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What to do after joining the gym?

I am sorry if the question was very vague, Ill clear it out here, I am 26 soon turning 27 by August, I weigh 70 Kgs, I have thin arms but a very fat belly, all I want is a healthy body, maybe work out ...
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What are the least awkward freeweight exercises for an obese person?

I want to try freeweights but am very self-conscious and shy. I would like to start with a short routine to get myself used to the freeweight section of the gym. It doesn't have to be optimal in the ...
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Why does my look differ so much after the gym?

I'm a (very dedicated) beginner lifter (1,5-year experience) Since the start of my fitness adventure, I gained a good deal of muscles while staying relatively lean. I'm currently 71kg (156 lbs) at ...
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Need help finding a pre-run meal [closed]

So I've been working out a lot within the last couple months. Most of my cardio has been elliptical, stationary bike, rowing machine and basketball. I've felt a ton of progress in my conditioning and ...
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Should an 18-year-old overweight woman take supplements?

My daughter is 18 years old and overweight. She has decided to join a gym. Would taking any supplements advisable since she has started working out?
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Pain after doing squats for a new exerciser

I just started working out, as I am trying to be more healthy. I am very overweight and trying to lose fat. I put on a lot since giving birth and having my c-section. My core has gotten much better ...
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Home training / workout for very inactive person (swimming alternative?)

I'd like to ask this probably very obvious and silly questions to people who are into physical fitness, but... I was looking into getting more physical activity lately and I have no idea where should ...
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Legs gave out after 55 squats? [closed]

I havent worked out consistently in 3 years, and have been trying to get back into it cuz i miss being skinny and fit. Im around 175lbs at 5'5" which is...not healthy at all if you look at the amount ...
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Getting started on shoulders

I started to gym around 4 months ago - I love the experience and the feeling. One problem I have is that I feel my shoulders are substantially weaker than my other groups - i.e. they limit how ...
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Full Body Exercises Split Due to Time

I just purchased a book called Jim Stoppani's Encyclopedia of Muscle and Strength. I have learned quite a bit from it. With that being said, I do have a question that I thought I would ask the nice ...
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L-sit on paralletes vs floor

I am a beginner who wants to L-sit, should I begin the appropriate progressions on the floor, or on parelletes (I have both)? Paralletes seems slightly easier. Thanks.
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No longer an absolute beginner, unsure of diet

I follow reddit's bodyweight fitness and have been doing it on and off for a few years. However, it was only this year that I have been seriously doing it with only a couple months of break this ...
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How long before first marathon? [closed]

For someone of a healthy weight and in good cardiovascular shape (swimming and cycling) how long should I wait before my first marathon? Until last month I never ran more than 5 miles in my life, but ...
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Soreness…DOMS?

Before I start off I do apologise if this is an obvious question, however I am new to this so bear with me :) I have started getting myself back into shape lately. Yesterday I started with a 20 ...
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Why does one lose weight even after stopping exercise for short time durations

I started exercising regularly two months back. I used to go to gym 5-6 times a week and started with basic compound movements and cardio alternately. I had an ankle injury two weeks back and was ...
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Using packing peanuts to fill a punching bag?

I recently bought an empty punching bag for, well punching, and I am trying to find a good source of filler. I have a plentiful source of free packing peanuts and was hoping these would work, but this ...
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Plateau on weighted pullups

I got stuck on weighted pullups today(tried 3x5 with 3 extra pounds). It was 5/5/2. I rested 5 minutes in between sets. I started weighted pullups Tuesday and completed the 5/5/5 with 2 extra pounds (...
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How to create a good personalized bodyweight workout plan

I'm currently in the position where I want to start working out, but I do not want to aimlessly begin doing just anything. First my target goal for training is an overall fitness to counter my all-...
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Jogging beginner

I'm not a complete couch potato but I don't exercise near enough either. I'm skinny and around 170 cm (or 5 feet, 7 inches). I would like to start a jogging schedule but I have no idea where to start ...
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How to start with distance running

