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Why rest between sets?

Why is it common to rest between sets of repetition? Could I, instead of resting, exercise another muscle group?
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3answers
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Should I stretch after exercise?

Are there benefits with stretching right after exercising? Does stretching afterwards affect the risk of injury?
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5answers
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Mixing weight training and cardio/strength

I do several times a week strength and cardio training (Thai boxing, to be specific), but also try to mix in extra weight sessions to build up muscle mass. Is it good or bad to mix these two? I've ...
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1answer
526 views

Crunches after a run?

I go for a 5km before work 2-3 times a week, with a longer run at weekends. I was doing crunches and other weight based exercises on the off days, but have been advised to do it after my runs. My ...
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1answer
383 views

Should you still exercise when sick?

Should one continue to exercise even when sick? I know it may depend on the sickness, but what about minor things like a cold or fever? Are there chronic sicknesses where you should still regularly ...
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2answers
232 views

How can someone new to Yoga improve on their workout?

Recently I have started Yoga, but I find myself unable to hold any position more than ten seconds. I was told to exaggerate my posture, but I simply could not. My flexibility is horrific and feel ...
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3answers
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What swimming technique is more effective for a cardio workout?

There are multiple technique out there, with the two I mainly use being breastroke and freestyle. Is there a difference between the two as far as their effectiveness in a cardio workout? Is there a ...
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2answers
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How do I properly breathe while swimming freestyle?

While using the freestyle technique of swimming, what is the proper way to breathe? Is using the nose to breathe out while under better or is there any difference? Is there a specific number of ...
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2answers
1k views

Can I get sugar and electrolytes from natural sources, as opposed to goo, during a race?

I'm a long distance runner thats not really a fan of all the goo type products. I'm curious if there are any natural sources of concentrated sugars with the right balance of electrolytes for long ...
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3answers
2k views

How to simulate a back extension machine with other gym equipment

My gym got a new back extension machine recently and it is horrible. It's designed for someone much smaller than me, the angles are all wrong, and I find it very difficult to isolate the right ...
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2answers
780 views

Excessive caffeine consumption effect on heart/body

Each day I drink lots of coffee and energy drinks (redbull 355ml cans). I go to gym 3 times a week (on evenings). Are there any effects on my workouts? I stopped drinking any caffeine (at least from ...
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3answers
394 views

Is having a “normal” BMI a healthy target?

I always see BMI charts posted in various health related places, and I know life insurance companies use it for assessing risk. I've heard the normal range of the index is supposedly based on what ...
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3answers
682 views

Dumbbell weight training for distance running

What weight training exercises can I do with dumbbells that will benefit me most for running 5-10ks? Are stomach crunches/sit ups worth doing too?
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5answers
838 views

How can I improve my running form?

I know my form isn't terrible, but it certainly isn't perfect either. How do you work on improving it? Are there certain exercises that will strengthen the right muscles and force better form? Do you ...
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16answers
31k views

How do I avoid stench with my Vibram Five Fingers?

FiveFingers are great shoes for running, hiking, and general lounging. I believe that running barefoot has improved my fitness and also general running ability -- even with conventional shoes. But ...
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3answers
647 views

Cardio before or after exercise?

I usually do a 10-20 mins Cardio (Treadmill/Elliptical/Cycling) before I go for the weights and other exercises. Is this a good practice? Would there be any advantages if I order my routine ...
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2answers
973 views

Do high protein diets pose any serious risk to health?

Are there any substantiated health risks to a high protein, low-carb diet?
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1answer
14k views

For better muscle growth, how many hours' sleep are recommended after doing a workout?

I heard to help muscle growth one has to sleep a lot after doing a workout. How long is the recommended one? Does this mean the best time to workout is at night so you can go to sleep immediately ...
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2answers
302 views

Muscular Atrophy in Senior Citizens

To what extent can a good exercise programme help to recover lost muscle in people over 70 who, while very fit and active, have not exercised regularly in earlier years?
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3answers
66 views

Technique for identifying potential injury weak spots

What techniques are there for identifying areas you need to work on and that you will be likely to injure so you can work on that areas before they get injured. Update Most of the activities I do are ...
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2answers
715 views

Why do I sometimes get suddenly hungry 15 minutes into my workout?

During my run today I suddenly felt weak with hungry about 15 minutes after I started. This only happens some times -- not every run. I feel very hungry and weak, and I can usually only make it to ...
10
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2answers
296 views

Should I run when it is cold?

Should or shouldn't I run when it is cold? Is it easy to pull a muscle?
6
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1answer
952 views

Best way to train for a 200m race

I have just won my school's 200m race, which means I qualify for the Athletics in a month's time. At the moment, my time for 200m is 36.37 secs. I am 12 years old and this is my first race over 200. ...
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4answers
3k views

How can I increase the number of push-ups I can do?

The number of push-ups I can do is dismal. I have tried over the years to increase the number and have received to pieces of advice. Start easy and try something like a raised bar or railing and ...
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2answers
2k views

Improve breathing and increase lung capacity

Whenever jogging for long distances after some time I feel my breathing is quite laboured. The only solution is to slow down my pace for a while before proceeding. I have checked with my GP and I ...
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3answers
124 views

Advice on finding a training partner

I regularly workout on my own but on the occasions I workout with a training partner I find my motivation increases, my output increases and perhaps most importantly, my overall enjoyment increases. ...
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1answer
5k views

Do I need to take creatine and L-glutamine on rest days to maintain a load?

