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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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What are the optimum foods and supplements for beginning runners?

I plan to start a running routine using the program listed here to improve my overall fitness. What foods and – if applicable – supplements would be recommended for beginning runners? I.e. a ...
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What are the trade-offs of weight versus repetition?

When doing work out with weights, what is the impact of trade-off between amount of weights working with number of times an exercise is repeated For example, I can repeat an exercise 10x3 times ...
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I run 7 miles in an hour, how can i make it 10 miles in an hour?

I go running twice a week, 7 miles each time and it takes exactly an hour. I have kept this routine for a while (like 5 months). I was expecting that by time I would get faster but it seems I am not ...
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1answer
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Blurry vision after exercise?

I've noticed that after I do some heavy cardio my vision will sometimes get blurry. The blurriness usually occurs about 15-30 minutes after I exercise and then lasts for 15-30 minutes and is usually ...
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171 views

What is it called when you lift yourself into a handstand?

What is the gymnastic term for, from standing on all fours, lifting yourself into a handstand in a controlled manner? That is, without kicking up.
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Somewhat confused about the midweek spike on the anabolic diet

I have been on LeanGains for the past 3 months, on what started as a cutting diet (but somehow ended up a recomp). So, now I have the following stats: 72 kg (from 76 kg) 162 cm 88 kg deadlift 80 kg ...
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1answer
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Squats vs Stairs - Whats the difference?

Why is it that when I squat (400lbs) I can do all of my sets with no ill after effects. Even one legged squats (up to 200lbs) cause me no problems other than maybe DOMS. When I climb stairs I find ...
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538 views

Fitness routine for chainsaw use and tree surgery

I'm about the average weight for my age (17), I'm fairly active, I enjoy walking and cycling but I don't particularly exercise at home or at a gym. I've started a college course studying ...
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2answers
120 views

What can be done to find out why I have sore/weak Gluteus Maximus muscles?

I have just turned 57 and play 8-a-side football 2 or 3 times a week. I also work on the exercise bike and do what I shall describe as Yoga - once a week - (on the WII) to stretch my body out. I am ...
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1answer
358 views

Muscle hurts after HiiT session

3 Days ago i did an HiiT Session with dumbbells. I did different excercises in 3 Sets with 12 Repetitions. After I finished excercising i didn't do any streching exercises. On the next day I had ...
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Is working out localized muscle going to help burn fat in that area more than building up overall muscle mass?

When different people gain weight, the fat tends to accumulate in different parts of the body based on the individual. Some people gain in their stomach, their buttocks, their thighs, etc. If I am ...
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3answers
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What are the most efficient exercises for balanced workout

I have read that exercises like squats and bench press work a number of muscle groups. I really have limited time at the gym, and I'm trying to build an exercise routine that is as efficient as ...
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4answers
322 views

Lower back pain relief

I have been weight training for 18 months, and in the past few months have started to get lower back pain. I particularly feel it when I wake up in the morning. Nothing too serious or painful but I ...
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1answer
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Accessory work with Strong Lifts?

What accessory work is there for the 5 lifts (squat, bench press, over head press, bent over row, and dead lift), and when should one start to consider adding these extra items to their workouts?
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1answer
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To increase strength why wouldn't anaerobic reps be done as quickly as possible to fatigue the fast twitch muscle fibers?

There are lots of recommendations to do the reps slowly - like with 2 seconds + 2 seconds, also some machines have rep timers of 2 seconds + 4 seconds. But if you are targeting fast twitch muscle for ...
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2answers
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Are multiple sets with decreasing weight and no rest between them a good idea?

I saw someone else doing this and I tried it and have liked the results. I start by doing a half dozen reps on the heaviest weight I can handle, then without resting more that the time it takes to ...
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3answers
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How much do empty barbells weigh?

I have recently noticed that in my gym they have two different sizes of barbells. The difference between them is only in length, but not in diameter. the reason why I'm mentioning that is because I ...
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2answers
517 views

What are the ball bearings in dumbbells and barbells for?

