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Do the effects of creatine wear off as you are using it?

I've been trying to get through a whole round of P90x for just about the entire summer with out a lot of luck. I always feel very fatigued and tired during my workout. While, I'm not following the ...
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Do fit or muscular people age better?

Does being fit or muscular help to stay in better shape as people age? I have to ask as intuition would say yes but there don't seem to be serious studies on the subject. Also, some athletes are said ...
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Why do high intensity exercises hamper getting bigger and stronger?

http://fitness.stackexchange.com/a/6836/1328 Things which can hamper your getting-bigger-and-stronger goal include: ... Endurance exercise or high-intensity conditioning, which could ...
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How should thin people balance the exercise and diet such that they don't lose weight?

My weight is 52 KG and height is 5 feet 5 inches. I have started exercises like rope skipping and brisk walking. I do NOT wish to lose weight. What should be my daily diet for the same? When you say ...
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How to balance work, exercise, and life

I work from 8 to 17, and I have to wake up at 6:30 to get to my work on time(7:45 to 7:55).and when I get home (around 18:40) I'm so tired and hungry that I lie on the couch and eat and watch TV ...
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Best way to work out abdominal muscles without hurting spine

I am frequently hearing of new research finding how bad situps and crunches are (example). So what is a safe way to exercise the abdominal muscles? For example is doing the plank proven to be a safe ...
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Pain In Lower Left Lat From Squats

I am doing a 5x5 stronglifts program. I squat below parallel and I believe I have pretty good form, but my lower left lat says otherwise. After I perform the 5 reps, I feel a sharp pain in my lower ...
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What are good home-exercises for a 7-year-old swimmer to increase stamina, endurance and GPP?

My daughter, who is coming up to be 7 years old, loves swimming and has recently started race training. She is the youngest/smallest/thinnest of all the children in the group. Her technique is pretty ...
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Swimming practice for adult beginner

I've just started learning how to swim as an adult but I am feeling that one hour lesson a week is just not enough. I hardly can move forward with my arms and certainly I almost move backwards using ...
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Is there any point to these kinds of exercises to employ bone remodelling and Wolff's Law?

For those of you who can't or aren't inclined to watch the video, it is a presentation by a martial arts instructor who shows various exercises you can do with a wooden rod. He basically hits himself ...
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Chest workouts without pull-ups or bench-presses

What chest exercises are available for people who don't have access to a pull-up bar or a bench/barbell? Are there any specific exercises that stand out as extremely good?
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What improvements can I make to my workout?

I apologize for the general title question. I hope my question is specific enough to be useful. I am a 6ft tall male, weighing 200lbs. About 4 months ago I weighed 180lbs. The last 4 months I have ...
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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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What book(s) cover supplemental strength and conditioning for an amateur sportsman?

I've read Starting Strength, Practical Programming, various Dan John and Pavel Tsatsouline titles, and Tom Kurz' Science of Sports Training. With the exception of that last title, all the strength and ...
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What is the ideal number of days of rest to take every week for a beginner/intermediate bodybuilder/powerlifter?

Assuming the person is serious and workouts consistently, how do you decide how many days of rest are necessary? Based on previous research I had thought that the general idea was to rest for 1 or 2 ...
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Body movement during the seated cable row

Should the upper body move forward and backward during the seated cable row? I was watching instructional videos and found both styles, e.g. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HJSVR_63eKM#t=2m05s — ...
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2answers
872 views

Why is it so important to squat to parallel?

According to my understanding, which is based on Mehdi's video explaining how to perform the back squat, the reason why it is so important to squat to parallel is to avoid a muscle imbalance. In the ...
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1answer
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What can I eat while walking?

I usually go out in the evening for walking to get some physical workout done as I have a sedentary lifestyle (I sit a lot in workplace as I am a computer programmer). I walk for nearly 30-40 mins or ...
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1answer
163 views

What happens if I substitute different exercises for my warm-up sets?

I'm doing a program that promotes warm-up sets before performing working sets at maximum weight. At the moment I do 3 warm-up sets at increasingly heavier weight, and am considering changing the ...
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How come some people get muscle soreness so much easier than others?

I notice that if you get two people to workout one will usually tend to get sore, overwork, or have a great deal of pain the next day while another will get a good workout and succeed. And this is ...
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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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1answer
107 views

How come I don't built a great deal of strength quickly, yet I see countless other lifters who do? [closed]

I have outlined potential reasons as to why some get stronger faster and easier: 1.Testosterone - while it's not 100% correlated with strength, more promotes more muscle mass, which increases ...
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265 views

Exercising at higher temperatures

Aside from the obvious safety concerns of heat exhaustion, heat stroke, heat prostration, etc., what is known about the detriments or benefits of exercising at higher-than-comfortable ...
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298 views

What are the endocrinological benefits of holistic rest in bodybuilding?

It's common knowledge that bodybuilders need rest after a workout to rebuild muscle. Everyone advises localized rest. That is, you should give a particular muscle at least 48 hours of rest before ...
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2answers
314 views

Are pullups still a good way to build muscle before you're able to do many of them?

I can only do about 3 full pullups (from completely extended to head above bar). I hear that pullups are a great way to build muscle, but I wonder if this could really be true if you can't do very ...
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1answer
649 views

What does scholarly research suggest about the difference between heavy compound exercises vs. split routines for maximizing muscle mass

There have been dozens of questions asked about the best way to maximize muscle mass. Consistently, the highest rated answer suggests focusing on whole-body compound exercises like squats, deadlifts, ...
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2answers
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Stronglifts 5x5: an effective program?

