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1answer
169 views

Should I eat before a workout or just during the day

I've heard several theories regarding when you should eat, especially protein. Eat carbs before a workout and protein in a "window" of 30mins after a workout. Eat through the day. so that in the end ...
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Cold and fever after doing extensive cardio sport?

Every Sunday I do soccer in the morning for two hours where I run non stop and sweat extensively. After the sport I take a shower and take the bus home, but by the time I get home my dry and clean ...
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What is the least I need to run to maintain my conditioning?

Sometimes you know that you have a very busy time ahead of you, and that you're going to have less time for fitness activities, for whatever reason (work, a new child, etc). My questions is this- ...
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What is courtesy in a gym?

I've always been kind of creeped out by gyms; many people doing things and no one is talking. I started working at a place with a gym that has lots of machines in a relatively small space. I have no ...
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Gaining muscle with slim body type

Some people appear to be born with muscle*. I know lots of people who don't work out at all, have an office job where they sit around all day, and still they have a muscular body with strong (looking) ...
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2answers
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How soon after a minor calf injury shoul I start stretching and strengthening?

I suffered a minor calf strain playing indoor cricket yesterday. I iced the muscle for around 4 hours after the injury. It has pulled up stiff and a little sore this morning, although I wouldn't ...
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1answer
573 views

Increased body heat after workout when in bed

I am little overweight, 120 kg, from India. When I go to bed after a workout in the gym, say for 30 minutes, I can't sleep as my body begins to heat up. Are there any remedies? I tried showering, but ...
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When I bench press, why do my hips sometimes cramp up?

When I bench press, I sometimes feel a muscle seize up slightly distal and lateral from my ASIS. I don't know what muscle this is, but I'm guessing it's involved with external rotation or abduction. ...
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1answer
651 views

Best way to ease back into body building routine after a long break

Do you guys have some recommendation on how to "get back" into the training? Sometimes I have to stay few weeks without training, when I am on holidays for example. I usually have two weeks of ...
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0answers
198 views

Aerobic exercise: Any updates or comments to the Cooper method?

I read a book published in the 80s (by Kenneth Cooper, MD), Aerobics, in which Dr. Cooper suggests a way of getting fit without risking one's cardiovascular health. He devised a point system of ...
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What's the relationship between gaining muscle mass and strength? How do I increase in strength without increasing in mass?

This question is a follow on from http://fitness.stackexchange.com/a/11884/5376. I assumed that as I get stronger, my muscles will get bigger, but it seems that this is not a strictly linear ...
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2answers
234 views

How to be energetic after a 20-30 min siesta (afternoon nap)

I sleep at 9pm and wake up at 4am, take a cup of warm water and I will do some simple exercises very slowly, then some house work. At 5am, I run for 30min with the speed 9km/hr (so it is a 4.5km run). ...
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3answers
535 views

What's the best way for me to start weightlifting?

I've always wanted to lift weights and honestly have no idea where to begin. How do I get started? Do I need to join a gym? find a personal trainer? buy a book and weights? find a friend who ...
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4answers
175 views

Alternating exercises from workout to workout?

For my strength/hypertrophy based training program, I've chosen following exercises: Deadlifts (2 work sets of 4 reps) Press (3 work sets of 5) Ring Dips (3 work sets of 9) 1-Legged Squats (3 work ...
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1answer
335 views

Should I drop my deadlift to 190# while switching to StrongLifts if I can already deadlift 425# x1?

I've seen a ton of variations of the question but never found one that answered my question. I understand why only one set of dead lifts because of the squats. My question is why is the weight on the ...
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4answers
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How can Kinesio tape provide support for tendonitis

I have a mild case of Posterior Tibial Tendonitis, the physio has applied some Kinesio tape for support whilst it heals up. My understanding of tendons and muscles was that there wasn't much friction ...
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936 views

Nap after exercising

I'm a grad student I find it hard to concentrate on my work after exercising (cardio+weights) and I can only do after taking a nap. I would like to know if its healthy to have a nap after the work ...
2
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1answer
2k views

Does it damage the joints if we do pushups everyday?

