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How to safely and effectively build muscle, whether for looks or for strength. Also, how muscles work physiologically.

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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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Can simply tightening your muscles replace lifting weights for gaining strength? And if so, can electrical stimulation cause it?

This question is two parts. First, can tightening your muscles repeatedly increase their strength similarly to lifting weights? Second, if this is true, can electrical stimulation of the muscles make ...
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How effective was the Abflex™ by Martin Van Der Hoeven?

In 1994 to 1996 or so, there were infomercials that aired in the late afternoon in the northwestern USA, about a piece of exercise equipment called an Abflex. To use it, you would sit and pull on the ...
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Is there a mathematical expression linking effort required to lift a weight and the weight value?

I have no idea if this is the right forum but here we go I'm basically wondering if there is a math expression linking the amount of effort required to lift a weight at the gym, and the value of the ...
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Cold Shower Question?

A friend of mine wants to grow muscles as their ultimate goal. To start, my friend wakes up at around 7am and takes a cold bath for 5 minutes followed by some yoga and push-ups. Then they do high-...
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Can I run a massive calorie deficit to lose weight while maintaining muscle as long as I get my protein?

Can I run a massive calorie deficit to lose weight while maintaining muscle as long as I get my protein? backstory: I'd been trying and failing to do keto over the years as the diet is too strict for ...
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If I’m sore, does that mean I haven’t fully recovered?

To avoid overtraining, I try to fully recovery between weightlifting workouts. When muscles are sore, does that mean they have not fully recovered yet?
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Correct order during pushing movement

I’m doing pushing exercises to strengthen my serratus anterior. I understand it is worked when protracting one’s shoulder blades. During a pushing exercise, which should come first: shoulder ...
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Why is Wall Handstand Pushup So Much Harder than Pullup?

Why is Wall Assisted Handstand Pushup soo much harder than a Pullup? I am talking about Wall assisted, where balance is not required. I find it very difficult to go all way down? Is there a scientific,...
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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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What are the basic movement patterns?

I prefer functional training with my bodyweight rather than isolated exercises on a machine and recently I heard about basic movement patterns. The concept is convincing but there are different ...
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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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Decomposition of the skeleton muscle by alcohol

I know that alcohol could suppress the testosterone, which is necessary for the construction of skeleton muscle, in human body; therefore, taking alcohol could slow down the growth of skeleton muscle. ...
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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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Why is reverse wrist curl more difficult as compared to wrist curl?

Why reverse wrist curl is difficult as compared to wrist curl, I recently started training my wrists and I find it, are muscles for reverse wrist curl weaker by nature?
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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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Is this a good workout split? It is modified for preference, but I would still like some review

4 day split. Modified upper lower for preference. Monday (upper): Dumbbell bench 3x8-10 Lat pull-down 3x12-15 Facepull 3xamrap Low cable bicep curl 3x12-15 Incline dumbbell bench 3x8-10 Bent over one ...
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How to fix my uneven pull-up form?

Whenever I do a pull up I can feel uneven-ness in my form, and upon looking at a recorded video of myself I found that my left shoulder be higher than my right. This has also affected my bicep curl ...
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Does sensation actually mean recruitment?

If when lifting a weight, I feel the muscle being tight, does it actually mean those muscles are more recruited? How accurate is sensation as an indicator for muscle recruitment?
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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? Schedule and correct exercise question

I’m 18 years old, 122 pounds, and 5’5. I do not want to be muscular I just want to lean out because I am “skinny fat”. I started doing “strength training” 30 minute videos 3 times a week with 10 pound ...
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How fast can you expect to increase your rep numbers in comparison to increasing strength or size?

I have been doing some basic calisthenics for about a year now. Mainly just doing push ups, inverted rows, squats (I mix the squats with lunges sometimes) 3 times per week for 3 sets each, every set ...
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Is 50% protein, 30% fat and 20% carbs a good macro split to loose weight but gain muscle?

Is 50% protein, 30% fat and 20% carbs a good ma to split to loose weight but gain/retain muscle? I’m 5 foot 6 inches (or 167cm) tall male with a body weight of 80kg. During my last ‘weight in’ my ...
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Is discomfort after training okay when rehabbing a muscle fiber tear? [closed]

I do bodybuilding and powerlifting and had a muscle fiber tear in my teres major and/or lat (wasn't totally clear on the ultrasound) 4 weeks ago. As directed I gave it full rest for 10 days, then ...
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Why does growing more muscle push out veins to surface?

