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Are multiple sets with decreasing weight and no rest between them a good idea?

I saw someone else doing this and I tried it and have liked the results. I start by doing a half dozen reps on the heaviest weight I can handle, then without resting more that the time it takes to ...
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How much do empty barbells weigh?

I have recently noticed that in my gym they have two different sizes of barbells. The difference between them is only in length, but not in diameter. the reason why I'm mentioning that is because I ...
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What are the ball bearings in dumbbells and barbells for?

Well the question title pretty much says it. While browsing the web for dumbbells I stumbled over the supposedly cheaper 30mm bars and the 50mm bars that all seem to be ball beared. What is the ...
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406 views

grams of protein vs calorie intake

I am currently on the 5x5 program with the goal to get stronger. I understand that in order to achieve this goal one must consume a surplus of calories in order to actually gain the muscle. I am 5 ...
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Help to add muscle for a skinny guy with fast metabolism

I'm 20 year old, 5ft8 (1.72m) and weight about 120lbs (54kg). I've recently joined the gym and plan to add muscle (like most people). I'm completely new to this and I have been browsing for research ...
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Free alternatives to nike training club for windows or linux pc

Are there free alternatives for the Nike Training Club, which run on a windows or linux pc or just online via web-browser? List of features, from the iTunes App Store description: Full-body ...
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What is better for my body running every day or every other day?

Currently I run about 7 km every day. I feel that this is too much for me, as I also do some fitness every other day. It is just too time consuming with my new job. I just want to stay in shape and I ...
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Trying low bar position is difficult, what can I do to get there?

I'm trying to get to where I can squat with the bar in the low bar position as in Mark's video. I'm having difficulties getting into this position and I think it's a mix of things, one being ...
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Localized abdominal pain after a short run

I had gone on my first run in months last night, and aside from the expected soreness in the legs and calves, I've got a rather sensitive spot on my abs, about an inch down and left (from my ...
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1answer
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What can I do to have more energy/less sleepy before working out?

I wake up at 7am, go to college, after go to work, and at the end of the day - when I am as sleepy as 30 bears - I go to the gym. After returning from gym, I dinner, etc and sleep What can I do to ...
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Are higher-end multivitamins harmful/helpful/placebo? [closed]

For instance, consider multivitamins like Opti-Men or Orange Triads or AOR Ortho-Core, etc. Are such multivitamin supplements actually beneficial to health, or is it a waste/possibly even harmful?
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What's a good adjustable kettlebell approach?

I current have a solid 50lb kettlebell that I use. I'm looking to upgrade, but prices for solid kettlebells are very expensive. I saw this adjustable handle on amazon (pic) for about $35 and it can ...
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Training for strength: How is my training regimen and diet combo?

I'm a student and live a schedule that makes it impossible for me to commit to any extremely serious programs or even go to the gym. As such, I have began to train at home, doing primarily the ...
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Is my cardio routine too intense?

Because I get shin splints easily, I do cardio workouts by walking up steep inclines. My routine is this: I raise my heart rate to 180 for 30 minutes straight with only a water break in the middle. ...
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2answers
880 views

How do I increase endurance in doing pull-ups?

I'm doing 5 sets of pullups with each set to exhaustion. However my pullups really decreases after the first two sets. I would start off doing 7, then 5, then i get to 2 or 3 if i really try for the ...
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1answer
116 views

Is fasting for two days dangerous? [closed]

I've always wanted to try a fast for 1 - 2 days (but with water!) for religious purposes, but I'm always scared it may result in a slowed metabolism or some sort of health problem. Will a 2 day fast ...
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Going to gym twice a day

I was thinking about going to gym in morning for cardio type exercises and then in evening do some weight training, my main goal is to get 6 pack and get ripped. Do you think going to the gym twice a ...
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How to prevent callus growth on hands when doing pull-ups?

Due to everyday pull-ups I've got pretty bad calluses on my hands. Is there any way to escape them ?
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Typical weekly training cycle of a football club

The problem I am trying to resolve is either dropping off my training too early in the week and feeling a bit stiff on the day we play or I over train and can't maintain speed/power/endurance because ...
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1answer
207 views

How to prepare for exercise at high altitude?

I am doing the Tough Mudder here in Northern California and the event takes place at a ski resort at an altitude of 6000' to 8000'. I have been training at about 3000' elevation and I'm wondering if ...
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What additional exercises do I add to the Madcow 5x5 program?

I just started the MadCow program and appreciate the approach to weekly improvements and regimentation - BUT, I'm used to doing 15-18 exercises per workout (3-4 times a week for about 1 1/2 hours) - ...
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2answers
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How do different modes of transportation compare from a caloric burn perspective?

Assuming that I'm travelling the same route between two points how do walking, running and biking compare with one another? My instinct is that calories per mile (metre, kilometre, or what have you) ...
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My in-apartment gym lacks barbells. Should I join a new gym or buy my own barbell?

So here's the thing. In my apartment, I have a gym with a weight machine or two, some cardio machines, and a set of dumbbell freeweights, and a bench. Using this gym costs me nothing extra, but it ...
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What should I be aware of for wear and tear on a used weight machine?

My father is giving me his old weight machine. He has not used it in quite a few years (10+) and it has been outside (we get winter 4-5 months of the year, with 3-4 feet of snow on average) for the ...
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1answer
260 views

Do “barefoot” runners need a different warm-up?

