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Should one generally avoid machines in favor of free weights?

From what I have been told, machines are not recommended for strength training, because they isolate muscles and thereby exclude the smaller stabilizing muscles from developing together with the major ...
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Could juggling heavy balls hurt the body?

I'm thinking about juggling heavy balls as part of my workout routine. Could the frequent impacts of juggling balls up to 1 kg every other day hurt my muscels or tendons? Assume that I'm of average ...
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Bicep curls, forearm down

What does doing bicep curls with forearms facing down achieve? It seems that forearms facing up (standard way most people do them) exercise the "outer" bicep, while forearms facing down exercises an ...
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Working out while slightly ill

I'm a novice weight lifter, currently going to the gym 3 times/week for an hour each time. I recently came down with a head cold. I know that if I go to the gym I won't be able to hit my usual max ...
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800-Calorie Diet

I am looking for an 800-calorie diet which is suitable for somebody who is allergic to eggs and milk. I am able to consume soya drink (or "soya milk", as some people refer to it), but am unable to ...
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Just starting, having problems with knees/ankles

I'm just starting a workout program at 25 years old really for the first time. I have a bit of a routine going, involving the treadmill, arm and leg presses etc, and the stationary bike. My ...
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813 views

What are the best types of cardio exercise for someone with bad knees?

I'm looking for some good types of cardio exercises that are good for someone with knee problems, especially knees that have patella dislocation problems. I've tried the elliptical machine and found ...
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Knee Dysfunction- Baker's Cyst- How can I help myself?

I will spare everyone the gory details, but I went to my sports medicine doc yesterday and an ultrasound showed a Baker's Cyst had formed at the back of my left knee. My two options were physical ...
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Heart Rate (bpm) vs Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR) ?

This question has to do with the relationship between your BMR and resting heart rate (bpm). If you are training daily, aerobic and anabolic, and after a span of time you see a decrease in your bpm ...
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What are some free weight exercises to isolate hamstrings?

We have tons of squat variations to work the quadriceps and glutes, but I've never seen a free weight exercise to really work the hamstrings. It seems like hamstring isolation is only possible on a ...
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Alternating exercise to get faster fitness gains

In roughly 12 weeks I am going on an alpine mountaineering holiday with friends. I'm sure that the fitter I am the more I will enjoy it. I've started doing the couch to 5k program to improve my ...
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What did I do to my knee, and how should I recover?

First, let me make it clear that this doesn't feel like bad pain. It feels more like an overtraining/overuse type pain. If this were bad pain I'd be going straight to a doctor or physical therapist. ...
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Recovering from trochanteric (hip) bursitis

Last week I started noticing some pain building in my right hip after my morning runs, culminating on last Wednesday when I could barely walk without severe pain in the afternoon. I took a few days of ...
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How accurate is the Navy Body Fat Calculator?

I've been using the Navy Body Fat Calculation method for about two months in conjunction with an exercise regimen. It's done it's job as far as telling me that I'm loosing body fat and gaining lean ...
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382 views

How to get rid of cellulite?

What types of workouts or other things need to be done in order get rid of cellulite?
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5answers
713 views

How to create a workout plan?

How do you create your workout plan? How do you know when to increase your reps or stay the same? Do you use spreadsheets or other tools? How do you keep track of your progress? Since I'm a bit of a ...
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7answers
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How can I gain a lot of weight in one month? [duplicate]

I want to gain around 10 kg in one month, is this possible? If so, what would be the healthiest way of doing so? I'm 23 years old and weigh 56 kg with a height of ~6 ft.
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Why do I get cramps all the time?

Fairly often, I get cramps that are really painful. I've noticed that there seem to be 2 different varieties of these cramps. Random Foot Cramps - these are just cramps that I get in either of my ...
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How serious are the dangers to rapid weight loss?

I started getting serious about weight loss recently and have reduced my calorie intake somewhat significantly. I've been doing this for about 6 weeks now and the results have been very satisfying. ...
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plastic foil to lose belly fat faster

I have seen people in the gym wrapping their lower belly in plastic foil. They claim it burns the fat in that area faster. I wonder if this is actually contributing to a faster loss of belly fat, and ...
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794 views

Are Body proportions Charts Realistic?

What do you guys think of this Ideal Body Proportions Chart. It tells me what I have always thought and that is my upper body needs to get bigger. But it also says that my legs are too big by .75 ...
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958 views

Recommend exercises to replace swimming

As it heads towards winter and our swimming pool becomes unbearably cold, what is a good daily exercise I can do to replace my daily swimming? The aim is something low impact, works out most of the ...
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2answers
658 views

Why are push-ups and sit-ups so common?

Growing up in many school activities we were made to do sit-ups and push-ups. In Navy Cadets we did pushups and situps whenever we exercised. I have also seen it included in many general fitness ...
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1answer
690 views

Can hyperglycemia make one thin?

I'm interested if hyperglycemia can be associated with a person being thin. If the pancreas produce less insulin then need it, is possible that the reason for a person not getting fat even if it's ...
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102 views

Is it better to start exercising with a program/dvd or running/walking/etc?

