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An activity that challenges one or more aspects of your body's abilities (strength, endurance, agility, etc), often with measurable resistances: weight, time, reps.

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How to Increase height naturally? Are those ads gimmicks?

I'm 5'6, weigh 137, male and close to be 24 soon. I am not happy with my height. I love sports, basketball, soccer, and others. Being this short have some influence on sport activities I ...
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What are the trade-offs of weight versus repetition?

When working out with weights, what is the impact of the trade-off between the amount of weights used the number of times an exercise is repeated For example, I can perform an exercise 3 sets x 10 ...
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Recommended workout duration vs working out with a partner

I've read about / been told / agree with the fact that my workout should not be exceeding around 1 hour, however most of my workouts approach the 90 mins - 2 hour mark because I work out with a ...
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My legs still ache 3-4 days after legs day

I have been working out for ~6 months and have worked my legs once per week throughout this time, on their own day. My legs, especially my quads, ache to the point of finding it hard to walk, ...
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How does sleep affect your workouts?

Are there any documented studies that show how sleep effects your workouts or athletic performance? It would seem that more sleep would help and less sleep would hinder performance, but that's just ...
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For better muscle growth, how many hours' sleep are recommended after doing a workout?

I heard to help muscle growth one has to sleep a lot after doing a workout. How long is the recommended one? Does this mean the best time to workout is at night so you can go to sleep immediately ...
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Effect of protein intake on muscle recovery

"Protein shakes" and other high-protein dietary strategies are believed by some to improve muscle recovery times after workouts. However, there is some opinion to the contrary: that protein intake ...
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What is the purpose of 'cooling down'?

After a hard work out, it's generally a good idea to not stop immediately, but rather to cool down. What is the specific purpose of cooling down? Does not properly cooling down affect the actual ...
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What is the effect of masturbation on weightlifitng ability?

For years I'm listening from everyone that we have to stop masturbation and also limit sex as it let down process of gaining muscle. Also everyone in gym suggests me to completely stop masturbation. ...
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Should I drink water during my workout?

When I do my workout, I often feel very thirsty. And I like to drink water after each set of exercises. I often drink something around 1.5 liters of water during workout. Is it okay to drink water ...
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How to Get Bigger And Stronger with no gym or weights

How can one get bigger at home without weights such as bench press, dumbbells or anything else. I don't have any weight equiment at home but I workout everyday such as push-ups, sit-ups and dips but ...
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Why is my body shaking during certain exercises?

During some exercises (push-ups, crunshes) my whole body shakes, I feel a tremor that I cannot control. This happens even during first push-up, when I'm not tired at at all. So, my questions are: ...
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How do I prevent and/or treat dehydration?

There have been a few times that after a workout that I've gotten dehydrated. Are there preventive steps to dehydration that can be done before/during the workout? If, after the workout or during ...
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Relaxing after an evening workout?

I notice that if I work out after work (~6pm) and the intensity level is up, I sleep really poorly that evening. It's as if I can't relax in bed and I sleep very restlessly. What can I do to fall ...
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What can I do for cardio while I am on vacation with no equipment? [duplicate]

I started exercising and eating healthier 3 months ago and am really motivated and on a great schedule. I swim for 30 minutes 2-3 times a week, hike with elevation gain 2.2 miles 1-2 times a week (...
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What can I use to monitor my running workout?

After a period of inactivity I recently started running again and want know what gadgets or tools I use to monitor my workout. Some requirements: It should offer workout programs (based on my level ...
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What exercises would make up the minimum, complete, general fitness workout?

What exercises would be in a complete, but minimalist, general fitness workout? This would include strength, conditioning, and mobility. I am looking for the quickest workout using the fewest, ...
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Cardio vs. Weight lifting. Which one is better for losing weight?

Cardio burns more calories during the exercise, but weight-lifting builds more muscle which in turn raises your RMR (Resting Metabolic Rate). I have a little over an hour to workout each day during ...
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What should be recorded in my workout journal

What kinds of information should be kept in my workout journal? Should it just be a matrix of stats (exercise name, weight, reps, and date) or is there other important information that should be ...
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What should I do to remove my belly fat?

I saw this question and it is exactly what I am asking. However, there is one issue with me I want to explain. I am only 137 pound. Kind of skinny for a 24 years old guy. But, its been 4-5 years ...
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Is there any scientific theory behind constructing workouts in the right order?

I've been working on my own workout structure for sometime now, trying to find the right combination of warm ups and exercises. I always begin with a warm up, working on the muscles I'll be hitting ...
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Post workout carbs

The general advice is that after resistance training you should consume plenty of simple carbs to spike your insulin level and thus help getting nutrients to your muscles (and to replenish your ...
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How to begin workout after 9 years of no workout?

I used to workout regularly (long time ago, by going to the gym), but it's about 9 years, I have had no workout or any such activity. I have put on some weight specially my belly and buttocks. I want ...
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What should be the correct time to wear a belt (if any)?

My current body weight is 57 KG (125.6 pounds) and am 179 cms tall. I am on stronglift 5*5 and my squat weight has reached 110 pounds and deadlift at 155 pounds, while the weights for other ...
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How can we be in balance while performing the barbell hack squat?

Unlike conventional squat and deadlift, in the barbell hack squat the barbell won't be over our midfoot. How can we balance properly? I've seen also that some people start with the barbell on a ...
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How to maintain my body without fat and reduce belly?

