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Is it bad to workout when you aren't sleeping a lot?

I am a dad and we just had a newborn so I am not getting much sleep these days. I want to avoid getting out of shape and gaining weight as it easy to be lazy and slack off on health (eating, ...
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2answers
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Patellofemoral Syndrome Exercises

For many years I have suffered from patellofemoral syndrome. My understanding is that, in my case, the cause is the relatively under developed VMO on both legs. I do a great deal of split squats and ...
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Bodyweight Exercise Resources

Does anyone have any idea of what might be taken to be the bible of bodyweight exercises? Many years ago, Bill Pearl put out a book that pretty much shows you any weight lifting exercise you might ...
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How do I minimize calf muscle pain as I get back into running?

I just started running again, all last week and again today. I start off slow, then increase the speed gradually. Very shortly into it my calves start to hurt incredibly. It starts after about 2 ...
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3answers
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How is it possible to use a higher percentage of our theoretical strength?

I've read somewhere ( Why is muscle size not proportional to strength?) that under normal circumstances, even when we try our hardest, we can use only 20-30% of our strength. Under what circumstances ...
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1answer
720 views

Why are the first workouts of C25K are much harder than those in C10K?

Inspired by Nathan Wheeler's If I can run, so can you!, I started the C25K program today. Things went well, but I realized one thing: the first workouts of the C25K program consist of much more ...
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1answer
142 views

What would be the most time efficient exercise regime and pre-game energy intake in order to increase stamina for soccer?

I mainly play on small courts, so there's a lot of short sprinting, changing direction rapidly etc. So while my first thought to build up stamina is simply to run long distance, I'm wondering if there ...
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1answer
716 views

Do muscles discriminate against the type of micro-tear?

Weightlifting creates micro-tears in the muscles. When these micro-tears repair, the muscle grows back bigger. Does this same principle apply to tears caused by other means? For example, if you create ...
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Core training - planks vs. L-sits?

Does the L-sit: overlap with the plank: or do these two exercises complement each other well? Is there any benefit to holding planks that can't be obtained by holding L-sits?
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1answer
482 views

How does my resting heart rate influence my target heart rate?

My target heart rate for endurance training based on my age is about 135 beats per minute. Do I have to take into account, that I have a low resting heart rate or is that irrelevant. My resting heart ...
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1answer
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Good amount of sets and repetitions for different muscle groups

About 10 years back, when I went to my first gym, the trainers told me to do 3 or 4 sets with about 8 to 15 repetitions on 3 different machines for each group of muscles, depending on the goals I want ...
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2answers
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Is melted cheese less healthy than unmelted cheese? [closed]

All other things equal, is melted cheese less healthy than "raw" chease of the same kind? In other words, is there difference between a slice of toasted bread, with chease on top that's been melted ...
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How to choose the right protein shake?

I never consumed any protein shakes before but I am considering it now because I want to cut back on my meat intake. I am currently 30 years old and weight 145 lbs, hit the gym once or twice a week ...
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2answers
194 views

What is a good DVD based fitness video program for me?

About me: I am 36 years old, male, 173cm, 74 kg. Did lots of intense sports during High-School (Basketball, Running, Fitness, Cycling, and "fun sports" like skateboarding). After High-School, stopped ...
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4answers
74k views

Persistent mild knee pain due to squats - push through or stop?

Over the last 2 months or so of doing heavy squats (200 lbs - 262 lbs) I've frequently had pain in my knees. During the last 2 weeks, it's been especially persistent and seems to be mostly in my left ...
2
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2answers
144 views

Risks of extreme soreness

After two years of layoff I recently started powerlifting again. Although I restrained myself to ridiculously low weights, the first sessions gave me significant soreness. I've heard that athletes ...
2
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1answer
213 views

Testosterone and (Running) Competition

I have had low testosterone for a time. About 2 weeks ago, my doctor prescribed androgel for me because my levels had gotten low enough that this seemed like a necessary step. Assuming I stay free ...
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1answer
431 views

Is it possible to ever recover from Chronic IT (iliotibial) Band Problems?

