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What happens to your muscles when you stop working out for several years?

There was a 2010 study that touched on this a bit, and suggests there's more going on than muscle memory. Effects of previous strength training can be long-lived, even after prolonged subsequent ...
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Can someone who takes steroids get muscle mass even without lifting?

But I heard people saying that you don't even have to work out to get the muscles if you're on roids. Is there any truth in that? Steroids don't change the basic paradigm of muscle training. ...
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How long does it take for muscles to recover?

There's no easy answer. It depends on a few variables: The stress you've exposed your muscles to. How close you are to your genetic potential. How good your recovery is. You (probably, based on your ...
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how to correct forward neck posture?

Forward head posture (called gravity induced kyphosis) is pretty common nowadays. The first thing you should do is begin stretching your neck with an exercise called neck retraction: You'll be ...
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Can someone who takes steroids get muscle mass even without lifting?

There have been documented tests that show steroid use without weight training will still increase your muscle mass just as someone who workouts and doesn't use steroids. However, if you're thinking ...
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Don't feel muscle soreness until after a day

The soreness that you experience is called Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS). What causes it? When you exercise, the muscles get damaged. That damage is a signal for the muscle to grow and get ...
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My experiments to my body

Your exercise selection leaves much to be desired. Your routine consists of only three movements: push-ups, squats, and sit-ups. The primary muscles targeted then are the triceps, anterior delts, pecs,...
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Does training of some major muscles groups enhance overall muscle growth?

Performing compound exercise movements have been shown to trigger the pituitary gland to release Human Growth Hormone. HGH does not discriminate against the muscle cells it targets. In a paper ...
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Should I wait until my muscles are 100% free of any signal of soreness before training for strength again?

Muscle soreness is not an indicator of overtraining. Go ahead and work out.
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Are protein powders unhealthy for a teen athlete?

No, protein supplements are made of whey protein, which is the liquid remaining after milk has been curdled and strained. It's not a synthetic product of any kind. I haven't tried the Gold brand in ...
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How Can I remove my muscle weakness? Please advise

This honestly just sounds like a case of DOMS. What is that? “Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness”, it’s a side effect training muscles more than normal. DOMS is a sign that your muscles are breaking down, ...
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Can someone who takes steroids get muscle mass even without lifting?

I don't have a link because the study was about 25 years ago but Harvard Med did a test study on three groups for 4 months: A. Steroids + 4 days working out per week (same regimen) B. Steroids + No ...
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When does maximum muscle repair and growth take place after a strength workout?

Coming up with a single function for muscle tissue repair with respect to time is literally impossible. Each individual is far too different for any one function to represent us all. It's the whole "...
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What is the minimum amount of time someone might need for muscles to recover?

For the sake of vocabulary, I think you're talking about "training recovery". There is short term recovery, like the time you need between sets, but you mentioned supercompensation so you're talking ...
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Taking supplements - Glutamine, brown rice protein, creatine

Check out these resources for more specifics about the supplements: Glutamine -- not shown to increase muscle mass, but shown to lower inflammation (i.e. recovery). Timing doesn't matter. No more ...
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What is a muscle knot?

What is referred to as a "muscle knot" is also known as a "trigger point" or "myofascial trigger point". They are medically controversial little things, because despite being talked about so much and ...
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Should I continue other exercises while dealing with sore hamstrings?

I would recommend doing something, to second Alex here, for active recovery. I would avoid running and do some skip rope instead and after you properly warmed up, you can do your other exercise. The ...
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Can I use ON Whey Protein and P90X Recovery Formula together?

While once considered essential in bodybuilding, the importance of nutrient timing has been severely downplayed in the last few years since plenty of studies fail to show significant results and the ...
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I feel recuperated immediately the next day after an intense workout. Okay to workout more?

"rest 3-5 days between every used muscle group." This is nonsense, to optimize hypertrophy, this review paper recommends a frequency of 2-3 sessions per muscle group a week for novice to ...
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Exercise to isolate the leg stability muscles used when walking backwards

brianmac.co.uk said that LIEBENSON, C (2006) Rehabilitation of the Spine: A Practitioner’s Manual says "if a lack of coordination is seen when walking backwards it indicates the gluteus maximus is ...
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Intermittent Fasting Post Workout

I do 5x5 and IF and have no problem with recovery. If you are concerned with fatigue and CNS recovery than the answer really is it depends on how well your body recovers and how you feel. This will ...
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Can stretching add symmetry to the abs or make legs slimmer and reduce muscle pain after workouts?

While stretching does have some benefits, it does not appear to affect symmetry. Abdominals tend to be a somewhat difficult muscle group to develop for most people. Part of the reason is that abs ...
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Does eating sugar before sleeping reduce muscle regeneration and growth?

At this level I would not be worrying about things like that. The science to support that kind of assertion is woolly at best. If you are new to training there are three things I would be focusing on: ...
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Biceps workout without supplement pain more than 4 days: Do i need whey?

You are having DOMS (Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness). The only real way to mitigate it is to train more often. Taking whey (and other protein supplements) is useful when you can't eat enough to have ...
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Issues With Lowerbody Muscle Recovery

I've had this problem and overcame it to some extent. Here are some things that helped. Post-workout stretching. I never stretched after lifting, but I found that it was helpful on leg days. At the ...
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Ideal number of recovery days for strength training when working to maximum

There's a lot of science behind rest days but I'm going to give you an anecdotal answer. I had personally been doing my own 5x5 and 5RM training split. Everyday was a new 5RM attempt and it was going ...
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Can someone who takes steroids get muscle mass even without lifting?

A steroid user does make muscle mass gains without working out. However, it wouldn't be as much as it would if they also went to the gym, too. It would be sort of like if a person was to workout but ...
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Can someone who takes steroids get muscle mass even without lifting?

From the limited research I've done on this I concluded that you'll still keep some of the muscle gained but not necessarily the same mass. The idea is the steroids increase the number of muscle ...
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Does working other muscles improve recovery?

There's a study floating around that shows muscle increases simply from taking anabolic steroids, with no additional workload. So one would imagine that if you did something to yourself that increased ...
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Does massage therapy help rebuild and gain muscle faster?

It might. For the study, researchers put 11 men through a hard bout of exercise. It was the kind of session that was tough to finish and would normally have made an athlete stiff and sore for a few ...
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