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What's the deal with those raw eggs eaten by Rocky before training

Eggs, by their nature, have a substantial amount of good protein in them, 6 grams in a large egg, along with the cholesterol and calories needed to sustain exercise. In the 1890s, it was believed that ...
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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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Can you be good both at cycling and running?

Can one be good at both? There is a reasonable correlation between run and bike speed for athletes who do both, so if you are good at one there's a reasonable chance you could be good at the other. ...
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Why don't we train hip flexors?

I am active in aerial arts and gymnastics communities. In these disciplines, we train hipflexors all the time (although most exercises that use hipflexors hit abs and/or quads as well), since ...
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Can you be good both at cycling and running?

I have been running for more than a decade. In 2018, I accepted a challenged to complete a sprint triathlon. I borrowed a CX bike and started training. My only previous bike experience was riding ...
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Can you be good both at cycling and running?

As @thosphor pointed out in comments, the very existence of the sport of triathlon proves that it's possible to be good in up to three endurance sports simultaneously. Thus, with respect to the OP, ...
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Safe way to train for the front and back flip?

Don'ts The biggest mistake people make when learning to flip, is that they try to flip into pools and onto mattresses. This is a mistake because it doesn't prepare you for the inevitable challenge ...
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Why don't we train hip flexors?

It's not actually that uncommon to train them. Most ab exercises work the hip flexors as much as they do the abs. There probably isn't a huge benefit to having them be extremely strong, but powerful ...
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Is speed muscular or technical?

The simple answer is both. Technical mastery is absolutely necessary for the expression of speed. In the most simple exercises, it is important to be able to relax the antagonists and superfluous ...
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risks of running a marathon without adequate preparation

5km or 7km mileage once a week is nowhere close to proper preparation for a marathon. You greatly increase risk of injury by running a marathon unprepared. Go see a doctor about your knee pain from ...
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How do I prepare for a 10K in one week's time?

Take a look at the Galloway Run-Walk program. The harsh reality is that in a week, if you can only run 4k continuously right now, you will not be able to run 10k in a week. Your best bet if you ...
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Beginners need less training—but when do they stop being beginners?

Within the narrow focus of just strength training, the Rippetoe & Kilgore definition is useful: Simply put, a novice, as we use the term here, is a trainee for whom the stress applied during a ...
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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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No more gym, what to do?

Do not regret this break from your weightlifting and take the opportunity to become an even better weightlifter. The trainers I have had, most often has used about half of the workout for yoga ...
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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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risks of running a marathon without adequate preparation

If you were to decide to attempt a marathon given the training level you've described, there's an interesting academic article that may be helpful in estimating your likelihood of finishing without ...
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Is there a way you can you improve your reflexes and reactions generally?

Reflexes can be improved for SPECIFIC actions. The rules of thumb are: When you react to stimuli, you strengthen neural pathways responsible for that action. In addition to that, you take out the ...
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How to maximize the benefits of a long time at the gym?

With the best will in the world, having 10 days to work on yourself isn't going to make that much of an impact. Body recomposition, which is what you're after (losing fat, gaining muscle) is a much ...
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Training by faking movements

Is it possible to train muscles by doing an exercise without any weight or resistance? Yes, in this study they had 16 young men (9 flexing, 7 control) follow a flexing protocol for 3 days a week. ...
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Will taking the stairs daily improve fitness for an obese adult

"Fitness" is a fairly broad term, but I'd provide a boiled down definition that it means your body's ability to handle physical exertion. Exertion comes in all shapes and sizes (moving a piano, ...
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Change my routine to use strength exercises that are also cardio exercises?

I'm going to grade my recommendations by how deep your caloric cut is, because that affects what you can safely do. In general you will find that the larger the muscle group involved, the more ...
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How to keep flexibility with weight training?

There are many kinds of weight training. A well-designed program designed to develop strength, power, conditioning, and athleticism for sport will not make you less flexible. The movements themselves ...
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How can I train legs when I have hip dysplasia?

Yes, it's entirely possible. Exercises such as squats are compound muscle exercises, which means they work many muscles at the same time. These are generally considered as "must have" because they do ...
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Powerballs are real training tool?

Ah, the powerball. I had forgotten these existed after I broke mine. A powerball is indeed a workout tool, but it has an extremely limited effect. It can help with strengthening grip by engaging ...
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No more gym, what to do?

If you consider yourself handy then you could consider building some weightlifting equipment yourself. It is cheap and surprisingly simple. Although I do recommend that you do buy the barbell since ...
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How to stay fit on vacation?

There's an old saying you may be familiar with: "Where there is a will, there is a way". The first thing to realize is that whatever you decide to do, it will not be the same as CrossFit. That ...
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What kind of goals should I have if I want to be as healthy as possible?

Though it's a very general question, here's a few guidelines I follow for a healthy life: Go active. The Western culture have become way too inactive, a way of life our body is not accustomed to. ...
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Lower leg training

The smaller leg muscles, we can pick on the extensor digitorum longus or the sartorius (as examples) are not supposed to be individually engaged. They are role-specific, and supposed to serve in a ...
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Can you be good both at cycling and running?

From personal experience being good at running doesn’t translate to being good at cycling and vice versa. The muscles used are different and the motion/technique is different. I’d be especially ...
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Change my routine to use strength exercises that are also cardio exercises?

All exercises have an element of both cardio and strength. What differentiates them is how much resistance is used (or can be used) and how much of it you do. A one-rep-maximum bench press is ...

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