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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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What are the Internal Torque and external rotation talked in StrongFit?

What are the internal torque and external rotation talked in StrongFit by Julien pineau? Here is a link where he talks about it: Also another one talking about the importance of torque: What are ...
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Muscles involved in front lever and back lever

I'm interested especially in the back lever. Some sources that I found suggest it puts strain on your chest. I am not able to perform it, but I imagined that it would be more strain in the back. At ...
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Not significant improvement in muscle building or fat reduction

I have been working out for few years on and off but last 6-7 has been quite regular. I have been taking few supplements like whey L Carnitine multivitamin sperm booster and liver capsules to avoid ...
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Is cycling the best option to strength the thighs muscle and make them look smaller?

I am concern about my thighs size. I an adult men weighing 56.4 Kg, 165 cm tall (5.4 feet), considered as a short man. My last visit to a nutritionist, was a disaster. She told me that I should not ...
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Should I be doing push-ups if I can do dips in order to hit chest muscles?

I was doing the following exercise https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kBJTLMaJZrQ for some weeks. I had been doing just 3 sets of normal push-ups till the fatigue before, so it took only a few weeks for ...
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Pull up progressions, resistance band vs regular?

I'm currently working towards doing 10-15 full form overhand grip pull ups at slightly wider than shoulder width. I can only do about 1 of them per set while keeping proper form. I can do 7-12 with ...
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Stallion, on floor with barbell and band

Stallion is an exercise proposed by Bret Contreras a PhD in sport science I recently learned about The Stallion from freakishly strong powerlifter Chris Duffin, who at a bodyweight of 220 has ...
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Rep Range Cycling Daily, Weekly, or more

After reading several sources about rep range recommendations, I know that: Low reps of heavy weight build strength Moderate reps of less heavy weight builds muscle High reps of low weight builds ...
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Why am I stronger in isometrics?

I can only curl with one arm 21 kilograms once, this is my maximum but I can hold at 90° degrees 30 kilograms for for up to 2 minutes then my arm starts to shake too much. So I'm clearly immensely ...
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I'am at my goal, now what?

After someone has reached their fitness goal, how should their workout and nutrition plan be altered if they no longer wish to lose weight or build additional muscles? please tell me about this ........
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Building muscle on low carb diet

I'm 75kg, 184cm 22 year old healthy male and I do weightlifting to build muscle. I eat around 250g protein, 220g fat and 100g carbohydrates. My body seems to react negatively to a lot of carbs so this ...
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Are drop sets effective?

A very commonly performed action in bodybuilding is the drop set. In which, you do your working sets. Then on the last set, you go to failure, drop the weight, go to failure, drop the weight, go to ...
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Goblet Squats vs. Regular Squats

I'm tempted to include Goblet Squats into my workout routine, because they seem easy to execute (you only need a single Dumbbell) and look fun. Now, in terms of muscle activation, where are (if any) ...
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Leg curls and hamstring training in general

Simply put, out of all hamstring exercises like leg curls, deadlifts, good mornings, nordic curls and so on... which one builds more leg muscle?
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Weighted press ups for abdomen

Loading with weight crunches is no viable because at the end of the movement the weight actually drags you forward making the movement way easier than without weight, it only becomes viable when doing ...
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Which muscle group am I missing in my workout routine?

Every day, I do this: Pull-ups. Suspension dips. Leg lift (for abs). Side planks for abs. Biceps curls. Triceps curls. Chest-pull. Single-legged squat, up to full extension, including calf raise. ...
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Greasing the Groove drag curls

I will be using drag curls because it seems to be the best arm isolation movement. As it trains the long head of the triceps by stretching it as it gets flexed and the same thing happens to the bicep ...
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Romanian Deadlifts: Do they focus on Lower Back or Hamstrings more?

When setting up a workout routine, I opted towards the RDL instead of the "regular ones", because the owner of the gym I got to prefers us not to deadlift (don't ask me about it...) and I thought RDLs ...
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Got an eight pack, where do I go from there? [duplicate]

Just finished fasting and lost around 6 kilograms, now my abdominal muscles are perfectly visible. Now I want to gain back even more weight, but only muscle weight cause I want to maintain my eight ...
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Possible to tear muscles with body weight exercises

I don't have a personal trainer, a gym membership, or really any gym equipment (such as dumbbells), so for my daily workout/training (to gain muscle) I have resorted to using body weight exercises. ...
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Assisting Muscles fatigue to quickly

Often times when exercising, my assisting muscles (muscles I'm holding the bar with for example) fatigue way quicker than the actual muscle I'm trying to train. Most noticible its on the Lat Pulldown. ...
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Cycling burning fat or calories?

If I have breakfast and then cycle, say for about an hour at about 80%, will the cycling burn any fat(/muscle) tissue or just the breakfast? If not, would it be advisable to consume no or very little ...
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Uncategorized BACK muscles

Very often I hear the terms "middle back" as well as "lower back" aside from the traditional "Lats" and "Traps" which are defined by their actual name and not something like "side back training" for ...
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Rotator Cuff Muscles Categorization

Is the rotator cuff considered part of the shoulder or back? I heard on an Athlean X video I'll link below this one is a branch of the back muscles above and below the spine of the scapula, however ...
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ISOLATION & UNILATERAL + COMPOUND & BILATERAL CORRELATION

Recently I came across many training variants, methods & styles and since I'm trying to build a lets say "tree of life" but for fitness categories & their subdivisions. I want to know if ...
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Is it okay to sit down in between workout sets?

