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What are the primary muscles worked when hitting a Heavy Bag?

What are the primary muscles used while hitting the heavy bag (boxing focus sessions as compared to kickboxing where kicks are involved). And how do you improve the overall hitting/power of those ...
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1answer
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Liquid Diet - Good or Bad?

Is liquid dieting good for your health, if supplemented with adequate and appropriate vitamin supplements? Will it's effect on running prove to be worse from less energy, or better from less load? ...
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911 views

How do I maintain my breath while swimming?

I lose my breath too early while free-style swimming. As a result I have to stop and take in a breath and then continue to swim again. How do I train my body/mind to use minimum amount of oxygen ...
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Need help with lower back pain while on stronglifts 5x5

I just started doing strong lifts 5x5 program and am paranoid about hurting myself. I am almost 300 lbs, and haven't done much exercise other than walking for the past long as I can remember. I was ...
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How do I train my calf muscles?

If the goal is functional performance in a power sport (speed, acceleration, vertical jump), how should one train calves, if at all? Here are the alternatives that I can think of: Don't train ...
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5answers
875 views

How does one “grind down” calluses?

I love having hardened calluses- except when they rip! A while back, I had a callus on each hand rip open whilst doing Parkour. I was told to "grind down" my calluses every once in a while. By this, I ...
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368 views

How to reduce weight after quitting smoking

I have gained weight after I quit smoking 4 months ago, e.g. my jeans have become too tight to wear. I have found that my hunger has increased after I quit smoking. Besides quitting smoking, I have ...
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Does exercise REALLY increase the basal metabolism rate for any significant length of time after the exercise is over?

I am new to this site, but have read several questions and answers here that are related to this question and have found different contradictory answers. Some say that the only effect is that a ...
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Need help with squatting on stronglift 5x5

I am a total beginner to weightlifting, and I am trying to do the stronglifts 5x5 program. I am extremely overweight, and the biggest challenge for me is that I don't seem to be capable of doing a ...
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Do I lose muscle or fat if I don't eat for 5 days?

Due to an injury followed by a stomach virus, I drank a lot (coke, iced tea, and water) but hardly ate anything for 5 days. Now, my weight has dropped by 3 lbs. I feel like I lost muscle mass. ...
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Squat racks and barbells on first floor of home gym: bad idea?

Is it a bad idea to have a home gym on the first floor of a house with a squat rack and barbell? Most home gyms with racks/barbells I have seen are in the basement or garage on concrete. My concern ...
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305 views

Why are women still slower than men over long distances?

I understand that on speed races such as 100m, 200m, up to 10000m men have a physical advantage because of their bigger muscles. But over longer distances that shouldn't matter and women, seems to ...
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Are Box Squats more like dead lifts or standard squats?

I've read on a few websites (BodyBuilding and t-nation) that Box Squats are good exercises to help with dead lifts. You don't get the full range of motion and through doing them I seem to feel more ...
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1answer
88 views

Diet help for endurance exercise

I just started an exercise regime again, and I think I need help with my diet. I currently will work out, then go a day of rest, and then on the day I intend to exercise again, my muscles are in ...
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1answer
130 views

Is there any practical difference between “calories” and “calories from fat”? [closed]

I was eating a frozen yogurt earlier and noticed the nutrition label said: Calories 200 Fat Cal. 70 I'm not sure what to make of this. I'm guessing 200 is the total calories, 70 of which comes from ...
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Marathon - How to train for a marathon in 12 weeks?

I will be participating in a marathon in next 12 weeks. I want to know how can I improve my stamina so that I can run for longer distances. Also, I want to know what diet plans should I follow in ...
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1answer
235 views

What should be my first goals and supplements when starting a bodybuilding program?

I'm 20 years old. I am 85 kg (about 187 pounds), and my height is 179 centimeters. I don't really have any muscle. I have belly fat. I was a swimmer 4 years ago, but I haven't done any sports for 4 ...
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1answer
500 views

Using lactose-free whey protein for bodybuilding

I'm planning on bodybuilding for a few months, and I want to start using whey protein. I'm lactose intolerant and experience serious stomachaches whenever I drink milk. I see "lactose free" label on ...
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2answers
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Should I exercise when my muscles are aching?

