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Why is 40 pushups a day not doing anything?

Please check if you are missing something from this answer on how to build muscle. The two most common things people mess up when trying to grow larger muscles are they don't eat enough, and they don'...
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Can I run a massive calorie deficit to lose weight while maintaining muscle as long as I get my protein?

tl;dr - No, you can't. I would like to point out the most relevant part of your question: backstory: I'd been trying and failing to do keto over the years as the diet is too strict for my bad habits. ...
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How long would it take for a skinny man to get fit and 6 pack?

What does it mean to be fit? 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 ...
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Is physiology of muscle growth a pseudoscience?

I do not agree with your insistence on a mechanism. In 1964 the U.S. Surgeon General published a report where he concluded that smoking causes cancer. At that time the mechanisms behind this was not ...
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Can I run a massive calorie deficit to lose weight while maintaining muscle as long as I get my protein?

These are called Protein-sparing modified fasts. It's an extraordinarily intense diet that is designed to minimize muscle loss while losing fat really fast. It's recommended to do it with a registered ...
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Why don't we train hip flexors?

I am active in aerial arts and gymnastics communities. In these disciplines, we train hipflexors all the time (although most exercises that use hipflexors hit abs and/or quads as well), since ...
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Is it possible to move each toe individually?

Yes, with practice, you could learn to control every toe individually. The reason it is difficult, is that the part of your brain which is responsible for voluntary movements, the motor cortex, has ...
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Do high reps build strength?

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 ...
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My trainer insists on stretching before any exercise, even warming up. Should I be worried?

First off, ask your trainer how many athletes he or she has trained that have won national, regional, or international titles. Personally, my belief is that unless you have trained someone that's made ...
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Why don't we train hip flexors?

It's not actually that uncommon to train them. Most ab exercises work the hip flexors as much as they do the abs. There probably isn't a huge benefit to having them be extremely strong, but powerful ...
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Why does growing more muscle push out veins to surface?

It doesn't, rather it's having low body fat, and hence minimal subcutaneous fat to hide the veins, which makes veins more visible. That's why strongmen, who typically have enormous amounts of muscle, ...
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List of muscles by volume in average man

Here, I made a list :) # cm^3 muscle 1 879.65 Gluteus maximus 674.00 Vastus lateralis 599.20 Adductor magnus 580.00 Vastus intermedius 5 531.90 Soleus 461.00 ...
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What's up with my body?

Your question is very general, and will therefore only attract general answers, so this will be that. Fixing posture While you don't mention this yourself, C.Lange makes a good point about posture ...
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What actually makes fingers thicker?

Your finger is made up of ligaments. tendons, 3 bones, fat, skin, veins and capillaries. As you get older your knuckles or bones will get bigger just through use and damage. Tendons and ligaments get ...
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Why is 40 pushups a day not doing anything?

It seems that if you insist on doing unweighted push-ups you have to build up to 100s of push-ups every day to see results (1). Personally I do push-ups with a weight plate on my back instead. That ...
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Starting musculation at 30 years old, is it good?

It's never too late to start a fitness program that adds muscular size to your physique. However, as you age, your levels of testosterone, the muscle promoting hormone, decline. That's not to say ...
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Is protein the only intake needed for muscle gain?

Yes you need lots of other things, minerals, vitamins, essential fats, carbohydrates. These are needed to build muscle and also to stay alive, while the muscle building happens. That's why should ...
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How to gain muscles and be fit with low testosterone?

You do not have "low testosterone" and even if you did, you would build muscle and overall fitness the same way that everyone else does - through training. 350 ng/dL is within a normal range ...
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Which is the role of glutes when extending your legs?

We need to clarify some terms. "Extension" means movement of a joint which increases the angle between two body parts. So elbow extension is the movement that increases the angle between the ...
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How to listen to the body during a run?

This is very much an individual question, as everyone has different requirements and reacts in different ways to fluid and food intake when running. It's just very much trial and error to find what ...
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Why use weights, if body weight execises can make you get in shape and gain muscle?

Two words - progressive overload. With bodyweight exercises, no matter how hard you try and how fancy you go with exercise, eventually you will hit the limit in muscle and strength growth because you ...
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Do handstand push-ups hit all the three shoulder heads?

No, it doesn't hit all three shoulder heads (assuming you mean the anterior, lateral and posterior deltoids.) Breakdown of handstand push-ups. Mechanically I don't see how you can work all of the ...
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How long would it take for a skinny man to get fit and 6 pack?

Probably about 2 years. That said, enjoy the journey. You get benefits along the way. Training can be fun. Some of the biggest gains come at the beginning. A few extra thoughts: Train safe. ...
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Increase bench press 1RM

I bench press once a week I personally would not expect my bench press 1RM to increase past the absolute novice level if I only bench pressed once a week. Consider bench pressing three times a week....
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More protein = more potential for muscle growth?

Yes, the academic literature supports the notion that greater protein intake facilitates more rapid recovery, and can therefore sustain a greater training workload. And guidelines from all of the ...
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Why and how does fat also make you stronger?

Fat does not naturally make you stronger by just existing. It's inactive. It just sits there. You can't control it. I think the misconception that fat inherently makes you stronger is brought on by ...
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Is there a way for a 300lb man to be stronger than a 500lb man?

Yes. Strength is specific to the measurement being performed, so it's possible that the lighter athlete could just be more trained in the specific movement being performed. For example, a 300lb ...
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Benefits/Cons of doing a full body workout vs bro split?

As theonlygusti mentions, the bro split is looked down on. This is largely due to a 2016 meta-analysis of 10 different studies that concluded that major muscle groups should be trained at least twice ...
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Why are natural bodybuilders so big?

Different weight goals Goal of a bodybuilder is to have as much muscle mass as possible while maintaining as little fat mass as possible. This involves getting slowly heavier over time. Being heavier ...
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