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Optimal exercises for an abdominal workout

In response to this answer, I was curious what exercises specifically target the abdominal muscles. Answers given so far include: Works abs directly: leg raises rollout Indirectly: squats My ...
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Are military presses any worse than any other exercise?

In a few different sites and blogs, there's a lot of mention of military presses being bad for the shoulder. Are they any worse than any other exercise? and if so, what would be an alternative method ...
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How can I make myself get enough sleep?

I hope this question is on-topic for this site. It seems to me that sleep is a pretty big ingredient in fitness. I pretty much never get enough sleep. It's not for lack of trying though. I just can't ...
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Should you work through soreness?

I started working out on Tuesday and today is my second workout. I did squats on Tuesday and today my legs are still so sore I have trouble going from standing to sitting, sitting to standing, and ...
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How to find your one repetition maximum?

Are these formulas close to every ones one rep max on varies exercises? and I would like to know how accurate this is for everyone and if you have anything better? Formulas to find your one rep max ...
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How to properly stretch your Iliotibial Band?

I've recently heard about having a tight Iliotibial Band and how its important to stretch it. However since I've been stretching it (gentle 30 second stretches, a variety of them in succession), it ...
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How do I remove and prevent calluses from weightlifting?

When I am lifting weights, I noticed that there are calluses that form at the base of the fingers. I am fine with them but sometimes the start to dry up and peel. Is there a way to remove them? ...
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Lots of phlegm while doing cardio workouts

I have a bit of an odd question, whenever I do cardio workouts that get my heart rate up and breathing hard I get phlegm buildup in my throat and my nose starts running. It's not a huge amount but ...
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How to prevent gym gloves stench?

After using my gloves for a while, they begin to stink. I don't try to launder them too much as it's wrecking them. I have had those for 2 years already, and they're still usable. I don't want to ...
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How do you break through a weightlifting plateau?

It seems like I have been stuck at a certain weight and reps for a while. What is the best way to break through this plateau? I have heard of supersets, negative sets and reverse pyramid. There ...
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What should be recorded in my workout journal

What kinds of information should be kept in my workout journal? Should it just be a matrix of stats (exercise name, weight, reps, and date) or is there other important information that should be ...
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What is proprioception?

I've been seeing this term pop up lately in like in this question about measuring balance, but I'm not familiar with what it means. There's a tag for it which has no wiki summary. What does this term ...
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Supplements taken with a healthy diet and exercise regimine

Starting a 3 day a week exercises routine and I am wondering what supplements I should be taking. If you have been following my posts you can see I have posted several time already today. I am really ...
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How to make a well balanced diet?

There is so much bogus information on "how" to eat that its overwhelming. So i have a couple questions. What would the perfect diet look like (not carrying about actual type of food just its make up)? ...
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How to measure balance?

Balance is important: studies have shown it helps prevent injury (for example, this study (in Spanish)), it's useful when transitioning to barefoot/minimalist running (see this or this) and ...
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Why do we ice after strenuous exercise?

Inflammation is an essential part of healing. From Wikipedia: It has been further theorized that the acute localized inflammatory responses to muscular contraction during exercise [...] are a ...
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How to lose fat and gain muscle at the same time?

Firstly, is losing fat and gaining muscle at the same time possible? If it is possible, what is the general nutrition and exercise plan to do it? Secondly, is losing fat and gaining muscle at the ...
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Full Muscle Mass Increase Work out [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is increasing resistance the only possibility to build more muscle mass? So, I'm 23 male, running 3km 1-2 times a week, and lifting weights 2-3 times a week. I'm 175cm ...
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What is the best way to break down a 60 minute gym workout?

I am just about to start a fitness/nutrition regimen but I am not sure exactly where to start. I will be able to do 5 days a week but thought it might be best to start with 3 days a week (Tuesday, ...
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How can I reduce bloating while taking creatine?

From a recommendation I grabbed a tub of Jack3d which is basically lemonaid with a ton of caffeine, but it also contains creatine. After drinking just one dose with 8oz water, I am bloated the next ...
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What is the best source of renewed energy on longer runs?

I like running longer runs (e.g. half marathons), but after 15-17 km I ofter need some sort of energizer apart from the water you get along the route. The question is then what exactly to take, as ...
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Should I eat before my run?

I have heard conflicting advice about whether to eat before running. Some have advised that it's better to do the cardio in a fasted state. This usually involves running in the morning without ...
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1answer
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Is kale's Vitamin K content a source of MK4?

I've seen some studies that indicate MK4, a chemical from certain types of Vitamin K, is capable of preventing and reducing bone fractures. I believe kale is the food with the most Vitamin K; ...
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How can I increase my pull-ups reps?

Do I do as many as possible to failure? Or do I stick to a weekly plan or multiple sets with low reps?
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What kind of workouts can I get on a bicycle?

I currently do running, but it just isn't that fun for me anymore, and I'd like to turn my enjoyment of biking into fitness routine. Do I need a certain style of bike to attain a more productive ...
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Are there any alternatives to deadlifts?

There are so many articles about the benefits of doing deadlifts for the back. But I am curious if there are alternatives to the deadlifts which still gives the same benefits?
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Why does standing for too long make knees sore?