I have been a runner for nearly 20 years now. In high school, I suffered the occasional IT (ilio-tibial) band injury where it got so tight that even if I tried to run through the pain my speed was ...
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3answers
258 views

Where do I start when finding/creating a fitness program for myself?

I'm a senior in college studying computer engineering, so I spend a lot of time sitting in class and/or in front of a computer. I want to commit to a fitness routine before my sedentary lifestyle ...
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4answers
4k views

How frequently can I hit the heavy bag?

I've heard that hitting a heavy bag is taxing enough that it is easy to overtrain using it, especially for beginners. How much rest should the average person (i.e. NOT a boxer who grew up hitting ...
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2answers
164 views

An odd day of little calories

I decided I want to lose some fat recently and get a bit healthier. To give myself goals to go for each day I'm using a calorie monitoring app which recommends I have 1750 calories a day. At the ...
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1answer
267 views

Is there an effective body core temperature regimen that includes capsaicin?

I am looking to try to regulate my core body temperature in order to be able to sustain longer workouts at higher intesities. I have been exercising more and am realizing that core body heat might be ...
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3answers
1k views

Which resources should I go to for programming ring training?

I just received a set of EXF gymnastics rings (thanks, Team Chaos!) and I have a smorgasbord of individual exercises that I'd like to try. However, I don't want to do just a collection of random ...
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1answer
430 views

Maintaining wrist flexibility while working on wrist strength

I have a SportGrips SideWinder wrist exerciser (Sportster model) that Lauren from the CHAOS team was kind enough to send out to me. I started using it a few days ago and am following this workout ...
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3answers
1k views

Are calories the only important aspect of a diet?

I've recently started using apps like MyFitnessPal to calculate the amount of energy and nutrients I consume and do some simple number crunching for me. However, all these apps seem to be focused on ...
3
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2answers
562 views

Does alcohol affect a diet?

I'm on a diet aimed at reducing the amount of fat in my body. Reducing fat is my first priority, actually losing weight second. How will drinking hard alcohol (let's say vodka or rum) affect my diet? ...
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1answer
4k views

Does the Bulgarian split squat target the glutes better than normal squats?

Based on my observations, when I do Bulgarian split squats, they hit the glutes really nicely. In fact, even if I do the Bulgarian squat without doing regular squats, my glutes are very sore the next ...
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6answers
41k views

When is the best time of day to accurately weigh yourself?

When I weight myself often, I realize that I fluctuate a couple pounds here and there. I can never seem to get an accurate reading that I can compare to another. Is there a time of day which you are ...
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6answers
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What are the pros and cons of running versus walking?

I enjoy going for long -- I mean, ten mile -- walks. Part of this is because I was training for the Susan B. Komen 3-Day Walk about a year ago, and I got into the habit of taking very long walks ...
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1answer
1k views

P90X Protein Portions

So in the P90X meal plan, it says you can substitute 1/3 cup of protein powder for a protein serving. Now, the serving size of most (if not all) whey proteins is 28.5 g - or one scoop. Basically, one ...
2
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1answer
532 views

Why do my arms go to sleep at night after strenuous workout?

I have this problem always especially after forearm training. Depending on how intense the training was my arms go to sleep 1-5 times per night. After a few days without training it doesn't happen ...
5
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1answer
174 views

Best timing for consuming supplements relative to excercise

I've been on an introductory fitness routine for several months to slim down. I've managed to lose 30lb (down to 180 from 210, I'm 6' 1" so this puts me to the upper limit of my BMI), and I've ...
4
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1answer
3k views

5BX XBX or alternative daily “busy people” workout

I was looking for a daily workout routine to do for me and my wife. We both are quite busy people and have three young kids, so I was looking for something easy to do at home, but enough to keep some ...
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1answer
4k views

Why does my neck feel strained when doing push-ups?

