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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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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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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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Re: Touching your toes (not mentioned in 30)

Being able to touch the toes depends mainly on two things: hamstring flexibility body proportions (relative length of legs, torso, and arms) It is not possible to change body proportions, so, to ...
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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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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 much stronger can you get as you get fatter?

Don't Confuse Size with Genetics and Training My former coach won the genetic lottery as someone who can just naturally get beastly strong. An example of that genetic pool, he took his mother to the ...
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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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How much stronger can you get as you get fatter?

Stop Making Excuses Don't tell me that fat doesn't make people stronger because it does. Of course many fat people are strong. Of course people get stronger faster if they aren't trying to stay ...
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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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I can't perform a single pull-up

Do slow negatives, start at the top and lower yourself slowly, this is the way most people get strong enough to do their first, clean pull/chin-ups. If you have a rubber band to attach to the bar, ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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 can the conventional deadlift be harder at the top than the bottom?

When I was coached for the deadlift, I was advised that the first inch is the most important, followed by the distance up to the knee line. Past that you're generally in the clear. That's anecdotal, ...
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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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Weird result of working biceps and triceps? strength depeleting?

I'd like to break down a few things first which I think might help to explain what I think is going on with your situation. First off, great work on starting with chinups / pullups. They are a ...
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How come females with less testosterone can be stronger than males with more?

Testosterone is a steroid hormone. A steroid simply being present does not necessarily mean that a person is making good use of it. Men are obviously on average going to out perform women in feats ...
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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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Would this work for a teen looking to get lean?

There's a very common misconception here. Many people think that certain types of exercise will give you one body shape or the other. The reasoning is (more or less explicitly), that since power ...
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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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