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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
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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 ...
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Minimising ankle rub in running shoes

I have a frequent problem that deters me from running. I have a bad habit of picking shoes that rub my heels on longer runs. In the store they feel great, but after a 5km run they just destroy the ...
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1answer
94 views

Measurable body indicators for correct amount of nutrition?

I can measure my general fatigue every morning by checking my resting Heart-Rate. It's shown me quite effectively, when I am a bit sick or sleep to little, my resting HR jumps up to 10 beats higher. ...
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What is the minimum long run training distance to finish a half-marathon?

As per the title, what is the minimum long run training distance to merely be capable of finishing a half-marathon? I've been trying to research this myself and answers seem to be all over the place ...
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293 views

Dealing with jet lag when travelling internationally for a marathon?

I live in Europe and will be travelling to the US for the Chicago marathon. I would like to stay a week in the US. How do you minimize the effects of jet lag for the day of the race? Is it best to ...
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439 views

How do I keep my running form up with a broken toe?

I broke my fourth toe (minor fracture). Doctor's orders prevent me from running for about a month. Swimming hurts and is not really an option for a while. My running base is about 40 kilometers per ...
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1answer
659 views

Weights and plantar fasciitis

Should you do squats, and can you also do Calf raises, either on machines or free weights, if you have plantar fasciitis? I have had this for 3 years now: I have stopped running. I also find ...
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2answers
699 views

Push-up complement [duplicate]

What is the bodyweight exercise complementary of the push-up? I got contradictory information. Some claim it's the chin-up/pull-up and I always thought this was true. However, others claim that the ...
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2answers
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Best primitive several-minute daily routine for time-restricted people?

I do every day 10 push-ups, and with that ends my daily routing. I also do a massive 2 hours walk that includes climbing and walking for a long distance. I would like to improve my daily routine, ...
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2answers
78 views

Is it true that going up multiple steps is harmful?

Once in a week I make a 2.5 hours walk that in the middle of it there is a few hundred steps up. A friend of mine (that has nothing to do with fitness) just told me recently that upclimbing steps is ...
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3answers
176 views

Is it necessary to do warmup sets at moderate weight?

My friend today indicated that I should be doing warmup sets but I've never done them before. Is it really necessary to do warmup sets? I usually row on days I do back and triceps and use the ...
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1answer
246 views

Beginner in physical fitness, need tips and advices

I am 18 years old, 174 cm tall, 60 kg weight male. I am very skinny, and haven't trained for ages. Last few years I've been living very unhealthy way of life - spending way too much time in front of ...
2
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1answer
353 views

How to avoid cramps during beach volleyball tournament (extreme hot weather)

Just a quick question when summer came. I usually play 5 to 6 matches on beach volleyball tournaments and there is 35 Celsius degrees in the shadow but of course there is no shadow on the field. ...
4
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2answers
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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 ...
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5answers
666 views

What is a good metric for defining an ideal weight?

It seems that the conclusion is that there is consensus BMI is a really unhelpful metric for determining ideal weight. Indeed, at 5'9" my ideal weight is about 150 according to BMI. The last time ...
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3answers
744 views

Walking vs Biking a mile

I have about a mile walk every morning -- would I get more exercise biking or walking that same mile? Some background: I am trying to lose weight -- I am right now using MyFitnessPal to track my ...
0
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1answer
62 views

gym exercises to maximise basal metabolic rate?

I've read that muscle-building exercises, specially core exercises like squats with high-weight load, will increase the basal metabolic rate, thus increasing the caloric intake to stay at the same ...
0
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1answer
67 views

Muscular body building by gym [closed]

Is joining a gym for getting a muscular body and good physique really worth it? I mean, how beneficial is a gym membership for staying in shape?
0
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1answer
61 views

What to eat during running?

In an inteview, Kilian Jornet said that during races at the end he gained 1 kilo, for all he was eating during the race. - A half-liter to one liter per hour. - Gels every 30 minutes from the ...
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3answers
590 views

How long do I have to train to be a Ultra Trail Runner?

If someone would like to be a Ultra Runner from zero, for how long would have to train for the body to get in perfect shape of an 80k ultra race... 6 months? 1 year? 2-3 years?
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Is this a good weight lifting routine for a 13 year old?

Hi my friend and I (both 13) are just getting into weightlifting and I was wondering if you think our routine is good for beginners (we did throw in track though and we are pretty strong) we plan on ...
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1answer
243 views

Is it really important to restrict the workout to 45 minutes?

It is been said everywhere that any strength/muscle gain workout should be restricted to 45 minutes, due to hormone levels decay after that time. Many say that you are even supposed to cause loss of ...
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5answers
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Knee pain when squatting

I have mild knee pain in my left knee only whenever I have a small break in form when doing any squat type exercise (ie, my knee goes past my toes when my feet are flat on the floor). When in proper ...
4
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3answers
433 views

Pre-workout - static vs dynamic stretches

While checking out some workout videos, I can across one from Jillian Micheals where she says, "you never want to do static stretches until after the workout is over and you're doing cool down". Why ...
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2answers
122 views

What is the minimum amount of calories?

I'm a 260lb 5'10.5" male trying to lose some weight. I'm also on a really really tight budget. I have about $100 a month I can spend on food at the moment so I'm really trying to go as cheap as ...
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1answer
2k views

Capsicum: Simply burn more calories? Does it even work?

