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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 ...
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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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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 ...
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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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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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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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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?
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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 ...
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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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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 ...
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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?
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483 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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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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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 ...
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934 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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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1answer
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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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1answer
421 views

Is aqua sprinting a good replacement for track sessions whilst injured?

Last year I slightly tore a ligament and damaged the cartiledge in my left knee. I have since recovered and began sprinting again but recently hurt the LCL in both knees during a training session. I ...
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1answer
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What is the most effective plan to get abs?

Studies: Show the "bicycle" was the most effective exercise. Shorter weighted ab exercises are greater than longer repetitive ab workouts. Need to know: Is it helpful that a certain percent of ...
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2answers
706 views

Working out when tired

How do you get yourself out of the trap wherein you start using tiredness as a reason (not an excuse) to skip your workouts ? I do feel great after a workout and usually use this as motivation but is ...
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My knee is clicking when I do squats - should I worry?

I remember that I have always, even back in primary school, avoided anything similar to squats as my knees would do an audible 'click' every time I got low enough. It's not painful, or even ...
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Bowflex and similar systems versus free weights

I've been using a cheap set of cement weights to do benches and curls. This has been working well in concert with trips to the gym every few days to do other exercises. I've maxed out the barbell ...
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291 views

Leg-press for women

Is it true that taking too much of weight on the leg-press machine can affect a woman's body.If so what could be an alternative to the same ?
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1answer
71 views

Is juice as healthy as the veggies it comes from? [closed]

My little girl hates eating veggies, but loves the juice (like 100% carrot juice, “Superfood”, or V8). She is only 9, and I was the same way until I was around 20. So is there anything wrong with ...
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1answer
155 views

What is a safe juice or liquid fast?

For Lent I am doing a juice/liquid fast from sun up, to sun down. I can eat one meal at sun set, and snack before bed. The thing is I was told I could “brake” my metabolism so that after my fast I ...
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3answers
231 views

Training on the border of overtraining

Whenever I feel I have overtrain I rest, say for 3-5 days, and when I start training again I regress in perfermonance, and have to start builduing up again. It is as if I have been stuck in the same ...
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1answer
131 views

Does juicing make fiber digestible? [closed]

I was just talking with a nutritionist who told me that when you mechanically blend a fruit you make the fiber become more digestible to your body Hence you lose a little bit of the benefit ...
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5answers
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How do I overcome this muscle / knee pain?

I'm a 24 year old software engineer that basically sits at a desk all day. Obviously, this isn't a healthy lifestyle, so I decided to start running in order to get in shape. I'm not an athlete by any ...
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2answers
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What's the “optimal” macronutrient split and daily caloric intake to increase lean body weight while reducing fat?

In the past few months, I've managed to trim down to about 11% bodyfat but unfortunately not without sacrificing a several pounds of muscle in the process. I'd like to regain and build beyond that ...
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1answer
1k views

Women's fitness plan for weight (muscle?) gain

I searched on the internet for some women fitness plans for my girlfriend, a but lot of them are to lose weight. But she is slim, and I wanted some training for weight gain, and to strengthen her ...
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3answers
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How can I stop sweaty hands?

Sweaty hands are plaguing my rock climbing and pull up exercises, as well as being annoying at other times. I've read a few (unsourced) ideas that nutrition can be a big factor in sweaty hands. Can I ...
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283 views

Fat and protein breakdown

I know that after depletion of glycogen body starts to use fat for fuel. If I continue working an hour or more in this state, does my body start to use proteins for energy after a while? I have some ...
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1answer
6k views

What are the pros and cons of these 3 types of dumbbells?

I'm about to buy a set of dumbbells. I am choosing between Spinlock dumbbells: Rubberized Hex Dumbbells: or Cap Barbell Dumbbells. I can't tell if there are advantages or disadvantages to ...
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3answers
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Eating before sleeping vs not eating after exercising

I'm currently only able to exercise right before heading to sleep. I'm a bit short on my protein intake, and I've been thinking about mixing in some protein supplements in the smoothies I'm making ...
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1answer
86 views

Does fat negate protein?

I'm mainly concerned about my diet as it relates to strength building. I'm not concerned about other factors because I have a fast metabolism and don't seem to gain weight and am active enough that ...
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4answers
603 views

How can I avoid building a lot of muscle while gaining strength

As I start towards exercising to gain strength, I want to avoid gaining a lot of muscle. I don't know how accurate it is, but I have heard that muscle size is not related to strength, i.e. the more ...
2
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2answers
800 views

How to follow up TRX suspension training workout?

I'm in a TRX suspension class at my gym three days a week that lasts for only 25 min, although they work us pretty hard. I don't really feel like lifting weights after I finish. I usually have the ...
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1answer
622 views

When should I drink protein powder, in the morning or at night, before meal or after meal?

How can I maximize its utility? When should I drink protein powder, in the morning or at night, before meal or after meal?
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2answers
3k views

Want to try keto diet but have no money

I'm wondering if it's at all possible to try a keto diet with not too much money. For various reasons, I don't have the money to keep to a good diet. Usually, my diet consists of pasta, rice, and ...
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1answer
383 views

How to self learn Zumba dance?

I live in India and I don't think Zumba is spread up in our culture and we have other form of classical and contemporary Indian dance which are very famous. -First of all I am interested to ask this ...
3
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1answer
376 views

Building and gaining muscle while losing weight

While I have started running, I have also been trying to loose weight. My issue being that I am 18st and running on the pavement for 3 miles isn't good for my knee! I have been controlling my diet. I ...
5
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1answer
168 views

How does a muscle grow step-by-step?

I am trying to understand how a muscle such as the bicep grows step-by-step. For example (but not limited to): How nutrients line up? Which are essentials? What exactly do they do? It's hard to ...
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2answers
138 views

Calling out for help from all quarters for a near-magical transformation [closed]

I am a wannabe fitness freak... Right now I am an overweight, almost obese, completely lazy, low self esteemed low-life with a dream of "magically" transforming myself into a fitness fanatic. ...

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