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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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2answers
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Does strength means more muscle gain and bigger body

Usually bigger taller and more muscular guys are more stronger than the thinner ones. So does it mean that to get stronger i need to build a bigger muscular body. Is possible to have increase in ...
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3answers
495 views

Can I replace the overhead press with the seated version?

I have been trying to master the standing overhead press for some time now, and every time I try to go a just a little bit heavier my lower back starts to hurt. Now I am aware that I need to brace my ...
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2answers
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Benefits of having low salt diet?

I am totally aware of the health benefits of having moderate amount of salt (Sodium) in a balanced diet and also down sides of having too much. However, I can see that, in so many healthy cooking ...
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2answers
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Body weight leg exercises for mass

I want to make my legs more symmetrical to my upper body. They need to catch up slightly. I can easily achieve that with weights but I wish to achieve it with body weight exercises instead since I ...
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3answers
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I am unable to do a push-up, how can I improve?

I'm unable to do push ups. I have problems balancing my weight during the exercise. What am I doing wrong? Do I have to do specific warm-ups or is there anything else I can do to improve?
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What is a reasonable rate of weight loss to work towards?

I often like to set short term goals that don't really work for weight loss. I'm wondering if there is a general principle I should obey like 'lose 1 kilogram per two weeks' - what sort of rate of ...
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4answers
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Should I eat more calories when working out even though I'm trying to lose weight?

For example, if I use one of these calculators that tells me how many calories to eat, if I put in that I am sedentary it tells me to eat (for example) 2000 calories. If I put in that I'm moderately ...
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2answers
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Bodyweight exercises to stimulate fast-twitch muscle growth

So I want to achieve a slim-athletic physique through only doing body-weight exercises. As I understand it, after you do more than 12-15ish reps of an exercise per set, you're no longer utilising ...
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2answers
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At what speed should I run?

I'm wondering how one should control the speed of running. Currently my running speed for a 'long' run goes like this: 1st-3rd minute: Starting an 9km/h going down to about 8km/h. I actually try to ...
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3answers
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When does musclar atrophy take place?

Both my father and my grandfathers have fairly large muscular frames. However, they haven't worked out since they were much younger. How is it possible for them to maintain this muscle mass without ...
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1answer
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Software for planning a Ultra Marathon for Windows?

I found a software called UltraRunner 3 for Mac, I wonder if exists something like, but for windows. I would like to know if exists a software that given a gps route then could generate a plan for ...
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2answers
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Would this workout work for making my butt round and toned?

I posted a question before about how I can fix an uneven butt and I found a workout online and I was wondering if it would help. Here it is: 30 jumping jacks 20 lunges 10 squats 10 plié squats 20 ...
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2answers
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Recreational vs Competitive Breaststroke Timing

Looking around some information about breaststroke technique, I am seeing different information about the timing of the kick. With the recreational breaststroke (with head all time out) I tend to ...
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1answer
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Starting Strengh - how to replace power cleans when already doing chins

I started doing the original Starting Strength program a couple of months ago, but swapped power cleans for chins, after failing to do power cleans numerous times. I'm now at the stage when I can't ...
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3answers
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After protein shakes and BCAA, what is the next supplement to take?

I've recently started taking BCAA to help me recuperate after a gym session as it was taking me a long time to recuperate. Now recuperation is almost instant. I'm trying to gain muscle mass, which ...
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2answers
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Is Amino Acid Supplementation Necessary When Taking Whey Protein

L-Tyrosine and Beta Alanine have Will Brink's endorsement as worthwhile supplements. My question is: are these really necessary with protein supplementation as Tyrosine and Alanine will ultimately be ...
2
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1answer
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Grouping and ordering workouts for a 3-day workout week

I've been familiar with targeting a muscle group each day for example, chest for monday, legs for tuesday, and so on. The constraint is: I can only workout 1 hour each day for 3 days a week because ...
5
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2answers
287 views

Is resting affected by office work?

I'm a computer programmer and I basically sit around for 8 hours each day just staring at the screen, coding. I started working out for about 3 months now. I'm working out from 12:00 to 12:40 pm ...
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3answers
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Can I use slightly unbalanced dumbbells?

Let's say on one side of the dumbbell I got 12 pounds, and on other I got 16 pounds. (I got dumbbells with 2 extra weights of 4 pounds...) Is it bad to add those 2 extra weights to 2 dumbbells on one ...
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2answers
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Training/Weight lifting in the cold

My weights are out in the unheated garage. I've been on the 5/3/1 program for about 10 months and wish to continue through the winter, does anyone have any advice for training in a COLD environment? ...
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3answers
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Is it possible to learn to swimming without trainer, alone?

I learn to swim and I have a common swimming pool in my apartment. But we don't have any trainer and I can't afford personal trainer. I don't know swimming but want to learn. Can i learn without any ...
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1answer
65 views

Supplements for me [closed]

I'm 51, 6', 205 lbs and train 4-5 days a week (5/3/1 program). I'm currently taking: a Multi (GNC for old men), D3, Calcium/Magnisum/Zinc and Fish Oil and Fiber. I also try to get to about 130-150 ...
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2answers
589 views

Using only dumbbells for aesthetic gains

I'm 6ft and 200lbs. I have some stomach fat, not too much, but enough that I would like to lose it. My Dr. recently considered me very healthy weight-wise, although he didn't get into fat percentages. ...
0
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1answer
81 views

How much cardio for a 1 hour workout?

I gym for atleast one hour (+15m sometimes), 2-3 times a week. I do 10 minutes on an elliptical, 5 on a stationary cycle and 10 minutes on a treadmill. Then I do strength exercises. Is this the ...
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2answers
154 views

What are the merits of cycling vs running for a beginner?