I want to start exercising but not sure the right approach. I don't want to over do it by doing too much at first since I don't already have a routine. Would it be better to start off with a dvd ...
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1answer
244 views

Fat burning supplements and their efficacy

I understand that the general consensus is that one should rather rely on exercise/training and proper nutrition to lose fat. However, I'm wondering what else can be used to accelerate this process. ...
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1answer
113 views

Transitioning to a vegetarian lifestyle

I'm starting to transition from all red meat to fish and chicken only, and would like to move to no chicken. However, I often feel very tired and lethargic. What foods should I start eating as a ...
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My wrists and fore-arms hurt, what should I do?

I weight lifts daily and also do parkour and I tend to have problems with my wrists and forearms (edit: specifically it's my right wrist and my left forearm. my left wrist is completely OK and my ...
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Do protein shakes push you out of ketosis?

I'm on a ketogenic diet and have stopped taking protein shakes (excepting post-workout protein powder with water) because I've heard that it may cause an insulin spike. Is it true that protein powder ...
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3answers
366 views

How to incorporate cardio in to a barbell routine?

I lift M-W-F. On A days I would do back squats, bench presses, power cleans, and push ups. On B days I would do back squats, overhead presses, deadlifts, and pull ups. This is all fine but if I want ...
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What heart rate can a beginner runner expect?

I've started running a couple of months ago. I'm 27, average height and normal weight. However it seems that no matter how slowly I run, my heart rate quickly climbs into the Max Effort zone of ...
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671 views

Naturally increasing my Metabolism

I see all kinds of commercials on the TV about how to lose X amount of weight in Y amount of time, and how this old guy looks surprisingly like this younger guy, even though he's not supposed to. My ...
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4answers
310 views

Starting to lift weights - True commitment or start as I can?

I want to start lifting weights but I haven't because I've heard that, when you do start, you need to make a very true commitment. So I need to wait a couple of months for a few things to settle ...
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1answer
244 views

Which Custom Workout is Selected on miCoach Pacer?

I set all of my current running program up in my miCoach Pacer. I had just been running in free mode prior to today, the only workout I had done that wasn't in free mode was my initial assessment ...
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How can I make exercise more interesting?

I want to exercise. I really do. But it's boring. From conversations with others, I gather that exercise gives people a natural high, but I don't seem to get one myself. I used to try to play sports ...
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2answers
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Hand position in dumbbell bench press

How does hand position in a dumbbell flat bench affect which muscles are activated? The positions I know are palms facing each other and the traditional palms facing down. On rare occasions I see ...
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What are some signs of overtraining?

I'm currently working out 5-6 days a week, typically 3 days of weights and 2-3 of HIIT/Tabata. My focus is on strength and endurance training (not size). When I feel tired I take a day off...some ...
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Overtraining my legs doing both cardio and leg workouts

I work out three times a week, using a full body workout plan, doing one leg exercise each time (squats, lunges, deadlifts, with the largest weight I can lift, so it's quite challenging). Two-three ...
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2answers
405 views

How to lose weight and be able to do mental work?

My problem is that when I start losing weight I feel so exausted that: I'm angry I'm dumb and cannot do any mental work I always want to cheat my diet in the end of the day All those ads say that ...
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2answers
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Developing slow transition in muscle-up

I am working on developing the muscle-up: http://www.beastskills.com/tutorials/tutorials/53. I can perform a muscle-up at speed, but I am working at making the transition from pull-up to dip as slow ...
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8answers
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Exercises to improve speed and running ability

My eight-year old daughter is playing soccer. She's not terrible but she is just slow compared to all the other girls. Any ideas on exercises or drills that can help her run faster? Never been much ...
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3answers
266 views

Lost weight and getting fit - where to go from here?

I've maintained a pretty poor diet for most of my adult life, and as a software developer, I've spent most of my time behind a desk with very little exercise. Since New Year 2011 I've lost nearly 2st ...
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How Can I Stop Swinging On Pull-Ups?

Whenever I do pull-ups, Palms facing in, my body swings forward and backward. I'm trying to avoid this because I was told that swinging will make pull-ups "easier", and take stress off of the target ...
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How do I naturally boost my Testosterone levels?

Its a well documented fact that testosterone in essential for muscle development. So much so that some will want to go to the lengths of taking synthetic testosterone in order to aid their ...
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2answers
1k views

What plants provide which essential amino-acids?

I'm vegetarian and have been hearing that in addition to protein synthesis being more difficult for us, some amino-acids may be more difficult to acquire. Does anyone know of which vegetables have ...
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2answers
211 views

What are the essentials to getting fit? [closed]

There are hundreds of weight loss and 'get fit' programs out there that it becomes an overwhelming and daughnting task in choosing one that is helpful. I undersand that everyone is different in the ...
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4answers
227 views

Tracking What We Eat?

My wife and I have both recently been discussing how we can eat healthier. We've been planning menus involving lots of fruit and vegetables, complex carbohydrates, low sugars, good fats, etc. However, ...
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1answer
642 views

Am I getting sore too late?

Typically when I workout I am not sore the next day. I'm sore the day after the next day. My workout buddy is always sore the very next day, and I think he usually recovers faster. I was wondering if ...
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3answers
6k views

How often can a person work on their Abs?

In the past I've heard Abs are different from other muscle groups. You can work on your Abs everyday, but then I've also heard, Abs are like any other muscle groups. It needs rest for recovery. So, ...
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How to get rid of oversleeping?

I've got a quite intense body transformation coming up, and it is quite time consuming. Therefore I have finally decided I need to get rid of my worst habit - oversleeping. It seems, that every time ...

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