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Questions tagged [bodybuilding]

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

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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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Lumbar Region and lumbar extension [on hold]

What is lumbar region in human body and what is lumbar extension? I was reading "starting strength" by mark rippetoe and encountered the terms lumbar region and lumbar extension
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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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Walking and it's effect on the Human body

Hi I want to know what is the best time for exercising? Actually what I do is walk from office to home every day, as soon my day in office is completed, iam performing this routine for more than 5 ...
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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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Is the stomach vacuum only exercise to strengthen the inner abdominals?

I wanted exercises to improve the deep abdominal muscles and I only know of stomach vacuum.Are there any alternatives?Also my inner abs and lower abs are quite weak and I have had inguinal hernia in ...
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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.
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Does running a few miles daily makes you lose musculature?

I have seen various bodybuilding sites claim that running releases cortisol which 'eats' away muscles. Is this true? Do muscles really get affected by running? Not talking about a marathon or any ...
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Does jumping a rope in the anaerobic zone build muscle?

My teacher says that we build muscle and increase our anaerobic fitness in the anaerobic zone(that's 80%-90%) of heart rate. Is this true? Can jumping the rope at say 90% of Max HR build muscle?
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How to prevent “good morning” when squatting?

Since last two squat sessions I have noticed that I feel my lower back when I squat for 5x3. Now this is due to good morning happening at the rising part of my squat. Lowering the weight is one ...
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Which will produce faster fat loss results in a caloric deficit, myofibrillar or sarcoplasmic hypertrophy?

With all other things equal, such as a caloric deficit of about 15-20% TDEE, ~1-1.2g protein/lb. body weight, approximately the same amount of time spent in the gym, a solid routine, and no cardio, ...
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What is a body strength? [duplicate]

I want to know what is the body strength? Is that muscle building help for make a body strength?
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How long would it take for a skinny man to get fit and 6 pack? [closed]

My info: Man. Age: 28 Height: 174 cm (5' 8 ½") Weight: 50 kg (110 lb) Waist: 71 cm (28") I really want to get fatter fast and also fit.
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Deadlifts:Which is the best stance: normal or wide?

If you had to do one,the normal shoulder width or a sumo stance or something else, which one would you do for general strength training?I have noticed that glutes activation is more in the wide stance ...
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Are reverse (vs. forward) lunges easier on the knees?

I find forward lunges slightly uncomfortable for my knees. Today I tried reverse ones, trying to emulate exactly the execution I saw on several YT videos. But on every single rep I found it MORE ...
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How do I progress in my squats?

I have been stuck for 2months on the same max weight of 90kg for one rep.For 5 reps I am stuck in 75kg for 5 reps.As soon I increase weight to 80kg,my reps count becomes 2-3 & after that form ...
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Can Deadlifts be used as a supplement to increase squats PR?

While I do BB squats I often do not have a spotter so in case of trying to get PR I find it a bit risky and hence my squats numbers are not increasing as much as I'd like to.But in case of a DL it's ...
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Am I training too much?

There is this debate, amongst many trainers and professionals, on which is the optimal length of time a natural athlete should be training to increase strength, performance, muscle size, etc. In this ...
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What do I do to prevent hernias?

I am very interested in lifting weights but I have had an inguinal hernia about 8 month ago and even though I am back to lifting I really fear pushing myself to limits because I don't want a recursion....
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Can I skip chest day completely?

I am a 18 yo male and I started going to the gym. I have only 3 days/week for working out. I am a combination of skinny, fat and muscle:)) I stand at 1,76 meters and I weight 68 kg. I decided to do: -...
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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 to develop the smaller muscles of the back?

Whenever we see a muscular back,we think of the lats, middle back and the lower.But there are many smaller muscles which make an asthetic back.Any exercise to isolate those smaller muscle groups?
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Skill learning while Bodybuilding

Can I learn calisthenics skills while doing bodybuilding workouts. I am currently doing a 3 day full body split and would love to learn the movements like planche and front lever. Plz help.
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How to Maintain Muscle During a Layoff

I've quit the gym due to my college exams. It will take like 3 months before I go back. Please give tips on maintaining muscle mass. I do have access to body weight exercises and if there is anyway to ...
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Recurrent pain in the abdominal area after workout [closed]

I often get a very localized pain in the right side of my abdomen after working out (doesn't seem to matter which muscle group was worked). The area becomes sensitive for days, forcing me to stop ...
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Is the neck's volume largely genetic just like the calf?

Calfs are notoriously difficult to develop in terms of volume because their shape and volume are mostly genetically determined. I'd like to know if this is also the case for the neck: is a powerful ...
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A workout regimen for regaining strength and pleateau breaking?

I have had been training for almost 8 months had gains but then I discovered an inguinal hernia and had a lap. surgery.As I was out from gym I lost muscle mass.**But since am back now,I noticed that I ...
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Can bone thickness be increase through exercise in adulthood?

There seems to be a general consensus in the bodybuilding community that bone density can be increase by weight-bearing exercises and that bone thickness(girth) will not change in adulthood(after the ...
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How should I balance cardio and weights training for optimal strength but good cardiovascular stamina? [closed]

I have been strength training for about a while but I left out cardio training hence lost my cardiovascular stamina.Swimming and jogging are my cardio options.But while increasing my stamina and ...