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Recomposition vs weight loss

I understand recomposition to be about trading away fat for new muscle. How is it different than weight loss as a goal? Would it ever be recommended to focus on purely weight loss first, and then ...
3
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1answer
207 views

Will this workout help to reduce my weight?

I am a man weighing 81kg, 6ft 2inch, 25yrs and I've been going to the gym for the last two months. I don't have a gym trainer here (office gyms). My workouts are as follows: Day 1 Warm up: Running on ...
2
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2answers
354 views

Optimal set of barbell plates

Currently, I'm doing squats with 180kg and I'm afraid that my 25-mm barbell won't handle any more plates (it's rated as 100kg max :)). So I'm going to buy an olympic barbell and a set of plates, ...
5
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1answer
112 views

How do I train for a stair stepping competition?

I just subscribed to a up-run competition, the competition takes place on the staircase of a building. The building is 107 meters high, 25 stories, 500 or so staircases. I never been on this kind of ...
4
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4answers
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calisthenic exercise vs weight-lifting

Which is better? I am told that calisthenic exercise is much more better than weight-lifting. In the past I went to gym daily until 2 weeks ago when i am told that calisthenic exercise can actually ...
5
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1answer
317 views

Long overtraining - What is the solution and how much time is needed to recover?

A week ago, followed by 4-5 months of high intensive training I decided to take a break from the gym. I felt very disappointed and discouraged as I was training very hard and there were no gains, ...
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2answers
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Should cyclists use weight training to strengthen underutilized muscles?

I've read (and it seems intuitive) that cycling exercises some muscles more than others. Other than the obvious lack of an upper-body workout from cycling, are there specific muscles that tend to be ...
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0answers
154 views

Optimum amount of aerobic exercise to induce Angiogenesis for bodybuilding purposes?

So I have always noticed that my endurance-oriented friends have always been more vascular than me at similar bodyfat levels. I stumbled upon the term, Angiogenesis, in another post on this site so I ...
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Is walking 3 times for 10 minutes as effective as one time for 30 minutes? [duplicate]

My place of work gives two 10 minute breaks during the day. I would like to walk during them. It is recommended to be active for at least 30 minutes per day. If I walk 10 more minutes when I get ...
3
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1answer
128 views

How can you bicycle for some hours three times per week without losing weight?

I am slim enough and do not want to lose my weight but I do bicycling for some hours three times per week and cannot avoid it! How can I control my weight through doing this? I do some other sports ...
4
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1answer
219 views

What are the best exercises to have bigger/stronger arms but bold/firm hips and thighs?

I want to fix these problems(according to my own opinion) which are having narrow/very slim arms and soft hips and thighs. I do different sports and think these problems are limiting me in some of ...
5
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1answer
262 views

What is the best way to improve speed with the Total Immersion stroke?

I've found excellent results with endurance, per se, with the TI stroke, but as I've seen great gains there, my speed had remained relatively constant. What is best to focus on to turn on the jets ...
3
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1answer
192 views

What is the minimum effective dose of running that constitutes HIIT?

I've been doing Cooper runs (1.5 miles) as fast add I can 2-3 times per week, followed by an upper body workout (I know, friends don't let friends skip leg day). How can I determine whether that ...
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1answer
42 views

What specific health benefits do I receive by pursuing each of the triathlon disciplines separately?

That is, what do I gain from swimming that I don't from running, and from running that I don't from cycling, etc. Some of the answer is obvious, with different muscle groups, but I'm curious about ...
5
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2answers
175 views

In what way is the Arnold press different from a standard dumbbell press?

I mean effectually - I understand the functional difference. What different GAIN do I receive from Arnold presses?
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3answers
2k views

Is there a benefit to weightlifting without pushing yourself?

Sometimes when I'm at the gym, I am not motivated enough or I don't feel energetic enough to really push myself and force myself to really struggle with those last 2-3 reps in each set. Times like ...
4
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2answers
214 views

Program to gain both muscle and endurance

I hope it's pretty simple. What is the best program to both gain some muscle mass/strenght and gain endurance ? Would it better to alternate frequently (every 1-2 days) between cardio training and ...
4
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1answer
222 views

Proper sleeping time after tough workouts?

Everywhere it is written to "sleep well" to lose weight and build muscle. I wonder what is the "correct" number of sleep hours? For Cardio workouts? Weight lifting? If I'm doing a more intense ...
4
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2answers
1k views

Eating enough carbohydrates to build muscle

There is an issue I always surpressed my mind of: the necessary carbohydrates per day. One thing I learned a while ago is the importance of consuming at least 20 gram of protein per 3-4 hours in ...
4
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1answer
1k views

Stair climbing for an obese man

One of my friends is over 222 lb. He is a bit lazy to go to gym; so, I suggested he do stair climbing at home. He agreed to the idea at first but then told me it might be harmful given his weight. So ...
9
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2answers
204 views

Is there any scientific info about effects of air pollution during exercise?

In my city, some advocacy groups are raising awareness about the dangers of vehicle exhaust nearby parks and other places where people exercise. However, we couldn't get to "the heart" of the body of ...
10
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1answer
5k views

Drink beer after gym?

I know that it's better don't drink beer before gym. But after gym? Here they claim the following: Carbon dioxide in beer helps quench the thirst more quickly, while beer's carbohydrates ...
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1answer
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Not eating dinner, benefits and detriments?

Google turns up conflicting result for this and that's why I though it best to ask it here. I was told by a friend that not eating dinner will help in losing weight. But then someone else said that ...
7
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1answer
4k views

Bodybuilding - Myofibrillar and Sarcoplasmic hypertrophy - Building muscles

I'm training for two years, trying to develop muscles (for astethics, being big and not for strength training). I read that in order to do that I should work more on my sarcoplasmic hypertrophy. As ...
4
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1answer
505 views

BodyBuilding - Plateau and a new Workout Plan - Intermediate - Advanced

I have been traning my current session since December, that is about three months. If I consider my whole 3 years of traning sessions I would say this one to be the best. I learnt some new ideas ...
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2answers
2k views

How do I get back into exercise after illness

I used to train a few times a week, just cardio like running or cycling, so I was in decent shape. I then tried to cycle to work when my car broke down (about 8 miles of lanes). About half way I got ...
1
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1answer
707 views

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?
17
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1answer
495 views

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 ...
8
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1answer
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?
4
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2answers
185 views

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 ...
3
votes
1answer
661 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 ...
10
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1answer
2k views

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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1answer
222 views

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 ...
1
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1answer
3k views

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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0answers
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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2answers
93 views

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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6answers
76k views

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 ...
1
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1answer
913 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 ...
8
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2answers
3k views

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 ...
2
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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 ...
7
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3answers
22k views

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 ...
6
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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- ...
5
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2answers
533 views

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 ...
1
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2answers
1k views

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) ...
4
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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 ...
1
vote
1answer
552 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 ...
6
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3answers
4k views

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. ...
5
votes
1answer
640 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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vote
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 ...
7
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1answer
1k views

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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