Questions tagged [muscle]

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

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Why are natural bodybuilders so big?

I have noticed that a lot of natural bodybuilders (or at least people who claim to be natural) are insanely muscular for a natural athlete. Jim Cordova for example is very big and it's hard to believe ...
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How can I design an experiment to compare the strength of flexor muscles?

How would I design an experiment to compare the strength of the flexor muscles of the arm in students from my class? How could I use this experimental design to find out whether exercise improves the ...
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Very weak bent over row caused by lateral scapular winging?

Since my childhood, I'd been affected by lateral scapular winging that never really affected my life and me while doing sports (mainly soccer, martial arts / combat sports and some inline hockey). It ...
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How to build muscles to avoid "love handles" (?) near the underarm?

A number of fit women have something similar to "love handles" (not sure how to call it; see the pictures) in front of the torso near the underarms. They are visible when strapless dresses ...
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One arm won't fold after some reps while doing bicep dumbbell curls

Currently I am a beginner in muscle building and to train my bicep muscles I am using dumbbells and I am performing dumbbell curls with them. While performing the curls, after some reps my left arm ...
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Why is 40 pushups a day not doing anything?

My goal is to build muscle, especially in the arms/biceps. Originally I was doing about 10 pushups a day along with some bicep stretches (wall stretch, using rollers, deltoid stretch, etc). In mid-...
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Recommend chest exercises that will activate/help feel mind muscle connection

I'm trying to build muscle (not much like the professionals but just to get into an aesthetic shape and feel the joy after working out). I've got everything set. I'm a little over a month into working ...
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Is the protein deprivation method backed by research? [closed]

It seems that nowdays anyone who has worked out even for a little bit, suddenly he becomes an expert and writes a book about diet and fitness. One such case is the protein deprivation method. I have ...
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What are some studies about the optimal diet plan for muscle building? [duplicate]

Most fitness magazines and sites advise to eat 6 times per day and consume huge amounts of protein, usually 1 gram per pound, but I have seen suggestions like 2-3 grams per pound which is way too much....
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Hypertrophy with calisthenics skills

How can I structure a training program aimed at hypertrophy using calisthenics skills such as planche and front lever? I identify myself as an beginner/intermediate in calisthenics skills. I can ...
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Lats and Traps role in depressing shoulder blades

here it's written that shoulder blades depression is performed by the following muscles: Latissimus Dorsi Pectoralis Major Pectoralis Minor Subclavius Serratus Anterior Trapezius (lower part) Let's ...
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Is it worth working out if you're underweight or should you mostly focus on eating?

Last year I was badly underweight at 50kgs at 5"4 due to a surgery and health complications. I starting working out on a good strength program (deadlift, squats, presses) and while I saw some ...
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Benefits/Cons of doing a full body workout vs bro split?

What are the pros/cons of doing a full-body workout consisting of deadlifts, squats, rows, pullups, chest presses every session? How is it better/worse than focusing on a single body part (bro split)?
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Controlling muscle growth from running

Background: I'm a 28 year old male, 176cm, 68kg. I used to go swimming for 60min three times a week before the pandemic. Due to the latter, public pools in my country have shut down, and I have not ...
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Name of exercise and muscles worked

Is there a specific name for an exercise where you carry weights a small distance place them on the ground pick them up again and do the same. Also, what major muscles would this exercise work out.
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How can I build a muscular body if I am skinny [duplicate]

I’m 18 y.o. My height is 6 feet and my weight is about 150 pounds. Nevertheless, I look very skinny. Muscles of my torso and arms are weak and small. However, my legs look normal. I tried to go to the ...
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When you become a more conditioned athlete, how has your body changed?

A boxer gets tired out in 3 rounds at his current physical state and health. He then trains in a way that would enable him to last a 12 round fight. What exactly is happening to his body that will ...
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Suppose that someone has only fast twitch muscles, what are somethings that he can't do [closed]

I am not sure if it is possible. But assuming it is, what would be somethings that this person would not be able to do?
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In a fight, all else equal, would someone with higher fast twitch muscles tire out faster than someone with higher slow twitch muscles?

Suppose two people get into a fight. All else equal, one has higher fast twitch muscle ratio while the other has higher slow twitch muscle ratio. Can we say that the longer the fight goes on, the ...
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How was Michael Jordan able to average 40+ minutes per game with all of his fast twitch muscles? [closed]

We know that MJ had a high fast to slow twitch muscle ratio due to his explosive athleticism. If so, we would expect him to tire out fast. But that is not the case. He averaged over 40 minutes per ...
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Is it right that frontal muscles above knee gets tired (don't like it) during bicycling with heightened load (>260W)?

I am doing 15 min cycling each day at home and each time I try am putting maximum load (by regulating load and decreasing RPM) for periods of 1 minute and 1.5 minute. I am keeping 85-90 RPM at these ...
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Do different parts of your body have different fast twitch / slow twitch muscle composition?

Would someone have a different fast/slow twitch muscle ratio in their chest versus their legs?
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does strength gain (without muscles getting bigger) lead to greater flexibility?

