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Wife has normal to above normal metabolism - still gaining weight

My wife is in great shape, but she has gained 15 lbs in the last 2 years. She eats clean and works out (Crossfit 3-4x week , spinning 1x week) but she can't lose the weight that she has put on the ...
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Training scheme - full body or by muscle groups

There are a lot of training schemes out there. But what are the advantages and disadvantages of a full body scheme vs a scheme that targets different musscle groups each workout. Are they desinged ...
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How can I get more “toned”?

Some background: I'm 6'1 and weigh approximately 152 lbs. I want to be toned (muscular and cut). Not big, but I want my muscles to be showing even when I don't flex. I especially want a six pack. ...
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Dumbbell Shoulder Press: Natural vs the usual grip

What is the difference? Does it target different muscles? It seems to me a bit more natural for my shoulders if I change the usual grip (open grip with palms out) and do a natural grip in my shoulder ...
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Fitness with a busted ankle

I injured my right ankle a couple weeks ago and I had to put a stop to all my running and cycling. I'd like to keep exercising, but I have limited options. I can stand on my right leg, but no squats ...
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How to strengthen *very gently* your grip in order to safely perform chin-ups? Are wrist wraps good?

I have recently started trying to do negative chin-ups in several occasions, but afterwards I feel a mild pain in both my left and right wrists. It is not the kind of "healthy" discomfort of sore ...
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Are free stand squat holders safe for home use?

A lot of stores are selling free stand squat holders. It seems they could go off balance since they are not connected. They also do not supply a real safety system. Are they safe to use? And so to ...
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Advantages of using the sidestroke

Ive read that the preferred swimming style for the US Navy soldiers is the sidestroke. What are the benefits of the sidestroke that make it the preferred style?
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How do you effectively train for running while in the water?

I am looking for alternatives to doing effective cardio running in the water. Big plus if there are ways to get all of the same muscles to fire, to scale workouts easily, to be able to have an ultra ...
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206 views

How to get the best cycling results / improvements in 30 days?

I have a bet with someone who can cycle just a little bit better than me. Our average is about 30 km/h for 75 km in a group. We always cycle together with some friends on Monday evenings (using Racing ...
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Why do front squats hurt my knees?

Every time I do front squats my knees hurt the next day. Well I shouldn't say hurt, but I certainly feel some discomfort in them. I know that without a from check video it would be hard to say what ...
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511 views

Are there Common Dumbbell and Barbell Diameters?

I have some basic weights, dumbbells and a barbell. I've always assumed there were 30mm and 50mm diameters for weights, but when I measured my dumbbells they appear to be 25mm and my barbell is 30mm. ...
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Is it better to take a nap or work out?

On days like today, when I've only had 5 or 6 hours of sleep, I often wonder if it would be healthier (in terms of recovery, performance, and so on) to skip my lunchtime workout and take an hour nap ...
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Bodyweight exercises to stimulate fast-twitch muscle growth

So I want to achieve a slim-athletic physique through only doing body-weight exercises. As I understand it, after you do more than 12-15ish reps of an exercise per set, you're no longer utilising ...
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774 views

Bodyweight inverted row - where do the elbows go?

With bodyweight inverted row, or body row, I mean hanging by my arms from somthing, the feet on the ground, the body more or less horizontal (head higher), and pulling myself up between my hands. I ...
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817 views

Developing both muscle fibres for endurance and explosiveness

I'm an avid runner but I also train BJJ and so I want to have good endurance and some explosive power without being bulky. Recently, my strength training has just consisted of bodyweight exercises (...
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109 views

How can you get your belly to be less sensitive to cold water swimming etc?

I'm not afraid of water or cold, but very sensitive to cold water, especially on my belly, waist and back. When other people claim the water's warm, I have difficulties to breathe. Can I do anything?
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327 views

I have flabby arms and legs, but I'm light. What's going on and what should I do? [duplicate]

I have a bulging belly, and some jiggly thighs, but I weigh only 112lbs and am 5'5". My BMI varies between 18.5 and 19. I'm thirteen, so I'm not sure if you can help. My thigh circumference is 52cm ...
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Measuring body fat with uneven upper/lower body proportions

I am planning to start regular workouts in the gym and want to monitor my progress. Measuring body fat seems like a good starting point and I've already read about various methods to achieve that. I ...
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Training on small/medium hills for a trail race with large hills

I live in an area with small hills. How do I make the most of these hills when training for a trail race with much larger hills? One of my favorite races is a 15-mile trail race with 3000+ ft (900+ m)...
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1answer
174 views

How can I lose weight as a young teenager?

I'm 13 and I am classified as Overweight. I eat healthy,mostly fruits and I always have vegetables with a meal. I go for a 1 hour bike ride with my friends at a fast pace almost daily.I also play ...
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Why do I have a deadlift deficiency?

For a relatively long time now I have been doing Bill Star 5x5 type routine. Weight ~85kg with max bench 130kg, squat 160kgx5 but deadlift is low, I sometimes got sharp pain in my lower back when ...
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What book(s) cover supplemental strength and conditioning for an amateur sportsman?

I've read Starting Strength, Practical Programming, various Dan John and Pavel Tsatsouline titles, and Tom Kurz' Science of Sports Training. With the exception of that last title, all the strength and ...
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What novice program should I recommend to my unfit friends?

I lift, but most of my friends don't. What should I have them do when they (finally!) decide to try coming to the gym with me? My friends are not fit, but also not obese or possessing gross injury. ...
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Why does the front rack position hurt my wrists, and what can I do about it?

I used to do my front sqauts holding the bar on my shoulders while crossing my arms over it to hold it in place. I then wanted to learn how to do a power clean, but noticed that I must first master ...
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Are there different muscular adaptations between barbell and dumbbell use?

