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Body building and gaining weight

I'm 5'10" tall and weight only 56kg. I'm trying to be massive and doing some workout daily, like push ups for at least 30 minutes, with two breaks. In the last 6 months I gained only 5kg. I'm quite ...
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What should i do if I miss a 5x5 session?

I just started doing the 5x5 Stronglifts workout. I ended up missing my third workout because of some personally reasons. What should I do? Should I go ahead and work out the day after I missed, or ...
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How best to apply TUT theory?

I've read a few articles that the best way to gain muscle is Time under Tension (TUT) - none of the articles recommended whether it was TUT with heavy weights low reps or light weights and high ...
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What exercises can I do on my next workout to supplement the ones I've done?

I recently joined a gym, and I've done two workouts so far. The trainer at the gym told me which exercises to do, and I simply performed them. I doubt he'll be present for my third workout, however, ...
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Need help evaluating my diet to gain muscle

I am re-evaluating my daily diet and was looking for some advice on how I can improve it. Background: I am a 24 year old male, weigh 68kg/150lb, and do the StrongLifts program 3 days a week. My ...
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How do I find the names of gym exercises?

I've been working out for a little while, and just started keeping a log of what I do at the gym. The hardest part has been trying to figure out what to log under "exercise". Sometimes, the coach will ...
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Are you losing fat or fluids if you diet and drink alot?

A friend is on an extreme diet that includes acupuncture (amongst other) - his diet is that 2 days he isn't eating anything (literally) and the rest he eats very little - up to twice a day, 1 portion ...
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Gaining without workout

can you guys please suggest me a dieting plan or something to gain weight or to add some muscle around my body and face. I'm a 21 year old guy , very slim for my age and want to gain weight really ...
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Should a post-workout protein shake count in my macros?

I'm in the process of creating a new diet plan with http://www.eatthismuch.com/ however I'm unsure with workout days if I should be intentionally eating less calories to account for the ones I'm ...
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Will I be able to return to football after a wrist fracture? [closed]

During a sports activity I fell on an outstretched arm and felt instant pain, but not too severe. The next day I got x-rays which showed a torus fracture of the distal radius. I was put in a cast and ...
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Why do experienced lifters work up to a heavy set, then do a final, lighter set?

I have noticed in the gym that more experienced guys lift weights in a double-pyramidal order. For example, they do 5 sets using 15 kg in the first set, 20 kg in the second set, 30 kg in the third ...
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Exercises that can replace squats?

I've got a friend that's somewhat interested in doing Stronglifts, but for personal reasons she's utterly terrified of tearing up her knees from doing squats. I've tried to convince her otherwise but ...
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Supplemental exercises for breaking an overhead press plateau

Background: I've just recently completed the first 12 week period of StrongLifts. My finishing stats are below: Age: 24 Gender: male Height: 170cm (67in) Body weight: 68kg (150#) (I've been eating ...
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Are there any reasons not to blend different types of protein powder?

I am normally very reserved towards food supplements in powder form, but after reading a bit about protein supplements, I decided to try it out and decide whether or not it's something I am willing to ...
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Cons of doing all the Starting Strength “Practical Programming Novice Program” exercises on the same day?

I recently started doing the Practical Programming Novice Program from Starting Strength. Program below: Monday 3x5 Squat 3x5 Bench press / Press (Alternating) Chin-ups: 3 sets to failure or add ...
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What exercise develops internal fortitude? [closed]

What exercise builds your internal fortitude the best? the ability to mentally prepare you for life, exercise, encounters, etc.? Is it weight lifting that gives you the physical strength and ...
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Is drinking amino acid tablets safe for health and building muscle?

I have been going to the gym for two months, and I have gained muscle specifically in my biceps. I have seen my mates drinking amino acid tablets. Does this improve muscles? I'm afraid to try them in ...
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Why do sprinters have muscular arms?

I would like to know why all Olympic sprinters have muscular arms. They probably have muscular arms to help them sprint, but the reason is unclear. These are the two paradoxes I cannot fathom: Heavy ...
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Stronglifts 5x5 and Rowing

I have started to try out the StrongLifts 5x5 program. Started a week ago. But, I have a rowing machine at home that I'd like to keep using. So, what I'm wondering is Should I? Or will it ruin ...
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1answer
207 views

Why does the glycemic index of a carb NOT affect exercise performance?

I read an article on SimplyShredded that claimed that the type of carbohydrate doesn't matter, but rather only the amount of carbs matter to bodybuilders. In the following excerpt, the author claims ...
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203 views

How should a young person train for parkour?

I really want to start training parkour, but I have no idea where to start. I'm only 13, but I'm reasonably fit, and already run regularly. I also found a strength training routine that I intend to ...
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In a bench press, are there any tricks for determining which muscles are the weakest?

Is there some trick to determine which of the three basic muscles is the weakest in a bench press? I'm referring to the pectorals, shoulders and triceps. I have been working my chest with dumbbell ...
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How to manage inflammation in a resistance training program?

How does inflammation present itself in a resistance training program (I'm currently using Starting Strength)? If it is catabolic (I am asking because I suspect it is), how can one lessen its effects ...
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893 views

What causes knee pain after cardio?

I have been having knee pain after I do running, cycling, or any cardio workout that uses my legs. How can this be solved? The duration for which I do cardio is around 20-30 minutes, and I also do ...
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679 views

What is the difference between actual age and body age?

How is a person's body age different from his actual age, and how is this body age calculated? In the gym I used a machine to find out my body age, and it showed my body age as 4 years more than my ...
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1answer
138 views

Are there any scientific facts regarding resting times/training intensity's and muscle/performance growth

So I've been working out for about a year now, and I'm stronger than some of my friends who have more overall body mass and lower body fat percentage which means they have more muscle mass. Because of ...
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1answer
346 views

Calf Muscle - Stiffness in calf muscle after running for long distance

I ran for a long distance and developed stiffness in my calf muscles. I have tried stretching out and hydrating myself. Also I'm giving proper rest to my body. Now the stiffness is easing out a bit. ...
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Why can extreme athletes eat so many calories without health risk?

