Questions tagged [bodybuilding]

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

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I am underweight. How do I gain weight and muscle?

I am a man in my twenties. Although I am 5 feet 6 inches (167 cm) tall, I weigh only 100 pounds (45 kg). I want to gain weight as soon as possible. How do I gain weight and muscle as fast as possible?
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What are the trade-offs of weight versus repetition?

When doing work out with weights, what is the impact of trade-off between amount of weights working with number of times an exercise is repeated For example, I can repeat an exercise 10x3 times ...
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Protein: How much is too much?

I'm currently taking in 100 grams a day of protien via whey powder. I used to take 250 grams when I was training. I've read that you should intake 1 gram per pound of body weight you have when ...
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How to lose fat and gain muscle at the same time?

Firstly, is losing fat and gaining muscle at the same time possible? If it is possible, what is the general nutrition and exercise plan to do it? Secondly, is losing fat and gaining muscle at the ...
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Is it healthy to exercise a muscle when it's still sore?

Is it healthy or is it damaging to exercise a muscle while it's still sore from a previous workout?
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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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Why is muscle size not proportional to strength?

This guy claims that Olympic powerlifters working in the 1-6 rep range can increase strength without increasing muscle size. http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/topicoftheweek8.htm Trained Olympic ...
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What exercises are good to build up to performing chin-ups?

I can't do a single decent chin-up, are there any easy alternatives that I could build up in quantity as a forerunner to being able to do chin-ups? Alternatively are there are any weights exercises ...
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How does muscle size relate to strength?

I've heard it often that the size of muscles, for example biceps, is not related to how strong someone is. Is this true? See for example this image of Gu Yanli who won the strongest man championship ...
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How does alcohol really affect gains?

I have been training with a personal trainer now for about a year; we work four days a week (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday) and do bodybuilding splits. So, we do dynamic lower core, heavy upper,...
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Should I consume protein shakes after team sport (cardio)?

I started to consume protein shakes (about 25g with milk and water) after hitting the gym to help me gain muscles. I also play flag football two times a week, where the training is more focused on ...
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How can I increase bicep width?

How can I increase bicep width? I am happy with my bicep peak, but I am having trouble increasing the width of my biceps. My arms look rather big from the side but when you look at them head on they ...
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Is there a maximum amount of protein the human body can absorb a day?

Assuming I workout on a regular basis and I'm in constant need for protein for recovery.
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Best timing and amount of protein intake for building mass

I'm 18 years old and started bodybuilding two years ago. To build muscle mass, I want to optimize my diet/nutrition. I know that 2g of protein per 1kg body mass would be a good choice and one doesn't ...
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Should I squat with sore knees?

5 weeks ago I've started an 8 week training program which consists of fullbody training 3 times a week. After years of stagnation I feel real progress in all major muscle groups. However, probably ...
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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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Is increasing resistance the only possibility to build more muscle mass?

I've often read and heard that you can only build more muscle-mass (get stronger), if you continuously increase the resistance weights (e.g. here). But for me, it's the case that I'm often not able ...
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For better muscle growth, how many hours' sleep are recommended after doing a workout?

I heard to help muscle growth one has to sleep a lot after doing a workout. How long is the recommended one? Does this mean the best time to workout is at night so you can go to sleep immediately ...
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How to strengthen my wrists?

While my wrists are fine in general, some of the more strenuous exercises I (try to) do are painful sometimes; for example, one-armed pushups. I used to have more problems, even when doing pull ups (...
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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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How to train up to 50 pull-ups?

My target is to do 50 pullups (without coming down in between them of course). Is it more beneficial (faster for me to hit my target) by doing 1-shot as much as I can or is it more beneficial to ...
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Exercises for building strong and well defined abs?

While people are very quick to jump on the adage that "abs are built in the kitchen", there are some people for whom additional help is required. Its generally acknowledged that a healthy, ...
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Is there a simple program that I don't have to look up at all? [duplicate]

In an effort to make a regular basis for working out, and as an extension of my previous question*, I am looking for a simple plan that satisfies these requirements: No equipment require, or simple ...
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What is the opposite exercise of push ups?

I've been doing push ups on a daily basis, and I feel like I need to also train the opposite muscles, to make sure I'm training evenly. What would be a good counter-exercise for push ups?
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For the same number of repetitions, does it build more muscle to do fewer sets?

Suppose I want to do 50 pushups. I could do: 10 sets of 5 5 sets of 10 2 sets of 25 1 set of 50 Each option is more difficult than the last. But is it more beneficial? Is it "more pain, more gain", ...
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What differences in the muscle structure can be seen when trained for Strength vs Hypertrophy vs Endurance?

This question is bugging me for few weeks now. Its not that I didn't try to look up. I never found a complete answer in an understandable language. From the articles I read over internet I could just ...
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What are good books on muscle building heavily based on science?