Most exercises can be performed with similar weight and form using either a barbell or a pair of dumbells. I have heard that as people begin to lift heavier weights it becomes more difficult to ...
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Are there any positive effects of green tea (or extracts) as part of a pre- or post-workout regime?

I've noticed that many pre-workout supplements have green-tea extracts, including caffiene. I'm considering purchasing some expensive pre-workout supplements that include green-tea and want to know if ...
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What is the resistance band's elastic length

I have a new set of Resistance cord that I bought. Assuming that all brand resistance tubes are quite similar, what is the length of extension that I can give to it? Each cord is of 4 feet length. ...
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Will eating only protein cause me to lose weight faster without muscle spoiling?

I've been on a ketogenic diet for the past two months, while also doing weightlifting three times a week. I need 2900 kcal a day to maintain my weight, but I've been eating at a 20% deficit to lose ...
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Why is “Starting Strength” the most highly regarded workout regime on the Internet?

Starting Strength is a excellent resource for overall strength training and invaluable for powerlifters. However, I feel for the majority of people who are new to fitness, Starting Strength is an ...
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Ways to reduce rest time between lifting sets?

I'm currently training 3x a week for mainly strength and progressing fine, but I find that my rest times between sets are ridiculously long and if I don't take them, I'm not able to finish my sets.For ...
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How can I get stronger while involved in other physical activities?

I am training for some time now but I don't feel like my schedule is in balance. I switch between: Scheme 1: Neck Flexion (neck) Lying Neck Extension (neck) Arnold Press (shoulder) Rear Lateral ...
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Converting times from treadmill to outdoor running?

I have found a few websites that claim the oxygen usage is countered by increasing a treadmill to a 1 degree incline, however, what I'm looking for is a way to convert treadmill running times into ...
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1answer
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Do Too Many Electrolytes Make You Fat

I've been consuming electrolytes before and after sports disolved into water without sugar. Can electrolytes in high volume make you gain weight?
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Alternative exercises for sprints due to knee pain

I have been following a conditioning heavy fitness plan in order to cut some weight and lose some body fat over the last three weeks. I am exercising six days a week, and two sessions involve sprints ...
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4answers
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BCAA together with whey protein

I've recently bought BCAA powder, monohydrate creatine and whey protein, and I'm wondering if I'm able to take BCAA together with the whey protein or creatine? I've heard from people you should take ...
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167 views

Is there any way to keep your knee problem free in the long run for a distance runner?

I found on the internet that people who are runners and run long distances surmount knee problems in their later life. I am a runner too and I don't want any kind of problems with my legs anytime in ...
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1answer
82 views

What results will I see, based on the following routine and diet?

I'm a 6 ft tall (183cm) male, who weighs 175lbs (80kgs). I have a very lean build, falling into the "skinny" category. I've started trying to get in shape a little bit more. I don't really have ...
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What can I do to limit shin splints?

I get shin splints when running on concrete/asphalt, anything hard. Rubber track I am fine, grass I am fine, treamills fine. So what can I do to limit shin splints on hard surfaces? I have tried ...
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Is flexibility training limited by lack of exercise in youth?

In my youth, I walked to school where I mostly sat, and walked home, where I mostly sat. I never practiced sports or other physically strenuous activity, except some weight training as a teenager, and ...
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2answers
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Does the temperature of the water, while taking a shower after cardio, matters?

I'm remailn skeptical to a comment of a collegue, who claims that after making some cardio training, water temperature while taking a shower immediately after training prevents you from keeping ...
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Whey Protein or Recovery Formula?

I'm doing P90X and Insanity. I've been taking Amplified Wheybolic Extreme 60 (a whey isolate formula), and it works amazing. I also got the results and recovery formula from beachbody.com when I ...
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1answer
185 views

Training for muscle ups

Hi I've been wanting to do a muscle up ever since I knew they were possible and was wondering what muscles and how you should train for one at home. I occasionally go to a gym with a pull up bar with ...
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3answers
131 views

Food diet off balance

Every day i ride 20km to work with my bike. Then when my work is done i do those 20km again. I'm doing martial arts 2 times a week and try to get 4 power workouts a week to gain some muscle. I do ...
3
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2answers
727 views

Will I improve by climbing 10 flights of stairs every day?

I started climbing 10 flights of stairs every day. At the end, I'm breathing heavily and by heart is beating rapidly. My calves are hurting a bit... Will I definitely improve, even though this only ...
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7answers
797 views

Lifting limits guide for different exercises?

I'm am wondering if someone could provide a reference to a scale or explain the limits of how much it is possible to lift for different exercises, based on how much you can lift in one exercise. For ...
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1answer
146 views

Does this sport's plan provide too much protein?

I have found a new sport's plan for me and I liked it a lot. I tried two days ago and today this sport's plan without special nutrition, just with my daily meals. This is the plan: Kris Gethin's DTP: ...
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5answers
249 views

Increasing Weight : Plateau stage

I have been working out since 3 months. My weight, from that time, has increased 3 kgs. But now, since two weeks, the weight has been constant. My trainer told me that perhaps I have hit my plateau ...
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3answers
503 views

Why Aren't I More Tone?

For the last four months I have been doing the Insanity workout. During this time I have decreased the amount of food I eat to about 1800-2000 calories a day. I drink the recommended amount of water ...
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2answers
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Is Rippetoe's advice about the press terrible and wrong?

Mark says that your rotator cuffs will strengthen in the appropriate amount if you just press correctly: Pressing actually strengthens the rotator cuff muscles. When you press overhead and ...

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