I notice that after injury people lose their flexibility. Rehab exercises will strengthen the injured muscle and also make the recovering person more flexible. But is this also the case when a regular,...
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which muscle group controls the movement of your torso?

For example, if I curve my spine, which muscle group am I using?
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Can your muscle composition (fast / slow twitch) be altered?

Is this composition determined entirely by genetics? Or can training a certain way altered the composition? Can someone go from 70/30 fast/slow to 30/70 fast/slow?
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Which is the role of glutes when extending your legs?

let's consider this table which shows agonist - antagonist muscles pairs in our body. Let's focus on a specific exercise, for instance squat. When you are rising up from the floor, your legs are ...
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How come LeBron James have more stamina than an average person?

It is obvious that LeBron James have a much higher percentage of fast twitch muscles compared to an average person. This means that an average person has a higher percentage of slow twitch muscles. ...
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All else equal, would a stronger person have more stamina than weaker person?

Suppose that a weaker person would push against a brick wall at maximum effort until he literally has no energy to move. It would take time X for this to happen. A stronger person then push against a ...
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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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Biceps and Triceps exercises: are both involved?

let's consider these two famous exercises: triceps pull-down, and biceps curl Both the exercises have the same starting and ending positions, and even the movement is the same: it's basically a ...
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Do strongman and powerlifters have more muscles than bodybuilders

Strongman and powerlifters are stronger than bodybuilders. And they are heavier. But the extra weight can't simply just be fat? If it were just fat, then they wouldn't be stronger than the bodybuilder....
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Is there a way for a 300lb man to be stronger than a 500lb man?

Let's suppose that you have 2 male humans who are physically fit. One is 500lbs and the other is 300lbs. Are there some physiological forms that would allow the 300 lb man to be stronger than the 500 ...
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What is the optimal length and amount of sessions per week for optimal muscle gain?

For maximum muscle gain, one is recommended to do 3-5 sets 8-12 reps, the less reps the more strength training it becomes. Now in regard to the number of sessions per week and the length of sessions I ...
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Why and how does fat also make you stronger?

If a 200 pounds man gains an additional 50 pounds of fat he will be stronger than before. Why is that? How does fat contribute to lifting stuff?
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uneven pull ups

when i do a pull up my right shoulder seems to be higher and i don’t know why. anyone know how to fix this? i am right handed if this helps
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How to get huge triceps?

I have very weak triceps (15.3 inches) and chest (44 inches). I'm working out for almost 4 years but my bench press still under 154lb. The last few months I worked out harder on this muscle group, but ...
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Does shoulder strength and flexibility affect your pullups?

I am an intermediate athlete who has been training seriously for 3-4 years, and recently I am experiencing a bit of pain in my rear delts when doing pull-ups. My biceps and my lats are both enjoying ...
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Hypoventilation training

Hypoventilation training is used by many top tier world athletes to perform better in their sports and require less training overall. Basically exhaling and then holding your breath as you perform ...
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How much does nutrition affect muscle / joint health?

I've found over the last few years that the amount of problems I've had with trigger points and muscle tightness has been unbelievable. It has really affected my fitness routine as it means I'm often ...
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The science behind the distribution of muscle mass, and how the body decides where to build or breakdown muscle

May I know if there have been journal article reviews or studies that deal with how the body decides where to build or breakdown muscle first, and the metabolic/endocrinal/molecular mechanisms behind ...
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Core Workout - efficacy of doing Pallof Press and Cable Woodchopper exercises together

I'm looking to build the frontal (rectus) and oblique (side) abs a bit with standing exercises. I've started doing cable woodchoppers (chest height) and pallof press' (with legs practically together). ...
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What are risks of bodybuilding? [closed]

Are there any risks of bodybuilding? Every exercise has it's features, and bodybuilding has it's too. What are risks that these features could possibly cause? Or risks from other than these features? ...
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Best exercise to do with a dumbbell to build arm/shoulder muscles? [duplicate]

As the title implies, I have very limited equipment. Just a dumbbell and a floor where I can do sit-ups and push ups. What would be the best way to build arm/shoulder muscle with just these methods?
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Body building is sore, slow, and needs rest, but the heart doesn't. Why?

I have a question about heart muscle rebuild after high intensity cardio. I wonder if it is a proper question in this forum. If you think not, please kindly tell me where it should be. Building muscle ...
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Does having muscular areas deter fat buildup in those areas?

My question is mostly stated in the title. Let's say you have particularly muscular abs or arms. Does that mean when fat starts building up, it will not build up in those areas? Much thanks
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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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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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Difference between landmine row with rope versus v-handle

What is the major difference when using a landmine row with the following attachments in terms of muscles worked?: v-handle rope (do you spread the rope at the top?) classic t bar eyelets
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How to make sure all parts of my body are developed while working out?

How do I make sure I have a well rounded physique? That is, how to ensure that my for example back muscles are proportionally strong/large with my leg muscles and so on. Even if I train different ...
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Does cardio build muscle?

One of the factors of muscle growth is mechanical tension which can be achieved throughout various methods. One of them is moving weights around, the other is pushing maximally against an immovable ...

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