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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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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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Muscle size and explosivity

Seeing guys like Bruce Lee, there doesn't seem to be any correlation between muscle size and explosive power. Is this correct? In terms of musculature, how does the body create explosive power?
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should i lift external weights when i can't able to lift my body weight

I am 27 , 6.1 , 70kg , physically weak person , From last 5 months i am doing workout 4 days in a week , but did't found any progress as i am not taking good amount of protein.... I can't do single ...
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Recommendations on a 4-day routine

I need some recommendation on a 4-day a week schedule. I do a full time job and have my MBA classes in the evening so I can't take out enough time for a 5 or 6 day a week schedule. My primary aim is ...
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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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No more aches after musculation exercices, normal? [duplicate]

I am new on gym (musculation). I am 30, male, and practicing 6 days per week (7 days sometimes), I've started 5 months ago. The question is why I am not feeling those muscles aches, the normal ones ...
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Full body 6 times a week

The Norwegian frequency project shows that training the same muscles 6 times a week granted double the strength gains than training 3 times a week. Training 6 times a week showed also muscle growth ...
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Muscle mass reading of 60%

I just bought the Body Analyzer scale from mylifeshop and it gives readings of body fat(<14%), water weight(68%), bone density(7lbs), and muscle mass(63%). I'd say the readings were pretty ...
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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'...
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Frequency of ''Full body'' training [closed]

I've been thinking about doing full body 4 or even 5 times a week. Can this be optimal for muscle growth and endurance? Edit: Training history 5 months of starting strength, hated it and tried ...
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Impact on hypertrophy: 2 sets vs. 3 sets for every different exercise

Being a great advocate of targeting a muscle from different angles, I have decided to substitute the regular 3 sets of 8-12 reps with 2 sets of 8-12 reps (for every muscle) while keeping the total ...
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Pin squats vs full squat vs box squats

Pin squats with pins below the knees vs Box squats with box below the knees vs Full squat below the knee Which squat variation is better for muscle growth in the posterior chain? Personally I feel ...
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Cellular muscle size

We know that individual muscles cells can either be fully active to their greatest potential or completely off, there's no such thing as partial activation. We also know that strength training ...
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Are supersets an effective way to gain size?

Following is my Chest and Back split: 3 supersets of flat barbell bench press/flat dumbbell flyes (10-12 Reps) 3 supersets of incline barbell bench press/decline dumbbell flyes (7-9 Reps) ...
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Optimal sequence of workouts during split routines

Assuming Person A, Person B and Person C trains chest and back the same day. Person A performs 9 sets of chest first then proceeds to 9 sets of back. Person B performs 9 sets of back first ...
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How to increase muscle mass while conserving toned body shape?

I'm a nineteen yr old male, 145 pounds, 5 foot 8, and I've been working out for about 3 years. As of now I have a very dense and toned muscle structure, and I'm pretty strong too. However I wanted to ...
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Is higher intensity cardio on off days detrimental to strength training?

I'm trying to build muscle and put on mass, and am currently doing a routine of the following activities: Sunday: Off Monday: Light cardio Tuesday: Lifting Wednesday: Light cardio Thursday: Lifing ...
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Can I take a protein shake twice a day?

I am currently on a plan to build some muscle mass. I am 172 cm tall male and I weigh 140 pounds. I can't afford to go to the gym so I bought a pair of dumbbells and I mostly do the following ...
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Is calories in vs. calories out 100% the same for every individual?

It's often touted that body mass is all calories in and out -- that nothing else has any play besides calories. What about things like stimulants with calorie surplus? Testosterone boosters? Different ...
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Full body workout for strength with minimal size

What full-body exercises can I try for building strength with minimal mass? I am 15, 130 lb, 5'7, and am not very strong. Also take note that I don't have equipment and am not able to go to the gym. ...
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Strength without size [duplicate]

What exercises can I try for building strength without mass? I am 15, 130 lb, and 5'7. Also take note that I don't have equipment and am not able to go to the gym. Could you please give a detailed ...
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Rationale behind Rep Range recommendations - Strength vs Hypertrophy

It makes no sense to me why the rep range for “hypertrophy” and body builders is according to NSCA and many other sources is 3 sets and 10-12 reps. At the most basic level cross bridges formation ...
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Muscles Won't grow even after following Good diet and Routine

I have been lifting weights for the past 1 year or so and my muscles barely show, i can see some growth but nothing more then that. Before starting lifting i was skinny fat(mostly around the waist ...
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I grew fat due to age-related changes. Will I gain muscle mass more easily now?

I'm a 25 year old male and I added 20 pounds of fat in the last 3 months. My father had a similar experience at the same age, so I guess it's age-related. Before my mid-20s, gaining muscle, actually ...
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Gluteus Maximus Development Tips For Men

I'm 29 years old, 5'10", 165 pound, 12% body fat percentage man. I have so small Gluteus Maximus size and I want to gain some size there. I do hip thrusts, glute bridges, squats, deadlifts, hyper ...
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Can you effectively put on mass while being highly active/fit?

