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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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Are respiratory training adds dangerous?

When we don't have enough oxygen in our system though exhaustion from physical exercise we slow down and/or stop. In extreme cases some may pass out due to lack of oxygenated blood supply to their ...
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Can hyperventilating increase lung capacity or fitness?

Hyperventilation is a legitimate method for increasing the proportion of oxygen in the blood for the purpose of things like holding one's breath. However, there is a caveat to it, namely that the body ...
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Totally ditching chest training

You will always want to keep a balance between antagonist musclegroups. This means a strong latissimus with weak pectoralis will lead to imbalances which might negatively affect your movement and ...
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Is intuitive training as effective as HIIT training?

No. One is a style of training and the other is a philosophy on training. They can co-exist but one can't replace the other. You can do HIIT "intuitively" by only doing the sets that you "feel" is ...
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Why does my fitness watch show calories whereas calories on food packages are in kilo calories?

They're actually the same thing as far as this is concerned. A "Calorie" and "Kilocalorie" is the same when talking about nutrition and exercise. Your watch says you burned 3000 Calories in the day ...
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Understanding training plan notation

In general, any kind of "I don't understand this specific training plan" question should be directed towards the authors of that training plan or, if one exists, a community specifically ...
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What is the optimal length and amount of sessions per week for optimal muscle gain?

According to a meta-analysis (i.e. a scientific study of scientific studies), it does not matter: In conclusion, there is strong evidence that resistance training frequency does not significantly or ...
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Why don't we train hip flexors?

I have a set of spinal injuries and one of the things I cannot do is flex my left hip well – it is innervated by the L1/L2 Myotome. Trust me, if you can't flex your hips, walking becomes very ...
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Measuring progress in Bouldering

What you're trying to do is, unfortunately, not that easily accomplished. Boundering grades are always a little subjective (depending on the climbers strengths / weaknesses, body mechanics, ...
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Is there a way you can you improve your reflexes and reactions generally?

Because reflexes are automatically programmed, they do not rely on conscious or unconscious brain activity. The interaction between reflexive and conscious responses can be more complex. In certain ...
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I feel recuperated immediately the next day after an intense workout. Okay to workout more?

"rest 3-5 days between every used muscle group." This is nonsense, to optimize hypertrophy, this review paper recommends a frequency of 2-3 sessions per muscle group a week for novice to ...
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