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best way to build cardio endurance?

I was wondering what is the best way to improve my cardiovascular endurance. I am a moderately fit guy and I am going in to the navy In less than a month and a half and I would like to be in the best ...
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How long before a judo tournament should I switch from strength to conditioning?

I've got a judo tournament in early May for which I want to be strong, quick in my reaction time and strength output, and in condition. Since it's still pretty far in the future, I'm working on ...
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Concentrated calories in a small snack as energy boost before gym

I typically eat a big lunch around 1PM and work until about 6:30-7. I get home around 7:30, and after a few domestic errands, go work out. The problem is, by that time I am typically hungry yet I ...
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Separating cardio and weight training

Is it best to split your cardio and weight training when doing them on the same day? Should I wake up an hour earlier to run, then do the gym in the afternoon? I'd try and go to bed an hour earlier to ...
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What should I look for in a jump rope?

When browsing around the various articles linked in answers here, I keep stumbling over rope jumping in articles or blog post. I was never good at rope jumping, at least that's what I thought. ...
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Workout plan for a lazy person

I have been going to the gym (on and off) for about 20 years (I am in my late 30s). One thing that I have definitely established is that I do not like getting very tired and if I do work out hard, it ...
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What are the advantages and disadvantages of using a thinner yoga mat?

I practice Bikram and have been using a 3 mm mat which is now well due for replacement. I am wondering if it makes sense to aspire for an even thinner mat, i.e. if it is better for you to practice on ...
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Why are my ribs sore after doing push ups and sit ups?

My ribs are sore after doing push ups and sit ups. Why? Are there muscles in between my ribs? Could it be something else other than muscles that is sore, like tendons, etc?
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Dumbbell Bent-over Row, possible without bench?

The Barbell Bent-over Row is a well known exercise. It is one of the exercises that StrongLifts 5x5 consists of. I was browsing exrx.net looking for a dumbbell version of this exercise but only found ...
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How does isometric strength relate to isotonic strength?

Background Isometric - holding a weight in the same position. Example: holding heavy bags of groceries. Isotonic - moving the weight through a range of motion. Example: bicep curls. Question How ...
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How to reduce my obesity? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: I am overweight and need to reduce? I am a 22 year old male, I weight about 60.5kg and I am nearly 5 ft 7" tall. I'm from India so I eat a lot of spicy and oily food ...
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Back pain when coughing [closed]

When I cough, I feel a mild pain in my lower back and hip area. (behind my belly button and in my glute) I went to the doctor and he told me I have inflammation in a part of my spinal cord. It is ...
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1answer
169 views

Ideas for a tagline for CrossFit StarFit? [closed]

Just putting together a design for a t-shirt for my recently affiliated CrossFit Gym, and was wondering if anyone could help with a tagline that might be appropriate? The gym is targeted mainly as ...
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1answer
163 views

How to asess and correct imbalances in the body [closed]

I suspect I have a lot of imbalances in my body causing pain. How do I assess and correct them? I expect to consult a professional, so what kind of professional is part of the question. (Regular ...
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2answers
192 views

Less weight and more reps or heavier weight and less reps? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What are the trade-offs of weight versus repetition? I have just started out with lifting weights, now I know that I should be working all the muscles and I have a ...
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Breathing using mouth or nose - correct way while swimming?

I just started the breast stroke in a swimming class. I have heard something like, "It is bad to breathe in using your mouth because there are greater chances of inhaling things that go directly ...
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Are rest days required for Cardio?

Suppose one wishes to start an aerobic workout routine. Assuming one is young and without illness, is a 30 min a day workout (approx 15 min jogging and 15 minute walking intermittently) a reasonable ...
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What's the healthiest order to do things when you wake up? [duplicate]

I understand it's healthy to exercise in the morning but should it be done after or before having breakfast or a snack? Also, it seems pointless to shower before exercising so I guess that should be ...
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How do I lose Weight when I weigh 345lbs?

I am a mother of five children. I have always been a big girl since about the age ten. When I reached the age of 15 I managed to only be 25 lbs overweight. Once I got further along in high school, ...
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1answer
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Glute exercises for someone with knee pain

I have comparatively weak gluteal muscles and need to start strengthening them up. Unfortunately, due to knee-issues, my doctor doesn't want me doing exercises where my knees go to or below parallel ...
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1answer
442 views

What is an ideal body fat% for young lean males?

I am 25 year old male, 67cm in height, 74kg in weight, and have approximately 8% body fat. The 8% figure comes from a 9-point caliper test, while the less accurate 4-point caliper test measures me at ...
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1answer
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bodyweight leg exercises for strength/hypertrophy

I'm doing upper body bodyweight strength training (gymnastics stuff) for a while now, and would like to incorporate some leg exercises into my training. I'm looking for 1-2 good compound exercises ...
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Do I need to lose more weight ? My BMI is 21.5

My age is 22 from Pakistan, my weight is 125 lbs (56.7 kg) and have a height of 5ft and 4in (1.62 m), so do I need to lose some weight? As far history I have lose about 18lbs in two months, my actual ...
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1answer
338 views

Supercompensation and split workouts

I'm an amateur weight lifter. For the past few years have doing a 3 day split workouts. Squat/Deadlift/BenchPress + support. I recently got introduced to the concept of supercompensation and seems to ...
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Uneven chest after pushups

This happened last year that when I used to do pushups, I realized my chest got uneven, and its more than just a bit but still only noticeable to me. I do wrist pushups properly but don't understand ...
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Understanding physical fitness anatomically [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What are good books on muscle building heavily based on science? Are there any books which explain the significance of each and every exercise we do in the gym? I do not ...
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Quads vs Hamstrings in Squats and Lunges

I've read that squats and lunges are primarily Hamstring/Glute exercises. But I tend to feel them much more in my quads. Is this indicative of a form issue, or an imbalance in the strength of my ...
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Is taking a set to failure recommended for any type of lift or goal?