It's believed by some that too much fitness destroys muscle. How can one know that line? Some arguments point to long-distance runners/marathon runners as an example, which are not known to be the ...
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What can help me build muscle faster than diet, exercise, and rest alone?

I was thinking of doing an amateur bodybuilding show, but I'm drug-free and build muscle super-slowly no matter what. I am in need of going to a local bodybuilding show that I signed up for, but it's ...
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DEXA scan showing I gain more muscle when restricting calories. Why?

It's common parlance in the bodybuilding and muscle building world to assume that you need a surplus or diet above TDEE over constant periods called "bulking" in order to build muscle. I refused to do ...
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I have decent physical strength but do not look muscular. What do I need to change in my workout?

At a bodyweight of 101kg, I have the following 1RMs: Overhead press: 60kg Bench Press: 95kg Deadlift: 170kg Squat: 120kg Nothing particularly amazing, but it still took a fair amount of training to ...
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Can you build size and strength at the same time/together efficiently?

Most people seem to focus solely on one vs. the other, but I'd imagine many people want both. Can you train for both of them adequately? For example, train to get bigger and maximize muscle size; but ...
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Will muscle mass be built on this routine?

I am in the process of beginning training for an Olympic distance triathlon in September. I have a good routine set-up for that which will involve six days of training per week (swim, cycle, run). ...
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Where does my weight come from?

I weigh quite a lot and I am trying to lose weight. I am currently 6 feet tall and my weight is 216 pounds, which is clearly too much. I have been working out doing mainly clap pushups, pullups, ...
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Are anabolic steroids required to achieve certain strength and musculature? [closed]

The question asks about whether or not anabolic steroids (test, tren, dianabol, inhibitors, insulin, HGH, etc.) are required to reach a specific level of strength or musculature. Some people, even ...
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Libido correlated with muscle-potential?

I have heard often things like guys bragging about having super-high libidos and how that explained why they're jacked and huge. The idea is that super-high libido in men is probably correlated with ...
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Creatine, surplus, and weightlifting, but not gaining significant muscle

I have kept upping creatine intake and calories, including exercise and weightlifting, but I do not see any muscle gains. My arms have stayed the same size for over 3 years, and I've been to ...
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Is drinking carbs+protein during workout equivalent to eating the same amounts?

In a good old writeup on Advanced Workout Nutrition, John Berardi recommends drinking 30g of carbs and 15g of protein per hour of training. How would eating the same amounts of solid food compare, ...
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Got in shape, lost fat & gained muscle, but I'm weaker now. Why?

I decided to finally get in proper shape, and after lots of struggle, I managed it quite well. I lost 30+ pounds of needless fat, and gained several pounds of muscle throughout a few months of serious ...
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Training program to get muscles mass

I was reading the accepted answer of What are the trade-offs of weight versus repetition? in which the user add this picture: However I get surprised by the training tips given. According to the ...
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Timing for slow-absorbtion protein ingestion

It is known that you need to have good timing when eating protein, because this way you'll maximize muscle gain. But the problem is that I can only take albumin (no whey protein), and it is a slow ...
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Diet for losing fats and gaining muscle

People usually say that if you eat less calories than you spend, than you'll lose mass (and this is not my objective, since I want to gain muscle, but lose fats), and if you eat more than you spend, ...
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How to lose muscle weight to improve endurance?

I am a formerly overweight person who has lost weight and is interested in endurance sports such as distance running. I feel my previous overweight frame has left me with chunky/rounded calf muscles ...
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Should I include cardio?

I'm 25 years old, 5'10" and weight 160 Lbs. I'm trying to lower my body fat percentage, but trying to keep the muscle I already have. So, this is what I'm doing: I'm going to the gym 4 days a week to ...
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Influence of physical activity besides the workouts?

If you have a workout plan that you stick to and your goal is to build muscles: is it counterproductive to work physically after you have done your workout already? For example, if you just did your ...
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Is there any way I can build muscle mass being a vegan? [duplicate]

Is there any way I can build muscle mass being a vegan? The proteins from veggies are somehow limited
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Sprinting to increase leg size

I have read through the numerous answers on this site for getting bulkier legs. It seems that it is largely based on genetics, aided by the type of exercise. However, I do not have access to a gym and ...
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Is it possible to lose muscle mass by going to the gym while in the middle of a calorie deficit?

I'm a 25 year old male weighting about 165 Lbs. I'm trying to lose some body fat, but I'm still going to the gym 4 days a week to prevent as much muscle mass loss as possible. I'm consuming slightly ...
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List of muscles by volume in average man

Is there any research-based list of muscles and muscle groups by their volume or mass, in average men (or even any subset of healthy human population)? It's easy to find statements like gluteus ...
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Training your forearms with weights?

I found a lot of forearms exercises and most of the times I barely feel them actually doing something ,so I want to ask the community about some forearms exercises for building mass and muscle (...