Well the question title pretty much says it. While browsing the web for dumbbells I stumbled over the supposedly cheaper 30mm bars and the 50mm bars that all seem to be ball beared. What is the ...
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2answers
294 views

grams of protein vs calorie intake

I am currently on the 5x5 program with the goal to get stronger. I understand that in order to achieve this goal one must consume a surplus of calories in order to actually gain the muscle. I am 5 ...
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4answers
940 views

Help to add muscle for a skinny guy with fast metabolism

I'm 20 year old, 5ft8 (1.72m) and weight about 120lbs (54kg). I've recently joined the gym and plan to add muscle (like most people). I'm completely new to this and I have been browsing for research ...
2
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1answer
7k views

Free alternatives to nike training club for windows or linux pc

Are there free alternatives for the Nike Training Club, which run on a windows or linux pc or just online via web-browser? List of features, from the iTunes App Store description: Full-body ...
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1answer
2k views

What is better for my body running every day or every other day?

Currently I run about 7 km every day. I feel that this is too much for me, as I also do some fitness every other day. It is just too time consuming with my new job. I just want to stay in shape and I ...
4
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1answer
69 views

Trying low bar position is difficult, what can I do to get there?

I'm trying to get to where I can squat with the bar in the low bar position as in Mark's video. I'm having difficulties getting into this position and I think it's a mix of things, one being ...
2
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1answer
111 views

Localized abdominal pain after a short run

I had gone on my first run in months last night, and aside from the expected soreness in the legs and calves, I've got a rather sensitive spot on my abs, about an inch down and left (from my ...
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1answer
567 views

What can I do to have more energy/less sleepy before working out?

I wake up at 7am, go to college, after go to work, and at the end of the day - when I am as sleepy as 30 bears - I go to the gym. After returning from gym, I dinner, etc and sleep What can I do to ...
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0answers
65 views

Are higher-end multivitamins harmful/helpful/placebo? [closed]

For instance, consider multivitamins like Opti-Men or Orange Triads or AOR Ortho-Core, etc. Are such multivitamin supplements actually beneficial to health, or is it a waste/possibly even harmful?
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1answer
905 views

What's a good adjustable kettlebell approach?

I current have a solid 50lb kettlebell that I use. I'm looking to upgrade, but prices for solid kettlebells are very expensive. I saw this adjustable handle on amazon (pic) for about $35 and it can ...
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2answers
87 views

Training for strength: How is my training regimen and diet combo?

I'm a student and live a schedule that makes it impossible for me to commit to any extremely serious programs or even go to the gym. As such, I have began to train at home, doing primarily the ...
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1answer
173 views

Is my cardio routine too intense?

Because I get shin splints easily, I do cardio workouts by walking up steep inclines. My routine is this: I raise my heart rate to 180 for 30 minutes straight with only a water break in the middle. ...
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2answers
594 views

How do I increase endurance in doing pull-ups?

I'm doing 5 sets of pullups with each set to exhaustion. However my pullups really decreases after the first two sets. I would start off doing 7, then 5, then i get to 2 or 3 if i really try for the ...
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1answer
95 views

Is fasting for two days dangerous? [closed]

I've always wanted to try a fast for 1 - 2 days (but with water!) for religious purposes, but I'm always scared it may result in a slowed metabolism or some sort of health problem. Will a 2 day fast ...
2
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2answers
808 views

Going to gym twice a day

I was thinking about going to gym in morning for cardio type exercises and then in evening do some weight training, my main goal is to get 6 pack and get ripped. Do you think going to the gym twice a ...
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2answers
2k views

How to prevent callus growth on hands when doing pull-ups?

