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Questions tagged [strength]

Strength is the ability of the body to exert force. Questions are about training methods for improving strength.

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Diet Plan for Building Lean Muscle

I’m new to weight training and my overall goal is to gain lean muscle mass and get rid of fat. I have incorporated cardio and strength training into my program, but need help with the diet. I’m a ...
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Cycling burning fat or calories?

If I have breakfast and then cycle, say for about an hour at about 80%, will the cycling burn any fat(/muscle) tissue or just the breakfast? If not, would it be advisable to consume no or very little ...
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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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I can row more than I can squat. Am I doing something wrong?

I've been doing barbell strength training for a few months. I've been doing some progression programs and trying to improve my form. After a few form checks with professionals, I am confident that my ...
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Fitness Chart That I need for gaining weight

I would like to have a chart of exercising that can help me gain weight I have started following by food habits. Now i need a set of proper exercise for 5days a week that can help me grow well in ...
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Do heavy partial reps have any benefit?

Many people will claim that heavy partial reps using a load above one's 1 rep max is beneficial for building strength, but i don't think this is the case. The claim is that since one uses more weight ...
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Do slowly lifting heavy weights increase general power/speed/impact without weights?

If someone wants to increase his power/speed at performing a certain movement in sports (for example, tennis shots, golf strike, kicking a ball), would slowly lifting heavy weights (almost at the ...
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Pavel Tsatsouline StrongFirst program and endorsing kettlebells and bodyweight

Isn't it a contradiction to aim for increasing strength first, and then ,focusing on kettlebells and bodyweight exercises? Wouldn't the first imply that you should be using heavy (or heavier) ...
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Where do I begin? cut/bulk first? or body recomp?

Alright there are so much information all over the net, and everyone has different opinions. I'm so confused at this point and I don't know how to begin. I'm 27 now, and I used to be overweight. 97kg ...
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Full Body Workout Routine for late novice

Hey guys i have a question. I am a late novice and other Routines like strong lifts, ICF, starting strength doesnt suit me because they lack on volume, take too long, hit fast the stalling wall etc ......
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How to balance the weaker hand while doing symmetric exercises?

I have lately noticed an interesting problem with my gym exercises. This wasn't a problem at lower weights, but is now very noticeable at higher weights. In exercises like dumbbell shoulder press and ...
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Stronglifts 5x5 related question

What are the accessories that you add with stronglifts and why? As given on the website, I added chins and dips; reverse crunches(or hanging leg raises) and crunches; barbell curls and skullcrushers;...
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Is the stomach vacuum only exercise to strengthen the inner abdominals?

I wanted exercises to improve the deep abdominal muscles and I only know of stomach vacuum.Are there any alternatives?Also my inner abs and lower abs are quite weak and I have had inguinal hernia in ...
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Can someone help me design a routine given these constraints? (small apartment gym)

I don't have a car and the nearest gym is quite a distance away and costs 80 dollar each month. I'd prefer to use the apartment gym (which is a 30 second walk away and 'free') if possible! Here's ...
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Is this a good split? Made my own template

I am a student and have a very busy schedule, but I will be able to devote 1 hour 6 days a week. I have weight trained some time ago. Right now I want to get stronger in general and also look good. I ...
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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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Lower back tightness after sprinting: strengthening?

After I sprint (usually 100m) for about an hour with breaks, I tend to feel tightness in my mid-to-lower back around the spinal cord. I am wondering if this is a symptom of a weakness (if so, how do I ...
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Is 6 strength workouts a week always a bad idea?

My situation: I've been to the gym before and done some weight exercises so I know the basics. Lately I'm extremely out of shape though (184cm and 61kg, with a really high metabolism). I would like to ...
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Should I skip the gym in middle when I can't take enough protein

I have been working out in gym for the last 3 months.... [ 4 days week , 30 minutes per day ] I want muscle , shape & want to be fit.... I did't see any major improvements as I did't workout out ...
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Alternating program

What do you think about a program that has 3 different full body workouts each week and changes every month? Let me explain this further Month 1: Full body A = High volume core and arms low ...
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strength and mass

''Your nervous system becomes more efficient at delivering electronic signals to your muscles to contract. You are able to recruit more muscle fibres, tense your muscles more and then low and behold ...
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What next, after Pistol Squats

I perform body-weight exercises and so far had something to progress to without requiring weights. I am now able to do 8-12 reps of Pistol Squats. To strengthen my legs further is there any other more ...
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Diet for Muscle Building and Fat Loss

I'm a 5'10" male at 190 lbs. Some of this must be from muscle, but there is still a significant amount of fat I want to eliminate. I'm doing StrongLifts 5x5, believing that it will give me the muscle ...
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How do 155 pound weightlifters manage to snatch 300+ pounds?

It's so odd to me that very strong, large men who train fairly seriously have a more difficult time snatching the same weight as someone half their size. How does one continually get those incredible ...
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What is the effect of spreading a workout over a day?

