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What are good books on muscle building heavily based on science?

Please suggest few books on the topic of muscle building, that are heavily backed by scientific research. I prefer them to be light on concrete training programs, but heavy on facts and research ...
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Is engaging your core really about posture?

I hear the phrase engage your core all the time, and honestly, I've never really understood what people saying it are trying to get me to do, and the answers to the question How to 'engage your core'? ...
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Stronglifts 5x5 Deadlifts: Am I supposed to increase weight with only 1x5 each time?

I was looking at this program and it seems that deadlifting only 1 set of 5 repetitions each working day is too little to achieve the goal of adding weight each time. Or have I misunderstood it?
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How to warm up for sprinting

I have never sprinted before, so I have never done any warm ups or know of proper form for sprinting. I am asking for advice as I want to minimise the possibility of injury.
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Will building up running reduce knee pain

I've been working on strength/cardio for 4 months now and I'm getting pretty fit. Due to a bad hand injury I was avoiding running and instead used the stationary bike and eliptical for cardio. The ...
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Bench press grip width?

I have a long reach and was wondering what the optimal position is for my grip during bench press. From finger-tip to fingertip I measure 6'6". I currently bench with my ring finger lined up on the ...
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How to prevent back pain after a long day of standing

I'm heading to a concert at the end of this week and my back is usually in pretty bad pain at the end of a concert day. What are some tips I can use to avoid/prevent back pain when I know I'm going to ...
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How does calorie burn affect appetite?

What's the relationship of calories burned (e.g. through exercise) and appetite level? Let's say there are two hypothetical situations: A) Over the course of one day my body burns 2300 calories but ...
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General regime to increase running stamina and avoid aggravating back injury

Some time ago I injured my lower back, I believe at the time the physiotherapist I saw referred to it as a "l4/l5 disc bulge" and also seems to have caused a bit of sciatica. The injury slowly ...
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How do I keep my body warm between intermittent workouts?

Every year, I participate in a martial arts tournament that takes place in an air-conditioned grand ballroom of a hotel. The way the tournament works is that people are split into several divisions ...
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Suggestions for bedroom exercises

At night I do sit-ups and push-ups. It started as something to knock me out, if I needed to sleep but wasn't tired, a few of each would tire me out. As time passes I am able to do more before I get ...
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Walking vs. Running Shoes

Everyday, I walk at a minimum 4-5 miles (because I don't drive). With this much walking, I feel there is a significant potential to injure my legs if I don't use proper support. Since my current ...
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Could someone explain this psoas stretch?

Without an image to accompany it, I don't really know how to perform this psoas stretch Stand up straight, and move one foot about 10 inches behind the other. Bend both your front and back knees, ...
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I thought saturated fat was bad, workoutmaster.com says otherwise?

In one of there podcasts they said to stay away from olive oil which has a lot of poly and mono saturates and have saturated fats in its place? Please can someone explain because it's gone against ...
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Pain in fingers when playing golf

I play golf from time to time and I've found recently that I get some pain in my fingers. I'm right handed and the pain normally starts in the joints in the fingers of my left hand and eventually ...
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What can I do to rehabilitate my knee pain from running?

I have been running a lot for 2 months, about 42 mins per session, 5 days per week. Recently, I have been feeling pain in my left knee sometimes. I probably should stop running now. Any advices ...
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Pulsometer that can export pulse vs time information

I want to train high intensity interval in running and would like to buy a pulsometer that can export later pulse recording to the computer (preferably in mac os x), do you know any?
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The value of strength training vs. the time/effort it takes

I've been working out with a mixture of strength training and cardiovascular exercise (and some stretching), and wanted to better assess to what degree the strength training is worth the time and ...
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Books for learning about strength training and nutrition?

The topic of strength training and nutrition (with respect to fitness) is undeniably complex. As a result of the topic's complexity, there have been many bad books and resources produced over the ...
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Any way to help muscles grow during rest, besides food (protein etc.)?

Since muscles grow when they are resting, has anyone got any tips, supplements or anything at all that will help my muscles grow more effectively during resting period?
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Why do I have sore achy Muscles for Days?

A few years ago I joined a gym to lose weight. As a result I lost 1 and a half stones, but it is now coming back to haunt me! Now I want to get back into shape all over physically. Before using ...
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Tightness in tendon - what can I do to fix it?

I have been running for about two years now, on and off, and recently I have had a mild - but annoying - pain behind my right knee. I went to an orthopedist, who gave me a cortizone shot, but told me ...
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Obtaining protein from alternative non-meat sources for bodybuilding

I have allergies towards egg whites and meat. I cannot eat chicken, beef, or pork. Others meats though like quail, fish are fine. What products can I substitute for eggs and meat? I would like to get ...
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Will push ups, pull ups, sit ups and interval training get me ripped?

I hardly have any time at all, so I'm considering doing push ups, pull ups, sit ups and interval training every Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning. Then once I can do a certain amount of each I will ...
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Is vigorous drumming an effective exercise?

From the "any exercise is better than no exercise" perspective, I'd imagine that playing drums at high tempo would be considered effective - it certainly can work up a sweat and obviously must burn ...
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Will doing this workout make me ripped?

