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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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My anatomy: What exercizes should I do? Is there any YouTuber/Instgramer that looks like me to help me understand what kind of work-out I should do?

Musculation should be highly customized, according to the anatomy e.g.. I've practiced for almost 2 years, without any result (in term of hypertrophy, strength / weights, etc.) Below is my current ...
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Are partial reps okay?

Now I am new to the gym (well, returning after a 10 year break) and unsurprisingly have lost a lot of strength and endurance over the years. After about a month of weight lifting, I've noticed that my ...
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Doing only two or three reps with heavy weights dozens of times a day

As the title suggests I am interested to know if doing a few repetitions with moderate or heavy weights multiple times a day is as good as a "normal" workout. For example doing three weighted pullups ...
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Better for arms & shoulder: breaststroke or freestyle swimming?

I know both are good, but between freestyle and breaststroke, which is more efficient in strengthening arms, shoulders, and upper body?
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Tensions of the strength curve

Influencing the strength curve during a weight training workout. I have read about the strength curve and the fact that certain exercises for the same muscle have their peak contraction or (hardest ...
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Is it possible to periodize from set to set?

Whole books have been written on the subject of periodization for strength training. The essence seems to be to work in different rep ranges. 5 or less for strength and 8-12 for hypertrophy. A simple ...
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Is working in orchard like workout in gym?

I have recently bought an small orchard and I work there time to time. Like shoveling pruning etc. Is this good for my health and muscles like gym? My purpose is not to build big muscles. I just ...
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What to do after joining the gym?

I am sorry if the question was very vague, Ill clear it out here, I am 26 soon turning 27 by August, I weigh 70 Kgs, I have thin arms but a very fat belly, all I want is a healthy body, maybe work out ...
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What have you found to be the best, most effective strength exercises to help complete a strict pull up?

In 2018 it was my goal to lose weight (which I have accomplished) but now it is my goal to become stronger; one of the more specific goals I have is to be able to do a pull-up by December 2019. What ...
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It's easy for me to fall to the ground…which muscles should be strengthened?

When the ground is a bit slippery, eg. muddy, wet, snowy, etc., I can't help but walk in a hilariously unnatural fashion. Every step is difficult and scary for me. Whenever I'm a bit out of balance, I ...
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Can I increase flexibility by strengthening muscles?

I do not believe in static stretching. When one stretch one is telling the nervous system that it is safe to allow a larger range of motion (ROM). This has to be repeated daily over months for the ...
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Instantly increasing flexibility by becoming angry as a result of pain

When a person experiences severe pain his body enters some sort of "survival mode" and as a result his flexibility (and strength I seem to remember) is increased. This is demonstrated here by Charles ...
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What is the hardest bodyweight chest exercise?

By "the hardest bodyweight chest exercise", I mean the one that requires the most amount of skill and strength. Is there a bodyweight chest equivalent to the handstand pushup or the front lever, for ...
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What are some exercises which are effective yet easy on the articulations

I have some back issues (mild scoliosis and kyphosis) and a history of joint problems in all of my close relatives. Thus, I kinda want to take care of my back and of my articulations. At the same ...
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Isometric finger training - individually vs collectively

Bit of background - my training goals are ultimately geared towards climbing and max strength. Endurance and Hypertrophy are things I'm not interested in. Right now like most climbers, I train using ...
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Is it possible to increase muscle weight (maybe muscle density) without increasing muscle size. Or at least minimize muscle size increase

I believe I have a bizarre but unique question. I would like to know if its possible to increase muscle mass without increasing (Or while minimizing) muscle size increase (Maybe by increasing muscle ...
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Is cycling the best option to strength the thighs muscle and make them look smaller?

I am concern about my thighs size. I an adult men weighing 56.4 Kg, 165 cm tall (5.4 feet), considered as a short man. My last visit to a nutritionist, was a disaster. She told me that I should not ...
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Pull up progressions, resistance band vs regular?

I'm currently working towards doing 10-15 full form overhand grip pull ups at slightly wider than shoulder width. I can only do about 1 of them per set while keeping proper form. I can do 7-12 with ...
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Rep Range Cycling Daily, Weekly, or more

After reading several sources about rep range recommendations, I know that: Low reps of heavy weight build strength Moderate reps of less heavy weight builds muscle High reps of low weight builds ...
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Building muscle on low carb diet

I'm 75kg, 184cm 22 year old healthy male and I do weightlifting to build muscle. I eat around 250g protein, 220g fat and 100g carbohydrates. My body seems to react negatively to a lot of carbs so this ...
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Bench press (starting strength by Mark Rippitoe)

"The pectoralis minor helps stabilize the rib cage into the arched position when the scapulae are anchored by the traps and rhomboids" How scapulae are anchored by traps and rhomboids? I didn't get ...
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Switching rep ranges to improve overhead press?

So I've been plateauing at 135 on ohp recently. Previously I had been starting at a given weight for 3x3 and then slowly working up to 3x5 before upping the weight. However at 135 anytime I get above ...
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Are there any journals/studies on the benefits of full range of motion when doing an exercise?

I am quite curious if there are any papers in doing a full range of motion and the benefits towards them. Specifically, By training the full Range of motion, 1. Reduce muscular strength imbalances, ...
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Combining weightlifting and martial arts

MY HISTORY I am a 27 year old man that has been weightlifting seriously for more than one year now. I have also doing some martial arts before, and want to get back at it again. Height: 178cm/5 ft ...
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How can I improve my vertical and be more explosive?

I play volleyball and I weight train almost everyday. What exercises/muscles should I work to improve my vertical and be more explosive? Anything helps!
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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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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 ...