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Leg exercises that complement squats?

I believe in balancing the amount of exercise that I give to each muscle group, but recently it occurred to me that my leg muscles might be imbalanced. More than anything, squats are the number one ...
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1answer
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What role does sugar and blood sugar levels play on diet?

My understanding on diet and what foods I should be eating to maintain a low body fat percentage is very amateur. All this time I have just been looking at the calories in the nutritional facts label ...
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384 views

What type or amount of weight training is beneficial for a beginning swimmer?

I started swimming regularly about a month ago, and I can currently swim freestyle less than 75m before I have to stop and recover for a short time. I have a simple goal of being able to cover 500m ...
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Is there a recommended running technique if you're overweight?

I started running about 3 weeks ago (3 x a week) in an effort to get in better shape and lose weight. I have noticed my stamina improving but my joints still hurt (knees & ankles) after I run. I ...
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3answers
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Is something with 100 calories but 24g of sugar okay to eat when on a diet?

I bought these watermelon flavored ices from the supermarket because they have 100 calories per cup and 0g of fat and saturated fat. But they do have 24g of sugar. Will eating these be against my ...
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How many extra calories do I burn when running with a jogging stroller?

I'm curious how to figure out how much extra work I'm doing pushing a jogging stroller while running? I have a 20 lb baby sitting in an otherwise empty Bob Evolution stroller.
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131 views

National Nutrition Database [closed]

Does anyone know if there is a comprehensive, public and up-to-date database containing nutritional information for food products (both general and brand-specific)?
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1k views

Inflated abs when my abs are relaxed?

I'm good athlete, I don't know if I'm really a good athlete, but at least I try. I swim, run, play soccer, and I do a regular workout in gym. I'm almost defined, not muscular, but every zone is tonic. ...
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1answer
408 views

Arm workout similar to P4P's ab series?

I've been doing the 8 min ab exercises from passion4profession, and would like to do something similar for my arms. The exercises in the video are all done without any equipment, they work their way ...
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2answers
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Is there any benefit to doing supersets over taking the traditional one-exercise-at-a-time approach

Do Supersets make it any easier for you to go through with your workout ? And since you train different body parts when doing a superset is the intermediate rest period accounted for at least ...
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2answers
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How do I build my obliques?

I've tried for a couple of months now and I just can't seem to build on my obliques.. I have minimal trouble getting and keeping my 6 pack, but I just can't get those darn obliques. It looks really ...
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Is there anyway to project the rate of weight loss based on diet alone?

Given that the weight gain was based on diet and exercise, but there is no change in exercise -- is there any way to project the rate of weight loss based on diet alone? Meaning the level of ...
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Wobble chair or exercise ball for prolonged sitting at the office desk?

What are the advantages and disadvantages of wobble chair over exercise ball used as alternative (supplementary) chair for prolonged sitting at the office desk? (Tip: with exercise ball you will get ...
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2answers
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Get thinner thighs

I want to lose weight from my thighs and legs, but i have no time at all for exercising. How can I achieve that using nutrition only? is it possible? I read this article, is this diet efficient, or ...
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1answer
121 views

When following a fitness program, and missing a few days due to sickness, what's the best course of action?

I've been doing the Insanity Beachbody series of workouts, and, near the end of week three, had to take a 5 day downtime due to a severe flu. I spent most of the 5 days in bed, and got little ...
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2answers
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Stronglifts 5x5: an effective program?

I was recently looking through the Stronglifts 5x5 workout, and I was wondering about its effectiveness. The program has some lofty claims (most do), has a ton of anecdotal evidence supporting it, and ...
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1k views

Optimum heart rate for fat loss

I'm trying to figure out what the optimum heart rate should be for cardio exercise to burn fat. According to this website apparently between 60% and 70% is best for fat burning. Is this true?
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4answers
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Will a boxing bag as my primary workout be okay for my cardio and weight loss?

I am 20 years old and don't have much room or time for much equipment or a gym membership. When I was in highschool about 10kg ago I had my 6 pack everything but since working I've put on that 10kg ...
2
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4answers
534 views

Fat loss, I am stalling at 200lbs

A few bullets on my life and weight history: I weighed as much as about 265 pounds after college. Over the past few years, I have been between 220 and 240 bouncing around. Within the last 6 months I ...
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1answer
57 views

Functional trainer - is it worth to be one? [closed]

My wife has chosen to be a functional trainer and is studying at the moment to have such a career. I my country (Ukraine) that kind of training is not a trendy profession. I doubt that she will be ...
3
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1answer
85 views

How do you know how much effort to do and for how long?

When stretching and flexing muscles, How much should I push my muscles and for how long before I take a few seconds break? I usualy push as far as I can, and for as much as time as I can, and only if ...
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2answers
504 views

Free materials and books about good posture / spinal cord anatomy

What are the best free materials to start studying about good posture and spinal cord anatomy ? The overall muscle and tissue physiology books will also do. Background: I'm doing different exercises ...
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0answers
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Is it better to avoid sunscreen if I know i'm not going to get burned? [closed]

If I'm going out in the shade/sun for an hour, is it better to not wear any protection? Related, is the sun in small amounts / small intensities good for the skin? In other words, is a little ...
2
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2answers
554 views

How to determine the highest quality fish oil? [closed]

I've read many, many articles recently about how great fish oil is for you. Awesome. I'm in. The hard part - which fish oil should I take? There are so many of them. What attributes make a ...
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4answers
2k views

Gymming without supplements

I have been working out for about 2 and half years. Though I have seen improvements in my body, it seems to have plateaued for a long time. I work in the IT industry and my work schedule is not ...
0
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3answers
161 views

Where can I try minimalist running shoes? [closed]

What actual physical stores carry them? Is there anywhere online that I could buy then return without problems if they didn't fit my foot? I have heard Zappos is good about it.
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2answers
1k views

Should I consume BCAA pills to stay alert or not?