I exercised for the first time in a long time yesterday. This is what I did: 500 jumping jacks at moderate pace 100 jumping jacks at fast pace 10 min of running in place at moderate pace 100 ...
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1answer
859 views

Chest pain while running over 160 bpm

I've started running again after a 4 month period of inactivity due to bronchitis. Used to be a sporty guy up to five years ago (I'm 35 now) then almost nothing until last year. Last year everything ...
3
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1answer
642 views

Can I lose fat but stay the same weight?

Recently I've been doing kickboxing workouts which involve high-intensity cardio with some free weights and body weight movements. This has been awesome at helping me trim down and tone up, I've gone ...
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2answers
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What muscles are deadlifts meant to target?

If I am using the correct form while doing a standard deadlift what primary and secondary muscles are being targeted?
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Is increasing lung capacity a misnomer?

I have been under the impression that one cannot increase their total lung capacity, it's like the ratio of fast twitch to slow twitch fibers in your muscles, i.e. it is what you were born with. ...
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0answers
77 views

Nutritional Label dont reach 100% total when adding all component? [closed]

When i read a lean Ham nutrion fact label (In france) i see (roughly): For a 100grams: Protein 21g Glucide 0.4g Lipides 1g This doesn t add up to 100grams.. So what is the rest ? (Almost all label ...
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2answers
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Does drinking ice water burn up to 1000 extra calories per day? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Does being cold help lose weight? I read this comment on a YouTube video showing body builders having breakfast: Ice water. That's the key. Not just plain water - ...
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1answer
937 views

What changes between the 5 rep range and the 10 rep range?

Through observation and empirical evidence, a lot of strength trainers and bodybuilders have found that 5-6 reps is ideal for building strength, while 10-12 reps is ideal for building size. I've ...
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2answers
653 views

What's my GDA to lose weight?

I'm 5 feet 11 and I weight 189 pounds, I'm trying to lose some weight to reach 176 pounds. My calculated GDA (with online tools) should be 2800 Kcal/per day. My question is: if I lower this value to ...
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1answer
189 views

Should exercises for the rotator cuff be done at the same time as other shoulder's exercises?

I'm interested in doing exercises for strengthening the rotator's cuff, as suggested in this question/answer and other good resources. My question is, do these deserve their own spot in the training ...
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4answers
567 views

How to take advantage of a cable machine when you've maxed it out?

There are a number of cable machines I've maxed out at the gym, such as: leg extension, triceps cable push down, lying machine squat, etc. Now I'm at the point where I'm doing 5 by 5 with very slow ...
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5answers
6k views

What should I eat (if anything) after working out if I work out at night?

Lately, I have been going to the gym at 9 PM (assume for the question that I can't go earlier in the day). I usually get home around 10:15 PM and then try to get to sleep by around 11:30 PM. I am ...
3
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1answer
289 views

best way to cheat - cheat day? cheat meal?

I'm on a strict diet which consists of 3000 calories 50/30/20 (pcf) consisting of chicken or beef, green vegetables, eggs, bread, and rice. I'm 5'7" and currently about 8% body fat. I have ...
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Suggested Protein/Fat/Carb Ratio?

I'm 5'9", 158. Plan on shedding 10 pounds of fat and gaining muscle. I hope to get into amazing shape. (I'm already in shape, but I'm aiming for getting cut!) I'm curious what I should aim for in ...
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6answers
971 views

Best warm up for running

Trying to figure out the best warmup routine for running. I see a few articles that say you shouldn't do any stretching before warming up given cold muscles. This article for example, just states ...
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2answers
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Should you workout abs every day or include rest days like other body parts?

Having a debate with a friend where he says you can do ab exercises basically everyday (planks, knee lifts, exercise ball sit ups, etc) and others have said that you said treat is like other body ...
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178 views

I'm using one foot more than the other: how can I stop doing that?

