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What will happen if I receive major part of my protein needs from powders rather than foods?

First, it must be noted that the quantity of protein that is being recommended by the calculator you have found is not supported by science. The literature suggests that optimal recovery occurs with a ...
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How long would it take for a skinny man to get fit and 6 pack?

What does it mean to be fit? From the starting point of a 50kg man, I consider fit to include gaining quite a lot of weight, mostly muscle correcting most, if not all, posture imperfections and ...
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Will fat help you gain muscle?

If you are heavier you will be stronger wether this is by fat or by muscle I think we can all agree on that. On what do you base this? Apart from very few lifts where a bit more body weight helps you,...
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Why is "squatting the deadlift" bad?

The article's explanations for why you shouldn't try to squat a deadlift are wrong. Positioning your hips too low does not put more stress on the lower back, and does not meaningfully shift your ...
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How to prevent "good morning" when squatting?

What is a "good morning"? Just to add context, a "good morning" is when you're doing a squat, you go down to the lowest point, but then you extend the knees without maintaining an upright back. This ...
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How to make my wrist muscle thicker but strong?

I'm afraid that's purely genetic. The only "muscles" in that part of the wrist are the Pronator Quadratus, and they are so small, they'll never get noticably bigger. If you want thicker wrists, I'm ...
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I am losing mass even tho, I've been consistent with my training from time I started gym

Bodybuilding is a long term endeavor, two to three weeks is nothing in the world of bodybuilding. If you'd said two to three years, then it would be a different matter. Whatever you're doing, carry ...
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Cast iron plates seem heavier than rubber coated

Could be: 1. The weights are actually less A gym I used to go to had two different kinds of plates: rubber coated and cast iron. Out of curiosity, some patrons of the gym brought a scale and compared ...
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Ectomorph Doubt

You are not an ectomorph. There is no such thing as an ectomorph, as the concept of somatotypes is a nonsense pseudoscience that was made up in the 1940s and has never been supported by evidence. ...
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Barbell biceps curl - standing up or sitting down?

First of all, know that there is no ONE best way to curl. There are a few factors here to be aware of. Standing vs. seated When you curl standing up, it's very important that you try to keep your ...
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Is it possible to bulk up and reduce belly fat at the same time?

First of all Kudos for learning about the misconception, and adapting your approach. You're also going to have to tweak your question from "how to reduce belly fat" to "how to reduce ...
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Reasons to train lower body

It's important to keep one's legs in good working order for anyone who wants to retain the ability to get out of bed, climb stairs, stand up off the toilet, walk around a hilly neighborhood, run away ...
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How much weight should we place on our heel and how much in our forefoot during squat?

There are two goals to aim for when distributing your weight: You should be in balance, for obvious reasons; and The combined centre of mass of your body and the bar should only move down and up ...
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How does a 125# stack have 300# resistance?

Your machine uses mechanical advantage (or disadvantage) to multiply the resistance of the stack. The machine presumably has a pulley system. Pulleys can multiply or divide the load that they are ...
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Is StrongLifts 5x5 for powerlifting or bodybuilding?

Stronglifts is a novice program that should not be run as long as is typically recommended. Stronglifts is neither a powerlifting, nor a bodybuilding program. It is a novice linear progression. It is ...
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My biceps becomes stiff after one workout. How do I fix this?

This sounds like muscle fatigue and is absolutely normal and expected. This happens to every single person who works out. Your muscles aren't going to be able to curl forever during a workout session....
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What will happen if I receive major part of my protein needs from powders rather than foods?

I have no option beside protein powders. Just, because I cannot eat more than [a piece of chicken, 2 eggs, and a serving fish per day]. Yeah, right. There's no reason not to eat six eggs, double the ...
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Why am I not growing muscularly?

light weightlifting This will not build muscle for you. Lift heavier weights. some cardio excerise This fights your effort to gain muscle. Consider doing less cardio if you want to grow muscle. ...
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How to know if I am warmed up?

Your heart rate will be elevated by about 20bpm or more. You will feel warmer. You will have mobilised your joints and feel limber. With weightlifting, warm up sets are usually sufficient after ...
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Do bodybuilders feel pain when flexing their muscles hard during competitions?

Speaking from experience, I can tell you that well prepared bodybuilders do not experience pain when posing in competition. Rather, when done, they typically feel fatigue. And, that's because ...
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Why do bodybuilders need so much protein when 70 % of muscle is water?

There are already some answers that address this, basically tissue is being torn down and needs to be repaired. But it goes further: there are simply a pile of benefits to upping protein (2012 study): ...
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How long would it take for a skinny man to get fit and 6 pack?

Probably about 2 years. That said, enjoy the journey. You get benefits along the way. Training can be fun. Some of the biggest gains come at the beginning. A few extra thoughts: Train safe. ...
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Benefits/Cons of doing a full body workout vs bro split?

As theonlygusti mentions, the bro split is looked down on. This is largely due to a 2016 meta-analysis of 10 different studies that concluded that major muscle groups should be trained at least twice ...
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Why are natural bodybuilders so big?

Different weight goals Goal of a bodybuilder is to have as much muscle mass as possible while maintaining as little fat mass as possible. This involves getting slowly heavier over time. Being heavier ...
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Do squat and deadlift work the hip flexors and extensors in a balanced way?

The purpose of the hip flexors are to lift the legs when walking or running. The purpose of the hip extensors are to lift the whole body when walking or running. Since the whole body is a lot heavier ...
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Should the barbell touch my shins in deadlift?

Like most areas of fitness, it's pretty easy to find conflicting advice. That said, I think most would agree that keeping the bar as close as possible to the legs on the way up allows you to lift more ...
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Is there a simple program that I don't have to look up at all?

The program for You Are Your Own Gym is pretty close to that. It's all bodyweight exercises with "equipment" involving tables, sills, boxes, and broomsticks. There's a suggested series of exercises ...
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Should I jump rope even though I suffer from flat feet?

You should do some research on flat feet, and I think you'll see that it's not really anything to concern yourself with. I have rather flat feet myself, and have never noticed a problem except when ...
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Is it good to take protein supplements?

Your primary nutrition should be from food. Protein powder as the name suggest are supplements, if you are using them as food, it may come up with side-effects. Regarding your coach, it's time to get ...
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Rationale behind Rep Range recommendations - Strength vs Hypertrophy

I did a little digging around, and I found a review article that was published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research in 2010 (So relatively recent), with a full link to the PDF here. ...
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