Please suggest few books on the topic of muscle building, that are heavily backed by scientific research. I prefer them to be light on concrete training programs, but heavy on facts and research ...
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Smoking and its effects on muscle building

Does smoking effect the muscle building process? I understand it can effect your endurance.
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Are crunches an effective exercise for building the abs?

Vince Gironda was famous for training people like Arnold and Lou Ferrigno and operating Vince's Gym. He was one of the OGs of professional bodybuilding. There's a story I've heard more than once ...
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Body building and gaining weight

I'm 5'10" tall and weight only 56kg. I'm trying to be massive and doing some workout daily, like push ups for at least 30 minutes, with two breaks. In the last 6 months I gained only 5kg. I'm quite ...
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Body fat loss halted. Anyone have experience getting under 8% body fat?

I have successfully reduced my body fat from 15% to 8.5%. Keep in mind these are pinch tests so the over all body fat calculated percentage might be a bit off. My abdominal skin fold measures 7.1mm. ...
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Protein supplement recommendation based on diet

I am body building along with 1 day cardio but i think that i am not taking enough protein in a day. So this is what my diet is : Preworkout : Milk or sometimes oats with milk After workout : 1 ...
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How to maintain my body without fat and reduce belly?

I've been going to the gym for the past 3 years. Although my body shape has changed a lot, my weight has been stable 70kg for this period. For example, my biceps has developed a lot, but I was unable ...
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Beginning the deadlift exercise

With so much misinformation all over the internet, how do I learn the Deadlift?
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What scientific evidence says cables build less muscle than free weights?

Look at any classic bodybuilding book or DVD and it will say free weights are superior to cables (and machines) for muscular hypertrophy. Joe Weider and Arnold Schwarzenegger are two famous proponents ...
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Is the deadlift necessary for an intermediate bodybuilder?

I have been lifting for 6 years (non professionally) yet never seriously tried the Deadlift exercise. Is this exercise necessary for intermediate\advanced bodybuilders in any way?
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What are some shoulder healthy way to train tricep?

It seems like most workout targeting tricep is harmful to shoulders (dips, overhead extension), I have suffer from shoulder impingement from the past and would like work out my tricep in a healthy way ...
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How much cardio is advisable for an overweight person who is new to bodybuilding?

I am 26 years old and my height is 166 centimetre. I used to weigh about 184 pounds two years ago, as a result of which I joined a gym and started working out under the supervision of a trainer. My ...
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Isometric,Eccentric,Concentric training differences and what each is good for?

As in the title I wish to know: What each of them is? What each of them is good at?(muscle building ,strength building,resistance building,etc.) Why should we include them in our training program? ...
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What happens if you only work your arms at the gym?

What happens if you only work your arms at the gym?
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Muscle mass with dumbbells only

Last summer I didn't have a job and had a lot of free time so I often was at the gym and achieved some results there. But in March things changed and I am waking up at 5:45 am and coming home at 8 pm ...
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How do I naturally boost my Testosterone levels?

Its a well documented fact that testosterone in essential for muscle development. So much so that some will want to go to the lengths of taking synthetic testosterone in order to aid their development....
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What are the recommended exercise types for getting broad shoulders?

What exercises do you recommend, if one's main target is broad shoulders (and chest too, but less priority)? Does reducing exercises for other muscle group help? Any other tips?
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How to breathe in lifts requiring tight core (squats, deadlifts)

I am a bit confused about the correct breathing technique in lifts that require core strength. Take the squat as example: 1) Some people say that it is very important to breathe in at the top of the ...
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Why do compound exercises build more mass than isolation exercises?

I've heard this a million times: If you want to get massive, you have to do compound exercises, not isolation exercises. A specific example is the Hodge twins suggesting to do chin-ups rather ...
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Rationale behind Rep Range recommendations - Strength vs Hypertrophy

It makes no sense to me why the rep range for “hypertrophy” and body builders is according to NSCA and many other sources is 3 sets and 10-12 reps. At the most basic level cross bridges formation ...
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Muscle building exercises without looking like the Hulk, think toned and defined

I'm looking to tone my body up and build muscle, but don't want to look like the Hulk or the chicken-legged guys with a huge upper body. I would like to target: Upper Body Lower Body Mid area (...
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Why is "squatting the deadlift" bad?

In this article the author explains why squatting the deadlift (i.e. deadlifting with a too upright posture) is bad. He writes: This in turn both creates unfavourable leverages that cause more ...
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Keeping track of muscle dimensions

I am looking for tools and procedures to keep track of changes in sizes of muscles. (or groups of muscles like upper arms and chest). (1) How feasible is this? (2) Are more subjective measures like ...
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Fitness training with varicose veins

Recently my workout buddy was at a phlebologist who diagnosed varicose veins which have to be treated by surgery (just one large vein) the cause of this seems to be genetic and she now have to wear ...