After completing a set, I rest for 30 to 60 seconds, depending on the intensity of the workout. At times, during my arm and chest workout, I get so tired that during my rest periods, I sit down, as ...
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Should I rest in between my workouts

I downloaded an app 3 weeks ago for my home workout. Normally, for progressive overload, it increases the number of reps for each workout every week. But the issue here is, when i was told to do 16 ...
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Arched crunches (range of motion)

Doing crunches on the edge of a bed or over a pillow and using it to arch the lower back into an extended position. This will increase the range of motion for the abdominal muscles, but is it safe ...
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Serratus anterior

Which one of the two exercises can build more the serratus anterior; scapular presses on plank(one arm) or scapular presses on handstand? first one consits on getting down to an one arm plank and ...
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Building muscle on fat

My first question is factual, while my second question is regarding myself. Is it possible to build muscle on fat? That is, is it possible to build muscle (say ab muscles) underneath your already-...
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Am I lifting too much too fast?

My goal is getting bigger muscles I am 6'4" tall and 43 years old man I have been training for a year now When I look at the weights I lift compared to the other guys in the gym (the big muscles ...
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What muscles perform rotation of the elbow joint about the axis of the arm, while keeping the hand fixed?

If I extend my arm straight and place my palm against a surface, I can rotate my elbow joint about the axis of the arm, while keeping my hand fixed. (ie: I can rotate my elbow joint without rotating ...
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Why is the heart the only muscle that needs to be trained multiple times a week to see major improvement?

Basically the title. If I go to the gym three times a week, I can hit different muscles each time (meaning each muscle is really only being targeted once) and I'll see noticeable muscle growth over ...
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My right arm is weaker than the left one

After 4 months of muscle-building exercises, I have started to see some results. What I've noticed is that my right arm is much weaker than the left one. When I do shoulder exercises, I hardly finish ...
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Where do I begin? cut/bulk first? or body recomp?

Alright there are so much information all over the net, and everyone has different opinions. I'm so confused at this point and I don't know how to begin. I'm 27 now, and I used to be overweight. 97kg ...
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Close to impossible: is it physically possible?

The calisthenic movement "close to impossible" is a clean straight arm pull up with the body as upright as possible, much like a bodyweight version of dumbbell pullovers. Is such a movement actually ...
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Why is it so beneficial to a human being to sleep 7 or 8 hours to have good muscle growth?

Why is it so beneficial to a human being to sleep 7 or 8 hours to have good muscle growth? I recently started with bodybuilding and I gained a good amount of muscle in just a few weeks. But I started ...
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Skinny fat fix - help [duplicate]

I'm skinny fat, currently lean-bulking. My age is 16, and I weigh 62kg with 180cm (136.4 lbs, 5'9"). When I go to the gym (2x/week) I do mostly chest (bench, incline bench, push-ups, etc.) + other ...
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Effective ways to lose weight and gain muscle

I am a 21 year old male, overweight with BMI 27.6, body fat 21.5%. My goal is to lose weight and gain muscle. I am no expert in fitness so I'm here hoping to gain professional insight. My plan: I ...
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Help me making my next training plan [closed]

I finding good training for my own. STATE: Started home traning a week ago. (daily 90 min of traning) I have not fixed training set for me yet. This period, only just doing as I can do. The first ...
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What is the best break timeframe between muscle building workouts, and is it ok to do cardio?

I hear multiple different people say multiple different things on the question, some people say no cardio on rest... but some people say its okay My current routine is : Monday : Upper Body Tuesday ...
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Why does my look differ so much after the gym?

I'm a (very dedicated) beginner lifter (1,5-year experience) Since the start of my fitness adventure, I gained a good deal of muscles while staying relatively lean. I'm currently 71kg (156 lbs) at ...
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Can someone help me design a routine given these constraints? (small apartment gym)

I don't have a car and the nearest gym is quite a distance away and costs 80 dollar each month. I'd prefer to use the apartment gym (which is a 30 second walk away and 'free') if possible! Here's ...
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Does the GVT actually work for mass gain in non-enhanced lifters?

GVT is German volume training where 10 sets of 10 of a compound movement is done. I am in doubt because such high rep is more like endurance work as I have learnt from various sources.
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Should I eat a lot of calories while doing musculation if I already have some fat?

Concerning musculation, and as I see some fat on my hips and on chest, should I eat more calories, or my muscles can get calories from my current fat (which can be calories if I am not wrong) ? Is fat ...
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Steel hamstrings

My hamstrings have always been incredibly tight. Since I have memories, never been able to raise a straight leg at more than 30-45° from the ground. Can't do any L-sit,leg raises, romenian deadlift ...
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Is 6 strength workouts a week always a bad idea?

My situation: I've been to the gym before and done some weight exercises so I know the basics. Lately I'm extremely out of shape though (184cm and 61kg, with a really high metabolism). I would like to ...
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Should I skip the gym in middle when I can't take enough protein

I have been working out in gym for the last 3 months.... [ 4 days week , 30 minutes per day ] I want muscle , shape & want to be fit.... I did't see any major improvements as I did't workout out ...
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Alternating program

What do you think about a program that has 3 different full body workouts each week and changes every month? Let me explain this further Month 1: Full body A = High volume core and arms low ...
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Split squats over normal squats

Today I tried split squats just for curiosity, did a superset of 5 sets with barbell and 5 with dumbbells and then a dropset with dumbbells. I already did supersets and drops with normal squats but I'...