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Is a push-up the same as a bench press?

Functionally, is doing a push up equivalent to doing a body weight bench press? Functionally close enough as a movement to where pushups can be a reasonable alternative for beginners. But a ...
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Reasons to train lower body

It's important to keep one's legs in good working order for anyone who wants to retain the ability to get out of bed, climb stairs, stand up off the toilet, walk around a hilly neighborhood, run away ...
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How to reduce body fat?

You reduce body fat by being in a caloric deficit (burning more calories than you eat/drink). You build muscle by having a positive nitrogen balance (usually by having enough protein in your system). ...
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Is a push-up the same as a bench press?

A regular push-up is a bench press plus isometric core exercise When it comes to the muscle groups involved in actually lifting your face off the ground, a regular push-up and a bench press are ...
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How to build a bigger and stronger upper body?

You should definitely do the big compound movements. Deadlifts, Bench press, Shoulder press (standing). Doing shoulder press while standing will add that you'll be contracting your core to stabalize, ...
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Warming up without legs

It's perfectly common to warm up your upper body by simply doing upper body work. If you're doing bench press, for instance, let your warmup consist of 5-6 lightweight, high-repetition sets of bench ...
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Arms Workout per Week

Large muscle groups develop in a more obvious way than the smaller ones. That said, you clearly understand how to build muscle through effective diet and exercise. Arms can be trained through a number ...
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Stamina Decreasing for Some Exercises But Increasing for Others

There's a simple cause for your problem: you can't do enough chin-ups to have a steady target number of chin-ups to do in each set. This is good news, because it means it's simple to fix. Stop aiming ...
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Relation between upper body workout and wrist size

In short, Yes! There are two aspects to this: Bone Muscle Bone: Any exercise that places regular stress on a given bone will increase bone density overtime. For the wrist specifically, ...
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Body Building for 40+

"Body building" is about body modification: unless your dead set on it I would highly recommend an effective strength training program. A book recommendation I'd toss at you is The Barbell ...
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Does the skull-crusher work the chest isometrically?

The chest also pulls the the elbow from overhead position down to your belly, hence why dips, Iron crosses and Pullovers or Front levers and pull ups work your chest. Muscles have no precise function, ...
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Is it normal to have an uneven chest if you’re just starting working out?

No, you do not need a specific routine to even out a muscle imbalance, and attempting to do so will likely only make it worse. Here's why you don't want to do specific work to correct the perceived ...
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Is a push-up the same as a bench press?

Here is a diagram of a person in the bottom position of the push-up: Let us call his length L and his mass m. We place an origo in the foot. Let us assume that his Center Of Mass is located at x=1/2L ...
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Home workouts that could grow bigger arms

I need suggestions for good home workouts that could grow bigger arms/biceps/forearms I only know of push-ups. A simple beginner routine could consist of push-ups targeting the triceps, pecs, and ...
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Overhead press bar path

The overhead press can be performed either with a curved bar path and little body movement, or a more vertical bar path and more body movement. These can be considered two different lifts. In the ...
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Is it possible to gain 1.5-2 inches on arms and 2 inches on chest without protein supplement

Protein does indeed build muscle, so, it’s going to be hard to add mass without sufficient protein intake. However, you don’t necessarily need to take protein supplements if your diet is adequately ...
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Arms Workout per Week

“I was thinking of doing arms 2-3 times a week.Is it good to do that and if i do that how i'm gonna cover my other body parts.” If your goal is a balanced, aesthetic physique, then, “more is not ...
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What's wrong with workout routines for muscle building?

Part 1 There are a lot of questions here, I'll try to answer each of them individually: What's wrong with [my] workout routines for muscle building? Taking a look at them, you do the following: ...
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What's wrong with workout routines for muscle building?

There's nothing wrong with what you're doing. The main reason you're not having the same results as when you were 15, is simply because you're not 15 any more. During the teens, your body is still ...
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How to get rid off from Pectus Carinatum aka Pigeon chest through diet and workout

I understand your feelings completely as I have a much more severe case of pectus carinatum than you. I was bullied at school and became deeply depressed for years. I was always worried about how my ...
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Why should the shoulder blades be protracted (at the top) in push - ups while in bench press not?

All resistance exercise involves forces being applied to the body in two distinct positions, with the forces acting in opposite directions. In any standing weighted exercise (squat, overhead pressing, ...
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Stamina Decreasing for Some Exercises But Increasing for Others

According to the fitness-fatigue model: Observed strength (Performance) = Strength (Fitness) - Fatigue As a result of your chin-up training your strength has increased, but you have accumulated even ...
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How to lie down on your back properly during Yoga?

For most people, the lower back will curve a little bit in a lying down position with straight legs. The reason is, that when the hip is extended, the pelvis will tilt a little bit forward from the ...
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How to lie down on your back properly during Yoga?

As best I can tell, the intent is to get your spine relaxed with your lower back down to provide more or less a straight line. Indeed, the recommendation is to raise your knees or to even put a ...
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Lifting Ratio between different parts of your body

There's no perfect way as such ratio. First of all, you have a misunderstanding of overtraining. That is a complex syndrome, not some simple thing that you get from doing too many bicep curls. Just ...
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Better for arms & shoulder: breaststroke or freestyle swimming?

There isn't going to be a big difference for upper body, but assuming that you are actively working swimming and not just idling along, I believe breaststroke will be better for overall body shaping. ...
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How effective is a push-up/pull-up routine?

Pushup and pullup workouts essentially cover all upper body muscle groups. When you are designing a workout plan the keys are looking for "pull" exercises and "push" exercises while incorporating core ...
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Does dieting and workouts mix well?

First things first, you cant "do some workouts for targeted areas" to lose weight in those areas. That is not a thing. Your body will burn fat from wherever the hell it wants to. The only way to lose ...
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Training Pull Ups to failure with more volume

I don't see why training pull-ups to failure would be worse than something else. You just can't do it every time because you fry your nervous system and need time to recover. Doing it too frequently ...
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Is it bad if i don't have pain after exercise?

No, muscle fatigue doesn't have to be expressed by pain, usually a burning sensation in the muscle is a good feedback, but its not a must. About the Deltoid muscle pain ,which i assume you mean by &...
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