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Is it possible to self learn any hand combat skills or martial arts?

I've been planning to enroll in some sort of combat training, specifically boxing, however due to financial constraints I haven't had a chance (my yearly gym subscription already consumed by budget). ...
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suggest some diet for me as I want to gain muscles and at same time want to reduce belly fat

I workout daily for half an hour to gain some muscles(e.g. chess and weight lifting). I have a nice physic except a little bit belly fat, so for that I daily do some half an hour walking and 15 ...
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How does Zumba Fitness 2 calculate the calories burned?

Zumba Fitness 2 keeps track of how many calories are burned in a session. However, there isn't any indication of what it uses to determine the amount burned. I have to take the number of face value. ...
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Is Zumba Fitness 2 (Wii) an accurate representation of Zumba?

I just got Zumba Fitness 2 for the Nintendo Wii, and prior to receiving it I knew almost nothing about Zumba. I understand Zumba is a fitness routine based on Latin dance, but when playing the game ...
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499 views

Visceral fat or poor abdominal muscles? [closed]

How can I distinguish between them in some simple way? Sometimes after running or weightlifting it seems that my gut is quite flat. In fact abdominal muscles are visible when I try a posedown. But ...
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151 views

Caloric intake for fatty trying to gain muscle

OK, I'm 6 foot tall and I weigh 215 pounds. Based on my weight when I was younger (I'm in my late thirties), I'd say I'm about 25 to 30 pounds overweight (fat) now. I started lifting about three weeks ...
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What are workouts or stretches to increase flexibility for the splits?

What kind of workout or stretches can I do to increase my range of motion? I want to be able to do a split (I am quite close). What kind of stretch should I do?
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Can one prevent bleeding knuckles while boxing?

I'm not generally a fit person, but I started riding a bike to work two years ago when a colleague of mine sold me an slightly used one really cheap. Now in winter I can't (safely) do that so I bought ...
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Barbell presses without a suitable power/squat rack?

Started Starting Strength at a gym today and when I came to the presses, I discovered that the power rack didn't have holes on the outside of the vertical members, meaning a loaded bar could only be ...
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Guidance on my current diet and workout routine

I'm 21 years old. My height is 6'5'' and I weigh 108kg or around 240 pounds. My build is OK apart from the stomach where the most of my body fat seems to be! I can start to feel that it's getting ...
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181 views

Calorie calculations for weight reduction

When trying to calculate how much I should eat for weight reduction what should the base calories be based on? My current weight or my goal weight? I'm 5'8" at 240lbs wanting to drop to 180lbs or ...
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144 views

Is there a web site for planning your own workouts and following up on them?

Yes, there are loads of fitness sites out there. Some will let you track weight loss, some will provide a training program for you and some will let you record your workouts. But my issue is being ...
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670 views

Correct shoulder position when doing hanging leg raises

What is the correct shoulder positions when doing hanging leg raises? What are the reasons to do it this way and not another one? For example when you hang on the bar you can lift your body up and ...
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1answer
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The influence of cortisol on muscle gains

I know that there are several things which result in an increase of cortisol release, such as: Stress Too long workouts Caffeine, especially in energy drinks One influence is that cortisol will ...
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1answer
330 views

How much more weight can you hold with chalked hands?

I'm able to dead lift 270 at 5 reps without straps, after that I need to add straps to get to 400. How much more should I be able to hold if I used chalk?
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Unusual heart rates and fitness

About one month ago I started running every couple of days after being completely sedentary for ... well, essentially my entire life. I'm 23 years old, 5'11", 155 lbs, never done regular physical ...
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144 views

what is burnt first, muscles(protein) or fat

I'm trying to reduce my belly fat, for which I'm doing exercise for a month now, but no result yet. So now thinking of starting diet. But if I do that, and eat much less calories, then what will be ...
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1answer
439 views

Why are my traps not growing?

Workout plan: http://teenbodybuilding.com/hagy3.htm So I've been following the guide set forth at the url above. I've noticed very minor gains in size and I actually think the growth is just swelling ...
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1answer
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How safe is High Intensity Interval Training?

High intensity interval training raises your heart rate really high and I was wondering if this is safe. Is it okay for anybody to jump straight into HIIT like obese or people that haven't been ...
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How many extra calories do I burn when running with a jogging stroller?

I'm curious how to figure out how much extra work I'm doing pushing a jogging stroller while running? I have a 20 lb baby sitting in an otherwise empty Bob Evolution stroller.
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1answer
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Combining HIIT and weight training

Im 22 years old, 170cm, ~90kh weight, starting some efforts to get in shape. Im going to the gym 3 times a week, I changed my diet to low-carb. My main objective is to lower my BF%, but i wouldnt mind ...
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1answer
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Barbell Deadlift vs. Clean Deadlift

What is the main difference between a Barbell Deadlift and a Clean Deadlift? I watched these two videos over and over again and, despite each paging saying that the exercises work out different ...
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How can I structure going to the gym twice per day?

I have been going to the gym for almost 3 months now, focusing on gaining size. I have been going 5 nights per week (Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday) and have noticed good gains, ...
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1answer
865 views

Running continuously or with a break?

I want to know what would be a better way to run 5 km if you want to lose weight. Running non-stop or taking a 10 minute break every 2.5 km, so my heart rate can go back down?
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565 views

Widen chest area (side)

I always see alot of professional sportsmen, that their chest/ribcage from the side-view is very wide. For the normal average human, my arms can cover the whole of my side-view of my chest. How ...
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Always running out of energy when running

I'd love to get some advice on this one. tl;dr: I can't figure out my calorie intake, and often end up dying in the middle of my 5k runs. The longer version: I've been running since ...
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1answer
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Usage of my first protein powder (Muscle Milk)

I just started using protein powder today. I'm using Muscle Milk. I am lactose intolerant and it doesn't bother my stomach. This is the label of the product. It says 70 grams powder with 10 fl oz ...
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1answer
214 views

How much fiber should I (not) eat?

