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When are the physical benefits of a single workout realized?

When does your body actually build muscle in response to fatigue from a workout? For example, if you slam your arms in one work out ( say any combination of, curls, pullups, pushups, bench press, etc....
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How can I improve my reaction speed and timing for martial arts?

I'm interested in what exercises/training I can do to help with reaction time and timing for martial arts. Specifically, how can I improve parrying and countering a strike? I'm not looking for speed ...
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How do I perform an assessment workout?

I've decided to run an Olympic Triathlon: Swim: 1.5 km (0.93  mi) Cycle: 40 km (24.8  mi) Run: 10 km (6.2  mi) and need to assess where I'm at in order to build a workout schedule on my own. ...
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What safety issues should be considered before running barefoot shoes on bad pavement? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What are the downsides of minimalist running shoes? I want to start walking/jogging. I am considering the Adidas Adupure and Fila Skeletoes, two articulated toe models ...
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What is causing a bad/strange reaction about 1 to 3 minutes after finishing my runs

Occasionally after I finish running I will be overcome with an urge to gag and a feeling like I have a ball of phlegm stuck in my throat. I usually end up on my knees hacking and spitting up phlegm ...
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What can a vegetarian eat on a low carb diet? [closed]

I'm a vegetarian and would like to go on a low carb (preferably no carb) diet. Currently I am getting about 200grams of protein from protein shakes and eggs. Until now I have been eating rice, noodles,...
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Skinny wrists - will this change as the rest of me does?

I know it's vain - but I'm not blessed in this department. As I progress down the road towards the body I want instead of the current body I have can I expect my wrists to gain in proportion also? I ...
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998 views

Insanity workout - first day failed diet - should I restart or not?

Today I am going to start my insanity workout program but I kinda screwed up my diet on the first day, and the workout is the fit test. Insanity Workout is the famous workout by beachbody.com. It is ...
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How do I bench press safely without a spotter?

What do smart lifters do when they're working out alone and want to do benchpresses? I have a busy schedule, and it isn't practical for me to have a regular weightlifting partner. I've usually ...
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Starting Strength: How do I know when I should cut?

I've been bulking since I started lifting (Starting Strength path, two months in) but have started wondering this week - when do I cut? Is this purely when I can no longer stand the fat that ...
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Am I gaining anything more by doing accessory work with Starting Strength or is it potentially not contributing anything?

I'm a new lifter about two months into Starting Strength. Recently I bought myself a dip tower so I could add some chin-up/pull-up accessory work. My gym buddy mentioned that potentially I may be ...
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Is it a good idea to only do cardio?

I'm an ectomorph and because of lots of reasons, I cannot (or chose not to) do weights. But I can work on cardio (run, swim etc.) Is this a good idea (only cardio but no weights)? My diet is fairly ...
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Is a diet high in fruit as detrimental as one that includes sugary snacks?

I'm currently trying to eat a lot healthier, and to that end I've cut out any sugary snacks - cakes, cookies, chocolate bars, protein bars and so on. I've noticed that I've mostly ended up replacing ...
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634 views

Would Tabata be any good on a stationary bike?

I cycle most evenings when I get home from work. I read about Tabata on here and wondered if it would be any good for me? Maybe cut my total time down to 30 minutes, 5 mins warm up, 2 mins Tabata, 5 ...
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What are superficial muscles?

Articles like the wikipedia entry for the Forearm distinguish between superficial, intermediate, and deep muscles. What is the difference between these muscle levels? What are some readily ...
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241 views

Can I reverse the consequences of eating something bad?

Can I reverse the consequences of eating something bad quickly by going to the gym. e.g. If I ate a brownie now, could I do an hour of cardio at the gym and then not 'put on that weight. Or is ...
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Could a thicker pull-up bar explain my inability to do as many pull-ups?

