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

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Cold Shower Question?

A friend of mine wants to grow muscles as their ultimate goal. To start, my friend wakes up at around 7am and takes a cold bath for 5 minutes followed by some yoga and push-ups. Then they do high-...
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Is there a mathematical expression linking effort required to lift a weight and the weight value?

I have no idea if this is the right forum but here we go I'm basically wondering if there is a math expression linking the amount of effort required to lift a weight at the gym, and the value of the ...
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If I’m sore, does that mean I haven’t fully recovered?

To avoid overtraining, I try to fully recovery between weightlifting workouts. When muscles are sore, does that mean they have not fully recovered yet?
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Correct order during pushing movement

I’m doing pushing exercises to strengthen my serratus anterior. I understand it is worked when protracting one’s shoulder blades. During a pushing exercise, which should come first: shoulder ...
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Can I run a massive calorie deficit to lose weight while maintaining muscle as long as I get my protein?

Can I run a massive calorie deficit to lose weight while maintaining muscle as long as I get my protein? backstory: I'd been trying and failing to do keto over the years as the diet is too strict for ...
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Why is Wall Handstand Pushup So Much Harder than Pullup?

Why is Wall Assisted Handstand Pushup soo much harder than a Pullup? I am talking about Wall assisted, where balance is not required. I find it very difficult to go all way down? Is there a scientific,...
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What are the basic movement patterns?

I prefer functional training with my bodyweight rather than isolated exercises on a machine and recently I heard about basic movement patterns. The concept is convincing but there are different ...
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Fitness trainer put me on a muscle building program even though I have a 38 inch waist line

I am a 5'6" 31M and I weigh 165 lbs. My fitness trainer put me on a muscle building program even though I have 38 inch waist line. The Evolt machine said I have 30% body fat and I read that for ...
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Felt like passing out doing Bulgarian Split Squats

I've been doing Bulgarian split squats for more than a year. Now I do 4 sets of 8 - 12 reps. I always feel like passing out between sets, and often need 5 minutes or more to recover. After I'm done ...
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Decomposition of the skeleton muscle by alcohol

I know that alcohol could suppress the testosterone, which is necessary for the construction of skeleton muscle, in human body; therefore, taking alcohol could slow down the growth of skeleton muscle. ...
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Does sensation actually mean recruitment?

If when lifting a weight, I feel the muscle being tight, does it actually mean those muscles are more recruited? How accurate is sensation as an indicator for muscle recruitment?
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Quad focused workout routine non really satisfied about my progress. What could I change about it?

I was wandering if someone could help me figure out if I'm training legs the right way because lately I'm not seeing much progress on this department. I train 4 times per week, I have a quad focused ...
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Is this a good workout split? It is modified for preference, but I would still like some review

4 day split. Modified upper lower for preference. Monday (upper): Dumbbell bench 3x8-10 Lat pull-down 3x12-15 Facepull 3xamrap Low cable bicep curl 3x12-15 Incline dumbbell bench 3x8-10 Bent over one ...
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Help? Schedule and correct exercise question

I’m 18 years old, 122 pounds, and 5’5. I do not want to be muscular I just want to lean out because I am “skinny fat”. I started doing “strength training” 30 minute videos 3 times a week with 10 pound ...
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How fast can you expect to increase your rep numbers in comparison to increasing strength or size?

I have been doing some basic calisthenics for about a year now. Mainly just doing push ups, inverted rows, squats (I mix the squats with lunges sometimes) 3 times per week for 3 sets each, every set ...
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Is 50% protein, 30% fat and 20% carbs a good macro split to loose weight but gain muscle?

Is 50% protein, 30% fat and 20% carbs a good ma to split to loose weight but gain/retain muscle? I’m 5 foot 6 inches (or 167cm) tall male with a body weight of 80kg. During my last ‘weight in’ my ...
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Is discomfort after training okay when rehabbing a muscle fiber tear? [closed]

I do bodybuilding and powerlifting and had a muscle fiber tear in my teres major and/or lat (wasn't totally clear on the ultrasound) 4 weeks ago. As directed I gave it full rest for 10 days, then ...
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Why does growing more muscle push out veins to surface?

