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First off, ask your trainer how many athletes he or she has trained that have won national, regional, or international titles. Personally, my belief is that unless you have trained someone that's made the Olympic team (or around there), you should probably put your ego in check and emulate what the Olympic trainers are doing. Training isn't an art project ...


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Yes, with practice, you could learn to control every toe individually. The reason it is difficult, is that the part of your brain which is responsible for voluntary movements, the motor cortex, has relatively little area devoted to your toes. Here is a representation of the relative area each body part has in the motor cortex: The more area devoted to ...


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What you are describing is called Isometric training. It’s a little used, and much misunderstood, form of training in which the muscle tenses without changing its length. Each contraction is typically done for 6 to 10 seconds at a specific angle. For example, think of a bodybuilder holding a front double biceps pose. During a competition, poses are ...


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This is very much an individual question, as everyone has different requirements and reacts in different ways to fluid and food intake when running. It's just very much trial and error to find what works for you. However, what you can do is start tracking your runs, time of day, how you feel, what you ate, things like that. Over time, you will get data such ...


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Hypertrophy is the sole phenomenon of muscles getting bigger. (This can be considered a distinct physiological process, but is difficult if not impossible to trigger separate from increases in strength, endurance, and so on.) Hypertrophy in and of itself slightly increases strength due to leverage advantages that come with greater cross-sectional area ...


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Squats. Lots and lots of squats. Squat variations. Lots and lots of squat variations and progressions. Lunges and lunge variations as well. Have a look at something like Convict Conditioning and work your way up to pistol squats. When you can perform 5 consecutive ass to grass pistol squats, chances are you'll have some pretty strong thighs.


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In general, we make exercise a habit, because only through regular training can we expect visual results. Of course, "regular" can mean a lot of things, so we have options. Definition When you look down and hope for visual improvements, we call this "definition". In order to achieve this, we need to do two things; grow our muscles remove fat that lies on ...


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Static stretching very slightly decreases the chance of injury at a strong detriment to strength. Its not necessarily wrong but if you want to lift heavy may be wrong for you. Cardio before lifting worries me though, as its likely that you will tire out many of your weakest muscles (much of your abdominals for example) before you even start lifting, causing ...


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Most of the respected strength training programs focus on exactly that: strength. In general the rep ranges are your biggest lever to play with with strength vs hypertrophy vs endurance. There's also relationships between muscle cross-section size as it compares to strength. Boiled down, the idea is that 2 square inches of muscle can generate more force ...


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Some thoughtful answers have already been given so I'm just going to focus on one aspect -- the challenges of building muscle as a vegetarian. The important thing to know is that consuming protein is essential for muscle growth and repair. You should also know that not all proteins are equal. Most bodybuilders will tell you that animal protein is superior ...


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Performing a proper two-hand kettlebell swing is a whole-body workout as opposed to isolating single muscles. However, the main muscles that go into swinging a bell are glutes, hamstrings, lower back + abs (core). What you should aim for in a swing is to send your hips back (similar to deadlift form) with the bell, and then drive your hips forward to get ...


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I answered a similar question pertaining specifically to the biceps muscle. I'll reiterate that answer. In a nutshell, yes, whenever you can you should try to exercise at full range of motion. While it's not a strict requirement to go full range each and every time you train, in the long run, you're more likely to reach your training goals as evidenced by ...


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I've written a previous answer about this, which I would recommend reviewing. In short, DOMS is not a good indicator of muscle stress, growth, recovery, or training effectiveness. It is brought about through a combination of factors, primarily eccentric exercises. From Wikipedia: Muscles undergoing heavy eccentric loading suffer greater damage when ...


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Currently, there's no credible studies that show static stretching during exercise is helpful. In fact, as a result of some recent studies, the opposite seems to be true. That is, static stretching before and during a training session can have a negative effect. A study by the Journal of Strength and Conditioning, Chronic Effect of Static Stretching on ...


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What you describe is most likely a fasciculation (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fasciculation), commonly known as a "muscle twitch". This is usually benign, but there can be more severe underlying conditions causing this. I know giving medical advice would be frowned upon here (especially by someone without a medical background) but we can't really go ...


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Protein supplements exist for one reason, and one reason only; If your usual diet doesn't provide you with enough protein to properly facilitate reaching your goals, you can add protein supplements to reach the target amount of protein per day/week. As it stands, the question isn't answerable due to lack of information. You need to find out how much ...


