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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most efficient way of training finger

I recently started trying planche and other bodyweight exercises (like push ups and pull ups) on my fingers. I was trying to figure out how to make my fingers stronger. I know that many climbers use ...
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How to achieve slim athletic physique? [duplicate]

I’m 17 years old and i’m street dance dancer. I feel like athletic training is the best way how to cover my needs and body goals. Im going for really strong muscles but kinda skinny physique. ...
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Which muscles do loaded carries train that are not trained by other compund movements?

In this video Dan John lists loaded carries as a basic movement pattern (along with push, pull, hinge and squat). He further goes on to say that loaded carries (e.g. farmers walk) is the one movement ...
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Stretching and hypertrophy/strength

So hypertrophy from weightlifting is due to microtears in muscle fibers. Intense stretching also causes microtears, so why doesn't (or does?) stretching lead to hypertrophy and muscle gain? Stretching ...
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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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Not able to add reps anymore. 7 reps for push ups, 1 for chin ups, x reps for inverted rows(specific angle)

Not able to add reps anymore. 7 reps for push ups, 1 for chin ups, x reps for inverted rows(specific angle) 180cm 78kg. 28yo. 8h sleep. 140g protein. no kcal deficit. All factors outside of training ...
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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 does one lift a heavy box up from the ground?

Here are some pictures I found on how to lift a heavy box. Is this correct technique? Mainly I am trying not to hurt my lower back.
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Re-gaining strength at calorie maintenance

So from 2013-2017 or so I ate a lot of food and did strength training. I got a lot stronger and bigger. I did not count my calories. I'll call this point A. Then I got a DEXA scan, saw that I was 19% ...
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Doing Turkish Getup with Toe Pain

I have been trying to perform proper Turkish Getups, so I have been practicing the different parts of the movement (usually with a small empty box instead of weight so I can learn the technique first)....
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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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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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Scientifically speaking, how are strength and endurance not the same thing?

Let's say you can do a heavy lift once, and that's your maximum strength. Then let's say you decrease that weight by half and do as many repetitions as you can until your muscles don't move anymore. ...
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How can I tell the difference between bad ergonomics and weak muscles?

I'm 50 and I've always struggled with bad posture, although I've never really had any negative symptoms other than looking bad. But I know that posture and core strength are supposed to be important ...
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How to fix scoliosis for better/safer perfomence in a gym?

I'm 18 y.o. and I wanna fix my scoliosis for safer perfomance in a gym with heavy weights. What should I do for this? My left shoulder higher then my right shoulder
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Burn fat while maintaining flexibility

I am a female aerialist (lyra, silks, etc.) And I have reached a point where I can not advance unless I burn some fat off my mid section. I'm not overweight but that is what I need to achieve however ...
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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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Is there such a thing as having weak shoulder internal rotators?

I've always been more focused on keeping my external rotators strong, as I heard that it is normally those that are weak... and that the internal rotators are generally the more strong / dominant ones....
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Effects of Physical Exercise on Cognitive Abilities?

I've heard that especially endurance training helps to increase cognitive abilities due to increased efficiency of oxygen transportation. But I am sure there must be more to this. What are the effects ...
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Ways to strengthen VMO

A while back, I had some tracking issues with my kneecap. The physio prescribed me some straight-leg extensions to strengthen my VMO (vastus medialis oblique muscle) and reduce muscle imbalance with ...
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Low intensity excercise (6 month goal)

I do feel I can commit to my current low intensity workout for a prolonged period if not the rest of my life (my body willing). My previous attempts were to inconsistent, but only because I was doing ...
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Chest strengthening without weights or press ups

After 6+ weeks of no exercise and lockdown I found that just 10 press ups brought pain to my main neck muscle. So I have a painful sternocleidomastoid but I want to strengthen my chest (well, ...
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How to start weightlifting?

Ive(f22) always been very fit and healthy, yet have never quite been happy with how my body looks. Im 5" tall and weigh 113lbs. I'm an endomorph and currently eat 1400 cals a day (I track my ...
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What exercises to do for posterior chain if I have shin splints?

What exercises can I do for my posterior chain if I have shin splints? Can I squat or deadlift?
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Slow training versus Explosive training

super slow lifting is superior Two studies were done with untrained men (N= 65) and women (N= 82),(mean age= 53.6) who trained two to three times per week for eight to 10 weeks on a 13 exercise ...
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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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How do you (gently) strengthen the tops of the feet for poses like Urdhva Mukha Svanasana?

I've been doing yoga for several years now, and I still can't really tolerate the pressure or pain that comes with going to the tops of the feet in this pose, such that I stay on my toes instead. For ...
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Is it possible to gain weight while exercising?