I'm looking for some kind of low cost supplement to help me shed some pounds. I'm about 260lb right now.. at 5ft 10.5in. I have been working out regularly.. trying to keep a strict diet (work on ...
8
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3answers
609 views

Train for swimming long distances

I want to swim 3000 m non-stop for an event coming up next month. I have got three different plans for training to that event, them coming from a great coach. Those plans are concentrating on the ...
5
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1answer
1k views

Why am I anxious when I don't work out?

I've been bodybuilding for about 4 and a half years. Two hours a day, 5-6 days a week. My physique has went from null to pretty insane in that time frame. I was a scrawny 105lbs 18 year old male to a ...
6
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1answer
147 views

Natural Running - less injuries or not

In context of running, one of the most discussed subjects over the last many years probably have been whether "Natural Running" will prevent injuries or actually be the source of injuries. I have ...
5
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1answer
339 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 ...
0
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1answer
152 views

Should glute-bridges make my calves ache?

I have been given some glute bridges to do, to improve the strength of my core and hips, to prevent injury while running. I'm quite weak in this area and after a day and a half,I'm finding it's my ...
0
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1answer
57 views

What is the efficacy of shock wave therapy in treating plantar fasciitis?

I have had plantar fasciitis for over a year now, have tried a variety of treatments (e.g. stretching, golf ball rolling, night splint, physical therapy, etc.), and would like to know the efficacy of ...
2
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2answers
141 views

Stretching routines for runners

I've recently started up my long distance running again, and am looking to compete in a marathon early next year. However, I've noticed that specifically my achilles tendon can be quite stiff some ...
4
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2answers
253 views

How to calculate body fat using calipers?

One of the trainers in my local gym did my measurements with a fat caliper. He unfortunately has not had time to calculate the fat percentage. I have the numbers and figured might as well do it ...
2
votes
3answers
329 views

Running speed versus running power - is there a difference?

I have noticed that you can put more "force" in to each press off the ground when running, making it more of a power run, or a fast sprint, or the kind of running footballers do when they go to tackle ...
3
votes
5answers
1k views

Can't seem to do a proper bench press … any reasons as to why?

My bench press, aside from me not liking the motion of the exercise, nor the overrated outlook on it in general, is pretty crappy, even with attempts to improve it. I follow a strict regimen only ...
2
votes
2answers
457 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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1answer
308 views

Rhomboid muscles

I have been told by the physio that my right rhomboid muscle is tight. As a result I am getting some pain in that area, especially when I breath deeply (Which is impacting my running). What are some ...
3
votes
1answer
90 views

Gel recommendations for Ironman Triathlon

I'm doing an Ironman in about 4 weeks. Having just completed a half Ironman a couple of days ago, I'm feeling upbeat after performing well. However, I have a question about nutrition for my ...
2
votes
1answer
56 views

Is series training more exhausting than long run training?

I would like to know if when training in a day with a speed series like 8x400 is more heavy than a 18k longrun. Because yesterday I did my first speed series training and I was sleeping all the ...
2
votes
1answer
473 views

Hip & ankle flexibility - how to progress?

I'm currently having problems with the following exercises and activities: Tucked planche (Priority 1: even getting of the floor is impossible, my legs only tuck if my hips get pulled in by my abs, ...
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1answer
163 views

I need help on losing fats on my hideous tummy. Help [closed]

I am 19 y old , 5'7" (1.70m) and weigh around 180 pounds (81 kg). Just started going to the gym after a long hiatus. My regular exercise consists of: 20 minute treadmill running and 15 minute cross ...
3
votes
1answer
93 views

How to incorporate abs into a weekly schedule?

It seems to be popular to spread abs exercises over the weekly schedule — e.g. one exercise at the end of every training. OTOH there is an option to do abs all on one day, alone or combined with ...
4
votes
2answers
1k views

How different or “sub-optimal” is Deadlift if performed with reverse grip (both hands)?

Ok, Deadlift is a great exercise. But I don't dare lifting heavy yet, because of an old injury. However, when performed with reverse grip (both hand with palms facing forwards, I believe this is ...
3
votes
1answer
77 views

First time indoor cycling (Spinning) with no fitness history?

Today I've enrolled myself on indoor cycling classes but I'm not sure now if that was a good idea. What I'm concerned about is if I will manage to cycle for about 50mins taking into account that I ...
1
vote
1answer
177 views

How important is it to gain weight for weightlifting (build muscles)?

since a year i go to the fitness-center, first once a week, since 4 months i'm trying to strictly go 2 (or 3) times per week. there i train multiple things (biceps, triceps, back, belly, shoulders, ...
2
votes
2answers
95 views

How to switch from sprints to swimming longer distances

I've been swimming for 1,5 year and 4 times per week in average. I had a period of 6-7 trainings during a week and with spring coming I switched 2-3 trainings to running finally because this is simply ...
2
votes
1answer
1k views

Why Rippetoe's Texas or Mehdi's StrongLifts instead of Reg Park original workouts?

I first learnt about Rippetoe's 3x5 program, but the Power Clean seems risky for me for the moment, so I looked for something similar and found Mehdi's Stronglifts. But after one or two sessions of ...
0
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1answer
562 views

Running and swimming in the morning combination

I am going to Spain for 2 months. The place is 1 km from the sea. My question is what morning workout do you suggest for me? I get up regularly at 6:05 in the morning every day and then I have time ...

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