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Twitching after Intense Workouts

I do high intensity training to build mass. I usually get muscle twitching after a hardcore training session. Usually in my Glutes, Triceps, Shoulders, Chest and Quads. I am genetically more gifted ...
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How to choose a running shoe when you weigh 80-85kg?

I've read a little bit about shoes for running on asphalt and for trail-running, but they always refer to lightweight people. I would like to know what to look for in a running shoe when my weight is ...
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Will drinking alchohol and smoking cigarettes inhibits muscle growth? [duplicate]

I've a few questions regarding the alcohol consumption, smoking and body building. About me: 5'5", 136 lbs. Undergoing a hard weight gaining program at gym at evening. Drinking Serious Mass two ...
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Declining performance after almost 4 months of continous exercise. Why is this?

Ive been exercising almost religiously for about 4 months but have observed a declining rate of performance for the past 1 and a half month. I haven't changed anything in terms of diet and sleep ...
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Does bodybuilding make you shorter?

When you lift a lot your intervertebral disks get smaller because of the pressure and destruction caused be too much pressure. Also, you loose the body fat surrounding many of your organs and the fat ...
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If I can't get plenty of sleep, should I be doing anything different when trying to put on mass?

Getting plenty of sleep is really important for putting on size - something I am very aware of. Unfortunately, various circumstances lead to me not being able to get to the gym until about 9:30PM at ...
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What is a bodyweight-only strength workout with a few compound exercises?

Today's paradigm seems to be the Reg Park workouts in different flavours, like Starting Strength and StrongLifts 5x5. A few compound exercises with free weights, using barbells, as opposed to the 80's ...
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How can I gain muscle in two months without using weights?

What can a 15 year old boy who weighs 145 pounds and is 6' tall do to gain a lot of muscle and size without using weights? I'm looking for results in two months and I work out for half an hour a day.
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Objective test for running shoe cushioning deterioration

Is there an objective test that I can use to determine the deterioration of my running shoes cushioning? I follow the rule of thumb and replace my shoes after about 500km. But some shoes feel like the ...
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C4 and Creatine together

I have used C4 before, with strong effect I might add, never really used creatine. I was wondering since C4 already has some creatine in it, is it ok to use them at the same time and will it possibly ...
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What are you views on progress between rep range vs. fixed reps?

Assuming the goal is to progress in size and strength using weight training, what are you thoughts on a routine that either: 1) Uses a rep range of 5-8 (for example), where you start workout day 1 ...
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Safe training regime to work towards center and front splits

I want to improve my flexiblity to be able to to center and front splits. Is there any safe exercise program to follow which will lead me to this goal? During the week I have time to stretch for 10 ...
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Can swimming significantly help to improve vertical jump?

I've met physical education teacher in the swimming pool and he told me that swimming will NOT have significant effect for developing my vertical jump. If we omit weight loss caused by swimming and ...
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Should I be building strength if I have very tense back/shoulder muscles?

I have very tense muscles in my back (mainly my traps) and I am having trouble relaxing them. Physios have told me that my lower traps and rhomboids are weak and I should be trying to strengthen them....
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What is safer for your spinal disks: short, high-load sets or longer sets with less weight?

I remember to have read somewhere (and it seems to me reasonable) that you might damage your spinal disks by repetitive excessive stress with not enough recovery time (yes, correct form for the ...
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What reps/sets should I use in bodyweight excersices, if I need to train for total count of repetitions?

For example, I'm currently doing a lot of push-ups, and I need to increase number of push-ups I am able to do in a row (currently, I can do 34 push-ups in a single attempt). My current routine is ...
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Intensity or duration in aerobics?

I have read a few articles about the duration and intensity of aerobics,most of which were in contradiction. I heard that interval running for 5 minutes with high speed(on treadmill) burns more FAT ...
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Should I squat ass to grass before adding load?

I've been working on squatting recently, after going through a realization that it is really important to get your hips below your knees when you squat I've been trying to attain a full range of ...
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Weight loss routine

I am really looking for some help on how to lose weight and increase my core strength. I am 22 years old, weigh around 76kg and my height is 5ft 8 inchs. Basically I am overweight. My aim is to reach ...
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Stubborn Chest Fat/One side of chest length longer

I have two questions regarding this picture of myself: How can I get rid of that stubborn chest fat that's surrounding my nipples? As you can see the right side of my chest is longer than my left ...
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1answer
505 views

How to compensate swimming overload in the gym?

I'm looking for exercises which can help me compensate muscle overload generated by swimming (mainly crawl). I crawl about 3 to 4 times a week and I want to focus on that style. I heard that you ...
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How to improve swimming performance in the gym?

Question is quite simple. I'm looking for gym-specific bunch of exercises which can help me to build up swimming performance/endurance/speed. So, when I'm not in the water I can still be continuously ...
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309 views

Bodyweight Bicep Excercises

Are there any bodyweight bicep exercises? Or any form of bicep exercise that can be performed without equipment?
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Is it OK to substitute Front Squats for Back Squats in StrongLifts 5x5?

I explained my workout, which is quite close to StrongLifts, to my physiotherapist. She told me I'd better avoid Back Squats and do Front Squats instead, because back squats and things like behind-...
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Panic when squatting

I do not know if "panic" is the right word: every time I squat, when my stomach get compressed (during the descendent phase), I feel a real uncomfortable feeling. Something like a small panic attack. ...
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What are the optimal sets/reps for gaining speed?