I have learned that gaining muscle make veins more visible not because they increase vein size but because they push out veins more. But, why? Why does gaining muscles push out the veins more?
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Does training a muscle make it tighter or constantly contracted in its resting state?

It’s often said that training X muscle more than its antagonist(s) will result in a postural imbalance in favor of the more trained muscle. Common examples people say: Training the chest muscles too ...
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Does the body allocate a lot of resources to heal muscle strain such that you feel fatigue?

I was training in Judo and I injured my muscle on the left buttock pretty bad (a pretty bad muscle strain / pulled muscle). It feels painful in the buttock when I walk or doing certain movements that ...
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What muscles are worked by “reverse dips “?

Imagine being upside down with one’s shoulders resting on some dip bars and elbows bent beside the ribs pointing upwards with forearms coming back down for hands to also grip the bars. So it’s like a ...
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How to fix uneven shoulder blade

Hey guys i have this uneven shoulder blade problem for about 3 years .At the beginning i was having issues in tilting the neck to the right side (same side with scapula problem).I was wondering ...
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If you can 50 pusbups in a go, why not make it harder by slowing down the tempo?

As titled. Why do people say pushups are useless for muscle growth if you can do them in high rep? Why not just slow down the tempo and making it hard enough that you can do only 10 reps? Why is this ...
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Can Kre-Alkalyn be used to preload for standard Creatine-monohydrate?

I'm new to creatine and lifting. Apparently, Creatine-monohydrate requires a loading period, while Kre-Alkalyn does not. Can one start with Kre-Alkalyn then switch to the cheaper old school Creatine ...
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Pressured on time, thinking of doing full-body workouts instead of splits

I've always done some split, 3-way, or upper/lower splits, but due to lack of time, I want to start doing full-body workouts and two a week. Each workout should include all major muscle groups: Legs, ...
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Is it a good idea to have some overlap between engaged muscle groups in different exercises?

Is it a good idea to have some overlap between engaged muscle groups in different exercises within a single day? If you do, for example, hip thrusts and then some squat variation, your performance in ...
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Why don't we train hip flexors?

I've been snooping around for a while now, and while there's no lack of reasons to stretch them, no one seems to be training their hip flexors. What's the reason for this? Because they're a smaller ...
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What is this muscle ? Gluteus medius or something else?

I am wondering what is the muscle circled in the below picture ? I feel like it's the gluteus medius muscle but I am not quite sure since it seems to go quite high in the back. Moreover some people ...
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chin up more difficult than pullups? [duplicate]

Since the distance from chin to bar is greater for narrow grip chin ups compared to wide grip used for pullups why are chin ups not considered the more difficult exercise to perform?
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Slow Progress At My Sessions

I started lifting at the age of 18 (currently 20) . I was basically a skinny fat kid with little muscle and very weak. In the first year I only trained for 5 months which my strength went up fairly ...
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How can I prevent muscle loss (some strength loss is okay) when I incorporate Muay Thai in my training at the cost of losing some time for my workout?

Currently I workout as follows: 6 hours a week where 70-90 minutes of cardio in total. No bench press or squats (the why part isn't relevant here) Isolated muscle workouts for upper, abdominal ...
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Is it true that you do not lose ANY muscle mass if you're in a conservative deficit, eat high protein and do resistance training?

We are talking about people who are novices or early intermediates. There's no question that if you are advanced (i.e you are close to your genetic potential), you will lose muscle unless you take ...
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Is this a effective workout split for a 15 year old 65 kg been going to the gym for about 6 months [closed]

Eat 2800 calories a day and lots of protein All 3 sets Push upper body Bench press 6-10 Incline dumbbell press 6-10 Chest flys 6-12 Shoulder press 6-12 Later raises cable/dumbbell 6-12 Tricep pull ...
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Saturated versus all other fats [closed]

You mention "fat" often and as a collective value; but isn't there a big difference between saturated and all the others (Unsat, Mono, Poly, Etc), in terms of metabolism and what is used ...
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Fixed workout routine (for 6 weeks) vs day-to-day variable routine?

