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What are some possible reasons why one suddenly loses strength and is unable to progress in resistance training? [closed]

I am 28 years old and have been working out for more than 10 years, suddenly I lost strength in all my lifts and am unable to progress for a year now. My training routine is as follows Monday: 5 sets ...
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Most effective bodyweight exercises?

There are so many bodyweight workouts and exercises on the internet. I have always wondered which bodyweight exercises are the most effective. I'm trying to create my own bodyweight workout for the ...
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How to achieve slim athletic physique? [duplicate]

I’m 17 years old and i’m street dance dancer. I feel like athletic training is the best way how to cover my needs and body goals. Im going for really strong muscles but kinda skinny physique. ...
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On 80/20 training, what exactly counts as the "tough 20%"?

I have read JohnP (and others) say this many times: There are two big mistakes that most amateur runners make. They go too hard on their easy days, and not hard enough on their hard days. This ...
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Drop in the ocean

the training of the average gym bro is just a drop in the ocean, each muscle gets at most 7 hours of stimulus out of 168 weekly hours, when considering the most DEDICATED and EXTREME people. if it is ...
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What bio-metrics are important for health tracking?

I have been tracking many of my bio-metrics using a Weight watchers scale that uses electrical impedance measurements to calculate fat%, water %, muscle %, bone mass, and BMI, as well as using a ...
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The effects of blood/plasma donation on exercise performance and body composition

A blood plasma donation center is opening up close to where I live soon and I was curious as to what sort of side effects I might experience by donating with regards to my exercise performance and ...
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Nature of a finisher vs burner exercise

I recently came across a variety of terms when it comes to structuring a workout, and one of them is the concept of the "finisher" exercise. Aside from my "pre-question" , which is "If they are ...
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Experienced runners: How to lose fat during a training cycle

Calling all experienced runners. Please advise me as to how I can lose body fat during a training cycle. It seems to be a difficult caloric balance to maintain to train for performance while trying ...
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Are there any journals/studies on the benefits of full range of motion when doing an exercise?

I am quite curious if there are any papers in doing a full range of motion and the benefits towards them. Specifically, By training the full Range of motion, 1. Reduce muscular strength imbalances, ...
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How can I improve my vertical and be more explosive?

I play volleyball and I weight train almost everyday. What exercises/muscles should I work to improve my vertical and be more explosive? Anything helps!
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When is the "220 - age" formula valid to check the HR max?

Going through an answer to Clear cut explaination of threshold training I found a useful answer, where this was stated: Now, since you had a doctor do your HR zones, you may actually have a decent ...
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What is the best stance for BB squats for me?

I have noticed that I tend to fall back when squatting deep(without weights) and if I widen my stance a bit more than my shoulder width I can maintain that squat position with more stability. Now ...
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How much does adrenaline/warming up effect strength performance?

Warming up is important for safety reasons, but I'm not asking about that. I would like to know how much ‘psyching yourself up’ or being pumped with adrenaline affects an athlete's performance in ...
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Does static stretching long term improve exercise performance for trained athletes?

While looking for research on a slightly different subject, I came across this study, which shows a fairly significant amount of improvement in untrained individuals engaging in a chronic (long term) ...
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Can fitness be "regained" like muscle can with muscle memory?

I've heard people say that, if you're seriously trained and take a small break, you may lose strength, but the ability to get it back is beyond that of a lesser trained individual. In other words, if ...
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Can you effectively put on mass while being highly active/fit?

It's believed by some that too much fitness destroys muscle. How can one know that line? Some arguments point to long-distance runners/marathon runners as an example, which are not known to be the ...
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What controls heart rate while workout?

I am 31 year old with moderate fitness. I cycle 3 times a week about 40 mins average and my heart rate monitor data shows I average more than many other people on strava. I know beats per minute may ...
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Is it safe to use nicotine to enhance performance?

Nicotine seems to be a performance-enhancing drug, like caffeine. But because nicotine is associated with smoking, it seems dangerous to try a nicotine patch to get better gym results. Is it safe? ...
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How often should you rest? - Running [closed]

I'm an athlete and run around 5 times a week, often 6 miles each time, how often should I have a rest day? Should I cut the 5 times a week down to 3/4 times?
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Training: quality vs quantity

Quite some time ago I trained has a shot put athlete, only at a regional level. I trained hard but only about 1h30 per day, 3 to 4 day per week. I never made great marks. Later I had to abandon the ...
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At what point does the improvement from increasing weekly mileage become marginal?

Firstly, I understand that different runners react in different ways to training, and so a specific case cannot be made to each runner. When starting out running, there is a lot to be gained from ...
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Do Omega-3 fish oils improve athletic performance? [closed]

I read an article that says Omega-3 fish oils improve athletic performance: Here's an excerpt: To improve athletic performance, eight capsules (each containing one gram of fish oil) has been ...
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How to solve major calorie deficiency problem for very active person on plant-based diet with insufficient appetite? [closed]

I follow a plant-based diet - basically Joel Furhman's diet as outlined in his books. No oils, no processed foods. I'm a very active female, 27 years old and working out on average 1-2 hours a day, ...
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How much press strength for human flag?

Shoulder strength seems to be the main factor for achieving a human flag. I was wondering if there is some number relative to the bodyweight that indicates when one's press strength is ready to try a ...
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What are the disadvantages of using steroids or enhancing drugs while training? [duplicate]

What would you say to a teenager about the use of enhancing drugs apart from the medical conditions that could arise from use?
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