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How to train to run 2.5 km from scratch?

Context: I am a 50-year-old man, out of shape and somehow overweight (by European standards). I would like to prepare for a µ-baby-family triathlon (300 m / 330 yards swimming + 8 km / 5 mi bike + 2.5 ...
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When should a beginner switch from full-body workouts to a split?

I'm a beginner lifter and I discovered that full-body workouts are optimal for beginners. Now the question I have, is when should I consider switching from full-body workouts to a split routine like ...
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As a begginer, is better a push-pull split or a upper body split

im 20M and i´ve started excercising about a month ago. I cant go to the gym, but i have access to a calisthenics park and some weights. For now, i have been alternating a push day (where i usually use ...
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Beginner fitness workout program

Before I begin, please note that I have read this post and the linked duplicate. I am asking not for general advice (which is wonderfully given there), but for a few specific exercises. Context: I am ...
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Recommended yoga positions to build to Bridge Pose?

What yoga positions are recommended to help a beginner build towards doing a full bridge pose/backbend (setu bandha sarvangasana)?
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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 ...
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An honest review of my workout

So im a 14 year old beginner wanting a body like bruce lee, Muscles but not too big like the bodybuilders, and six pack and stuff. And i did some research of workouts that could maybe help me, and i ...
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Is that a good fitness plan to get back into shape?

Some information about me: 26 years old 90 Kg Nearly no muscles, just all fat Big belly little endurance No sport for the last 10 years Home Office job + PC player (So sitting all day long) My ...
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Why are most novice programs limited to 3x/week when most novices want to train more?

I have less than 6 months of on and off training and I've decided to stick to a workout plan for good. I'm on the fatter side. I wanted to hit the gym 6 times per week and hit two body parts per day (...
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New to calisthenics and would like some help

Background: 15 y/o, 70kg, 184cm. New to working out, only been doing for 3 months. Would like to ask if this workout is optimal and is there anything to improve? I do see good progress in strength but ...
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Starting to run - Tips for beginners [closed]

(EDITED TO BE MORE GENERAL) I'm doing a 14 week start-to-run course to exercise more as I have a desk job and sit a lot during the day. The course is 3 times a week (Monday, Wednesday, Friday) which ...
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How to adjust weights to my short stature?

TLDR: I'm significantly shorter than an average man. How should I (or Should I) take this into account when choosing my weights? I'm an absolute beginner who has recently started exercising with ...
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How do I solve this persistent workout problem?

My problem is that with most of my exercises I get breathless before reaching anything close to failure and little pump. This breathlessness thing doesn't look like nothing serious but is really ...
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How to start weightlifting?

Ive(f22) always been very fit and healthy, yet have never quite been happy with how my body looks. Im 5" tall and weigh 113lbs. I'm an endomorph and currently eat 1400 cals a day (I track my ...
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As a beginner, should I match breathing to exercise or exercise to breathing?

I started light exercises in Ring Fit Adventure to get rid of some of corona-fat and rebuild stamina lost during chain of medical stuff. Its going well however I can't match breath-in breath-out tempo ...
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Are bench dips a good option to get beginners used to full-depth dips?

Many people get shoulder or chest pain when doing dips without experience. Are bench dips a good preparation exercise for beginners? Do they help reduce injuries and discomfort when doing dips? ...
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Proper way to start exercising after long gap

I am 5'7" tall and my weight is 80 kg. As you can guess, I am fat. I have lots of fat. At one point of time (2016) I wasn't very fat (68 kg) and I was able to perform 10 pull ups, 35-40 push ups, ...
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My knees fall when I do push-ups. Is it weakness, or bad form?

I've just started doing push-ups, and whenever I am approaching a 0-degree angle (so my elbows and shoulders are about even) my knees collapse to the ground. This is, of course, not ideal. Is it ...
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Supplements to aid in body recomposition. (Beginner)

Is the consumption of supplemental products such as protein, creatine, and/or l-carnitine beneficial for the development of muscle and loss of fat? What evidence exists to support that, and does being ...
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Will I benefit from a split routine

About me I'm 15 yo, can do 10 dips, 10 pullups, my max weighted pull up was 22 kg. My routine is the following(it's the Fierce 5 Dumbell Full-Body one): Workout A Split Squat 3x8 (each leg) Bench ...
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Does a untrained beginner get muscle mass gains, or strength gains, or both without applying progressive overload?

I've read somewhere that they get gains without applying progressive overload. That would mean one could get bigger muscles without getting stronger, because he doesn't add reps/weight each workout.
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How important is exercise quality

Inspired by this post: Can I get an honest review about my workout plan? I am mainly trying to improve overall health. I'm not training for any particular goal. I only wish to get/stay healthy. I ...
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Can I get an honest review about my workout plan?

I'm 24, and an absolute beginner when it comes to working out. I just googled exercises that you could do at home and then decided to try them out. Its been a few months but I don't really see any ...
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Switching musclegroups during workout

I have a, probably naive, question about fitness. I've been working out for about a year, where I work out 3 days a week, with what I'd call a full body workout for each session. My goal is to ...
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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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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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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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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 ...