Questions tagged [strength-training]

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

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What is the minimum amount of deadlifting sessions a week that is still productive? [closed]

I am a 44 yr old male. I have been lifting weights for 3 ~ 4 yr now. The beginning was difficult, but in the last 2 ~ 3 years I have made progress without injuries. I hit the gym twice a week and, ...
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Dumbbell for arms with different strenght

I had bone fracture in my right arm couple of years ago and it is not same in strength as left one. While doing exercise like bicep curl I find while I can take 10kg on left I can take only 7.5 on ...
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Difference between 3x5 Over head press and 3x12 shoulder press?

I've been doing following the Push Pull Legs (PPL) plan, In my Push workout routine, there is shoulder press with 3 sets of 12 reps. However, the instructions say that I can alternate this with Over ...
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What would cause a sudden drop in motivation and workout avoidance?

A little bit of background which might help in appraising the situation. If you want to avoid the fluff, the actual concrete question in bold at the bottom. Up until the start of April this year I've ...
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Should I use workout supplements to decrease food amounts?

Some background: I have been working out in the gym for more than a year now after previous experience of 3 years during high-school. Also I have been running for 9 years, used to run half a marathon ...
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Stronglifts 5X5 Question about Gains and injuries

I've been doing sronglifts 5x5 off and on for about a year and a half. I've had to stop for a quite some time due to a knee injury (bad form) I've worked on it though and I think Ive fixed it. If my ...
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Does Overhead Press damage your Shoulders? Can Pendlay Rows cause Herniated Disk?

Are the claims in the following video true regarding Overhead Press (also known as military and shoulder press) and Pendlay rows. Overhead Press Video Section Row Video Section That is, does the ...
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Is a 600 lb. deadlift possible at 160?

My goal is to hit 600 lbs. RAW on a deadlift -- no straps, belts, suits, or steroids. I am currently 160 and do not plan to gain anymore weight. My max dead is 315 lbs. now. I would need to almost ...
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Comparing intensity of different strength training workouts

I go to the gym 3 times a week. I am currently doing 5x5, but I was on 5/3/1 before and plan to do it again once I stall with 5x5, but my point is, over a few years I try different programs and ...
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Strength training and longevity

There is a definite correlation with people who strength train and longevity. Even if it is just becuase they slow age-related muscle loss (sarcopenia) people who strength train tend to live longer. ...
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Powerlifting and Olympic Lifting: How much does height affect strength?

For powerlifting and olympic lifting, the height of a person obviously has some affect. A taller person has a longer bar path which takes more power to travel. The height of a person can also affect ...
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What pair of muscles provides the most power for running?

Generally alot of muscles are involved when you are running according to Google, but which one provides the most power?
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Distributing workout throughout day

Let's say my workout for a given day includes 3 sets of squats, 3 sets of bench press and 3 sets of rows. Usually, one would do this in a 45 minute workout. Alternatively, I could spread out the ...
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Heavy Weights Then Nap?

I am on a routine of heavy weights, full body circuit training. When I am done, I am obviously tired, but sometimes I feel like actually taking a nap. Are there any ill effects to taking a rest ...
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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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