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Dynamic Strength/Jump Rope workout

Due to financial issues (who knew a 7-month-old would be so expensive :)), I'm going to be cancelling my gym membership in the next few weeks. I do not have weights at home, and I'm hesitant to buy ...
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Will running affect my weight training and burn muscle instead of fat?

How much gap should there be between weight training and cardio? Usually I work out 5 days a week in the morning and sometimes do cardio and some days do weights, but I have been thinking about going ...
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Ibuprofen before exercise?

Is it a good or bad idea to take Ibuprofen (or other NSAID) before exercise to help prevent things like knee or shoulder pain? I have heard that (a) you should not, because it will mask the pain that ...
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1answer
737 views

First week at gym, am I doing right?

I have just joined a local gym near my home. My body details are: Height: 5'8" Weight: 56 Kg My target is to gain strength, shape, and muscle. I am 24 years old. After joining a gym, I found that ...
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978 views

How long does “warm-up” last?

We all know you shouldn't stretch cold, but for how long after a moderate workout does your warm-up last? Can you have good stretches more than a few hours after exercise (without having to warm up ...
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Do you burn more calories doing an exercise when it's new to you?

When you first start out doing a particular exercise, obviously it's harder than if you've been doing it for a while and your body is used to it. Does that mean it takes more energy, and that you ...
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What kind of indoor exercises are recommended for getting rid of stress and depression?

I do NOT have any backache problems, nor any pain in the joints. Recommendations please, keeping these points in view.
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Muscle pain because of cold weather?

I recently moved over to a much colder part of the country. It was around 6 months ago. I started my work outs almost 4 months ago. The problem is that I suffer from muscle soreness all the time. I ...
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How can I increase shoulder flexibiity for squats & snatches?

I have noticed flexbility is a big issue for me in squatting as well as snatching (I cannot snatch at all currently). For example, if I squat with no weight, I cannot complete a squat with my arms ...
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What is the most effective way to improve a saggy belly?

I used to have a fairly flat stomach but I had a baby 4 months ago by c-section and my lower abdomen is quite saggy. What can I do to lose the extra weight there and get it taut?
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Is it possible to prevent forehead muscles from contracting during very stressful times in the office?

Exercise is a great stress buster and relieves you of it during running or weight-lifting (my favorite doing heavy squats, somewhat symbolic of pushing all that stress with all your might!). However, ...
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290 views

Looking for short, home routine for thighs and abs

I have a personal trainer which I hit up once a week - love it. We do all our stuff outside with bascially nothing. I'm trying to get a bit more stuff to do mid week which is only around 15-20 mins ...
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2answers
256 views

Is it ok to exercise when I feel a strain in my muscles, if it's more than 3 days after a previous workout?

I have heard that muscles need to rest 48-72 hours. However sometimes even 80 hours after a workout, (the muscles aren't aching, that's for sure, but) I can still feel it, you know feel the strain. ...
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776 views

What is the right kind of protein for that job?

There are so many kinds of protein available in the market that it does your head in . I have done my homework but still not sure as to when to use which one. Following is what I have understood so ...
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Is it bad to workout when you aren't sleeping a lot?

I am a dad and we just had a newborn so I am not getting much sleep these days. I want to avoid getting out of shape and gaining weight as it easy to be lazy and slack off on health (eating, ...
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2answers
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Patellofemoral Syndrome Exercises

For many years I have suffered from patellofemoral syndrome. My understanding is that, in my case, the cause is the relatively under developed VMO on both legs. I do a great deal of split squats and ...
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Bodyweight Exercise Resources

Does anyone have any idea of what might be taken to be the bible of bodyweight exercises? Many years ago, Bill Pearl put out a book that pretty much shows you any weight lifting exercise you might ...
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How do I minimize calf muscle pain as I get back into running?

I just started running again, all last week and again today. I start off slow, then increase the speed gradually. Very shortly into it my calves start to hurt incredibly. It starts after about 2 ...
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How is it possible to use a higher percentage of our theoretical strength?

I've read somewhere ( Why is muscle size not proportional to strength?) that under normal circumstances, even when we try our hardest, we can use only 20-30% of our strength. Under what circumstances ...
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1answer
651 views

Why are the first workouts of C25K are much harder than those in C10K?

Inspired by Nathan Wheeler's If I can run, so can you!, I started the C25K program today. Things went well, but I realized one thing: the first workouts of the C25K program consist of much more ...
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1answer
139 views

What would be the most time efficient exercise regime and pre-game energy intake in order to increase stamina for soccer?

I mainly play on small courts, so there's a lot of short sprinting, changing direction rapidly etc. So while my first thought to build up stamina is simply to run long distance, I'm wondering if there ...
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1answer
668 views

Do muscles discriminate against the type of micro-tear?

Weightlifting creates micro-tears in the muscles. When these micro-tears repair, the muscle grows back bigger. Does this same principle apply to tears caused by other means? For example, if you create ...
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1answer
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Core training - planks vs. L-sits?

Does the L-sit: overlap with the plank: or do these two exercises complement each other well? Is there any benefit to holding planks that can't be obtained by holding L-sits?
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1answer
437 views

How does my resting heart rate influence my target heart rate?

My target heart rate for endurance training based on my age is about 135 beats per minute. Do I have to take into account, that I have a low resting heart rate or is that irrelevant. My resting heart ...
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1answer
1k views

Good amount of sets and repetitions for different muscle groups

About 10 years back, when I went to my first gym, the trainers told me to do 3 or 4 sets with about 8 to 15 repetitions on 3 different machines for each group of muscles, depending on the goals I want ...
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2answers
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Is melted cheese less healthy than unmelted cheese? [closed]

All other things equal, is melted cheese less healthy than "raw" chease of the same kind? In other words, is there difference between a slice of toasted bread, with chease on top that's been melted ...
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How to choose the right protein shake?

