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Wide grip pull-ups vs “normal” pull-ups

What is the purpose why people do wide grip pull ups? I know that these pull-ups are harder, but I would like to know why. Are there different muscle groups being stressed? Or is a wide grip pull-up ...
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What exercises would make up the minimum, complete, general fitness workout?

What exercises would be in a complete, but minimalist, general fitness workout? This would include strength, conditioning, and mobility. I am looking for the quickest workout using the fewest, ...
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Stretching/posture/exercise for separating vertebrae in spine?

what is the best exercise/stretching/posture that will separate the vertebrae of the spine? I want to do this because I read that separating the vertebrae will allow the compressed intervertebral ...
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Effects of wearing gloves

I just purchased a pull up bar and a set of dumbbells. From what I've read there are people who wear gloves at the gym and some don't. What are the effects and reasons of wearing gloves? Are there ...
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How can I correctly log the calorie burn of circuit routines?

I use both Fitocracy and The Daily Burn to track my exercise. I find that one limitation both of them have is that, when I do something like a bodyweight circuit routine, I'm able to record the ...
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1answer
465 views

Is there a significant difference between standing lunges and walking lunges?

I get the feeling that walking lunges are better for balance, but other than that - especially in terms of muscles used and caloric burn - are there any significant differences?
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Wool socks are absorbent, but do they smell like the classic wet-wool smell when wet?

I'm thinking of buying some wool socks. I hear they'll help keep my feet cool and dry by absorbing sweat while I bike. That's fine: sweat normally doesn't smell right away. I don't own any wool socks ...
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General advice for continuing my weight training effectively

I've been going to the gym 5 days per week rarely missing a day for the last 4 months now, with the aim to put on as much muscle mass as possible. Until about 3 weeks ago I have been able to increase ...
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1answer
671 views

Sleeplessness after exercise

Sometimes after intense exercise, I will become very sleepy and require a nap. Sometimes, exercise doesn't affect my sleep at all. And sometimes, I won't be able to sleep at night. I have a very ...
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training for 200m freestyle swim race

I have 6 months to train for a swimming race (200m freestyle in a 50m outdoor pool). My level at the moment is beginner/intermediate, with fairly good technique. Should I focus on training longer ...
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2answers
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How can I keep my feet cool and dry?

I'm a bicycle commuter in Toronto, Canada. My feet sweat more than most. In the spring, summer, and fall, I wear closed-toe sandals. But in the winter, I don't, and my feet become overheated and ...
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1answer
200 views

Why are strength programs made the way they are - much of the same, regular intervals, same program for a long time

The strength training programs I have seen typically have: Few exercises Many sets of each Do the same program for a few months then change - Usually for example on kind of pull-down replaced with a ...
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251 views

Weights before or after cardio session?

I am a 21 year old male weighting 99kg. I already have my diet managed, but it is a more weight loss orientated diet currently (I understand about needing to eat more to gain muscle etc.) I am ...
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2answers
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Changing Starting strength to lose Fat

Is it possible to alter Starting strength to lose weight ? Basically I have three questions : In the existing program how can a person lose weight ? There are many success stories available on the ...
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3answers
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Why does the suprailliac skinfold body fat method depend on age?

Skinfold measurement charts like the Accumeasure one shown below for suprailliac measurement have the same caliper measurement representing different body fat %s in different age groups. Maybe other ...
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should I use of energy/electrolyte drinks if I feel fatigue, exhausted and dried throat during exercise

I workout in gym daily morning for 1 hour with high intensity. But after 30 minutes, I start to feel very exhausted, fatigue and dried throat. Because of that, I couldn't push myself for much. e.g. If ...
10
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2answers
226 views

Recommended timing for Tabata sprints to supplement olympic lifts

I'm using one of the Texas Method variants. I want to add tabata sprints to my weekly workout. The question is, when? My choices are: Monday. I'm already doing 5x5 at 80% of squats, bench, power ...
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3answers
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To lose a lot of fat mass, should I lift weights, do cardio, or both?

