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158 views

Planking for posture - should I go for time or intensity?

I was advised a few core exercises by my physical therapist to improve my postuer after a lumbago, among them the plank. As was explained to me in this answer, I should train until I hold about 60s in ...
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375 views

Why are there so many exercises in bodybuilder workouts?

I did Starting Strength for 4 months and saw good results. I've changed to a novice bodybuilder workout, and noticed that the rep/set range has increased from 3x5 to 4x10, which makes sense for ...
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How can I build a routine based around a power tower?

Intro: For a few months, I'm not going to have access to my gym. What I do have access to is: A power tower a.k.a chin-up/dip station 2 x 8kg dumbbells An ab roller Some push-up handles When I ...
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52 views

How to track Fitness effort manually? [closed]

This can mean many things, here is what I have in mind: If I use an Eliptical trainer, I want to log all the settings before I start. Similarly afterwards, I might want to capture several ...
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2answers
425 views

Do you still gain muscle even if you do less reps than last time?

Today, probably due to having a not very nutritious lunch, I was able to lift noticeably less (e.g. Benching at 55kg rather than 75kg) weight & reps than normal. In a situation like this, if ...
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1answer
51 views

Exercise ball as a complement

Since I work from home very long hours (9-12h) every day and do not have to conmute, I force myself to be constantly active. I do swimming, bike riding and short workouts (30 min) at a gym 2-3 days a ...
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78 views

How to train, eat and relax in the week before my first marathon

My first marathon is this coming weekend. Many months of training are behind me, and I'm feeling pretty good as the race approaches. But I am a little unsure as to how to prep over the next week. As ...
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612 views

HIT training for strength (bodyweight)

I've been doing a lot of reading over the last few days and I've come across "HIT: High Intensity Training". Now I like the idea of only having to do 1 set (albeit with slow reps) and there seems to ...
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Any authoritative references on nutrition? [closed]

This year my wife any I dedicated the year to really getting in shape. Nutrition has become a significant topic in our lives and we're struggling to find a decent resource of nutritional information. ...
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Advice on protein supplements with Kick Boxing / Weight Lifting Training

What do you think about protein supplements? I train kick boxing and some weight lifting roughly 2 - 3 times a week. Would you suggest taking protein supplements? If so, what would you look for ...
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99 views

My first minimalistic/barefoot shoe

I'm planning to buy my first minimalistic shoe, and I've encountered some attributes of certain shoes that I understand now, but still, I don't know what footbed or drop parameters should I buy in the ...
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1answer
316 views

Very big strain on lungs/breathing when doing cardio exercise

I often try to do cardio to get a little more "in shape" to not feel slobby, slow, unable to participate in physical games without fatigue, avoid embarrassment, etc. However, running at any rate ...
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145 views

To what extent is someone who does “powerlifting” a “powerlifter”?

I do work out for strength, but I am not a professional powerlifter. Does that mean I have the right to, and expect a respectable position so forth, to be coining/coined as a powerlifter if I just do ...
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1answer
114 views

Does depression have a big impact on an individual's exercise results?

I have been depressed before, but I don't believe I have any ongoing, persistent issue with it, though I wouldn't check it off my list. My most prominent issues are social anxiety disorder, which ...
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4answers
169 views

More fatigue, DOMS, and pain than improvement in exercise

I am sure this has been asked countless times before, but I seem unable to get a fulfilling workout. I focus mainly on strength training, so I do fast-twitch enabling exercises, heavier weights with ...
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1answer
552 views

Muscles fibres, hypertrophy and energy systems

I've asked a few questions on this site about, and have been doing some reading, on: muscle fibre types (slow twich and fast twitch) hypertrophy (myofibrillar and sarcoplasmic) energy systems ...
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2k views

Is taking protein shakes without exercising beneficial or dangerous?