Michael Phelps (the famed Olympic swimmer and many-time gold medalist) is one of the most fit people in the world, and most people would look at him and say that he is extremely healthy. However, he ...
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1answer
186 views

Rashes on thigh after running

I am trying to loose my weight, by jogging/running for about 18-20 minutes in the morning. But the issue that i am having is that after a jogging session i get rashes on high thighs, giving at least ...
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1answer
84 views

When are the physical benefits of a single workout realized?

When does your body actually build muscle in response to fatigue from a workout? For example, if you slam your arms in one work out ( say any combination of, curls, pullups, pushups, bench press, ...
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How can I improve my reaction speed and timing for martial arts?

I'm interested in what exercises/training I can do to help with reaction time and timing for martial arts. Specifically, how can I improve parrying and countering a strike? I'm not looking for speed ...
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2answers
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How do I perform an assessment workout?

I've decided to run an Olympic Triathlon: Swim: 1.5 km (0.93  mi) Cycle: 40 km (24.8  mi) Run: 10 km (6.2  mi) and need to assess where I'm at in order to build a workout schedule on my own. ...
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What safety issues should be considered before running barefoot shoes on bad pavement? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What are the downsides of minimalist running shoes? I want to start walking/jogging. I am considering the Adidas Adupure and Fila Skeletoes, two articulated toe models ...
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What is causing a bad/strange reaction about 1 to 3 minutes after finishing my runs

Occasionally after I finish running I will be overcome with an urge to gag and a feeling like I have a ball of phlegm stuck in my throat. I usually end up on my knees hacking and spitting up phlegm ...
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What can a vegetarian eat on a low carb diet? [closed]

I'm a vegetarian and would like to go on a low carb (preferably no carb) diet. Currently I am getting about 200grams of protein from protein shakes and eggs. Until now I have been eating rice, ...
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4answers
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Skinny wrists - will this change as the rest of me does?

I know it's vain - but I'm not blessed in this department. As I progress down the road towards the body I want instead of the current body I have can I expect my wrists to gain in proportion also? I ...
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1answer
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Insanity workout - first day failed diet - should I restart or not?

Today I am going to start my insanity workout program but I kinda screwed up my diet on the first day, and the workout is the fit test. Insanity Workout is the famous workout by beachbody.com. It is ...
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6answers
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How do I bench press safely without a spotter?

What do smart lifters do when they're working out alone and want to do benchpresses? I have a busy schedule, and it isn't practical for me to have a regular weightlifting partner. I've usually ...
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1answer
1k views

Starting Strength: How do I know when I should cut?

I've been bulking since I started lifting (Starting Strength path, two months in) but have started wondering this week - when do I cut? Is this purely when I can no longer stand the fat that ...
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3answers
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Am I gaining anything more by doing accessory work with Starting Strength or is it potentially not contributing anything?

I'm a new lifter about two months into Starting Strength. Recently I bought myself a dip tower so I could add some chin-up/pull-up accessory work. My gym buddy mentioned that potentially I may be ...
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2answers
434 views

Is it a good idea to only do cardio?

I'm an ectomorph and because of lots of reasons, I cannot (or chose not to) do weights. But I can work on cardio (run, swim etc.) Is this a good idea (only cardio but no weights)? My diet is fairly ...
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2answers
176 views

Is a diet high in fruit as detrimental as one that includes sugary snacks?

I'm currently trying to eat a lot healthier, and to that end I've cut out any sugary snacks - cakes, cookies, chocolate bars, protein bars and so on. I've noticed that I've mostly ended up replacing ...
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1answer
566 views

Would Tabata be any good on a stationary bike?

I cycle most evenings when I get home from work. I read about Tabata on here and wondered if it would be any good for me? Maybe cut my total time down to 30 minutes, 5 mins warm up, 2 mins Tabata, 5 ...
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1answer
2k views

What are superficial muscles?

Articles like the wikipedia entry for the Forearm distinguish between superficial, intermediate, and deep muscles. What is the difference between these muscle levels? What are some readily ...
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1answer
223 views

Can I reverse the consequences of eating something bad?

Can I reverse the consequences of eating something bad quickly by going to the gym. e.g. If I ate a brownie now, could I do an hour of cardio at the gym and then not 'put on that weight. Or is ...
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Could a thicker pull-up bar explain my inability to do as many pull-ups?

Something like 6 months ago, I could do 10 pull-ups rather easily. Now, I'm much stronger than I was then but struggle doing just 6 pull-ups. Could this possibly be related to the width of the ...
2
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1answer
558 views

Does it matter when during the day carb intake occurs?

I have heard from multiple sources that "no carbs in the evening" is supposed to be a good way of decreasing the fat buildup and facilitating weight loss. Now while I am aware that none of these ...
2
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6answers
40k views

How many Burpees do I have to do per day to lose a lot of fat fast?

I hate exercise, I find it excruciatingly boring. But I am overweight and need to lose fat fast. The main reason why I find it boring is because it takes too long and I don't like doing a a variety of ...
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3answers
6k views

How should you warm up for stronglifts sessions?

From the StrongLifts book: Never jump straight into your work weight, warm-up first. As an example, let's say your work weight for the Squat is 135lbs. Then here's how your training would look ...
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4answers
930 views

Cardio Alternatives to Running

I am looking for cardio alternatives to running, which I find incredibly boring so it's difficult to keep a routine up. I would like something that is a bit shorter and more intensive. I have tried ...

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