I'm 6'0 and 272 lbs. I'm 43 and have always been a big guy i.e in 1st grade I was over 100 lbs. already. According to my fancy scale, it says I have 30% body fat so my goal is to lose 80lbs starting ...
5
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1answer
165 views

Training Methods for Climbing a Suspended Rope

I have been participating in Spartan Race for 2 years running. During each of those races there was an obstacle where I had to climb a suspended rope. Both times I was unable to complete the challenge ...
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2answers
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Is recovery time required to increase muscle after gym workouts

While reading this post How does muscle build up when we exercise?. I read there that recovery time (rest before your next workout) is important to increase muscle. Now there are 2 questions I want to ...
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What is a good time to row 10,000m on a Concept C2 rowing machine?

Just starting to get back into exercising after a 3 year absence (and letting myself go a bit). I recently started rowing as it is quite intense and involves the full body. I'd just like to know what ...
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5answers
281k views

effect of masturbation on gym workout to gain muscle

For years I'm listening from everyone that we have to stop masturbation and also limit sex as it let down process of gaining muscle. Also everyone in gym suggests me to completely stop masturbation. ...
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3answers
6k views

Will grip strength automatically increase with deadlift?

I've been deadlifting now for 7 workouts, increasing nicely, but for the first time today I could feel my grip starting to give way. With another 5kg being added next workout, I fear my grip is going ...
4
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2answers
731 views

Strength training for health tips for an endomorph?

I am about to embark on a strength training program, most likely Starting Strength possibly blended with aspects of Strong Lifts. I am a 32yr old male who is out of shape (weak and terrible cardio) ...
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1answer
4k views

Whats the optimal height for a pull up bar?

I was looking at some door frame pull up bars yesterday. Now I was standing in my door frame and tried to imagine at which height the bar would be and it seemed a bit low (although I am a bit smaller ...
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2answers
3k views

I haven't worked out in years, how should I go about starting?

As the title says, I haven't worked out in quite some time. I am 23 and I would really like to get into shape, put on SOME muscle. I am 5'9" and weigh about 130 - 140 pounds, so I'm pretty tiny. I ...
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1answer
1k views

What is the scientific explanation for beginning weightlifters' ability to gain muscle and lose fat simultaneously?

I'm sure you have heard this a million times in bodybuilding articles and forums: Only beginner weightlifters can gain muscle and lose fat at the same time. For intermediate and advanced ...
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4answers
263 views

How to optimize effort?

Say I run 5 times a week, 2 hard sessions and 3 easy sessions are usually considered better than 5 sessions at the same level. What would be the best approach to estimate how optimal my effort is ...
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3answers
4k views

Standing Desk is giving me neck and upper back pain

I've had a geekdesk (height adjustable desk) for several months, and I've really liked it. My back feels great. I'm not tired. My legs have adjusted to standing a lot. Recently, my neck and upper ...
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4answers
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If I wear my Fitbit One on a treadmill or elliptical, should I log the activity as well?

The FitBit Activity Tracker (on the website, Android application, and I would presume the iPhone application as well) lets you log various activities so you can track and share them with your friends. ...
2
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1answer
51 views

Recovering from rolled ankle

I very recently rolled my ankle playing basketball. It is nothing serious, but in the wake of the injury my ankle has definitely been hurting when I walk. What steps can I take to ensure a proper and ...
4
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2answers
7k views

Does one exercise per body part work?

Does one exercise per body part work? I met a guy at the gym who does only one exercise per body part and he is huge and very ripped. He has been working out for long time though. He is also purely ...
4
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1answer
929 views

Weighted Ruck Marches / Hiking for Aerobic Exercise

I've grown incredibly bored with your more traditional cardio exercises: running, swimming, cycling, elliptical, et cetera. I'm traditionally a weight lifter, but the aerobic side is suffering due ...
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3answers
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Running first thing in the morning

I am currently training for a marathon. Due to a change in my schedule starting Dec 1, mornings will be the only time I can run. I heard that it takes about an hour for the body to absorb water, so ...
9
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2answers
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Why does the Bill Starr Rehab protocol work, if it does?

