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Seeking Advice on Enhancing Upper Body Strength and Muscle Mass

I'm looking to develop a workout plan that utilizes full gym equipment, focusing particularly on my upper body. My forearms and biceps are relatively thin, and currently, I can manage 13 reps x 3 sets ...
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Is my approach to cutting body fat good?

I've researched and understood that in order to cut my fat, I need to be in a caloric deficit of around 500 calories, do lots of cardiovascular exercise to lose fat, and do a moderate amount of ...
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Is this workout schedule good for cutting fat and maintaining muscle mass?

Day 1: Upper Body + Cardio Upper Body Strength: Push-Ups: 3 sets of 12 reps Dumbbell Rows: 3 sets of 12 reps per arm Dumbbell Bench Press: 3 sets of 12 reps Bicep Curls: 3 sets of 12 reps Tricep Dips: ...
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Can someone critique my gym routine in my mid 30s?

Advice on my 7 day bodybuilding routine? First off, I am male, 6’3”, 255lbs, have been training for 10 years or so, am 34 years old. I have always built my own routines, but I think I am starting to ...
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How do I know if I’m losing fat or muscle mass?

If I work out and do treadmill to become fitter with the goal of losing weight, how do I know if I’m losing muscle mass or fat if I’m losing weight? Thanks.
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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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Adding weight to each set? [closed]

Should I add weight to each set if im aiming for hypertrophy? (Pyramid sets or straight sets, etc?)
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What are "touch-up sets", and are they really important?

Jeff is a good guy, but sometimes I just don't get what he's saying. What are "touch-up sets", and are they really important? Why? I struggle to understand even the first sentence With a ...
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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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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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Losing muscle despite doing exercise

I'm on a diet for more than two months. It is variant of ketogenic, but high in protein instead of fat. I cut off the carbs but use a reasonable amount of healthy fats, and the rest is mostly protein (...
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Full Body A/B Split Workout Review

I've been working out for a while now, doing different programs (SL 5x5, GZCLP, various full body routines). Since my weeks vary in busyness and I want to throw in some other activity occasionally (...
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Building the thigh muscles near the knee area

My thighs are around 22.5 inches /57cm when I measure them around the highest girth of the thighs, these can be considered average thigh circumfrence I believe, nothing too big nor too small. But the ...
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Diet to increase muscle mass [duplicate]

I am a person who weighs 77 kilos, my height is 1.75 and I go to the gym 5 times a week and my goal is to weigh 80 kilograms, could you recommend a diet in which I can increase my muscle mass ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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