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Let me say this up front: one weight does not work for all your muscle groups. Your legs are far stronger than your arms. Even the act of pressing something away from your body is stronger than just doing curls or triceps extensions. You might find 5kg (~11 lbs) challenging for those muscles, but you won't even feel the difference with squats. Give ...


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Exaggerating imbalances is generally not something I want to do. If I can do more pistol squats with my left leg than my right, I'll do some extra pistol squats and lunges with my right leg to catch it back up to speed. The same goes for arm work like overhead presses. In practical terms, I accomplish this with extra sets on the weak side, rather than trying ...


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The preferred way to load pull-ups is with a dip belt hung around the hips. This allows for variable loading from very little weight to multiple 45 pound plates, but more relevant to this question, it centers the weight on your hips instead of the shoulders. This means it doesn't change the angle you're pulling at, it simply makes you heavier. It should ...


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The narrower your center of gravity the harder it is to balance the plate. Think about trying to press a relatively light bar that was 30 feet across. It would be very taxing to balance this bar even if it didn't weigh much. The balancing will happen from the use of your muscles, and the wider the weight distribution makes it seems heavier - due to more ...


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I am assuming by weight gain, you mean increase lean muscle mass? You asked for other items on your list. I noticed you don't have legumes (aka beans) on your list. I eat lots of beans, particularly garbanzo beans. It is not the most calorie dense food for weight gain (hence why I eat them in large quantities), but beans are super healthy and a great ...


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High five for working out at home! You can achieve the superb fitness level with home exercise if you know what you are doing. Anyhow I remember doing pull-ups with a backpack once too. However the backpack would disbalance me since it was not tightly wrapped around my body. That's why it's much better to weighted pull yourself with a belt. The belt will ...


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I believe that juggling is not only good for cardiovascular fitness, endurance, and muscle toning (particularly forearms, biceps, and shoulders), but also reflexes, motor skills, balance, and reaction time. It also increases brain size, creative problem solving, left-right brain coordination, concentration and focus, learning abilities, peripheral vision, ...


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Firstly, the pain you feel is 'delayed onset muscle soreness' (DOMS). From WebMD: "Delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) is a common result of physical activity that stresses the muscle tissue beyond what it is accustomed to." "Regardless of whether you're sore, there are still improvements occurring in your muscles during exercise." It is a ...


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The weight itself won't impact the pullup much no matter where you locate it, as even in a backpack or buckled around the hips it's still going to be close enough to the center of the body that it won't pull "away" from the line of motion (Unless you excessively sway or arch). If you had some sort of contraption where the weight was suspended out away from ...


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Flip it(the backpack) to the front, dude...hang it from your legs, be creative. Placement is going to bring in helper muscles, but if you want an emphasis on your core, just swing it around the front, it's a pulling motion, the weight will be focused on your center, and shouldn't get in the way of the exercise at all (shoulders maybe)... BTW 5 pull-ups in a ...


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It is fine to reach a certain weight and stick at that weight. However, different muscles react differently to increased weight. Just because you don't want large bulging muscles doesn't mean that you shouldn't increase your weight for every exercise. You can stick to one weight when doing something like bicep curls and a different weight when doing squats ...



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