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Circuit training with usual break times - a good idea?

Short: Is it better to train each exercise in a row or should we rather do a "circuit training" with same exercises and same break lengths? Let's say we have a full body workout with pull, ...
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How much should I eat, and how does food composition relate to calories?

I'm a novice when it comes to working out. I want to build muscle, but also work on my stamina. So, I'm not doing exclusively strength training, but trying to stick to a well rounded combination of ...
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What scientific studies compare electric muscle stimulation versus resistance training?

I know this is a wide open topic with countless nuances, but I need to start somewhere. Will someone please provide a reference to scientific literature comparing the effects of electric muscle ...
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"Before failure" sets - a good idea?

I learnt that sets till failure have different drawbacks like increased risk of injury, overtraining, fatigue and potentially less muscle growth in the long term (here and here, for example). The ...
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Does sequential position of squats and deadlifts within a workout effect the hormonal benefit?

Folks like Charters William are fond of saying that squats and deadlifts are vital for natural body builders due to their function of stimulating testosterone and other muscle building hormone ...
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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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Does cold immersion after 6 hours post-workout enhance hypertrophy or strength?

It’s known that cold immersion within 6 hours after lifting will dampen gains by inhibiting muscular catabolism, and that more than 6 hours after working out does not have any adverse effect on gains. ...
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Does post-workout cold immersion dampen strength as well as hypertrophic gains?

Andrew Hibernian has discussed research suggesting that hypertrophic gains are lost when one undergoes immersive cold exposure within 6 hours after training. I’m wondering if this six hour window is a ...
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"Do exercise X every day" - what about the recovery time?

I often read about people/ sites saying to do some exercise on a daily basis. For example, I often read that one should do planks every day. This does not make sense to me because usually you should ...
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Running after leg day - good or bad idea? [duplicate]

After I've done a leg day going heavy with squats and/or leg press, is it OK to do a 5-7k run? I find that it's good for my mental health to have a run mixed into my routine, but I wonder if that ...
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Why is a high number of sets more effective for muscle growth?

There are plenty of studies that suggest that a higher number of sets is better for building muscle, but no study I have seen addresses why it's true, if it is true. Progressive overload seems to be ...
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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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Do I eat at maintenance or deficit to achieve my target physique?

I am a 5'6" tall 31M. I weigh approximately 165 lbs. My waist size is 38 inches. According to the Evolt app, my lean muscle mass is 115 lbs and my fat mass is 50 lbs. So appearance wise, I have ...
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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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Which would be more effective

I work with high intensity low volume technique. That means doing only 2 sets in most exercises, but going to failure on every set, generally aiming to fail between 6 and 8 reps. Now and then, I'm not ...
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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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Does cardio burn muscle?

I want to maintain or even grow muscle while burning fat (doesn't everyone – I know). Assume a moderate daily deficit of 300 calories to achieve fat loss sustainably. Also assume a continuation of ...
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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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Help me improve my workout routine; I feel some muscle groups aren't getting enough attention

About myself: 29m, 5'2", 142lbs. Been doing some home workouts as well as running around the neighborhood, but decided it wasn't good enough so I've been going to gym for the past 4 months. ...
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How many workouts should I do per gym workout session?

I am new to fitness and want to get on the right foot from some of you experience goers. I am very flexible to trying any great ideas and I am very open minded.My goal is to bulk up and gain muscle ...
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Are there any problems with this workout program for simultaneous muscle growth and weight loss?

I am trying to lose weight while gaining muscle. I decided to do a 5 day/week split ("bro split"?) to have a smaller portion of weightlifting per day, since I like to go to gym often anyways....
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An interesting case regarding weight loss

I have an interesting background related to my fitness. In February 2021, I weighed 108kg( 19 year old male with height 183cm). I was always an ambitious, motivated and hard-working person but I had ...
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Understanding effect of repetitions on muscles and appearance

According to the Guardian: "How many reps should I do? The general rule is that using a weight that allows you to get through one to five reps builds pure strength, five to 12 helps with muscle, ...
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Can you "grease the groove" for every exercise (not just pullups)

Say you're stuck on a 120 kg benchpress for 2 reps. Can you apply "grease the groove" on the bench press so that you increase reps? Will this yield muscle gain? more generally, can it be ...
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How long does muscle growth from a workout actually take?

If one does a single workout and measures the size of the muscle both immediately before it and a week afterward, then presumably it would be bigger after than before. But what if the second ...
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Will this workout build strong muscles for an intermediate bodybuilder?

So if I go to the gym 5 days a week and do this sort of workout with about 1700 calories a day, healthy diet with a mesomorph bodytype and about 8.5 hours of sleep each night, will this routine build ...
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Can I altranate bicep workout as heavy day and light day?

