Questions tagged [strength-training]

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

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Can weight training cause arthritis?

I understand that overuse of a joint will likely wear it out faster than usual and may cause osteoarthritis. Overuse of the knee joint by running too much and in bad form is a typical example. My ...
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Isometric,Eccentric,Concentric training differences and what each is good for?

As in the title I wish to know: What each of them is? What each of them is good at?(muscle building ,strength building,resistance building,etc.) Why should we include them in our training program? ...
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Can i be taller after 23 and how to gain muscles [closed]

i am 23 years .I want to be taller,on this age i cant get be taller?I would like only six inches.I dont want to wear shoes or anything to make me seem like i am taller.My body can obtain 6 inches or ...
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Optimum rep duration for muscle/size gains [closed]

I've searched high and low for this, but all I could find was articles on the best number of reps and sets (rep and set range etc.) But how long should one rep be for maximum hypertrophy, given, say, ...
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why do we need more rest when lifting heavy?

in relation to this question below: possible paths to increase bench press from 140kg (308 lbs) to 160 kg (352 lbs) - for 1o reps rest time which is around 48-72 hours at the level you are, or ...
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possible paths to increase bench press from 140kg (308 lbs) to 160 kg (352) - for 1o reps

I really liked this question below and its answer. Improving my Bench Press - what muscles are used during what phase? I am looking for to increase my bench press from 200 kg to 220 kg. one way I ...
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Will tight muscles stop you from becoming stronger or cause injuries?

Between workouts I tend to be a little lazy about stretching, so I'm wondering if I'm hurting myself or my performance by not stretching much between workouts. Any one of these more specific ...
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Is it wrong to work 2 muscle group at once?

I normally work out 2 muscle groups per day,a big one and a small one for example back/triceps chest/biceps legs/shoulders etc... But,sometimes I am in a hurry and I must hurry up the pace and I do ...
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How to train your external oblique and serratus anterior?

What exercises are good to train the external oblique and serratus anterior muscles from beginner to advanced exercises?I am interested mostly in isolated exercises.
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Can I gain muscle(or at least stop losing muscles I have) at age 33 by going to gym and targeting weight loss?

I'm 33 years old now. 3 years ago I had good muscular body with 65 kg weight and used to go gym regularly. Three years ago I got married, and my life got changed. I gained 15 kg weight, huge belly ...
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Body fat and abs [duplicate]

I have a 9.2% body fat ,1.80 m and 81 kg and still I have enough fat on my abs...I diet and workout hard I always check to have enough proteins,calories,etc every day.I had 5 months ago 19% body fat ...
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How to do the 20-rep-Squat routine? [closed]

My name is Malek and I have recently purchased a Squat Cage, Barbell, and Weights. I have done weight training before but have not in 7 months.I would truly like to get back into it. I have started a ...
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Can Cardio/strength training improve “stamina” for long study periods?

Not being a native speaker, I am not sure whether the word "stamina" is proper. I hope you understand what I mean. My goal is to improve the stamina for study. I want to be spending more time on ...
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Why does this author recommend that you should do only one set of deadlifts?

http://startingstrength.com/article/who_wants_to_be_a_novice_you_do#.Uk2wDmSieLg The deadlift uses only ONE heavy set. ONE. Really. Sets-across deadlifts do not work, because for the deadlift more ...
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Prevent hand ache during workout

I've recently started to enjoy working out. However, my hands often feel achey and fatigued after a good workout (I mainly use various dumbbell exercises). How can I help avoid this?
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Home training works against my BMI

I was on about 87 kg to 88 kg. With my height of 1,94 m, it was pretty damn good in terms of my BMI :) I nearly hit exactly the middle of the target value of a mid-twenty male. However, I started to ...
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one arm dumbell bent over row - is it a complete exercise for the back?

there is an exercise called one arm dumbbell bent over row. sometimes I like doing 10 sets of 10 reps alternating arms of this exercise with 60 Kg. It makes me feel very good, and after 24 hours or ...
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Why do I never have muscle soreness at my back?

I workout hard at the gym I'm training for like 6 months now and I am wondering why do I never have muscle soreness at my back, I workout very hard, after every training my arms, chest, feet every ...
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Interpreting descriptions of sets

Many strength training programs describe sets something like this: 3 sets 8-10 reps, 10-12 reps, 13-15 reps I'm not sure what this actually means. Does it mean, 8-10, 8-10, 8-10 (drop the weight ...
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why arms flabby after 5x5 stronglifts?

A little background I have been lifting for a couple years now as a newb but have been able to get my muscles a bit toned and defined they were a bit flabby but not to the extent they are now. This is ...
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Building Lean Muscles

How can one make sure that while exercising with healthy diet muscles don't get bigger. Rather amount of fat reduces and only internal lean muscles get build so that metabolic rate increases and one ...
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Stronglifts 5x5, Balancing and What Next? [closed]

Progressing well for the last couple of months on Stronglifts 5x5. (25 y/o, male, 6ft, 80 kg / 176 lbs weight / eatting a surplus of 3200 kcal) How to stop my Bench and Overhead Press lagging behind ...
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Can I reach a target strength using high reps of lower weights?

I think the answer is "No." So here goes: I want to lift 60 pounds smoothly about 45 times in an hour (to assist with archery target practice with 60 pound bow). Right now I can only lift 60 ...
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Do I need to be over my maintenance or my actual calories burned to build muscle?

