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

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Question about the time needed for carb loading in bodybuilding

I am preparing for a photoshoot on Sunday, and have been depleting my carbohydrates and drinking a lot of water while doing glycogen depleting workouts this past week, as I see is often suggested ...
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How NOT to be Afraid of Using Glute-Ham Raise (GHR) Machine

Some background: I've been into bodybuilding for a few years, but only 2 months ago I started to go to a proper gym with a proper trainer. For a full-month my trainer checked me up of my muscles, ...
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Internal rotation in dips?

Here's a picture of athleanx demonstrating dips https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tMyFe-IL7Ks I understand the forward lean is required in dips, but doesn't this make the exercise extremely susceptible ...
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Deadlift and scapular retraction

most of the people say it's wrong to do the scapular retraction (by squeezing blades) during deadlifts. This and this are two references which explain that scapular retraction is not advised because: ...
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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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Do I need extended rest or a deload when optimising super compensation?

After reading some sources, including a couple of questions on this site, I've learned that super compensation generally peaks around 2-3 days post workout. I've also tested it myself by altering my ...
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Unracking the Chest Press Machine without Pedals

previously I used to workout in a gym where there was a chest press machine with pedals like that However my actual gym just has a plate loaded chest press without pedals: Since my shoulders hurt ...
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Which is the proper point of contact with the bench in bench press?

When I perform the bench press, and all similar exercises where it is usefult to brace against the bench (by thinking of squeezing the its fabric), such as dumbbell inclined press etc, I feel a ...
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Is the Overhead position of the Overhead Press the same as that of the Overhead Squat?

I've got many doubts on if there is any difference between the overhead position of the Overhead Press and that of the Overhead Squat. Let me clarify. The proper final position of the Overhead Press ...
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Holding breath vs Inhaling in Eccentric and Exhaling in concentric

There are plenty of guides about heavy lifting which suggest to hold the breath to help brace the core. Here there is an example with squat. Picture taken from here. Many people agree with this as it ...
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Resistance band chest press

I am trying out resistance band workouts. I am fairly experienced using barbells and dumbbells. While trying chest press using a band, I feel my triceps more than my chest. What could be possibly ...
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Do the calories from high-GI foods eaten in the morning count towards the energy you have in your evening workout?

I guess I have multiple questions stemming from this one question actually. Example scenario: Let's say a bodybuilder needs 2500 calories to be in a caloric surplus. Of his daily calorie intake, 15% ...
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Does sequential position of squats and deadlifts within a workout effect the hormonal benefit?

Folks like Charters William are fond of saying that squats and deadlifts are vital for natural body builders due to their function of stimulating testosterone and other muscle building hormone ...
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Is lower chest isolation necessary?

As a beginner, like a lot of beginners, I did way too much volume. Eventually, I went in the complete other direction and currently use a high intensity, low volume regime. I now do 6 working sets per ...
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Fixed workout routine (for 6 weeks) vs day-to-day variable routine?

There are tons of videos from fitness experts who recommend that you follow a fixed program for an average of about 6 weeks to maximize muscle growth. And this is also the philosophy with which I have ...
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Are there scenarios where waist trainers..... useful?

Ok. I know almost everyone who read the title is currently typing out a big "no" as an answer. Possibly typing something about how it doesn't help with fat loss and risks reorganizing ...
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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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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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How to measure strength increases for supersets?

I know how to calculate one rep max. I can calculate my one rep max and compare it to its previous values to find out if I have gained strength or not. I'd like to do the same thing for supersets. ...
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Optimum amount of aerobic exercise to induce Angiogenesis for bodybuilding purposes?

So I have always noticed that my endurance-oriented friends have always been more vascular than me at similar bodyfat levels. I stumbled upon the term, Angiogenesis, in another post on this site so I ...
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Which rep range contributes to the most hypertrophy of calves?

I've watched videos of two big bodybuilders, Jay Cutler and Hunter Labrada. Both bodybuilders start with the premise of "your calves are being used all day long...". Jay Cutler finishes with You ...
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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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Barbell hitting neck when doing behind the neck over headpressing

On the return path of the barbell in behind the neck overheadpress, the barbell sometimes hits my neck. Are there any cues so that I can make it so that the barbell lands perfectly back on my trap?
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Exercises that develop the rectus femoris other than leg extensions

I have seen a study where the muscle growth (of rectus femoris and vastus lateralis) were compared for (smith machine) squats vs leg extensions (see summary of the study here. One result was that the ...
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Automatic adjusting resistance to removing sticking point for hypertrophy

Recently I've been getting a lot of ads related to workout machines that use magnets to apply resistance rather than weights. The most prominent being the Vitruvian Trainer but there seems to be about ...
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High-Bar Back Squat being easier than Bodyweight Squat

As difficult as it may seem, I'm able to keep a more neutral spine and feel a better balance in a high-bar back squat (and with sufficient load, obviously not so heavy to worsen my technique) as ...
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Shoulder discomfort

When I'm doing incline curls with my elbows behind my body, or lat pulldowns and I'm at the very top of the movement, or when I'm doing cable chest flies, I feel a discomfort or irritation throughout ...
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Tired after a few sets

Ive noticed recentky that i my muscles get pretty fatiqued after some few sets of working out. For example since i train with high intensity and a 5x5 programm i do all my sets to failure. So lets say ...
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Bulking up in maintainance calories

As an intermediate individual in fitness with decent bit of muscle definition and body fat, I was hoping to bulk up. However, I fear that with with a surplus I might end up gaining unnecessary fat ...
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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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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 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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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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Impossible to naturally build muscle steadily without gaining fat?

I know there are other questions around that are similar to this one, but read on and see that mine has more concerns regarding muscle building vs. fat building. It's a common thing in bodybuilding: ...
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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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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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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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