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Questions tagged [strength-training]

An exercise/program designed to increase your muscle mass/lifting capacity.

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For how long should i rest before switching to another leg when doing one-leg squads?

Can i rest for as long as i want to e.g 30 minutes, 1 hour, 2 hours? My logic is that 2 different legs are still 2 different areas on my body and 2 different muscle groups are hit when doing exercises ...
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Human sturdiness, training frequency and elite strength

This study suggest that humans may have evolved to adapt to long periods of stress by increasing sturdiness and not just muscle strength. Active fascial contractility: Fascia may be able to contract ...
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Should one train/test their 1RM?

I recently watched a video of fitness youtuber talking about him testing his 1RM frequently (about every 6-8 weeks), which would replace one of his "regular" training days. He does that by calculating ...
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How to do more reps in one arm pull ups

I am trying to increase the number of reps in one arm pull ups, but for a few months now I am stuck at 3 reps and cannot progress. I have tried adding weight and even going a step back for a while by ...
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Push pull legs routine, what do you think of this?

I would like to post my routine I'm on and see what you think. I have a few goals in mind and I've ironed out this routine over the years with a few big setbacks ( knee surgery from a child hood ...
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Which muscle group am I missing in my workout routine?

Every day, I do this: Pull-ups. Suspension dips. Leg lift (for abs). Side planks for abs. Biceps curls. Triceps curls. Chest-pull. Single-legged squat, up to full extension, including calf raise. ...
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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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Benefits of man makers workout

What are the benefits of the Man Makers workout? Which muscles will it develop? How many sets and reps everyday do I need to do for muscle growth?
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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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What is good strength training for a regular cyclist?

I am a cyclist that averages about 100 miles per week(mpw) between my commuting (50 mpw) and fun rides (varies 50-100 mpw). I want to build up my upper body strength and add some mass. What sort of ...
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What program to follow if I have a lifting competition in 4 week?

I am novice gym goer and even though my lifts are very beginning-intermidiate level,I am wondering what type of training should I do to prepare for the event.My weight is 62kg at 5'6" and my squat and ...
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workout after night shift?

Question: Should i workout (calisthenics) after night shift? Work schedule: 4 days a week 10 hours per shift, from Tuesday to Friday. Weekend and Monday are off. What kind of work i do: I work in ...
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advice for male turning 40+

I've been weight and martial art training for a few years now, on and off. Having turned 40 recently, and over the years noticing changes like longer recovery times etc, I was wondering if there are ...
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How do I add weight to ab exercises?

The question is lucid enough. How do I add weights to ab exercises like bicycle crunches, abdominal crunches, cross arm crunches and other main ab home workouts. Note - I do my exercises at home, so ...
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Impractical Routine?

So I've been trying to get into working out for the past year, but I'm a high school kid who doesn't have the time (or skill sadly) for sports and a gym membership just isn't an option. I try to keep ...
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At what point do the health benefits of strength training peak?

The health benefits of strength training (as with most forms of regular exercise) are frequently quoted as providing increased lifespan, better ageing, disease resistance etc. However, it is certainly ...
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Benefits of different kinds of Cardio for Warmup

I'm going to the gym regularly for weight lifting for half a year now. I incorporate some light cardio (5 min) and a muscle specific warmup with an elastic band into my workout routine to get blood ...
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Comparing a trainer-made plan to a selfmade plan

I'm seeking some help comparing two plans. One of which was made by the trainer at my local gym and the other I made myself, because I feel like the plan from the trainer is very unbalanced, way to ...
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What is the difference between static stretching vs strengthening the antagonistic muscle?

I was trying to learn more about healthy ways to deal with injuries and I think from this video by Athlean-X and this one from Mike they seem to imply that one should basically never statictically ...
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Benching/pressing more than three times every two weeks on Starting Strength

On Starting Strength, the lifter is only supposed to be doing bench press every other workout, and similarly for overhead press, so that one is only bench pressing (or overhead pressing) three times ...
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Does strength training make your skin more elastic and thicker?

In my quest to live forever and look splendid, I have with great interest read about the human growth hormone HGH. The body's HGH levels naturally decrease with age. Some speculate that increasing ...
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Will I make good progress in my shoulder strength if I exercise them only once a week?