I think the title may be a bit misleading, so let me explain. I have been using a pre and post workout drink for the past 6 months or so with great result. I had been using BCAA before that, but the ...
5
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1answer
384 views

When I workout, do my guts grow, too?

There could be two reasons: 1. Testosterone release As far as I understand, when one works out, it provokes a testosterone release that promotes the repair of microtears in the muscles involved in ...
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2answers
330 views

How can you recover from a very terrible metabolism damage from the past?

I'll start this question with a small story so you all know how to answer this question right. When I was a kid I was extremely picky, I refused to eat alot of things for very vague reasons, such as ...
7
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1answer
1k views

What is empirically considered “dangerous low caloric intake” these days?

I've lost a fair amount of weight over the past few years. During this experience, I've always kept anorexia/bulimia in the back of my mind to avoid falling into any dangerous habits. That being ...
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2answers
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What exercise routine can I do at home to get a sixpack?

I am interested in gaining more definition in my stomach and chest area. I suppose I would like to work towards having a well defined sixpack, although that is not as important to me as gaining some ...
2
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2answers
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Which protein shake I should take as a beginner?

I have been going to the gym for the last four months, previously I went three times a wekk but right now I am going 1/2 of the days in a week. But I am not gaining muscle but I can lift more weight ...
3
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1answer
2k views

Should I take days off from working out - regardless of what my workout schedule is?

I'm currently working out where I alternate between cardio and weightlifting, and on my weightlifting days I alternate the body parts I target. Doing this I work out everyday, the idea being since ...
3
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5answers
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Warming up calf muscles for general work out session

I'm at the gym 2-3 times per week and run a standard set of machines (full body work out) to stay healthy and (hopefully) tune my body a bit. One of the machines for training the legs always causes ...
5
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1answer
205 views

Workout Intensity vs. duration

I came across an article that said 'If you don't finish your workout in around an hour it's probably not that intense'. How far is this true ? (Workout here refers to just the strength training ...
4
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3answers
38k views

Is it ok to mix a protein powder shake many hours before consuming it?

As the questions says, I was wondering as I want to prepare a whey shake (with milk) and take it with me to drink later. Does it lose effectiveness and it is important to drink it right after mixing ...
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2answers
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How does muscle size relate to strength?

I've heard it often that the size of muscles, for example biceps, is not related to how strong someone is. Is this true? See for example this image of Gu Yanli who won the strongest man championship ...
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0answers
178 views

Almost Olympic bar — collars don't fit

I obtained an almost Olympic sized bar -- all my plates fit on but none of my collars do (I have the spring kind). Where or how can I get collars to fit it?
3
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2answers
755 views

How often can I perform high intensity interval training per day?

I am currently beginning with HIIT and so can't take to its full intensity. I was wondering can ( rather, should ) I do it multiple times in a day, say 2 to 3 (perhaps even more) times in a day or ...
2
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1answer
115 views

What workout should I do if I want to prepare my condition?

During weekends I'm doing a lot of sports, e.g. snowshoeing in the winter and biking and hiking during summer. I personally think, my condition is slightly above average, but the problem is, I now ...
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4answers
1k views

What alternatives should a novice use when they're not flexible enough to do regular deadlifts?

A friend is starting to work out with me. Normally we would deadlift, squat, and do upper-body pushes and pulls. However, my friend seems to lack the requisite flexibility for a full range of motion ...
2
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1answer
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What is the difference between 'Burning Fat' and 'Burning Calories'?

What is the difference between 'Burning Fat' and 'Burning Calories'? I feel I am over-weighted. To reduce my weight, how to know whether I need to burn calories or fat?
2
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2answers
485 views

Should milk be completely avoided during weight-loss work-outs?

Milk has a considerable amount of fat. So while in a weight-loss regiment, should milk be avoided completely?
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vote
2answers
213 views

Question about calories, protein and energy?

If calories are a measure of energy, and protein contains more calories per gram than carbohydrates then how does Atkins work? What is the difference between the energy provided by the 'carbs' and the ...
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2answers
209 views

Beating hunger and managing calories

After I work out (6-7pm), I eat a post workout meal which will largely consist of low GI carbs (like wholewheat pasta or sweet potato), veg (onions, peppers, tomatoes and spinach usually) and a ...
0
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2answers
941 views

Looking for alternatives to Nike Free for general fitness - not specifically running

I have a pair of Five Fingers, so this is not an alternative to that. I'm wondering if there are shoes out there for general fitness (including lifting) similar to Nike Free. I really wanted them, but ...
4
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3answers
978 views

When should I exercise to compensate for excess calories?

If I know that I am going to have a big night of eating and or drinking, but don't want to gain any weight, am I best counteracting the excess calories by exercising earlier in the same day, or is ...
7
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2answers
208 views

When do I dispose my running shoes?

How many kilometers does a typical running shoes last? What signs do I look for to see if is time to replace them?
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1answer
231 views

Will calcium supplements affect my strength gain?

I've just started taking calcium supplements, 1 tablet each day with each tablet containing 650mg of calcium. This is to try and negate the effects soda can have on on making it hard for bones to ...
3
votes
1answer
1k views

Full body workouts and rest periods

I've recently gone from working out at home to working out at the gym. I weigh about 145lbs and I'm 6ft, so I'm aiming to pack on another 10-14lbs before the end of the year. Currently I do a full ...

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