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When will muscle be cannibalized?

Can you tell me what are all the cases when muscle would be cannibalized? I've heard the two following cases will cannibalize muscle, but I still don't quite understand. Aerobic Exercise Arnold ...
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What's at your Home Gym? [closed]

If your focus is on strength training and your only means was working out at home (Home Gym), what equipment would you purchase, at what cost and how would it provide assistance for a complete ...
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How can I train to run a sub-45 minute 10k?

I have joined a charity race in 1 and a half month's time. (I have 7 weeks before the race) My PB for 10k is 48:45. I have been running on and off since then but I can still run a 26 min 5k if I ...
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What is the best way to cool down after a workout?

It takes me 10-15 minutes to cool down - body temp wise - after a work out, this is after a 'cool down' in the gym and a cold'ish shower. It becomes an issue when I workout at lunch time. Does ...
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How do I determine what a paleo diet is?

Prior to the invention of agriculture, humans lived in numerous climates, ecosystems and environments. So, exactly what is a "paleo" diet? For example, at some point in time before the origin of ...
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Is it true that thinking uses a lot of calories?

I have read a lot of stuff that says the brain is one of the parts of the body that consume the most oxygen. Is this true? Does that mean when you're thinking hard, you're actually burning a lot of ...
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How to lose fat only in your thigh?

Let's say I am a pretty skinny guy with a fat thigh. Is it possible to lose fat exclusively in some part of the body? For example, is it possible to lose thigh fat while not losing any weight in my ...
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biceps gaining slower than the rest

I've been going to the gym since august 2010 now after a long break ( 2 years ), and I am changing my workout programmes regularly to not have any plateauing or adaptation. I must say that I do not ...
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Am I missing exercises for a balanced total body workout in a 3 day split?

I'm working on a 3-day split routine, about 5(+1 support) exercises per day. It's the first time I'm putting something together for myself, so I was hoping you'd be able to put in some comments. I ...
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Probiotics: differences between bacterial strains [closed]

There are many bacterial cultures found in probiotic foods. For example: B. bacterium breve B. bacterium longum L. acidophilus L. bulgaricus L. casei L. lactis L. plantarum L. rhamnosus Leuconostoc ...
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1answer
549 views

Vitamin B toxicity? [closed]

I understand the B Vitamins are water-soluble, so it is more difficult to take too much -- you flush them out of your system (as opposed to fat-soluble vitamins, which can stay with you for a long ...
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Taking multivitamin tablets without workout , will it cause any problems ?

I was doing workout last year and was regularly taking multivitamins and whey protein. But now, I am resting after a bone fracture, So I am no regular to Gym. I am not taking meat and heavy foods now ...
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Isolating the lower and upper pecs?

For the past six months I have been working on my pecs using seated cable fly and machine fly. With the seated cable fly I push downward slightly on the cables to isolate the pecs from the delts. So ...
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What's the difference between calories and kcal

What are the differences between Calories, calories, and kcals? Why do we have different terms to describe the same concept? In what cases is it useful to use one unit of measurement over the other? ...
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236 views

What is a good way to estimate percentage of body fat?

I've seen various techniques for this, I have hear everything from pinching yourself, to simply comparing yourself to photos of other people with varying degrees of body fat. Does anyone have any ...
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Should I eat more calories when working out even though I'm trying to lose weight?

For example, if I use one of these calculators that tells me how many calories to eat, if I put in that I am sedentary it tells me to eat (for example) 2000 calories. If I put in that I'm moderately ...
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678 views

What causes side stitches?

From time to time during aerobic workouts such as running or heavy cycling, I get side stitches that force me to slow down my effort. What causes side stitches? I know that reducing your effort ...
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1answer
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Quinoa: red or white, which is healthier? [closed]

What is the healthier quinoa (assuming they are different)? What are the various health benefits of each?
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Are “fast-twitch” and “slow-twitch” muscles actual scientific terms? If so, are they useful for the strength trainer?

When I first started to strength train in high school, one of the first things I remember reading in the weight room was this giant chart that highlighted areas of so-called fast-twitch and ...
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1answer
668 views

Best strength exercises for arm wrestling

Arm Wrestling consists of both technique and strength. An arm wrestler must of course master all of the techniques, and be strong in all the muscles involved in all of the techniques. I want to ...
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2answers
229 views

How do my eating habits affect my recovery?

I'm somewhat overweight (BMI of 28) and mainly sit behind my desk all day, so I've been on quite a calorie deprived diet. I go running about three times a week for half an hour and occasionally go ...
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3answers
590 views

Crunches before or after sit-ups?

I use a machine to do 8-12 crunches to failure. I also like to perform sit-ups to failure (and I feel it in the front of my hips, not my abs). Does it matter in which order I do these two exercises? ...
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507 views

When do you recommend using a belt for deadlifts?

I've been trying to dead lift heavier (up to 380), but seem to have reached a plateau...the biggest obstacles seem to be my grip strength (thinking of using straps) and pressure on the lower back. Is ...
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364 views

Is growth of a muscle limited to the size of the opposing muscle?

I've read and heard from several bodybuilders (Arnold, big Youtube guys) that the pectorals will only grow in proportion to the upper lats. Both must be trained equally to see growth. What is the ...
2
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1answer
326 views

Is it necessary to use different types of cardio machines?

Or to put it another way - is there a benefit to alternating between e.g. the treadmill and the stationary bike, other than making it a bit more interesting. I mostly asked because right now I'm ...
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What kind of exercises can I do to strengthen my ankle?

