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What is the effect of masturbation on weightlifitng ability?

For years I'm listening from everyone that we have to stop masturbation and also limit sex as it let down process of gaining muscle. Also everyone in gym suggests me to completely stop masturbation. ...
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Will fat help you gain muscle?

If you are heavier you will be stronger wether this is by fat or by muscle I think we can all agree on that. (I'm not talking about overly fat because at that point it would probably not hold true due ...
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How does muscle build up when we exercise?

I want to put on some muscles, so I thought the best way to get started is to learn how the process of muscle build up works. I want to start from the basics to get good results. So, how exactly do ...
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Will Pilates kill my gains?

I am planning to start pilates for better posture and also weight training. I am planning to go to pilates in my rest days. But I am concerned with two things: 1) Will pilates kill my gains? Because ...
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What's the best way to begin cutting down to lower (and even single) body fat percentages for an active, healthy father with a standard work schedule?

I'm a long-time reader, first-time poster. Some brief background info: I'm between 5'11 and 6' tall. I used to be a long distance runner in my 20s. I ran half marathons, 10ks, and 5ks, regularly for ...
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Does possession of a certain quantity of bodyfat effect the body’s capacity to build muscle?

Does possession of a certain quantity of bodyfat effect the body’s capacity to build muscle? Or is it an irrelevant factor? In order to build muscle, which adds weight to the body, a caloric surplus ...
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Do I need continuous sleep in order to maximise muscle growth?

I’ve been getting 7-8 hours of sleep every night. However, I occasionally wake up once or twice to go to the toilet (twice is very rare). It’s quite easy for me to get back to sleep, therefore these ...
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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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suggest some diet for me as I want to gain muscles and at same time want to reduce belly fat

I workout daily for half an hour to gain some muscles(e.g. chess and weight lifting). I have a nice physic except a little bit belly fat, so for that I daily do some half an hour walking and 15 ...
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What activity level should I choose in calorie calculators?

My goal is to gain weight, primarily for muscle bodybuilding (not professional). In various online calorie calculators I need to choose my activity level. I'm always stuck on which one to choose. For ...
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Relation between upper body workout and wrist size

Does regular upper-body workout lead to an increase in the circumference of the wrist? I'm thinking of exercises like bench press, curls, etc.
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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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Breaking Microtears by flexing?

Try to flex your biceps as hard as you can. It feels like if you were lifting right? So does this mean that microtears are getting broke and therefore we are having the same effect as lifting(Muscle ...
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Is resting affected by office work?

I'm a computer programmer and I basically sit around for 8 hours each day just staring at the screen, coding. I started working out for about 3 months now. I'm working out from 12:00 to 12:40 pm ...
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Front squats lagging behind back squats by too much

Background I've noticed that my front squats are seriously lagging behind. I know that most people have a weaker front squat than back squat, but mine is about 50-60% behind in terms of 5-8RM. I ...
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The influence of cortisol on muscle gains

I know that there are several things which result in an increase of cortisol release, such as: Stress Too long workouts Caffeine, especially in energy drinks One influence is that cortisol will ...
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Preserve muscles while fasting

Within 10 days, the fasting month of muslims will start ( Ramadan Month). In this month muslims fast all the day( not eating or drinking from morning till the sun set). So in such a case what is the ...
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Is there an upper limit to building muscle each week?

When a person seeks to build muscle (with proper food and exercise), is there an upper limit to how much can be built in the span of a week?
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How Much Protein Do I Need To Build Mass?

I am a female. 113 pounds. I am going to start working out because I want my butt to get bigger. I have whey protein. These are the questions I have: How much protein do I need overall in order to ...
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Is cardio really counter-productive to “gains”?

I've heard from a lot of different places, perhaps with their tongue planted firmly in their cheek, that cardio is antithetical to "gains". I've only started hitting the gym since about a year ago. ...
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Good clean bulking meals

I've been clean bulking for a long while but after eating the same things for a long while it gets hard to keep eating it every day. Do you guys have any advice on meals with many complex carbs, ...
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Effect of whey protein on blood cholesterol level

I am new to body-building ( started 4 months ago; workout 4 times a week ). Due to my lifestyle ( choices ), my diet only contains occasional white meat servings and very little red meat. My intake ...
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Is high protein intake necessary for building strength when you don't want to add muscle?

I want to maintain my bodyweight but increase my performance on exercises like pull-ups and skater squats. Assume that I find ways to create progressive overload that stimulates the muscles to improve....
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Why do I feel my arms burn after doing a lot of push ups?

So I have noticed that I am doing far beyond 20 reps of push ups and still, after I have done about 50 of them, or even 2 sets of 25 my arms feel like they're expanding and growing muscle, both the ...
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Does the body process food and supplements the same way?

I am currently progressing through 'Mad Cow' system and I have upped my calorie intake over the past 1 to 2 months. I have a question that I wondered if anyone could shed some light on. I take about ...
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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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Sexual arousal to speed up recovery?

