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What are some good stretches to help with squatting?

It seems a lot of form problems with the squats are caused by inadequate flexibility - I think mainly in the hamstrings and also the shoulders. What are some good stretches that can be used to ...
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Do I need to gain weight if I'm overweight? (Starting StrongLifts program)

I'm 5'6 and 176 lbs with a high body fat %. I am overweight (with man boobs and big belly with love handles) and just started the StrongLifts 5x5 program. While reading the starter pdf included, ...
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344 views

Are small workouts worth the time?

I have a set of adjustable dumbbells in the basement that I haven't used in awhile and every time I start an exercise regiment, it never lasts. I would like to start using them again, minimally. But, ...
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What is the best Olympic weightlifting instructional?

I am moving from strength training to power training in order to improve athletic performance. Specifically, I am adding the clean and jerk (no snatch for now) to my program. I am not looking to ...
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How Can I Heal/Prevent Jumper's (Patellar Tendinitis) Knee?

About me: 29 years old 170 lbs Active (mountain biking, skiing, basketball) In the last year or so I've started to develop symptoms of what I think is Jumper's Knee (pain right beneath the kneecap ...
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I need some tips in increasing my weight and body sturcture [closed]

i am here to ask how can i increase my weight, and shape up my body. I eat following stuff daily: Morning Breakfast at 6:00 am - Milk, Mix fruit Museli, tea Morning Breakfast at 10:00 am - fried ...
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Improving freestyle swimming pace

I've started getting into freestyle swimming after doing a moderate amount of running for a long time (~50 km a month). I am doing three 1000m sessions a week and have improved to the point of ...
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3answers
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What style earphone is most appropriate for jogging and running?

I've seen 3 type of sport earphones so far, there are: Neckband styles that wrap around the back of your head (such as the Sennheiser PMX 680i) Earclip styles that hang over your ear (like the ...
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285 views

What would I need to track fitness effort?

What, in addition to an Android device with GPS, would I need to track fitness effort? I am thinking of perhaps something like a Fitbit, or can the Android do the same? Also probably a hearth rate ...
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4answers
7k views

How to accurately measure muscle mass versus body fat?

I want to know how to calculate how much muscle mass one has as opposed actually body fat.
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3answers
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What is good workout attire for weight lifting?

I want to know what the best practices are for workout attire, what kind of clothes should one use? Loose fitting clothing, moisture wicking etc? I'm not asking for discussion but what is commonly ...
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Why is there an emphasis on consuming protein for muscle repair and gain?

I've heard it explained before but I still don't understand why there is such an emphasis on consuming lots of protein. My trainers say I should consume 1 gram of protein per body weight (and then ...
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What should skinny people do to track progress?

Since skinny people, like myself, need to track their progress while building muscle mass and staying feet; what should I be looking at? Right now I'm measuring muscle, weight, and body fat but is ...
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Running in boots comfortably down mountain trails

Once a week, I run down a small mountain (3 km, 450 m denivelation). 1/3 is asphalt, but 2/3 of it is a trail consisting of rocks and roots poking through mud, covered with dead leaves and the ...
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2answers
337 views

Increased irritability with ultra-low body fat?

Yesterday, reading in my newspaper I discovered an interview with a professional boxer (at the end of his career). He said preparing for an upcoming fight has been really hard... getting body weight ...
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Digestion vs Absoption of different protein sources

I was reading an article about whey vs casein, which said casein is digested very slowly. I remember reading casein peptides in the blood stream are used by the body in a much slower way. I've a ...
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1answer
211 views

What's the best back exercise to balance out the dumbbell press from the profile?

In order for the body to have a balanced look I believe in doing exercises in pairs. For leg extensions I will also go leg curls. For arm curls I'll do cable tricep pushdowns, etc. But what is the ...
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3answers
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Are barefoot shoes suitable for multi-terrain obstacle courses?

I'm planning on doing the Warrior Dash later this year. It is a 3.2 mile (5K) race course through mountainous terrain, mud, and water. In addition, there will also be obstacles along the way such as: ...
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Insomnia caused by Glutamine or other Supplements?

I am currently using MRM All Naturall Gainer (image of ingredients) at noon and L-Glutamine 500% DV. in the morning as a supplement for my workout and am experiencing insomnia. I am not sure though if ...
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1answer
125 views

iPad Calorie Counter App

The Calorie Counter app I downloaded onto my iPad measures intake as Calories and energy burned as kcal. So, if the calorie counter says that the total calories burned is 2451 kcal is it the same as ...
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1answer
88 views

What can a fitness coach do for a hobby athlete?

After several years of exercise in my gym I consider hiring a fitness coach to improve my training. The main problem is that I am not really sure what I can expect from a fitness coach? What are the ...
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4answers
715 views

Become strong without spending money

I don't want to pay to become strong. So, can I become strong without going to a gym for weight training? Without equipment?
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1answer
381 views

Are there any nutrients that I should supplement as a pescitarian? [closed]

I have decided to become a pescitarian, and I'm wondering if by only eating fish I will need to supplement any nutrients that might be missing from my diet without the other types of meat.
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376 views

Which sport is much better as in burning fat faster without making muscles?

I want to choose a sport among with a diet to start losing fat again. I want to know which sport is better to start with e.g. basketball, swimming, badminton, volleyball, gym, skate.
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585 views

Swimming for Fat burn

How good is swimming for burning fat? There seems to be a lot of conflicting opinions on the matter (not backed up with fact). A few places seem to say its the best exercise because its a whole body ...
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1answer
61 views

Should standard, non-rehabilitation exercise routines target smaller individual muscles?

