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How do you know what intensity you should go with?

I've started working out several month ago at home. I'm building my own training routines and using mostly Super-sets. (as for the equipment I use dumbbells, exercise bands and body weight). Mostly I ...
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Protein shakes for weight loss

I have recently started regular swimming with the main goal of weight loss. Im curious as to whether protein shakes would help me lose weight? Increased muscle growth burns calories but then the ...
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What is the correct plan to transition from normal to handstand push-ups?

I'm looking to become fit in my upper body without having to go to the gyms. Right now I'm working on my pushups. I can do 30 normal pushups in one go, if pumping as fast as I can. I'm 6ft and 160lbs. ...
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What to do during a week off?

I am feeling pretty battered and reckon I really need to take a week off from lifting weights. What are some things I should take into consideration? Should I adjust my diet? Eat less? Eat less ...
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I am overweight and need to reduce?

I am an IT engineer and most of my time I spend near my PC. I noticed after a few months that I've gained a lot of weight and now it's at 100kg. Sounds too much to me. I have no medical conditions, ...
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Does the ease of downhill running cancel out the extra work of uphill running?

Running uphill is obviously more challenging than running on a flat surface, but on a hilly course, there is also an equal amount of downhill. If my goal is to have the hardest workout, burn the most ...
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Should each day's lifting target one muscle group or multiple muscle groups?

40 yr old male, been working out for a few years, generally decent fitness level. Not looking to get big, just looking to stay fit and have enough energy to chase my 2 year old around. I exercise ...
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316 views

Is an elliptical trainer good for rehab after metatarsal fracture?

I fractured my third metatarsal 4 weeks ago and am looking for alternatives to spinning and swimming for cardio work until I can sensibly re-start a running schedule. Would using an elliptical ...
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Calories to consume on workout days

I did a calorie calculator to see how many calories I should consume in a day. I'm getting between 1,300-1,500 in a day. So, on days I work out, like today, I burned around 500-600 calories. Should I ...
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Taking protein right before the workout

The label of one protein supplement suggests to have a shake before the workout and one after. I understand having a couple of protein shakes during the day after the workout, but is there any actual ...
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What running quests and achievements are available on Fitocracy?

I'm a beginner when it comes to running and I found Fitocracy to be a great way to motivate myself. I'm wondering - what Achievements and Quests are there available on the site to provide goals for a ...
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436 views

How can I best recover for a second strength workout on the same day?

I'd like to do two strength workouts in the same day, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. With this goal in mind, what strategies can I employ throughout the day so that I'm as fresh as ...
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Pushups for muscle mass, fast or slow?

I'm trying to build my shoulder and chest muscle mass so I've been just doing wide pushups. The problem I'm dealing with right now is how I should do these pushups. Should I push up fast, fall down ...
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How can I train for a 5K while strength training with StrongLifts 5x5 and minimizing detrimental effects on either?

I followed the Couch-to-5K training program several months ago in preparation for a 5K race but have not run at all since then. I'd like to get back into it by doing Couch-to-5K again. I'm doing ...
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2answers
317 views

Will weight training stagnate growth in a teenager?

Will weight training stagnate growth in a teenager? Is this a myth or fact? If it does, how does it stagnate a youth's growth?
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158 views

Is it feasible to use a treadmill and maintain the sanity of your downstairs neighbors?

I live on the second floor and while I like running it'd be nice to not have to go out in the cold sometimes. I'm afraid using a treadmill wouldn't sit well with the downstairs neighbors. Does anyone ...
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386 views

How much am I undercutting gains if I slack on protein?

In this question, the accepted answer for daily protein needs cites, "0.8g/lb ... (body-building)", meaning that if one is body building, one needs 0.8 g of protein per day per lb of body weight. I'm ...
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617 views

I'm kind of new to this creatine protein stuff, and need help

My schedule consists of me working out in the morning, around 7 am, eating 2 eggs before that cooked. after my workout I take my protein/creatine in the same bottle. Should I take it around supper ...
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3answers
547 views

Storing weights outside

I live in New England, have a lot of weights, and am short on space to store them. (Getting rid of them is, of course, unthinkable :) I'm looking for cheap ways to store them outside but protect them ...
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273 views

How to increase muscle mass?

I am 49 year old. I have reduced 6 Kgs and maintaining it for last 2 years nicely. Due to busy shedule I don't get time to exercise regularly. But I walk for half hour daily. My diet includes 0.8 ...
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My knees hurt after I run and my feet point out or knees point in

Short version: My knees point in when my feet point straight. This makes it hurt when I run. I'm currently 16. In 9th grade, I switched out of my public school to an independent study one. It's like ...
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2answers
516 views

Are there adverse side-effects when creatine is not taken with liquids?

I bought some Optimum Nutrition creatine (Creapure blend of creatine monohydrate) and it does not dissolve in liquids. When I stir the creatine into a sugary drink or even plain water, the crystals ...
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589 views

Training exercises to increase speed and strength

I'm a handball trainer and coach for a couple of teams in our club. All the teams have two training's, each a hour long at minimum. I am looking for simple exercise which can be done without using ...
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485 views

What do I do when I see people at the gym doing exercises wrong

I am always curious about this, not sure if its appropriate question, but I imagine others wonder the same thing. I usually don't care when it is simple exercises like biceps, but sometimes I see ...
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Why does thick saliva form in your mouth after heavy exercise?

