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Is warm up exercise necessary for load-bearing and high impact exercise?

I am new to fitness and will be doing load-bearing and high-impact exercises. It necessary to do warm-up exercises before starting load-bearing and high-impact exercises? If yes, then why it is ...
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How is this quad exercise called?

Does anybody know how the two exercises on this video are called? In fact it seems to be one exercise and a variation of it, but perhaps the variation has a custom name. I want to search more ...
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508 views

Elbow movement during Rippetoe Press

When doing a (standing, overhead) press as described in Starting Strength, are your elbows supposed to stay in a vertical plane, under your hands and in front of your hands (more or less), staying at ...
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Kung Fu + Gym = Bad Idea?

I've been regularly going to the gym around 3 - 5 times a week. I do not do crazy workout like some other people. I only do resistance training enough to may be build some muscle in a few months. I ...
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364 views

How much more weight can you hold with chalked hands?

I'm able to dead lift 270 at 5 reps without straps, after that I need to add straps to get to 400. How much more should I be able to hold if I used chalk?
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185 views

How does running style impact health and performance?

I want to be able to run and I can however I suffer from severe shin splints whenever I do so, it has been suggested to me in the past that this could be prevented by one of two main reasons. Reason ...
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133 views

Completing all sets in a weightlifting routine

I am 22 years old, and it has been 4 days since I started to train in a gym. My weight is 60-61 kg. Currently, I am training on different gym equipment, but most important for me is weightlifting. ...
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1answer
47 views

What assessments would you recommend prior to working out?

What assessments would you recommend taking prior to you (or someone you workout with) takes prior to working out? NASM recommends a PAR-Q, performing an overhead squat, push up and step tests...what ...
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1answer
294 views

What does the drive phase of running stride mean?

From http://www.runningplanet.com/training/top-ten-characteristics-running-form.html Dorsiflexed Foot What is the first stride key you think about during the drive phase of your running ...
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Is there an optimum for swimming stroke rate?

I started swimming and trying to swim 1500m nonstop (as a first goal). I gradually increased my set distances. After 4 weeks I can swim 1000m nonstop. I guess I will reach 1500m in 2 weeks. One thing ...
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6answers
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What is the best way to get rid of love handles and lower belly fat?

I have been doing cardio lately, eating pretty healthy and doing lots of ab exercises Planks The Wheel Knee lifts Rotating back with body bar my upper abs and upper side abs are getting very ...
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Is it good to box 6 rounds before heavy squats?

My physical therapist wants me to box six 3-minute rounds before I do weight training. After boxing I feel pretty tired and of course not 100% energized, and I can't perform 100% in weight training ...
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98 views

What are the foods that are low in fat but high in calories? [closed]

Can you cite the foods that are low in fat but high in calories? I'm 21, male, around 5'7" tall and I'm kinda skinny. I've read online that one of the things I should consider to gain weight is ...
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751 views

When doing barbell rows should I have an overhand grip or underhand grip?

I just started doing the Strong-lifts program this week, and while researching the correct movement for each exercise I got a little confused with the barbell row. in some videos I saw it being done ...
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594 views

Is running 10 miles twice a week too much when is combined with swimming and weightlifting?

I went through a period of having recurring knee pain while mainly been using a treadmill. I stopped running on the treadmill and took up road running and also did more swimming. So now my current ...
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2answers
423 views

What can I do to improve my bench press and squat?

I have been working out for a while, my weight is about 150lbs (68kg) and i am about 5'7 (1.70m). I bench press about 135lbs (61kg) and i can squat 250 (113kg). My question is: what kind of exercises ...
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If you consume a lot of protein but don't exercise does it go to waste?

I recently had surgery and have been asked to avoid exercise for atleast 4 weeks. Before surgery I was doing moderate weight lifting and cardio several times a week and consuming 200 grams of protein ...
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2answers
309 views

Warm ups for swimming?

A few weeks back I managed to pull a muscle while swimming. I'm fairly certain it's because I didn't warm up before I got in the pool and did some higher intensity swimming than I normally do. What ...
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1answer
1k views

How to proceed with StrongLifts after illness

I've been doing StrongLifts for about a month now, but managed to catch the flu this week. Been horizontal for roughly a week. How should I proceed? Start from scratch? Move on to the next ...
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2answers
2k views

How to do warm-ups before pull-ups

I searched the Internet, and most suggest that pull-ups do not require warming up. But that advice is for "normal" people and professionals, while I have a weak body. I can at best manage to do two ...
7
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1answer
1k views

How do I do dips without rotator cuff pain

I want to be able to train dips, with a goal of moving to ring dips, then muscle ups. My problem is that when I do regular dips, or machine assist dips, I get a high, consistsent level of shoulder ...
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4answers
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What is the advantage of using Olympic plates over standard ones?

I'm lucky enough to have been gifted a half squat rack and 160kg of "standard" weights. I'm happy with this and not looking to upgrade in the near future but I was wondering what the advantages are of ...
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1answer
493 views

Should my wrists have the pressure on them when I benchpress?

Whenever I bench press I notice that the weight is transferring back onto my wrists. I feel I could go to a higher weight but slight pain when doing this is holding me back. Is this because of bad ...
4
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1answer
98 views

What swimming maintenance program can I do until next summer?

Over this summer, I have been focused on swimming, 3-4 times a week, almost 1 hour each time, mostly in outdoor 50m pools. Now, when fall arrives (outdoor pools closed last week in Stockholm) and work ...
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1answer
600 views

Is physical exercise bad for myopic patients?