I'm trying to increase my anterior shoulder strength in an attempt to help rehabilitate my shoulders. When I was younger, I did lots of push ups in order to get bigger triceps and chest muscles. As a ...
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I am filling a given volume with Lead shot. Which size will give maximum weight - Size 7 or size 12

Hi am filling a loadable sledgehammer with lead shot. I am trying to see which size lead shot will give me the highest load. Will filling with smaller size give me higher load or a bigger size will ...
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Best protein powders for vegan who wants to build muscle

There are many plant based protein powders. Hemp, rice, pea, soy, etc. Are there any studies which compare the effectiveness of such powders in terms of muscle building? (For example hemp vs. rice ...
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How to tackle weak glutes?

I noticed that compared to my overall body,my glutes look a bit small.(I find a full glutes look very athletic and supplement a good lower body look).Also I don't do any glute isolation as I don't ...
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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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Weight change with adaptive metabolism

My goal was to gain muscle from 165lbs to 180lbs. I started tracking calories and macros, aiming for 1g fat per lb and 1.5g protein per pound as minimums, filling up my calories any way beyond that. ...
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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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Does the GVT actually work for mass gain in non-enhanced lifters?

GVT is German volume training where 10 sets of 10 of a compound movement is done. I am in doubt because such high rep is more like endurance work as I have learnt from various sources.
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If I can't guarantee consistent 6+ hours of sleep a night, is weight lifting worth it?

I work a third shift job and I'm a day time dad. Due to this my sleep is sporadic at best. Most days it consists of two, two-ish hour power naps when my daughter sleeps. Saturday, Sunday and Monday ...
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Bench press, dips, push ups

How does carryover work? If I get a stronger chest with any random exercise does the bench press go up? Or is there the need to do similar exercises like push ups and dips in order for carryover ...
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Madcow 5x5 with 2 days schedule, will it work?

Because of long commute and uncertain work hours, right now I'm only able to workout twice a week. Planning to do madcow. As I understand there are 3 days in madcow 5x5: Day 1 is 5x5, day 2 is ...
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Weight training for muscular endurance

I have just started doing Stronglifts 5x5 (which is almost the same as Starting Strength). Hopefully in say 6 months time I have made good progress, but are also starting to plateu. In order to get ...
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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 are the benefits of box jumps compared to the stair climber?

From my research, both exercises - box jump/vertical jump and the stair climber - generally activate the same type of muscle regions (legs as well as core) on top of strengthening the cardiovascular ...
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How many calories are burned doing Starting Strength, Stronglifts, or equivalent?

Trying to estimate TDEE and don't really know how many calories are burned during 5x5 strength workouts, or equivalent weightlifting time spent in the gym. Want to make sure I am eating enough, and ...
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How to construct a compound movement workout including the Super sets?

I have been doing compound movement workout for like 3 months now, could see the results in overall strength, and fat loss, but how do I now include some super sets in that workout for looking toned? ...
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How to get muscles without getting fat [duplicate]

From last 6 months , Due to very good diet & little bit cardio, i reduced my weight & fat [belly] , now i started to workout in Gym from few days for strength training & started to eat ...
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Total Fast on Last Day of the Week to Cut Fat and Retain Muscle?

I'm male, 5ft 10in, 187 pounds, unknown fat %, and I've been strength training for a while, and while I've definitely increased in strength, I want a cut aesthetic. I have a bit of fat in my belly (...
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One set 7 days/week vs 2 sets 3-4 days/week to optimize both strength and hypertrophy

For strength/hypertrophy, is there any evidence that better results are achieved by doing a lower volume workout 7 days a week instead of a higher volume workout 3-4 days a week, or vice versa, ...
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What are some exercises that I can do for an easily dislocated shoulder?

Before you answer, here's some background to my shoulder's condition: I seem to have a chronically weak shoulder. For instance, when I play basketball I like to try hard to intercept passes from the ...
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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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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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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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What is the best training program in order to reach my goals? Is the one I have planned out good enough?

I am 5"5 16 years old 132lbs and I recently have been stalling on StrongLifts 5x5, so I want to start a new program in order to reach my goals. Lifts Current: Squat 1RM: 260lbs Deadlift 1RM: 265lbs ...
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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 ...