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Jul
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awarded  Popular Question
Jul
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comment Should I exercise when my muscles are aching?
I would add that the type of exercise the OP is doing isn't something where you need the rest to rebuild stronger muscles such as weightlifting. It's conditioning work which is something that you can do very often. If knees start to get a different kind of pain, the OP might look into varying the type of exercises he is doing.
Jul
25
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Jul
25
comment Nutritional Label dont reach 100% total when adding all component?
Different countries have different requirements for nutritional labels. Are French nutritional labels always required to report on protein, fat, and carbohydrates? Even then, are they allowed to exclude certain classes? And don't forget about water weight with things like ham.
Jul
25
comment How can you tell that you are eating enough to build your muscles?
@Bee, that would be on average for the week. Varying calories is a tool to make sure the energy is there when you need it. If you wanted to, you could do a split where rest days are only up 5% and training days are up 30%. Another variation would be to have more carbs on training days and less carbs (more fat) on rest days. These are tools you can use or not. The key is that there is a surplus over the week.
Jul
23
comment How to take advantage of a cable machine when you've maxed it out?
At what weight are you doing deadlifts?
Jul
23
comment How to take advantage of a cable machine when you've maxed it out?
It shouldn't be an either/or thing with the DLs. The fact remains if you have maxed out what the current tool can do, you have to look to a different tool.
Jul
23
answered How to take advantage of a cable machine when you've maxed it out?
Jul
19
answered At what frequency should I increase weight?
Jul
18
answered Substitute for squats and squat jumps that put less stress on knees
Jul
18
answered Slight panic when weightlifting?
Jul
17
answered Does aerobic exercise training change resting metabolism?
Jul
16
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Jul
16
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Jul
16
comment Seeking a barbell/dumbbell workout for a very small room
Is your barbell a "standard" barbell (1" diameter opening on weights, about 5-6' long)? Or is it an Olympic bar (50mm diameter opening for weights, about 7.5' long). I'm assuming the bench is attached to the rack. How high is the ceiling? You mentioned you can't extend your hand above the top of the bench. I'm trying to get a feel for the 3 dimensions of the room.
Jul
16
answered Is it bad if I can't do legs in the gym?
Jul
13
comment What is the “kernel” for a 4 decade training program for physical fitness?
The problem with your question is that goals change over the course of time. When goals are reached, we replace them with new goals--or get bored and quit. Most programs are centered around achieving a specific goal. So the question is this: what do you see yourself doing over 40 years? If you can answer that, we can give some advice on what should remain a core component of your training. As it is, your answers would be equally as broad as your question.
Jul
13
comment Gaining weight without gaining fat
Think of it this way. If you are 100lbs with 20% body fat, and then you increase your weight to 120lbs while maintaining that same body fat, you will have more absolute fat. At the start, that would be 80lbs lean mass and 20lbs fat. At the end it would be 96lbs lean mass and 24lbs fat. The cellulite is unfortunately, where your body wants to deposit its fat. That is genetically controlled.
Jul
12
comment Recurring knee pain linked to exercise
Reducing the stress on your knees will only help them. Swimming is an excellent way to stay in shape. If you do want to get in to weightlifting, I recommend using the free weights with compound exercises like squat, deadlift, bench press, and overhead press. These help exercise the whole body most efficiently, while keeping all the muscles in proper balance. Theoretically you could do the same with machines, but your workouts will be much longer and you will need to use a whole lot more machines to do the same work.
Jul
11
answered What is the optimal height of the bar off the ground for dead lifts?