Attempting body recomposition by cycling calories on workout/non-workout days... but, I can't find any sources that really agree on how many calories I need to eat. For instance here's two articles ...
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Rapid fatigue and swelling [closed]

I'm 23 yo, 6'4 and 180 pounds. I've been working out for approximately 3 years. This includes weight training and calisthenics. I also play basketball here and there. So I consider myself fit and ...
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Training: quality vs quantity

Quite some time ago I trained has a shot put athlete, only at a regional level. I trained hard but only about 1h30 per day, 3 to 4 day per week. I never made great marks. Later I had to abandon the ...
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Strength training gym equipment exercise rotation

I started going to gym with my wife and we are focusing on strength exercise. We do rotations (by doing 5-8 times on max weight we can do for that specific muscle training) on each gym apparatus then ...
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Preparation for the muscleup [duplicate]

What is the ideal exercise foundation that will prepare me to for muscleups? Some ideas I am considering are: Losing weight until my BMI is well under 25 Weighted dips Weighted pull ups Negatives ...
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Developing very strong Quadriceps

I'm 43 old and I have practiced martial arts for the last few years. My thighs have strong muscles but I don't think they are strong enough. Some of the practitioners in my martial art have thighs ...
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What is wrong with a beginner following the Rock workout schedule?

So I am about 5 months into training and I am struggling to come up with a suitable routine. My gym buddy suggested me to do what rock does, which is simply-put, one muscle group a day, 2 day rest, ...
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Why do we superset?

Supersets combine two or more exercises with similar motions with an aim to maximize the amount of work of an individual muscle or group of muscles. The exercises are performed with no rest period ...
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What should be the best plan for me to lose fat and gain muscle

3 months ago I joined a gym. I am following a diet and doing mostly cardio workouts. To date I have lost 5-6kg (I weighed 85kg before I started). I have a couple of questions: Should I continue ...
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Why am I not growing muscularly?

I have been weightlifting for sometime but my muscles are not growing as much as I would like. My workout plan consist of daily light weightlifting and some cardio excerise. And my diet is ...
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Intermittent Fasting Post Workout

I have lost around 33 pounds using intermittent fasting (skipping breakfast by substituting BCAAs). Since then, I have started lifting, first with Starting Strength and now with Texas Method, ...
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Compared to their overall strength, do women have greater lower body strength in proportion to their upper body than men do?

There is a misconception that women generally have greater lower body strength than men. This isn't what I'm asking. My question isn't to directly compare women's lower body strength to men's. It's ...
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Heavy weight vs Light weight?

My goal is to build muscle size. There is lot of information online which says like Arnold says(3rd point) you need to lift heavy to increase muscle size and there's other information as well like on ...
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Should strength training be altered according to whether you're seeking size vs strength?

When I read about strength training, the advice often comes with the assumption that the reader wants to get "big". I want to achieve strength, but would prefer not to increase size too much if ...
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Holding weights on bench press flyes

After my regular 4 sets of flyes, I do one more set with heavy weight stretching my pectorals as long as I can just like the image attached, Stretching can last 10 to 15 seconds depending upon the ...
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What is a good training program for a beginner/intermediate mountaineer/rock climber?

My goal is to use the gym to get in shape for mountaineering and rock climbing on my vacations. I don't have access to rock walls or mountains so I try and use what I have: a gym, and running routes. ...
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Subseting with second muscle group [duplicate]

Just a question about subsetting: My week is broken up to two muscle groups on 4 days a week. Let's say I'm doing back and Bis on the same day; would it be bad if I subset my back exercises with my ...
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Is it possible to recruit all the motor units available?

If I have exactly 2lbs of muscle on my bicep and I do a weight lifting exercise that involves only the bicep, is there a limit of how much weight I can lift for 1 rep if the muscle mass remains ...
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Does Intermittent fasting increase growth hormone secretion without negating strength gain benefits? [closed]

I have heard many claims, and done some reading, but I am not qualified by any means to determine the truth of the matter: Question: Will Intermittent fasting, increase growth hormone secretion ...
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Can I increase strength without lifting more weight?

So I have been doing weight training for a couple of months now. Using the idea of progressive overloading I have been increasing the weight by about 5kg every week or 2 or 3. Since I'm working out at ...
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Can ab wheel replace crunches?

Are an ab wheel and plank exercises a good replacement for the good old but boring crunches? What effects are better and what it cannot replace?
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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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Could I do a 1-series split exercise workout routine?

All of my friends who workout tell me that I they do a 1 muscle group a week training routine in the gym and that I should do the same. My problem is that I hate that and I don't want to go to gym for ...
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Should beginners be doing Rounded Back Deadlifts in a beginner strength training program?

Ma Strength posted a video on Facebook with the following description: "To be prepared beforehand for any contingency is the greatest of virtues.” ---Sun Tzu The Art of War During maximal ...
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Integrating additional abdominal workouts into StrongLifts program?

I realized that weak abdominals are resulting in poor Squat form and thus limiting my progress in StrongLifts 5x5. How can I integrate and program additional abdominal workouts to my StrongLifts ...
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Preventing upper back from rounding while squatting

My current bodyweight is 65kg and I am doing StrongLifts 5x5 for past two months. I am stuck between 70-75kg squat. Until 65kg squat it didn't matter much how my form was. I know that, I used to ...
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Would you recommended supplements for the average Joe/Jane? [closed]

I see a lot of people using pre-workout boosters and I tend to question myself if they are really necessary for the average gym user. I can understand it for pros though as they potentially have more ...

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