Questions tagged [strength-training]

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

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Protein: How much is too much?

I'm currently taking in 100 grams a day of protien via whey powder. I used to take 250 grams when I was training. I've read that you should intake 1 gram per pound of body weight you have when ...
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What exercises are good to build up to performing chin-ups?

I can't do a single decent chin-up, are there any easy alternatives that I could build up in quantity as a forerunner to being able to do chin-ups? Alternatively are there are any weights exercises ...
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Should cyclists use weight training to strengthen underutilized muscles?

I've read (and it seems intuitive) that cycling exercises some muscles more than others. Other than the obvious lack of an upper-body workout from cycling, are there specific muscles that tend to be ...
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How is muscle repair affected by a caloric deficit?

Background Weightlifting creates micro-tears in the muscle. Protein and other nutrients repair the tears so the muscle grows back stronger and larger. Question How is muscle repair affected by a ...
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Stronglifts 5x5: an effective program?

I was recently looking through the Stronglifts 5x5 workout, and I was wondering about its effectiveness. The program has some lofty claims (most do), has a ton of anecdotal evidence supporting it, and ...
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What novice program should I recommend to my unfit friends?

I lift, but most of my friends don't. What should I have them do when they (finally!) decide to try coming to the gym with me? My friends are not fit, but also not obese or possessing gross injury. ...
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For the same number of repetitions, does it build more muscle to do fewer sets?

Suppose I want to do 50 pushups. I could do: 10 sets of 5 5 sets of 10 2 sets of 25 1 set of 50 Each option is more difficult than the last. But is it more beneficial? Is it "more pain, more gain", ...
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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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How can I train for a 5K while strength training with StrongLifts 5x5 and minimizing detrimental effects on either?

I followed the Couch-to-5K training program several months ago in preparation for a 5K race but have not run at all since then. I'd like to get back into it by doing Couch-to-5K again. I'm doing ...
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Leg exercises that complement squats?

I believe in balancing the amount of exercise that I give to each muscle group, but recently it occurred to me that my leg muscles might be imbalanced. More than anything, squats are the number one ...
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What is the opposite exercise of push ups?

I've been doing push ups on a daily basis, and I feel like I need to also train the opposite muscles, to make sure I'm training evenly. What would be a good counter-exercise for push ups?
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Starting Strength: a practical program?

Based on this site's recommendation, I got a hold of Starting Strength. It's clearly a spectacular book. But, as a beginner, I find it hard to make practical. It has lots of deep knowledge about ...
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How should I breathe when lifting?

I've heard many different things about how to breathe when lifting? What are some clear, simple, common sense, generally accepted ways to breathe when lifting? (Squatting or pressing.) I'm following ...
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How to train up to 50 pull-ups?

My target is to do 50 pullups (without coming down in between them of course). Is it more beneficial (faster for me to hit my target) by doing 1-shot as much as I can or is it more beneficial to ...
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What's the minimum amount of strength training that will yield a measurable benefit?

I'm not an athlete – I just want to be healthy and fit with decent muscular strength. What's the minimum amount of strength training that will yield a measurable benefit? For instance, sitting ...
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What exercises produce longer, higher running jumps?

I want a higher and longer jump. What exercises should I use to jump further and higher? I'm specifically talking about jumping from a running start. I am only interested in bodyweight exercises for ...
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What differences in the muscle structure can be seen when trained for Strength vs Hypertrophy vs Endurance?

This question is bugging me for few weeks now. Its not that I didn't try to look up. I never found a complete answer in an understandable language. From the articles I read over internet I could just ...
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Recommendations for a new beginner training program

I'm a 23 year old male. 6'1" @ 84kg. I started strength training in October 2014 and embarked on Wendler's 5/3/1+ BBB. First off, I am aware that I may have got off on wrong foot going with that ...
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What's the best way for me to start weightlifting?

I've always wanted to lift weights and honestly have no idea where to begin. How do I get started? Do I need to join a gym? find a personal trainer? buy a book and weights? find a friend who ...
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Wide grip pull-ups vs “normal” pull-ups

What is the purpose why people do wide grip pull ups? I know that these pull-ups are harder, but I would like to know why. Are there different muscle groups being stressed? Or is a wide grip pull-up ...
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Why are pyramid sets often advised for bodyweight exercises?

A pyramid set is one following a scheme like 1 rep, 2 reps, 3 reps, 2 reps. I've seen this advised to train pull ups if you manage only very few. I looked at the hundred push ups program, here and in ...
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In a bench press, are there any tricks for determining which muscles are the weakest?

Is there some trick to determine which of the three basic muscles is the weakest in a bench press? I'm referring to the pectorals, shoulders and triceps. I have been working my chest with dumbbell ...
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Push-ups - small range of motion vs full range of motion?

I'm curious about the affects of "range of motion" when doing push-ups. What are the pros/cons to doing push-ups using high reps, small range of motion vs low reps, full range of motion? Here is how ...
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Does exercise REALLY increase the basal metabolism rate for any significant length of time after the exercise is over?

I am new to this site, but have read several questions and answers here that are related to this question and have found different contradictory answers. Some say that the only effect is that a ...
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How to strengthen my wrists?

While my wrists are fine in general, some of the more strenuous exercises I (try to) do are painful sometimes; for example, one-armed pushups. I used to have more problems, even when doing pull ups (...
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Should squats come last in a workout-plan?

