Questions tagged [bodybuilding]

Working out for aesthetic purposes: building muscle mass, cutting weight (especially fat), creating desired body proportions.

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Going on a 2 month exchange program and I don't know what will happen to my muscle gains

This December I'm leaving for an exchange program in the United States in which I will be spending 1 month in a family home in California, and the rest of the time touring around the country. The ...
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What type of diet should I do to get a six pack

I'm a 16 year old boy who weighs 140lbs and I'm skinny but not unhealthy skinny and was just wondering what I should be doing to get my abs to show
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How to target the upper middle / inner part of the chest?

What exercises can you do to target the upper middle/inner part of the chest? Is it as simple as doing incline chest press?
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How does one gauge progress in bodybuilding?

On topic of bodybuilding, while there are many resources telling you how you should exercise, they usually don't tell you what rule-of-thumb signals and changes show if you're actually doing things ...
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Is BCAA worth taking and what are its pros and cons?

I've recently began revamping my supplementation. As of now, I'm only taking protein and creatin (although admittedly, I didn't really adhere to the recommended rationing / week plans of creatin). I ...
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To have a nicely balanced physique what strength comparisons should you have?

So compare your squat to bench press, bench press to overhead press and overhead press to bicep curl for example.
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Tensions of the strength curve

Influencing the strength curve during a weight training workout. I have read about the strength curve and the fact that certain exercises for the same muscle have their peak contraction or (hardest ...
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Does creatine help in fat loss?

Creatine can help in building strength but I am curious if it benefits fatloss as well.
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What would be a good powerbuilding routine for mass and strength?

If I focus only in strength training I tend not to gain much size and if I stop doing core lifts for even I week, I tend to lose the 1RM numbers quite easily. Therefore I am looking to develop a ...
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How can a glute be developed to twerk? [closed]

It seems that most people who are able to twerk have big glutes, not necessarily muscular but a big fatty. Is it necessary to have a fat deposits on glute muscles to be able to get the control?
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Is that really good for the body to eat a lot of small meals instead of three regular meals?

It is often explained that bodybuilders eat many small meals a day to have a regular intake of calories and macronutrients. I wonder if this is really good for the digestive system to have a full ...
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I am an Overweight Male and want to get ripped where do I start

I am 23, 6'1", and weigh 212 pounds. I want to get lean by the summer and start a new healthy lifestyle. I play soccer every Sunday and play air-soft or mountain bike every other Saturday. I get ...
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Lighter weights or heavier weights for getting bigger/gaining muscle mass?

I've been hitting gym regularly for two weeks and doing workouts 6 days a week. My program includes 3 sets - 10 reps for each workout. So, my question is related to whether one has to lift heavier ...
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Why do I look the same after 9 months of gym?

I have been hitting the gym for past 5 years but I did take long breaks in the middle, one of them being a year long and others being one to three months. However, recently I have been going to the ...
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Flat dumbbell press and incline dumbbell press (45°) [retraction,weights motion path]

How to retract my scapula? On YouTube people often show retraction in such a way that it creates an ass-crack in between the shoulder blades, but when I try to retract like them, I retract but such ...
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Breathing during bench press (mark rippitoe)

“No breath taken during the set will involve the complete exchange of the full tidal volume of your lungs. This takes too long, requires too much relaxation, and is unnecessary. Breathing during the ...
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Should one train/test their 1RM?

I recently watched a video of fitness youtuber talking about him testing his 1RM frequently (about every 6-8 weeks), which would replace one of his "regular" training days. He does that by calculating ...
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fastest way to get a six pack is it training or is it diet what is the best way to achieve it?

i have trained pretty hard for about a year now. i ride a pushbike around 3 times a week i train each muscle group in the gym and go about 4 times a week. i eat reasonably healthy. i have 12 weeks ...
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Are drop sets effective?

A very commonly performed action in bodybuilding is the drop set. In which, you do your working sets. Then on the last set, you go to failure, drop the weight, go to failure, drop the weight, go to ...
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Biceps workout without supplement pain more than 4 days: Do i need whey?

I saw an expert in Youtube said that muscle recovery took 3 days (roughly 72 hours) but it not same with my case. I'm not bodybuilding and not using any kind of supplement. I'm doing more for ...
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Is working out with DOMS everyday bad? [duplicate]

I'm currently following this bodybuilding workout routine : Day 1 : Legs/Abs Day 2 : Upper body 6 days a week, with 1 rest day. This has been nice for the past two months (I'm a beginner) but now, ...
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Dumbbell bench press tutorial

I need a full definitive guide for dumbbell bench press but when i search on web, i get only results for barbell bench press. Any source you know?
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Micronutrient requirements

Since everybody talks about the importance of macronutrients in a fat-loss and muscle-building program but nobody talks about the quantity in which these micronutrients are required for a gym goer. I'...
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gain in the first few days

This is my 3rd day at gym, i weighted about 91KGS the day i got in first day i did : cardio and upper body lifting cycle 2nd day : same thing 3rd day: rest day 4th day : same thing as first ...
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How to overcome shyness at the gym and start seeing results?

