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Why are pull up bars mounted so high up?

Gyms need to have pull-up bars that are high enough that even their tallest members can use them without their knees hitting the ground. They may prefer to have them even higher, so that tall people ...
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Is there a difference in doing 10 pushups per day for a year and doing 3,6K pushups in a day?

Yes, the difference would be quite substantial. When we're in school, there's a reason we learn a little bit of math every day, rather than have fifty teachers go through ALL the math for us in one ...
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Why do so many professional strength athletes eat tomatoes?

The lycopene in tomato juice provides antioxidant protection during exercise, repairs damaged muscles, and also reduces risk of heart disease. Tomato juice can be better than energy drinks at helping ...
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Why are pull up bars mounted so high up?

What most people disregard when it comes to pull-ups is that during an actual proper pull-up, your legs and core should be engaged and tensed. You want to be able to hold this throughout the entire ...
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Should squats come last in a workout-plan?

A workout should ideally follow a relatively strict ordering. (Warm-up) High-skill/coordination exercises or movements which you are still learning, e.g. agility drills, Olympic lifts, gymnastics ...
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Powerlifting vs Strongman

The very quick answer is that Powerlifting is more about standing in one place and moving a heavy weight through a range of motion (be it deadlift, squat or bench press). There is a certain technique ...
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Doing 110 pull ups in a row non stop

How does [someone] prepare to do 110 pull ups in a row Start by recognizing this as an extreme goal. I bet the people achieving >75 pull-ups got there by doing gymnastics or bar calisthenics for ...
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How to become good at lifting and holding my girlfriend in arms?

I'm already squatting (80% my bodyweight) and deadlifting (little more than my bodyweight) as part of Starting Strength program. What else should I do? Absolutely nothing. Keep squatting until you're ...
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Fitness training with varicose veins

My son asked me to take a look at this question. I'm a second-generation phlebologist, myself the son of the man who coined the word "Sclerotherapy" (=injection treatment of varicose veins) in 1939, ...
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Can I increase strength without lifting more weight?

If you can't increase the weight on the bar, then you have to settle for moving the bar faster (good for strength and power), reducing rest periods between sets (good for conditioning, hypertrophy (...
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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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Hack for fixed dumbbells

You can buy dumbbell magnets to attach to the head of the dumbbells. I've typically seen 1.25lb magnets, though I suppose you can probably find 2.5 lb magnets as well.
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Can a two weeks pause have a positive impact on strength training?

If you're overtraining or near overtraining, taking a rest week (or two, or three) often results in a performance increase. Since you've had issues with overtraining before, this may be the situation. ...
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Is it possible to recruit all the motor units available?

This is sort of a complicated question from a physiological point of view. Muscle is made of myocytes (muscle cells), which are made of a few things of interest in relation to your question. Let'...
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training abs every day, several times a day

Everyone wants a six-pack and everyone wants to increase core strength, but should you do abs exercises every day to accomplish that goal? Some of the most frequent questions I get about abs training ...
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How can I out-train this bad diet? If I can't, what modifications can I make to my diet to push more weight?

When simultaneously doing body recomposition (losing fat weight) and trying to push your strength lifts, the highest priorities are carefully balanced overall calorie intake, and a high proportion of ...
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Most effective bodyweight exercises?

I was really into powerlifting but due to this pandemic I can't go to the gym anymore. So I started doing calisthenics/bodyweight exercise, for me the most useful exercise are these: pull ups: ...
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For bench press, should I use dumbbells, a barbell, or the Smith machine?

In order to understand how to pick the implements, you need to know what they are doing for you. I'll rank the implements in order of difficulty--assuming you have the same total weight, they will ...
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Self Training vs Personal Training at the gym

I will give you the same answer that I give people when they ask me if they should hire a coach for [insert sport here]. If you are progressing towards your goals, and you are happy with your ...
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What differences in the muscle structure can be seen when trained for Strength vs Hypertrophy vs Endurance?

There is considerable overlap between these modalities; the physiological changes that occur are very similar, however, the effects differ slightly. From an anatomical point of view: Hypertrophy ...
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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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what's the reality that keeps progressive strength training from being constant?

Nothing inherently wrong in the math, just in the model you are using. As it turns out, Greg Nuckols just published an article on Muscle Math, which sheds some light on why it is simply not feasible ...
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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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Why am I not growing muscularly?

light weightlifting This will not build muscle for you. Lift heavier weights. some cardio excerise This fights your effort to gain muscle. Consider doing less cardio if you want to grow muscle. ...
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Do I lose all the benefits of earlier strength traning when I stop doing it for a while?

I'll attack this from two angles. The potential and the actual. Potential This is the more obvious. A major benefit of being previously trained is becoming trained again is much easier. In other ...
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Unable to maintain weights and increase in reps from work out session to session, why?

As has been pointed out, you have been coming up with routines that are of questionable quality, pursuing them for a very short time and then wondering why you are not getting results. Building ...
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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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Should general workouts be done before Starting Strength 5x5?

I assume that you mean either the Starting Strength or Stronglifts 5x5 program. Either of those programs would be fine for someone who is new to resistance training, though I would also incorporate ...
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Is Stronglift 5 x 5 really suitable for all beginners? Even those with messed up muscle imabalances?

I'm not so sure if it's suitable for me. Mainly because I suffer from bad anterior pelvic tilt, hip shift, weak quads, and rounded shoulders. None of these things are actually problems - either for ...
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What is the opposite exercise of push ups?

The most true "opposite" exercise to the push-up is the let me up, or inverted row. These preserve the posture, bodyweight aspect, and arm positioning of push-ups for a true mirror-image exercise. The ...
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