Many nutrients consumption recommendation come in % of calories per day. One should not get more than 30% calories from protein to avoid kidney overload ; One should get around 30% calories from fat ...
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1answer
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Should I be doing dips or push ups?

I am currently trying to progress on both the hundred push ups and the one fifty dips programs. I cannot do them on the same day of course, they both put a huge strain on my triceps. And while ...
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1answer
104 views

What is a good progression to using a dip/pull up belt

I do 5 sets of 10-15 reps of pull ups using a 20lb weight vest. I'm looking to focus on strength and just ordered a dip/pull up belt to add plates. What's a good progression to add strength? Should I ...
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211 views

Exercise for Upper chest

What would be the best exercises for developing a upper chest ? I know the answer would be inclined Press movements but some how these don't really help me. Know matter how many I do, I can't get my ...
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How to harden muscles?

Specifically, harden. To elaborate: I weight 130; my friend weighs 200. He's very muscular. But I'm strong for my weight-- we both do one arm bicep curls at 40 pounds. I have no trouble with ...
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1answer
121 views

Goodmornings: what rep scheme should I use

I tweaked my elbows recently, and need to layoff pullups and deadlifts for a little while until things heal. I'd like to substitute goodmornings as a hip-hinge exercise until I can return to ...
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2answers
336 views

Do starting strength twice a week instead of three? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Doing Starting Strength once a week I was thinking to do Starting Strength twice a week instead of three, on Mondays and Thursdays, because Fridays I tend to be busy ...
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2answers
479 views

How to properly use Guideline Daily Amounts for determining my calorie consumption?

I'm 5 feet 11 and I weight 189 pounds, I'm trying to lose some weight to reach 176 pounds but I'm failing to lose weight using the Fat Secret weight diary. (I use the metric system and my weight is 86 ...
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2answers
367 views

Does afternoon napping help?

I have trouble sleeping at night and usually get 5-6 hours max. I lift 3x's a week and do cardio 2-3 times a week (including heavy bag work). Does afternoon napping help with recovery? How does it ...
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3answers
673 views

What style earphone is most appropriate for jogging and running?

I've seen 3 type of sport earphones so far, there are: Neckband styles that wrap around the back of your head (such as the Sennheiser PMX 680i) Earclip styles that hang over your ear (like the ...
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1answer
206 views

Should I take protein supplements with my regimen and, if so, how often?

I started going to the gym over a month ago, twice a week, to try and build some strength and muscle definition with weight training. I also have tae kwon do training every Monday and Wednesday ...
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1answer
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Arching the back during bench press

How dangerous is arching your back while doing a bench press? I've seen tons of guys in the gym who greatly arch their back off the bench, assumedly to assist with the lift. Is this bad, or just an ...
3
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1answer
401 views

When does one choose the 33lb bar vs 45lb bar?

Other than the fact that it's 12 lbs lighter, is there any reason to choose the 33lb bar to lift rather than the 45 lb bar?
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3answers
146 views

Don't Understand Workout Schedule

Can somebody explain this Men's Health workout plan to me? I don't understand what this workout is asking me to do (along with the commenters). More specifically, how am I supposed to know which ...
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2answers
367 views

Varying Rep Ranges During a Workout

My question is...Is my work out routine useful for mass or is it completely wrong? For quite a while, I followed a routine where I would start with 3 or 4 sets of a tough excercise and heavy weights ...
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Does boiling time change an egg's nutritional content? [closed]

(source: wikipedia) Is there any difference between nutritional content or digestibility of half-boiled eggs (the white is still runny), soft-boiled and hard-boiled eggs? Please explain
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This Exercise Enough for me in a day? [closed]

As a software developer. We have to sit in a chair for whole day. And we don't get a time for anything else. Get a back Pain, and neck pain. I am posting Images here so that it helps a bit the people. ...
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5answers
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Back to the gym: should I bulk or cut first?

I used to lift weights at the gym some years ago and my intention is to get back in shape this month. I'm still in reasonable shape, around 18-20% body fat. I'd like to maximize my gains/losses as ...
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2answers
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What is the best way to recover after a long bike ride?

I just did a long bike ride (75 miles) and my legs are starting to hurt alot (tightening up, soreness, etc). The ride was about 10 hours ago and this was more than i have ridden in the past. What is ...
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1answer
223 views

Jogging: Tibialis anterior muscle tense up whenever I jog

Whenever I jog for 10 minutes, Tibialis anterior muscle start to tense up to the point where it hurts. It's preventing me from doing long distance jogging. I am not sure why this is happening. I ...
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0answers
39 views

Bluetooth Earbuds w/ Controls? [closed]

I'm looking for recommendations for earbuds I can wear while running and working out. Here's my wish list of features: Bluetooth and compatible w/ iPhone Inline controls: volume, play, pause, stop ...
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0answers
42 views

I'm very thin and I want some muscles [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: I am underweight. How do I gain weight and muscle? As the title says, I'm just thin at 5'8" and 130lbs. I'm just 19 years old. Despite eating a lot, I'm still very ...
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4answers
376 views

Burn fat and gain muscles at same time

I am doing weights for a few months now, but I find it hard to gain muscles and burn fat at the same time. It seems like one goes at the expense of the other. I think I have a balanced diet, with more ...

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