I don't seem to get sore knees unless i stand still for extended periods of time. My knees are fine when I skateboard or do exercise though so it made me curious. EDIT: I skateboard for more than 4 ...
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What should I eat to recover from eating only `raw' fruits and vegetables for 6 months?

About 2 years ago I've been eating only fruit and vegetables for 6 months. After that I have chosen to return to regular, diverse food - meat and everything else included. Since I started to eat ...
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Are there stretches or exercises that promote knee strength and prevent injury?

I've started cycling some long rides lately, and am feeling some knee pain. I don't know exactly what's wrong; I'm getting minor complaints from all over my knees. See my last question for more ...
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1answer
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Are amount and location of knee pain good indicators of what is wrong?

I've started cycling some long rides lately, and am feeling knee pain. It doesn't seem serious, but it's insistent enough that I've mostly avoided riding for a few days. When I do cycle, I do so at ...
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1answer
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Is standing for long hours harmful to your knees and feet? [closed]

I've started using a make-shift standing desk at work since. Everyday, I am told by a random person that I'll cause long term injuries to my knees and/or feet by standing for several hours at a ...
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What is the correct posture to support my weight with my arms while biking?

When biking I find it natural to maintain my posture by keeping my arms straight and loading my weight on the handles. This has worked okay for me, until I need to get a hand off the handles to (e.g.) ...
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Are there any dumbbell exercises equivalent to the basic squat?

I'm considering buying a good set of dumbbell weights (pro tip: get them on craigslist) and a bench so that I can work out at home. However, I'm a big fan of the squat, but I don't want to have to ...
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How can I work on Olympic and Power Lifting without access to plates or an Olympic bar?

I am a novice Olympic and power lifter. I learned the lifts through CrossFit. I will soon start a new job, and will travel Monday through Thursday, mainly staying at hotels. The hotels will have ...
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Should I use safety squat bars?

My gym has a safety squat bar, like this one: So far, I've been sticking with the normal bar, but was wondering if there are reasons to should switch over. I'm not currently experiencing any pain ...
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Why is it dangerous to swing a weight?

I am aware that swinging weights does not optimally activate the targeted muscle, but I do not understand why everybody says you can get hurt swinging a weight. Athletes in other sports have been ...
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Calorie Counter from heart rate monitor Vs. Elliptical machine

I used an elliptical machine at high intensity (not crazy high) for around 20 – 25 minutes, the elliptical machine workout said that I burned 600 calories where as the heart rate monitor said that I ...
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What are good dumbbells or barbells for P90X?

I'm looking to buy a barbell/dumbbell set to start doing P90X again. I came across the Bowflex and the Powerblock adjustable sets, but they just seem so freaking expensive ($300 to start for each). ...
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1answer
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What can I do to reduce the soreness after an excercise?

I am a climber (currently doing mostly bouldering - short, powerful and very dynamic climbs) and I recently have issues with sore back muscles - I can barely move the next day after exercises and the ...
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What to do against side stitch?

Who am I I started running about two months ago. Before that I occasionally played football/soccer so one can say that I was out of shape but not to a very high degree. As a teenager though I played ...
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How to maximize mitochondrial biogenesis?

The question says it all: How can I increase the mitochondrial biogenesis? (The creation of new mitochondria) All sources I found say, that it is increased if there's enough demand. So what kind of ...
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How do I come to a stop while ice skating?

When I've gone ice skating, I've always just let friction eventually slow me down (or the wall). I don't want to do this anymore! What can I do to train myself to stop properly? What is the process ...
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What's the most effective way to improve cardio endurance?

How can I build/improve my cardio as quickly and efficiently as possible? I am not interested in weight loss or burning calories, just in allowing me to run for longer amounts of time without taking ...
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4answers
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The “science of fullness” diets?

I noticed at my local convenience store a nutrition bar I hadn't seen before -- FullBar. I was intrigued by the concepts of the "science of fullness", which is documented on their site: ...
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What are some flexible workout routines that don't require a change in diet to be effective?

I know there's plenty of similar questions, but none that answered what I have to ask exactly. Here's my situation. I'm a 23 year old male, about 6'0 ft. tall, and about 180 lbs. I have a gut, and ...
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771 views

Is increasing resistance the only possibility to build more muscle mass?

I've often read and heard that you can only build more muscle-mass (get stronger), if you continuously increase the resistance weights (e.g. here). But for me, it's the case that I'm often not able ...
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4answers
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Best timing and amount of protein intake for building mass

I'm 18 years old and started bodybuilding two years ago. To build muscle mass, I want to optimize my diet/nutrition. I know that 2g of protein per 1kg body mass would be a good choice and one doesn't ...
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1answer
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Are commonly-accepted health risks of steroids real?

I recently watched Bigger Stronger Faster, a documentary on steroid use, and was struck by their claim that commonly accepted health risks are not proven and seem to mostly be accepted because of ...
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Is there a biological reason for women to be weaker then men (in the same weight category)?

Are women weaker then men because of something biological, or cultural, or both? Men do have predispositions to be higher and heavier, but lets compare equal weight categories (a 70kg man against a ...
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Is casein protein in cow milk as good as casein powders?

Milk has an 80:20 casein:whey protein ratio according to Wikipedia. There are four different types of casein proteins, and collectively they make up around 80% of the protein in milk Can skim ...

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