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While the penis itself isn't a muscle that can be trained, but simply speaking just a sponge for blood, there are three muscles that are responsible for supporting ejaculation and maintaining an erection via compression of blood vessels. Musculus retractor penis It doesn't seem like this muscle is important in humans, the english wikipedia article doesn't ...


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I think you've heard the right idea, but you're misinterpreting it. Of course high reps builds some strength, but certainly not a whole lot. It's going to take a lot more effort (in terms of joules spent) to increase your 5RM by doing 15-rep sets, than it would to increase it by actually doing 5-rep sets. Don't think of it as "it does, or it doesn't". Most ...


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I would guess that by running exclusively on a tread mill you developed a stride that relied on the forgiving surface. I run exclusively in minimalist shoes (Vibram Fivefingers) on pavement with no complaints now but I ran in traditional running shoes for over a decade and had occasional knee or plantar fascia problems. I also spent about five years ...


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At the novice stages, all activities can improve general fitness. As one progresses, however, all attributes improve in more activity-specific ways. This is less true of attributes like strength and more true of attributes like cardio. We have a general cardiovascular capability, which can be measured by activities we are not accustomed to or by VO2MAX. But ...


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The answer to "what should a beginner do to physically prepare for X activity" doesn't change very much whether you're training for chainsaw-wielding, tennis, or martial arts: first get strong while doing your chosen activity, then add power and slightly sport-specific tasks, and add conditioning if your sport doesn't do enough to tire you out. If you're ...


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How does [someone] prepare to do 110 pull ups in a row Start by recognizing this as an extreme goal. I bet the people achieving >75 pull-ups got there by doing gymnastics or bar calisthenics for years. Coming even close to this number of pull-ups in one set is such a rare skill that you shouldn't ask anyone who hasn't done it. (Elite training is so ...


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While there is no specific exercise that will do this general good aerobic conditioning will help. So, keep going to the gym and stay healthy and you should have long, happy sex for years to come. From WebMD: The study showed that men over age 50 who kept physically active had a 30% lower risk of impotence than men who were inactive. As men age, the chance ...


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That's the difference between conditioning and strength. Try 200lbs for 20 reps to get another view into conditioning, or pushing a sled. A well rounded training program will address the following points: Skill: if you compete or are learning new exercises, you have to hone your technique Strength: this is well understood, you have to be strong enough for ...


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The best way to improve your cardiovascular fitness is to do more of whatever it is you are doing, in a tempered, gradual progression. As mentioned above, 5 or 6 weeks is not enough to drastically improve your speed, but you can improve somewhat. Here's what I would recommend for you - Run. Almost every day. Take your longest run, do that once a week. 3 ...


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It's great that you are making this choice to change your health for the better. There are a few things that you can do to really improve your chances of success: Understand this is going to take a long time, be patient with yourself. Your goal is to be a better version of yourself. Get support. Quitting smoking is not easy, so it helps to get the ...


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There is considerable overlap between these modalities; the physiological changes that occur are very similar, however, the effects differ slightly. From an anatomical point of view: Hypertrophy training is the only modality that stands out when it comes to an increase in the muscle cross sectional area. Training power (slightly) and strength (more so) ...


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What not to do First off, if you're doing situps on the floor, stop it immediately. Floor situps are harmful for your back, and provide little to no effect in terms of abdominal muscle growth. While pushups are more beneficial, I have to start by saying that 5 minutes isn't enough time to do any work from which to enjoy physical benefits. It might serve as ...


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After reading about this I decided to give the challenge a try, and can say it was surprisingly difficult. Maintaining strength for 4 minutes requires a ton of endurance and training. That being said, I was able to do very well because I have done a ton of training similar to this and it left me incredibly well prepared. To be specific, I was able to succeed ...


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The best thing for you to do right now is recover. Your body is already working overtime to repair your damaged ankle. You don't need to be taxing it further by trying to exercise and risking injuring it more, particularly with the options you've listed. Want to exercise, anyway? Do rehabilitation work, if you can, and ideally under the supervision of a ...


