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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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4answers
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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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2answers
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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 ...
2
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1answer
518 views

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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2answers
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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 ...
0
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1answer
1k views

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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3answers
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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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379 views

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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1answer
1k views

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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2answers
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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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6answers
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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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1answer
855 views

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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2answers
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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 ...
10
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1answer
6k views

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 ...
7
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1answer
6k views

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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2answers
1k views

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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3answers
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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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2answers
390 views

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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3answers
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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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2answers
2k views

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 ...
4
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2answers
1k views

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) + ...
2
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5answers
11k views

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 ...
5
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3answers
647 views

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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2answers
5k views

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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1answer
1k views

What are the benefits of incline while on a treadmill?

I've always wondered why treadmills have inclines. It seems to me that, on a pure physics level, you shouldn't be expending any more energy, since you're not actually doing any lifting. Of course, ...
3
votes
1answer
472 views

What is a good exercise to prepare for skiing?

I know that first time and/or slightly-out-of-shape skiiers have a tendency to be extremely sore after their first day on the slopes. What is a good exercise my wife and I can do to prepare for our ...
7
votes
1answer
228 views

Are protein and fiber obtained from “shakes” used by the body as effectively as if they were obtained from unprocessed foods?

Recently I've been frequently consuming protein/nutrition shakes. Sometimes I make them myself using whey protein powder or a mix. Sometimes I buy them from cafe's such as Starbucks' protein/fiber ...
5
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3answers
2k views

Running, muscle soreness, what to do ?

I've started running a again a few weeks ago, the first three weeks I kept to a strict 30 minutes (5 km) run. I run 3 times a week. Now after 3 weeks I upped from 30 to 40 minutes, which seemed ok, ...
6
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1answer
12k views

transitioning into and out of ketosis

About eight years ago, I lost a significant amount of weight using Dr Atkins' ketogenic diet; unfortunately, I gradually let my food intake slide afterwards. I since gained some weight back, but I'm ...
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3answers
231 views

Should I apply pain relieving gel after workout?

Can I apply pain relieving gel after muscular workout? I would feel much better using such gel and maybe faster to get to comfortable enough to have workout again, but I am wondering if there are ...
7
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5answers
17k views

Should I be running with aching legs?

I'm currently training for a marathon with a training program consisting of 5-6 workouts for week. It's also varied workouts including pilates, football (read: soccer) and a weights session. During ...
4
votes
1answer
281 views

How magical is Grapefruit Juice?

I heard a lot of benefits to drinking grapefruit juice on a daily basis - from enhancing caffeine to magically eating away fat....does anyone have any hard evidence/studies supporting any of this?
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votes
3answers
17k views

The impact of Diet Cola on a low carb diet

I want to lose weight. I have signed up to DailyBurn to keep track of my weight with weekly weigh ins. I was confused over the different diets available (Atkins and Paleo were top runners up), so ...
3
votes
2answers
2k views

Can you do 5X5 program if your gym only has a smith machine and weights?

My gym has a smith machine and weights besides lot of machines. I am wondering if one can do the 5x5 program effectively with just the smith machine. I get the bench press and incline for your chest, ...
4
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5answers
7k views

Running shoes vs barefoot: which is better for squat and dead lift?

This answer mentions that you shouldn't do squat exercises in running shoes. Why is that? I don't feel like performing squats and dead lifts with running shoes are creating any issues for me, but ...
9
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5answers
12k views

How many days in a week should I work out?

I'm self-employed, which means I can arrange my time however I want, therefore I can hit the gym every day in a week. I also do have the energy to do so. But, I've heard it's not a good idea. Why so? ...
5
votes
3answers
8k views

How good/bad an idea is it to work out twice a day?

Let's imagine you're not limited by time/work, therefore you can work out twice a day, for example once in the morning and once in the evening (big time gap between those two work outs). Is this a ...
5
votes
1answer
330 views

Pulled a muscle - How to heal and relieve pain

I pulled a muscle in my neck and upperback. What is the best way to heal and relieve the pain? The advice on the web is not clear. Some people say apply heat, some say cold, and some say alternate ...
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4answers
3k views

What's the minimum amount of strength training that will yield a measurable benefit?

I'm not an athlete – I just want to be healthy and fit with decent muscular strength. What's the minimum amount of strength training that will yield a measurable benefit? For instance, sitting ...
8
votes
2answers
11k views

How to prevent calf cramps while swimming?

I haven't swum in a very long time, although I used to be able to swim with the crawl stroke pretty well as a kid. Now after a couple decades of not using that stroke my body has forgotten how. My ...
6
votes
4answers
5k views

What are the best methods to prevent and treat foot blisters?

I play a lot of 5-a-side football/soccer on concrete, although I used to get the same issues when playing on wooden court as well. I've tried plastering my feet in bandaids, double layer socks, and ...
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vote
2answers
141 views

What kind of training accessories must one have to protect themselves at gym?

I am looking at some must haves that every guy must have on him to protect his wrist, knees, etc any other that may be useful for stretching. I need some guidance as I go to the gym regularly and do ...
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5answers
9k views

Dangerous to use barbell squat without padding?

Are you supposed to use foam padding on the bar when doing barbell squats? The answer seems inconsistent even from the same professional bodybuilder. I've seen Arnold Schwarzenegger sometimes go bare ...
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vote
1answer
501 views

How many estimated percentage of my weight that I lift while doing elevated push ups

Question No. 1: How many estimated percentage of my weight that I lift while doing elevated push ups with my feet on my unstable bed about 60cm from the floor (so I also keep my balance work here) ? ...
4
votes
1answer
118 views

Why is it important to recuperate between workouts?

After intensive workouts muscle soreness is a common phenomenon. I heard, that it is important to recuperate before working out again. However, I had the following experience: During a two week bike ...
7
votes
2answers
876 views

What is the key to avoid injury when squatting with your body weight?

After seeing the suggestions about sport/exercise which are less stressful, or even good for my knees, I chose squatting. From the suggestions, it can be done with minimal space and equipment at my ...
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vote
3answers
950 views

How do we know if we eat too little or not?

I have read that sometimes we feel hungry even when our bodies have enough food. I am trying to lose weight by eating a smaller portion of food each meal. Sometimes I feel hungry but I don't know ...
10
votes
2answers
482 views

Theory to burn Calories with muscle

Once I had a physical education teacher at the University tell me that he is experimenting with a theory. The theory is that muscle burns calories and that as muscle mass increases, the amount of ...
3
votes
3answers
1k views

back ache while jogging.

I recently started jogging slowly and I get a little back ache after jogging for 2 Km which stops me from jogging further. It is normal when i stop jogging. I am overweight by about 12-13 Kg. What I'd ...
3
votes
4answers
2k views

Sport that is less stressful to knees?

I have bad knees and wish to do more exercise to lose weight. Running and jogging is bad. Do you have other recommendation? I don't have a bike and my home just have no place for a bike. And I can't ...

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