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Importance of Rest Days

Why are rest days important? When the weather permits, I jog (or otherwise work-out) every day, but people often tell me I should not, because rest days are important. What is the rationale behind ...
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Beginner in physical fitness, need tips and advices

I am 18 years old, 174 cm tall, 60 kg weight male. I am very skinny, and haven't trained for ages. Last few years I've been living very unhealthy way of life - spending way too much time in front of ...
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Can you overtrain?

This goes along with a prior question, what over-training signs to look for. Is there such a thing as over-training? or is it that you injure yourself from lack of proper training and don't perform ...
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Weight vs resistance

I've always heard hardcore lifters saying that resistance is not the same as weight. Bascially that 100lb of resistance is not equal to 100lbs of weight. Imagine a bowflex vs a cable machine. I'd ...
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How do I workout my heart rate zones for training?

Is there a relatively easy way to get better values for my heart rate zones if I already have a heart rate monitor? A couple workouts I've done have my heart rate in the "hard" zone for 90-95% of the ...
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What are the primary muscles worked when hitting a Heavy Bag?

What are the primary muscles used while hitting the heavy bag (boxing focus sessions as compared to kickboxing where kicks are involved). And how do you improve the overall hitting/power of those ...
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What are some good 5x5 programs I can follow?

I'm looking to start a 5x5 program because I've heard that there are great benefits for beginners just starting to get into weight lifting. What are some good programs, and how can I pick the one that'...
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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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Muscle imbalances related to indoor rock climbing/bouldering and ways to fix them

Ive read that most climbers have a lot of muscle imbalances, including some that affect proper posture. Is that true? What muscles are imbalanced? How do those imbalances affect posture? How to fix ...
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What is the “kernel” for a 4 decade training program for physical fitness?

Almost all training programs or workout routines are focused on the very short term, e.g. 90 days, 12 weeks and similar. My questions is about the "kernel" (key elements in a wide sense) for a ...
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What's the best way for an intermediate-level runner to improve?

For a mid-level runner (7m - 7m30s per mile over distance) with a couple of marathons under their belt, what's the best way to improve their running? Should they simply be doing more running or ...
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How to build muscles and lose fat quickly within weeks?

Some people like models or actors have to look their best for certain occasions like a shooting. They have special training programs and diets that allow them to improve their looks within several ...
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How to keep flexibility with weight training?

I heard that weight training will lower a person's flexibility over time. How to preserve the flexibility while getting stronger? Is the answer taking up yoga classes at the same time? Or, is there an ...
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When/How to do a comeback to the training regime after a couple weeks break?

This might have been asked before, phrased in a different way but how do you go back to your training regime after a couple of weeks break, due for instance to a cold infection? I normally try to ...
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Is this program good to achieve functional strength and fitness?

That's my plan - every week, at least two of the following: gym, one round of upper body pushing and pulling, leg workout in the 6 reps/3 sets range (edited to add: all isolation movements) + core ...
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How do I prepare for a 10K in one week's time?

I need to prepare for a 10K in a week. This is my first 10K and till now I can only run 4K continuously. I have problems of acidity which affects my run every other week once. How do I get ahead of ...
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Max reps, boredom and carpet-burn

Is there any consensus on the maximum number of reps you should perform, before rotating? Curious as I find I get bored, or start to get say carpet burn (sit-ups), if the number exceeds a hundred. ...
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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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Measuring progress in Bouldering

I have been climbing for 13 years now and have been competing for most of that. I have reached a plateau or at least a point where simply measuring progress with the grading system is not accurate ...
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What is my target training heart-rate?

What is my target training heart-rate? I'm 32 M 184 lbs. My Resting HR is 76. My Maximum HR is 156.
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Should I run before or after the workout

I've been going to some different gyms in the past few years and at every new place I would ask for a new training plan. One radical difference I observed was that some suggested me to run on the ...
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How to train for Parkour as middle aged beginner

I got interested in Parkour and like to start to train for it. I used to do weight lifting and running short distances, but it's more than ten years now and I'm out of shape. So getting in shape again ...
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How should I train to increase my push-up maximum from 20 to two sets of 100?

I hope this question is not considered off topic because my honour is on the line here. A few ago, my friend called me a "lightweight" for not being able to do as many push-ups as him. So I challenged ...
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Making a training plan for medieval swordsmen / reenactment

Some of my friends are into history reenactment and historical fencing. Doing this is quite demanding in terms of fitness, so I wanted to help them develop a training plan to follow. What would be ...
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How To: Avoid damaging my knee when training for and running a marathon

I am shortly to begin training to run in my first marathon. Speaking with several other people regarding their similar experiences I am now quite concerned that I could end up doing some permanent ...
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What is a good training program for a Quidditch Snitch?