I was recently looking through the Stronglifts 5x5 workout, and I was wondering about its effectiveness. The program has some lofty claims (most do), has a ton of anecdotal evidence supporting it, and ...
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1answer
111 views

Is it better to relax or strech a “strained” muscle?

I started working out again (including a bit of light-to-moderate weightlifting) after several years away from the activity. The next morning, I had the typical expected soreness… except ...
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1answer
241 views

What does academic research say about the relationship between squats and hGH/Testoterone?

I hear a lot of advocacy of squats as a method for producing testosterone and human growth hormone as part of exercise-induced muscle hypertrophy. I cannot, however, find any academic research on ...
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1answer
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Alternative to dips when no suitable “equpiment” available to do dips?

I've been following Nerd fitness' body weight program, starting with the beginner exercises and having built some muscle, now starting to add some of the advanced exercises. Among the advanced ...
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1answer
179 views

Training Program to become stronger alpine Skier?

I'd like to hear from someone who is more of an advanced downhill skier, like someone who has competed in slalom or mogul events, or is a veteran back-country skier. Is there a template program you ...
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Which side to begin with, doing alternating exercises?

When doing alternating dumbbell exercises where you only work one side at a time, holding only one dumbbell, eg Dumbbell Rows or Kroc Rows, which side should I start with? I've taken a look at some ...
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1answer
69 views

I'll be in Africa for one year: What is the most effective combination of programs to add mass? [duplicate]

I have access to a standard gym in Africa, and will be here for one year. What program or combination of programs would provide the largest physique changes for when I return to the states?
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Why am I falling back when I am squatting?

I started doing squats a couple of weeks ago, and I'm having trouble maintaining balance near the bottom of my squat (when I'm trying to go below parallel). Let me describe the situation. Squat ...
4
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1answer
530 views

Bodyweight inverted row - where do the elbows go?

With bodyweight inverted row, or body row, I mean hanging by my arms from somthing, the feet on the ground, the body more or less horizontal (head higher), and pulling myself up between my hands. I ...
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11answers
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What can I use to monitor my running workout?

After a period of inactivity I recently started running again and want know what gadgets or tools I use to monitor my workout. Some requirements: It should offer workout programs (based on my level ...
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2answers
562 views

How do I get over my fear of sport after experiencing (witnessing) an injury?

I am a college student. I was playing football until a few months ago. When I was playing football my body was fit and fine. Also I had good stamina. One day I saw a football accident clip on the ...
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4answers
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What can I do to prevent cramps after 19 km?

The last 3-4 times I have run half-marathon or similar distances, I have experienced the preliminary symptoms of cramps around the 19 km mark. It comes as a suddenly "bite" in the upper part of my ...
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5answers
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What's a good running goal for getting started?

I used to be fit and have started at the gym to get fit once again. I've never really been a runner but have started on the treadmill (along with bikes) to improve my cardio fitness. I want to set ...
5
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3answers
283 views

Ways to motivate employers for exercise time?

We have more than 700 personnel in our human resources department that sit several hours per day. When we alert them for exercise twenty percent stand up for this. We worry about this and are ...
5
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2answers
410 views

How to run down a steep hill

I'm running with a fore foot strike and have been told and agree with it, that it is really easy to run uphill. It feels really natural. But how to I run down hill? Especially when the slope is ...
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7answers
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What's the most effective way to improve cardio endurance?

How can I build/improve my cardio as quickly and efficiently as possible? I am not interested in weight loss or burning calories, just in allowing me to run for longer amounts of time without taking ...
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2answers
64 views

What kind of training is the best, if you hava a competition the next day?

If you have some kind of sportive competition the next day, is it advisable to train? What intensity, and what kind of training is advisable? In my case it's a judo competition.
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2answers
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Uneven chest by doing bench press/butterfly

I was eager to exercise so I brought some of the dumbbells home and without anyone's help I started doing butterfly exercise or mostly known as bench press. But this put me in a very huge dilemma. My ...
5
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2answers
120 views

Impact of cardio-exercise duration on burned calories

I've used a calorie calculator some time ago that had two different options for running. Running Running (less than 10 minutes) I can only guess wildly. Maybe because the body burns energy ...
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1answer
346 views

Are there Common Dumbbell and Barbell Diameters?

I have some basic weights, dumbbells and a barbell. I've always assumed there were 30mm and 50mm diameters for weights, but when I measured my dumbbells they appear to be 25mm and my barbell is 30mm. ...
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3answers
227 views

What are reasonable numbers of lean muscle mass growth?

Lot of advertisements of supplements and other fitness products tell that you can grow a lot of lean muscle mass in one month. I understand that it really depends on diet and exercises, but what are ...
4
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3answers
286 views

Burned only 225 cals in 25 minutes doing cardio. Is it less or adequate for a 5 feet 114 pound girl?

I did only cardio workout in the gym today: 10 mins incline walk at 5.8 kmph with incline 4 - 50 cals 8 min repeat of same incline walk - 50 cals cross trainer at intensity 2 for 12 mins - 100 cals ...
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1answer
101 views

How does the weightlifting belt work?

What does a weightlifting belt protects against? How exactly? I can't imagine why wearing it is better, although I have used them and, at least subjectively, I felt more safe and comfortable during ...
4
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2answers
431 views

My back is weak, how to train carefully with a chin up bar?

I am a 30 years old Software Engineer and for 10 years I've been suffering from muscle contractures on my right and left trapezius: I've started doing the 7 minute HIT training, cycling and ...

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