I recently posted a question about light-headedness after squats, and it was mentioned that squat sets should not be taken to failure. I can appreciate squats could be dangerous if one collapsed or ...
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1answer
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What is the difference between one and several sets - With the same level of soreness?

What is the difference between doing just one set and several sets in one training session, if you train to the same level of post training soreness?
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Maintaining a healthy body for a teenager [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: I am underweight. How do I gain weight and muscle? I am a 18 yr old guy with height of 6 ft. I have had a thin body from my childhood. My weight is around 66 kg. ...
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4answers
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Does it matter which type of exercise for health/weight loss?

So I picked up Harvard Medical School Guides' "No Sweat Exercise Plan: Lose Weight, Get Healthy, and Live Longer" book and it seemed to suggest that any exercise was about as good as another for ...
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1answer
99 views

Does it matter if I use one kettle bell v.s two ?

As I move up to heavier kettle-bells for my swing, I've been sticking to using two kettle bells instead of one. So I'll do a 2 hand swing with 25lbs on either hand instead of a 50lbs swing. Does it ...
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9answers
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How to avoid hyponatremia(drinking too much water) when hiking?

I have read on various places that exercising for a prolonged period of time with excessive water intake can be dangerous. It may lead to water intoxication (hyponatremia). After some searches and a ...
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Dumbbell Weights: Diameter vs Width

I wonder how to add more weight to a dumbbell. Adding more plates of fewer weight or fewer plates of higher weight? With bigger plates the diameter grows and so will the minimum distance the ...
2
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1answer
110 views

daily upper body weightlifting?

What is a good upper body weightlifting routine that I could do daily to gain muscle without leaving a day for rest in between? How can I split upper body exercises in 2 halves so that I let the rest ...
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0answers
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how to have big muscles for one who have been trying but have not seen any change? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: I am underweight. How do I gain weight and muscle? Hey I am 15 years old and i am so underweight. I am 5 feet 7 inches and i am 100 pounds. I have tried everything. I ...
2
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1answer
112 views

What is starvation mode?

I lift weights but sometimes I'm so tired I forget to take dinner because I end up asleep in bed after showering, then I go without eating until next day's lunch time. And I feel light headed before ...
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1answer
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Gyming does not add bulk to my body, it only puts my body into good shape

I am a 23 year old, 5 foot 5 inches tall, 52 kg male. Judging by my BMI, I'm not underweight, but I still look skinny. I am not weak (I think) as I can do 60 push ups (20-20-20), 10-12 pulls ups and ...
12
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1answer
517 views

What should I do if I can't complete my program's prescribed workout?

This is a general question, but I'll give some specifics to fill it in. I'm on the Texas Method periodization program. On Monday, I was unable to complete the prescribed workout of a 5lb increase in ...
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1answer
179 views

How to superset effectively?

I am just starting to incorporate some dumbbell exercises in my workout. I try to reduce pauses between exercises to get more stuff done in the same time and spend less time waiting. At the moment I ...
5
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1answer
307 views

Why do bodybuilders take such a long recovery period?

Why do bodybuilders take recovery periods that are longer than any other type of athlete? Im doing a mixture of weights and cardio. I try to do 2 sessions with weights focusing on upper body and 2 ...
4
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1answer
173 views

Weight Training for Weight Loss

I have heard that weight training can be a good strategy for reducing body fat. If one's goal is to reduce total body fat, should one's weight training program be aimed at muscle hypertrophy or ...
18
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1answer
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How is muscle repair affected by a caloric deficit?

Background Weightlifting creates micro-tears in the muscle. Protein and other nutrients repair the tears so the muscle grows back stronger and larger. Question How is muscle repair affected by a ...
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1answer
419 views

What is a good and tested body building programs for a beginner?

What would be a good body building program for a beginner? I have been searching the Internet and find a lot of programs but am not sure about the credibility of the people who have published these ...
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3answers
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Compound, total body exercises minimising quad and ham development

I'm currently squatting twice a week, deadlifting once. Deadlifting doesn't concern me because I feel my back is getting a great workout and the hips are starting much higher than the knees, but ...
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3answers
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Light-headedness after squats

My final set of squats has me going until I can do no more. I usually stop when I feel one more rep may or may not might be possible, but it's going to totally wipe me out trying. I usually sense that ...
3
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1answer
686 views

How does wiggling your fingers activate your fast twitch muscle fibers?

You may remember hurdler Michelle Jenneke's famous dance where she wiggles her fingers to warm up before the race. In this interview (at 01:11), she reveals that wiggling her fingers activates her ...
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2answers
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What should I be looking for in a heart rate monitor?

What are the most important points I should look for in a heart rate monitor? I am looking at only using it when I work out (so not a fitbit, etc for sleep). I want a hrm and not just a glorified ...
0
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2answers
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Does your height affect your running?

Somebody small will have less Resistance from the air but take smaller steps then somebody who is tall. Are long people better at long distance runs, small people better in short distance or does it ...
3
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1answer
179 views

Why do I get lactic acid build up at lower threshholds on different days?

I'm a climber, so I'm talking specifically about forearms. I train regularly and have been for years, so I'm pretty familiar with how my body responds. As I understand it, the "pumped" sensation in ...

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