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Questions based around usage of ones own body weight for exercise and injury rehabilitation.

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"Before failure" sets - a good idea?

I learnt that sets till failure have different drawbacks like increased risk of injury, overtraining, fatigue and potentially less muscle growth in the long term (here and here, for example). The ...
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How to find out timing of supercompensation?

Supercompensation refers to the post training period during which the trained function/parameter has a higher performance capacity than it did prior to the training period (source). One should train ...
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Cracking ellbow and shoulder at pushups

While making push-ups my left elbow and left shoulder crack sometimes. Interestingly, when I do the same movement leaning against a wall there is no cracking sound. What can I do against the cracking? ...
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Is it ok to go below basal metabolic rate to lose weight?

I’m really confused. Test case: a 35 y.o. Male 5’10. Healthy. 180 lbs. 26% body fat. Ideal weight should be 160 lbs based on online TDEE calculator. Downloaded this app called “Lose It”. It tells me ...
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How do you include a whole body exercise in a body party split program?

I am a beginner who trains only bodyweight. I am in my first month of training, after training for half a year, I want to start doing a body part split as my main program. How do I include exercises ...
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Family started teasing me recently… [closed]

As of recently my family have began teasing me telling me I’ve gained quite a bit of weight over the last two years. I hadn’t noticed up now that I might if gained a little weight. For reference I’ve ...
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Do heavier untrained people progress faster on calisthenics?

Me and my friend are debating about if it's easier or harder for a light person or a heavy person to be able to do a pull up, provided they are both begineers. My arguement is that, while it's easier ...
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Is max deadlift plus bodyweight a good approximation for max leg press?

I do not have easy access to a leg press machine but it would be interesting to know what my maximum leg press is, which is what I believe to be the strongest movement one can usually exert force-wise....
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How are body weight measurements taken for competitive purposes regulated/normalised? [closed]

I suppose in some contexts it may be beneficial to fall into a lighter bracket so one is sparring with lighter contenders. Then in other contexts it must be more beneficial to weigh in more heavily, ...
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How do I become able to do pullups?

I'm a 5'11 18yo 79kg male, waist 32 inches (in the morning). I struggle with pull-ups, I think this is due to: excess body fat lack of muscle my disproportionately long arms (I don't have specific ...
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Lost a lot of weight ( around 13-15 Kg ) but cannot see any visible difference in my body shape. What's wrong?

Background & History I used to be a fit guy during my childhood till age 11-12 but after that I started gaining weight so much so that about 3 months ago I was 174.5 cm, around 83 Kg (age 18) my ...
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How to increase protein synthesis [closed]

So I'm trying to bulk for the last 3 years, with very minimal success. I'm having trouble consuming food without sh^tting, I can't consume meal replacement drinks, and I have low T levels. Are the any ...
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Reverse hip raises with weight on legs

After doing reverse hip raises for a few days, I am finding that to feel any tension in the legs, I need to hold the position for a long time. This quickly gets boring. So I want to increase the load, ...
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Accurate weight scale to the gram

I am interested in getting a very reliable and accurate weight scale that is accurate to the gram. Not interested in any smart scale etc. Googling I see some "smart" options and the non-...
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Pull up bar: what's the ideal distance from the wall?

I'm about to buy a wall mounted pull up bar and rings to start my bodyweight training, and since I'm planning ahead, I'd like to know the ideal distance it should have from the wall to do levers and ...
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Most effective bodyweight exercises?

There are so many bodyweight workouts and exercises on the internet. I have always wondered which bodyweight exercises are the most effective. I'm trying to create my own bodyweight workout for the ...
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Core exercise for Planche

I have been into bodyweight/calisthenichs training for 1 year now. After working on basic exercises (+30 pull ups/+40 dips/50 pushups/10ish handstand pushups to wall), I decided to start training for ...
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How does back extension work?

Why is "back extension" exercise called "back extension"? Let's consider the following picture taken from here: Well, in this picture I cannot appreciate any back extension. What ...
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How am I gaining muscle but not weight? [closed]

I am 19, 67kg and have been training for around 3-4 years so I am not a ‘newbie’. I am gaining muscle however whenever I weigh myself, I gain very little to no weight at all? I am confused as to where ...
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uneven pull ups

when i do a pull up my right shoulder seems to be higher and i don’t know why. anyone know how to fix this? i am right handed if this helps
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Need fixing my workout routine for body recomposition

I just turned 40 and haven't trained much my whole life. I was skinny when I was young but with the years I've put on some fat. Now I'm 6.1 for 175lbs with 20% body fat. In April, I've decided to ...
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Instant soreness vs onset soreness

Hardly happening with upper body, more so with lower body. When I have some serious leg training I can barely walk for the rest of the day and the -muscular ache- starts during the workout. Which is ...
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How to build an even body with bodyweight only

I do body-weight only, and with clothes on I look skinny. With clothes off I look deformed because the only parts of my body that get bigger are the back and the butt. How does one adjust their ...
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Squat progression to one-legged/pistol squats

I'm doing the startbodyweight.com routine. In the squat progression I find everything up to and including deep squats, close squats and beginner shrimp squats easy and I can do 20 of them without too ...
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Can you get jacked-up without weights (more broadly, without equipment) or supplements?