Something like 6 months ago, I could do 10 pull-ups rather easily. Now, I'm much stronger than I was then but struggle doing just 6 pull-ups. Could this possibly be related to the width of the pull-...
2
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1answer
680 views

Does it matter when during the day carb intake occurs?

I have heard from multiple sources that "no carbs in the evening" is supposed to be a good way of decreasing the fat buildup and facilitating weight loss. Now while I am aware that none of these ...
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How many Burpees do I have to do per day to lose a lot of fat fast?

I hate exercise, I find it excruciatingly boring. But I am overweight and need to lose fat fast. The main reason why I find it boring is because it takes too long and I don't like doing a a variety of ...
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How should you warm up for stronglifts sessions?

From the StrongLifts book: Never jump straight into your work weight, warm-up first. As an example, let's say your work weight for the Squat is 135lbs. Then here's how your training would look ...
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Cardio Alternatives to Running

I am looking for cardio alternatives to running, which I find incredibly boring so it's difficult to keep a routine up. I would like something that is a bit shorter and more intensive. I have tried ...
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1answer
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What are the primary muscles worked when hitting a Heavy Bag?

What are the primary muscles used while hitting the heavy bag (boxing focus sessions as compared to kickboxing where kicks are involved). And how do you improve the overall hitting/power of those ...
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1answer
184 views

Liquid Diet - Good or Bad?

Is liquid dieting good for your health, if supplemented with adequate and appropriate vitamin supplements? Will it's effect on running prove to be worse from less energy, or better from less load? ...
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1answer
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How do I maintain my breath while swimming?

I lose my breath too early while free-style swimming. As a result I have to stop and take in a breath and then continue to swim again. How do I train my body/mind to use minimum amount of oxygen ...
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Need help with lower back pain while on stronglifts 5x5

I just started doing strong lifts 5x5 program and am paranoid about hurting myself. I am almost 300 lbs, and haven't done much exercise other than walking for the past long as I can remember. I was ...
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5answers
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How do I train my calf muscles?

If the goal is functional performance in a power sport (speed, acceleration, vertical jump), how should one train calves, if at all? Here are the alternatives that I can think of: Don't train ...
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How does one “grind down” calluses?

I love having hardened calluses- except when they rip! A while back, I had a callus on each hand rip open whilst doing Parkour. I was told to "grind down" my calluses every once in a while. By this, I ...
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2answers
479 views

How to reduce weight after quitting smoking

I have gained weight after I quit smoking 4 months ago, e.g. my jeans have become too tight to wear. I have found that my hunger has increased after I quit smoking. Besides quitting smoking, I have ...
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Does exercise REALLY increase the basal metabolism rate for any significant length of time after the exercise is over?

I am new to this site, but have read several questions and answers here that are related to this question and have found different contradictory answers. Some say that the only effect is that a ...
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Need help with squatting on stronglift 5x5

I am a total beginner to weightlifting, and I am trying to do the stronglifts 5x5 program. I am extremely overweight, and the biggest challenge for me is that I don't seem to be capable of doing a ...
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Do I lose muscle or fat if I don't eat for 5 days?

Due to an injury followed by a stomach virus, I drank a lot (coke, iced tea, and water) but hardly ate anything for 5 days. Now, my weight has dropped by 3 lbs. I feel like I lost muscle mass. ...
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Squat racks and barbells on first floor of home gym: bad idea?

Is it a bad idea to have a home gym on the first floor of a house with a squat rack and barbell? Most home gyms with racks/barbells I have seen are in the basement or garage on concrete. My concern ...
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1answer
386 views

Why are women still slower than men over long distances?

I understand that on speed races such as 100m, 200m, up to 10000m men have a physical advantage because of their bigger muscles. But over longer distances that shouldn't matter and women, seems to me,...
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Are Box Squats more like dead lifts or standard squats?

