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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How to Practice Pull-ups without Equipment

I want to work up to doing more pull-ups, but have access to only a very minimal gym (i.e., without a pull-up bar), and then no gym after that, for a month. What are the best ways to work the muscles ...
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What are the best ways to deal with headphone cords while exercising?

I'm looking to buy a new set of headphones; I don't care much about audio quality, so I use the same pair of headphones for running and normal use, and prefer the kind of earbuds that slip over the ...
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Doing splits for fat people

I am 1.78 metres tall, weighs 125 kg(last I checked) and had a gut size of 46'. Is it possible at all for me to do the splits, and if yes, are there any good methods/advices for me on how to do the ...
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How to recognize a Runner's Knee?

I started my exercise routine back up in June and recently started getting into walking/running around my neighborhood on my off days from lifting weights. Last week I pushed myself a little harder ...
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Is it unhealthy to eat jacket potatoes everyday? [closed]

I have recently started the gym and have been going bout 3-4 times a week mostly focusing on cardio. I'm trying to eat more healthy and i'm quite picky with food, so I tend to have sandwhiches with ...
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Why do I get chapped lips while being on a low-carb diet?

Whenever I'm doing a low-carb diet or even if I just reduce the carb portion of my daily calorie intake, my lips start to dry out. After one or two days they really get chapped and crusty. Lip balm ...
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Visualization techniques for pullups?

Visualization can be an important part of doing an exercise right. I recently came upon a bit of advice on another website and I could immediately feel an improvement in my form (despite having done ...
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How to get started with exercising without any previous experience?

I have never exercised except in grade school when I played volley ball. I am not fat 5'8 and 140 lbs, but I have no muscle tone at all, I am completely flabby. To make things worse I have no cardio ...
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Drinking freshly squeezed lemon juice in warm water first thing in the morning

I've read this in a detoxifying book, its suppose to help the liver. Then I've seen maybe one or two women celebrities saying they stick with this regime. They also stick with drinking fresh fruit ...
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Do protein supplements have any side-effects?

I need some help in taking the decision to use the supplement. I am trying to build my body but couldn't get a better result even after 6 months of continuous training, when asked my fellow trainer he ...
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How should I do push up to get better chest?

I was told push-ups are good for the chest. I tried some and don't quite feel it in my chest, the force is on my hands. How should I do it to focus on the chest?
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Pain in upper chest and upper back, what can i do?

Firstly, the exercises I normally do are running or sports such as soccer etc. For probably the last 6-12 months, I've been having discomfort in my upper chest. Lately, it feels like it's getting ...
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How should I be exercising during the Ramadan?

With the start of Ramadan, I will be fasting for approximately 12 hours a day (no food or water). Is there any weight loss benefits to running towards the end of the day? My thoughts being that my ...
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How to train up to 50 pull-ups?

My target is to do 50 pullups (without coming down in between them of course). Is it more beneficial (faster for me to hit my target) by doing 1-shot as much as I can or is it more beneficial to ...
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Where should our legs be when we do pull-ups or chin-ups?

I often see people doing pull-ups / chin-ups with knees bent such that their legs are "hanging" behind. Shouldn't the legs be straight down, perpendicular to the ground? Where should our legs be ...
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Is coffee good or bad for your health? [closed]

I am a programmer. I like coffee as it keeps me awake, I usually drink 4 small cups a day. I want to know if it is dangerous for your health? Or in which quantity it should be taken?
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How to improve pull-up rep count

Flat out I can do maybe 1 pull up. What can I do to improve my pull-up rep count other than "doing more pull-ups"? What muscle groups are used for pull-ups?
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Is Saturated Fat really as bad for you as people believe? [closed]

So many people say Saturated Fats is bad for you and you shouldn't eat too much fatty meats or dairy because they lead to high cholesterol. Everyone just takes this as fact without asking for proof. ...
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Protein: Mixing with hot liquids

Is it safe to mix protein powders with hot liquids like coffee? I did this once a while back and it turned into a rubbery blob that sat on top of the coffee. I tried to look it up but there wasnt much ...
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Protein mix - How long can it sit?

How long will a protein mix last before it isn't any good? Should I always mix it as soon as I want to drink it or can I pre mix a few bottles then store them in the fridge? I'm talking about using ...
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Workout Split - what's a good 4 day split routine

I'm looking to do a workout split (to see what the impact to my results are) with the focus on strength gain. I have the split as follows: Day 1 - Legs/Abs - Squats, Lunges (and their variations) + ...
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Why does my collarbone hurt while jogging?

I'm a newbie when it comes to running. I usually run for about 2-3 miles 3x a week for the past 6 months. If I've skipped too many workouts (i.e. haven't ran in a month), I experience pain in my ...
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Improve my bouldering performance on a budget

I've just started indoor bouldering and it's an enormous amount of fun! But I'm really struggling to get going. I can just-just finish the easiest routes (and not even all of them) and then I'm ...
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Increasing explosive power in clap push-ups?

How do you increase explosive power in your clap push-ups? The goal isn't to do more of them or to build larger chest / arm muscles, but to launch oneself higher off the ground.

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