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Bench pressing and deadlift on even days, squat and pull up on odd days. Is this all I need?

I recently read an article in Men's Journal: [A] guy who hasn’t trained in a long time, if ever, will get stronger faster on the simplest program of squats, dead lifts, and presses, three times a ...
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Shelf life of whey protein?

I am looking to purchase some of this whey protein. My diet is fairly high protein anyway, and I plan to consume two portions of the powder on lifting days, which are roughly every other day (with ...
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What are the pros and cons of board bench pressing?

What are the pros/cons of board bench pressing? I know it helps reduce shoulder strain, but what benefits are there based on being able to lift more weight and what cons since you don't have full ...
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Exercises with a Torn Wrist Tendon [closed]

For the past month, I noticed that I developed about a 1/2 inch size lump on my left inner wrist. I suspected it was a cyst, but after seeing the hand surgeon I was told that I have a torn Flexor ...
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Can you take in too many electrolytes during endurance events?

I know I can become subjected to hyponatremia by drinking too much water and not replenishing my electrolytes. But is the opposite possible? Can I put too MANY electrolytes into my body (while still ...
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Neural Adaptation Training vs. Hypertrophy Training?

I see training broken up as neural adaptation and hypertrophy. One type of training allows your nervous system to fire at a maximum level while the latter allows you to build size and muscle. The ...
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Noticing a Lack of Iron In My Diet

I've been using a program (MyFitnessPal) to track my diet and have noticed a slightly disconcerting trend: it always says I am below 100% of my daily recommendation of iron. My current diet regiment ...
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Rotator cuff strengthening for shoulder overuse injury

I like to do a lot of swimming, and recently my left shoulder had been giving me some minor pain and occasional clicking noises. I went to an orthopedic doctor and I was diagnosed with "Left AC ...
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Back and neck problems from sitting in front of a computer

I am a computer programmer who spends more than 8-10 hours a day at the desk. I want to know which is the appropriate kind or design of the chair that a computer programmer must use, and what types of ...
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Recurring knee pain linked to exercise

I have a recurring knee problem for 12 years that I have been unable to get a proper diagnosis for. I would be grateful for any advice or opinions. I am a 45 year old male. I exercise 4-5 times per ...
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What is the optimal height of the bar off the ground for dead lifts?

I'm still using universal weights (one day I'll move onto Olympic) and at most 25lb plates. This results in the bar being lower to the ground when performing dead lifts. I know dead lifters change ...
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Ginseng supplement recommendation [closed]

I have tried many different ginseng supplements for increased energy and focus and the main problem with all of them was side effects related with going to the bathroom (I will spare details here). ...
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Increasing mass and retaining bodyfat percentage

This question somewhat falls under theory since every body is different, I understand that, but figured I'd ask anyways. Let's say I've managed to find a diet and exercise routine that fits my ...
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Legs sore 1st day of rest after workout, even more sore the second day

I did a pretty intensive leg workout and decided to take the next day off for rest. I definitely had some lactic build-up the next day and my legs were slightly sore. However, when I woke up on the ...
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8 Minute running with 5 minute rests okay?

Right now on average I am running about 8~9 minutes and then taking 5 minute rests. Is this a good pace or do I need to up the game more? I repeat this about 6~7 times in about 1 hour.
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Should i do cardio or weights first?

If in one gym session, I want to run (30-40 mins) and lift weights, is it better to run first or do the weights first. I have done a bunch of googling and keep reading conflicting answers so wanted ...
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Best way to reduce side belly fat?

I have a lot of fat on the sides of my belly above my waist, and keeps increasing the more I eat. Question: What's the best way to reduce the fat here, though I do have fat in the belly and chest ...
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How much weight would I need to gain if I increased my deadlift by 50 pounds?

I want to train my deadlift, and I'm curious to know how much weight I might gain if I increased my deadlift by, say, 50lbs. Is there any literature out there that quantifies the relationship between ...
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Muscle gain: six-meals-a-day-diet foods?

I've heard that the best method for sustained metabolism and muscle gain is proportioning your day into six small meals. My question is what are the suggested/best/cheapest foods for those meals, ...
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Calories burnt by fidgiting?

I am wondering if there is any significant calorie burning from fidgeting (bouncing your heel, tapping your foot, moving your fingers, etc.) LiveStrong has an article on this discussing Non-Exercise ...
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What are the effects of an intense 10 minute workout?

I came across this video. In it the man essentially makes you do 10 dumbbell squats, followed by a similar exercise where you swing your arm out forwards, followed by 10 half burpees. You then take a ...
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Resuming workouts after 2 months. Any beginner workout suggestions?

I had to take a break from working out for 2 months. When resuming after a long break, are there any good alternative workout plans that you follow to gain back some of the lost strength and stamina ...
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How to workout Rhomboids and lower Trapezius

I have almost NO Rhomboid or Lower trapezius development inspite of working out my back with Pullups, Seated Rows. Barbell Rows and Standing shrugs. It seems that with these exercises I should have ...
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Running and six pack abs

I've been struggling with weight almost entire life (I was just lazy). I'm 176 cm tall and I currently have 79kg. A year ago I was 96 kg. I gave up soda, chocolate and eating after 6 PM and went to ...
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Nutrition while dancing Salsa

I'm underweight (54 kg / 181cm) and therefore want to gain weight. I'm frequently going social Salsa dancing. On a usual night I'm around 4 hours at the Salsa club. Around 2/3 of the time I'm dancing. ...
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Do Lactose Intolerant people still absorb protein from milk?

