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Exercise for six pack abs

I want to have six pack abs and I am doing 6 different exercises for that. But none of them more than 10 times. Is it sufficient or do I need to increase the number of repetitions? Could anyone ...
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2answers
661 views

weak left arm - forced to drop sets inbetween

I have a weak left hand compared to right hand, how can I deal with this problem when lifting dumb bells and bench presses. Often it gets really bad and my left arm just gives away. How can I ...
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209 views

Yoga and Strength training

I have been working out for the past 6 months and realised that I need to incorporate a change in my workout routine to avoid boredom creeping in. I started alternating between yoga and strength from ...
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2answers
185 views

Developing a training routine outside the gym

I am a CS student and hence spend long hours sitting on my desk. I am trying to establish a routine targeted towards cardio (since I have had asthma in the past) and building muscle mass(since my ...
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3answers
2k views

How do legs change in response to running?

Background Information: I recently began a running/walking regime that lasts for 30 minutes. I think I run about half the journey and walk the other half of the journey. There are 2 very steep ...
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2answers
456 views

How do you properly 'focus' on one or two muscle groups?

I have a couple of muscle groups that I consider to be 'falling behind', or that I simply want to get bigger as quickly as possible regardless of sacrifices I have to make to training other areas. ...
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3answers
340 views

Panic when squatting

I do not know if "panic" is the right word: every time I squat, when my stomach get compressed (during the descendent phase), I feel a real uncomfortable feeling. Something like a small panic attack. ...
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2answers
857 views

Should I be building strength if I have very tense back/shoulder muscles?

I have very tense muscles in my back (mainly my traps) and I am having trouble relaxing them. Physios have told me that my lower traps and rhomboids are weak and I should be trying to strengthen ...
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216 views

getting a good sense of when your back is flat

A lot of exercises, I get the impression, require a flat back. Like if you're doing a front lever or back lever in a "V" shape with your hips sagging your back isn't straight. And I think you're ...
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1answer
157 views

Dumbbell Scaption vs iron cross on rings [closed]

First, for reference, a dumbbell scaption: An iron cross on the rings: My question is... if someone weighs 140lbs and can do an iron cross is that the equivalent of doing a dumbbell scaption ...
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4answers
578 views

Swimming for Fat burn

How good is swimming for burning fat? There seems to be a lot of conflicting opinions on the matter (not backed up with fact). A few places seem to say its the best exercise because its a whole body ...
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2answers
71 views

Does anything treat and/or prevent inflammation

I train in long distance running and sometimes end up with typical running injuries often attributed to inflammation. For example, I recently had to take long-ish breaks because of what I believe to ...
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893 views

How do I stop drinking soda?

I am trying it for years now and can't free myself from drinking products like Coca Cola (or Red Bull). I just love the taste and the feeling while drinking it. It wakes me up and makes me feel better ...
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1answer
101 views

Recovery week is it beneficial for fat loss as well?

I have read that rest weeks are beneficial for body builders since that extra week of recovery (vs a rest day) helps them gain muscle by constituting the healing process the muscle requires, is the ...
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2answers
2k views

Does bodybuilding make you shorter?

When you lift a lot your intervertebral disks get smaller because of the pressure and destruction caused be too much pressure. Also, you loose the body fat surrounding many of your organs and the fat ...
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1answer
925 views

Stronglift's Squat method bad for knees?

I have been following Stronglifts 5x5 method for a week now. I am way too overweight: Age: 21yrs, Weight: 95kg, Height: 5ft6in. I started most of the exercises with lower weights than recommended by ...
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3answers
150 views

How to exercise muscles that are prone to strains?

I have a few muscles that are prone to strains--lower right hamstring, right pectoral just where it meets the deltoid in my armpit. I have strained these muscles multiple times both by working out ...
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1answer
301 views

Skinny male getting belly fat, how to gain weight and mass from this condition

I am 25 years old my height is 5'8" and weight is 58K. I went to gym for gaining muscle in 2011 and my progress was very slow, after couple of months continuing gym, I left it. For last six months ...
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1answer
167 views

What is the best way to improve speed with the Total Immersion stroke?

I've found excellent results with endurance, per se, with the TI stroke, but as I've seen great gains there, my speed had remained relatively constant. What is best to focus on to turn on the jets ...
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1answer
99 views

Caloric benefit to working out in hotter temperatures?

I have noticed a difference in my workouts when the only factor I change is the temperature of the room in which I workout. I am aware that there are risks and benefits to exercising in hotter ...
3
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1answer
132 views

Body angle during freestyle

I am practicing myself on the Total Immersion style of swimming, as I am practicing for long distance triathlon. After a lot of practice I am doing the 2 beat kicks with little difficulty. Can ...
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2answers
4k views

how to get rid off fat on the side your chest

I am a male adult . I have done incline and standard bench presses for the past 2 yrs. from the front , my chest looks good, but from the side I can still see extra fat and it looks ugly. any ...
4
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1answer
131 views

Balancing barbell with turkish getup or alternative?

I only started this a few weeks ago, so who am I to talk: I'm currently doing a TGU with a 30kg dumbbell, which is the heavist dumbbell around. Hence, today I used a straight and quite short barbell ...
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1answer
968 views

Twitching after Intense Workouts

I do high intensity training to build mass. I usually get muscle twitching after a hardcore training session. Usually in my Glutes, Triceps, Shoulders, Chest and Quads. I am genetically more gifted ...
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2answers
100 views

lower back exercises [duplicate]

So it's often recommended that you don't lift with your back - that you instead lift with your legs, lest you injure your back. But a lot of exercises have you do just that. Dead lifts, ...
2
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1answer
189 views

Declining performance after almost 4 months of continous exercise. Why is this?