Is it a viable post-workout method to make one's self sexually aroused for prolonged periods of time? Studies show that sexual arousal increases test. in both males and females and etc. I assume this ...
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Target the same muscles twice in a day?

Would working the same muscle group - twice in the same day - cause worthwhile extra muscle fiber tearing to later gain mass? Or is this not worthwhile (the extra tearing is only marginal) given the ...
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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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Why bulking and cutting instead of just eating enough?

When reading about gaining muscle mass and losing fat most (almost all) sources seem to recommend an alternating sequence of bulking and then cutting. Wouldn't it be simpler and more convenient to ...
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Underweight female-gym routines?

So, I am 5'4" and weigh 90 pound (20 yrs old). I went to the gym for the first time today and well, for squats I can't even lift the bar itself. As for the leg press, I can do it but not with any ...
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Would lots of walking allow me to lean out while lifting and eating a lot?

Suppose I'm on a hypercaloric diet (i.e bulking diet), lifting weights, and I also go for a walk 3 hours a day. Walking is not an aerobic exercise, so the ratio of glycogen vs fat used as fuel is ...
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How Can I remove my muscle weakness? Please advise

I’m new to this site and was wondering if someone could advise After exercise (running) I’ve been left with a lot of weakness in my calf muscles (making it difficult to walk) and arm muscles ( so ...
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Are protein powders unhealthy for a teen athlete? [closed]

I startet working out 5 months ago. Until now i havent used anything that didnt come from my kitchen table. Yesterday i ordered from bodybuilding.com a 5 lbs gold protein and 15 quest protein bars. Im ...
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Feeling my chest being built during dips?

So dips are supposed to hit triceps, right? Well today at my gym I did about 40 of them and my chest still feels like its expanding right now, but my triceps don't. Is this normal? Can dips be hitting ...
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Can one with a poor diet gain muscle if they work out?

My diet is healthy, but I am wondering just for the heck of it if a person with an unhealthy diet that lifts weights can still make gains in muscle mass or not. That is my question. Thank you.
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The leg workout

I am an ectomorph, looking to increase muscle and mass. My previous leg workout was, Smith Squats Dumbbell lunges Leg extension Leg curls and Calf raises New workout is, Leg Press Leg ...
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Is a meal plan necessary for building muscle?

Many fitness apps have personalised meal plans. However, I am wondering whether meal plans are actually a good idea, as they might not match your dietary requirements. Would it be better to stick to ...
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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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Protein intake while intermittent fasting

I have started intermittent fasting and working out.I want to gain muscle and lose fat.So I have decided to take whey protein for the first time, but I'm confused when can I take it as my 16 hours ...
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Which diet at begining of musculation on bulking period?

I started musculation and I did only 3 sessions for now. I want to gain muscles so basically I've started by having 4200 kcal per day and having 3 trainings per week. I am more or less a skinny fat (...
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Is casein a better choice for people with limited recovery ability?

My body takes several days to recover after each full-body workout. Several things may play a role on this fact (lack of abundant sleep, mid-age, whatever) but in any case it is very noticeable and I ...
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Are tricep overhead extensions shoulder healthy? [duplicate]

The thing is, the movement of a dumbbell tricep extension looks so complex that I wonder if it is shoulder safe or not. Can one do triceps overhead extensions without damaging shoulders? And if not, ...
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How do I improve my body composition?

Hey! So over the past year I lost a bunch of weight ( I was 69kg and now I am 54 ish). But I really want to build muscle especially around my glutes and my back! As you can see I have very little ...
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6 months in calisthenics and still almost no progress

26yo. 183cm 73kg. Male. Calisthenics. Routine: bwf RR Started in October. Couldn't do anything then. I progressed in strength, sure. But compared to others, progress is too slow. 6 months should be ...
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Are weights necessary for building muscle effectively?

I know that it is possible to build muscle without using weights, but I was wondering how effective it actually was. Does using weights allow you to build muscle faster or can you build muscle at a ...
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Will I lose gains in this situation?

I workout a lot and eat enough for my body to build muscle, I'm seeing gains. I don't workout for 2 days a week, and I eat less on these days, will my body lose muscle on these days? Example; If I ...
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What's wrong with workout routines for muscle building?

I am using a workout routine to gain more muscles in the upper body. For many months (5 so far) I've been following a plan which caused a 2cm (almost 1 inch) girth increase in my biceps and forearms ...
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How to get definition in the outer calves

I've been doing sitting/standing donkey calf raises as accessory lifts on my leg days, but am worried that I'm primarily hitting the medial head of the gastrocnemius muscle. Are there any exercises ...
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What are the general principles of losing weight without getting loose skin and stretch marks?

I have seen strongmen Eddie Hall and Terry Hollands lose weight without getting loose skin. Maybe it's because of the massive amount of pure muscles they carried before losing weight. While I am ...

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