I'v been on a diet for around 3 months now (since July) and I joined a gym around the same time. Since then, I've been having a lot of salads and in-taking more protein. I'm starting to see progress ...
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longissimus dorsi complex

What is longissimus dorsi complex? I am reading "starting strength" by mark rippetoe I was reading about gripping the bar The line was "Likewise, lifting the chest requires a contraction of the ...
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Please explain these 3 points to me and “squat’s stretch-shortening cycle”

I am reading Rippetoe, and I came across the following statements. I am learning how to squat, but I don't understand what is meant by the following: The squat’s stretch-shortening cycle is important ...
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How to make the skin of the body harden?

2 years I have been doing bodybuilding but my body skin has not become harden! Some say that a sunburn under the sun will make your skin harden but I don’t want to turn my white skin on black! Are ...
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Is stretching after bodybuilding workout advised?

I heard many things about stretching but recently, I had 2 different (and opposite) advices about it. Both were from certified trainers. One said that, after your workout, whatever your workout was, ...
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Cycling burning fat or calories?

If I have breakfast and then cycle, say for about an hour at about 80%, will the cycling burn any fat(/muscle) tissue or just the breakfast? If not, would it be advisable to consume no or very little ...
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Half Body 5 days a week, enough rest?

As far as I know, training the same muscles every-day (or in consecutive days) is not a good idea. The muscles can't rest long enough to regenerate and you are "over-training". But, as far as I know, ...
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How much of a surplus is reasonable? (Help for a new weight-lifter)

My name is Sean and I am pretty new to weight-lifting. I've been trying to get healthier for the past few months, and for the past month or so I have been trying to get more experience with resistance ...
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Lowering carbs intake while increasing fat intake accordingly without compromising progress [closed]

The standard recommendation regarding the respective proportions of macro intake conflicts with my food preferences: I prefer to eat more fat (in the form of butter and coconut/olive oil for example) ...
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At what point do the health benefits of strength training peak?

The health benefits of strength training (as with most forms of regular exercise) are frequently quoted as providing increased lifespan, better ageing, disease resistance etc. However, it is certainly ...
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Who is this physical fitness trainer? [closed]

Help me to find his name please ! Thank in advance Physical Fitness users !
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During bulking phase, do the extra calories power weight lifting or mass building?

I suppose we need extra energy for both lifting weights at the gym in order to stimulate mass building AND the actual process of mass building between gym sessions. But I can't find good articles ...
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Why way more carbs are required for bodybuilding than fat?

Both carbs and fat end up getting converted into the same chemical energy used by the body to power muscle repair, so why is it always recommended in macronutrient calculators to eat more carbs than ...
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Does strength training make your skin more elastic and thicker?

In my quest to live forever and look splendid, I have with great interest read about the human growth hormone HGH. The body's HGH levels naturally decrease with age. Some speculate that increasing ...
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Ectomorph Doubt

I am an ectomorph of 23 years age. My weight is 55 kg and height is 5'7. I have been told to take mass gainer (Contains mostly fats) by my gym instructor. But I have to build muscles which requires ...
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How do I bulk up while remaining lean?

I am a 19 year old male, 5' 7", 135 pounds. Up until last year I was focused solely on calisthenics as my body training and as a result of that I am extremely toned and lean but I have a skinny body. ...
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I am filling a given volume with Lead shot. Which size will give maximum weight - Size 7 or size 12

Hi am filling a loadable sledgehammer with lead shot. I am trying to see which size lead shot will give me the highest load. Will filling with smaller size give me higher load or a bigger size will ...
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Full Body Workout Routine for late novice

Hey guys i have a question. I am a late novice and other Routines like strong lifts, ICF, starting strength doesnt suit me because they lack on volume, take too long, hit fast the stalling wall etc ......
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How to tackle weak glutes?

I noticed that compared to my overall body,my glutes look a bit small.(I find a full glutes look very athletic and supplement a good lower body look).Also I don't do any glute isolation as I don't ...
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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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Does the GVT actually work for mass gain in non-enhanced lifters?

GVT is German volume training where 10 sets of 10 of a compound movement is done. I am in doubt because such high rep is more like endurance work as I have learnt from various sources.
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Do planks increase muscle endurance rather than induce muscle hypertrophy?

I have been told by folks that progressive overload is the only way you can induce muscle hypertrophy. Doing more reps only increases endurance rather than hypertrophy. So doing planks for like 5 ...
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Does “bracing” the core increase the risk of injuries like hernia?

I have had an inguinal hernia surgery about an year ago,and am back to normal lifting,now in case of lifting weights near the PR's we know that we have to brace the core in order to keep the torso ...
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Madcow 5x5 with 2 days schedule, will it work?

Because of long commute and uncertain work hours, right now I'm only able to workout twice a week. Planning to do madcow. As I understand there are 3 days in madcow 5x5: Day 1 is 5x5, day 2 is ...
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What training approach should I have to miss gym for 2 months?

So I have to go out of the city for 2 months to my hometown.Now I do have a gym there but it's a very small and simple gym,they do have basic equipment but the weights are not much heavy.For ex.I need ...
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Can the hundred abdominal pilates build abs muscles?

I'm wondering if the hundred Pilate's just sculpts and tones the abs muscles or induces hypertrophy in them.