I am intending to start working out in the morning. I am a fan of being outdoors so would prefer not to go to a gym or use any indoor equipment. My goals are to remain fit and in shape. I am not ...
2
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1answer
109 views

Elliptical trainers unkind on my upper body muscles?

I alternate concentration on my arms, belly and legs in that order. That is, I push with my arms till they are tired, then fall back to core till they are tired and fall back to legs. But I feel ...
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2answers
102 views

Powerlifting and form

After having pushed myself too hard on incorrect form and nursing multiple injuries, I want to start lifting afresh under a coach. My goal is to gain strength without gain in size, though I wouldn't ...
5
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1answer
309 views

How can I microload a dumbell?

One of the often proposed benefits of barbells over dumbbells is the ability to load a barbell in smaller increments. For example, dumbells often have 1-2kg minimum jumps, so for any two handed ...
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1answer
152 views

Dip bar width to involve chest

I go to a nearby park and do dips on parallel bars. I try to do them with my elbows not flared out i.e. tucked by my side. I feel my triceps getting engaged a lot but I don't feel it in my chest. Is ...
4
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3answers
653 views

How to shorten the abs to keep belly in?

I'm 37, with an average body type (not skinny, not fat), but my belly requires constant attention not to pop out like a beer addict. It's not fat and it doesn't feel bloated... it simply seems like my ...
0
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1answer
208 views

Why is it so hard balancing the Vrikshasana pose when the eyes are closed?

If I close my eyes doing the Vrikshasana or Garudasana pose, I lose balance. Is there a way to solve this?
0
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1answer
155 views

Pull weights while running

Previously I had asked about carrying hand weights while running. Can we pull weights while running? Tie a rope to our hip and the weight. I am planning to run on the beach sand nearby. My ...
4
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4answers
11k views

calisthenic exercise vs weight-lifting

Which is better? I am told that calisthenic exercise is much more better than weight-lifting. In the past I went to gym daily until 2 weeks ago when i am told that calisthenic exercise can actually ...
0
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1answer
459 views

Protein to calorie ratio of beans and pulses vs meat and fish?

I do some weight lifting so I would like to have a fairly high protein diet. However id also like to eat a bit less meat, fish and eggs. I know that nuts, seeds, beans and pulses are the best ...
6
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2answers
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Keeping belly area taut a good practice?

Will keeping my belly "tucked in" or taut help strengthen my abdominal muscles? Are there any negative sides to doing this? I used to do this in high school but gave up doing it when I started working ...
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3answers
181 views

Is flexibility training limited by lack of exercise in youth?

In my youth, I walked to school where I mostly sat, and walked home, where I mostly sat. I never practiced sports or other physically strenuous activity, except some weight training as a teenager, and ...
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vote
2answers
144 views

How to reduce and make fit buttocks

By sitting on the chair most of the time during work my buttocks are growing bigger. Is there any warm up to reduce this effect?
2
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2answers
84 views

How do I know if I am using my resistance cord in the right way?

I have a new set of Resistance cord that I bought. I am exercising regularly with it, but then how do I know if I am using it in the correct way? Let us say that I am doing the squat with it. I ...
5
votes
3answers
3k views

How to engage chest muscles

I'm 25 YO female. Turns out, all this time I had been depending more on arm strength than using chest and core strength to do push ups. This, in addition to sloppy form in side planks, has caused some ...
0
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0answers
34 views

Carry dumbbells while running [duplicate]

Recently I have been training hard for my marathons and I feel that it may not be enough to become a champion. So I came up with the idea of carrying weight while running. I have got 2 dumbbells each ...
0
votes
0answers
30 views

How can i quickly gain Weight ? i am too skinny [duplicate]

I want to gain weight quickly. What can i do? Please suggest for me a diet that is not too expensive.
5
votes
2answers
115 views

What is the best way to light a night run?

I am soon to move to the country and, as it is almost British winter time, I am a little concerned that my regime will be seriously affected by the lack of street lighting. I am considering my ...
7
votes
3answers
214 views

Is there a logical progression between snowboarding and skiing for those who want to learn both?

We are a family of skiers and snowboarders. In discussing which sport to teach our children first we keeping coming up with merits for both. Our intention is to eventually teach both sports and let ...
2
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1answer
105 views

Get anaerobically fit for a squash tournament in a month

I am a 23 year old healthy male who plays squash at a national level. In 40 days, I have an important tournament coming up. I am in a good shape compared to the everyday guy, but not in a good enough ...
1
vote
2answers
130 views

Guidance for the people who sit a lot [duplicate]

People I am working on internet and so i have to sit all day and night to do my Job. This has brought many disadvantages in me such as increase in thigh and belly weight, in activeness boredom and ...
1
vote
1answer
2k views

Extremely sore legs after plank exercise

I started doing planks in the hopes that stronger abs would help me with my lower back pain, however, after I started doing them my legs have become uncomfortably sore. The areas that ache are the ...
5
votes
3answers
1k views

Can't do handstand presses

I'd like to be able to do handstand presses but can't. I can't even lift my feet off the ground or even get that close. What muscle groups do I need to develop in order to be able to do this move? ...
3
votes
2answers
130 views

Best workout time vs eating time

At the beginning of the year, i started my own weight loss plan (eat less, move more), and it was successful in that i lost just over 3 stone (44lbs). It slowed down a lot after 4 months and i more or ...
3
votes
2answers
102 views

Increase range of movement in Shoulders

What can I do to increase the range of movement in my shoulders (in any or all directions)? Is it even possible to significantly increase the range of movement in young adulthood? And what sorts of ...

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