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If you can perform 4 sets of 30 reps using a machine, it's time to Increase the weights on the machines. Performing 30 reps of any weight-based exercise isn't recommended as it doesn't really serve any useful purpose. Ditch the machines and use dumbbells and barbells. Using machines solely usually gives you the impression of being stronger than you ...


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100%, I've been training for about 5 years now and there was one spell were due to work I was living off about 4-6 hours sleep a night for a month. I still exercised and dieting like i normally would but I actually loss muscle strength. Sleep is were all the hard work pays off, its the chance for your body grow and recover. Without the proper recovery you ...


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Will eating lots of eggs and peanut butter, and drinking a lot of milk help you bulk up? Yes, however I hope that you are not just eating these for your breakfast, lunch and dinner. If you seriously want to gain muscle mass, then consider calculating your TDEE and add 200~500 calories(this is known caloric surplus). Next your protein intake should be 1g ...


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Both exercises will work your back significantly. It is really up to preference, I know a lot of guys who solely do pull ups to build a huge back as well as ones who solely do lat pulldowns. Both have recorded similar progress and gains. However, pull-ups activate your core muscles significantly as well, a missing plus of lat pulldowns. However for bicep and ...


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Anyone can build muscle/lose fat over time, it's called recomping. It's just that this is a very fast process for beginners, and significantly slows down for more intermediate/advanced athletes. Firstly, it's not a biological process that only fires up when you're a beginner and then shuts off at some arbitrary point. Muscle building and fat burning happens ...


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Short answer: Yes. But don't. Long answer: It is a huge waste of your time, because you're not going to be doing more than 1-2 muscles at a time. And the set of muscles that can be worked like this is very slim. For instace, how are you going to train your lower back? Seems like the only reason you'd do this, is because you don't want to go to the gym. ...


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I'd eat about double what you describe if I were running and lifting and wanted to gain weight. I'd particularly eat more protein: eggs at breakfast (in addition, not instead) and meat for dinner. I'd consider a nightcap of milk or yogurt to top myself off. I'd also consider not running so much if I wanted to gain weight. I'd also drink full-fat milk and ...


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Recently(3 months) joined gym, I am following diet and doing workout (mostly cardio). Excellent progress. Till date i have lost 5-6 kg(85kg before) Should i continue with my plan? Depends on your specific long-term goals. Also i need to muscle gain, taking whey protein (for same?). IF you take whey protein you will have more protein in your system which ...


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You don't "start over" unless you stop lifting for several months. The point is to always be stronger for the rest of your life. The point is not to lift the weight and then pretend you can't lift the heavy weight. If you miss a rep on one exercise, it doesn't affect the others. They track separately. If you miss one rep of, say, a squat, then try that ...


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First of all, you'd need to know what it is you're getting. Osta-Red contains ostarine, which is another name for a substance known as enobosarm. Its chemical formula is (or should be) (2S)-3-(4-cyanophenoxy)-N-[4-cyano-3-(trifluoromethyl)phenyl]-2-hydroxy-2-methylpropanamide. However, the name "ostarine" has also become associated with andarine, which has ...


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What you have linked seems to be, at its heart, a fairly simple 6 day body split. This is not a new or special routine; in fact, a lot of routines commonly work on a 3 day repetition cycle for the exact reasons your identify. Super-compensation is simply your body over compensating during a recovery period. By hitting those muscles in super compensation ...


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A common mistake made by beginners to weight training is to assume that an increase in training volume (eg. more training days) is required for muscle gains. Based on your comments and goals (eg. muscle build/mass ), I would offer that your main problem is not the type of routine to follow, rather, it is over training. If you plan to train drug free, you'...


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Your first step would be making sure your body has the fuel to develop and recover with your exercise. To develop muscle effectively you should be at least eating at a maintenance, preferably at a bulk. Next, carry on doing martial arts! I did Tae Kwon Do for about 6 years in my youth and as a result I have a very well developed lower body. MY legs can ...


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Basically, unless you know more or less exactly how many calories you're gonna burn daily, you will lose some muscle. Obviously, if you have a good estimate of how much you will burn, try to eat over this amount + your bodyweight in lbs x 15 (which is the amount of calories required for bodyweight maintenance for an average male) in calories. I will discuss, ...



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