I noticed that after doing squats I become very exhausted and tired, which seems to heavily affect my performance on the exercises following afterwards. Some of my collegues insist that squats should ...
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What is the optimum training intensity to prevent atrophy when on a caloric deficit?

I know that when I'm on a caloric surplus, I stimulate hypertrophy best if my training intensity lies somewhere between 6-12RM. Now let's say I'm on a caloric deficit. What intensity is optimal for ...
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Should I “feel the burn” during a workout?

I am aware of the other question on feeling the burn, but that question seems to be about feeling the burn after a workout. My question is, should I feel the burn during the workout. At the moment ...
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Are there disadvantages to long rests between sets when strength training?

This is assuming I am training purely for strength (it seems there are already topics about this subject from a bodybuilding perspective). Lets say I only barely make it through my first set of ...
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Should I lock out my shoulders at the bottom of a pull up?

When I'm doing pull ups, I try to go all the way down until the arms are straight, but I do not lock out my shoulders. Recently, I thought in order to get a greater ROM, it might be a good idea to ...
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Doing Starting Strength once a week

I'm new to strength training, and, for the time being, can do it only 1 once a week (or maybe every other week). I do aerobic several times a week, and, currently, can't give it up. Should I follow ...
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Sore after work out - can't straighten arm

I'm in good aerobic shape but never did strength training. Yesterday, I did some basic strength work, using both dumbbells and machines. Nothing too crazy - I started light and built my way up. I ...
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What exercises will help me open jars?

After failing to open a jar the other day it came to me that the strength required to do so is not built in most exercises and also that it is a common test of strength in daily life. Therefore I ...
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How to become good at lifting and holding my girlfriend in arms?

I want to be able to lift my girlfriend in arms and hold her while walking for a while. It of course shouldn't seem struggling and I should be able to talk, laugh or even kiss while doing this. What ...
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Can you gain strength in your legs with bodyweight squats only?

A known book about bodyweight training written by a fictitious convict athlete, states that you can gain strength in your legs without using weights at all, by means of exercise variations that will ...
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An equipment-free exercise for triceps / chest without pressue on the wrist

I am looking for exercises to build the upper-body, in particular chest and triceps that I can do basically anywhere (when I don't have equipment/weights available). I have done a lot of variations on ...
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Fitness training with varicose veins

Recently my workout buddy was at a phlebologist who diagnosed varicose veins which have to be treated by surgery (just one large vein) the cause of this seems to be genetic and she now have to wear ...
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How to handle a break from StrongLifts?

I have to take a two week break from my Stronglifts program, and I won't have access to the gym or any weights. On the break I will be doing occasional body weight workouts, but for the most part I am ...
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Is it possible to gain muscle with cardio/aerobics?

I believe the best way to gain muscle is heavy weightlifting. I've done that before using a routine based mainly off of the Stronglifts program and I saw good results. However, until recently I was ...
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When is 5x5 deadlifts too much volume?

I am curious what the science is behind strength gains on the dead lift and when it is ideal to stop working on 5x5 rep scheme and switch to something lower, as low as perhaps 1x5. Currently I can ...
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What is the best iOS App for tracking Starting Strength progress? [closed]

What is the best iOS application for recording and tracking progress in Starting Strength? I need an app that tells me which lifts I am supposed to do on which day. It must also allow me to input my ...
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What credibility or scientific backing does 1g protein per 1lb of body weight have for its applications?

Say you're of an average weight, not really fat, just skinny and want to put on pounds. People who want to add muscle but are not yet serious bodybuilders(if that's even their goal)are advised to ...
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Is there an alternative way to warm up for lifts that is less tedious than gradually increasing the set weight?

I'm following a 3x5 weight lifting program based off of the Stronglifts and Starting Strength programs. I've been starting with warm-up sets of gradually increasing weight, as suggested by Stronglifts ...
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Do weightlifting belts improve or hurt long-term development of core strength?

Weightlifting belts are reportedly used by a quarter of recreational weight trainers, and their benefits to lifting performance is supported by a large body of research. The data suggest that belts ...
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What's the relationship between gaining muscle mass and strength? How do I increase in strength without increasing in mass?

This question is a follow on from https://fitness.stackexchange.com/a/11884/5376. I assumed that as I get stronger, my muscles will get bigger, but it seems that this is not a strictly linear ...
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Resuming workouts after 2 months. Any beginner workout suggestions?

I had to take a break from working out for 2 months. When resuming after a long break, are there any good alternative workout plans that you follow to gain back some of the lost strength and stamina ...
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How does strength training affect one's health and life expectancy in the long run?

I understand that aerobic exercise are very beneficial for one's health, but I always have doubts about muscle training. I know that bodybuilding makes you heavier, stronger and more attractive, but ...
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How to get started with Pull-Ups? [duplicate]

My other half is a total newbie in Fitness activities. She has had a tough time to even get through a single set of 5 Pull-Ups. Whats the best way to get started with Pull-Ups? And, How do I support ...
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Stronglifts 5v5 : Where do I go from here?

So let me start by saying, This is the best program I have ever followed in my life. I am in the best and strongest shape I have ever been in my entire life, and I can attribute most of it to ...
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What type of pants are good for weight lifting?

I'm more comfortable weight lifting in pants than in shorts, but find they inhibit proper knee position when squatting. Are there any types of pants or material that will stretch well enough to be ...

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