I've been going to the gym for the past 3 years. Although my body shape has changed a lot, my weight has been stable 70kg for this period. For example, my biceps has developed a lot, but I was unable ...
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Smaller and quiet alternative of a tire of sledgehammer workout

I'd like to do sledgehammer workout at home. Unfortunately, my apartment is not large enough for the tire, and the noise is a problem between neighborhoods. Therefore, I am looking for a smaller and ...
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What is the ideal number of days of rest to take every week for a beginner/intermediate bodybuilder/powerlifter?

Assuming the person is serious and workouts consistently, how do you decide how many days of rest are necessary? Based on previous research I had thought that the general idea was to rest for 1 or 2 ...
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How to get rid off from Pectus Carinatum aka Pigeon chest through diet and workout

I am about 21 years old and I have pigeon chest disease about 3-4 years ago. In start I can not even notice about it but time to time I felt really ashamed to pull off my shirt in front of any people, ...
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Should you not work out within an hour of waking up?

Is there any truth to the claim that you should wait (at least) an hour after you wake up, before you start a workout. I've heard something about "the back is not lubricated enough before that" but ...
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How can I make exercise more interesting?

I want to exercise. I really do. But it's boring. From conversations with others, I gather that exercise gives people a natural high, but I don't seem to get one myself. I used to try to play sports ...
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Excessive caffeine consumption effect on heart/body

Each day I drink lots of coffee and energy drinks (redbull 355ml cans). I go to gym 3 times a week (on evenings). Are there any effects on my workouts? I stopped drinking any caffeine (at least from ...
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How to do "Pull ups" with your Lats?

What would be your number 1 tip to do "Pull ups" with the Lats ? I can do 5-6 "Pull ups" in a set but I don't feel my lats. I have tried using the thumbless grip and pulling from ...
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I missed a Starting Strength workout and squats are getting intense - should I change my schedule?

As recommended by SS (Starting Strength) I am running workouts A and B, alternating every other day. However, with only a two day break in between squats I feel like I haven't fully recovered most of ...
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Troubleshooting "Body By Science" workout

I've been doing a workout inspired by Body By Science for the last 5 weeks. I can't do the whole book justice in a quick post, but in a nutshell it recommends doing a single set of 3-5 exercises ...
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Can I workout six days a week with only 6 hours of sleep a night?

For the past two weeks, I've been getting up at 5:30AM every day to workout. I do a DVD-based workout at fairly high intensity. Because of my life demands, I've only been able to fit in about six ...
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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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Home Gym: Is an elliptical trainer alone enough?

I own a gym quality elliptical at home I'm using mainly to do cardio for weight loss purposes. Should I be looking into adding other equipment to my home gym or other exercises to my routine in order ...
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is it OK to drink glucose water during workout?

I have started exercising a month ago. I do a two hour workout starting with 20 Min of cardio and then weights. I sweat a lot, and by a lot I mean wetting the floor kind of sweat. I weigh 600-700 ...
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What is the best way to cool down after a workout?

It takes me 10-15 minutes to cool down - body temp wise - after a work out, this is after a 'cool down' in the gym and a cold'ish shower. It becomes an issue when I workout at lunch time. Does ...
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should I use of energy/electrolyte drinks if I feel fatigue, exhausted and dried throat during exercise

I workout in gym daily morning for 1 hour with high intensity. But after 30 minutes, I start to feel very exhausted, fatigue and dried throat. Because of that, I couldn't push myself for much. e.g. If ...
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What's an appropriate recovery period after a summit event?

After a big event (in my case a weekend tennis tournament), what's an appropriate recovery time before continuing to workout again?
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Eating before/after an evening workout?

If I'm working out in the evening (an hour of cardio at, say, 8pm-9pm), should I have dinner before or afterwards? What effects will it have on a) my workout if I eat beforehand and b) my recovery if ...
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Workout plan for a lazy person

I have been going to the gym (on and off) for about 20 years (I am in my late 30s). One thing that I have definitely established is that I do not like getting very tired and if I do work out hard, it ...
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Do protein shakes really damage the kidneys?

I've been reading about protein shakes, it's benefits and side effects. However i've used it many times as my post workout recovery drink. I have no doubt in the benefits i get in my protein shake, i ...
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Is it bad to use a blender with protein powder

Is it true that using a blender with protein powder, like whey, is bad because the blender can break up the amino acids? This sounds crazy to me, but I've heard it more than once, so I thought I'd ...
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Home chest push ups-middle-inner-low

I will be focusing on push-ups because I have no money for a gym. I have checked out many videos, reading a lot, but I would like your help to achieve the best results I can for doing push-ups at home ...
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Assisted PullUp Machine or Inverted Row?

I finally moved to another location and a new job, and today I entered into a new gym. My idea was initially to go on with the same workout I had been doing for the last 5 months, but I am quite ...
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How can I get some motivation for re-starting my workouts?

My name is Frederico Azevedo and I'm new here in stack exchange. First of all, I'm sorry for my English. It is not my first language. I am overweight and I really need to lose some weight, not just ...
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No gain after 4 months of continuous excercise [duplicate]

I am a skinny guy trying to gain weight. I stand 6 ft (1.82m) tall and weigh 53Kgs (116 lbs). I am currently 23. It's been 4 months now and I have noticed little to no gain in weight. This pushes me ...
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