I would like to start running long distance (well ~8km) Is it better to start off walking, with occasional jogging, the 8km and transition over time into running the full distance, or to start off ...
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Recommendations for a new beginner training program

I'm a 23 year old male. 6'1" @ 84kg. I started strength training in October 2014 and embarked on Wendler's 5/3/1+ BBB. First off, I am aware that I may have got off on wrong foot going with that ...
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Absolute beginner : dumbbells and incline bench

I got a set of dumbbells and an incline bench, and just started some basic exercises. I used only 2.5kg per arm but found difficult to do set of 3 x 12. I noticed my hands were not moving under 100% ...
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Would this work for a teen looking to get lean?

I’m a 17 year-old teen guy and I’ve been doing some research on trying to get “lean” or just generally getting fit. Currently I have a basic model based on a single plan, but I wanted some suggestions ...
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beginning crossfit guidance

I want to understand how to gradually build up my crossfit wod stamina and endurance. I am really new to crossfit and in okay shape, but I really want to improve. I am 40 years old, so I don't want to ...
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Does my routine adversely affect me?

I am a 15 year old male, and I started exercising about 6 months ago. However I managed to procure a pair of dumbbells at the beginning of April, and have been exercising with them so far. My question ...
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Getting fatter with weight training

I am a 32 year old female who started weight training about 1 month ago after doing lots of cardio work. I really enjoy it and am building the weight slowly each week. I am also trying to move to a ...
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Beginner Runner. Cannot go any further

I started running for fun in the early-mid summer this year. I am relatively healthy, average BMI, late 20's, healthy eating guy. I generally run on pavements, roads and tracks. I have relatively good ...
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Heavy Bag appropriate length

I would like to ask what is the appropriate length for a heavy bag. I understand that the heavy bag weight should be approximately half the trainee's weight, but I have not found any sources about the ...
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Tried and true at home workout?

I am a 24 year old male in decent shape, and I want to include workouts in my weekly schedule as a part of my life. Currently my goal is to gain strength, and I'm not interested in gaining muscle mass ...
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Beginner full body routine without squats

My gym does not have a squat rack, and I can't seem to find any beginner strength routines without squats. Any suggestions? Is it possible to do something like strong lifts with split squats instead? ...
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Can less exercise give better results?

I'm a rather skinny guy (1m88 for 74 kg). My goal is to gain muscle mass, with a focus on my upper body. I work out 2 times a week (sometimes 3). I also do 1 hour of badminton each week (but usually ...
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Do I need to do a full body routine before I follow beginners' routines

I hit the gym yesterday after I found a "3 day split" routine which I feel like it sounds good, but I want to ask whether should I do like, what I know as general/full body training for certain period ...
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How to find the correct workout plan for myself

I am 26 years old. Ht. 5'6", Wt. 60-67kg. The first time i did weight training, it lasted two months, the second time I tried it, it lasted 3-4 weeks. I have noted the following things which i believe ...
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cant do push-ups

I am 1.83m (6 feet) tall and my weight is 100kg. I started running from last month and now I can run 2 miles with a 10 Min walking gap in between. One week ago I joined a gym. The problem is that on ...
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What are the basics to slowly becoming a runner?

i always say i not a runner, I'm a swimmer! i really am not much of a runner and used to be a competitive swimmer and thinking maybe it is time to slowly get into running. How do i get into running ...
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What is the difference between trained and untrained muscles? Should untrained people do muscular training differently?

Are untrained muscles (and related tissues like ligaments and tendons) different from strong trained muscles, except for being less strong? Similarly, should “untrained” people train different in the ...
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What novice program should I recommend to my unfit friends?

I lift, but most of my friends don't. What should I have them do when they (finally!) decide to try coming to the gym with me? My friends are not fit, but also not obese or possessing gross injury. ...
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Are these Workout Routines right for Body Building

The weightlifting-101 blog post on the stackexchange blog and posts on fitness.SE has helped me learn more about strength training and body building. My goal is body building (to bulk up) in short ...