Looking at the list of exercises on exrx.net, I see a good deal of them recommending exercises to target muscles that most fitness sites seem to completely overlook. For example, there are pages with ...
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3answers
4k views

Kickboxing as a fitness plan?

Would kickboxing be an effective strategy for gaining muscle and losing weight? How many calories per hour would it burn? I am considering three times per week.
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1answer
3k views

Can fruits replace vegetables? [closed]

I have a very simple question: Can you replace vegetables with fruits in your diet? As in, eat no vegetables instead eat lots of fruit? I dislike vegetables, my body literally rejects them for some ...
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What difference do the number of sets make?

Generally when lifting weights if you do a low number of reps it will increase your strength, and a higher number of reps will increase your endurance. However when it comes to the number of sets to ...
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Keeping belly area taut a good practice?

Will keeping my belly "tucked in" or taut help strengthen my abdominal muscles? Are there any negative sides to doing this? I used to do this in high school but gave up doing it when I started working ...
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How can I gain weight and muscle weight?

I'm a 15 year old teenager, I am terribly underweighted due tot he fact when I was smaller I had nutrition issues (Skipping breakfast on most days, not eating consistent food, eating junk food, etc). ...
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2answers
2k views

Why don't my thighs hurt?

I have been running for almost 2 years now, after pretty much never running before in my life. I have had the usual injuries (shin splints, sprained ankle, etc.), but nothing serious. I've always ...
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3answers
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Pain at back of knee when running

I've had this issue for over a year now... after running about a mile, I feel an ache in the "back" of my right knee (the side away from my knee cap). It seems to get worse whenever I take a step, ...
3
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2answers
860 views

Stretches that are good for stiff neck and shoulders?

Are there stretches that can help with stiff neck and shoulders?
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2answers
4k views

What does it mean to “boost your metabolism”?

I hear this term quite a lot - "if you exercise it will boost your metabolism". The implication generally being that if you do some exercise not only will the exercise burn some calories, but you will ...
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3answers
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What is the difference between swimming and running?

I'm 25 years old. For the past years, I've been running every day. I dont like running. I like swimming. Which one is good for maintaining your body and reducing your belly? What is the main ...
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What is the proper procedure for showering in a gym locker room?

This is going to sound like a stupid question. I apologize. But I've had it on my mind for a while and it needed to be asked. My question is: how do you use the shower at the locker room at the gym? ...
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4answers
1k views

Continuous heart rate monitor [closed]

I'd like to monitor my heartrate throughout the day, and do some analysis/visualisation of the data myself. As such, I'm hoping to find something that meets the following requirements: Must-have: ...
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4answers
545 views

Need to run every day - best way to stop?

I'm a 25-yr-old, healthy male. For the past 7 years or so I've been running every day (except 1-4 times / year when health or other things got in the way) If I don't run on a certain day: I feel ...
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3answers
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Do I need to eat extra protein after a run?

I'm currently running to lose weight and build some fitness. I run 12 km run in about 1h20m and keep my heart rate between 140~150bpm. I try to do 3 runs a week. The run itself does not seem very ...
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3answers
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List of Beginner Dumbbell Exercises?

I have a set of dumbbells that I would like to use in the new year. Is there a handy list somewhere (preferably with pictures) of beginner exercises I can do with my dumbbells? I do not have a weight ...
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circuit training and walking schedule

I do circuit training at least 5 days a week (30 minutes). It is without equipment combining, running, mountain climbing, burpees, jumping jacks, pushups, squats, ab exercises, etc. I also walk for ...
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1answer
395 views

exercises for serratus and oblique muscles?

I am looking for some weight lifting exercises for the area under the pectoralis muscles, namely the serratus and oblique. I heard this is beneficial for people who play basketball, volleyball and ...
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1answer
554 views

What are the exercises that increases Stamina and Endurance of the body?

I am curious to know what kind or what forms of exercises increases stamina.Is it Running,Body building,swimming or else?
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2answers
310 views

Beginning the deadlift exercise

With so much misinformation all over the internet, how do I learn the Deadlift?
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4answers
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Deadlift - belt or no belt?

The deadlift seems to put a lot of pressure on the spinal vertebrae. Is it safe to deadlift without a belt or does correct form completely eliminate the need for one?
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4answers
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Is the deadlift necessary for an intermediate bodybuilder?

I have been lifting for 6 years (non professionally) yet never seriously tried the Deadlift exercise. Is this exercise necessary for intermediate\advanced bodybuilders in any way?
2
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1answer
56 views

Advice needed in training for heavy mountain biking weekend

Hi I have a heavy moutain biking weekend coming up at the end of January. I have not been on the bike reguarly for the past 3 months and so my fitness has suffered. I wondered what best I could do ...
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3answers
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What are the dangers of doing push-ups incorrectly?

Newbie here. I work long hours behind my computer and I do my best to keep an eye on ergonomics: paying attention to my posture, taking short breaks at regular intervals, that kinda thing. Recently I ...
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4answers
281 views

Adverse effects of NSAIDs during training?

I know that NSAIDs can worsen the healing process of certain tissues in body such as bones. It is the irony of the history that they are now so popular (they do have side-effects). I think this is ...

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