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I switched my routine from full-body to split: the result is worse than I expected

I have been going to the gym for 2 years and 3 months now. My primary goal is to build muscle. I have to admit that in the first 2 years, I only used machines. Sometimes I used dumbbells, but no ...
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Does over-exercising reduce muscle gain?

I know that over-exercising can have psychological effects and cause you to become more stressed or get a lack of sleep. However, are there actually any physical disadvantages to over-exercising. ...
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Muscle building exercises without looking like the Hulk, think toned and defined

I'm looking to tone my body up and build muscle, but don't want to look like the Hulk or the chicken-legged guys with a huge upper body. I would like to target: Upper Body Lower Body Mid area (...
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Constantly feeling tired despite sufficient sleep and regular exercises.

For the past few years I have often been feeling tired all the time. Thus I have decided to take a friend advice and start exercising everyday in the morning and ensuring that I have about 7 hours of ...
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Recovery Run vs Rest Day

I have question with regards to rest days & recovery runs. The last three days I ran rather intensely (Interval & Intesive Durationrun). Today i was supposed to take a "rest day". (To be ...
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Is there good scientific evidence on the effectiveness of rest days for building mass?

I'm wondering if there is any study that compares two groups doing identical exercises, except that one group has fewer rest days than the other. I have seen a lot of conflicting evidence on the ...
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Do I need a rest day?

I currently work out 6 days a week. However, I'm not 'Pumping Iron'. I do mainly body-weight exercises. 'A' Days(upper body): 3 sets of: push-ups chin-ups pull-ups dips 'B' Days (core/lower body): ...
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Why do we need a resting period?

Everything you read about training tells you: Resting is just as important as training. I understand that if I train to much I get a negative training result. But do we really have to rest like ...
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What is the difference between rest and sleep? Can inactivity replace sleep?

I've just been reading about the importance of rest days and why sleep is important. According to Lego Stormtroopr, sleep is something you can't work around. I work at a desk in an office all day. ...
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How many days muscles need to rest? [duplicate]

I would like to know how many days should muscles rest before I have another workout with that muscle group? At the moment I am going to gym 3 times a week and on each day I have exercises for ...
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What is the optimal time to train in order to see gains in size and strength?

I am a 21 year old male, currently on my own program that can be found here. It is quite intense and I was wondering what the optimal time to train for strength would be? Please Note: I lift ...
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On smaller in between workout activies and the interpretation of resting phases

I have a three days a week workout plan (weight lifting Mo,We,Fr, basically an arms/torso, shoulder, back split respecively, for an hour or more) and I do cardio in between (depending on the time of ...
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Increase Anaerobic Energy Levels

I am trying to increase the amount of sprinting and cutting that I can do consecutively without getting burned out. I recently started a tough workout program/plan that has me doing jumps and lunges ...
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Why is it important to recuperate between workouts?

After intensive workouts muscle soreness is a common phenomenon. I heard, that it is important to recuperate before working out again. However, I had the following experience: During a two week bike ...
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Advice on resting muscles

What is the suggested amount of time to rest muscle groups between workouts to prevent injury? I want to tone (improve shapeliness of existing muscle) my body and workout on average 6 times/wk ...