My 25 year old brother joined a gym two months ago. He does one hour of exercise when he goes to gym. Due to excessive office work, he can't go to the gym regularly. He takes daily, 30 gram protein ...
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693 views

do low oxygen levels effect fat burn and/or muscle strengthening?

My goal is to lose 8-pds. I currently weigh 172-pds. Using the following workout and a protein diet, I've lost 10-pds so far starting from Aug-1. Ultimately, I want to do long-distance running, and so ...
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How can I increase bicep width?

How can I increase bicep width? I am happy with my bicep peak, but I am having trouble increasing the width of my biceps. My arms look rather big from the side but when you look at them head on they ...
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1answer
493 views

Gastric Bypass Surgery and Creatine/HMB [closed]

I have had gastric bypass WLS earlier in the year, and now with the surgeon's encouragement, I have started weight training to preserve lean body mass. It's going well so far, and after two months, ...
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3answers
2k views

How does the handstand compare to the plank for abdominal training?

As part of a body weight circuit, I have been using the plank as the abdominal component. Additionally, I have been working on doing handstands, in preparation for doing handstand push ups. How well ...
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2answers
571 views

10 set of 10 reps not too much to bulk up

I've recently come accross this training, I've started it yesterday. But i'm not sure about the number of sets. I've alway think that 3 sets of 5 rep with a lot a weight was good to bulk up. Could ...
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2answers
784 views

Does strength means more muscle gain and bigger body

Usually bigger taller and more muscular guys are more stronger than the thinner ones. So does it mean that to get stronger i need to build a bigger muscular body. Is possible to have increase in ...
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2k views

Is it better to engage or relax your “core” during long distance running?

I'm currently in marathon training mode and trying to improve my running form and speed in a number of ways. Mostly by trial and error. At the moment, I'm running between 5 and 14km in training ...
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2answers
233 views

How do I gain lean muscle mass as a vegetarian or vegan?

I am a vegetarian and interested in gaining muscle, bone weight, and other non-fat mass. I do eat eggs but I plan to stop eating that too and turn to complete veganism. If I exercise less and eat more ...
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3answers
644 views

Can I replace the overhead press with the seated version?

I have been trying to master the standing overhead press for some time now, and every time I try to go a just a little bit heavier my lower back starts to hurt. Now I am aware that I need to brace my ...
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530 views

What is the difference between cadence and tempo in spinning?

My instructor makes a lot of use of the terms cadence and tempo in the spinning class, but I have not been able to get a satisfactory answer on what the difference between the two is. What is the ...
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4k views

I can't hold a plank for long - how do I get more effect out of a session?

I can hold a plank for 20-30 seconds tops, far shorter after I have done some other work. I have a couple of ideas on how to get more volume and effect out of a session: Hold until holding the ...
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2answers
4k views

Body weight leg exercises for mass

I want to make my legs more symmetrical to my upper body. They need to catch up slightly. I can easily achieve that with weights but I wish to achieve it with body weight exercises instead since I ...
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2answers
259 views

Does muscle adaptation occur when strength training (low reps)?

My current strength-training goals are: One-armed pull-ups: 4x5 One-armed chin-ups: 4x5 One-armed push-ups: 4x5 Handstand push-ups: 4x5 (also training legs through running and pistol squats and abs ...
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1answer
87 views

Disavantages of a faster metabolism [closed]

Everywhere I read people talking about how to increase metabolism in order to improve weight loss and fitness. Be it with frequent meals, special foods, developing more muscular mass, etc. Overall ...
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1answer
45 views

Software for planning a Ultra Marathon for Windows?

I found a software called UltraRunner 3 for Mac, I wonder if exists something like, but for windows. I would like to know if exists a software that given a gps route then could generate a plan for ...
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1answer
169 views

Starting Strengh - how to replace power cleans when already doing chins

I started doing the original Starting Strength program a couple of months ago, but swapped power cleans for chins, after failing to do power cleans numerous times. I'm now at the stage when I can't ...
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2answers
192 views

Recreational vs Competitive Breaststroke Timing

Looking around some information about breaststroke technique, I am seeing different information about the timing of the kick. With the recreational breaststroke (with head all time out) I tend to ...
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1answer
158 views

Grouping and ordering workouts for a 3-day workout week

I've been familiar with targeting a muscle group each day for example, chest for monday, legs for tuesday, and so on. The constraint is: I can only workout 1 hour each day for 3 days a week because ...
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5answers
24k views

Do protein shakes really damage the kidneys?

