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how to choose a gym membership for weight loss?

What are the factors to consider while choosing a gym membership? I want to reduce my weight by 20Kg in 3 months and so need a gym. I have never been to a gym in my life and would like to know what ...
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How do I get non-sports people to get exercise or do an activity?

Basically, we ask people to come play football, basketball, run, or even something easy like just throwing the frisbee around and no one can ever make it. They either don't respond at all, or have ...
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What are the most up to date consolidated daily health maintenance measures? [closed]

Title could be enough. But since this question is so simple that it looks a bit absurd or obvious... Unlike many questions out there in this site, I'm looking for fitness (rest included) in the ...
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Pros and Cons of the Tunturi R25 Magnetic Rowing Machine

I bought a new tunturi R25 rowing machine to replace one I had for years of the same make. The new one is a magnetic rower, while the old one is a piston. here is the new one. I got it and put it ...
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962 views

Failure to do 16 pushups

I'm sporting moderately for about half of a year, dropped lots of weight and got some muscle. The only problem there is, is with pushup repetitions. Previous summer I was doing 10-15 normal pushup ...
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249 views

Does shortening stride length (and running for a longer time) require the same effort as a longer stride (for a shorter time)?

I'm currently training for a 10k with my girlfriend: the goal is to complete the race without stopping rather than any specific time. However, I'm a foot taller than she is so when we do runs, I ...
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1answer
569 views

What should I eat before/after a workout?

I go to gym almost all days. For every workout I use to weight train one muscular zone and run about 50 minutes (at low rates, about 130/140 bpm). My target is to burn as most fat as I can (I'm male, ...
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Combining weight-lifting (starting strength) with rockclimbing?

I've been following the Starting Strength program for a few weeks now, on and off. Unfortunately, I haven't been as regular as I'd like (lets chalk it up to student life), but I feel I'm making ...
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Does fat make you fat?

I understand that there are good and bad fats. I'm talking about the good ones, the fat that comes from avocado, flax seed oil, etc. I am obese at the moment and wish to lose body fat quickly. I am ...
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1answer
5k views

Is it possible for muscles to shrink after a workout?

I've just started a HIIT training routine and after two workouts my arms (triceps & biceps) grew 1/4 inch. I went to the gym this morning and after I got home 12 hours later measured my arms and ...
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271 views

Body Fat % Measuring Device

I want to closely monitor my body fat % but I'm not sure which scale/device is best for doing so. Are the scales with built in boy fat % calculators or the handle measuring devices accurate and to ...
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Side effects of doing half of a “doubled” workout

The P90X chest and back workout consists of a set of exercises which are done in two sets... do each exercise (pushups, pullups, rows, etc) for X seconds (varies for each exercise), and then repeat ...
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885 views

Does the amount of breathing (holding breath/breathing fast) affect the calories burned during a workout (not heavylifting)?

Why I even think it could have any effect: maybe when the body has deficit of the oxygen, the burning reaction modifies to burn more sugar/fat/whatever (i.e. instead of burning each molecule ...
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2answers
808 views

Multiple short workouts vs one long session

I'm a 20-year-old male, and it's been a while since I've done anything physical, so I'm trying to build some muscle. However, I'm a full time student and I work 20 hours a week, which doesn't leave me ...
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875 views

What are exercises you can do on a bus?

I'm going to leave on a bus tour of Europe soon. I figure that all this time on a bus isn't going to be good for me, so I was wondering if there is any exercise I could do on the bus. For example, ...
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How worried should I be about overexertion?

I'm fairly young (about 30), and I ride my bike almost every day (commuting) and try to push myself, so I'm in decent shape. I also like to do longer rides, which involve riding steep roads up a ...
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1answer
926 views

Over-exaggerated posture during squats?

Whenever I do squats I am so intent on making a straight back I feel like I am over-exaggerating my posture. The end result is, instead of a slouched back I feel like my back is arching to far in the ...
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How to count laps while swimming?

I always lose track of laps while swimming more than 1km freestyle in a pool. Is there any gadget or technique which helps counting laps?
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Bodyweight exercise for traps

Does anybody know a good bodyweight exercise for traps and neck? I have tried the inverted shoulder press but would appreciate other suggestions.
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498 views

Exercises/training techniques to improve back posture during deadlifts, cleans, etc

I have recently gotten into olympic lifting and am really enjoying it. Unfortunately, I am repeatedly told by the coaches that my shoulders are rounding forward and my back is not straight when I ...
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1answer
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To deep-heat or to deep-freeze, that is the question

After triggering a long term calf-muscle injuring in my leg during a recent run, I went to my local pharmacy to get some deep heat to apply to it whilst waiting for the doctors to squeeze me in. ...
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What exercises are recommended during day to relax my legs?

What exercises are recommended during day (each hour), if I work on the PC whole day? After sitting for a complete hour my left leg starts hurting me (from top to down), and i couldn't bend it any ...
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2answers
878 views

How can I make my feet “quicker”?

I want to work on how quick my feet are. I know a handful of exercises but I am looking for something new that I haven't tried before. I am looking for both in gym exercisers, to incorporate into my ...
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1answer
2k views

Formula to count calories burned during swimming

The swimming calculator site tells you how many calories are burned during swimming based on a formula by the University of Wisconsin. Our swim calorie burned calculation is an estimate using on ...
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3answers
2k views

Am I doing too much cardio for losing weight?

I am a 270 pound male that would like to lose weight and body fat. I am doing cardio every day twice a day for 45 minutes each session. I am also using weight lifting machines three times a week. Am I ...
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Am I in “starvation mode”?