For those of you who aren't Harry Potter fans, Quidditch is a wizard sport played on broomstick that has been modified for us non-flying people and is now pretty popular (Quidditch World Cup is coming ...
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What is the best time of the day for High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)?

I have heard a lot about benefits of HIIT; however, nobody seems to address when is the best time for such activities. I got this question when watching "The secret life of your body clock" (BBC ...
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How can I achieve healthy tendons and balanced muscles, with no particular hurry to bulk up?

I want to be healthy, fit, strong, and flexible. I don't want an impressive Deadlift mark in a few months--and much less a herniated disk or tendonitis from training too hard and too fast. My ideal of ...
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Does BMI really matter?

I've been going to the gym around 3 - 5 times a week for 2 solid months now. I do a variety of weight training exercises and up to 20 minutes of running on a treadmill. I have a fairly balanced diet ...
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Change my routine to use strength exercises that are also cardio exercises?

What are some exercises that use weights or focus on strength that will increase your heart rate somewhat in order to burn more calories while also building muscle mass? One thing I thought of is ...
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How often and how long should yoga be practiced for optimal health benefit?

Yoga is a very varied way of exercise -- e.g., doing Surya Namaskar many times will of course improve one's stamina; most of the yoga asanas will build both strength and flexibility; some will help to ...
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Use lighter or heavier weight in higher or lower reps for building muscle size?

When training to build up muscle size, should I use lighter weight in higher reps and sets or use heavier weight in lower reps and sets?
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Complete and minimal flexibility workout?

I would like to increase my flexibility. Not necessarily every single part of my body but I would like to hit most if not all areas. I would like a set of several exercises that I can do one day or ...
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How do I know if I'm training too hard?

I'm an averagely built guy (183cm, 85kg, 20% body fat) that's looking to build a bit of muscle, lose some fat, and generally turn some heads if I ever go running topless down a beach, but I've got a ...
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Which muscles would I need to train for ambulance work?

TL;DR Version: Which muscle groups would I use when lifting an object from the floor with a straight back holding an object at chest height for an extended period of time whilst climbing stairs ....
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Is increasing lung capacity a misnomer?

I have been under the impression that one cannot increase their total lung capacity, it's like the ratio of fast twitch to slow twitch fibers in your muscles, i.e. it is what you were born with. ...
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should a white-muscle-fiber guy do the same type of workout as a red-fibre-muscle guy?

To reach a certain training goal, e.g "get more 'speed strength' ", "get more muscle mass": Should a white-muscle-fiber guy do the same workout, or a different workout than a red-muscle-fiber guy to ...
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Breakfast on Morning of Race

I'll be doing a triathlon next Sunday with the beginning of the race at 8:00 am. I'm going there as an amateur, but I've always been a competitive guy so I'll do my best to perform well. I've been ...
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Are there any Android apps similar to RunKeeper, but for things other than running or cardio workouts?

RunKeeper is great for tracking running outside, with the GPS and coaching. More recently, I've started using the ability to track workouts on ellipticals and treadmills. However, I haven't found a ...
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Working out 5 days a week when following strengthening routines

I am currently following the strengthening routine suggested by @DaveLiepmann 3 days a week. Extracts from this thread - Are these Workout Routines right for Body Building 2.In each workout you ...
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Difficulty to eat healthy food and weight loss

First of all a couple of background lines to my question, so you can better understand what I am talking about. I am a 31 y.o. man, working pretty much all day at my desk, with little-to-no-time at ...
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What is the optimal training time for a combined weight training and cardio workout?

What is the optimal training time for a combined weight training cardio workout and what is the optimal order it should be done in first weight or cardio?
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Is 1 year a reasonable amount of time training for a challenging obstacle race?

Some background info: I am 28 years old, about 177 cm tall and my weight fluctuates between 92-96 kg. Despite the unfavorable height/weight ratio, I am pretty heavy built, with wide shoulders and a ...
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What to expect for fitness and strength losses given x amount of days of rest?

After training off and on (mostly on) for about a year, I recently took a break from the gym and didn't exercise at all aside from gentle walking for close to 3 weeks. When I returned, it seems I ...
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How to train general stamina (e.g. 12 minutes running)

There are activities where I consider my fitness above average: Long-term stamina (hiking or cycling for several hours) Going up a hill, or going up stairs I have friends (same sex, same age as me) ...
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How to train for marathon if I haven't been running, but walking a lot?

I have very little experience with running, actually last X year I was running only to catch a bus. But I walk a lot, I make 40 km without a problem. However, when I've tried to run, I've finished ...
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How can I train for a marathon with a damaged toe?

I've recently severely damaged the ligaments on my big toe, and can barely walk and have been advised that it is likely to take at least 6 weeks before I can run on it again. Unfortunately, this ...