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Can you get jacked-up without weights (more broadly, without equipment) or supplements?

If you look at the basics you'll see that you don't need weight, you need resistance. The most common way of finding resistance is by using weight because you can increase it in steps, making ...
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What happens to people who are sitting 8-10h per day?

While I can't give you the exact reason why your body has gained weight without any apparent changes in lifestyle other than prolonged sitting; I can confirm that prolonged sitting does create ...
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Is swimming a good exercise for skinny people

Swimming is good for people of any size. Your weight loss/gain will be determined by your diet. If you don't want to lose any more weight, eat more! Short answer: Keep swimming! It's a great way to ...
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Most effective bodyweight exercises?

I was really into powerlifting but due to this pandemic I can't go to the gym anymore. So I started doing calisthenics/bodyweight exercise, for me the most useful exercise are these: pull ups: ...
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Bulk or cut? (pics)

You are skinny-fat. Stop dieting. Lift heavy, eat more: this will make you strong. What you eat should be high-quality food; skip the soda and sweets. Don't think of it as a "bulk"--just eat as much ...
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Can you get jacked-up without weights (more broadly, without equipment) or supplements?

My experience seems to show that you can't significantly change anything regarding your physique with solely your body weight, even if you work out regularly for years. You can absolutely change your ...
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How does one gauge progress in bodybuilding?

The total muscle mass that you've built is THE determining factor in whether you are progressing in bodybuilding. The size of certain muscle groups is secondary to this, but also very important. ...
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Body weight readjustment (post-(exercise fat burn))

you burn fat on one area of the body This alone is already false, thus the entire statement is false. You cannot spot-reduce fat. Either you lose it everywhere, or not at all.
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Is it possible to regain muscle strength after anorexia and surgery?

Yes. You can absolutely regain your body weight and strength. The reason you may seem so much weaker since the surgery is because an event like this takes its toll on your body and it will need to ...
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How does back extension work?

The erector spinae muscles (iliocostalis, longissimus and spinalis) extend the back. In the back extension exercise they work isometrically to maintain an extended back against gravity that tries to ...
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Pull up bar: what's the ideal distance from the wall?

In levers and planches, your centre of mass will be directly below the bar or rings. So the minimum about of space needed would be the distance from your centre of mass to the top of your head. Your ...
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Pullup Bar & Bodyweight exercises

Is my friend, who lifts 3 times more weight than I do, stronger? He's stronger than you at certain things. There is no universal single benchmark for strength. Numerous things can be used: squats, ...
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What happens to people who are sitting 8-10h per day?

Weight gain is basically a matter of three factors. I suspect that at least one of these has changed for you. Food intake Human beings are very bad at monitoring their food intake. You may think ...
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Will I gain mass effectively with this program? Slightly modified stronglifts 5x5

Yes, you can do 7 workouts every 2 weeks instead of 3 per week. Mark Rippetoe has stated that doing a Starting Strength workout every second day is fine for a novice, and that the normal 3-per-week ...
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Have I really put on 14 lbs after only 4 Crossfit sessions?

Pretty much been addressed in the comments, but for a full answer: Short answer, no. You most likely did not gain that much weight in a short period of time. Things that can effect scale ...
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The effects of blood/plasma donation on exercise performance and body composition

If you donate blood: No sport the day you are donating, neither before nor after You need to replace the lost fluids. Drink a lot before and after donating For replacing the blood cells you don't ...
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What's a good body weight exercise to build pectoral strength or mass?

You'll find that you can get extremely far with just bodyweight-- really it depends upon what your goals are. For powerlifting, for example, bodyweight exercises aren't going to cut it. If your goals ...
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Can you get jacked-up without weights (more broadly, without equipment) or supplements?

Bodyweight training can be referred to as calisthenics, which is a widely popular training methodology that can result in decent muscle mass. It may be a slower progression than traditional weight ...
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Squat progression to one-legged/pistol squats

You want something unilateral but hopefully something that doesn't require too much balance? I'd give Bulgarian split squats a try. They'll challenge your legs individually. Single leg deadlifts are ...
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Is alternating between push ups and pull ups everyday overtraining?

Overtraining is different for every person first of all. Although to answer your question I believe you won't be Overtraining that way. If you are looking for a serious workout routine to start with ...
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I am not gaining body weight and I am now 23 years old

1. Check your protein intake Weigh how much you eat of everything and use nutrition facts tables or internet information (like at self.com) to count how many grams of protein you get per day. You ...
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What kind of Weight Training should my 15 year old Son be Doing if he is on the Cross Country Team?

Running in a crowd is not necessarily dependent on having large muscle mass, but rather technique and being willing to stand your ground. Brent is right, the race isn't won in the first 800m, but it ...
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How often should I do Calisthenic workouts?

Short Answer: As often as you desire Calisthenics exercises are more similar to cardio exercises than weightlifting. They increase your flexibility and endurance, conditioning your body to perform ...
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Why does CrossFit use Kipping Pull-ups?

The primary reason for Crossfitters to use kipping or butterfly pullups in workouts is because they are faster and require less energy, enabling you to complete more rounds and finish faster. Strict ...
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Losing 1.5 stones in a week healthy?

1.5 stones is about 21 lbs (I had to look it up). That's a lot of weight, but not completely impossible. The danger that comes from extreme calorie drops has to do with making sure your body has ...
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The effects of blood/plasma donation on exercise performance and body composition

Christian's answer is good for blood donations. While I haven't donated in over a decade, my understanding is that there hasn't been many changes in the taking of plasma. When one donates plasma, ...
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I feel heavy when I run and is lacking lower body strength need help

When starting out, we so commonly jump straight into running. This is natural, perhaps, since we all remember running around so effortlessly when we were young children. But it is so easy to forget ...
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Can you get jacked-up without weights (more broadly, without equipment) or supplements?

My experience seems to show that you can't significantly change anything regarding your physique with solely your body weight, even if you work out regularly for years. On the other hand, you can ...
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Core exercise for Planche

The planche does not require any contraction of the abdominal muscles, so that's extremely unlikely to be what's limiting you. The natural tendency of gravity in the planche is to pull your hips down, ...
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Most effective bodyweight exercises?

As I guess you are a novice in strength training I would suggest to start with a full-body workout, this means that in a session you try to train as much different muscles as possible. I found that ...
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