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I am underweight. How do I gain weight and muscle?

I am a man in my twenties. Although I am 5 feet 6 inches tall, I weigh only 100 pounds. I want to gain weight as soon as possible. How do I gain weight and muscle as fast as possible?
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Are bumper plates “lighter”?

OK, I know that a 45 pound bumper plates weighs the same as a 45 pound iron plate. My experience, however, is that bumpers seem to go up easier. True or myth? If true, wondering if people have ...
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Can I get away with just doing pull-ups for lats?

I really hate all the other lat exercises - I find them boring and unsatisfying. Are pull-ups enough to work all the back muscles or am I really missing something if I only do these? Add to this also ...
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Where does protein come from if muscles are built and repaired at night?

I've been wondering for a while where protein to build muscle comes from? If I consume protein throughout the day and that protein is pretty much digested and processed within an hour or two of ...
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Does weight lifting burn calories?

I've started following this weight lifting routine and have adjusted my intake of protein to suit. Should I also be eating more calories in general or do I only need to think about cardio for this?
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Exercising deficit and daily caloric intake

Hi I'm a 28 year old female, 153cm (5'), 54kg (120lb). I'm am trying to lose some weight and tone up. I am currently eating around 1300 calories a day, working out on a rowing machine and cycling ...
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Muscles shorten when working out - why do I feel this most strongly in the lower back?

When I follow the normal routine of my gym including stretching after the workout, I strongly feel a shortening of my lower back muscle, to the point where I have a distinct hollow back after working ...
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What's the exact effect of this training regime? (12-15 reps, 30s - 1min break, 3 sets)

That's the regime I was advised at my gym: 12-15 reps per set - maybe less on the last set 30s - 1min break between sets, 3 sets weights are adjusted so that this is doable, but not by much What ...
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Best way of eating after exercise for reducing belly fat

I have much large belly fat as compared to upper body. Daily i do weight training (45min to 1 hr) + cardiovascular (45 min). I want to make upper body muscles , simultaneoulsy want to reduce my large ...
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What can I do to maintain equal size and strength in both hands?

I m 25 years old and I m going to gym for 3 days in a week. When I workout for biceps in heavy weight, my partner realized that my left hand is exerting more strength than my right hand. When I look ...
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Will weight gain improve performance in competitive swimming?

I am at the low end of my healthy weight (Female, 22years old, 116pounds, 5'5). As a competitive swimmer, I am wondering whether putting on weight will improve my swimming performance? Thanks! :)
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Maximum length for safe running

I heard that running can be stressful for the body (the knees for instance) if done in excess, and that some people even have accidents. What is the recommended length of time for running if one ...
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How to lose only belly fat in 2 weeks

Me: I am 191cm 71kg. I am fairly defined except my stomach. My training: I currently do heavy free weight sessions 4 times a week: chest, back/arms, legs and shoulders/arms. My diet: High ...
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1answer
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Should I drink a protein shake between workouts or at the end of them?

Every other day I ride a bike for 40 minutes maintaining a cadence of at least 90 and work up quite a sweat. After that I do weights for about an hour changing muscle groups every time. I usually rest ...
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Good breakfast to regain concentration and energy after a morning workout?

I work as a programmer. Recently I've been going to the gym downstairs and doing half an hour of pretty intensive rowing before work every day. The problem is that I feel completely wiped out ...
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Is this pain in my neck — after Smith Machine squats — just DOMs or something else?

Last Thursday (so, 5 days ago), I did a short leg workout, centering on finding my maximum weight for squats. I used a Smith Machine and, for the first time ever, I did not have a pad on the Olympic ...
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Hot or cold shower after a workout

The title pretty much sums up my question: is it more beneficial to take a hot (warm) shower after a workout or a cold one? I've noticed that I tend to feel more relaxed while taking a warmer shower ...
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1answer
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Calf muscle recovery time when adapting to forefoot/barefoot running?

I've been adjusting to forefoot/barefoot running for a couple months now. I keep extending my distance or increasing my speed or improving my form. Consequently, my calves have been staying sore for ...
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1answer
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Injury risks running on sand vs solid surfaces?

I normally do a fair amount of barefoot running on grass, dirt, and pavement, but on a recent trip, I ended a couple of runs with several miles on sand. It felt easier on my calves and lower legs ...
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Eating more calories to improve performance?

I have been struggling to make progress in my swimming for quite a while now. Is it simply a need to eat more food to improve? I recently took 2months off swimming to assist my recovery. I want to ...
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What type of pants are good for weight lifting?

I'm more comfortable weight lifting in pants than in shorts, but find they inhibit proper knee position when squatting. Are there any types of pants or material that will stretch well enough to be ...
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1answer
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Get calories from nutritional information [closed]

I'm eating a pack of biscuits and on the label the following information is given: Nutritional information per 100g of product Carbohydrates - 75g Proteins - 6g Fat - ...
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1answer
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Does the optimal hypertrophy rep range apply to tired muscles?

It is generally accepted that the optimal rep range for muscular hypertrophy is around 6-10 reps. And it is also generally accepted that after 3 minutes of rest muscles will recuperate all the energy ...
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Use lighter or heavier weight in higher or lower reps for building muscle size?

When training to build up muscle size, should I use lighter weight in higher reps and sets or use heavier weight in lower reps and sets?
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1answer
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Reasonable precautions for lake bacteria

I've read quite a lot online about bacteria you can be infected with by swimming in freshwater lakes. Anecdotally I've had friends tell me that when swimming in a lake you should keep your head over ...
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What is an optimal amount for protein intake?

