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Is there a good way to convert a speed number on an eliptical to mph?

What is the meaning of the speed indication on an elliptical? It ranges up to about 9 or 10 at what is a high speed run for me. Is there an approximate conversion to mph?
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Are there papers about Starting Strength or Strong lifts?

I read a bit abut these programs, I see some results in forums and in internet in general, but any reasonably good method and proper nutrition can get results. I would like to know if: Are there ...
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172 views

What are the effects of improving physical health on mental health?

It has been three weeks since I started doing cardio exercises and I feel calm and relaxed. Is it because of the exercises? How does exercise improve mental health?
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What exercises are helpful in preventing herniated discs?

I have lumbar lordosis and I play basketball competitively. Sometimes when I land from a jump I feel like the pressure comes up from my heel up to my spine. Now I chronically feel a very sharp pain in ...
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1answer
654 views

How often should one take breaks when lifting weights for muscle size gain?

All the literature seems to suggest I should do between 4 to 5 sets of bench presses, but after my third set or so, I start to feel very exhausted, often to the point where I couldn't even complete a ...
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Should I stretch before doing pullups?

I've just gotten strong enough to do pullups for the first time in my life. Should I stretch before I do them? If so, what stretches?
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Quick body development tricks [closed]

I want to quickly get a good shape and muscles. I would prefer to spend 4 hours a day in Gym. I would like to take Eggs, Bacon, Beef, Mutton, Potatoes and Beer everyday with a hope I can achieve a ...
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1answer
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Can I drink beer and do gym?

I heard few of my friends saying doing gym after drinking a liter beer will give a better result. Is it true? Does drinking beer and going to gym a good practice?
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79 views

What are some scientific and education fitness magazines? [closed]

I may be an anachronism but I like to read magazines. For running I love Running Times and was wondering if there was something similar for strength training/general fitness. I'm looking for something ...
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How to hydrate / get hydrated / avoid dehydration? [duplicate]

I would like to know how to properly get hydrated? I assume it is more than just drinking lots of water. It was suggested here that one should hydrate before, during and after extensive workouts.
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What is the best way to train at the gym for weight loss purposes?

I joined a gym 2 months ago, and have exercised almost daily. In the first 2-3 weeks I went to the gym almost daily exercising for about 45 mins (treadmill, weights etc) but I realised this was not ...
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1answer
898 views

Is it safe to exercise after taking bath?

I read in some yoga books that it is not recommended to exercise after taking a bath. Is there reason to this. Is it safe to exercise after bath. I am interested if a prior bath delays the time ...
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Is just a pair of dumbbells enough?

I started consulting in November 2012. The 4-hour a day commute tires me out and leaves me with absolutely no time to do anything else, much less go to the gym. So, I haven't gone to the gym since ...
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1answer
166 views

Should I eat before a workout or just during the day

I've heard several theories regarding when you should eat, especially protein. Eat carbs before a workout and protein in a "window" of 30mins after a workout. Eat through the day. so that in the end ...
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3answers
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Cold and fever after doing extensive cardio sport?

Every Sunday I do soccer in the morning for two hours where I run non stop and sweat extensively. After the sport I take a shower and take the bus home, but by the time I get home my dry and clean ...
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2answers
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What is the least I need to run to maintain my conditioning?

Sometimes you know that you have a very busy time ahead of you, and that you're going to have less time for fitness activities, for whatever reason (work, a new child, etc). My questions is this- ...
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What is courtesy in a gym?

I've always been kind of creeped out by gyms; many people doing things and no one is talking. I started working at a place with a gym that has lots of machines in a relatively small space. I have no ...
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Gaining muscle with slim body type

Some people appear to be born with muscle*. I know lots of people who don't work out at all, have an office job where they sit around all day, and still they have a muscular body with strong (looking) ...
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2answers
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How soon after a minor calf injury shoul I start stretching and strengthening?

I suffered a minor calf strain playing indoor cricket yesterday. I iced the muscle for around 4 hours after the injury. It has pulled up stiff and a little sore this morning, although I wouldn't ...
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1answer
540 views

Increased body heat after workout when in bed

I am little overweight, 120 kg, from India. When I go to bed after a workout in the gym, say for 30 minutes, I can't sleep as my body begins to heat up. Are there any remedies? I tried showering, but ...
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When I bench press, why do my hips sometimes cramp up?

When I bench press, I sometimes feel a muscle seize up slightly distal and lateral from my ASIS. I don't know what muscle this is, but I'm guessing it's involved with external rotation or abduction. ...
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1answer
636 views

Best way to ease back into body building routine after a long break

Do you guys have some recommendation on how to "get back" into the training? Sometimes I have to stay few weeks without training, when I am on holidays for example. I usually have two weeks of ...
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0answers
197 views

Aerobic exercise: Any updates or comments to the Cooper method?

I read a book published in the 80s (by Kenneth Cooper, MD), Aerobics, in which Dr. Cooper suggests a way of getting fit without risking one's cardiovascular health. He devised a point system of ...
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What's the relationship between gaining muscle mass and strength? How do I increase in strength without increasing in mass?

This question is a follow on from http://fitness.stackexchange.com/a/11884/5376. I assumed that as I get stronger, my muscles will get bigger, but it seems that this is not a strictly linear ...
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2answers
233 views

How to be energetic after a 20-30 min siesta (afternoon nap)

I sleep at 9pm and wake up at 4am, take a cup of warm water and I will do some simple exercises very slowly, then some house work. At 5am, I run for 30min with the speed 9km/hr (so it is a 4.5km run). ...
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523 views

What's the best way for me to start weightlifting?