I have learned that gaining muscle make veins more visible not because they increase vein size but because they push out veins more. But, why? Why does gaining muscles push out the veins more?
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Does the body allocate a lot of resources to heal muscle strain such that you feel fatigue?

I was training in Judo and I injured my muscle on the left buttock pretty bad (a pretty bad muscle strain / pulled muscle). It feels painful in the buttock when I walk or doing certain movements that ...
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What muscles are worked by “reverse dips “?

Imagine being upside down with one’s shoulders resting on some dip bars and elbows bent beside the ribs pointing upwards with forearms coming back down for hands to also grip the bars. So it’s like a ...
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How to fix uneven shoulder blade

Hey guys i have this uneven shoulder blade problem for about 3 years .At the beginning i was having issues in tilting the neck to the right side (same side with scapula problem).I was wondering ...
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If you can 50 pusbups in a go, why not make it harder by slowing down the tempo?

As titled. Why do people say pushups are useless for muscle growth if you can do them in high rep? Why not just slow down the tempo and making it hard enough that you can do only 10 reps? Why is this ...
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How to lose fat and gain muscle at the same time?

Firstly, is losing fat and gaining muscle at the same time possible? If it is possible, what is the general nutrition and exercise plan to do it? Secondly, is losing fat and gaining muscle at the ...
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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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Is it true that you do not lose ANY muscle mass if you're in a conservative deficit, eat high protein and do resistance training?

We are talking about people who are novices or early intermediates. There's no question that if you are advanced (i.e you are close to your genetic potential), you will lose muscle unless you take ...
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Do muscles deform bones?

I remember reading about bones can have their shape deformed by muscles pulling on them. also this website suggets that bones along the shaft get wider and thicker These forces squash, twist and bend ...
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Pressured on time, thinking of doing full-body workouts instead of splits

I've always done some split, 3-way, or upper/lower splits, but due to lack of time, I want to start doing full-body workouts and two a week. Each workout should include all major muscle groups: Legs, ...
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How can I make my thighs and calfs slimmer?

I have done a lot of cycling and stopped a few months back, any exercise (such as squats, lunges etc.) just give me huge thighs and what I do not understand is, everyone else seems to look really nice ...
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What can I do to prevent my (outer) shins from tightening while running?

My shins (specifically the Tibialis Anterior muscle - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Tibialis_anterior_2.png) often tighten up while I'm running. This has happened my whole life when running ...
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Is it a good idea to have some overlap between engaged muscle groups in different exercises?

Is it a good idea to have some overlap between engaged muscle groups in different exercises within a single day? If you do, for example, hip thrusts and then some squat variation, your performance in ...
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Why don't we train hip flexors?

I've been snooping around for a while now, and while there's no lack of reasons to stretch them, no one seems to be training their hip flexors. What's the reason for this? Because they're a smaller ...
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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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Slow Progress At My Sessions

I started lifting at the age of 18 (currently 20) . I was basically a skinny fat kid with little muscle and very weak. In the first year I only trained for 5 months which my strength went up fairly ...
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chin up more difficult than pullups? [duplicate]

Since the distance from chin to bar is greater for narrow grip chin ups compared to wide grip used for pullups why are chin ups not considered the more difficult exercise to perform?
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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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Is this a effective workout split for a 15 year old 65 kg been going to the gym for about 6 months [closed]

Eat 2800 calories a day and lots of protein All 3 sets Push upper body Bench press 6-10 Incline dumbbell press 6-10 Chest flys 6-12 Shoulder press 6-12 Later raises cable/dumbbell 6-12 Tricep pull ...
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how to correct forward neck posture?

I am "software programmer". I recently noticed that i am victim of forward neck posture. I know my computer realated job is reason for this. I am trying to correct my posture. but while doing this i ...
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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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Fixed workout routine (for 6 weeks) vs day-to-day variable routine?

There are tons of videos from fitness experts who recommend that you follow a fixed program for an average of about 6 weeks to maximize muscle growth. And this is also the philosophy with which I have ...
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Losing Lean Muscle Mass (Detraining)

I have never fully understood how this exactly works. These questions pertain to the long term effects of strength training only. Basic Physiology of Hypertrophy (what is understood) During muscle ...
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How do nerves become fatigued?

(From Wikipedia) In novice strength trainers, the muscle's ability to generate force is most strongly limited by nerve’s ability to sustain a high-frequency signal. After a period of maximum ...
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Is there anything wrong with just biking?

Lately I have decided that I need to get into shape. I have heard that most of weight loss begins in the kitchen, and I understand the concept of calories in -> calories out very well. My question ...

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