Questions tagged [muscle]

How to safely and effectively build muscle, whether for looks or for strength. Also, how muscles work physiologically.

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How to make sure all parts of my body are developed while working out?

How do I make sure I have a well rounded physique? That is, how to ensure that my for example back muscles are proportionally strong/large with my leg muscles and so on. Even if I train different ...
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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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How to gain muscles and be fit with low testosterone?

I am male,35 years old, 75 kg (with a lot of fat around the chest and belly), and 180 cm. I have been doing Karate for 20 years since I was 7 years old. I was very fit but after my back injury (I have ...
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Teres major pull-ups

Since the teres major does most of the actions of the latissimus dorsi, except spinal extension and scapular movement because it is not attached to the spine but to the scapula. I was wondering that ...
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Muscular growth and genetic limit

Many people go by the belief that people have a genetic limit for how much muscle they can build in a lifetime and the closer they get to the limit the slower they gain muscle. I wanna know what ...
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How does absorption differ between vegan and animal protein powder?

Post workout, will an animal based protein powder (such as casein, whey) be better absorbed or utilized by the body than a vegan one (pea, soy, rice, blend), even if they contain the same exact amino-...
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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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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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More protein = more potential for muscle growth?

I remember reading some researches some months ago which suggested that after a certain treshold increasing protein intake does not increase muscle growth and a small amount was more than enough for ...
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Brain and brawn

Usually bigger animals have bigger brains, supposedly because the brain needs to control more overall mass. Males have Biggers brains than females, or must I say taller humans have bigger brains ...
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When does muscle collapse on its own mass?

When talking about muscle to structural level but not cellular level Bicep brachhii vs single muscle cell How big can a muscle get before it collapses on its own mass or becomes unable to flex ...
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Is muscle pump alone enough to stimulate muscular growth?

The idea is that muscles won't keep growing once you achieve a certain amount of strength, and you need to always make the exercise harder. But is it the only way? Is there any evidence that muscle ...
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Does the pectoral muscle serve any role in the sports practiced in this modern Era?

By sports I mean games of competition where brain and brawn matter, therefore bench press competitions like in strongman or powerlifting are not classified as sport but pure strength game as those are ...
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Effects on muscle growth of not taking rest days

Is there any evidence that humans suffer muscle loss or inferior muscle growth when working out 7 days out of 7? Or is the idea based on the evidence suggesting that growth happens during rest, thus ...
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Finger push ups

Push ups variation where you support your body on fingertips, does this variation actually build forearm strength ir is it mostly about pain tolerance to the skin being pressed by the sharp finger ...
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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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Will my body eat up muscle mass if don’t eat anything for 30-40min after workout?

What will happen if I don’t eat anything after finishing my workout and eat after around 1hr. Will my body use muscle mass to compensate for the protein it need?
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Flexibility and Strength training, which muscles is are being trained in this video

I lift weights and I do yoga regularly. I did notice I'm a bit stiff so I was looking for some stretching/mobility exercises I could integrate maybe after/before I do weight lifting or even ...
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Increase bench press 1RM

I want to increase my 1RM on bench press. I lift about 2 years. At the beginning it went great and fast. But when I reached 220 lbs it stopped. It hasn't changed in the last year. I go bench press ...
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What's up with my body?

The attached profile images are views of my body from a few angles. I've been living with this body for a while, but it wasn't until a couple of months ago I really started to question myself. "Why is ...
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Impact of bicycling on muscle loss

I think one of the most effective methods for calorie burning is cycling , but I'm not sure can cycling actually cause muscle loss? I mean cycling for 1 hour a day , 1 or 2 months regularly and with ...
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Calorie timing with workouts

When it comes to gaining, I usually go for a 3500 calorie a day diet, work out four times a week and end up gaining weight as both muscle and fat. I’m working on a plan to calculate my macros more ...
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How to incorporate progressive overload into my “plateauing” situation

So I have been going to the gym for a decent while now (a couple of years) and have always noticed a problem that I may not have addressed ever and I might be going at the wrong way. I am aware that ...
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Is there anyway carrying additional fat on the body could be an asset for lifting weight?

Such as the body will take the energy to burn fat for recovery, or weight lifting on an empty stomach? Or does it not work like that?
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What percent of mucle growth is possible without steroids consumption? [duplicate]

I am interested to know, if someone does bodybuilding exercises with good rest, enough protein, high presure workout, etc, but without consuming any steroids, how much of muscle gorwth is possible for ...
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Muscle spasms in legs during long distance running

Last spring I ran a half marathon. I trained rather well for it and hit distance close to and equal to 13 miles in my training. I managed these training runs without incident. However, during the race ...
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How does being in a calorie surplus prevent muscle breakdown?

From my knowledge, being in a calorie deficit causes more muscle breakdown because your body requires protein which it gets from the muscle. However, being in a calorie surplus regardless of how much ...
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Are there studies on the number of sets that should be performed per exercise?