For example, in strength training it is relatively common knowledge that if you want to see your lifts go up, you should focus on doing 3-5 sets of 5 relatively heavy reps, with 3-4 minutes rest in ...
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Is 1 year a reasonable amount of time training for a challenging obstacle race?

Some background info: I am 28 years old, about 177 cm tall and my weight fluctuates between 92-96 kg. Despite the unfavorable height/weight ratio, I am pretty heavy built, with wide shoulders and a ...
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1answer
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Wristpain after doing pullups

A while ago I started working towards making my first pullup - I have been doing negatives for quite some time. Recently I decided Ill try to make a pullup, and I did. Over the course of a week or two ...
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2answers
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Are there such thing as best exercises for weightlifting?

I've heard this many times from powerlifters that I've work with, "All you really need is 3 lifts to hit all major muscle groups, and technically that's all you really need for maintenance, too." On ...
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247 views

Will a vegan diet help for weight loss and physique?

Some people say that vegan food is good for health, but is it good for bodybuilding and weight loss? As an additional wrinkle, although I am not diabetic, my family has a history of diabetes so I am ...
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1answer
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How often can one do a calisthenics workout?

I was just exposed to Calisthenics and I loved what these people could do on the pull up bar. I researched and found out a few routines for the beginners and would like to start up with them. However ...
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1answer
469 views

Do I need to compensate for calories spent exercising on a day to day basis?

I have recently started getting into shape, mainly by counting calories at MyFitnessPal and getting more serious about my road cycling hobby. I'm in my late twenties and otherwise relatively fit, but ...
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1answer
665 views

Indoor jump rope as a temporary suplement for long distance running?

Due to very bad smog situation that will last at least couple of weeks, I can't go running outside. I was thinking I could supplement long distance running by some jump rope excercises at home. I am ...
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How do I stop drinking soda?

I am trying it for years now and can't free myself from drinking products like Coca Cola (or Red Bull). I just love the taste and the feeling while drinking it. It wakes me up and makes me feel better ...
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1answer
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Magnetic v.s. belt resistance elliptical trainer

I am planing to get an elliptical (cross) trainer. After some research I found some guidance on how to choose one with details on different features and models. I found two different types of ...
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Minimising ankle rub in running shoes

I have a frequent problem that deters me from running. I have a bad habit of picking shoes that rub my heels on longer runs. In the store they feel great, but after a 5km run they just destroy the ...
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Measurable body indicators for correct amount of nutrition?

I can measure my general fatigue every morning by checking my resting Heart-Rate. It's shown me quite effectively, when I am a bit sick or sleep to little, my resting HR jumps up to 10 beats higher. ...
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What is the minimum long run training distance to finish a half-marathon?

As per the title, what is the minimum long run training distance to merely be capable of finishing a half-marathon? I've been trying to research this myself and answers seem to be all over the place ...
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Dealing with jet lag when travelling internationally for a marathon?

I live in Europe and will be travelling to the US for the Chicago marathon. I would like to stay a week in the US. How do you minimize the effects of jet lag for the day of the race? Is it best to ...
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5answers
515 views

How do I keep my running form up with a broken toe?

I broke my fourth toe (minor fracture). Doctor's orders prevent me from running for about a month. Swimming hurts and is not really an option for a while. My running base is about 40 kilometers per ...
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1answer
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Weights and plantar fasciitis

Should you do squats, and can you also do Calf raises, either on machines or free weights, if you have plantar fasciitis? I have had this for 3 years now: I have stopped running. I also find ...
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2answers
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Push-up complement [duplicate]

What is the bodyweight exercise complementary of the push-up? I got contradictory information. Some claim it's the chin-up/pull-up and I always thought this was true. However, others claim that the ...
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Best primitive several-minute daily routine for time-restricted people?

I do every day 10 push-ups, and with that ends my daily routing. I also do a massive 2 hours walk that includes climbing and walking for a long distance. I would like to improve my daily routine, ...
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Is it true that going up multiple steps is harmful?

Once in a week I make a 2.5 hours walk that in the middle of it there is a few hundred steps up. A friend of mine (that has nothing to do with fitness) just told me recently that upclimbing steps is ...
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244 views

Is it necessary to do warmup sets at moderate weight?

My friend today indicated that I should be doing warmup sets but I've never done them before. Is it really necessary to do warmup sets? I usually row on days I do back and triceps and use the ...
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1answer
342 views

Beginner in physical fitness, need tips and advices

I am 18 years old, 174 cm tall, 60 kg weight male. I am very skinny, and haven't trained for ages. Last few years I've been living very unhealthy way of life - spending way too much time in front of ...
2
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1answer
452 views

How to avoid cramps during beach volleyball tournament (extreme hot weather)

Just a quick question when summer came. I usually play 5 to 6 matches on beach volleyball tournaments and there is 35 Celsius degrees in the shadow but of course there is no shadow on the field. ...
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2answers
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One arm chin/pull-up and the lat pulldown machine

I'm currently encountering a weird discrepancy between the force I can generate to lift my body with one arm and the amount of weight I can pull down with one arm at the lat machine, using a one-...
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What is a good metric for defining an ideal weight?

It seems that the conclusion is that there is consensus BMI is a really unhelpful metric for determining ideal weight. Indeed, at 5'9" my ideal weight is about 150 according to BMI. The last time ...
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3answers
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Walking vs Biking a mile

I have about a mile walk every morning -- would I get more exercise biking or walking that same mile? Some background: I am trying to lose weight -- I am right now using MyFitnessPal to track my ...

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