I've read on a few websites (BodyBuilding and t-nation) that Box Squats are good exercises to help with dead lifts. You don't get the full range of motion and through doing them I seem to feel more ...
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1answer
98 views

Diet help for endurance exercise

I just started an exercise regime again, and I think I need help with my diet. I currently will work out, then go a day of rest, and then on the day I intend to exercise again, my muscles are in ...
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1answer
149 views

Is there any practical difference between “calories” and “calories from fat”? [closed]

I was eating a frozen yogurt earlier and noticed the nutrition label said: Calories 200 Fat Cal. 70 I'm not sure what to make of this. I'm guessing 200 is the total calories, 70 of which comes from ...
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Marathon - How to train for a marathon in 12 weeks?

I will be participating in a marathon in next 12 weeks. I want to know how can I improve my stamina so that I can run for longer distances. Also, I want to know what diet plans should I follow in ...
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1answer
280 views

What should be my first goals and supplements when starting a bodybuilding program?

I'm 20 years old. I am 85 kg (about 187 pounds), and my height is 179 centimeters. I don't really have any muscle. I have belly fat. I was a swimmer 4 years ago, but I haven't done any sports for 4 ...
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1answer
610 views

Using lactose-free whey protein for bodybuilding

I'm planning on bodybuilding for a few months, and I want to start using whey protein. I'm lactose intolerant and experience serious stomachaches whenever I drink milk. I see "lactose free" label on ...
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2answers
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Should I exercise when my muscles are aching?

I exercised for the first time in a long time yesterday. This is what I did: 500 jumping jacks at moderate pace 100 jumping jacks at fast pace 10 min of running in place at moderate pace 100 ...
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1answer
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Chest pain while running over 160 bpm

I've started running again after a 4 month period of inactivity due to bronchitis. Used to be a sporty guy up to five years ago (I'm 35 now) then almost nothing until last year. Last year everything ...
3
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1answer
950 views

Can I lose fat but stay the same weight?

Recently I've been doing kickboxing workouts which involve high-intensity cardio with some free weights and body weight movements. This has been awesome at helping me trim down and tone up, I've gone ...
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2answers
23k views

What muscles are deadlifts meant to target?

If I am using the correct form while doing a standard deadlift what primary and secondary muscles are being targeted?
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1answer
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Is increasing lung capacity a misnomer?

I have been under the impression that one cannot increase their total lung capacity, it's like the ratio of fast twitch to slow twitch fibers in your muscles, i.e. it is what you were born with. ...
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0answers
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Nutritional Label dont reach 100% total when adding all component? [closed]

When i read a lean Ham nutrion fact label (In france) i see (roughly): For a 100grams: Protein 21g Glucide 0.4g Lipides 1g This doesn t add up to 100grams.. So what is the rest ? (Almost all label ...
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2answers
2k views

Does drinking ice water burn up to 1000 extra calories per day? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Does being cold help lose weight? I read this comment on a YouTube video showing body builders having breakfast: Ice water. That's the key. Not just plain water - you ...
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1answer
1k views

What changes between the 5 rep range and the 10 rep range?

Through observation and empirical evidence, a lot of strength trainers and bodybuilders have found that 5-6 reps is ideal for building strength, while 10-12 reps is ideal for building size. I've ...
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2answers
866 views

What's my GDA to lose weight?

I'm 5 feet 11 and I weight 189 pounds, I'm trying to lose some weight to reach 176 pounds. My calculated GDA (with online tools) should be 2800 Kcal/per day. My question is: if I lower this value to ...
2
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1answer
249 views

Should exercises for the rotator cuff be done at the same time as other shoulder's exercises?

I'm interested in doing exercises for strengthening the rotator's cuff, as suggested in this question/answer and other good resources. My question is, do these deserve their own spot in the training ...
4
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4answers
836 views

How to take advantage of a cable machine when you've maxed it out?

There are a number of cable machines I've maxed out at the gym, such as: leg extension, triceps cable push down, lying machine squat, etc. Now I'm at the point where I'm doing 5 by 5 with very slow ...

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