Dave Liepmann
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I am underweight. How do I gain weight and muscle?
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To gain good weight, to bulk, to add muscle, you need to: Stimulate growth by lifting heavy Provide fuel for growth by eating a lot Prioritize your goal by getting your life in order Most healthy ...

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What are the trade-offs of weight versus repetition?
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Your goals and your current level of progress determine the number of sets and reps. Possible Goals Training for strength, power, endurance and hypertrophy all require a different number of sets and ...

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How to build muscle strength without exercise?
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Stop Making Excuses "I have six [to] eight years of trial-and-error evidence to show that I am incapable of building strength to any measurable degree from any form of exercise." Either ...

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What muscles are deadlifts meant to target?
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"That muscle." There's a classic quote about the power clean, attributed here to Charles Staley, that applies to your question: "You know when you run down the field, catch the ball and then hit a ...

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Gym Etiquette: Is it bad to hog a squat rack?
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Forty minutes is an absolutely acceptable amount of time to occupy a squat rack. (In the interest of changing your baseline: I know powerlifters who take a station for two hours because that's just ...

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How can I get in shape in one month?
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Supplements Muscle Core X won't do any good. I don't know what's in it, and it doesn't matter. It could be anabolic steroids mixed with cocaine and it wouldn't make much of a difference for you, ...

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Why is "Starting Strength" the most highly regarded workout regime on the Internet?
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Starting Strength Because it's the best introduction to the most productive yet neglected aspect of fitness: strength. Bring up weights to most people, and they think of machines and curls and ...

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Does lifting more than 5lbs really cause females to bulk?
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Lifting heavy isn't enough The idea that lifting heavy weights by itself causes bulk is a myth. Understanding why is more complicated. First, let's address the specific claim at issue, that women ...

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What is the best way to train at the gym for weight loss purposes?
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The goal here is not weight loss. You can lose weight by chopping an arm off or donating a kidney. What you want is to be healthier, look better, and lose fat. The term for this is body recomposition, ...

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Are these Workout Routines right for Body Building
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Unless you are already strong, this is the wrong plan. Putting bodybuilding before strength training does not make any sense. Strength Then Bodybuilding Virtually everyone in the strength and ...

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Stronglifts - Why is my bench press/row progress lagging behind?
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Given the additional information you've posted, it sounds like you are simply hitting a wall. Those are good numbers on the squats and deadlifts, so it's possible that you're not recovering (perhaps ...

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How do I squat if I can't keep my heels on the floor?
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Not being able to do a heels-on-the-ground 3rd world squat is a major mobility problem in my opinion. If I were you, I'd do the following: Squat all the time. At least a half-dozen times a day, stop ...

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What are the pros and cons of running versus walking?
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The Old Science: "Walking Is Enough" Let's frame the health question with some data from the American Heart Association: A sedentary lifestyle is one of the 5 major risk factors (along with ...

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What are the best benefits of yoga (versus cardio and weight training)?
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The primary benefits yoga boasts over weight training and cardio work are: Flexibility of the muscles Mobility of the joints Strength across entire ranges of motion - for instance, the shoulder is ...

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working out 3 times a day
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Will the above routine be considered over training? No, because it's impossible for a routine to be considered overtraining. Even a program as obviously impossible for mortals as "600 sets of 3 ...

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How should I train to increase my push-up maximum from 20 to two sets of 100?
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The end of February is twenty weeks away. With that much time until the competition, you should periodize your training into a general preparation, specific training, and competition lead-up. Doing ...

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What is meant by the assertion that high repetitions of pushups do not build strength?
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"Strength" has a more specific meaning in sports and exercise science than it does in common parlance. Strength is the ability to exert a maximal force against a resistance [1]. A push-up is not a ...

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Is running on treadmills easier than running outdoors because the ground is pulled beneath the runner?
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The science seems divided, though I am inclined to see value in the arguments that differences persist. Update the first: Though the physics "frame of reference" solution has merit, I am for ...

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Stronglifts 5x5: an effective program?
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We get a lot of this type of question: "we know X, but can we scientifically prove X?" The answer, almost invariably in the field of strength training, is no. Science is dead; long live ...

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Should squats come last in a workout-plan?
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A workout should ideally follow a relatively strict ordering. (Warm-up) High-skill/coordination exercises or movements which you are still learning, e.g. agility drills, Olympic lifts, gymnastics ...

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What is the simplest way to measure strength?
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Max push-ups, Max plank, Max pull-ups The no-equipment requirement is forcing the measurements towards strength-endurance tasks instead of true strength. Push-ups require some strength as a ...

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Should I stretch before doing pullups?
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Don't "Stretch" Doing static stretches before working out is not good. It cools you down and relaxes you, which is the opposite of what you want while you're exerting yourself. What's worse is that ...

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Are sit-ups harmful to female anatomy?
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The History of Keeping Women from Exercising A friend of mine was told she couldn't train judo because it would somehow harm her reproductive organs. (At no time was she asked whether this mattered ...

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Is it advantageous to be fit when young?
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There are two concerns I see with the person who waits an extra ten years before becoming active. Sensitive Ages for Athletic Attributes In his book Science of Sports Training, Tom Kurz goes into ...

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Does running reduce the muscle gained by gym workouts?
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Yes, combining strength workouts with non-strength workouts will reduce the effectiveness of the strength workouts. Of course, that should be acceptable if your goal is broader than pure strength. ...

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Is a vibrating belt not effective in reducing tummy fat?
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Vibrating belts are worthless. A crock. A sham. A hoax. A useless, insulting, silly doohickey that should be shunned by all right-thinking people. It's proper use is to be smashed underfoot or with ...

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How does muscle size relate to strength?
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Hypertrophy is not the same as strength. We can train differently to attain different results. Some forms of training build mass, others add strength, others improve endurance. A larger muscle is, ...

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Are multiple lighter deadlifts better than single heavier maxes?
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Practical Programming's Answer: 1-3RM For Strength From page 79: Strength, a basic objective of training and an important component of power performance, is gained using lower repetitions (1 to 3) ...

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Persistent mild knee pain due to squats - push through or stop?
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That sounds like a ligament or tendon issue, which could be serious. I would worry about your squat form: perhaps your knees are tracking forward, or your stance is too narrow, or you're coming off ...

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Is it possible to self learn any hand combat skills or martial arts?
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Why it won't work Martial arts are highly skill-oriented and require significant feedback from an instructor, as well as copious amounts of sparring (either with striking, such as boxing and Muay ...

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