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My pushups don't increase

Don't worry. The question is perfectly on-topic here. When I read through your description of your process, I'm on the lookout for one single thing. And unless I'm missing it, I don't see it anywhere ...
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If a child scooters everyday, does it make one leg of him/her larger than the other?

Unilateral training does indeed lead to a difference between the size and strength of the muscles on each side. However, most active individuals have discrepancies between their dominant and non-...
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My pushups don't increase

I actually joined this community because I read your post. I won't say I am the know all guru on this, but from personal experience I will say it is normal to drop. Don't take this as the LAW, as ...
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Passive work out?

Your problem A passive way of working out sounds like a paradox. If you want to become stronger, you need to exert your muscles. And exertion of the muscles is an "activity", which is an antonym to "...
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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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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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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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Practical applications of the earthquake/bamboo bar

Wow, you're lucky! Kudos to your gym for acquiring one of these. I wish my gym had one too. What is that? It's commonly referred to as a "bamboo bar" because of its resemblence. It's actually ...
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In between sets — what to do?

If you're goal is strength than in between sets you should rest. Catch your breath. Have some water. Nibble on some sort of calories. Load more weight on the bar. Then go again. Not sure why you're ...
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Soy Protein and Protein Requirements

This is not really going to be a definitive answer, as you can find studies that support almost any position, so what I'm looking at for this is the trend of the studies that I've reviewed. Overall, ...
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Is Rich Piana's strength achievable without anabolic steroids?

To get some idea as to the maximum you will be able to lift while being drug tested and maintaining 75kg we can look to the IPF (International Powerlifting Federation) records. They perform checks for ...
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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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Is there a biological reason for women to be weaker than men (in the same weight category)?

Greg Nuckols has written a series of articles on this subject (with plenty of references). In the first part, Sex Differences in Training and Metabolism, they show that it turns out that almost all ...
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Neck problems, are massages the best answer?

I would recommend a balanced and proven strength training program. The typical office job tends to provide numerous posture issues and strains from being in awkward positions for hours at a time. ...
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Neck problems, are massages the best answer?

I cant diagnose you but a doctor might be able to identify if you have any of the following: I think you may have Thoracic Kyphosis/Forward Head ("Computer Guy" Hunchback): Upper cross syndrome is ...
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Passive work out?

Assuming you have no physical limitations, your problem seems to be a lack of motivation. Rather than doing things you don’t like, you should find an activity that can keep your interest for a ...
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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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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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In between sets — what to do?

Relax. Sit, lie down, listen to music, talk to friends. If you're outside, enjoy the sun. If you really want to do something related to the training, visualize the exercise you are doing. Where do ...
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Exercise for standing from position sitting on the ground?

This is a very common question - so know you are definitely not alone. There are some easy exercises that you can do to get better at it. A lot of people actually just don’t get onto the ground for ...
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What to do after joining the gym?

In short, following a competent fitness program is the single best thing that you can do. But let's explore your question more and extrapolate on why that is. First and foremost I want to point out ...
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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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How accurate are one repetition maximum calculators?

In my experience they become less accurate the higher rep count you put in. So if you put in your 3RM in to the calculator, it will provide a fairly accurate idea of what your 1RM is. If you put in a ...
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How accurate are one repetition maximum calculators?

Calculators and tables necessarily contain a margin of uncertainty because they cannot account for our individual differences in genetics and training. A greater proportion of Type I and Type IIa ...
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What exercises to do for posterior chain if I have shin splints?

Shin splints tend only to be affected by impact exercises—running, skipping, and jumping—or exercises that load the tibialis anterior. Squats and deadlifts should neither aggravate your shin splints, ...
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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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If you can 50 pusbups in a go, why not make it harder by slowing down the tempo?

There is a meta-analysis by Schoenfeld that discusses the effect on hypertrophy when alterating repetition duration. They found that hypertrophy is similar when training with repetition durations ...
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