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Most efficient way to stand?

A question out of curiosity. What's the best way to stand in one place for a long time, say an hour? "Best" in terms of energy consumption; but mainly ankles, knees and muscle fatigue. Stand evenly on ...
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Healthy way of losing leg muscle

I have big legs. This stems from a bad habit I had as a child, that carried on until my late teens, where I would constantly be walking on my toes, essentially always flexing my calves. Combine this ...
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Machine Leg Curl vs Glute-Ham-Raise

Often when arguing about the Leg Curl Machine being bad (eg. hurt your knees in many cases), people refer to the Glute-Ham-Raise as a way better (less harmful) alternative. To me, the movements of ...
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Negative squats

Can doing negative squats with a belt, going down slowly then using arms to go back up be used to break a squat stalls? If not, are there any other benefit on using negative squats?
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Hex Bar Deadlift: Should my upper back be sore?

Not sure how I can elaborate on the title - thanks for input.
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Should you really work on your legs the most?

Since your legs are the biggest muscle group on your body, should they be worked more than the rest of the body? And should the chest and shoulders be the most worked on upper body becuase they are ...
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Muscular tiredness from biking — is it endurance related?

I bike every now and then, but used to ride bike quite often before. One thing that never has changed is how I get dead tired instantly. The tiredness is muscular and it's all in the legs, like a ...
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Questions on the effectiveness and safety of weighted pistol squats

I recently stopped doing front squats due to bicep tendonitis in my left arm and I peaked at 215 for 5 reps. So now since I am unable to do front squats due to this tendonitis I have picked up pistol ...
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Running, Riding a bike and hard leg workout (each activity being done once time a week): is it sufficient to enhance my cardio?

Monday: I work out legs with horizontal legs press, squat, romanian deadlift, kind of lunges with the tractions assistance machine, legs extensions and legs curl (almost 2 hours, but it's only one ...
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What is the best exercise to increase leg size

I have been going to the gym for nearly 4 years. My weight is currently 65kg. My upper body is healthy in comparison to my legs, so now I am focusing on my legs. I do exercise daily for legs, but ...
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How do I prevent the scraping that occurs when I rotate my leg about my hip? [closed]

I recently started taking parkour lessons and after a full day of vaulting and jumping around, the area around my hip flexor (or possible the hip flexor itself, I'm not a doctor) hurts. For some ...
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is the squat a complete exercise for the legs?

This week I am starting a program of squats twice a week - Mondays and Thursdays. They will not be heavy squats, but a volume training. 10 sets of 10 reps with 100-110 Kg Squats in this case, are ...
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Are squats on the tip of the feet and bending back good for the legs?

In some video, I saw a guy showing a very effective, according to him, squat technique for working out your legs at home. The technique is such: a person should bend back, pulling their hands back ...
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What exercises are recommended during day to relax my legs?

What exercises are recommended during day (each hour), if I work on the PC whole day? After sitting for a complete hour my left leg starts hurting me (from top to down), and i couldn't bend it any ...
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Are leg 'pull' exercises a thing?

I was doing leg press today and the though struck me, does a 'leg pull' exist where you are pulling yourself towards your feet? Sort of like doing squats with your feet glued to the ceiling! If so ...
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Does cardio build muscle?

One of the factors of muscle growth is mechanical tension which can be achieved throughout various methods. One of them is moving weights around, the other is pushing maximally against an immovable ...
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Slimming legs with exercise and diet

I have thick legs since young (I am 29 now) and play soccer once a week. After my soccer workout I feel my legs get very thick for at least 2 days. Why is that happening? I am hoping to make my legs ...
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Would front squats involve lower traps?

I'm currently in need of strengthening my lower traps, but I also plan to be doing a lot of front squats (for a different reason). I'm sure front squats alone wouldn't be enough to strengthen my lower ...
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Unable to do leg day

I started gym last month. I go to gym 5 days a week.I am happy with my workout in 4 days out of these (I can do more than 6 exercises given in my schedule ) but unfortunately on leg day I cant finish ...
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Calves felt sore after long walk

My calves are felt sore after a long walk about two~three miles today. How can I reduce the uncomfortable feeling? Will warm or cold compress help? Will lifting legs higher help? In daily life, what ...
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My legs are more sore than they've ever been?

So I was doing the leg press at my gym last Thursday with a relatively small amount(180) compared to my max(410) and after doing only 15 reps my legs(quads) got so sore. They still feel like they're ...
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Why is my leg mobility limited even when it doesn't feel like I'm stretching a muscle?

Scenario: I'm standing up straight, trying to raise one knee up in front of me, like I'm marching. Problem: I can't raise it up even to 90 degrees. See photo below. Ordinarily if my mobility is ...
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Leg Extensions and Curls less harmful to your Knee with Light Weights

I want to change my workout routine a little and do Leg Extensions and Curls. Since I'm already lifting heavy on other exercises, I want to do the two with relative light weights but thererfor high ...
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Squatting/Deadlifting - Form when adding weight

OK, so, the gym I go to has standard weight plates, from 5KG to 25KG going up in 5KG increments...the other day, I was front squatting, I wanted to go up a little, but realised I can't go up in 1KG ...
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Training advice on long-distance running for a newbie

I signed-up to Man vs. Mountain, it's a 20 mile race up (and down) Mount Snowdon. I'm looking for some advice with regards to training because it's a pretty daunting event and I've never done ...
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Does muscle strength reduce the risk and problems of injury?