From here and other places around the internet, the Bill Starr rehab protocol for muscle-belly injuries is described like this: Wait 3-4 days until the pain starts to “blur”, which indicates ...
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2answers
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Symmetrical body workouts to compensate for imbalance

The problem with my body is that I'm so right handed so that my left upper body almost look wasted. My MAC (Mid Arm Circumference) on my left side is 30 while my MAC on my right side is 36. It's the ...
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2answers
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What foods will help reduce my weight? [closed]

I am really obese. I am 5'7" weighing around 93 kg. I should be around 65 kg ideally, i.e I am 28 kg overweight which I want to lose. I have always been fat since my childhood so losing the weight e ...
5
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2answers
229 views

Importance of flexibility

First, some context: I'm a 32 years old developer who spends most of the day sit, go to swimming classes once a week, and does weightlifting (at home) whenever it finds time, now moving from ...
6
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1answer
277 views

Straight arm tricep kickbacks. How straight should my arm be?

I just can't seem to get my arm dead straight with any weight. I can get it 95% straight with about 15lbs, but there comes a point where my shoulder starts lifting instead and my tricep is just not ...
10
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4answers
411 views

How do I get my legs higher for a kong?

I can do a kong over something about the size of a picnic table, however I notice that on anything longer, my legs start to fall, and I have to bring my feet down. However many traceurs can get ...
11
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1answer
201 views

What exercises produce longer, higher running jumps?

I want a higher and longer jump. What exercises should I use to jump further and higher? I'm specifically talking about jumping from a running start. I am only interested in bodyweight exercises for ...
5
votes
1answer
7k views

Can I work my arms every other day?

As I understand it arms recover quite quickly (24 hours or less). Arms are, without a doubt, my weakest point. I've been blessed with good leg genetics but my arms are completely out of proportion in ...
6
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3answers
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How many sets and reps should I do as a beginner?

About a year ago, I asked a question looking for a list of beginner dumbbell exercises. A user suggested this helpful website, which I promptly bookmarked. Having procrastinated for the past 10 months ...
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0answers
101 views

Are there any recommended exercises to help manage a torn rotator cuff? [closed]

With a torn rotator cuff that isn't quite bad enough to warrant surgery but still painful enough that my mother can't do much with that arm, are there any recommended exercises to at least keep arm ...
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2answers
1k views

What work/rest timings should I use for my HIIT workouts?

I've heard a lot about the benefits of HIIT training over cardio at a constant level so I want to incorporate some into my training. What timings of work to rest should I use? I read about the ...
5
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1answer
1k views

Finger/Hand strength exercises for spin bowling in cricket?

I am in the process of transitioning from being a medium pace summer cricket bowler to being a spin bowler in indoor cricket. In particular I'm playing around with some 'caroom ball' style variations. ...
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2answers
698 views

Exercises to recover from mild pain around the 3rd lumbar vertebrae?

I am sitting a lot in the front of the computer, sometimes in not the very best position, mostly seated at the desk but also at home with the laptop not sited on the chair. Sometimes I have a mild ...
4
votes
1answer
329 views

Fitness assessments

I would like to do all kind of fitness related assessments that are not to difficult/costly. They should produce reports that can be understood by similar professionals. Ideally it should be ...
6
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2answers
341 views

Exercise for shoulders strength with no special equipment

I'm traveling to a long period and neither able to attend a gym on a regular basis, nor to have equipment like dumbbells. I'm keen to do full-body workouts, but still can't find an exercise for ...
3
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2answers
427 views

Exercise scientific understanding of this leg exercise program

This is a follow up question to this one: Substitute for squats and squat jumps that put less stress on knees I have found this leg exercise program which tries to minimize knee strain ...

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