There are tons of videos from fitness experts who recommend that you follow a fixed program for an average of about 6 weeks to maximize muscle growth. And this is also the philosophy with which I have ...
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Is there anything wrong with just biking?

Lately I have decided that I need to get into shape. I have heard that most of weight loss begins in the kitchen, and I understand the concept of calories in -> calories out very well. My question ...
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How much strength progress can I expect on a cut if I'm fat? Is it even required given that I don't want to get more fat?

Please help an early novice here! I'm fat (28%bf, 170lbs, 5'6'') and am following stronglifts 5x5 with some arm, forearm work. S:B:D is 143:95:225. I'm planning to cut down to 140lbs so I can lean ...
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What actually makes fingers thicker?

People working physically or doing arm-intensive sports have thicker fingers, but what actually makes them thick? From what I know muscles moving fingers are located in the forearm, so training ...
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Calisthenics: Opposite of 1 Hand Pullup

What is the calisthenics opposite equivalent of the 1 Hand Pullup? Is the 1 Handstand Pushup even possible against the wall? I also tried 2 handstand pushup, placing weights on a dipbelt (only like 20 ...
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Can supplements inhibit production of human synthesized molecules?

In the field of bodybuilding, various substances such as, growth hormone, testosterone, creatine and amino acids are naturally synthesized by the human body, nevertheless increasing quantities of ...
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Beginner work out routine review & questions

This is my routine I’ve been doing for 5 months now: Monday - Chest, Arms, Cardio Tuesday - Back, Shoulders. Wednesday - Legs, Abs, Cardio Thursday - Chest, Arms Friday - Back, Shoulders. Cardio ...
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Does Active Flexibility Reduce Speed and Quickness?

I am training for basketball/football to get Faster with Speed. Currently exercising in "Dynamic Flexibility" and believe this can help extend leg range, and obtain faster strides to a ...
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Is Calves Raises barefoot a proper training method?

Is it a good method to do Calves Raises barefoot? I am working on balance/stability, and realized when shoes aren't on, there is much greater range in toes and feet flexion. Interested in knowing if ...
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Handstand Pushup Progression

I am doing handstand pushups. What is a good way to increase progression of handstand pushups without using a weight vest? I am open to suggestions using a wall, or not against a wall. Thanks,
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Squat Rack Pull Up Bar Attachment

I have a squat rack at home. Are there Pull Up Bar attachments for Squat racks? I know Dip Bar attachments exist. Currently looking for a Full width pullup bar attachment. (bar extends fully from ...
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Why do I always get strength but not muscular gain?

I am going in the gym for some time and I notice that while I improved my strenght and resistance a lot (I can lift heavier weights and for more repetitions) but I don't notice them growing. What am I ...
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Pike Pushup: Hands and feet closer a healthy option?

This is an example of Pike Pushups. One progression is to place your feet on a high platform to make it harder. I was curious if another method would be to have feet and hands vertical closer to ...
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How do nerves become fatigued?

(From Wikipedia) In novice strength trainers, the muscle's ability to generate force is most strongly limited by nerve’s ability to sustain a high-frequency signal. After a period of maximum ...
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Can you workout back everyday in a 6 day workout

I've recently read articles about working out your back in each workout, but separating the horizontal from vertical pulling exercises. I was curious with 6 day workouts or 6 day upper lower body ...
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If high volume of work at high frequency stimulates muscle growth, why does computer work cause RSI?

Typing for 8 hours a day places the muscles and tendons under much more stress than any strength training or stretching routine a physiotherapist might prescribe to someone suffering from RSI. And yet ...
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