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

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Protecting upper and lower back during many exercises

I have always been told that in many bodybuilding exercises (for instance chest and back exercises, but also squat, deadlift etc) it's very important to protect the back through the scapular adduction ...
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What are risks of bodybuilding? [closed]

Are there any risks of bodybuilding? Every exercise has it's features, and bodybuilding has it's too. What are risks that these features could possibly cause? Or risks from other than these features? ...
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Does protein intake make you fat, especially after stop hitting a gym?

These are just anecdotes: My friend's brother stopped going to the gym, and his body went fatter than before. He claimed that it's because the protein shakes. Another friend of mine has a housemate ...
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Is protein intake before workout useful?

So to give a little concept: My schedule: 8:30 AM I start working 9:00 AM I eat breakfast like a salad with chicken (approx 15-20g protein). 13:00 PM Rice with chicken and veggies (30-45g) 15:00 PM ...
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Replacing top poly exercises because of herniated discs

I have herniated discs at the bottom of my back. I can't do OHP, or even horizontal unilateral dumbells rowing from now. I can't do kettlebell flexion of my top body for side abs for example. I think ...
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How many percentage of my total needs of protein and carb must i use in pre-workout and post workout?

Given that, I need to receive 176g protein and 304gram carb in my bulking diet. And my workout takes about 1.5 hour long. How many percentage of my total needs of protein and carb must i use in pre-...
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After waking up, what must I eat/drink if I want to have a workout asap

After waking up, I want to go gym directly. However I have an empty stocmach to workout, I know that causes my body to use protein as fuel. If I have breakfast, then I have to wait 2-3 hours and I don'...
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Are mass gainers useful to meet calorie requirements?

I am trying to hit 3000 kcals. I get about 2000 cals from normal food. Is it ok to use mass gainer (like Optimum nutrition) to get the remaining? What are some side effects I should watch out for?
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Is it bad if i don't have pain after exercise?

I am a 31 years old man. 76kg weight. 180cm tall and It is the third week that, I do body-building. Usually when i do Barbell Squat or Deadlift, I sweat a lot and I breath fast. After exercise, I ...
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What will happen if I receive major part of my protein needs from powders rather than foods?

I am a 31-year-old man, am 180 centimetres tall, and weigh 75 kilograms. I am on a Bulking diet. According to this TDEE calculator, I need 219 grams of protein, which is too much for me. In my daily ...
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What's a good workout routine to build muscle for skinny physique? [duplicate]

I am 5"3 and I weigh 55 kgs. My goal is to build muscle. My workout routine consists of the following: 15-20 tricep dips (3 sets) 20 wide arms push-ups (3-5 sets) 12-15 diamond push up (3 sets)...
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Which gives better results: bulk and cut, or slow and steady?

In this video, Greg Doucette explains that bulking then cutting is a waste of time because even though muscle is built faster in a surplus, all the extra muscle is lost when cutting. But in the same ...
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Natural alternatives for boosting creatine levels

How can I boost creatine levels without taking a supplement?
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Most time efficient training

This is not asking about opinions on what everyone thinks is best or their preferences. I'm looking for the most time efficient workout. Requirement are as follows: train at least 5 different ...
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Best split for intermediate bodybuilder wanting to gain mass and work on smaller muscles too

I have been doing 3 day full body workouts for almost a year, deloading when necessary and changing reps, exercises, etc.. an example of a day is this: Chest bench press or shoulder press/incline ...
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How do i know if I'm working out right?

I've been doing push ups + planks + tricep dips. My question is, how do I know if it's working? Apart from a slight, almost imperceptible, increment in muscular build at the end of my session, I ...
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If I do sets of 15-25 reps, how many sets should I am for per week?

During lockdown, I am doing workouts at home with two dumbells. I can't add any more weight, so I am doing sets in the 15-25 rep range. How many sets should I aim for per week for large (leg, chest, ...
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Rep ranges and the effect of “breaking” up a set

I understand there are lots of unresearched questions here about rep range. This question is not about what rep range is "best" for some purpose. The research on this topic is well summarized in this ...
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My homegym workout doesn't allow me to add 1 rep at each set of my Military Seated Dumbells Press

I want to increase my reps on the Dumbells Seated OHP. But I can't. I even tend to regress (reps decrease) ; I eat a lot and I sleep well. I'm tired every day, I don't know why. You will find the reps ...
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How to improve my body image? [closed]

My body is like this ever since i lost 36 kg a year ago : https://1drv.ms/u/s!AvIT2Y7GmEM6gTDTJsn5RJDAH5w3 Please , can someone give me some exercises , or any true and tested methode to improve my ...
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Will fat help you gain muscle?

If you are heavier you will be stronger wether this is by fat or by muscle I think we can all agree on that. (I'm not talking about overly fat because at that point it would probably not hold true due ...
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Leg workout for someone without barbell or heavy DB?

I live in a remote area of the city where there's no affordable gym nearby,in my apartment gym there are only DB upto 12.5kg,leg extn and curl machine.Any suggestions how to plan my leg workout with ...
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Bottle necks to body building?

I often hear youtubers talking about pushing the nutrients and drugs into the muscle via the increased bloodflow during exercise. It makes me wonder, let's say if someone hypothetically took weight ...
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Is it necessary to train 'outer' pecs or 'inner' pecs?

For years the three Staples of chest development I have known have been upper pecs, middle pecs, and lower pecs. There are a lot of posts about inner and outer oec development.. and even a lot of ...
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Is it useful to train arms in circuit, 10 reps?

I'm short in time, during my pull work-out. I only have approx. 15min, max.20 to train my arms. The exercises I'd want to do are: supination curl, dumbells bird (post. delt.), neutral curl, pronation ...
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Free app to write reps, weighs, sets and see progression? [closed]

This app should handle this case: My first squat set is 7 reps failure at 120kg, then 10s rest pause, then 2 reps failure at 120kg then 10s rest pause, then 9 reps failure at 100kg,then 10s rest pause,...
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Is it normal, after 3 years of weight training, to find the 28kg dumbbells heavier than 16kg when I grab them on the rack?

Is it normal, after 3 years of weight training, to find the 28kg dumbbells too heavy (more than 16kg) when I grab them on the rack (they weigh all over the whole upper body and I hold them, vertically,...
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Protein diet meal help

I'm trying to add muscle (from weightlifting) whilst getting rid of fat (from long walks cardio). I've been advised to consume 300g of protein a day. I usually have 3 meals (breakfast , lunch, dinner)...
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Does running interfere with muscle gain?

I recently started running and do 3-4 miles 3-4 times a week. On the days I don't run, I lift weights. I typically train pretty intense both compound and isolation exercise. My diet is pretty normal,...
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Can Push-Pull-Legs be done as a 3 day/week routine?

Goals: General strength and muscle gain. I've got a Push-Pull-Legs (PPL) workout routine with desirable exercises from an Android app but it's actually a 6 day routine. I am wondering if I could ...
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Constant load exercise?

I'm obsessed with maximizing efficiency. I noticed that most of the exercises with most muscles, the torque required isn't constant. For example when doing a bicep curl, the load is low at the bottom ...
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Training with Shoulder Injury

Due to over weightlifting I ended up with a "tear of the supraspinatus tendon" in my right shoulder. My doctor advised that I have to live with it, and not to lift weights. I don't want to make ...
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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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