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To keep going for long time periods, you need to stay hydrated and to take in calories, primarily in the form of carbohydrate, and salt, to replace what you have sweated out. You can generally absorb somewhere around 250-350 calories per hour while you are exercising, and if you are working hard, you can sweat a liter an hour, or more if it is hot. I ...


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I train for cycling time trials, ranging from 10 mile sprints to 12 hr endurance races. I train on Heart rate and power meters, so I know accurately when I've upped my endurance/fitness. I find if I have a training session, whether that be Turbo or out on the road and I've exceeded a burn of 3000 cals then that following night (without fail) I will suffer ...


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My nutrition is standard low carb diet (about 40% protein / 60% fats, I eat cake/sweets max 2 times a week no more than 100g). Ding ding ding! We've found the culprit. Your body relies on carbohydrate for most of its energy. If you go low-carb, you're relying on transitioning from using carbs to ketosis, where you're using fats. Many people report being ...


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Night sweats can be related to an increase in exercise intensity due to the affect of exercise on the endocrine glands and hormone secreations. In general, excessive sweating at night is caused by hormones. That is why menopausal women are prone to night sweats. However, there are also several other causes, including medical or medication causes so night ...


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Yes, absolutely you can overdo it with electrolytes. It's called hypernatremia. The best resource I know of is the 9-way table by Karl King. This shows the effects of being under-, over- or normally hydrated and being under-, over- or normally salted. It shows what the symptoms are and what the treatment is. This table is really useful. You can tell if you'...


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The word here is you "probably" don't have to worry about overdosing on electrolytes if you are drinking premade sports drinks. They are of a concentration that you would probably not be able to drink any more long before the electrolytes would become an issue. However, if you are drinking sports drinks and supplementing with salt tabs, or some of the other ...


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The problem is that you're conditioned to run on a treadmill and are transitioning to a road down-hill too quickly. Your heart and lungs are prepared but your legs aren't; so you need to train them. I would do something a little like a beginner's training plan. You'll need to start by walking and then walk-running before you can actually run. Yes, it will ...


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There is a concept known as "training stress". When you put stress on your system and then give your body time to recover, you will improve. When you started, it was easy for you to put stress on your system, but over time, your body adapted, and now you only put enough stress on your system to stay where you are. The solution is to change up what you are ...


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Hi DoubleDouble, There's this general myth (usually by people who spend countless hours at the gym) that one needs to visit a gym in order to exercise effectively. While going to the gym is a good idea, it's not a must. It works effectively for some people and not for others. Many people have gotten stronger without stepping into a gym. It seems that it ...


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Most of my answer is already contained in this answer, although the questions are not really duplicates. A couple things that I will reiterate: The biggest mistake that the vast majority of runners make is going too hard on their easy days, and not hard enough on their hard days. Speedwork is the icing on the cake, make sure you bake the cake first (i.e., ...


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You have to build economy in the tecnique of run. This means you want to increase your speed as much as you can but without going above the 4 mmol threshold of lactic acid in the blood. For the breaks If you want to use them in training, you can use repetition of 1/3 or 1/4 of the distance you want to run at slightly higher intensity ( for exemple 4x10km ...


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I would agree with your trainer. Partial reps are a tool, and every tool has its pros and cons. The pros of partial reps include the fact that you can carry on with an exercise when you can no longer do full ROM with good form, and you still want to push it a bit further to exert a smaller subset of the muscle group more. You should of course not be ...


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You could keep your bodyweight mass down, lose fat if you have any, and do several lat exercises such as landmine rows with t bar, or lat bars, one armed rows, etc. Use an endurance type rep scheme(15-20). Working your forearm strength and grip as well as core and biceps to some degree with additional training. Try adding weight here and there but focus more ...


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I think both 1 and 2 would be helpful, and your training plan should include both. In exercise 1, you are working on your endurance, similar to the long run that most runners do about once a week. By going slowly, you'll stimulate the growth of more capillaries, which will become new pathway for delivering oxygen to your muscles. In time, you'll be able to ...


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As you stated, there are two types of endurance - Cardiovascular, which is the ability of the body to deliver blood, oxygen and nutrients to working muscles, and the ability of the muscles to use that oxygen to do work. The other is muscular endurance, which is the ability of a muscle to do work without fatiguing. Cardiovascular endurance is stressed by ...


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