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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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Usually this would be called an active rest day, and is something that I find very effective. I lift 6 days a week then do cardio whether it be riding my bike, jogging, running, or soccer drills. I find it quite helpful. It gives your muscles time to recover but you are still getting your daily dose of exercise. As you said, it is important to avoid using ...


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It gets referenced a lot, but for good reason: check out Mark Rippetoe's Starting Strength. The book and the program is, from my prospective, the most effective short and long term path to human strength. Whether you decide to be a Rippetoe fan for the rest of your life is up to you, but the things you learn from it and the path it puts you on really can be ...


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Days off from lifting, known as "rest days", are designed to let your body heal from the damage you do during training. Oddly enough, the more progress you make in strength training the less frequently you can train at maximum because you get very good at damaging your body. Putting it another way, the cumulative exercise (a.k.a. damage) a trained athlete ...


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First you should have clear some concepts. You don't burn fat on belly by doing abs, nor you don't make them visible by doing it. As it's said, abs are made in the kitchen. Doing abs workout, what you do is make them bigger, as with other muscles. You should focus your routine almost the same way you focus it for muscle gain, but introducing some more ...


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An typical example of my current diet after my lifestyle changes is: Breakfast: Cornflakes, or a breakfast pot with red berries, fat free yoghurt and granola Lunch: Water and soup or fresh salad chicken and humous wrap made fresh. Dinner: Stir fry or chicken and veg and potatoes Trade out the processed food for more whole food. Lower ...


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The short answer is no. The long answer is maybe. The basic "model" of the body's energy supply is that it holds a certain amount of sugar (glucose) in the blood if the number gets too high, it binds the blood sugar with insulin and stores it in fat cells. If the number gets too low, the body uses glucagon to un-bind the sugar and return it to usability in ...


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Ditch your routine and go with the Starting Strength program. It will be much more effective in the short and long term. Buy the book. Follow the program. Become strong and powerful. You're wasting time doing isolation exercises, missing out on hormone bumps that come from compound lifts, getting yourself out of muscular balance, not on any kind of ...


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There's nothing wrong with the order of exercises you're currently performing. However, to avoid a training plateau, you should consider changing up your routine on a regular basis. Typically, that's every 6 to 8 weeks. For example, as you've asked, perform all chest exercises first, then biceps. Or, perform biceps first, then chest. You should base it ...


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First let me say I haven't used a standing desk, however I'm in the software development field and know where you're coming from with sitting long hours. I'm also a personal trainer and see a lot of clients with bad backs due to poor posture from sitting long hours. A standing desk will help you lose a few calories, however I cant vouch for how many and if ...


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J.T. Hurley's comments about having protein available for muscle growth to occur can absolutely NOT be overstated. If you're intentions for working out are to gain muscle mass and increase your overall strength, you would be doing yourself a tremendous disservice by not having plenty of protein, calories, and water readily available before, during, and after ...


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When it comes to weight training, one of the best ways to keep mass/strength as much as possible is to lift with less volume but try to keep up intensity. I'm cutting at the moment so I'm dropping the overall sets that I'm doing but trying to lift as heavy as I reasonably can. It's hard to progress on anything or get bigger on a cut unless you've just ...


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To make abs visible the most important factor(the faster one) is to lower your caloric intake but keep or even raise your protein intake. Also long term usage of the muscle improves local circulation and improves fuel efficiency making your abs more "definited", local fat loss is possible but it's more of a long term thing, thus negligible.



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