I'm 17, about 5'3 and around 60kg (although I haven't touched a scale since a surgery when I was 15). I look quite skinny, especially as a lot of the fat seems to be concentrated in my thighs. I used ...
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How accurate are one repetition maximum calculators?

It is quite obvious that every online calculator is off because of individual differences, but math tends to be spot on everything and when it doesn't it's because we lack the needed data... With ...
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Routine to fix strength / mobility issues

Over the last couple of years Ive had a host of problems with my joints. Problems caused by tightness, weakness and trigger points... often in those muscles that most people don't know exist until ...
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Proper way to start exercising after long gap

I am 5'7" tall and my weight is 80 kg. As you can guess, I am fat. I have lots of fat. At one point of time (2016) I wasn't very fat (68 kg) and I was able to perform 10 pull ups, 35-40 push ups, ...
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Why do so many professional strength athletes eat tomatoes?

If you view the "what do I eat in a day" videos on youtube of strength athletes like strongmen (e.g. Eddie Hall) and powerlifters (e.g. Stefi Cohen) then it seems like almost all of them eat ...
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Doing 110 pull ups in a row non stop

How does the average Joe and the plain Jane train and prepare to do 110 pull ups in a row non-stop super strict form and no hanging rest,both hands always holding the bar and at least one repetition ...
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Resistance band too tight on palm

I have a resistance band and I'm finding that it gets too tight on my palm when I pull. It gets wrinkled up and hurts my palm. How do I mitigate this?
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Back strength oscillating

My squat strength increases or remains the same, never goes down. The same with my bench strength. However my pull up strength tends to oscillate, some months I'm incredibly weak and some months I'm ...
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How does body size correlate to strength?

Why does it seem that a lot of heavy and big people are weak, objectively weak? I met a few muscular guys, quite bigger than me who were weaker than me. I don't think it's a bout specificity of ...
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How do you get stronger pound per pound?

I don't want to be big or heavy. I want to be stronger at my existing weight, or preferably even lighter. Is it possible to get stronger whilst remaining at the same weight or while losing weight?
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Do some exercises cause injuries? Or is lack of strength the cause of injuries?

When comparing gymnastics leg training to barbell training one assumes that sissy squats cause more injuries. I believe this idea was born from the youtuber Athlean-X, also known as the most famous ...
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Are the basic barbell lifts not enough for the “core”?

One viewpoint is that the basic barbell lifts train the "core" sufficiently. And indeed it seems reasonable that anyone who can squat and deadlift large weights have very strong core muscles. Dr. ...
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Lifting slowly makes you weaker

I heard that lifting with a slow tempo not only makes it slower to build strength but also causes strength loss over time. And that lifting at higher velocities is always better for strength growth. ...
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Finger push ups

Push ups variation where you support your body on fingertips, does this variation actually build forearm strength ir is it mostly about pain tolerance to the skin being pressed by the sharp finger ...
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Does “Greasing the groove” work and if so why?

"Greasing the groove (GtG) is doing approximately half the number of repetitions that you are capable of, with 15 or more minutes of rest in between, troughout the day, every day, with an occasional ...
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What is most important for strength: frequency or volume?

One popular fullbody barbell strength training program prescribes 3 set (x 5 reps) 3 times a week. Another one prescribes 5 set (x 5 reps) 3 times a week. In order to save time, thinking that volume ...
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Rep ranges and the effect of “breaking” up a set

I understand there are lots of unresearched questions here about rep range. This question is not about what rep range is "best" for some purpose. The research on this topic is well summarized in this ...
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Flexibility and Strength training, which muscles is are being trained in this video

I lift weights and I do yoga regularly. I did notice I'm a bit stiff so I was looking for some stretching/mobility exercises I could integrate maybe after/before I do weight lifting or even ...
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On what exactly are current exercise recommendations based?

WHO, CDC and such all recommend the same thing which is 75 min a week of vigorous exercice minimum + 2 weight-lifting sessions. In the UK the NHS recommends the same, I suppose we find the same in ...
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Should I take a break from working out and if so, how long?

Well, I’m just going to be straight forward here. About a month and a half ago, I started working out in my house like every day for about two weeks. Then, I received a lot of work because I’m a ...
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Is there anybody else who can't gain reps in 4x4 OHP?

I'm following a bodybuilding workout in which I want to do dumbells overhead military press every 2 days in order to increase my reps and my weights faster than on the others exercises. So I'm doing ...
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Increase bench press 1RM

I want to increase my 1RM on bench press. I lift about 2 years. At the beginning it went great and fast. But when I reached 220 lbs it stopped. It hasn't changed in the last year. I go bench press ...

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