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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Breaking Microtears by flexing?

Try to flex your biceps as hard as you can. It feels like if you were lifting right? So does this mean that microtears are getting broke and therefore we are having the same effect as lifting(Muscle ...
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Developing very strong Quadriceps

I'm 43 old and I have practiced martial arts for the last few years. My thighs have strong muscles but I don't think they are strong enough. Some of the practitioners in my martial art have thighs ...
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Diet plan for vegeterian for building muscle

I am male 70 KG 170cm tall, I have recently started muscle building exercise to improve my thin frame, I know protein is essential for muscle building, but I cannot eat egg and meat, Could you please ...
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Do handstand push-ups hit all the three shoulder heads?

I started working out with calisthenics recently, and I want to workout my shoulders using only hand stand push-ups. Will that be enough to have good looking strong shoulders? Thanks.
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Should strength training be altered according to whether you're seeking size vs strength?

When I read about strength training, the advice often comes with the assumption that the reader wants to get "big". I want to achieve strength, but would prefer not to increase size too much if ...
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Do I lose muscle or fat if I don't eat for 5 days?

Due to an injury followed by a stomach virus, I drank a lot (coke, iced tea, and water) but hardly ate anything for 5 days. Now, my weight has dropped by 3 lbs. I feel like I lost muscle mass. ...
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Legs sore 1st day of rest after workout, even more sore the second day

I did a pretty intensive leg workout and decided to take the next day off for rest. I definitely had some lactic build-up the next day and my legs were slightly sore. However, when I woke up on the ...
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How to grow muscle while burning fat?

I am not obese, nor overweight but I still have fat accumulated around the waistline(giving me those ugly love handles). Other than that, I don't have much fat on me. I have tried long cardio sessions(...
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How to focus at the gym?

Lately i am having trouble focusing on my weight exercises. I don't really know how to explain it, but i have the feeling that the exercises i do are not having their effect, because i am not focused....
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Preserve muscles while fasting

Within 10 days, the fasting month of muslims will start ( Ramadan Month). In this month muslims fast all the day( not eating or drinking from morning till the sun set). So in such a case what is the ...
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What are the implications of diminishing levels of soreness in Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS)?

A while back, I sent out the following query to a subject matter expert (through a different social media platform), but did not receive a reply. Thought I'd post it here to see if anyone with ...
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If I build up my muscles and then don't use them for a while, then will the "build-up" regress after a while?

And if so, is regression more powerful if I build up my muscles from, say, the 90th percentile to the 99th percentile as compared to from the 30th percentile to the 50th percentile? As in, is the "...
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Is there an upper limit to building muscle each week?

When a person seeks to build muscle (with proper food and exercise), is there an upper limit to how much can be built in the span of a week?
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Is it possible to regain muscle strength after anorexia and surgery?

So at one point I was extremely skinny (19 yo male at about 5'10 (177cm) and 92.6lbs (42kg)). Before that, I was heavier but had been losing weight and also noticed a loss of muscle strength as my ...
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What is the best way to integrate brief sessions in my workplace gym into my strength and body building practices?

My job as a software developer requires me to spend nine hours a day in an office. The building has a gym, but it is not so well equipped that I use it as my primary facility. I work out at another ...
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Average Muscle breakdown by percentage (by weight) of the total

One often hears lower body accounts for 40% of total muscles mass. Going a step further, would it be possible to estimate for an average body, a given muscle group percentage of the total? Is there ...
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Muscles shake irregularly during workout?

I've been working out for a while now and I realized that my muscles shake whenever I lift weight. It doesn't seem like it's because of the weight. I could halve the weight on a bench press bar and ...
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Food diet off balance

Every day i ride 20km to work with my bike. Then when my work is done i do those 20km again. I'm doing martial arts 2 times a week and try to get 4 power workouts a week to gain some muscle. I do ...
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Does the body process food and supplements the same way?

I am currently progressing through 'Mad Cow' system and I have upped my calorie intake over the past 1 to 2 months. I have a question that I wondered if anyone could shed some light on. I take about ...
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Why is it that my Deltoid muscle cracks sometimes when I lift my arm?

I have come to situations where I finish exercising, or not even exercising , I lift my right arm, and within the shoulder muscle (Deltoid); the muscle cracks (inside the muscle). My left shoulder ...
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Target the same muscles twice in a day?

Would working the same muscle group - twice in the same day - cause worthwhile extra muscle fiber tearing to later gain mass? Or is this not worthwhile (the extra tearing is only marginal) given the ...
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Caloric intake for fatty trying to gain muscle

OK, I'm 6 foot tall and I weigh 215 pounds. Based on my weight when I was younger (I'm in my late thirties), I'd say I'm about 25 to 30 pounds overweight (fat) now. I started lifting about three weeks ...
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Are there studies on the number of sets that should be performed per exercise?

It's now well established that the number of hard sets correlates well with hypertrophy. Are there any studies that investigate how a given number of sets should be distributed among different ...
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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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Steel hamstrings

My hamstrings have always been incredibly tight. Since I have memories, never been able to raise a straight leg at more than 30-45° from the ground. Can't do any L-sit,leg raises, romenian deadlift ...
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Is lactate threshold different for different activities and/or muscle groups?