I workout 6 days a week Day 1 Chest/ tricep Day 2 Back/ bicep Day 3 Legs/ core/ shoulders Day 4 Rest Day 5 Chest/ tricep Day 6 Back/ bicep Day 7 Legs/ core/ shoulders On back bicep days, I am ...
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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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Muscle gain if we sleep 7 hours instead of 9 hours

Mr.A & Mr.B, Mr.C all three workout in same level & eat same amount of protein & Carbs.... Mr.A sleeps for 9 hours.... Mr.B sleeps for 8 hours.... Mr.C sleeps for 7 hours.... Is Mr. A ...
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Are there any good exercises to make pectus carinatum less noticeable and exercises that can help get rid of rib flare

I am 14 years old, 5'7, and weighed 118 last time I checked. One side of my sternum protrudes more than the other side leading me to believe I have pectus carinatum. It's noticeable even from the ...
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What is the best position for pull ups to target one's lower pecs?

Palms facing same direction to your front, Palms facing back in toward you, or Palms facing each other roughly parallel to your ears?
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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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Benefits of doing this home workout every day

Recently, I saw this home workout video on youtube. The workout includes: Jumping jacks to start the workout and warm the body up, steam engines to get the core warmed up as well, squats, burpees, ...
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How many magic workout secrets are there really?

I'm still new to lifting but I've come across a lot of pages advertising for example Chris Hemsworth's workout program or Chris Evans etc. I understand that they're likely not showing the real program ...
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Does taking painkillers reduce muscle gain?

When I have muscle soreness after training, I generally take a light OTC painkiller/anti-inflammatory. To me, it just makes sense to not be in pain if you don't have to be. I have had friends tell me ...
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My experiments to my body

I'm doing an experiment with my own body. Experiment is such that - Do push ups until your you fall on the ground and cannot push your body up further. Do squats until your legs vibrate very fast. Do ...
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How important is Regular Exercise vs Amount of Exercise?

I know a lot of people who will work out once every couple of weeks, and I wondered how much they were getting out of it. Say Person A does 25 pushups every day in one set, except an occasional rest ...
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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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6 day training split

I was wondering if my custom training split is effective. It's a mix of an antagonistic split and push/pull/legs. I'm an intermediate lifter and my main goal is hypertrophy with a secondary goal of ...
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How to gain muscle whilst losing fat

I have an athletic body type (not fat but not skinny) but I am trying to gain muscle and lose fat. Do people have any recommendations for diet and training? What I am doing right now: Shortened my ...
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What exercises can I do to grow my lower abs at the gym? [duplicate]

I'm going to the gym and nowadays the only exercise I do for my abs is by using the abs machine with weights but I can see only the upper part of my abs grow. What kind of exercises can I do for the ...
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Recommend chest exercises that will activate/help feel mind muscle connection

I'm trying to build muscle (not much like the professionals but just to get into an aesthetic shape and feel the joy after working out). I've got everything set. I'm a little over a month into working ...
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Punches on punch bag for muscle gain

Will punching a punch bag fast and for a decent amount of time help in muscle gain ? The reason I ask this is because when I punch the punch bag I feel my bicep and shoulder muscles starting to ...
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What should I do to lose weight? [duplicate]

I'm 6 foot, 330 pounds. I'm 18 years old and I've been big all my life. I want to lose body fat and build muscle. I work out everyday now. I don't know if I should focus more on my workout or my ...
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How much keto (low carb) diet when combined with protein intake is likely to hamper muscle growth?

I am 37 years old male, recently went on the keto diet for 3 months and lost ~13 kg (but still have a way to go), to sustain the gains I started working out to gain more muscles and increase my ...
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Keto diet or protein diet for building muscle?

I have researched about keto diets and protein diets and I was wondering which would be better to do when trying to build muscle. Keto diets allow your body to produce energy much more efficiently, ...
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Why are natural bodybuilders so big?

I have noticed that a lot of natural bodybuilders (or at least people who claim to be natural) are insanely muscular for a natural athlete. Jim Cordova for example is very big and it's hard to believe ...
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Weight has gone down several pounds, but not trying to lose weight and feel fatter. Why?

I have been working out intensely as usual, but notice that my weight has begun to average around 3-5 lbs. lower than what it mostly would sit at. I feel like I've been getting fatter, but at the same ...
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Why is 40 pushups a day not doing anything?

My goal is to build muscle, especially in the arms/biceps. Originally I was doing about 10 pushups a day along with some bicep stretches (wall stretch, using rollers, deltoid stretch, etc). In mid-...

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