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110 views

Apart from size, what properties make for a good exercise ball?

I wish to use an exercise ball as a chair. I have done this previously with several different brands of exercise ball, and it has worked for me in the past. I noticed that some balls were far comfier ...
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1answer
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Is protein powder recommended for older people after workouts?

This might be an odd question. My mom does walking exercises and aerobic videos and some very light weights (5lb). She knows that I make protein shakes (with spinach, berries, flax seed) after my ...
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Strength Training Suggestions for Long Distance Running

I'm a long distance runner (marathons and longer) and I'm beginning to incorporate strength training into my routine now that I'm in a bit of an off season for my races. My time for training is ...
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170 views

Avoiding Tendinopathy (suggested rest interval to prevent chronic pain)

tl;dr - Starting to feel slight tendon pain. How long should I rest before it's OK to hit the gym hard again. Background: I recently decided to end my winter hibernation and got back into rock ...
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1answer
119 views

What kind of workout regimen can get me back in it?

When I was in college, I used to pretty good at keeping up a decent workout schedule (three days a week during normal times, at least one day a week during extremely stressful exam weeks). My ...
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7answers
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Can I be serious about getting into great shape if I have an office job?

I'm a web developer. I spend 5 days a week, 8-10 hours per day in front of my PC in a chair. I want to get in insanely good shape. I don't mean I want to be a little stronger than the average person, ...
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I am hitting walls with my lifts, how can I progress?

I've been working out at the gym for a fair few years now (around 6). Started by just going with a friend doing random weights. Then progressed to muscle groups. For the last 6 months I have been ...
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206 views

Drinking pure olive oil [closed]

I want to gain weight and I'm thinking about drinking large amounts of olive oil to get more calories in my body. Is there an issue with drinking 100ml (~800 calories) at once?
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Building strength with Spondylosis (L5-S1 degeneration) [closed]

I realize this is a complex medical issue, but I've been frustrated with my lack of progress. About two years ago I was finally struggling enough with my back pain (difficulty standing for long ...
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2answers
137 views

Supplementing my weekly routine for increased muscle endurance

I'm currently following a full body program that is helping me build muscle at a satisfactory rate. However a friend convinced me to join him and try the "300" workout, which is a circuit program with ...
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Out of shape and in need of help [duplicate]

I am a gamer, and I used to be 150lb's and my weight has increased to about 215lb's. What sort of exercise routine and diet should I try to set up to lose weight and become a bit more healthy? keep in ...
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Ankle exercises with bosu ball

Years ago I tripped in a hole and got a 3rd degree ankle sprain. One of the exercises the physiotherapist told me was to use a bosu ball and do circles with while standing with both feet on it. I ...
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1answer
668 views

Prevent Injuries At Home Gym on Carpet

I have started some exercise programs at home such as P90X and Insanity. However, I have found that working out on my carpet has proven to be difficult in a number of ways. For example, when jumping ...
3
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1answer
86 views

Adjusting volume and intensity on non “zoned-in” days

we all have encountered those days when we aren't zoned in at the gym, but what do you find to be the "best"(if there is truly a best way) to handle your volume and intensity on those days? I am ...
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1answer
741 views

How to improve symmetry in both strength and size

I have noticed lately that I lack symmetry in my arms (biceps and triceps, not forearms). This lack of symmetry also follows through to the strength and endurance in the weaker arm. With my dominant ...
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384 views

Should I do more reps or take more rest?

Many programs that I've come across (e.g. 100 push up challenge, 7 weeks to 50 pull-ups, etc.) prescribe a minimum rest time between sets and mention that you can take longer breaks if necessary, but ...
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0answers
162 views

Does uncooked oatmeal get less absorbed by the body? [closed]

When I properly prepare my oatmeal, that is by boiling and cooking it for roughly a minute, it really burdens my body to consume it. I feel fatigued an hour after eating it and my stomach feels heavy. ...
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0answers
1k views

Pain in forearm while doing bicep curls [closed]

When i'm doing curl or bicep exercise (more when my palm face the ceiling) I feel pain in my forearm between my wrist and my elbow. The pain is situated on the side of the ulna. The pain seems to ...
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4answers
456 views

How can I measure my fitness at home without any instruments? [closed]

I need to measure my fitness, so I wanted to know the following things: What items should be considered when determining if a person is completely fit. What tests are available to calculate the ...
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1answer
1k views

Tight triceps: should I rest or continue swimming?

