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Dumbbell Weights: Diameter vs Width

I wonder how to add more weight to a dumbbell. Adding more plates of fewer weight or fewer plates of higher weight? With bigger plates the diameter grows and so will the minimum distance the ...
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daily upper body weightlifting?

What is a good upper body weightlifting routine that I could do daily to gain muscle without leaving a day for rest in between? How can I split upper body exercises in 2 halves so that I let the rest ...
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how to have big muscles for one who have been trying but have not seen any change? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: I am underweight. How do I gain weight and muscle? Hey I am 15 years old and i am so underweight. I am 5 feet 7 inches and i am 100 pounds. I have tried everything. I ...
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What is starvation mode?

I lift weights but sometimes I'm so tired I forget to take dinner because I end up asleep in bed after showering, then I go without eating until next day's lunch time. And I feel light headed before ...
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Gyming does not add bulk to my body, it only puts my body into good shape

I am a 23 year old, 5 foot 5 inches tall, 52 kg male. Judging by my BMI, I'm not underweight, but I still look skinny. I am not weak (I think) as I can do 60 push ups (20-20-20), 10-12 pulls ups and ...
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What should I do if I can't complete my program's prescribed workout?

This is a general question, but I'll give some specifics to fill it in. I'm on the Texas Method periodization program. On Monday, I was unable to complete the prescribed workout of a 5lb increase in ...
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How to superset effectively?

I am just starting to incorporate some dumbbell exercises in my workout. I try to reduce pauses between exercises to get more stuff done in the same time and spend less time waiting. At the moment I ...
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Why do bodybuilders take such a long recovery period?

Why do bodybuilders take recovery periods that are longer than any other type of athlete? Im doing a mixture of weights and cardio. I try to do 2 sessions with weights focusing on upper body and 2 ...
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155 views

Weight Training for Weight Loss

I have heard that weight training can be a good strategy for reducing body fat. If one's goal is to reduce total body fat, should one's weight training program be aimed at muscle hypertrophy or ...
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How is muscle repair affected by a caloric deficit?

Background Weightlifting creates micro-tears in the muscle. Protein and other nutrients repair the tears so the muscle grows back stronger and larger. Question How is muscle repair affected by a ...
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What is a good and tested body building programs for a beginner?

What would be a good body building program for a beginner? I have been searching the Internet and find a lot of programs but am not sure about the credibility of the people who have published these ...
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Compound, total body exercises minimising quad and ham development

I'm currently squatting twice a week, deadlifting once. Deadlifting doesn't concern me because I feel my back is getting a great workout and the hips are starting much higher than the knees, but ...
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Light-headedness after squats

My final set of squats has me going until I can do no more. I usually stop when I feel one more rep may or may not might be possible, but it's going to totally wipe me out trying. I usually sense that ...
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How does wiggling your fingers activate your fast twitch muscle fibers?

You may remember hurdler Michelle Jenneke's famous dance where she wiggles her fingers to warm up before the race. In this interview (at 01:11), she reveals that wiggling her fingers activates her ...
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What should I be looking for in a heart rate monitor?

What are the most important points I should look for in a heart rate monitor? I am looking at only using it when I work out (so not a fitbit, etc for sleep). I want a hrm and not just a glorified ...
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Does your height affect your running?

Somebody small will have less Resistance from the air but take smaller steps then somebody who is tall. Are long people better at long distance runs, small people better in short distance or does it ...
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1answer
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Why do I get lactic acid build up at lower threshholds on different days?

I'm a climber, so I'm talking specifically about forearms. I train regularly and have been for years, so I'm pretty familiar with how my body responds. As I understand it, the "pumped" sensation in ...
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To what extent is strength training about optimal breakdown of muscles [closed]

In beginner strength training the way it is usually recommended, how much is soreness, DOMS (Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness), and inflammation associated with the productive muscle breakdown that ...
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1answer
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Apps for Blackberry users? [closed]

I have a blackberry 3G 9105, and was wondering whether there are blackberry users here who have any specific recommendations in terms of running apps? Thanks
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My knees come together when I squat. Is this ok?

I have been following Starting Strength for about a year and a half. I squatted 3x4 @ 285 lbs today. I was doing 5x5 sets, but read a suggestion on here to reduce to 3x5, and I immediately noticed an ...
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What is proper form for kneeling cable crunches?

What is the proper form for doing kneeling cable crunches? Specifically, I am curious about the following: Should you face the machine, face away from the machine, or are both okay? How should you ...
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Can I remove the nasty rubber smell from new equipment?

I just bought a Burn Machine device which has two rotating handles within a frame. It is weighted and functions similar to using a speedbag (see picture below). I've been using it a lot ever since I ...
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Bodyweight exercises for improving long distance running

I'm looking for bodyweight exercise for improving long distance running, because winter is coming to the Northern Hemisphere. I can still running outside, but sometimes weather is really bad. Do you ...
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Can glycogen only be used by the muscle in which it is stored in?

Carbohydrates are stored in the muscles as glycogen. It is a major energy source for weight lifting. I want to know if a muscle can only use the glycogen stored in itself or can it borrow glycogen ...
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1answer
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How much exercise should a pregnant woman do?

It's in most people's knowledge that pregnant women should generally not exercise due to the risk of harming the baby with prolonged and strenuous work-outs. If one was pregnant, but still wanted to ...
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How can you do a BMI test?

The Body Mass Index is supposed categorize you into a place in a scale to determine how healthy you are. What components would one need to provide to do a BMI test, and why? If one were to do a BMI ...
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Does warmup volume have a detrimental effect on working set?