My experience seems to show that you can't significantly change anything regarding your physique with solely your body weight, even if you work out regularly for years. On the other hand, you can find ...
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Weight put on due to stress eating [closed]

Due to some personal issues I have been stress eating/binge eating for last 7- 8 months and have put on 11 kg weight. I was 64kg a few months back (which I was trying to drop to 59) and now I am ...
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I feel heavy when I run and is lacking lower body strength need help

Every time I run in P.E. (Physical Education) it seems I'm last of many. When it comes to speed I struggle but for long distance runs I'm able to last longer than most people. Specifically: the impact ...
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How to determine how much weight should you start with for dumbbell squats and sit-ups as a beginner?

For an underweight skinny adult, how much weight is recommended? Is there any guide for this where I can read about it, and calculate it for me? NOTE: If this question seems opinion based, kindly ...
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Are these exercises okay for weight gain for an underweight person? [duplicate]

NOTE: Yes I'll eat also, not only exercise :) I read many questions where exercises were mentioned for beginners to (eat and) gain weight. dumbbell squats dumbbell lunges dumbbell sit-ups ...
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Information regarding dumbbell use for underweight person

I'm an underweight person. I can't join gym neither I can buy expensive equipment. These Dumbbells seem worth my budget. But I read at some sites that dumbbells are for making arms strong. So ...
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What's the difference between gaining weight by muscle gain and by fat gain, for an underweight person?

You may want to read my this question to have some more info. Because this question arised from there. Now, I have a self made belief (I can be wrong) that muscle gain is for people who are already ...
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How should I proceed to get normal weight?

My height is around 174.8 cm and weight is around 55 Kgs. The problem is, I wasn't under weight when I was around 14-15 years old. Now I'm 26 years old. I never paid attention to it until after ...
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What's a good body weight exercise to build pectoral strength or mass?

I'd like to work on pectoral strength, and I'm wondering what different techniques there are for building that using bodyweight. Is it not realistic without a bench press? I currently do wide-arm ...
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The effects of blood/plasma donation on exercise performance and body composition

A blood plasma donation center is opening up close to where I live soon and I was curious as to what sort of side effects I might experience by donating with regards to my exercise performance and ...
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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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Have I really put on 14 lbs after only 4 Crossfit sessions?

I'm a skinny, unfit 24-year-old male weighing 143.3 pounds (65 kg). I started Crossfit two weeks ago (along with a healthy, fruit and protein-rich diet) on the basis of 2 workouts per week. Today, I ...
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Is it possible to increase muscle weight (maybe muscle density) without increasing muscle size. Or at least minimize muscle size increase

I believe I have a bizarre but unique question. I would like to know if its possible to increase muscle mass without increasing (Or while minimizing) muscle size increase (Maybe by increasing muscle ...
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One Arm Chin Up training

My current physical level right now is; maximum 7 assisted one arm chin ups with hand on mid-way forearm. maximum 5 assisted one arm chin ups with hand on elbow maximum 1 assisted one arm chin up ...
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Does for WeightLoss Raw Garlic and Honey help? If Yes, How? [closed]

For Past 1 month I am reading one common Natural diagnosis for WeightLoss i.e. Honey dipped Raw Sliced Garlic. Following reason they give:- ARTICLE 1 Perhaps Garlic's biggest health benefit is in ...
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How to properly track weights on bodyweight exercises?

I'm tracking my weights for every exercise I'm doing in my workout routine, so that I can see when I'm improving and increasing the weights or even when I had to decrease the weight indicating maybe I ...
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How are Sisal ropes compared to Manila ropes in Gym Climbing, in terms of hand feel as well as other characteristics?

How are Sisal ropes compared to Manila ropes in Gym Climbing, in terms of hand feel as well as other characteristics? I wish to learn and slowly build capacity for Gym Rope Climbing. Let's assume ...
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Will I gain mass effectively with this program? Slightly modified stronglifts 5x5

I'm very skinny (184cm, 61kg) and I have a really hard time gaining weight. I'm completely free for summer so I can sleep 9 hours a day and eat a lot of food, and I have no other stressors. I will ...
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Relaxed belly no abs show

When I used to be 21 my belly was flat now it looks sticking out when I relax it , my abs pop out if I flex is this normal and what can I do to make it flat and my abs show?
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Do obese and unfit people tend to be stronger than slender people who train?

Yes I know the question in the title seems weird... As weird as what I recently read: I used to weigh more than 300 pounds. I smoked like a house on fire, I drank like a blues guitarist, I ate ...
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Is it possible to regain muscle strength after anorexia and surgery?

So at one point I was extremely skinny (19 yo male at about 5'10 (177cm) and 92.6lbs (42kg)). Before that, I was heavier but had been losing weight and also noticed a loss of muscle strength as my ...
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Can bodyweight exercises induce body recomposition?

Here's my wacky theory. The human body is extremely complex, but looking at it as a black box which aggressively adapts to external challenges, could performing bodyweight exercises (with added ...
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Weight effect when dining out

I measure my weight every morning. I find that my weight increases by 2 to 3 pounds if I have my dinner at a restaurant instead of home the night before, even the portions are about the same. May I ...
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Weight has gone down several pounds, but not trying to lose weight and feel fatter. Why?

I have been working out intensely as usual, but notice that my weight has begun to average around 3-5 lbs. lower than what it mostly would sit at. I feel like I've been getting fatter, but at the same ...
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Squats for lower back pain before

I am tall close to 6 feet.I was able to do squats with 18kg weights before like more than 6 months ago and replaced it with running then i left doing exercise for legs.but one day i accidently used ...
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How do (pro) hockey players weigh so much, but look so small? [closed]

I've attended many NHL games, and a friend of mine has a cousin who is married to a pro hockey player, although he plays for European teams (not NHL). Anyways, we hang sometimes, and I notice he's a ...
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