After (or during) heavy excercise (jogging, working out, etc.) I always start to get very thick, heavy saliva building up in my mouth which I really feel like spitting out. Why does this type of ...
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1answer
284 views

Weights + Conditioning circuit + Mixed martial arts

I'm thinking of starting a regime, where I hit my local gym 3 hours a day 6 days a week. I am 5'7" with a moderate build and I weigh 65kg. I'm wanting to build muscle and lose fat. The first 1hr ...
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I seem to lose muscle size quickly if not working out for some time. Why?

Not months of lay off but no more than 10 days takes my muscles, especially of my arms, from looking big and feeling hard to something that doesn't make me look like I lift serious weight. It stays in ...
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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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Are there any Android apps similar to RunKeeper, but for things other than running or cardio workouts?

RunKeeper is great for tracking running outside, with the GPS and coaching. More recently, I've started using the ability to track workouts on ellipticals and treadmills. However, I haven't found a ...
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3answers
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What did I do wrong to get exercise-induced lower back pain?

I am 22, 5'10'', weigh 90 kilograms (198 pounds) and I am constrained to exercise before 9:00 and after 20:00. I therefore exercise twice a day indoors (geek's life) . And it's mostly squats (with ...
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How long can I fast without losing muscles?

If I am lifting three times a week, can I have a 24h or 48h fast on the weekend (say, eat last meal on Friday evening and then next have on Saturday or Sunday evening)? Am I going to lose muscle mass ...
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1answer
878 views

How can I change weights quicker on spinlock bars

I've recently bought some spinlock dumbbells and a spinlock bar so that I can perform my weights routine at home. My workout involves increasing the weight between sets of the same exercise and I'm ...
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210 views

Does stretching interfere at all with strength gain or injury susceptibility in resistance training?

I searched through the site and couldn't find a good answer to this. Does stretching (to improve flexibility) interact or slow the muscle building and strength increasing benefits of weight training? ...
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How do you equate a “stair run” to traditional running in terms of Power?

I want to be able to convert the power required to do one exercise, specifically running down then up four flights of stairs, into terms of a run of distance x in time y. I've found several work and ...
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Does muscle mass help or hurt for powerlifting and other strength sports?

When training for powerlifting, olympic lifting, strongman events, etc., the majority of training cycles in an overall program would be focused on strength (myofibular hypertrophy) and perhaps power. ...
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1answer
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Time gap between meal and stretching exercise?

I always wonder to know what should be the time gap between meal and specifically stretching exercises. So After how many hours of meal I should not do stretching? And after how many hours of ...
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2answers
357 views

What is the optimal training time for a combined weight training and cardio workout?

What is the optimal training time for a combined weight training cardio workout and what is the optimal order it should be done in first weight or cardio?
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Does keeping your abdominal muscles flexed increase metabolism and reduce weight?

I have heard that if the abdominal muscles are flexed deliberately (kind of forcibly) throughout the day, it increases metabolism and helps reduce weight. I have a few questions regarding this as I am ...
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1answer
306 views

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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How Do I Prepare For Running In Very Cold Wind, Rain, or Snow?

I'm going to be traveling to Chicago, IL in early December and I'm training for a marathon. What kind of preparation and equipment do I need to continue training while I am there? I have run several ...
4
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2answers
412 views

What is the best way to breath while benching heavy?

I've heard both holding your breath for all reps and exhaling on the way up - what is the best approach and/or differences in approach? and are there other breathing patterns?
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How to lose weight if I have lower vertebrae problems?

According to my doctor I am having lower back disc problems. I feel pain there almost all the times when I stand or bend my body backward. Now, I am gaining fat and don't know how I can lose it as I ...
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1answer
714 views

How do you calculate daily vitamin requirements?

I'm looking at the nutrition facts label on my protein shake bottle and it says: Protein 42g - 84% DV Vitamin C - 100% DV Vitamin A - 40% DV Vitiman D - 50% DV etc... I know the 84% daily value ...
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Skinny but flabby, what to do?

I appear skinny but anyone who's seen me without a shirt knows the truth! My chest, arms, and legs all look healthy (as far as I'm concerned) but my stomach is this fatty mess. It's not that I don't ...
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2answers
210 views

What is Pilates and what are some good resources on it?

What is the Pilates? What kind of training/equipment does it involve? Can beginners do Pilates? Are there any good resources in terms of book/websites on Pilates?
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1answer
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Looking for an Android app other than Runkeeper which lets me create custom interval training

I've been using Runkeeper for Android for about a month, and really love the ability to create custom workouts. I'm doing the couch to 5k training program, and Runkeeper lets me create a set of ...
5
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2answers
188 views

Weights versus cardio, or weights with cardio

This is specific to an obese individual. For weight loss - is it better to first focus on cardio, and then move on to weights, or is the combination a better approach? And why?
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501 views

What is core training and who should be doing it?

I am looking into a wide variety of workouts to keep from getting boredom. There is a term that seems to be thrown around here: core training. My question is what is it and who should be doing it? Is ...
5
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2answers
284 views

Yoga for obese male

Is there a type of yoga that would be do able for an obese male with the limitations of obesity and gender (if there are) considered?
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5answers
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Working out when stressed

I know that working out helps the body out during stressful times. I've experienced myself this, after being stressed at work, hitting the gym 'releases' the tensions, specifically in my forehead ...

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