I never consumed any protein shakes before but I am considering it now because I want to cut back on my meat intake. I am currently 30 years old and weight 145 lbs, hit the gym once or twice a week ...
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2answers
176 views

What is a good DVD based fitness video program for me?

About me: I am 36 years old, male, 173cm, 74 kg. Did lots of intense sports during High-School (Basketball, Running, Fitness, Cycling, and "fun sports" like skateboarding). After High-School, stopped ...
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4answers
66k views

Persistent mild knee pain due to squats - push through or stop?

Over the last 2 months or so of doing heavy squats (200 lbs - 262 lbs) I've frequently had pain in my knees. During the last 2 weeks, it's been especially persistent and seems to be mostly in my left ...
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2answers
143 views

Risks of extreme soreness

After two years of layoff I recently started powerlifting again. Although I restrained myself to ridiculously low weights, the first sessions gave me significant soreness. I've heard that athletes ...
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1answer
195 views

Testosterone and (Running) Competition

I have had low testosterone for a time. About 2 weeks ago, my doctor prescribed androgel for me because my levels had gotten low enough that this seemed like a necessary step. Assuming I stay free ...
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1answer
422 views

Is it possible to ever recover from Chronic IT (iliotibial) Band Problems?

I have been a runner for nearly 20 years now. In high school, I suffered the occasional IT (ilio-tibial) band injury where it got so tight that even if I tried to run through the pain my speed was ...
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3answers
248 views

Where do I start when finding/creating a fitness program for myself?

I'm a senior in college studying computer engineering, so I spend a lot of time sitting in class and/or in front of a computer. I want to commit to a fitness routine before my sedentary lifestyle ...
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4answers
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How frequently can I hit the heavy bag?

I've heard that hitting a heavy bag is taxing enough that it is easy to overtrain using it, especially for beginners. How much rest should the average person (i.e. NOT a boxer who grew up hitting ...
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2answers
158 views

An odd day of little calories

I decided I want to lose some fat recently and get a bit healthier. To give myself goals to go for each day I'm using a calorie monitoring app which recommends I have 1750 calories a day. At the ...
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1answer
260 views

Is there an effective body core temperature regimen that includes capsaicin?

I am looking to try to regulate my core body temperature in order to be able to sustain longer workouts at higher intesities. I have been exercising more and am realizing that core body heat might be ...
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3answers
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Which resources should I go to for programming ring training?

I just received a set of EXF gymnastics rings (thanks, Team Chaos!) and I have a smorgasbord of individual exercises that I'd like to try. However, I don't want to do just a collection of random ...
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1answer
407 views

Maintaining wrist flexibility while working on wrist strength

I have a SportGrips SideWinder wrist exerciser (Sportster model) that Lauren from the CHAOS team was kind enough to send out to me. I started using it a few days ago and am following this workout ...
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3answers
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Are calories the only important aspect of a diet?

I've recently started using apps like MyFitnessPal to calculate the amount of energy and nutrients I consume and do some simple number crunching for me. However, all these apps seem to be focused on ...
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2answers
547 views

Does alcohol affect a diet?

I'm on a diet aimed at reducing the amount of fat in my body. Reducing fat is my first priority, actually losing weight second. How will drinking hard alcohol (let's say vodka or rum) affect my diet? ...
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1answer
4k views

Does the Bulgarian split squat target the glutes better than normal squats?

Based on my observations, when I do Bulgarian split squats, they hit the glutes really nicely. In fact, even if I do the Bulgarian squat without doing regular squats, my glutes are very sore the next ...
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6answers
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When is the best time of day to accurately weigh yourself?

When I weight myself often, I realize that I fluctuate a couple pounds here and there. I can never seem to get an accurate reading that I can compare to another. Is there a time of day which you are ...
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6answers
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What are the pros and cons of running versus walking?

I enjoy going for long -- I mean, ten mile -- walks. Part of this is because I was training for the Susan B. Komen 3-Day Walk about a year ago, and I got into the habit of taking very long walks ...
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1answer
940 views

P90X Protein Portions

So in the P90X meal plan, it says you can substitute 1/3 cup of protein powder for a protein serving. Now, the serving size of most (if not all) whey proteins is 28.5 g - or one scoop. Basically, one ...
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1answer
462 views

Why do my arms go to sleep at night after strenuous workout?

I have this problem always especially after forearm training. Depending on how intense the training was my arms go to sleep 1-5 times per night. After a few days without training it doesn't happen ...
5
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1answer
171 views

Best timing for consuming supplements relative to excercise

I've been on an introductory fitness routine for several months to slim down. I've managed to lose 30lb (down to 180 from 210, I'm 6' 1" so this puts me to the upper limit of my BMI), and I've ...
4
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1answer
2k views

5BX XBX or alternative daily “busy people” workout

I was looking for a daily workout routine to do for me and my wife. We both are quite busy people and have three young kids, so I was looking for something easy to do at home, but enough to keep some ...
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1answer
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Why does my neck feel strained when doing push-ups?

I used to be able to do about 50 push ups at a time with no problem when I worked out semi-regularly. I stopped when suddenly while doing push ups, as I'd be getting near the end and straining to get ...
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5answers
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Is using compression clothing during a work out a good or bad idea?

I recently saw a question here about using compression clothing while exercising. I do not have any compression clothing. But if it they are a valid exercise tool to enhance a workout I would like ...
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2answers
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Having sharp, pulsating stinging pain in upper left foot. [closed]

I borrowed the picture from someone else's foot problem that, when I read further, didn't seem to be what I'm going through. Edit: (>_<) Scratch the picture, because I'm a new user I can't use ...

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