I've been running for about 5 years now and almost every year I get problems on the medial side of my shins. If I keep running, eventually the soft tissue even swells up enough to be palpable and ...
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What are the nutritional benefits of saturated fats? [closed]

From this answer it was stated saturated don't do you any favors, whereas polyunsaturated fats have been shown to decrease risk of heart disease and stroke Are there any health benefits to ...
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How to improve half marathon pace?

I am a slow runner averaging about 7 min/km. I run 2-3 times every week with a weekly mileage of 20-24 kms. I plan to sign up for a few HMs this summer and I am targeting a sub 2:30 hours finish time. ...
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609 views

Home Calve Exercises

I'm a pretty skinny guy, and I've been weight lifting, working out, etc, and I've noticed some results with my upper body, but I'm as chicken-legged as ever. So, what are some good, rather simple ...
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186 views

Should I always listen to my body when it comes to consuming lots of protein?

I'm a big believer in listening to my body. I stay on a strict and healthy diet, but once in a while my body craves fat, so I'll opt for french fries to that it out of my system. Same when I go to ...
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2answers
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Do I have to push myself to the limit to burn enough calories?

I'm extremely unfit and out of shape. I'm not super super fat, but I've been almost sedentary for a couple years now, so running is really hard for me. I really don't enjoy being out of breath and ...
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Reading while doing cardio.

A while back I read in the Bodybuilding Bible, that if you are able to read while doing cardio - You're doing it wrong!. Now since then, I've always kinda smiled to myself at the gym, when seeing ...
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2answers
508 views

Is this still HIIT? How can I tweak my routine?

I've been doing interval training on the treadmill for quite some time now. My routine started out with a simple minute-minute preset regime on an inexpensive treadmill which I have since killed with ...
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1answer
139 views

Does the existence of trans fat invalidate years of research on saturated fats?

If only relatively recently trans fats were discovered to be much worse for you then saturated fats, does that have implications on past research on saturated fats? Is that research now outdated? Can ...
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Should my running be aerobic or anaerobic?

I'm running every other day, and I run pretty hard. I'm looking for the best way to build endurance so that I can run for longer without wearing out, but I'm also liking the amount of calories that ...
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296 views

What's the logic behind the Food Pyramid [closed]

People these days seem to all be crazy about low carb, slow carb, Atkins, and South Beach diets, but the USDA Food Pyramid suggests we eat more grains than anything else in a day, with at least half ...
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3answers
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Does p90x ab-ripper work?

I recently found out about the p90x training program, but what interests me the most is it's ab-ripper. Has anyone tried it before? Any input is appreciated... :)
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4answers
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Can overtraining also occur during cardio exercise?

In weightlifting, we have a condition called overtraining. It's when you train so frequently that your muscles don't grow. You're breaking down muscle while it's still trying to build up. Not only ...
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3answers
747 views

How often to take measurements?

How often should someone trying to gain muscle mass take measurements? The only answer I could find was for weight loss, which from experience shouldn't be more than once a month. Can that ...
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3answers
951 views

Why is it so hard to restart running if you stop?

When I run, after I have run enough to feel tired, if I stop, for even a bit, it becomes incredibly painful to restart. The pain is muscle pain, in all the muscles that I use to run. I am often able ...
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4answers
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How much protein should I eat on off-days?

I'm aware that eating protein is important on the day of your weight lifting session. The most important time to eat protein is right after the session. But I've never heard advice on when to eat and ...
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7answers
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Any social website for sharing and tracking fitness workouts?

I track my running on DailyMile. The interface is simple, I can share with Facebook and I get inspired watching the running logs of my friends. Is there a similar social website for general fitness? ...
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Painful grip on deadlift and lat pulldown

There is quite a lot of pressure on my hands when doing deadlifts and lat pulldowns. If the bar lays away from my fingers, the bar will pinch the fat on the top of my palms. On the other hand, if I ...
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1answer
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Establishing a proper push-up form for younger children

I work with lots of youths, and there a number of them that don't adhere to the proper push-up position. Rather than keeping their bodies straight, they will stick their butts up in the air. When they ...
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1answer
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How do I perform a micoach assessment workout?

I have Adidas micoach Pacer and plan to do start a marathon program. But first I want to do an assessment workout, to make sure I have my Pacer uses the right zone settings. However, I've never ...
12
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1answer
436 views

Can vinegar cause fat loss?

I keep hearing about vinegar being used for weight loss. There is at least one study to back this up. Here's a link to the study: Vinegar Intake Reduces Body Weight, Body Fat Mass, and Serum ...
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2answers
567 views

Is working out a healthy alternative to combat RSI (Repetitive Stress Injuries)

I was reading questions on Programmers and I came across this one where a use is having issues with a Repetitive Stress Injury from typing. It got me thinking, is exercise alone a viable alternative ...
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2answers
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Should I train all muscles or concentrate on some muscles in each session?

Say I train 3 times a week. Which alternative is better: Just train all target muscles in each session, no focus on any muscles on any session, or Dedicate each session to some muscles. For example: ...
12
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4answers
4k views

Push-up Variations

Are there some push-up variations I can do to work the biceps or shoulder muscles? Illustrations or pictures would be appreciated as well.
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2answers
942 views

Is eating only fruits for breakfast healthy?

I'm an athlete and trying to find what constitutes the healthiest breakfast I can eat. I'm considering wholemeal bread, bran flakes and fruits. So far fruits seem to be the tastiest option, but are ...

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