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Because the rails restrict the sled to a single degree of freedom, I would think not: loading the machine asymmetrically should not result in any noticeable change in the forces on the user or the effort needed to perform the exercise. This, of course, assumes that the friction of the sled on the rails is not significantly altered by the asymmetrical ...


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If you can do 50 push ups in one set, then none of the above will build strength. Doing 50 push ups in one set will build endurance, and doing sets of 5 push ups is only useful as a warm up exercise before doing something you actually find challenging. Beyond around 15 or so reps (aka well before 50) in a set, you are shifting in to training endurance over ...


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Strength and muscle mass can be two thinks different. You can archieve very good strength without increase your mass. But you can build more mass with good strength. It is good to train all aspect of fitness with some form of periodization. What it is you current goal ? Try to stick to a goal and when your archieve this goal take another, don't switch too ...


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Nathan, first, please check out this answer on myofibril vs sarcoplasmic hypertrophy. With muscular endurance, you are dealing with (to simplify things greatly) three variables: Myofibril: how many contracting fibers you have in the muscle (e.g., one elastic band vs a bunch of elastic); how strong you are Sarcoplasm: how much stored energy your muscle ...


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I'm a bodyweight training addict. In my point of view doing 1 x 50 is better than doing 10 x 5 because you have the same volume but in less time, you have more intensity. The first commandments in a post of Paul "Coach" Wade about calisthenics mass is "Embrace Reps" and the 4th is "Limit sets" source : ...


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Based on pure physics, whether it is 10 sets of 5 or one set of 50, the total amount of work done is more or less the same. The only difference is the time you took to complete the exercise. Since you spend longer time to do 10 sets of 5 with breaks in between, your muscles would have time to partially recover from lactic acid build up. On the other hand, ...


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In a recent article written by Jerry Brainum(a golden era body builder and researcher) , he talks exactly about this . The effect of repetitions on muscle growth . One set, three sets, or more: Which is best for strength and muscle gains? by Jerry Brainum What he states in the article is that, the effect of lesser number of sets and more number of sets are ...


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The more repetitions you can do, the more you are moving towards endurance training. That is to say, you will develop muscles that can perform the same motion over and over without tiring as easily. Heavier weight with fewer repetitions is more for building muscle mass. That being said, just performing 10 sets of push-ups for 5 repetitions will not build ...


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The answer to this question really depends on your goals and available resources, so I'll give a few answers depending on some possible scenarios. Assuming, for some reason, you can only (or only want to) do bodyweight exercises and are stuck indoors: Any/all of the following: Jump squats Pistol squats Burpees Weighted vest (backpack may result in a ...


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I was finally able to do pull-ups starting last year. I had previously tried assisted pull-ups and was never able to get up to body weight pull-ups What finally helped me do pull-ups were a few things: 1) instead of assisted pull-ups, try negative pull-ups. You start at the top of the bar and lower yourself down in a slow, controlled motion, lasting 4-5 ...


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An excellent squat variation is the goblet squat. This helps build the upper back as well as your legs. Holding a dumbbell or kettlebell in front of you, perform your squats while keeping the implement up. I find it much easier to keep the weight over your center of gravity, which will be your major limitation on using a backpack to weight the squats. ...


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Use a chair to do assisted pull-ups. Place a chair under the pull-up bar, place one leg on the chair and push against it to assist in your pull-up motion. Using this method, you can choose how much assistance you want, and increase a bit with each pull-up. This enables you to do many more reps than would be possible without the assist.


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Pull ups require good development of the back muscles , and you are lifting your body weight. So to increase the number of pull ups you can start doing lat pull downs on machine . These pull downs are to be performed with strict form , with no or least bent in the spine, and bringing the bar to your chins.As you progress and reach about 80-90 % of your body ...


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Pull ups are much harder for women, than for men. Males have significant more muscle mass on their upper bodies than women does, so it is natural, it is hard. That said, focus on assisted exercises to begin with. Grip strength also plays a role, but should come quite quickly for beginners. Rubber-bands Assisted Pull-ups - lift her up by her feet Row ...



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