For the past 3 days, I have been swimming very hard. Now, my triceps muscles have started to feel the pain. Rather than calling it pain, I would say, they are tightened up. Should I continue ...
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Proper running form - landing on balls of feet?

I've had trouble with shin splints, my IT band, and extremely sore ankles / knees before from long runs before. In order to try preventing this, I've switched landing on my heel while running to ...
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1answer
231 views

How do typical San Francisco marathon times compare to flat courses?

The San Francisco marathon has substantial elevation changes (over 800 feet total). How does this effect the typical times it takes runner to complete this course as compared to perfectly flat ...
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2answers
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What does each weight plate weigh in standard gym equipment?

At the gym, some of the equipment doesn't have the weight listed on the individual weight plates, just numbers. For example, the "Hoist Fitness Systems CL2403 seated leg press" just has numbers for ...
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2answers
394 views

Can I train for 'mass' on some parts of my body, and 'strength' for others?

Is it possible to perform strength training on certain muscle groups and training for mass gain on others? For example, I don't want big legs, but I of course want much stronger legs. Can I do ...
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2answers
561 views

Isometric deadlifts instead of barbell deadlifts

Would an isometric deadlift be a good substitute for a normal, barbell deadlift? I know that's difficult to engage as many muscles in the same way as barbell deadlifts. (I read Are there any ...
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3answers
367 views

Creating a swimming workout schedule

I'm looking to create myself a good swimming workout schedule and need some advice. What is the best schedule to get optimum results? How often should one have rest days? I'm currently looking at ...
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2answers
172 views

How to cope stretching with weightlifting in order to improve posture

I have some minor postural problems, Kyphosis a Lordosis, I do not experience any pain from it, it is very minor, but gives a slouch look. I've read that some stretching exercises may help to ...
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2answers
181 views

How much carbs the day before a marathon?

I'm running my first marathon on Sunday. I read on the internet that you should eat 4 grams of carbs per pound the day before the race. At 185 pounds, I would have to eat 740 grams of carbs! Does ...
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1answer
3k views

Why does consuming 30 g of protein within 30 minutes after waking helps to lose weight?

Tim Ferris writes in his books "The four hour body" and "The four hour chef" about using this 30/30 rule to burn fat. All I have found about the "Why?" is that after fasting for seven to eight hours ...
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1answer
871 views

Performance standards for curls and other small muscle exercises

The Weightlifting Performance Standards by Dr Kilgore are quite motivating, giving targets to aim for and a sense of accomplishment when a level is reached. I appreciate that these charts are based ...
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2answers
274 views

Building a custom upper body routine

My doctor has instructed me to stop doing all leg exercises, and as such I know have to revise my workout routine. I am considering building a custom A/B split upper-body routine and doing my ...
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1answer
386 views

Calorie Deficit to BMI ratio - how fast can I lose weight without losing muscle

27 year old male - 5ft 11in 7 Months ago i had a BMI of 40+ (21.5 stone). After sticking to a 1000-1500 daily calorie intake (Counting & weighing everything) i have dropped to a BMI of 33.6 ...
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1answer
268 views

What is the exercise called that works your and inner thighs while on your back?

