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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Controlling muscle growth from running

Background: I'm a 28 year old male, 176cm, 68kg. I used to go swimming for 60min three times a week before the pandemic. Due to the latter, public pools in my country have shut down, and I have not ...
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Name of exercise and muscles worked

Is there a specific name for an exercise where you carry weights a small distance place them on the ground pick them up again and do the same. Also, what major muscles would this exercise work out.
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How can I build a muscular body if I am skinny [duplicate]

I’m 18 y.o. My height is 6 feet and my weight is about 150 pounds. Nevertheless, I look very skinny. Muscles of my torso and arms are weak and small. However, my legs look normal. I tried to go to the ...
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When you become a more conditioned athlete, how has your body changed?

A boxer gets tired out in 3 rounds at his current physical state and health. He then trains in a way that would enable him to last a 12 round fight. What exactly is happening to his body that will ...
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Suppose that someone has only fast twitch muscles, what are somethings that he can't do [closed]

I am not sure if it is possible. But assuming it is, what would be somethings that this person would not be able to do?
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In a fight, all else equal, would someone with higher fast twitch muscles tire out faster than someone with higher slow twitch muscles?

Suppose two people get into a fight. All else equal, one has higher fast twitch muscle ratio while the other has higher slow twitch muscle ratio. Can we say that the longer the fight goes on, the ...
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How was Michael Jordan able to average 40+ minutes per game with all of his fast twitch muscles? [closed]

We know that MJ had a high fast to slow twitch muscle ratio due to his explosive athleticism. If so, we would expect him to tire out fast. But that is not the case. He averaged over 40 minutes per ...
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Is it right that frontal muscles above knee gets tired (don't like it) during bicycling with heightened load (>260W)?

I am doing 15 min cycling each day at home and each time I try am putting maximum load (by regulating load and decreasing RPM) for periods of 1 minute and 1.5 minute. I am keeping 85-90 RPM at these ...
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Do different parts of your body have different fast twitch / slow twitch muscle composition?

Would someone have a different fast/slow twitch muscle ratio in their chest versus their legs?
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does strength gain (without muscles getting bigger) lead to greater flexibility?

I notice that after injury people lose their flexibility. Rehab exercises will strengthen the injured muscle and also make the recovering person more flexible. But is this also the case when a regular,...
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which muscle group controls the movement of your torso?

For example, if I curve my spine, which muscle group am I using?
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Can your muscle composition (fast / slow twitch) be altered?

Is this composition determined entirely by genetics? Or can training a certain way altered the composition? Can someone go from 70/30 fast/slow to 30/70 fast/slow?
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Which is the role of glutes when extending your legs?

let's consider this table which shows agonist - antagonist muscles pairs in our body. Let's focus on a specific exercise, for instance squat. When you are rising up from the floor, your legs are ...
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How come LeBron James have more stamina than an average person?

It is obvious that LeBron James have a much higher percentage of fast twitch muscles compared to an average person. This means that an average person has a higher percentage of slow twitch muscles. ...
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All else equal, would a stronger person have more stamina than weaker person?

Suppose that a weaker person would push against a brick wall at maximum effort until he literally has no energy to move. It would take time X for this to happen. A stronger person then push against a ...
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How to fix my uneven pull-up form?

Whenever I do a pull up I can feel uneven-ness in my form, and upon looking at a recorded video of myself I found that my left shoulder be higher than my right. This has also affected my bicep curl ...
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Biceps and Triceps exercises: are both involved?

let's consider these two famous exercises: triceps pull-down, and biceps curl Both the exercises have the same starting and ending positions, and even the movement is the same: it's basically a ...
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Do strongman and powerlifters have more muscles than bodybuilders

Strongman and powerlifters are stronger than bodybuilders. And they are heavier. But the extra weight can't simply just be fat? If it were just fat, then they wouldn't be stronger than the bodybuilder....
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Is there a way for a 300lb man to be stronger than a 500lb man?

Let's suppose that you have 2 male humans who are physically fit. One is 500lbs and the other is 300lbs. Are there some physiological forms that would allow the 300 lb man to be stronger than the 500 ...
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What is the optimal length and amount of sessions per week for optimal muscle gain?

For maximum muscle gain, one is recommended to do 3-5 sets 8-12 reps, the less reps the more strength training it becomes. Now in regard to the number of sessions per week and the length of sessions I ...
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Why and how does fat also make you stronger?

If a 200 pounds man gains an additional 50 pounds of fat he will be stronger than before. Why is that? How does fat contribute to lifting stuff?
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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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How to get huge triceps?

I have very weak triceps (15.3 inches) and chest (44 inches). I'm working out for almost 4 years but my bench press still under 154lb. The last few months I worked out harder on this muscle group, but ...
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Does shoulder strength and flexibility affect your pullups?

I am an intermediate athlete who has been training seriously for 3-4 years, and recently I am experiencing a bit of pain in my rear delts when doing pull-ups. My biceps and my lats are both enjoying ...
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Hypoventilation training

Hypoventilation training is used by many top tier world athletes to perform better in their sports and require less training overall. Basically exhaling and then holding your breath as you perform ...
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How much does nutrition affect muscle / joint health?

I've found over the last few years that the amount of problems I've had with trigger points and muscle tightness has been unbelievable. It has really affected my fitness routine as it means I'm often ...
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The science behind the distribution of muscle mass, and how the body decides where to build or breakdown muscle

May I know if there have been journal article reviews or studies that deal with how the body decides where to build or breakdown muscle first, and the metabolic/endocrinal/molecular mechanisms behind ...
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Core Workout - efficacy of doing Pallof Press and Cable Woodchopper exercises together

I'm looking to build the frontal (rectus) and oblique (side) abs a bit with standing exercises. I've started doing cable woodchoppers (chest height) and pallof press' (with legs practically together). ...
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What are risks of bodybuilding? [closed]

Are there any risks of bodybuilding? Every exercise has it's features, and bodybuilding has it's too. What are risks that these features could possibly cause? Or risks from other than these features? ...
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Best exercise to do with a dumbbell to build arm/shoulder muscles? [duplicate]

As the title implies, I have very limited equipment. Just a dumbbell and a floor where I can do sit-ups and push ups. What would be the best way to build arm/shoulder muscle with just these methods?
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Body building is sore, slow, and needs rest, but the heart doesn't. Why?

I have a question about heart muscle rebuild after high intensity cardio. I wonder if it is a proper question in this forum. If you think not, please kindly tell me where it should be. Building muscle ...
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Does having muscular areas deter fat buildup in those areas?

My question is mostly stated in the title. Let's say you have particularly muscular abs or arms. Does that mean when fat starts building up, it will not build up in those areas? Much thanks
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Do muscles deform bones?

I remember reading about bones can have their shape deformed by muscles pulling on them. also this website suggets that bones along the shaft get wider and thicker These forces squash, twist and bend ...
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Is physiology of muscle growth a pseudoscience?

It seams that there is no actual scientific research in the physiology of muscle growth. All the studies done are far from scientific since all of those are statistical studies, the results of which ...
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Difference between landmine row with rope versus v-handle

What is the major difference when using a landmine row with the following attachments in terms of muscles worked?: v-handle rope (do you spread the rope at the top?) classic t bar eyelets
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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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