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I'm not sore after doing squats. Am I doing something wrong?

Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS) is not something you should use to gauge the efficiency of your workouts. It's mostly only experienced when your body gets put through something it's not used to. ...
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How significant is the difference between running on a sidewalk vs a paved road?

The surface you are running on may play a role in how your body reacts. There’s an often quoted study co-authored by Southern California podiatrist John Pagliano that states… "… one of the five ...
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I'm not sore after doing squats. Am I doing something wrong?

You started squatting more so you would get better at squatting. It sounds like your plan is working. You're better at squatting since you squat more. One part of being better at squatting is that ...
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severe pain after squats

What you are feeling is normal. Any time you do a new exercise, or even an old exercise in a new way, you will be pushing your muscles past the point where they are comfortable and making them sore. ...
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migraine after work out

Most of the migranes are hereditary. Biological states may cause increases in free fatty acids and blood lipids, increased platelet aggregation, decreased serotonin levels and increased prostaglandin ...
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Cramping in the soles of my feet during certain stretches

This happened to me when I started doing vigorous yoga again after an extended period of absence. My flexor muscles would cramp in simple things like child pose, but my base foot would always cramp ...
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How significant is the difference between running on a sidewalk vs a paved road?

While concrete may be a harder surface than asphalt, other than preconceived perceptions, there is not an appreciable difference in deflection (Force returned from a surface) between concrete and ...
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How to strengthen wrists to prevent pain while lifting

TL;DR: Try using proper wrist position, check your form, lift for technique, don't overwork an injury. My wrists started hurting when I started weightlifting (about eleven months ago) during bench ...
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Shaking muscle during rest day

The medical term is (BFS) benign fasciculation syndrome. Loosely translated, that means "probably not serious muscle tremor". Here's a video of a man's calf muscle with BFS. Like most benign ...
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I am a physically disabled person and I want to gain weight

The most important thing about gaining muscle mass with a skinny physique ('ectomorph body type') is the diet. Your diet has to be both high caloric and high protein, use an online calorie calculator ...
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How significant is the difference between running on a sidewalk vs a paved road?

Your problem might not be with the hardness of the ground you're running on. If you run on a sidewalk that is on the same level on the road you shouldn't see much difference. I think the issue here is ...
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severe pain after squats

I primarily agree with Sparafusile. DOMS is pretty normal, especially for those impulse exercise sessions where you haven't warmed up, or haven't done the exercise before. Over the counter painkillers ...
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Is Thumb position important in dumbell exercise

That 'outwards' sort of grip is commonly referred to as 'suicide grip' for obvious reasons. While it may not be dangerous on many exercises, on the Bench Press for example it can be very harmful (even ...
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Does taking painkillers reduce muscle gain?

Moderate or occasional doses are probably fine, but further research is necessary. If a negative relationship between NSAIDS and gains exits, then it is probably dose dependent. This study from Krentz ...
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Overhand pullups - inner forearms ache but why?

This is a common issue that arises due to limited mobility in your forearm. While you might be inclined to start doing underhand or neutral grip instead, I would strongly advise that you try the ...
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Walking/jogging/sprinting causes pain in the abdomen?

Based on your description this sounds like a very common side stitch (see the wiki entry here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Side_stitch). As explained in the article (which was informative for me ...
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Shoulder / Arm pain during overhead lifts

Nothing concrete for you here but I have found that having a packed neck when doing overheads helps reduce any shoulder pain ( I subluxated my shoulder years ago ). Packing seems to open my shoulders ...
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Shoulder / Arm pain during overhead lifts

I have exactly the same problem. This was in both shoulders but the left eased off but the right was really stiff. The physio diagnosed the problem which was a 'frozen shoulder'. Stretching exercises ...
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Standing Desk is giving me neck and upper back pain

I like to stand and work too and in my 12 months experience here is what I have learnt: Sitting all the time at work is obviously bad but standing at just one angle isn't super great. So, rather than ...
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Do NSAIDS (Ibuprofen, etc.) actually speed up healing or do they just mask pain?

Ref foam rollers.They don't work for me! Here is my story. I am 74 in a very good shape, I exercise regularly and I practice moderately a number of sports, including bicycling, kayaking and ...
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Pain in Front Part of Leg

Sounds possible that you have shin splits http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shin_splints They will go away with some time off. This is common with individuals who are new to the level of training that ...
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Squatting is causing pain in my quadriceps

Walking is not leg work (unless you are morbidly obese) and getting sore after squatting a 50lb barbell would imply you need to develop more strength in your legs. If this is all you can squat - ...
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Palms hurt when I do pull ups or chin ups

Years ago, I had a similar experience that actually led to trigger finger. I have only anecdotal evidence, but, I am convinced that doing chin ups was, in some way, related to the cause of my problem....
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Pain in knees, quadriceps, ankle on jogging

It could be something more complicated, but generally I'll just say that running hurts, especially when you're just starting or increasing your mileage. I would recommend following a training ...
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Running injuries when competing

Do not do any self-diagnosis. Consult a musculoskeletal specialist and get yourself diagnosed. Never assume anything, as similar symptoms may be because of different reasons.If given proper attention ...
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Almost dysfunctional after training?

Once a week, 4 sets 5-8 reps and 3-5 exercises depending on if I'm fatigued or not If you are doing this on the same day was as when your training your chest, then this is too much volume in a ...
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What muscle or tendon pronates the foot when running?

The posterior tibialis controls pronation but the actual “foot roll” comes at the end of a very long kinetic chain. Each running step is initiated (or should be) in the glute and travels through the ...
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How to strengthen wrists to prevent pain while lifting

I had this problem too. Let it rest. I also didn't want to stop training, I had a big momentum, so I bought wrist hooks for deadlift, to be able to keep training and go around the wrist injury, but ...
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What are the common causes for asymmetrical hips during the figure-four stretch?

The issue seems to be that you've got varied flexibility between the two sides of your hips. I'm not certain if one is more flexible than the other or if one is more inflexible than the other but it ...
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Should I run with this ankle pain?

No, I don't think it's ok to continue running barefoot or minimalistic. The ankle pains are a clear indication you still need better footwear at this point. It could be that your calf muscles aren't ...
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