Is the adaption resulting from lactate threshold training mainly in the trained muscles, in the cardiovascular system, or both? If I improve my lactate threshold through one kind of training, ...
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Fatigued triceps in freestyle swimming

I used to swim a long time ago and after a break of several years, I took it up again about 6 months ago. However, my triceps (i.e the lateral part of the back of my upper arms) still get fatigued ...
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Benefits of Squatting from bottom position as rest position

So I was just thinking I got a home gym set up, and I can't really approach the bar under a power-rack as of yet...so I just clean it up over my head. I was interested in doing a back squat. But this ...
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Help to add muscle for a skinny guy with fast metabolism

I'm 20 year old, 5ft8 (1.72m) and weight about 120lbs (54kg). I've recently joined the gym and plan to add muscle (like most people). I'm completely new to this and I have been browsing for research ...
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Abdominal role in squats

Many people, websites,videos and wikipedia imply that squats, specially weighted squats train the abdominal muscles. But squatting without contracting my belly makes it that the abdominal pressure ...
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Why do I never have muscle soreness at my back?

I workout hard at the gym I'm training for like 6 months now and I am wondering why do I never have muscle soreness at my back, I workout very hard, after every training my arms, chest, feet every ...
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Is it beneficial to stay warm after a workout to support muscle gain?

I work out for 1 hour daily in the morning. My trainer told me to stay warm i.e. keep the muscles warm, throughout the day (or at least most of the time) because it helps muscle gain. That is, he ...
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Can muscle glycogen be fully replenished with any food source that contains glucose?

For example, if one were stranded in a survival situation could they eat only wild edible leafy plants, such as goose grass and dandelions, and eventually fully replenish all of the bodies muscle ...
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Should I add more protein to my diet to avoid muscle loss?

I've read several places you should try to at least get .5 g of protein per pound of weight. Note that I don't know my lean weight. Now I'm a 186 cm(~6 feet) tall male weighing 111.8 kg(~246 lbs), ...
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Foods for gaining muscle for a new gym guy [duplicate]

I am going to gym and doing weight lift and other exercise for last three months,my target is to gain weight and muscle.Unfortunately I didnt gain weight and my muscle didnt increase(bicep and tricep ...
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Don't feel muscle soreness until after a day [duplicate]

so, I only get this with my legs (meaning my quads and hamstrings and inner thighs) and my glutes...so here is my squat routine: 120kg - 2 sets of 6 repetitions followed by 1 set of 4 (it is really ...
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Is recovery time required to increase muscle after gym workouts

While reading this post How does muscle build up when we exercise?. I read there that recovery time (rest before your next workout) is important to increase muscle. Now there are 2 questions I want to ...
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How many sets per muscle?

My current program consists of a 5 day workout. Each muscle group (say chest for example) has 3 different exercises divided in 4 sets of 12 repetitions. Tempo is 2 seconds down and 1 up. Monday/...
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Is it ok to arch one's back when performing lat pulldowns?

I am aware that one should avoid performing lat pulldowns with the bar behind the neck. (mirror) Is it ok to arch one's back when performing lat pulldowns? Example where the back is arched: Example ...
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Should I perform exercises in full range of motion if my goal is to build muscle

I'm quite experienced in fitness and bodybuilding by that I mean I have been lifting weights for about 5 years, I'm not professional nor fitness "guru" or expert in anyway but I'm still always asking ...
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I'm trying to build mass, and I had a great upper body workout yesterday, but I only got about an hour and a half of sleep last night

Does this completely negate my workout? Is there something I can do to compensate for it today? I know it was only one session, but I just absolutely hate the feeling that the entire session wasted. ...
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Why does one get a potbelly if one stops working out?

I have always been someone who could eat as much as I wanted, but never get an inch of muscle or fat. My stamina was decent for a person who wasn't really a sportsman. I could play for hours and run a ...
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Is it physically possible to have a calorie deficit for a month and gain 5 kilos of weight while being on diet and training?

Is it physically possible to have a calorie deficit for a month and gain 5 kilos of weight while being on diet? I am eating around 1500-2000 calories a day and I should be taking around 3500 minimum ...
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What can cause severe muscle fatigue and even pain at wake-up? [closed]

When I wake-up (i.e. hear the alarm clock and open my eyes) I experience severe muscle fatigue, that I am hardly able to force myself to move my arms and legs to get-up. I feel like my muscles were ...
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Why is it so beneficial to a human being to sleep 7 or 8 hours to have good muscle growth?

Why is it so beneficial to a human being to sleep 7 or 8 hours to have good muscle growth? I recently started with bodybuilding and I gained a good amount of muscle in just a few weeks. But I started ...
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How Can I remove my muscle weakness? Please advise

I’m new to this site and was wondering if someone could advise After exercise (running) I’ve been left with a lot of weakness in my calf muscles (making it difficult to walk) and arm muscles ( so ...
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Where does protein come from if muscles are built and repaired at night?

I've been wondering for a while where protein to build muscle comes from? If I consume protein throughout the day and that protein is pretty much digested and processed within an hour or two of ...
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Muscle spasms in legs during long distance running

Last spring I ran a half marathon. I trained rather well for it and hit distance close to and equal to 13 miles in my training. I managed these training runs without incident. However, during the race ...
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How to find what muscle groups to strengthen?

Without a specific sport in mind, are there good general-purpose exercises or movements that can show me what muscle groups or areas need more work? I'm trying to make sure that my overall strength ...
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Building up Lat muscles without Chin ups, rowing or lat pull down

I have recovered from a back strain/injury. It was a pinched nerve. As part of my exercises I need to build my back muscles. The lateral muscles I am having trouble finding an excersise for. It seems ...

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