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But I heard people saying that you don't even have to work out to get the muscles if you're on roids. Is there any truth in that? Steroids don't change the basic paradigm of muscle training. Juicing yourself to increase your hormones (effectively) will allow you to carry more muscle than your body would allow otherwise. You will recover faster as ...


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It's called Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS), but you'll note the Delayed word there. The pain usually shows up 24 hours later and is gone around 72 hours. It's actually not fully understood (2003 analysis in Sports Medicine): Up to six hypothesised theories have been proposed for the mechanism of DOMS, namely: lactic acid, muscle spasm, connective ...


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It's impossible to say nothing's wrong with you. I'm not a doctor. If you have medical concerns, see a doctor. But that aside, I would say it is normal to be out of breath after a hard set of any compound lift. Heavy squats (for 5 reps) almost always leave me feeling somewhere between out of breath and about to pass out. There are things that can make ...


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I had a lot of success doing bodyweight training for the couple of years that I was more-or-less forced to, living in a developing nation with no real gym options. If you go the bodyweight route, I'd recommend these strategies: Realize that "some pushups and pullups" isn't going to cut it. Just like most people in a gym have no idea what they're doing, ...


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Knuckle pushups, bodyweight squats, and sit-ups, as a program, would mostly increase muscular endurance and cardio. A 3x5 program like Rippetoe's Starting Strength would actually increase your strength and power. Muscular endurance is great for fighting, but A) you're probably already doing those exercises in class and B) if you're stronger you have better ...


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Your family's concern is misplaced. Deadlifting 80kg is perfectly reasonable, as is deadlifting 100kg, 120kg, or 160kg. What's dangerous with lifting weights isn't the amount lifted, but whether you're advancing carefully with additional weight, being judicious with one-rep-max attempts, warming up sufficiently, managing minor injuries, and acting ...


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There have been documented tests that show steroid use without weight training will still increase your muscle mass just as someone who workouts and doesn't use steroids. However, if you're thinking you can get huge and jacked by just taking steroids alone you're sadly mistaken. The P values shown are for the comparison between the change indicated ...


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You're supposed to breath a bit heavy after deadlifting. 65 pounds is a bit light for this to happen, but it's fine. (Maybe you're holding your breath?) Lifting is hard work. If you're not breathing hard with a pounding heart and maybe some sweat after a long deadlift set, something is wrong.


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If the bar is slipping from your grip that's generally a sign that you need to grip the bar better. That could mean gripping tighter, which is always helpful, but it could also mean using chalk or, if the weight is heavy enough to justify it, a hook grip.


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I don't have a link because the study was about 25 years ago but Harvard Med did a test study on three groups for 4 months: A. Steroids + 4 days working out per week (same regimen) B. Steroids + No workout C. Placebo + 4 days working out per week (same regimen) After: A. 6% gain in muscle mass B. 4% gain in muscle mass C. 2% gain in muscle mass I am ...


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The weight you're gaining and losing is water weight. Water binds to glucose and salt, amongst other things in your diet. It's simply not possible to remove 5lbs of fat, muscle, or bone from someone (without a knife) in 1-2 days. If you want to gain muscle and be fit, you should look into an effective strength training program like Starting Strength and ...


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I've had this before and although I'm a little cautious to throw the overtraining flag, research suggests there is correlation if not causation: These individuals became acutely overtrained as indicated by significant reductions in running performance from day 1 to day 11. The overtrained state was accompanied by severe fatigue, immune system ...


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I can only speak from experience as someone else that usually works out a few hours before going to sleep. I often have the same problem, particularly after cardio due to the elevated heartrate, but sometimes after weightlifting too. The best thing you can do for yourself is to establish a night-routine that will help relax your body between a workout and ...


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3-5 grams of creatine per day (1 of your pills) is generally considered a safe amount. There has been evidence of liver/kidney damage as a result of taking too much Creatine, but seems to only be the case with people who already have kidney/liver problems. Studies have shown that as much as 20 grams of creatine per day is safe. The only real downside is ...


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I would reccomend upping the deadlift weight and only doing 3-8 reps max. Deadlifts seem to help when they're heavier. Most people are gonna feel pretty out of breath when they do any compound movement for that kind of rep range.


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You need to strengthen your grip. Eventually when getting near 1RM (usually around 3RM) most people will need to flip to a "mixed grip", where one grip is overhand and the other is underhand. But it's a bad way to train and studies show that it doesn't develop you symmetrically (can't find the study at the moment). Pullups, chin ups, farmer's walks, and ...


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You get stronger, and likely bigger if you eat more. Anything more is speculation. This is a overly general question and can't really be answered concisely. There are many forms of pursuing lifting - for competition in Weightlifting or Powerlifting, for Aesthetics - Bodybuilding, for general health/fun, or other reasons too numerous to list. Any sport ...


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From the limited research I've done on this I concluded that you'll still keep some of the muscle gained but not necessarily the same mass. The idea is the steroids increase the number of muscle fibres. It is one of the reasons why some are against athletes that have tested positive being allowed to compete even after serving their bans. It could be argued ...


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Also Steroids damage your liver and shrink testosterone output, which lowers everything male... if you catch my drift. They also can be highly addictive and give you a horrible angry temper. DON'T take them!


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If you split your routine up (chest one day, back another, biceps another day) etc, then you don't have to gym on alternating days, you could train daily. You won't necessarily bulk huge by going to gym but you will get that strength and core that you won't by just doing pushups and exercises that use your own body weight. It just won't happen, your ...


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Since this question is a bit old, I'd be interested to hear where you went. Answering the question for anyone else out there who sees this, I think the Texas method is my particular favorite to move onto. Bill Starr / Madcow / 5/3/1 tend to be very structured and by the numbers which is great because intermediate lifters need to ditch the idea of just ...



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