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You hit on some common misconceptions, but you also hit on some truths. For instance, you compare the human body to inanimate objects with respect to damage, but you also accurately point out that Obviously, living organisms are not the same as inanimate objects So, what's the difference? The repair process Man-made objects tend to wear out faster with ...


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EDIT: Since "fit" is a very arbitrary term, I should include my definition, since the asker did not. 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 muscular imbalances learning proper form in all exercises, and learning how to utilize ...


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Can one be good at both? There is a reasonable correlation between run and bike speed for athletes who do both, so if you are good at one there's a reasonable chance you could be good at the other. Here is a plot that shows performance for a run-bike-run duathlon. Each dot in each panel shows the speed of an individual athlete in two of the three segments of ...


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The biggest problem with Crossfit really isn't Crossfit. It's the licensing model, and how quickly someone with no prior experience training people can open up their own Crossfit gym (or box as they like to call it). However, more on that later as it pertains to selecting a particular Crossfit gym. Exercise Selection With Crossfit you will experience a ...


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Not all sugars are the same. Glucose is a monosaccharide, and is easily utilized by nearly all cells of the body for energy. Fructose, also a monosaccharide, is not: it is almost exclusively metabolized by the liver. Excess consumption of fructose causes a variety of problems that would not occur with glucose consumption. Sucrose ("table sugar" or "cane ...


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Being able to touch the toes depends mainly on two things: hamstring flexibility body proportions (relative length of legs, torso, and arms) It is not possible to change body proportions, so, to reach the toes, someone with longer legs and shorter torso/arms will need to have more flexibility in the hamstrings. It is possible for anyone to reach that level ...


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I have been running for more than a decade. In 2018, I accepted a challenged to complete a sprint triathlon. I borrowed a CX bike and started training. My only previous bike experience was riding bmx bikes as a kid, which was ancient history. I can definitely say that my running fitness made it much easier to get up to speed on a bike. After only 2 ...


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As @thosphor pointed out in comments, the very existence of the sport of triathlon proves that it's possible to be good in up to three endurance sports simultaneously. Thus, with respect to the OP, the question in the title is trivial. Should we try to be good at more than one sport? This may be a more interesting question, and some of the OP's phrasing ...


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This seemingly simple question is actually rather complex. I'm going to provide a list of articles to give you a good background on what it is you are asking, and then provide some highlights: Anabolic Workouts Revisited (anabolic means increase in testosterone, IGF-1, etc.) Zoning in on the Big "T" Quantifying the Big "T" Some highlights that will help ...


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First of all, you're not working out the other half of your body...your legs. When you're a natural lifter (no anabolic supplements like 90% of the instagram and gym rat population), the most efficient way to grow is systematically, maybe even the only way. For those not using buckets of steroids, hypertrophy (muscle growth) is not a localized process. For ...


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A double-chin is a collection of fat, so in order to get rid of it, you need to reduce the amount of fat. Now, there is no way to target where you want to burn fat. You burn it all over your body, or nowhere at all. Thus, the best way to get rid of double-chins, is to take a look at your diet, which is the number one way to reduce fat naturally. If, after ...


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You hit on an important distinction between pain and recovery. Massage may very well make you feel less pain, but that does not mean it will improve your recovery. Many immediately jump to "At least it gets rid of the pain. I'm going to do it." There's a chance that backfires. Many associate pain with recovery. Less muscle soreness? "I'm more recovered." ...


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First there is nothing wrong with your muscles shaking. You are making them work and have good intensity. That is great. Some reasons for the muscle shakes: Balancing muscles (fixator) that are used to stabilize the lift cannot carry the load. Lifting weights is not overall natural. There are a lot of balancing muscles used that get little to no use ...


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There's a lot of data to support exercise contributing to better physical health and mental health. A 2005 study from Brazil targeted the elderly, and states: Comparing the groups after the study period, we found a significant decrease in depressive and anxiety scores and an improvement in the quality of life in the experimental group, but no ...