I've always wanted to lift weights and honestly have no idea where to begin. How do I get started? Do I need to join a gym? find a personal trainer? buy a book and weights? find a friend who ...
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4answers
173 views

Alternating exercises from workout to workout?

For my strength/hypertrophy based training program, I've chosen following exercises: Deadlifts (2 work sets of 4 reps) Press (3 work sets of 5) Ring Dips (3 work sets of 9) 1-Legged Squats (3 work ...
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1answer
330 views

Should I drop my deadlift to 190# while switching to StrongLifts if I can already deadlift 425# x1?

I've seen a ton of variations of the question but never found one that answered my question. I understand why only one set of dead lifts because of the squats. My question is why is the weight on the ...
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4answers
5k views

How can Kinesio tape provide support for tendonitis

I have a mild case of Posterior Tibial Tendonitis, the physio has applied some Kinesio tape for support whilst it heals up. My understanding of tendons and muscles was that there wasn't much friction ...
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3answers
911 views

Nap after exercising

I'm a grad student I find it hard to concentrate on my work after exercising (cardio+weights) and I can only do after taking a nap. I would like to know if its healthy to have a nap after the work ...
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1answer
2k views

Does it damage the joints if we do pushups everyday?

I'm doing 100 pushups everyday and now I'm afraid whether this will cause damage to the shoulder joints? Will this help me to gain Chest muscles? Thanks
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1answer
4k views

I want to know the exact formula to calculate metabolic age

I want to know the exact formula to calculate metabolic age. How do i get the average bmr of people in the chronological age group? Is here any link I could get regarding the calculation? Explanation ...
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1answer
87 views

Which diet helps you best during marathon preparations? [closed]

I am preparing for marathon and I feel the need to change my diet to prepare better for this event. What is your experience? Which changes did in your diet helped you most? What was hardest to give ...
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2answers
5k views

Stretches and muscle work for Supination or Underpronation

I've recently had issues with my IT Band, did all the stretches and PT. And it did not work. I recently decided to try out my old pair of running shoes(on a whim), that originally were bothering my ...
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1answer
88 views

Change in eating habits from Half Marathon to 6 mile

For a half marathon I spent the week before carb loading and hydrating. I'm running a 6 mile soon and would like some 5Km races too. How should I change my diet for different length races? Should ...
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2answers
488 views

How can I analyze my running gait?

They say there are more than one types of step. Is there any exam that can help me know my foot angle/type/format/etc, so i can buy running shoes that are good for my feet?
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2answers
519 views

How to interpret running metrics [closed]

How do I usefully interpret running metrics? I haven't been running for long. I've got a heart monitor and a GPS watch (all the gear and no idea), but I get a buzz from seeing the metrics anyway. ...
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1answer
93 views

Ensuring muscle isolation when training alone

I've found that trainers or other experienced body builders are great to work out with because they can help with form and method. One of the biggest issues I have is muscle isolation, meaning that ...
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2answers
3k views

Heart Rate for a Half Marathon

I've just completed the Newport Half Marathon and had an pretty steady heart rate of 88% of my max. My details are here. Is this good? Generally speaking, what should the heart rate be for a half ...
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1answer
117 views

Method of exercising

What is the difference between the normal weight training motions (e.g. bench press lifting it up and down) and holding a weight at a certain point (e.g. holding a weight in the middle of a press for ...
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2answers
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Proper way to stretch the pectoral muscles

What is the best way to do pectoral stretches? A specialist recommended that besides avoiding bench presses and strengthening my back, I should stretch my pectoral muscles as often as possible, as ...
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1answer
177 views

Body angle during freestyle

I am practicing myself on the Total Immersion style of swimming, as I am practicing for long distance triathlon. After a lot of practice I am doing the 2 beat kicks with little difficulty. Can ...
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1answer
193 views

Protein supplementation when doing conditioning on caloric deficit

BACKGROUND For about four months now I have been on a low carb diet, and during that time I went from 93 to 78kg. I have been lifting some weights (some squats, overhead pushes, bent over rows) at a ...
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0answers
165 views

5x5 Stronglift squats and hip replacement [closed]

Please can someone help me. I have been looking into the 5x5 stronglifts, and I am keen to get started as I need to get in shape, and I like the look of the results. I have difficulty doing squats ...
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1answer
378 views

Correct seated Row technique

I would like to know the correct seated Rows technique. I wanted to use this exercise to develop the middle back particularly the lower Traps/middle Traps and Rhomboids. I already do Deadlifts and ...
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1answer
110 views

Apart from size, what properties make for a good exercise ball?

I wish to use an exercise ball as a chair. I have done this previously with several different brands of exercise ball, and it has worked for me in the past. I noticed that some balls were far comfier ...
5
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1answer
2k views

Is protein powder recommended for older people after workouts?

This might be an odd question. My mom does walking exercises and aerobic videos and some very light weights (5lb). She knows that I make protein shakes (with spinach, berries, flax seed) after my ...
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2answers
619 views

Strength Training Suggestions for Long Distance Running

I'm a long distance runner (marathons and longer) and I'm beginning to incorporate strength training into my routine now that I'm in a bit of an off season for my races. My time for training is ...
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1answer
170 views

Avoiding Tendinopathy (suggested rest interval to prevent chronic pain)

tl;dr - Starting to feel slight tendon pain. How long should I rest before it's OK to hit the gym hard again. Background: I recently decided to end my winter hibernation and got back into rock ...
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1answer
119 views

What kind of workout regimen can get me back in it?

When I was in college, I used to pretty good at keeping up a decent workout schedule (three days a week during normal times, at least one day a week during extremely stressful exam weeks). My ...

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