Due to everyday pull-ups I've got pretty bad calluses on my hands. Is there any way to escape them ?
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4answers
841 views

Typical weekly training cycle of a football club

The problem I am trying to resolve is either dropping off my training too early in the week and feeling a bit stiff on the day we play or I over train and can't maintain speed/power/endurance because ...
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1answer
181 views

How to prepare for exercise at high altitude?

I am doing the Tough Mudder here in Northern California and the event takes place at a ski resort at an altitude of 6000' to 8000'. I have been training at about 3000' elevation and I'm wondering if ...
3
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1answer
3k views

What additional exercises do I add to the Madcow 5x5 program?

I just started the MadCow program and appreciate the approach to weekly improvements and regimentation - BUT, I'm used to doing 15-18 exercises per workout (3-4 times a week for about 1 1/2 hours) - ...
2
votes
2answers
185 views

How do different modes of transportation compare from a caloric burn perspective?

Assuming that I'm travelling the same route between two points how do walking, running and biking compare with one another? My instinct is that calories per mile (metre, kilometre, or what have you) ...
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5answers
1k views

My in-apartment gym lacks barbells. Should I join a new gym or buy my own barbell?

So here's the thing. In my apartment, I have a gym with a weight machine or two, some cardio machines, and a set of dumbbell freeweights, and a bench. Using this gym costs me nothing extra, but it ...
5
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1answer
336 views

What should I be aware of for wear and tear on a used weight machine?

My father is giving me his old weight machine. He has not used it in quite a few years (10+) and it has been outside (we get winter 4-5 months of the year, with 3-4 feet of snow on average) for the ...
5
votes
1answer
200 views

Do “barefoot” runners need a different warm-up?

I normally run 10-15 km training runs. My warm-up has always been nothing more than starting very slowly- I run the first 3 km at a crawl, really. A few months ago I switched to "barefoot" running, ...
5
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4answers
2k views

High Heel in weightlifting shoes

After much urging, I bought some Wei-Rui weight lifting shoes. But I found my deadlift in them became much worse, not better. A friend told me that the high heel in them ruins the deadlift. He told ...
2
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1answer
321 views

Rope climbing gymnastic tricks — what are they called?

I'd like to learn some cool tricks that I could use on the kind of rope that's found hanging from the ceiling in schools' gymnastic halls. I've tried to search, but all I can find is tips on how to ...
3
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2answers
3k views

I want to increase my height (teen girl) with the help of excercise routines and diet

I am a 15 year old girl and 5'5 in height. How can I increase my height in terms of food and exercise? Is there some specific diet plan or routine practice required that could accomplish this? I ...
8
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3answers
132 views

Improving Golf-based strength

I'd previously asked this question in the "Sports" beta - Improving Driving Distance, but they seem to think it's more suited for this site and then twisted the question to focus on equipment. I ...
3
votes
2answers
923 views

Body weight exercises for arm wrestling

I am wondering what body weight exercises might be best to improve arm wrestling skills. Of course not on a professional level, in this case I'd buy equipment, just for the pub level difficulty. My ...
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7answers
1k views

Is running barefoot on pavement beneficial or detrimental to flat feet?

I have been told by the doctor that barefoot walking is good as long as it is on a rugged surface (grass, gravel, sand, ...) but I should not walk barefoot on a pavement or home. Simultaneously, ...
4
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2answers
752 views

Why are compound exercises better than isolation exercises for mass gain?

I commonly hear that compound exercises are the best mass builders, but I just can not understand why. Yes, they can save time by doing more at the same time. I also realize that they involve ...
10
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7answers
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How does Voodoo Floss work?

Voodoo Floss is a new(?) trend in CrossFit that basically involves, if I understand it correctly, wrapping a muscle group or joint very tightly in a thing called a voodoo band while stretching or ...
2
votes
2answers
3k views

How to maintain my body without fat and reduce belly?

I've been going to the gym for the past 3 years. Although my body shape has changed a lot, my weight has been stable 70kg for this period. For example, my biceps has developed a lot, but I was unable ...

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