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How do the effects of a caloric surplus vary depending on macros?

I would like to better understand how a caloric surplus affects the body composition, mainly fat storage, based on the main macro that generates it. From what I know,a caloric surplus is needed in ...
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Most effective bodyweight exercises for hypertrophy

I was wondering if there is some scientific evidence on which bodyweight exercises (push-ups, pull-ups, abs etc.) are the most effective for building muscular mass (without adding weights).
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Validity of the Casey Butt Calculator

Is there any validity to the Casey Butt Calculator? The calculator seems to originate from a single study of a few individuals, all ranging on the same weight, and it proposes that the average height-...
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Home weight gaining exercise list

I want to gain some more weight with a better shape. But unfortunately I don't have enough time to go to a gym. I am trying to some push ups (3 sets) and some free hand exercises at home. I am not ...
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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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Yoga for Muscle Gain?

So, I'm not exactly a gym-going kind of guy; I like outdoor action sports like trail running and mountain biking. However, I've come to a point where all this lower body exercise has made me sort of ...
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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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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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Walking in order to burn fat

I am currently reading Biochemistry for Sport and Exercise Metabolism, and there is an interesting chart that shows how if your exercise pace is low (e.g. walking), human body is primarily using body ...
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Will my body eat up muscle mass if don’t eat anything for 30-40min after workout?

What will happen if I don’t eat anything after finishing my workout and eat after around 1hr. Will my body use muscle mass to compensate for the protein it need?
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is the squat a complete exercise for the legs?

This week I am starting a program of squats twice a week - Mondays and Thursdays. They will not be heavy squats, but a volume training. 10 sets of 10 reps with 100-110 Kg Squats in this case, are ...
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Impact of bicycling on muscle loss

I think one of the most effective methods for calorie burning is cycling , but I'm not sure can cycling actually cause muscle loss? I mean cycling for 1 hour a day , 1 or 2 months regularly and with ...
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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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Can Push-Pull-Legs be done as a 3 day/week routine?

Goals: General strength and muscle gain. I've got a Push-Pull-Legs (PPL) workout routine with desirable exercises from an Android app but it's actually a 6 day routine. I am wondering if I could ...
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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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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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Is it better to eat protein-rich food the day you work out or the day you rest?

I know it is best to eat something after workout. But lets assume I can't do that for argument sake. So, my question is, if I work out say on Monday evening and rest on Tuesday. Is it better to ...
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Just finished 12-week shortcut to size. What's next?

I have just completed a popular mass building program by Jim Stoppani called "Shortcut to Size". I found it to be really well designed. There are subtle variations in exercises that become noticeable ...
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Ideal order and structure of routine?

Some of the routines I've had have multiple muscles in the same day. For example: Day 1 has Chest, Back, Biceps and Shoulders while Day 3 has Triceps, Legs, Chest and Shoulders I'm currently trying ...
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Which weight training exercise to do so I can grow my upper trapezius?

My aim is to build my upper back so it looks like what highlighted in red in these pictures.
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I am using dumbbells to exercise and I was wondering what to do when you go to the maximum dumbbell you have?

I am using dumbbells to exercise and I was wondering what to do when you go to the maximum dumbbell weight you have? Should I increase the amount of sets I do and if so how many sets is to high or is ...
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Why is muscle size not proportional to strength?

This guy claims that Olympic powerlifters working in the 1-6 rep range can increase strength without increasing muscle size. http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/topicoftheweek8.htm Trained Olympic ...
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Regaining lost strength and muscles

I have always been strong, broad shouldered and musculus, mostly genetic I think. Though now in my forties, I have less mass than a few years ago. If I want to regain, can or should I train ...
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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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How to gain mass and wight [duplicate]

I am 6-2 I weigh 8 stone and I can’t seem to work out if working on one muscle a day is better than working on a group of muscle a day I also have a fast metabolism and I can’t seen to get a good ...
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Why do sprinters have muscular arms?

I would like to know why all Olympic sprinters have muscular arms. They probably have muscular arms to help them sprint, but the reason is unclear. These are the two paradoxes I cannot fathom: Heavy ...
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Why do compound exercises build more mass than isolation exercises?

I've heard this a million times: If you want to get massive, you have to do compound exercises, not isolation exercises. A specific example is the Hodge twins suggesting to do chin-ups rather ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Is stretching more difficult once the muscle mass is bigger?

I was wondering if, assuming one gains lots of muscle while not stretching regularly, the process of stretching is more difficult or at least more painful after. This isn't about the benefits of ...
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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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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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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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Will a full-body routine like this be effective for muscle mass gain?

Routine: Dead-lifts (Traditional) 1x12 Barbell Squats 1x12 Lunges 1x12 Military Press 1x12 Upright Rows 1x12 Barbell Bench Press 1x12 Pull-ups 1x8 Barbell Curls 1x10 Dumbell French Press 1x10 Dips ...
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Is increasing resistance the only possibility to build more muscle mass?

I've often read and heard that you can only build more muscle-mass (get stronger), if you continuously increase the resistance weights (e.g. here). But for me, it's the case that I'm often not able ...
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How can I increase ab depth and size?

I understand that "Abs are 70% diet and 30% training" and all of the other cliches out there about "how to get a six pack". This is not the purpose of this question. I think all of those cliche ...
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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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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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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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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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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 then ...
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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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How can I gain weight and muscle weight?

I'm a 15 year old teenager, I am terribly underweighted due tot he fact when I was smaller I had nutrition issues (Skipping breakfast on most days, not eating consistent food, eating junk food, etc). ...
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I seem to lose muscle size quickly if not working out for some time. Why?

Not months of lay off but no more than 10 days takes my muscles, especially of my arms, from looking big and feeling hard to something that doesn't make me look like I lift serious weight. It stays in ...
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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 ...