I used to be able to do about 50 push ups at a time with no problem when I worked out semi-regularly. I stopped when suddenly while doing push ups, as I'd be getting near the end and straining to get ...
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5answers
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Is using compression clothing during a work out a good or bad idea?

I recently saw a question here about using compression clothing while exercising. I do not have any compression clothing. But if it they are a valid exercise tool to enhance a workout I would like ...
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2answers
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Having sharp, pulsating stinging pain in upper left foot. [closed]

I borrowed the picture from someone else's foot problem that, when I read further, didn't seem to be what I'm going through. Edit: (>_<) Scratch the picture, because I'm a new user I can't use ...
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4answers
762 views

What kind of exercises can I do at home with no equipment?

My current exercise/fitness plan involves just healthier eating and running at least 3 days a week. However, I want to try to include some exercises that I can do on my off-days from running in order ...
4
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1answer
108 views

What are normal pace ratios for different activities?

I normally try to run at around an 8 minute mile. Today I kayaked for about 2.2 miles and it took 40 minutes, so I thought of this question. How difficult would it be to look at training records and ...
3
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1answer
6k views

How do I know if my skins compression clothing are too tight or not tight enough?

Recently, I decided to invest in some Skins as I've been doing a bit of exercise. I plan to use them for things like running, cycling and maybe soccer. On the packet I'm right on the verge of being a ...
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2answers
2k views

What is the protocol for muscle maintenence (stay the same mass)?

Let's say a bodybuilder has been lifting heavy in the 8-12 rep range, eating a high protein diet, and so has attained substantial muscle mass. Now the bodybuilder would like to just maintain the same ...
4
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2answers
270 views

Could cyclic eating help us to keep our metabolism up?

Insulin oscillations with period of 3 - 6 minutes are believed to be important for insulin sensitivity by preventing downregulation of insulin receptors. Reading this I was wondering, if the ...
6
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5answers
457 views

What's the best way for an intermediate-level runner to improve?

For a mid-level runner (7m - 7m30s per mile over distance) with a couple of marathons under their belt, what's the best way to improve their running? Should they simply be doing more running or ...
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3answers
2k views

What to do before a 5k? Race day advice

What recommendations (fact-based, if possible) do you have for pre-race to ensure optimal performance? Warm up is a given so no need to mention that. But what about nutrition, hydration, rest, etc. ...
4
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3answers
2k views

How to focus at the gym?

Lately i am having trouble focusing on my weight exercises. I don't really know how to explain it, but i have the feeling that the exercises i do are not having their effect, because i am not ...
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4answers
2k views

Help with deadlift technique - bruised shins and knees

I've started using deadlifts for lower body work a few months ago and, despite having read a lot of descriptions and watched all the videos I can find, I think I am doing something wrong. When I ...
5
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4answers
6k views

Is it possible to self learn any hand combat skills or martial arts?

I've been planning to enroll in some sort of combat training, specifically boxing, however due to financial constraints I haven't had a chance (my yearly gym subscription already consumed by budget). ...
4
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2answers
235 views

Looking for good alternate to salt pills during exercise

I have done some fairly long events (Ironman several times and all the training it takes to get there) and I have found that hyponatremia is a key issue for me. I am always interested in easy to ...
4
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1answer
166 views

Improve benching through adding speed to the lift…how?

I've been 'stuck' at 240 lbs in my bench press. My biggest issue seems to be in the lift off from the chest. From what I've been reading, this could be due to the lack of speed/initial explosive ...
2
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1answer
637 views

What fruit and vegetable combinations provide all essential amino acids?

Suppose one would only eat fruits and vegetables. What fruit and vegetable combinations provide all essential amino acids?
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1answer
76 views

What books or online resources are available for someone wanting to move to a vegan diet? [closed]

I just finished reading The China Study, which piqued my interest in veganism for the first time, after years of thinking vegetarians were usually a little silly, and vegans were especially silly. ...

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