I use creatine and L-glutamine for my workouts, typically taking the L-glutamine about an hour before my workout, and creatine immediately after. (I don't take them together because I understand they ...
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2answers
982 views

How to get enough Protein as a vegetarian? [closed]

Is is possible to take on enough protein to build muscle whilst eating a vegetarian diet? Many sources of proteins such as meat, poultry and fish are obviously ruled out. Do you have experience of ...
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8answers
1k views

What is a “Runners High”?

There have been a few times in my life, where I believe I have experienced the phenomenon called "Runners High", or the euphoric state during a run where you feel like you can keep running for ...
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3answers
1k views

Home Gym: Is an elliptical trainer alone enough?

I own a gym quality elliptical at home I'm using mainly to do cardio for weight loss purposes. Should I be looking into adding other equipment to my home gym or other exercises to my routine in order ...
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1answer
205 views

Do sports drinks make a difference in a workout?

Both Gatorade and Powerade claim to help fill your bodies needs of electrolytes, vitamins, and other nutrients. I'm looking to find out if there's documented proof that these drinks really make a ...
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2answers
1k views

How long should I rest in between sets?

If my goal is size. EDIT: Since other people with potentially different goals than mines are likely to see this question, it would be good if your answer includes the optimal rest times for different ...
11
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7answers
831 views

Low-tech grip strength exercises

Being a student, I'm not exactly rich. I can't currently afford a gym membership or to buy training equipment. Luckily, my roommate has been kind enough to let me borrow his equipment. So far, I've ...
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11answers
3k views

Experiences with 'barefoot' running

I have heard a lot about the 'barefoot' running idea that has seemed to gain a lot of popularity with the book "Born to Run". The main idea is that the human foot has evolved to be very effective at ...
2
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5answers
381 views

What are good ways to prevent shoulder injuries? [closed]

I'll start this: Shoulder "dislocations" - great for improving shoulder mobility
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2answers
298 views

Refuelling during a run?

I've reached a point where my training runs are long enough (2 - 3 hours) and far enough (15+ miles) that I need to take on board some additional energy in the form of gels and/or sports drinks in ...
17
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7answers
3k views

Prevent or treat delayed onset muscle soreness

When I lift weights, I lift heavy. I expect to be sore afterwards because I know I've pushed myself hard. Unfortunately, sometimes I push myself too far and get very bad delayed onset muscle soreness ...
8
votes
3answers
442 views

What are some good exercises to work the forearms?

My husband and I have both been lifting dumbbells in an attempt to build some muscle. We feel like we're hitting our upper arms pretty well, but not the lower arms. What are some good exercises to ...
15
votes
4answers
1k views

Breathing while exercising in cold weather

I've been told when doing cardio to breath in through the nose and out through the mouth. Where I live though, the air is cold enough 3-4 months of the year so that deep breathing through my nose ...
3
votes
2answers
170 views

Is there a definitive way to calculate a target heart rate for a cardiovascular workout?

In one book I read, the target heart rate for a cardiovascular workout for a person my age (36) was somewhat lower (10-15bpm) than the rate listed on some of the machines I'm familiar with at the gym. ...
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votes
5answers
4k views

What kind of cardio exercises can be performed without a gym or fitness equipment?

For a healthy heart, I've got myself into a habit of stopping by the gym after work and using the fitness equipment (treadmill, stair machine, etc.) or using the stationary bike I have at home. ...
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3answers
2k views

How to calculate Body Fat %

How can I calculate my BF%?
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2answers
2k views

What does it actually mean “anaerobic pulse zone”?

Can someone put in human terms what does it mean to work out in "anaerobic pulse zone"? Update: I mean anaerobic heart rate in context of running on a treadmill. I'm 26 and while running on 12km/h ...
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4answers
1k views

Should you run with a cold?

I am six weeks away form my first marathon and the last two and half weeks of training have been badly affected as i have been suffering with a bad winter cold. I am still coughing fairly regularly ...
24
votes
6answers
10k views

Should you not work out within an hour of waking up?

Is there any truth to the claim that you should wait (at least) an hour after you wake up, before you start a workout. I've heard something about "the back is not lubricated enough before that" but ...
6
votes
1answer
150 views

Best way to train for a relay

I am 12 years old and we have a school-wide relay champiniship and I was wondering what is the best tips to train in a 4x100m relay. So I was wondering how do you train for a relay. UPDATE: We won ...
2
votes
1answer
183 views

What are the traits of different types of workouts?

To my limited knowledge - you must train differently depending on what you want to achieve. E.g. to lose weight one should do small weight lifting with lots of repetitions (also - according to my ...
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vote
5answers
507 views

Advice on gaining weight [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: I am underweight. How do I gain weight and muscle? Here's some info about me: I'm 21 years old. Weight: 50kg (110 pounds) Height: 1.70m (5'7") What would you ...
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2answers
300 views

What are planks and box jumping

I've seen these terms a couple times here already. Also, is there a good place to ask these questions? I feel "what are some good exercise terms and their meanings" would get closed.
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3answers
348 views

Is it okay to skip arm specific exercises?

I hardly ever do curls or any exercise that focuses solely on making my arms stronger. I've found, however, that they're probably the part of my body that grows the fastest as a side effect of the ...

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