Please rate and tell me if im doing something wrong or not efficient. I have a full time job and a child so my time is VERY limited. I also have next to no money to buy weights or gym membership. I ...
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What exercises can I do to equalize differences in upper-body strength?

I've been struggling with bench recently and have discovered that if my spotter supports the right side of the bar, I'm able to complete the set with considerably greater ease than if I did it on my ...
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How should I track workouts on a magnetic exercise bike?

I recently bought a magnetic exercise bike to try and get extra training in around the family (normally do mountain biking using android app and mapmyride.com). I am a bit confused as to how I can ...
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Best way to breathe for long-distance running

What is the best way to breathe while running long-distance? One can breathe in through the nose only, the mouth only, or both nose and mouth. The same applies to breathing out. Are there studies ...
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Max Heart Rate for HIIT with weights

I've started doing HIIT with weights and with that have done lots of reading and research. One thing I've read of course is with HIIT you need to increase intensity. When lifting weights should I be ...
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Is it possible to gain weight while training for marathon

I'm training 4 days a week to gain weight; some mass. But i'm also running 3 days a week to prepare for a marathon. Will I be able to gain some weight while running. I eat a lot of calories, carbs ...
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Mixed versus overhand grip on deadlifts?

Whenever I see instructional videos on standard deadlifts, the lifter is using either mixed grip or overhand grip; however they never go on to differentiate why they are using that particular grip or ...
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Would a Bulgarian Bag help my conditioning or long-distance running?

I am looking at different types of conditioning to boost my long-distance running speed and I've heard about the Bulgarian Bag which aims to increase cardiovascular and muscular endurance while also ...
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Should I “feel the burn” during a workout?

I am aware of the other question on feeling the burn, but that question seems to be about feeling the burn after a workout. My question is, should I feel the burn during the workout. At the moment ...
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different muscle fiber types relation to size/strength

The accepted theory (I think) is that quick-twich (white) muscle is responsible for sprinting and weight lifting and slow-switch (red) muscle is for endurance. We know that too much endurance ...
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Is this “Cardiac diet” a healthy way to lose weight?

I read that this diet is potentially dangerous and I wanted some feedback before I continue. I read that it is dangerous due to the super low calorie intake and the types of foods involved; basically ...
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How to do deadlifts with dumbbells?

I dont have access to a barbell, yet i still want to try and do deadlifts, so i was wondering if anybody knows how to explain to me the proper technique, or maybe even refer me to an article or video ...
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Best stretching and strengthening exercise for Gluteal muscle

When I play games (3-4 hours) like Cricket or Basketball, my Gluteal muscles ache a lot. I've heard that swimming can help them stretch, but I can't swim (though I plan to learn) What other exercises ...
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Can the proteins in Whey protein contribute to nasal allergies?

I think I've worked out when my allergies got a lot worse.. its when I started going to the gym which was also when I started taking whey protein. Has anyone experienced a correlation and or know of ...
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Will weight exercises help mitigate wrist pain? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is working out a healthy alternative to combat RSI (Repetitive Stress Injuries) Long hours in front of my laptop have weakened my hands and wrists and caused me to have ...
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Are squats with dumbbells as effective as squats with barbells?

I was wondering, if I were to use the same amount of weight with dumbbells as I would with a barbell while doing a squat, will I get the same benefits as I would using a barbell? Now I understand ...
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How do I get over my fear of sport after experiencing (witnessing) an injury?

I am a college student. I was playing football until a few months ago. When I was playing football my body was fit and fine. Also I had good stamina. One day I saw a football accident clip on the ...
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How does calcium help protein to be absorbed

This answer about calcium supplements and strength-building mentions calcium helping the body to absorb protein, a claim I have also heard several times before. Can anyone offer a deeper explanation ...
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Is my current strength building workout good to start off with?

So I'm about 6 feet tall (183 cm) and weigh about 180lbs (75kgs). I'm looking to get a more toned stomach and gain more strength in my arms. I don't want huge muscles, I just want to get to a more ...
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Does adding an extra set constitute as progressive overload?

I understand that in order to get results out of a workout one must invoke progress overload into the workout. One way of doing this is to have less rest time, and another way is to increase the ...
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How do I start a diet? [duplicate]

I want to lose weight. I have noticed that I gained more than 20 kilos in the last 2 years. I want really to lose these as soon as possible. What is your advice? Please note I don't like running and ...
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How do I know how much running in football is safe for me?

Football can require quite a lot of running. Sometimes after exceptionally intense moments I find myself briefly unable to satiate the need for breathing, at which point I wonder if I’m doing ...
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Does a calorie deficit affect how my body fights a cold?

I've been maintaining a 500-1000 calorie deficit for a while but I've recently caught a cold. I naturally feel like crap and want to recover ASAP. I'm wondering if suspending the diet will help me ...
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How many liters of water a day [for teenager] keep the doctor away? [closed]

Just curious... Some people say 8 glasses of water but some say that is too much and can result in overhydration. How many liters of water should a 16-years-old teenager (boy) drink a day?
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how to choose a gym membership for weight loss?

What are the factors to consider while choosing a gym membership? I want to reduce my weight by 20Kg in 3 months and so need a gym. I have never been to a gym in my life and would like to know what ...

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