I normally run 10-15 km training runs. My warm-up has always been nothing more than starting very slowly- I run the first 3 km at a crawl, really. A few months ago I switched to "barefoot" running, ...
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High Heel in weightlifting shoes

After much urging, I bought some Wei-Rui weight lifting shoes. But I found my deadlift in them became much worse, not better. A friend told me that the high heel in them ruins the deadlift. He told ...
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1answer
468 views

Rope climbing gymnastic tricks — what are they called?

I'd like to learn some cool tricks that I could use on the kind of rope that's found hanging from the ceiling in schools' gymnastic halls. I've tried to search, but all I can find is tips on how to ...
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I want to increase my height (teen girl) with the help of excercise routines and diet

I am a 15 year old girl and 5'5 in height. How can I increase my height in terms of food and exercise? Is there some specific diet plan or routine practice required that could accomplish this? I ...
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Improving Golf-based strength

I'd previously asked this question in the "Sports" beta - Improving Driving Distance, but they seem to think it's more suited for this site and then twisted the question to focus on equipment. I ...
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2answers
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Body weight exercises for arm wrestling

I am wondering what body weight exercises might be best to improve arm wrestling skills. Of course not on a professional level, in this case I'd buy equipment, just for the pub level difficulty. My ...
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Is running barefoot on pavement beneficial or detrimental to flat feet?

I have been told by the doctor that barefoot walking is good as long as it is on a rugged surface (grass, gravel, sand, ...) but I should not walk barefoot on a pavement or home. Simultaneously, ...
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Why are compound exercises better than isolation exercises for mass gain?

I commonly hear that compound exercises are the best mass builders, but I just can not understand why. Yes, they can save time by doing more at the same time. I also realize that they involve ...
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How does Voodoo Floss work?

Voodoo Floss is a new(?) trend in CrossFit that basically involves, if I understand it correctly, wrapping a muscle group or joint very tightly in a thing called a voodoo band while stretching or ...
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2answers
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How to maintain my body without fat and reduce belly?

I've been going to the gym for the past 3 years. Although my body shape has changed a lot, my weight has been stable 70kg for this period. For example, my biceps has developed a lot, but I was unable ...
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1answer
364 views

Is Acetyl L-Carnitine effective for weight loss?

How effective is Acetyle L-Carnitine for losing weight? Basically If one were to take this before an exercise routine, would they burn more fat during that routine, as opposed to not taking it?
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Jogging equipment for counting calories, distance and pulsrate

I want to buy myself equipment for jogging. Right now I dont have motivation for jogging for a number of reasons: I dont like jogging I never know the distance i am jogging so i can't really ...
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143 views

sleep and exercise

I sleep for about 8 hours the other day and just last night I have just about 2 hours of sleep. Can I do light exercise workout later?Or if I sleep about 2 hours later and exercise is that ok?
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Metabolic Equivalancies

From what I've read, the MET for moderate intensity activities is between 3 and 6, walking 3 mph being 3.3 for example. It seems to me that this number must vary from person to person. Is there a ...
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Differences between running cross country and track

I wonder about the differences between running on a track and running cross country. I know that it is very dependant on the condition of the x-country course, but I did some research and failed to ...
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1answer
197 views

Start running and progress without overtraining

Background I am an ex smoker (male, 26, 173cm (5'8")) – smoked about ten years with varying intensity – and since some month really getting into sports. I started mountain biking, shortly after I ...
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Increased weight from lack of sleep?

Over the last 2 weeks I went from 215 to 220 and the only significant change was a change in sleep habits, from a solid 8 to about 6 hours. Could sleep have that much of an impact?
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Intensity of daily cycling to and from work

I cycle daily (five days a week) to and from work. It is not far, 9 km each way, and takes me 20-25 minutes, depending on direction and intensity. If I cycle with full intensity, my legs are quite ...
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654 views

Looking for a thorough gymnastics book

I want to learn gymnastics: handstands, pike, planche, bridge, etc. There's a tiny gymnastics group in my town, but my schedule won't let me train with them. I can use their equipment as needed, ...
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2answers
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pistol squats: which kind of barbell squat helps the most

I want to train up to do a pistol squat, and am trying to follow the general advice outlined on the Beast Skills Tutorial, but I'm trying to understand which of the 3 major styles of squats (low bar ...
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1answer
366 views

Suggestion for obesity weight loss program

I'm a software engineer, and have to sit at my desk for long periods of time. I don't have any disease, but my weight has increased. At the age of 29, my weight is 89 kg , while my height is 167 cm. I ...
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Weight keeps shifting to balls of my feet during squat

During squats, on my way back up my weight keeps shifting to the balls of my feet. From my understanding my weight should be roughly distributed throught he foot, with maybe a little bit more on the ...
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1answer
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Proper way to find out your one rep max?

As part of an online competition I want to perfom 1RM on all of my lifts (squat, bench press, over head press, bent over rows, dead lift). I do not know what my current 1RM is and would like to find ...
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1answer
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How long does it take lungs to recover after quitting smoking

I have smoked on and off since I was 14. I just turned 27 in July. I have smoked a mix of tobacco and other stuff. I averaged about 15 packs a week. I currently cycle roughly 100 miles a week. ...
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1answer
407 views

Does daily crossfit excercise and a paleo diet reduce heart disease? [closed]

Does doing daily crossfit excercises and eating a paleo diet consisting of lean meat, vegetables, etc. reduce heart disease?
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Do you miss significant nutrients when juicing?

When juicing fruits and vegies a lot of "solid" pulp are left over. I was wondering if they contain significant nutrients that might be better eaten instead of drinking pure juice?

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