I use a Starting Strength type warmup for squats, deadlifts and presses: 2 x 5 x bar weight 1 x 5 x 40% working weight 1 x 3 x 60% working weight 1 x 2 x 80% working weight (Apologies to other ...
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Do Different Bench Press Variants Build Muscle Differently?

I once read somewhere (though not somewhere very reputable) that the incline bench press will build more muscle in the upper chest, while the flat bench press will build more muscle in the lower ...
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1answer
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I am a newbie (male), and want to get pump some mass to my butt, thighs and legs (they are very thin as compared to my upper body) [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Chicken legs + butt exercises - video training without equipment (at home) OR WITH equipment? I am a newbie (male), and want to get pump some mass to my butt, thighs and ...
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Is it beneficial to stay warm after a workout to support muscle gain?

I work out for 1 hour daily in the morning. My trainer told me to stay warm i.e. keep the muscles warm, throughout the day (or at least most of the time) because it helps muscle gain. That is, he ...
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Wide grip pull-ups vs “normal” pull-ups

What is the purpose why people do wide grip pull ups? I know that these pull-ups are harder, but I would like to know why. Are there different muscle groups being stressed? Or is a wide grip pull-up ...
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What exercises would make up the minimum, complete, general fitness workout?

What exercises would be in a complete, but minimalist, general fitness workout? This would include strength, conditioning, and mobility. I am looking for the quickest workout using the fewest, ...
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1answer
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Stretching/posture/exercise for separating vertebrae in spine?

what is the best exercise/stretching/posture that will separate the vertebrae of the spine? I want to do this because I read that separating the vertebrae will allow the compressed intervertebral ...
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Effects of wearing gloves

I just purchased a pull up bar and a set of dumbbells. From what I've read there are people who wear gloves at the gym and some don't. What are the effects and reasons of wearing gloves? Are there ...
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4answers
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How can I correctly log the calorie burn of circuit routines?

I use both Fitocracy and The Daily Burn to track my exercise. I find that one limitation both of them have is that, when I do something like a bodyweight circuit routine, I'm able to record the ...
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1answer
379 views

Is there a significant difference between standing lunges and walking lunges?

I get the feeling that walking lunges are better for balance, but other than that - especially in terms of muscles used and caloric burn - are there any significant differences?
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Wool socks are absorbent, but do they smell like the classic wet-wool smell when wet?

I'm thinking of buying some wool socks. I hear they'll help keep my feet cool and dry by absorbing sweat while I bike. That's fine: sweat normally doesn't smell right away. I don't own any wool socks ...
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1answer
862 views

General advice for continuing my weight training effectively

I've been going to the gym 5 days per week rarely missing a day for the last 4 months now, with the aim to put on as much muscle mass as possible. Until about 3 weeks ago I have been able to increase ...
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1answer
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Sleeplessness after exercise

Sometimes after intense exercise, I will become very sleepy and require a nap. Sometimes, exercise doesn't affect my sleep at all. And sometimes, I won't be able to sleep at night. I have a very ...
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training for 200m freestyle swim race

I have 6 months to train for a swimming race (200m freestyle in a 50m outdoor pool). My level at the moment is beginner/intermediate, with fairly good technique. Should I focus on training longer ...
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How can I keep my feet cool and dry?

I'm a bicycle commuter in Toronto, Canada. My feet sweat more than most. In the spring, summer, and fall, I wear closed-toe sandals. But in the winter, I don't, and my feet become overheated and ...
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1answer
188 views

Why are strength programs made the way they are - much of the same, regular intervals, same program for a long time

The strength training programs I have seen typically have: Few exercises Many sets of each Do the same program for a few months then change - Usually for example on kind of pull-down replaced with a ...
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Weights before or after cardio session?

I am a 21 year old male weighting 99kg. I already have my diet managed, but it is a more weight loss orientated diet currently (I understand about needing to eat more to gain muscle etc.) I am ...
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Changing Starting strength to lose Fat

Is it possible to alter Starting strength to lose weight ? Basically I have three questions : In the existing program how can a person lose weight ? There are many success stories available on the ...
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3answers
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Why does the suprailliac skinfold body fat method depend on age?

Skinfold measurement charts like the Accumeasure one shown below for suprailliac measurement have the same caliper measurement representing different body fat %s in different age groups. Maybe other ...
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should I use of energy/electrolyte drinks if I feel fatigue, exhausted and dried throat during exercise

I workout in gym daily morning for 1 hour with high intensity. But after 30 minutes, I start to feel very exhausted, fatigue and dried throat. Because of that, I couldn't push myself for much. e.g. If ...
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Recommended timing for Tabata sprints to supplement olympic lifts

I'm using one of the Texas Method variants. I want to add tabata sprints to my weekly workout. The question is, when? My choices are: Monday. I'm already doing 5x5 at 80% of squats, bench, power ...
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To lose a lot of fat mass, should I lift weights, do cardio, or both?

I'm 6'0 and 272 lbs. I'm 43 and have always been a big guy i.e in 1st grade I was over 100 lbs. already. According to my fancy scale, it says I have 30% body fat so my goal is to lose 80lbs starting ...
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1answer
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Training Methods for Climbing a Suspended Rope

I have been participating in Spartan Race for 2 years running. During each of those races there was an obstacle where I had to climb a suspended rope. Both times I was unable to complete the challenge ...
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Is recovery time required to increase muscle after gym workouts

While reading this post How does muscle build up when we exercise?. I read there that recovery time (rest before your next workout) is important to increase muscle. Now there are 2 questions I want to ...

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