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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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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?

Muscle growth physiology is not a pseudoscience as researchers are using scientific methods to collect and analyze data and make logical deductions. It is true that our knowledge of muscle growth is ...
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Why do my muscles ache the day after I lift ? How come not asap after my workout or during?

It's called Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS), but you'll note the Delayed word there. The pain usually shows up 24 hours later and is gone around 72 hours. It's actually not fully understood (2003 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Eat more or less to lose fat and gain muscle

Hi Zerotoinfinite, Look at this picture As you can see in the picture, the biggest contributor to gaining six pack is lower body fat percentages. As you can see, the six pack becomes more ...
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For the same number of repetitions, does it build more muscle to do fewer sets?

I'm a bodyweight training addict. In my point of view doing 1 x 50 is better than doing 10 x 5 because you have the same volume but in less time, you have more intensity. The first commandments in a ...
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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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Why do some actions benefit us and others injure us in the long term?

The nature of those two movements is different. The lorry driver performs continous, non-changing movements which wear out the cartilage of the joints and the tendons and ligaments. Every movement ...
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For the same number of repetitions, does it build more muscle to do fewer sets?

Nathan, first, please check out this answer on myofibril vs sarcoplasmic hypertrophy. With muscular endurance, you are dealing with (to simplify things greatly) three variables: Myofibril: how many ...
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Does stretching muscles help build / tone them?

Strength training builds muscle. In other words, the forcible contraction of your muscles against resistance is what stimulates them to get stronger or more firm. While stretching has a role, it's ...
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How does strength training affect one's health and life expectancy in the long run?

I know that bodybuilding makes you heavier, stronger and more attractive, but is it really beneficial for one's health in the long run? Bodybuilding is not strength training. Bodybuilding is a very ...
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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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What are the target muscles of kettlebell swings

Performing a proper two-hand kettlebell swing is a whole-body workout as opposed to isolating single muscles. However, the main muscles that go into swinging a bell are glutes, hamstrings, lower back +...
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Breaking Microtears by flexing?

What you are describing is called Isometric training. It’s a little used, and much misunderstood, form of training in which the muscle tenses without changing its length. Each contraction is ...
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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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