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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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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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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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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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Core exercise for Planche

Absolutely incorrect about abs not being used - abs are extremely important here to maintain a hollow back. If the abs are not contracted then the lower back will arch and you will not be able to hold ...
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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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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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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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Most effective bodyweight exercises?

Most effective exercises are the ones you can stick to! I am not a professional. I like to keep it simple and say that push-up is the best exercise. The 30-day push-up challenge is a thing because it ...
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How to increase protein synthesis

Copying a response to one of your previous questions, because it's equally relevant here: Let's look at your numbers. You've previously stated that you're 60-63kg, can do 12 pull-ups, a 1RM squat of ...
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I lost 5 kgs in first 3 months of gym but now i am stuck

From your description, it seems that you are facing a weight loss plateau, where in while losing weight after some time your body weight remains at the same level. This is common thing while losing ...
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Dips and pushups in the same week?

You can absolutely do them on the same day. There's no way why you should restrain on doing them. You just have to manage your total workload based on how you feel physically and mentally or based on ...
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How to progress in calisthenics?

It sounds like you've built up enough strength to be able to start moving onto some more advanced moves. I'd say If you want to learn new movements, just start learning, training, building, improving ...
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Weight effect when dining out

Rapid increases in weight over a night is usually caused by water retention. Various things can cause the body to hold more water for longer, so the overall body weight goes up. The effect can last a ...
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Do obese and unfit people tend to be stronger than slender people who train?

You've asked two questions here. The title, which deals with average strength of obese vs thin, and "A thin person, even if they train for strength, can be no stronger than a severely obese ...
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One Arm Chin Up training

I don't think there is a set way to train for a one arm chinup, you just have to be strong enough relative to your bodyweight. You can train doing assisted one arm chinups the way you're doing, you ...
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