As a Lactose Intolerant person I almost always get diarrhea when I drink milk. But even if my stomach spits it out the other way, is it atleast able to extract the protein from it to build muscle? ...
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Why is the order of exercise routines important?

Many advice me to do the exercises for shoulders, lats, chests first and then do the arm specific ones (biceps, triceps) or the abdominal ones. For eg the full-body workout from the exrx site. Is ...
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So am I at a calorie deficit now?

I am 21, 6'4 and 19 stone (266 pounds) and my estimated BMR is 2545.58 Last night I did 90 minutes walking at a slow pace. This estimates I burned between 319-440 calories. ...
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Why are pyramid sets often advised for bodyweight exercises?

A pyramid set is one following a scheme like 1 rep, 2 reps, 3 reps, 2 reps. I've seen this advised to train pull ups if you manage only very few. I looked at the hundred push ups program, here and in ...
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Trying to lose weight, two questions

I am currently 18.6 stone. I started dieting three days ago and have massively reduced my caloric intake. For example, last night I had only 200 calories after subtracting my cardio, according to my ...
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Signs in reduction of belly fat

I am doing cardiovascular and weight training excercise since past two months. Also, I am following strict diet habits (more protein and vegetables). What I am observing is that my abdominal region ...
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What risks from fitness are there to people with myopia?

I have a myopia and my eye glasses are usually from -3 to -4 diopters. I jog every morning on an asphalt covering (see my question) and do kickboxing, and in the next year i plan to start lifting ...
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Do NSAIDS (Ibuprofen, etc.) actually speed up healing or do they just mask pain?

I have a minor muscle pull in my lower back (right side). The initial pull happened Friday, but I re-aggravated it somewhat last night. I'm trying to heal this injury as quickly as possible for an ...
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Are these Weight Watchers brand foods healthy? [closed]

I am trying to lose weight and have cut back on all snacking but still need to sort out my dinner. I am not really able to cook at all. I see these Weight Watchers frozen meals at Sainsburys and ...
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Is Amino Acid Supplementation Necessary When Taking Whey Protein

L-Tyrosine and Beta Alanine have Will Brink's endorsement as worthwhile supplements. My question is: are these really necessary with protein supplementation as Tyrosine and Alanine will ultimately be ...
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When is the best time to drink PHD Diet Whey Protein

I am looking to burn fat and gain muscle during my sports off season. I gym about 3 times a week, and take PHD diet whey. I have one in the morning and one after going to the gym in the evening. ...
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Can I use a heart monitor overnight to determine my resting heart rate?

Last night I wore my heart rate monitor while sleeping to determine what my resting heart rate was. This morning I checked and the lowest my heart was beating was 48 bpm and the max was 100 bpm, the ...
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What scientific evidence says cables build less muscle than free weights?

Look at any classic bodybuilding book or DVD and it will say free weights are superior to cables (and machines) for muscular hypertrophy. Joe Weider and Arnold Schwarzenegger are two famous proponents ...
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What is a good early morning stretch routine?

I'm 45 and play squash once or twice a week in the evenings. I am an early riser, but have never been an early morning exerciser. I do enjoy early morning meditation, though. I am finding that I am ...
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How can I improve my speed and precision when playing football (soccer)?

I have been playing non-competitive five-a-side football with school and work colleagues for a few years, and have drifted in and out of it as people move away, the weather puts people off, people get ...
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Eating too many nuts for weight gain

I plan on eating at least 100-200g of mixed nuts (peanuts, cashews, almonds, etc.) everyday (on top of regular diet) for the purpose of gaining weight. I was wondering, can eating too much nuts cause ...
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Why am I unable to do more than 20 push-ups at a time?

I have been doing push-ups for sometime now, starting 6 or 7 years ago. I haven't been too regular, but about 3 quarters of the days in these years I used to be regular. My problem is I can't do more ...
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How far is one revolution on an exercise bike

I have an exercise bike with a computer and it looks like 100 revolutions of the pedals is 430 meters, this seems like a lot. I was wondering if there is a good number for converting pedal ...
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How to measure Recovery Heart Rate

First, How is recovery heart rate defined and measured? Second, What are good to poor values for comparison?
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Want to lose weight, need advice

I am very overweight, at 19 stone. I am in the gym, I go 3 times a week and normally do 40 minutes cardio on the elliptical and 20-30 on the low bike with the proper seat, I find the normal bike hurts ...
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Is this program good to achieve functional strength and fitness?

That's my plan - every week, at least two of the following: gym, one round of upper body pushing and pulling, leg workout in the 6 reps/3 sets range (edited to add: all isolation movements) + core ...
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Eating fruit before, during and after meals [closed]

I've read a lot of opinions stating that fruit should be eaten well before a meal, and not during or after the meal. There are variations saying to eat fruit on an empty stomach, only in the morning, ...
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What can cause knee pain just below kneecap during a run, and how do I strengthen it?

After a little break in running I've started again, but now I'm getting pain just below the kneecap of one leg that gets worse when running and I can still feel days later in certain positions. The ...
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Where is a good place to try/buy inline skates? and should i look for? [closed]

I'm looking to buy inline skates so that I can use them to commute with work. I'm overweight (230lbs) and plan on skating ~8 miles a day, monday - friday. I tried going to all the *mart stores in ...
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Does exercising at different times affect the amount of calories needed per day?

Just wondering if the time of the day when you exercise affects how many calories you should consume for the day? So I am essentially wondering is, if I change my training time, does it change how ...

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