Ive been exercising almost religiously for about 4 months but have observed a declining rate of performance for the past 1 and a half month. I haven't changed anything in terms of diet and sleep ...
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0answers
57 views

Will drinking alchohol and smoking cigarettes inhibits muscle growth? [duplicate]

I've a few questions regarding the alcohol consumption, smoking and body building. About me: 5'5", 136 lbs. Undergoing a hard weight gaining program at gym at evening. Drinking Serious Mass two ...
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2answers
1k views

Should I squat ass to grass before adding load?

I've been working on squatting recently, after going through a realization that it is really important to get your hips below your knees when you squat I've been trying to attain a full range of ...
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5answers
22k views

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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2answers
2k views

What is a bodyweight-only strength workout with a few compound exercises?

Today's paradigm seems to be the Reg Park workouts in different flavours, like Starting Strength and StrongLifts 5x5. A few compound exercises with free weights, using barbells, as opposed to the 80's ...
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5answers
6k views

What exercises help toning and firming up after losing weight

I've managed to do something I never thought possible for myself, and lost about 5kg in one month. I'm aiming to continue this trend until I'm back below 100kg. I've managed this by walking most ...
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2answers
882 views

How can I gain muscle in two months without using weights?

What can a 15 year old boy who weighs 145 pounds and is 6' tall do to gain a lot of muscle and size without using weights? I'm looking for results in two months and I work out for half an hour a day. ...
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2answers
388 views

Can swimming significantly help to improve vertical jump?

I've met physical education teacher in the swimming pool and he told me that swimming will NOT have significant effect for developing my vertical jump. If we omit weight loss caused by swimming and ...
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3answers
566 views

What are you views on progress between rep range vs. fixed reps?

Assuming the goal is to progress in size and strength using weight training, what are you thoughts on a routine that either: 1) Uses a rep range of 5-8 (for example), where you start workout day 1 ...
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1answer
2k views

Magnetic v.s. belt resistance elliptical trainer

I am planing to get an elliptical (cross) trainer. After some research I found some guidance on how to choose one with details on different features and models. I found two different types of ...
3
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1answer
294 views

How to train muscle which goes from buttocks to the waist?

This year I have returned to alpine skiing and found myself relatively fit for quite intensive skiing session (up to 10 runs per hour for 3-4 hours straight twice a day for 5 days) except for two ...
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2answers
84 views

Intensity or duration in aerobics?

I have read a few articles about the duration and intensity of aerobics,most of which were in contradiction. I heard that interval running for 5 minutes with high speed(on treadmill) burns more FAT ...
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2answers
96 views

What is safer for your spinal disks: short, high-load sets or longer sets with less weight?

I remember to have read somewhere (and it seems to me reasonable) that you might damage your spinal disks by repetitive excessive stress with not enough recovery time (yes, correct form for the ...
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2answers
3k views

What reps/sets should I use in bodyweight excersices, if I need to train for total count of repetitions?

For example, I'm currently doing a lot of push-ups, and I need to increase number of push-ups I am able to do in a row (currently, I can do 34 push-ups in a single attempt). My current routine is ...
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2answers
995 views

Stubborn Chest Fat/One side of chest length longer

I have two questions regarding this picture of myself: How can I get rid of that stubborn chest fat that's surrounding my nipples? As you can see the right side of my chest is longer than my left ...
4
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2answers
545 views

One arm chin/pull-up and the lat pulldown machine

I'm currently encountering a weird discrepancy between the force I can generate to lift my body with one arm and the amount of weight I can pull down with one arm at the lat machine, using a ...
3
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2answers
148 views

Improve diet to improve bone/joint structure?

Weight: 80kg / 176 pounds Height: ~192cm / 6 foot 4 Age: 19 I am trying to improve my bone/joint structure and am worried that due to an insufficient diet, it's an uphill jog. I am asking for advice ...
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2answers
379 views

Are there such thing as best exercises for weightlifting?

I've heard this many times from powerlifters that I've work with, "All you really need is 3 lifts to hit all major muscle groups, and technically that's all you really need for maintenance, too." On ...
5
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1answer
276 views

Feeling thirsty while swimming

I am feeling very thirsty while swimming. I have an event(3/4 Ironman), next month, which requires me to swim 3000 m in the first leg. But the problem with me is that I drink water every 500 m while I ...
2
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1answer
190 views

Playing volleyball and muscle building

I got sick and lost almost all the muscles that I had built. I have recently started playing volleyball. I used to play basketball but the court seems to be a little way from where I live so I can't ...
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3answers
2k views

Is it OK to substitute Front Squats for Back Squats in StrongLifts 5x5?

I explained my workout, which is quite close to StrongLifts, to my physiotherapist. She told me I'd better avoid Back Squats and do Front Squats instead, because back squats and things like ...
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2answers
198 views

Will a vegan diet help for weight loss and physique?

Some people say that vegan food is good for health, but is it good for bodybuilding and weight loss? As an additional wrinkle, although I am not diabetic, my family has a history of diabetes so I am ...
3
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2answers
300 views

How can power tracking tools such as MyoTest or Tendo Unit help my weight training?

I'm investigating tools that can be used to analyze weight training performance. Let's say I'm doing a squat. Besides my gut feeling, how can I know how well I'm lifting? How much force am I applying? ...
2
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2answers
416 views

increasing muscle size / mass and protein intake

I have a mild chronic kidney disease, through which I have an elevated creatinine level and decreased kidney function. Due to this, I cannot take good amounts of protein, and need to follow a ...
2
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2answers
2k views

Deadlifting yesterday gave me pain in my lats. What is the proper posture for deadlifting to avoid this?

Yesterday I did deadlifts in my workout, then I got pain in my lat muscles and also in the thigh. I think this was caused by wrong posture which also can lead to back problems. But I don't know the ...

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