I have myopia and my glasses are -6.50(spherical),-0.75 (Cyl) [Right eye] and -6.00(sph), -1.50(cyl) [left eye]. I am a 23 years old man. I do physical exercises like push ups, sit ups, crunching, ...
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1answer
365 views

Adding power to my pull-ups?

I like pull-ups, easily my favorite exercise and I do a lot of them whenever I get the chance. I'm quite familiar with form, do them very strict (elbow lock-out, chin way over bar etc) and vary my ...
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1answer
1k views

Difference between Glucose, Fructose and Sucrose [closed]

What is the difference between: Glucose? Fructose? Sucrose? I know they are all forms of sugar, and your body needs them. But what is what? OK, I do know that "Fructose is a natural sugar found ...
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4answers
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Are there health risks associated with protein shakes?

Browsing the web I found the following image: Seems that lots of them have heavy metals in them. Questions: What are the consequences, if any, of consumption over the years of these supplements? ...
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2answers
3k views

Circuit training plan and diet

I am currently enrolled in a circuit training gym and just 'leveled up' to level 3 last month (after about half a year of being in level 1-2 sporadically). I have been more consistent now (2-3 times a ...
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2answers
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Chest exercises make my triceps burn

I know that with most chest exercises, the triceps are greatly involved. My concern is that by the time my triceps burns, I barely feel anything in my chest. My coach has suggested I put more ...
8
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1answer
368 views

Is it not worth it to go for a workout over 1.5 hours?

Last Friday me and a friend of mine went to the local gym for a workout. It took us 2.5 hours, cause we pushed each other and made a lot of things. After that another friend of us has called us and ...
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2answers
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Pain on the top of my foot

I was hoping someone could shed some light on some minor pain I've been experiencing. I run long distance. I train about half of the year and usually run one marathon each year. The problem started ...
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3answers
397 views

How should a proper stretching workout look like? How to warm up for it?

How should a proper stretching session look like? How should I warm up or cool down for a stretching training? And how long should they be and what exercises should they exactly consist of? Should I ...
8
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1answer
2k views

The theory behind crossfit, “ghetto” workouts etc

I have a background in bodybuilding training and functional training for climbing. In both cases it has been crucial to keep certain fixed amounts of repetitions within series, numbers of series per ...
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1answer
272 views

Correct elbow location for bench press?

I was watching a video from Strong Lift's Mehdi on bench presses, and I noticed that instead of his elbows going out he heeps them close to his body. I remember a friend telling me to do something ...
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4answers
806 views

How many sets per muscle?

My current program consists of a 5 day workout. Each muscle group (say chest for example) has 3 different exercises divided in 4 sets of 12 repetitions. Tempo is 2 seconds down and 1 up. ...
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1k views

Presses or squats first?

The general consensus of exercise order seems to be larger muscle groups first, smaller muscle groups after. So squats or deadlifts would precede presses and pull ups. I started out doing that, and it ...
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1answer
425 views

Taking Protein Shake with BCAA tablets? [closed]

Is it okay to take this together with green tea and caffeine?
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4answers
2k views

How far should I go on my first cycle?

I want to take up cycling but I'm sure how much I should take on with my first cycle. I don't want to be out of action for a week just because I tried to go too far on my first cycle. So how far ...
2
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1answer
118 views

Dealing with muscle imbalances

Just recently I noticed that I have a muscle imbalance in my chest. Even though I am right-handed, the left side of my chest (upper pecs, shoulders) are much more defined than my right. This mildly ...
2
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2answers
1k views

Low dose multivitamin? [closed]

I am interested in taking a multivitamin as a supplement to my diet. Every multivitamin I look at contains 600% of this and 400% of that - I don't really want to see numbers that high. I don't even ...
4
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3answers
2k views

I am on 8% body fat but still look fat?

I have been doing some intense cardio and weight training for the last 2 months, with a goal in mind to get a lean body. From what I understood, if I have body fat around 7-8%, that means ripped mid ...
2
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1answer
177 views

How early should I eat before Hockey training

I have just started playing hockey, and it is in the evening. So it is after work (about 02:30 hours). I usually get cramps when doing training, so: How long before training should you eat? What is ...
6
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3answers
3k views

Swimming for muscle building and fat burn

I heard that swimming is the best option for a whole body workout, but I don't really know what effects that swimming has on my body. Does swimming burn fat and help me building muscles (my first ...
5
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1answer
4k views

How does doing more repetitions improve muscle definition?

I always heard people saying lifting heavier weights helps build muscle mass while doing more repetitions helps improve muscle definition. I have no trouble understanding the former. But how does one ...
3
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1answer
366 views

Why do I feel more out of shape sometimes doing the exact same workout?

I've got a hilly run/walk that I do pretty much every single day. Most days I feel like it's the right level of workout for my moderate fitness level, but from time to time, I end up breathing harder ...
4
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4answers
799 views

What's so bad about losing more than 2lbs/wk

I keep reading that the guideline to shoot for is a max of two pounds a week for weight loss. Why? You see these folks on TV being driven to loose 10lbs a week. Is it just the fact they are so ...
5
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1answer
280 views

Rounding of the lower back while doing squats

I've been working with Starting Strength for a while now and although I've been taking lots of notes on form and watching videos wherever I can I can't stop rounding my back. I find that when I'm ...
4
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2answers
2k views

How do i increase bone density or size through physical exercise?

I am 26 yrs old. Even though my BMI is 20, I look lean. I just want to increase bone density or size by doing physical exercise to prevent loss of bone density when I reach old age.
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7answers
745 views

Should I get rid of my office chair ?

Do a quick google search on "8 hours a day" and you'll find search results that pretty much say that sitting is literally going to kill you. The desk we have at work are adjustable to different ...

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