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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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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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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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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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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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2answers
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
7k 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
6k views

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
608 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 ...
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2answers
802 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
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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
384 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 ...
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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 ...
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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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3answers
3k views

Doing squats with a medicine ball - Is it a good thing?

I've been told that squats would be a good way of building up muscles in my knees as they aren't great at the moment. I have been doing squats and either use no weights at all or I do them while ...
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1answer
713 views

Best way to quickly burn sugar [closed]

After you had an excess of sugar what is the best way to burn it to avoid accumulating it as fat?
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4answers
5k views

Knees are sore when running for the first 10 minutes but fine after?

I am training for a half marathon in October and have started my training two weeks ago. I used to run as part of my boxing training but gave it up 7 years ago as I broke my arm. I never ran far ...
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0answers
553 views

Drinking cold vs hot water [closed]

Since I started my new job about 1,5months ago, I've been conveniently located near the water cooler. This means, that I get plenty of water. Waaay more than 8 glasses per day. And now here's my ...
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1answer
65 views

Ankle Injury From Soccer

Recently I went down in my soccer game and I was told by the ER that I strained my upper superior ligament, or something of the sort. It's been a week and two days, and today was my first day even ...
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3answers
887 views

Can old running shoes be used as walking shoes?

Once I've made the decision to get new running, is it okay to use my old running shoes as walking shoes (to and from the workplace / around the neighbourhood) or is the only appropriate place for old ...
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2answers
1k views

Dumbbell / Free Weights Training Programme

I'm currently road running and swimming and I'd like to start strength training using free weights. I have access to a set of dumbbells and would like to make use of them, but searching for starter ...
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1answer
435 views

How can I keep my shoulders and wrists from dislocating when doing yoga?

I'm double-jointed in a lot of places, one of which is my shoulders. Every time I raise my arms straight over my head my shoulders dislocate. It's not really painful, just uncomfortable. It also makes ...
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3answers
690 views

Form Check on Squats: Elbow Tension

After performing squats I often feel elbow soreness (or perhaps extreme fatigue). I'd like to see if anyone can offer form corrections that might help reduce the strain, or if my form looks OK, then ...
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4answers
388 views

Strength training weightlifting workout routine

I'm looking for a workout routine between 4-6 days per week to get generally stronger. I've seen a bunch of questions here and webpages with routines, but the schedules seem all contrived. Is there ...
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1answer
373 views

Strained my neck and feeling pain

Last week, I was trying to do some exercise lifting weight up. Suddenly I got a strain in my neck. I can move my neck but feel pain when doing so. I didn't do any exercises after that day, and I'm ...
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1answer
756 views

What should I be concerened about healthwise with a fast metabolism?

I seem to have a very fast metabolism, ever since I was a teenager. For instance I easily consume 500 calories from non-diet sugar based soda a day and then may typically consumer anywhere from 1500 ...
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3answers
154 views

Can meal frequency have a significant impact on exercise?

I tend to eat one small meal/snack and one very large meal each day, as opposed to the typical breaskfast, lunch and dinner. I always feel that I eat enough and my body seems well suited to this ...
2
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2answers
137 views

Is my current diet good for strength building?

I'm looking to build strength. I'm not concerned with size or bigger muscles so much as strength. At the moment I eat a lot of meat and carbs. For most meals I tend to eat things like donor kebabs, ...
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1answer
231 views

What is crossfit?

I frequently hear the buzzword, "crossfit" from several of my coworkers. What is crossfit?. Is it a type of workout or philosophy? What does it loosely consist of? What are the goals of crossfit ...
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2answers
184 views

The chemical make-up of food: can non-fat be converted to fat?

If someone eats more calories than they burn, then they will put on weight, as I understand. Question 1: But what if a person eats a lot of calories but zero fat? Or zero saturated fats and trans ...
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3answers
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How much do the plates in Crossfit weigh?

I've been a long time bodybuilder, but never tried Crossfit. I watched some videos of Crossfit athletes use large plates of the same size as the 45 pound plates I find in bodybuilding gyms. I am ...
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3answers
772 views

How can I improve walking stamina without walking?

I'm signed up for a 26 mile sponsored walk in September 2012. I enjoy walking but don't have experience of walking for longer distances. I am planning on taking progressively longer walks. Is there ...
4
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1answer
121 views

What equipment is available to a layman for measuring blood values?

During the past year I've consumed a great deal of information about health and fitness. While some changes to diet and exercise will give visibible results on the outside, I am curious about what's ...
3
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3answers
517 views

Bear crawls - Correct motions

I'm doing bear crawls as part of my exercises, but I'm getting conflicting interpretations about how exactly they are done. Do you: Bend your knees as you crawl across the floor. Keep them straight, ...
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1answer
160 views

Interval Timing Indicators

I am looking for a way to get some indicator that X time has passed and have it keep repeating. For example, maybe an iPhone app that plays a particular sounds every X seconds where X can be ...
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1answer
85 views

Post workout - workout, is it really helping?

I have a 3-4 day a week weight workout plan, each day focuses on squats, bench press or deadlifts as the primary and some auxiliary exercises (overhead press, crunches, etc.). I've recently added ...
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1answer
136 views

joint problem during workout

I can heard a little snap in my shoulder every time I do a jumping jack. Can hear it sometimes when i do military press to. It's not hurting on the moment, but afterward I have a little soreness ...
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3answers
2k views

What can I eat first thing in the morning before a workout when I have no appetite?

When I get up in the morning I have no appetite for food until I've been up and mobile for at least a couple of hours. The problem is that when I go to do an hour workout in the morning I find myself ...

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