I noticed that when I'm running I'm using my right foot more than my left foot (I'm right handed). I'm pretty sure that this is bad form. What's the best way to stop doing that?
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4answers
207 views

Should I focus on gaining strength or weight?

I am underweight and only able to do 3 pushups at best. I am wondering what I should focus on: getting stronger or gaining weight?
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3answers
415 views

Losing weight without losing muscle

What recommendations exist to lose weight without losing muscle? How much strength training is usually adequate to maintain muscle mass during a healthy weight loss diet? I've been losing weight ...
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2answers
1k views

Why doesn't my stamina seem to improve?

I am a Tennis player. 23 M USTA 4.0. I am pretty much well in shape (height:6'00" weight:170 pounds). I want to improve my stamina. I run 3 miles(at speed about 9 minutes/mile) thrice a week. I can ...
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2answers
566 views

Swim technique workouts in a short pool

For a week of my vacation, I will be staying at a hotel that has a short pool (17m). My question is: Given a set of swim drills (e.g. some swim drills), for a short pool what should a workout program ...
6
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2answers
371 views

At what frequency should I increase weight?

I'm currently on Scott Dorn's Muscle Building Program, at least the exercise part. The weights I have access to go up or down in increments of 5 pounds. How often should I be increasing weight and ...
2
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1answer
257 views

Routine to win muscle mass

I am confused since there is so much information about possible exercise routines, and I don't know which one is more accurate for me. Age: 28 Height: 183 cm = 6 feet Weight: 158.73 pounds = 72 kg ...
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3answers
939 views

Dead lift, best way to gain strength and power

I'm able to dead lift 5 sets x 5 reps @ 250 lbs OR 5 sets x 3 reps @ 300 lbs OR 5 sets of 1 rep at 400 lbs....the total weight differences are: 5 sets x 5 reps @ 250 lbs = 6,250 lbs 5 sets x 3 reps ...
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4answers
182 views

Calorie calculations for weight reduction

When trying to calculate how much I should eat for weight reduction what should the base calories be based on? My current weight or my goal weight? I'm 5'8" at 240lbs wanting to drop to 180lbs or ...
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2answers
298 views

Recommendations for a weight program to support martial arts competition

Ok, going along the vein of a man who coaches himself has a fool for a client, I am looking for recommendations on a training cycle to support competing in martial arts forms and weapons competitions, ...
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134 views

9 Weeks off Weights

I am a 24 year old female. Ive been weight training for 2 years, clean diet, the works. I have to go to bootcamp for the Navy in December. We are not allowed to lift weights while in basic training. ...
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2answers
197 views

Slight panic when weightlifting?

I'm new - more specifically I'm about three months into starting strength. Tonight for the first time I felt a slight panic on my squat and my deadlift. Nothing too serious - just thoughts that I ...
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3answers
108 views

Ideas for Protein based Break Fast & Dinner (Trying to be a veggie, occasional Non-Veg is fine)

My diet for now is BreakFast: Oats (mostly), whole wheat bread with jam Dinner: Just fruits: apples, peaches, nectarine, oranges, blueberry, banana Lunch : I limit it to a Chipotle Bowl (a burrito ...
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3answers
2k views

Substitute for squats and squat jumps that put less stress on knees

Are there exercises (or sequences of exercises) which work the same muscle groups as regular squats or squat jumps with comparable intensity, but which put less stress on the knee (are safer for the ...
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1answer
217 views

Is it good to continuously do the same workouts for maintaining our musles?

We have changed our workout plan from the past month onward. Our daily workouts are back squat chest shoulder biceps abdomen in heavy weights. We are doing it for obtaining muscular strength. I ...
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1answer
273 views

Is it true that the body gets used to diet and exercise after a while and stops responding?

I am currently reading a book called "The Body Sculpting Bible for Men" by James Villepigue and Hugo Rivera. In it the author claims that when you start dieting your body receives a shock from the ...

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