What exactly is a safe limit for taking whey protein? Different websites recommend different amounts of protein intake. The most common one that I see is around 0.8g of protein for every kilograms of ...
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1answer
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What's lean muscle mass?

It is said that men usually have more lean than women. I would like to know what does the 'lean muscle mass' mean? is it just the muscle mass? How would you calculate it?
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Whey protein for weight gain?

I intend to gain weight and I want a muscular physique, and I'm going to work out. Will whey protein help me in weight and muscle gain? And which one should I take, Isolate or Concentrate? My weight ...
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1answer
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Wraps or gloves for speed bag training?

I always did my speed bag training with wraps and never had a problem, but they are kind of a hassle to deal with in between workouts. I recently saw some speed bag gloves which seem like an ideal ...
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2answers
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Is taking whey protein before a workout bad?

Friends have told me that I should consume whey protein shake before and after workout. They said this would be effective for building up muscles. However, I have read from a website that I should ...
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Is there a connection between general fitness/workout gain and body hair?

It might be a silly question but something that have been bugging me for many years now. Pretty much all male athletes (regardless of their discipline) look pretty much like newborn babies with the ...
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1answer
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Are ninja tuck jumps safe?

I recently stumbled upon a exercise called "ninja tuck jumps" as shown in this article: 25 Most Deceiving Exercises - Ninja Tuck Jumps See also these videos: Ninja jump with a tuck jump Zuzana ...
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3answers
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Why aren't fruits allowed on a slow carb diet?

I'm doing a slow carb diet and it says you should avoid fruit (unless its your offday). I'm curious as to why exactly this is the case?
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How does the cyclic-ketogenic diet allow weight loss and muscle gain?

The common notion is that in order to gain muscle you must be a "calorie surplus", and in order to burn fat/lose weight you must be a in a "calorie deficit. However the cyclic-ketogenic diet claims ...
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BMR+Harris-benedict equation: case of negative output

I was using the BMR and Harris benedict equations. I got a negative result when i used the following information just by curiosity: Age: 80 Height :1feet 0 inches (ie 12 inches) weight :22 pounds ...
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1answer
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Are there reasons you shouldn't do plyometrics workouts barefoot?

As a follow up to this question and answer, are there any reasons why I shouldn't perform a plyometrics workout barefoot? I've tried both, and I definitely feel more stress on my feet when barefoot, ...
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1answer
172 views

Duration between workout and dinner

I am undergoing with weight training and cardiovascular exercises these days majorly for reducing belly fat and for strengthening muscles as well . After workout i feel hungry so i immediately takes ...
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1answer
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Is there a weight gain formula for young children?

I am looking for a formula to help me work out the following: On average, how many calories would a 3 year old (weighing 11kg) have to consume daily to weigh 16kg by the time she is 4 years old? The ...
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Is my current lifestyle of biking, eating well, and spend lots of time at a computer.a healthy one?

I think I'm an healthy person. I eat vegetables and fruits everyday (or I try my best to). I also avoid eating meat whenever possible. I ride my bike more than 5 hours a week and I walk 15 minutes ...
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1answer
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Strength training: what to do when it becomes kind of easy, in order to keep improving

I've been training for several years, stopped for a while then started back but kept working out regularly (4-6 days a week) for the past 2 years. I lift heavy weight, do bodyweight training, skip ...
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2answers
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Difference between cutting calories and cardio (with regard to fat loss)?

Whenever someone says they are looking to lose weight or burn fat, the universal answer seems to be diet+cardio. I myself am guilty of always recommending people get on a cardio program in addition to ...
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Does lifting more than 5lbs really cause females to bulk?

I recently read an article about a guy who trains many models and actresses and he states that women shouldn't be lifting weights above 5 pounds, and not doing cardio such as spinning, because doing ...
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1answer
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Why do I get nauseous after working out, but ONLY in the afternoon or early evening?

I have been a regular exerciser for about 3 years now. I'm a 25 year old female weighing 121 lbs at 5'5" (just in case any of this will be pertinent). I typically like to run, bike, speed walk or use ...
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Useful exercises to increase agility/responsiveness for team sports

I have been doing team/ball sports as far as I can remember, even though I was never the star of the team. Consequently it's not very surprising that I did not end up training on pro or semi-pro ...
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Any solid reasoning behind the fitness regime: 1 set, as many reps as possible?

I recently signed up for a new gym closer to where I live. Together with the signup they were offering structuring a workout schedule with a personal trainer, which I gladly took. After talking about ...
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How much time does it take to reduce belly fat?

I read lot of questions on reducing belly fat in this forum. I am also suffering from large fat around my abdomen. i have started exercise (weight training + cardio) and leading with healthy food ...
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1answer
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What should I do to remove my belly fat?

I saw this question and it is exactly what I am asking. However, there is one issue with me I want to explain. I am only 137 pound. Kind of skinny for a 24 years old guy. But, its been 4-5 years ...
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1answer
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How to handle a break from StrongLifts?

I have to take a two week break from my Stronglifts program, and I won't have access to the gym or any weights. On the break I will be doing occasional body weight workouts, but for the most part I am ...
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1answer
312 views

How to find a weight lifting coach?

What's the best way to find a good coach for weight lifting in my area? The trainers in my gym seem to be very big & strong, but not experts in form, or at least not know (at all) how to teach ...
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2answers
870 views

How to lose waist fat?

I have been working out for 3 years and am in a good shape. My only problem is that I have extraordinary huge love handles and some belly fat that I can't seem to lose! I workout in the morning 3-5 ...

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