I'm doing 100 pushups everyday and now I'm afraid whether this will cause damage to the shoulder joints? Will this help me to gain Chest muscles? Thanks
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1answer
4k views

I want to know the exact formula to calculate metabolic age

I want to know the exact formula to calculate metabolic age. How do i get the average bmr of people in the chronological age group? Is here any link I could get regarding the calculation? Explanation ...
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1answer
89 views

Which diet helps you best during marathon preparations? [closed]

I am preparing for marathon and I feel the need to change my diet to prepare better for this event. What is your experience? Which changes did in your diet helped you most? What was hardest to give up?...
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2answers
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Stretches and muscle work for Supination or Underpronation

I've recently had issues with my IT Band, did all the stretches and PT. And it did not work. I recently decided to try out my old pair of running shoes(on a whim), that originally were bothering my ...
3
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1answer
88 views

Change in eating habits from Half Marathon to 6 mile

For a half marathon I spent the week before carb loading and hydrating. I'm running a 6 mile soon and would like some 5Km races too. How should I change my diet for different length races? Should ...
4
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2answers
498 views

How can I analyze my running gait?

They say there are more than one types of step. Is there any exam that can help me know my foot angle/type/format/etc, so i can buy running shoes that are good for my feet?
4
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2answers
535 views

How to interpret running metrics [closed]

How do I usefully interpret running metrics? I haven't been running for long. I've got a heart monitor and a GPS watch (all the gear and no idea), but I get a buzz from seeing the metrics anyway. I'...
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1answer
94 views

Ensuring muscle isolation when training alone

I've found that trainers or other experienced body builders are great to work out with because they can help with form and method. One of the biggest issues I have is muscle isolation, meaning that ...
5
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2answers
3k views

Heart Rate for a Half Marathon

I've just completed the Newport Half Marathon and had an pretty steady heart rate of 88% of my max. My details are here. Is this good? Generally speaking, what should the heart rate be for a half ...
5
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1answer
117 views

Method of exercising

What is the difference between the normal weight training motions (e.g. bench press lifting it up and down) and holding a weight at a certain point (e.g. holding a weight in the middle of a press for ...
5
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2answers
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Proper way to stretch the pectoral muscles

What is the best way to do pectoral stretches? A specialist recommended that besides avoiding bench presses and strengthening my back, I should stretch my pectoral muscles as often as possible, as ...
3
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1answer
183 views

Body angle during freestyle

I am practicing myself on the Total Immersion style of swimming, as I am practicing for long distance triathlon. After a lot of practice I am doing the 2 beat kicks with little difficulty. Can ...
4
votes
1answer
194 views

Protein supplementation when doing conditioning on caloric deficit

BACKGROUND For about four months now I have been on a low carb diet, and during that time I went from 93 to 78kg. I have been lifting some weights (some squats, overhead pushes, bent over rows) at a ...
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0answers
168 views

5x5 Stronglift squats and hip replacement [closed]

Please can someone help me. I have been looking into the 5x5 stronglifts, and I am keen to get started as I need to get in shape, and I like the look of the results. I have difficulty doing squats ...
5
votes
1answer
391 views

Correct seated Row technique

I would like to know the correct seated Rows technique. I wanted to use this exercise to develop the middle back particularly the lower Traps/middle Traps and Rhomboids. I already do Deadlifts and ...
3
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1answer
111 views

Apart from size, what properties make for a good exercise ball?

I wish to use an exercise ball as a chair. I have done this previously with several different brands of exercise ball, and it has worked for me in the past. I noticed that some balls were far comfier ...
5
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1answer
2k views

Is protein powder recommended for older people after workouts?

