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If a child scooters everyday, does it make one leg of him/her larger than the other?

Unilateral training does indeed lead to a difference between the size and strength of the muscles on each side. However, most active individuals have discrepancies between their dominant and non-...
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What is this calf gym machine called?

It's called "standing calf raise machine".
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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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Should seated leg press be avoided?

No, it should not be avoided. Like any machine, it's a tool, and it has a purpose. The article seems to refer to the fact that during a seated leg press, the weight presses down on your feet, and ...
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Should I lock my knees doing Leg Press?

No, the knees should not be locked out.* See caveat. The two primary reasons: Once the knees are locked all the weight is transferred directly to the joint, which can be disasterous Not locking out ...
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What is this calf gym machine called?

Also search for "gastrocnemius press" or "gastrocnemius machine." But I agree with the other comment, you can usually get 90% of the benefit of this with existing equipment, be it ...
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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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Lower leg training

The smaller leg muscles, we can pick on the extensor digitorum longus or the sartorius (as examples) are not supposed to be individually engaged. They are role-specific, and supposed to serve in a ...
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Warming up without legs

It's perfectly common to warm up your upper body by simply doing upper body work. If you're doing bench press, for instance, let your warmup consist of 5-6 lightweight, high-repetition sets of bench ...
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Are squats on the tip of the feet and bending back good for the legs?

I believe you're describing a Sissy Squat *. This is a great body-weight exercise for developing your quadriceps. However, sissy squats don't work the glutes at all; instead recruiting the hip flexors....
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Do squat and deadlift work the hip flexors and extensors in a balanced way?

I've seen plenty of leg routines based entirely (or almost entirely) on squats and deadlifts. My simple question is this routine is balanced. This question seems to depend on the assumption that it ...
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Walking faster V/s Running

The Gait Cycle (Walking vs Running) The above image compares the gait cycles of walking and running. The same concepts that apply to walking apply to power walking. The only thing that changes is ...
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Is it quite OKAY to do 45 Degree Leg Press alone to replace squat?

It is not going to replace squat. You can see which muscles the squat hits here and leg press here. You see, in the squat you use other muscles as well like your erector spinae, obliques and abs. ...
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Does cardio build muscle?

This is going to be a yes and no answer, and here is why. If you start from nothing, you will have not have a lot of muscle mass in your legs. Cardio activities such as running, sprinting and cycling ...
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Are leg 'pull' exercises a thing?

Well, yes. But actually no. If we examine your example with "doing squats with your feet glued to the ceiling", we'll find that there's a set of joints that are closing. Namely the hip and ...
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What next, after Pistol Squats

You can always increase the time you are doing the exercise, increasing the time under tension. In addition to it, you can also do the same exercises with "holds". For example, you can stay in pistol ...
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Does running/biking suffice as a leg workout?

Please use low-impact exercises till you are fit enough to run. A lot of people make the mistake of using running as an exercise to get fit which can backfire. Rowing - Uses upper body as well and ...
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Need Help Urgently? Mental and Heavy Legs

This is kind of outside of the scope of the PF SE but you seem genuinely in need. First point of call would be to talk to your parents, you are saying you are feeling pushed too much into the older ...
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is the squat a complete exercise for the legs?

Squats do activate all muscle groups in the legs to some degree. With that said, I do not think it is the only exercise that should be done for your legs. I noticed that you mentioned powerlifting. ...
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Front squats lagging behind back squats by too much

Two major issues for me were core and flexibility in my Lats. I would say that you should focus on more core work which have a variety of different exercises that can help. First I would foam roll ...
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Felt like passing out doing Bulgarian Split Squats

Your work capacity is lacking. Borrowing from my answer here: Cardio. It's a bit of a meme in powerlifting that powerlifters never do cardio. Don't fall into that trap. The energy demands of compound ...
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Most efficient way to stand?

Probably depends just how still you have to stand. Beefeaters (the fellows in black hats and red jackets who stand at attention at the Tower of London) have to stand absolutely still for hours at a ...
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Should seated leg press be avoided?

Does this mean that no matter what precautions and position we take when using seated leg press one always incurs the risk of low back injuries? No, that's not what the author is trying to say. You ...
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Unable to do leg day

Is there a reason for training volume you use? I would ask you two questions: are you world class pro (in your goal)? do you take performance enhancing drugs (PEDs)? If your answer is NO for both ...
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During squat (front & back), is it mechanically possible to work the glutes more than the quads? How?

To understand how to correct the problem, it often helps to think carefully about what, exactly, might be happening. But in summary, it may help to: take a shoulder-width stance, externally rotate ...
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Is it right that frontal muscles above knee gets tired (don't like it) during bicycling with heightened load (>260W)?

I wonder - what muscles can be [approx 5-15 cm above knee]? My guess is that there are very few muscles and they should not be important for the cycling. That would be the quadriceps, and they are ...
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Building the thigh muscles near the knee area

If you aren't already, make sure you include full range of motion squat patterns in your programming. I used to do leg extension variations until I was blue in the face to grow my VMO (the medial ...
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Is Calves Raises barefoot a proper training method?

I wouldn't go as far to say that training barefoot is always superior to training with shoes on. There are situations where certain types of shoes provide some benefit to being completely barefoot. In ...
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How important is it to train glute medius?

How important is it to train glute medius? I would say, follow the advice of your physiotherapist. You say you run into trouble when you don't stick to your exercise, so these seem to be working for ...
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