I am male, 48, 6'2" and 230 lbs. I workout 4 to 5 days per week, doing a wide variety of sports (running, cross training, TRX, skiing, lifting weights etc). I was assessed last year and my ...
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Leg exercises that complement squats?

I believe in balancing the amount of exercise that I give to each muscle group, but recently it occurred to me that my leg muscles might be imbalanced. More than anything, squats are the number one ...
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1answer
941 views

What role does sugar and blood sugar levels play on diet?

My understanding on diet and what foods I should be eating to maintain a low body fat percentage is very amateur. All this time I have just been looking at the calories in the nutritional facts label ...
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2answers
345 views

What type or amount of weight training is beneficial for a beginning swimmer?

I started swimming regularly about a month ago, and I can currently swim freestyle less than 75m before I have to stop and recover for a short time. I have a simple goal of being able to cover 500m ...
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Is there a recommended running technique if you're overweight?

I started running about 3 weeks ago (3 x a week) in an effort to get in better shape and lose weight. I have noticed my stamina improving but my joints still hurt (knees & ankles) after I run. I ...
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3answers
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Is something with 100 calories but 24g of sugar okay to eat when on a diet?

I bought these watermelon flavored ices from the supermarket because they have 100 calories per cup and 0g of fat and saturated fat. But they do have 24g of sugar. Will eating these be against my ...
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1answer
1k views

How many extra calories do I burn when running with a jogging stroller?

I'm curious how to figure out how much extra work I'm doing pushing a jogging stroller while running? I have a 20 lb baby sitting in an otherwise empty Bob Evolution stroller.
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1answer
129 views

National Nutrition Database [closed]

Does anyone know if there is a comprehensive, public and up-to-date database containing nutritional information for food products (both general and brand-specific)?
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2answers
1k views

Inflated abs when my abs are relaxed?

I'm good athlete, I don't know if I'm really a good athlete, but at least I try. I swim, run, play soccer, and I do a regular workout in gym. I'm almost defined, not muscular, but every zone is tonic. ...
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1answer
281 views

Arm workout similar to P4P's ab series?

I've been doing the 8 min ab exercises from passion4profession, and would like to do something similar for my arms. The exercises in the video are all done without any equipment, they work their way ...
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Is there any benefit to doing supersets over taking the traditional one-exercise-at-a-time approach

Do Supersets make it any easier for you to go through with your workout ? And since you train different body parts when doing a superset is the intermediate rest period accounted for at least ...
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2answers
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How do I build my obliques?

I've tried for a couple of months now and I just can't seem to build on my obliques.. I have minimal trouble getting and keeping my 6 pack, but I just can't get those darn obliques. It looks really ...
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2answers
212 views

Is there anyway to project the rate of weight loss based on diet alone?

Given that the weight gain was based on diet and exercise, but there is no change in exercise -- is there any way to project the rate of weight loss based on diet alone? Meaning the level of ...
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703 views

Wobble chair or exercise ball for prolonged sitting at the office desk?

What are the advantages and disadvantages of wobble chair over exercise ball used as alternative (supplementary) chair for prolonged sitting at the office desk? (Tip: with exercise ball you will get ...
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2answers
138 views

Get thinner thighs

I want to lose weight from my thighs and legs, but i have no time at all for exercising. How can I achieve that using nutrition only? is it possible? I read this article, is this diet efficient, or ...
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1answer
120 views

When following a fitness program, and missing a few days due to sickness, what's the best course of action?

I've been doing the Insanity Beachbody series of workouts, and, near the end of week three, had to take a 5 day downtime due to a severe flu. I spent most of the 5 days in bed, and got little ...
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2answers
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Stronglifts 5x5: an effective program?

I was recently looking through the Stronglifts 5x5 workout, and I was wondering about its effectiveness. The program has some lofty claims (most do), has a ton of anecdotal evidence supporting it, and ...
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2answers
985 views

Optimum heart rate for fat loss

I'm trying to figure out what the optimum heart rate should be for cardio exercise to burn fat. According to this website apparently between 60% and 70% is best for fat burning. Is this true?
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4answers
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Will a boxing bag as my primary workout be okay for my cardio and weight loss?

I am 20 years old and don't have much room or time for much equipment or a gym membership. When I was in highschool about 10kg ago I had my 6 pack everything but since working I've put on that 10kg ...
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4answers
503 views

Fat loss, I am stalling at 200lbs

A few bullets on my life and weight history: I weighed as much as about 265 pounds after college. Over the past few years, I have been between 220 and 240 bouncing around. Within the last 6 months I ...
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1answer
56 views

Functional trainer - is it worth to be one? [closed]

My wife has chosen to be a functional trainer and is studying at the moment to have such a career. I my country (Ukraine) that kind of training is not a trendy profession. I doubt that she will be ...
3
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1answer
80 views

How do you know how much effort to do and for how long?

When stretching and flexing muscles, How much should I push my muscles and for how long before I take a few seconds break? I usualy push as far as I can, and for as much as time as I can, and only if ...
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2answers
434 views

Free materials and books about good posture / spinal cord anatomy

What are the best free materials to start studying about good posture and spinal cord anatomy ? The overall muscle and tissue physiology books will also do. Background: I'm doing different exercises ...
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0answers
49 views

Is it better to avoid sunscreen if I know i'm not going to get burned? [closed]

If I'm going out in the shade/sun for an hour, is it better to not wear any protection? Related, is the sun in small amounts / small intensities good for the skin? In other words, is a little ...
2
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2answers
546 views

How to determine the highest quality fish oil? [closed]

I've read many, many articles recently about how great fish oil is for you. Awesome. I'm in. The hard part - which fish oil should I take? There are so many of them. What attributes make a ...

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