It's now well established that the number of hard sets correlates well with hypertrophy. Are there any studies that investigate how a given number of sets should be distributed among different ...
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Should you eat sugar before a muscle building workout?

Is eating sugar before a muscle building workout a good idea? Eating sugar could boost your energy levels and make you perform better. However, excess sugar turns into fat and if you don't exercise ...
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How varied should a strength training workout be?

I want to do strength training so that I can increase the size of my glutes and thighs and tone my waist. I normally do a workout with about 12 exercises (4 exercises per body section) with a minute ...
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Nutrition Planning Help for Lean Muscle and Strength

Right now my main goal is total body transformation. I am on a caloric deficit and getting stronger each week and have lost about 10 lbs of fat so far from 170 to 160. My target weight goal is 150. ...
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Muscles activated when you are running on the street compared with treadmill

Does anyone know which muscles are activated when you are running on the street compared with running on the treadmill? I'm wondering if there is any scientific study.
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What are realistic rates of muscle growth?

As a preface, there are obviously several factors that go into such a consideration. Therefore simply assume that we are looking at a genetically average individual who has gone through puberty and is ...
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Is lactate threshold different for different activities and/or muscle groups?

Is the adaption resulting from lactate threshold training mainly in the trained muscles, in the cardiovascular system, or both? If I improve my lactate threshold through one kind of training, ...
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Should I stop GYM?

I am 31 man, doing gym 3 to 4 times per week (sometimes 5) every session is about 1hour, and mostly during my lunch break. My goal was to loose weight and gain muscle as I was (and still) a real ...
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Do muscles start growing evenly?

I've searched information about this but I'm not able to find anything. For example, when I started exercising, my pecs began growing near the armpits, and then the rest. Did this part grow faster ...
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Morning Barbell and Bodyweight Routine

I want to gain weight and build muscle. I currently do not want to make time to go to a gym. I have a barbell. I do not have a bench. I have received instructions on form at a gym. For the past two ...
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Back muscles training - swimming vs stand up paddling (SUP)

I'm looking for outdoor workout concentrated on back muscles. My current one (running, cycling) targets only legs and I don't have much to do in resting days... I have a lake nearby so I'm thinking ...
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Strengthening muscles absorbing shock by running downhill

I've rapidly increased my running endurance this year. For the last years I was running max 12 km, in this year I've broken half marathon, and I've started trail running. After one run with 600 meter ...
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Is my body resisting the training, or I'm just old?

I am a software engineer (mid 30's) who lived his life without really any physical activity (no sport at all). Fitness level == -1. I tried to do gym twice in my life and stopped after a while (for ...
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What workout routine is best for a 14 year old?

I'm a skinny 14 year old weighing about 50 kg, and I need to find a good workout routine (doesn't matter how long). I'm looking for a workout that targets my biceps, triceps and core. Can you suggest ...
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How to burn both fat and muscle at the same time?

After doing a body composition test the results show an abundance of both fat and muscle in my thighs. My thighs are really thick and short at the same time. I'd like to get a slimmer figure for ...
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My anatomy: What exercizes should I do? Is there any YouTuber/Instgramer that looks like me to help me understand what kind of work-out I should do?

Musculation should be highly customized, according to the anatomy e.g.. I've practiced for almost 2 years, without any result (in term of hypertrophy, strength / weights, etc.) Below is my current ...
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Should I run while sore?

I would say I ran about a mile-ish in under 15 minutes, which is very slow. I'm overweight and out of shape, so I was not surprised to feel sore after it. Although, many other people are not sore, it'...
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Transverse Abdominis Confusion

Recently I've learned that to prevent a "bloated" stomach, you should contract the transverse abdominis when exercising. Since I've never worked the TVA specifically, I couldn't contract it and knew ...
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Can muscle glycogen be fully replenished with any food source that contains glucose?

For example, if one were stranded in a survival situation could they eat only wild edible leafy plants, such as goose grass and dandelions, and eventually fully replenish all of the bodies muscle ...
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Is working in orchard like workout in gym?

I have recently bought an small orchard and I work there time to time. Like shoveling pruning etc. Is this good for my health and muscles like gym? My purpose is not to build big muscles. I just ...
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What is meant by a tight muscle?

What is meant by a tight muscle? What is an easiest way to identify whether a muscle is tight or not?
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What have you found to be the best, most effective strength exercises to help complete a strict pull up?

In 2018 it was my goal to lose weight (which I have accomplished) but now it is my goal to become stronger; one of the more specific goals I have is to be able to do a pull-up by December 2019. What ...
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Is protein the only intake needed for muscle gain?

There are three types of muscles in the human body: Skeletal Muscle, Smooth Muscle and Cardiac Muscle (heart muscle). Among them, we focus on the weight gain of skeletal muscles only. Skeletal ...

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