'd be getting near the end and straining to get ...
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1answer
136 views

Benefits of neck extension training?

Does training the neck have any purpose other than for combat sports and getting the thick neck look (which I assume is desirable when heavily bulking so your head doesn't look too small?)? For ...
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2answers
1k views

Will weight gain improve performance in competitive swimming?

I am at the low end of my healthy weight (Female, 22years old, 116pounds, 5'5). As a competitive swimmer, I am wondering whether putting on weight will improve my swimming performance? Thanks! :)
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3answers
543 views

Son walks with feet turned out but bounces on his toes, he runs very slow, but wants to play sports without pain? Any corrective tips? [closed]

My son is 13, 5'10", wears a size 14.5 shoes and has a very tall father and sisters. He hasn't hit his growth spurt yet and I am concerned about his gait and his desire to play sports, but his ...
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2answers
2k views

Is there an optimum for swimming stroke rate?

I started swimming and trying to swim 1500m nonstop (as a first goal). I gradually increased my set distances. After 4 weeks I can swim 1000m nonstop. I guess I will reach 1500m in 2 weeks. One thing ...
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2answers
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What is “overtraining” a.k.a. “CNS fatigue”?

After intense training sessions, I sometimes have the following symptoms: My mind races. I can still be functional and productive, but getting it to hold still long enough to make a simple decision ...
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2answers
170 views

How to incorporate Nuad Thai massages into the training schedule?

I am currently visiting the gym 3 times a week for about 1,5 hours to work on my upper body. My goal is to gain muscles and add a little bit of definition. On the weekends I go to the ice ring for ...
2
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4answers
184 views

What is the correct diet and exercise for me given the following information?

This is about my fitness and my effort to make it right. Current Fitness: Working male 24 years with 214 pounds in US. I have a male breasts and also a big tummy. I suffered from asthma for a long ...
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2answers
198 views

Trying to lose weight, two questions

I am currently 18.6 stone. I started dieting three days ago and have massively reduced my caloric intake. For example, last night I had only 200 calories after subtracting my cardio, according to my ...
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3answers
250 views

Running in boots comfortably down mountain trails

Once a week, I run down a small mountain (3 km, 450 m denivelation). 1/3 is asphalt, but 2/3 of it is a trail consisting of rocks and roots poking through mud, covered with dead leaves and the ...
6
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5answers
410 views

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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5answers
421 views

Barefoot running in cold weather

I've recently moved to a new city where I've been told the temperature usually settles around -20 deg C in the mid-winter. I either run in Merrell Pace gloves or VFFs, and I've found that when the ...
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5answers
392 views

How to get rid of cellulite?

What types of workouts or other things need to be done in order get rid of cellulite?
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4answers
1k views

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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2answers
265 views

Where (and how) can I drop weight safely?

I'm a wrestler (I know, you probably think I'm starving myself right now). Truth be told, I need to lose a couple of pounds (4 or 5) to make the weight class I want. I'm not sure how feasible this ...
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3answers
5k views

Weight gained using GOMAD strategy

@DaveLiepmann recommended drinking one gallon of milk a day for gaining quick mass. It does look like a good idea as it is discussed on stronglifts as well. But another article suggested it is not ...
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1answer
117 views

Fitness/Strength Program for return to sport

Background on me: I am 28 years old. I weigh 205 pounds (92 kg) and I am 6 feet tall (1.82m). Not sure what my BMI or fat % is but I am quite muscular but with a bit of fat. More than I'd like on my ...
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1answer
165 views

Is it feasible to use a treadmill and maintain the sanity of your downstairs neighbors?

I live on the second floor and while I like running it'd be nice to not have to go out in the cold sometimes. I'm afraid using a treadmill wouldn't sit well with the downstairs neighbors. Does anyone ...
7
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1answer
1k views

Combat sports weight-cut: How to handle the last 4 days?

When I compete in combat sports like MMA, I have to do a major weight-cut. Normally, 3 weeks out from competition I weigh 15 lbs above my target weight. However, through a strict diet (with meals ...
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3answers
2k views

How to calculate Body Fat %

How can I calculate my BF%?
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3answers
227 views

Getting stronger without gaining muscle

I want to eventually start competing in BJJ competitions in the lightweight division (<70kg) and I'm about 67kg (10%bf) at the moment. I'm going to continue weight training until I reach 70kg and ...
4
votes
3answers
2k views

Are Vibram FiveFinger shoes good for biking?

Preface: I've used a standing desk before and loved it, I'm going to switch back very soon. I also bike every day, my commute is at least 9.8 miles. The bike I use has cages on the pedals and I'm ...
4
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1answer
105 views

When/How to do a comeback to the training regime after a couple weeks break?

This might have been asked before, phrased in a different way but how do you go back to your training regime after a couple of weeks break, due for instance to a cold infection? I normally try to ...
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0answers
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Serious training and fitness for old people [closed]

The over-65 population is growing rapidly and many of us are training seriously and some are competing in sports. Should old people train differently than young people? Have there been research ...

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