Suppose I have a gym routine that I want to fulfil, with the goal of strengthening a particular set of muscles. (I don't care about increasing bulk or definition at all). The current plan is gym ...
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How to gain strength and muscle with a power twister workout?

I've been doing power twister workout for the last 3 months and I noticed that I'm gaining strength, but no muscles (chest and arms). For the workout I’m using a 30kg power twister. I just bought a ...
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How exactly to do mind-muscle connection?

I've heard about the mind-muscle connection a lot but I just can't seem to understand it enough to get it to work. I get that you are supposed to mentally focus on the muscle, but I don't really feel ...
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Incline or Flat Bench First? Dumbbell or Barbell First? Why?

I've been following a weightlifting workout where the chest workout is in this order: barbell incline chest press dumbbell incline chest press barbell flat chest press I've seen incline ...
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What is a body strength? [duplicate]

I want to know what is the body strength? Is that muscle building help for make a body strength?
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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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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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Negative squats

Can doing negative squats with a belt, going down slowly then using arms to go back up be used to break a squat stalls? If not, are there any other benefit on using negative squats?
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Deadlifts:Which is the best stance: normal or wide?

If you had to do one,the normal shoulder width or a sumo stance or something else, which one would you do for general strength training?I have noticed that glutes activation is more in the wide stance ...
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If optimal rep range is 8-12 for hypertrophy, why does my aesthetics focused program has 5 reps for some workouts?

I've been following coolcicada's PPL routine for a while and I love it, but I choose this program over others just because the creator claims it's hyperthropy and aesthetics focused, he doesn't talk ...
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Can Pistol Squats replace Barbell Squats?

I am at the point where I can do consist pistol squats weighted. It seems to me that pistol squats are much safer than heavy weight back squats. Can pistol squats be a replacement for back-squats?
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Practical applications of the earthquake/bamboo bar

My gym recently purchased this weird bar: I have yet to see anyone actually use it. From what I can tell, the point is to hang weights off the sides and they swing at each rep. The idea (I guess) is ...
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Am I training too much?

There is this debate, amongst many trainers and professionals, on which is the optimal length of time a natural athlete should be training to increase strength, performance, muscle size, etc. In this ...
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Neck band rotation

For a while I've been doing neck extensions,side bends,neck flexions,neck tucks and neck grip holds with bands and plates Are neck rotations with resistance band good too ? I've seen football and ...
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Partial reps for muscle growth

I've been thinking about it for some time now and came to the conclusion that chin ups and pull ups are ego-lifting partial repetitions, even when the chin is over the bar or when the chest is over ...
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Rectus abdominis vs oblique muscles

Assuming one trains both but wants to emphasize one more than the other, with more frequency and higher intensity, will obliques or the rectus abdominis improve more the strength of heavy pulls. ...
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Training like a bull

What are the benefits of training like a real bull, by moving HEAVY things on the daily? Not full body every day, just heavy carries to overload the legs and traps. Like yoke carries alternated with ...
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Totally ditching chest training

What are the implications and negative side effects of NOT training the chest muscles? I train my entire body from the jaw and neck down to the feet but I'm thinking on making the pectoral muscles ...
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The Importance of Post Exercise Protein Shakes and the “Anabolic Window”?

For decades it has been widely accepted that "Whey Protein and Simple Carbohydrates" should be consumed as soon as possible post workout for maximal muscle hypertrophy. The Meta Analysis "Protein ...
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I have 7 weeks left for a power-lifting competition. It's my first time; how do I prepare?

I have been weight-training for almost 2 years now. I do it because I love it. That was the only reason I had been training, but I have a new goal now: to win in a local powerlifting competition. I ...
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Hanging upside down

I want to get my legs to be strong enough to hang upside down by holding my entire body with just my feet. Couldn't find anything other than just some tibialis antirior dumbell curls and exercises ...
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Strength training to prevent accidents

I am a 44 year old male. A few days ago I managed to fall skiing downhill and hurt some ligaments in my shoulder. I have done a lot of skiing in my life and must have fallen a 100 times without ...
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Developing fast twitch muscles with small weights

Or, do we have to use heavy weights for that? Would isometric exercise be of any use? (theoretically I imagine that these don't have a top of force applied).
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Do obese and unfit people tend to be stronger than slender people who train?

Yes I know the question in the title seems weird... As weird as what I recently read: I used to weigh more than 300 pounds. I smoked like a house on fire, I drank like a blues guitarist, I ate ...
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Combining HIIT and weights

Hi I am currently doing 4 training sessions per week. Monday: Boxing classes (HIIT) training Tuesday: Weights Wednesday: Weights Thursday: Boxing classes (HIIT) training My body fat percentage is ...
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Do high reps build strength?

It is believed that high repetitions (more than 12) build muscle endurance and not strength, but to me this doesn't sound right, here's why, let's suppose for example that i can curl 20 pounds for 5 ...