I've been reading about protein shakes, it's benefits and side effects. However i've used it many times as my post workout recovery drink. I have no doubt in the benefits i get in my protein shake, i ...
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2answers
291 views

Is resting affected by office work?

I'm a computer programmer and I basically sit around for 8 hours each day just staring at the screen, coding. I started working out for about 3 months now. I'm working out from 12:00 to 12:40 pm ...
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1answer
434 views

Training despite having an unbalanced back (asymmetric)

I have an asymmetrical back, it is not really visible when relaxed, but I noticed that I can easily contract and pop up my right deltoid while the left one, is impossible. A doctor told me that after ...
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2k views

Training/Weight lifting in the cold

My weights are out in the unheated garage. I've been on the 5/3/1 program for about 10 months and wish to continue through the winter, does anyone have any advice for training in a COLD environment? ...
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1answer
85 views

How much cardio for a 1 hour workout?

I gym for atleast one hour (+15m sometimes), 2-3 times a week. I do 10 minutes on an elliptical, 5 on a stationary cycle and 10 minutes on a treadmill. Then I do strength exercises. Is this the ...
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1answer
65 views

Supplements for me [closed]

I'm 51, 6', 205 lbs and train 4-5 days a week (5/3/1 program). I'm currently taking: a Multi (GNC for old men), D3, Calcium/Magnisum/Zinc and Fish Oil and Fiber. I also try to get to about 130-150 ...
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2answers
337 views

How do I track improvement in my box jump?

The gym I currently train at doesn't have equipment for Olympic lifting with barbells, so instead I'm using dumbbell Olympic lifts and box jumps (with either one leg or both) for my ...
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2answers
763 views

Using only dumbbells for aesthetic gains

I'm 6ft and 200lbs. I have some stomach fat, not too much, but enough that I would like to lose it. My Dr. recently considered me very healthy weight-wise, although he didn't get into fat percentages. ...
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2answers
3k views

Benefits of having low salt diet?

I am totally aware of the health benefits of having moderate amount of salt (Sodium) in a balanced diet and also down sides of having too much. However, I can see that, in so many healthy cooking ...
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2answers
119 views

Powerlifting and form

After having pushed myself too hard on incorrect form and nursing multiple injuries, I want to start lifting afresh under a coach. My goal is to gain strength without gain in size, though I wouldn't ...
5
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1answer
431 views

How can I microload a dumbell?

One of the often proposed benefits of barbells over dumbbells is the ability to load a barbell in smaller increments. For example, dumbells often have 1-2kg minimum jumps, so for any two handed ...
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6answers
280 views

Workout routine for an overweight person

I'm 22 yo, I weight 358 and 6 foot tall and I want to get in shape really fast. I'm a computer engineer student and spend a lot of time in front of a computer 8 to 14 hours a day. I want to change my ...
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1answer
179 views

Dip bar width to involve chest

I go to a nearby park and do dips on parallel bars. I try to do them with my elbows not flared out i.e. tucked by my side. I feel my triceps getting engaged a lot but I don't feel it in my chest. Is ...
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1answer
277 views

Why is it so hard balancing the Vrikshasana pose when the eyes are closed?

If I close my eyes doing the Vrikshasana or Garudasana pose, I lose balance. Is there a way to solve this?
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1answer
206 views

Pull weights while running

Previously I had asked about carrying hand weights while running. Can we pull weights while running? Tie a rope to our hip and the weight. I am planning to run on the beach sand nearby. My ...

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