I do this a lot when I'm watching TV. I lie on my back sometimes with my hands behind my head or to my side. I put both of my feet straight up together in the air (perpendicular to my body, I look ...
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2answers
2k views

Making a training plan for medieval swordsmen / reenactment

Some of my friends are into history reenactment and historical fencing. Doing this is quite demanding in terms of fitness, so I wanted to help them develop a training plan to follow. What would be ...
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5answers
13k views

What is the best iOS App for tracking Starting Strength progress? [closed]

What is the best iOS application for recording and tracking progress in Starting Strength? I need an app that tells me which lifts I am supposed to do on which day. It must also allow me to input my ...
3
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3answers
416 views

Am I exercising all my muscles?

I mainly perform following exercises: running (1-3 miles), push-ups, pull-ups, squats, sit-ups, calves raises, planks, legs raising, and bridges. I vary them a little. For example, one day I do ...
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8answers
75k views

My legs still ache 3-4 days after legs day

I have been working out for ~6 months and have worked my legs once per week throughout this time, on their own day. My legs, especially my quads, ache to the point of finding it hard to walk, ...
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2answers
361 views

Is it effective to do 2 sets for size and 2 sets for strength?

I've read a lot about size gains vs strength gains, where the difference is substantial and where size is certainly not linear to strength. Strength appears to come from low reps with very heavy ...
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5answers
11k views

Why does cardio/aerobic exercise lead to muscle loss?

Recently, I've been reading a lot about how cardio reduces muscle mass and strength. The following is an excerpt from crossfit.com that seems to sum up what I've been reading: Aerobic training ...
3
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1answer
555 views

Does weight loss and exercise make back pain go away?

When I was younger I could play the guitar all day without back pain (muscular). I stoped playing and exercising for many years, this with associated weight gain. Now I wanted to play the same guitar ...
4
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1answer
2k views

What to do after the R4FL training program?

I am currently following the R4FL training program for running. It trains me to run up to about 60 minutes, but the last two weeks are mostly intervals, sprints and Fartlek runs. where: ...
4
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2answers
2k views

Is it worth getting measured for running shoes?

I started jogging a few years ago, it's mostly been a hobby till now, I'm running the silverstone half marathon at the beginning of march. I've only ever spent around £30 on trainers for running, ...
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1answer
682 views

Does losing weight impede endurance training (Specifically cycling but also in general)?

This is somewhat related to the losing weight/gaining muscle question found here, but I would like to find out if there are any studies or knowledge of weight loss impeding the physiological ...
3
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2answers
154 views

Improve diet to improve bone/joint structure?

Weight: 80kg / 176 pounds Height: ~192cm / 6 foot 4 Age: 19 I am trying to improve my bone/joint structure and am worried that due to an insufficient diet, it's an uphill jog. I am asking for advice ...
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3answers
2k views

Will frequent training on a boxing bag have the same inhibiting effects for mass gaining as lots of running?

I love using a boxing bag. Before I got serious about hitting the gym and putting on size, I used my bag up to two times per day for 30-60 minutes each session. I was very strong even without lifting ...
6
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2answers
406 views

How dangerous are steroids (injections)?

What are the dangers of steroids (injection/shots) and how can I convince someone to stop using it? I'm having a hard time at the moment, I try to convince my best friend. Please help.
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3answers
330 views

Ways to motivate employers for exercise time?

We have more than 700 personnel in our human resources department that sit several hours per day. When we alert them for exercise twenty percent stand up for this. We worry about this and are ...
2
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6answers
7k views

Does fat actually “harden” or is there something else going on?

I read about subcutaneous and visceral fat and I understand it's the latter that is hard (and therefore cannot really be perceived by a person by touching and feeling around on the skin I assume). ...
6
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2answers
14k views

Is it good to use a steam room after working out?

I have a habit of using a steam room (moist heat) after I work out at the gym. I do this weekly. Is this helpful for recovery? Should I use the steam room immediately after my workouts, or should I ...
2
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3answers
2k views

Is my mass gainer supplement ideal?

Let me describe myself: I have been weightlifting since I graduated (2010). Before graduation I weighed close to 120lbs, now I weigh (on a good day) 163lbs (I'm 5' 11"). I have plenty of definition ...

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