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You reduce body fat by being in a caloric deficit (burning more calories than you eat/drink). You build muscle by having a positive nitrogen balance (usually by having enough protein in your system). Balancing those two things can be tricky at times, but is definitely possible, especially for those new to muscle building. And yes, you’ll want to focus on ...


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When you relax, all the fat is falling down to your lower belly, and stretching the skin out and away from abdominal muscles. When you flex, the fat gets spread out over a larger surface area, showing the outline of what lies underneath. This situation is true for a lot of people. If you want your abs to show while relaxing, you need to lose some of that ...


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You're probably finding conflicting information because assessing whether an exercise works a specific muscle is not a binary question, as muscles can be involved to different degrees, and so it comes down to the author's choice and interpretation whether a muscle's involvement is significant enough to include it in the list of muscles involved in an ...


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This is an interesting question that had me thinking for a while. It's difficult to answer "why" exactly, other than saying "it is that way", so I'll try to describe the need for exercise and a few benefits it gives. @Alec's answer has neatly addressed your questions about wear and tear so I won't address those. One of the things humans ...


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There are several things that affect a woman during this time, but as pertains to working out or training you can expect: Greater fatigue Greater discomfort even at rest Fear of bleeding through clothes These are all very real problems, and it affects women to differing degrees. Some that I've trained with are very affected and others are seemingly ...


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Go to one-handed desk pushups. Spread your legs a little more and leave the supporting hand off-centre: you will get a more intense workout, building strength in the arms and adding some additional core muscles. If you can do 25 with two hands you can probably do 5 with one - if needed, start against the wall and go lower as you build additional strength.


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1) Will pilates kill my gains? Because I have heard that in your rest days, you have to sit still. Otherwise, you will kill your gains. Generally on your rest days you want active rest. As such, pilates will be great. 2) Is Pilates + Weight Training a good idea? My way of thinking behind this combination is the following: I need to better my posture. ...


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It's important to get a good start and make yourself feel good about your weight loss project. The most important part of weight loss is eating fewer calories than before, it's much, much more important than exercise in that regard. So don't feel bad if it's hard to find ways to exercise in the beginning, it will likely get easier as you lose some weight, ...


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There is no set/rep scheme for overall health. That's like asking which computer mouse best prevents cancer. If you want functional strength, do functional exercises. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Functional_training


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There is nothing scientific why one would walk 10.000 steps over let's say, 8.000 steps or 12.000 steps. It dates back to somewhere in the 1960s, by a company in Japan. They created a product which name would be "10.000 steps meter". Studies later confirmed that people who walk 10.000 steps a day have lower blood pressure, more stable glucose levels and ...


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I found these two studies: (1) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21659889 finds that circuit training (given the same volume, but less time), is indeed superior: same strength gains, more fat loss, and less gym time (2) https://journals.lww.com/nsca-jscr/Fulltext/2014/09000/Effects_of_Traditional_vs__Alternating_Whole_Body.21.aspx studied men doing ...


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Does over-exercising reduce muscle gain? Will over-exercising affect results when exercising for muscle gain? Will over-exercising deplete your energy levels and render you unable to exercise to your full potential? Yes. There are a few questions on Fitness.SE that touch on this topic but maybe not from this exact angle. Firstly, overtraining does exist. ...


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First my opinion about protein shakes is well resumed here: http://stronglifts.com/milk-post-workout-build-muscle-gains/ http://www.science20.com/news/study_says_milk_is_as_good_as_protein_drinks_for_workouts I think heavy protein shakes directly before workout are not advisable, because you body needs to digest. If you necessarily want to take them, drink ...


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While I don't want to make my answer anything pertaining medical, I just want to mention that I have Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). It is a disorder which makes our hormonal system very sensitive to lifestyle choices like diet, exercises, etc. Personally, I can workout during periods with no issues at all. I also hear the same from many fellow cysters....


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Based on your question and the the answers you gave in the comments, it sounds like you might want to look into aerobic and endurance based exercise. As far as your diet goes, you'll want to be in a healthy body fat range, but not so low as to show off definition in your muscles. While 10-15% body fat is probably the sweet zone for how your homones behave, ...


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