I have injured knees due to a cycling accident last year in October. If I run for a significant distance, I can get a pain in my knee or back that forces me to stop. I'm pretty sedentary apart from ...
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Converting a 10k step goal to a mini stepper

I purchased a mini stepper during one of the early lockdowns to keep the blood flowing at my standing desk. I’m interested in upping the overall steps I get in per day. I’ve never measured steps ...
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Split squats, knees over toes?

I've been doing split squats lately, partly to help strengthen my VMO I've read in a number of places that you should track your front knee over your toes in order to place more load on your VMO. But ...
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Optimal balance of exercises for a squat-less leg day

I would like to move away from barbell squats during leg day. Here is the leg program I have in mind (one day per week as part of a four-day lifting routine): EITHER Bulgarian Split Squat (5x5)/Hack ...
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Can cycling with single leg improve endurance and increase slow twitch muscles with shorter workouts?

Can cycling with single leg improve endurance and increase slow twitch muscles with shorter workouts? Theory When muscle groups fatigue, they start to recruit larger motor units. That may explain ...
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Will biking 5 miles 5 days a week shrink or strengthen my leg muscles?

So I am training for a triathlon, I am biking 5 miles a day 5 days each week. I also do a chest-biceps workout rotating every other day 5 days a week. I figure that presses, incline presses, curls, ...
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Lunge - Deep painful stretch in Hamstrings

Lately I have been trying out some new excercises to train my legs. One of which is the Lunge. Now I noticed that when doing them without weight, I had no problem at all. But when I took about 10kg ...
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alternatives to leg presses

So I can do leg presses with 650lbs reliably enough and probably more but idk... putting all those 45lbs weights on the leg press machine is a bit of a hassle. Is there any exercise that works legs ...
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Lower leg training

The lower leg has about 14 muscle, most people only train 2 muscles the Soleus and the Gastrocnemius. Are there any compound movements that work more than just the calf but more lower leg muscles at ...
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Legs training program

I'm male 90kg 172cm. I've been going to gym for about 3 weeks. It seems like my legs are weak compared to upper body. For example I could hardly do 4x15 squats with 40/45kg during 1/2 week, while I ...
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Is it quite OKAY to do 45 Degree Leg Press alone to replace squat?

I am not a fan of squat to work out my leg, mostly for safety reasons. Is it OKAY to do 45 Degree Leg Press to replace squat ? By doing that alone, can I build myself a pair of strong-looking legs?
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Does running/biking suffice as a leg workout?

I'm currently overweight and have been doing the 5x5 program pretty consistently but want to integrate more cardio into my workout plan. After jogging, my legs/knees feel pretty tired as it is and am ...
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Never skip leg day?

Currently I am gaining strength (and muscle) with a 3-way split. Back- biceps Chest - triceps Legs - Shoulder This however is my concern, I am getting married in 6 months and bought a suit which has ...
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Pain in knees, quadriceps, ankle on jogging [closed]

I am an 80 kg guy, height 5'6", and I have been jogging for like 5-6 months now. Initially, I used to jog in a park, 1-1.5 km a day. Then I gained a lot of weight and didn't have time for jogging, but ...
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ways to improve a glute/leg workout?

I am female, 145 pounds and 170cm tall. I go to gym 4 times a week and do split training. I have noticed quite some gains on my legs but not really my ass. Here is my workout: (I am not sure of what ...
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So (one of) my toes won't come up when running - flat footed

I was a relatively keen jogger (10-15k /day), no problems. I have not jogged for about two years, and started up again. I'm only jogging 2-3k a day at first. This has been a couple weeks now. So, when ...
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looking for best way to progressively increase my leg muscles without making my hurt cartilage more hurt? [closed]

I have chondromalacia patella under which the cartilage has become a lot thinner than a normal person's. I have no idea why that happens to a young man like me. I have not had any external injuries. ...
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How do I stretch the shin muscles?

I have read an answer here suggesting that two muscles be stretched to avoid shin tightening. I don't know how that works. How do I correctly stretch these muscles to avoid shin tightening?
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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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Leg pain after sitting for too long? [closed]

I have noticed that when I sit at a place for too long say 8hrs my legs begin to ache. In between twice or thrice I do take a break and walk around although it's very little. Now why does this ...
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Is it possible to avoid ligaments injuries by doing leg and knee excercises?

I once heard that it is possible to reduce ligament pain by taking supplements (eg: glucosamine). I am looking for exercises to perform to strengthen the knees and avoid ligament injuries. Which ...
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Leg Abductor Tremble

Today was my fourth or fifth time using the thigh abductors at the gym, and since I began, my inner thighs tremble. I found a similar question here, which has a good explanation of the different ...
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What is the reason my pain and exhaustion are not improving? [closed]

I'm having a physical problem for about 4 years by now that's really making walking or just standing insufferable (even for a few seconds). I can't do any fitness and it really messes my physical ...
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Building the thigh muscles near the knee area

My thighs are around 22.5 inches /57cm when I measure them around the highest girth of the thighs, these can be considered average thigh circumfrence I believe, nothing too big nor too small. But the ...
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What is the perfect Squat depth and tempo? [closed]

I have been lifting for 3 years managed a 170kg/375lbs squat with belt and low bar. Now I wish to start over with my squat and perform it high bar. My question is what is the best depth for the squat (...