This might be an odd question. My mom does walking exercises and aerobic videos and some very light weights (5lb). She knows that I make protein shakes (with spinach, berries, flax seed) after my ...
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2answers
626 views

Strength Training Suggestions for Long Distance Running

I'm a long distance runner (marathons and longer) and I'm beginning to incorporate strength training into my routine now that I'm in a bit of an off season for my races. My time for training is ...
2
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1answer
172 views

Avoiding Tendinopathy (suggested rest interval to prevent chronic pain)

tl;dr - Starting to feel slight tendon pain. How long should I rest before it's OK to hit the gym hard again. Background: I recently decided to end my winter hibernation and got back into rock ...
4
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1answer
121 views

What kind of workout regimen can get me back in it?

When I was in college, I used to pretty good at keeping up a decent workout schedule (three days a week during normal times, at least one day a week during extremely stressful exam weeks). My ...
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7answers
5k views

Can I be serious about getting into great shape if I have an office job?

I'm a web developer. I spend 5 days a week, 8-10 hours per day in front of my PC in a chair. I want to get in insanely good shape. I don't mean I want to be a little stronger than the average person, ...
6
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2answers
1k views

I am hitting walls with my lifts, how can I progress?

I've been working out at the gym for a fair few years now (around 6). Started by just going with a friend doing random weights. Then progressed to muscle groups. For the last 6 months I have been ...
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1answer
214 views

Drinking pure olive oil [closed]

I want to gain weight and I'm thinking about drinking large amounts of olive oil to get more calories in my body. Is there an issue with drinking 100ml (~800 calories) at once?
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2answers
2k views

Building strength with Spondylosis (L5-S1 degeneration) [closed]

I realize this is a complex medical issue, but I've been frustrated with my lack of progress. About two years ago I was finally struggling enough with my back pain (difficulty standing for long ...
4
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2answers
138 views

Supplementing my weekly routine for increased muscle endurance

I'm currently following a full body program that is helping me build muscle at a satisfactory rate. However a friend convinced me to join him and try the "300" workout, which is a circuit program with ...
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0answers
35 views

Out of shape and in need of help [duplicate]

I am a gamer, and I used to be 150lb's and my weight has increased to about 215lb's. What sort of exercise routine and diet should I try to set up to lose weight and become a bit more healthy? keep in ...
5
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2answers
3k views

Ankle exercises with bosu ball

Years ago I tripped in a hole and got a 3rd degree ankle sprain. One of the exercises the physiotherapist told me was to use a bosu ball and do circles with while standing with both feet on it. I ...
4
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1answer
698 views

Prevent Injuries At Home Gym on Carpet

I have started some exercise programs at home such as P90X and Insanity. However, I have found that working out on my carpet has proven to be difficult in a number of ways. For example, when jumping ...
3
votes
1answer
86 views

Adjusting volume and intensity on non “zoned-in” days

we all have encountered those days when we aren't zoned in at the gym, but what do you find to be the "best"(if there is truly a best way) to handle your volume and intensity on those days? I am ...
6
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1answer
751 views

How to improve symmetry in both strength and size

I have noticed lately that I lack symmetry in my arms (biceps and triceps, not forearms). This lack of symmetry also follows through to the strength and endurance in the weaker arm. With my dominant ...
8
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3answers
388 views

Should I do more reps or take more rest?

Many programs that I've come across (e.g. 100 push up challenge, 7 weeks to 50 pull-ups, etc.) prescribe a minimum rest time between sets and mention that you can take longer breaks if necessary, but ...
1
vote
0answers
166 views

Does uncooked oatmeal get less absorbed by the body? [closed]

When I properly prepare my oatmeal, that is by boiling and cooking it for roughly a minute, it really burdens my body to consume it. I feel fatigued an hour after eating it and my stomach feels heavy. ...
2
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0answers
1k views

Pain in forearm while doing bicep curls [closed]

When i'm doing curl or bicep exercise (more when my palm face the ceiling) I feel pain in my forearm between my wrist and my elbow. The pain is situated on the side of the ulna. The pain seems to ...

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