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Is there any benefit of "real" running outdoors vs running on a treadmill in gym?
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A few advantages to running outdoors: Sunshine (get your vitamin D!) Depending on smog levels and your gym's cleanliness and air filtration system, there is probably fresher cleaner air outside. If ...

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Why is muscle size not proportional to strength?
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Certainly there is a correlation between muscle mass and strength, but there is more to the story. Two reasons why muscle mass and strength may not be completely congruous are: Muscle fiber density ...

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Should I drink water before, during or after eating?
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Here's an excerpt from a blog post I did a while back addressing this question: The “plug” in the bottom of your stomach is a stoma not a valve. It can be pushed open, so when you drink ...

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What's a good home exercise for the lower back?
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Try rolling over onto your stomach and doing a "superman". You can hold tension in the position, or do reps similar to doing "reverse situps". ref site Also, you might think about doing slow squats ...

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Do you need to "feel the burn" to become stronger?
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Probably not. Training for powerlifting (completely strength-oriented) involves avoiding failure, keeping the number of reps low, and resting a lot between sets, none of which are really conducive to "...

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What's the difference between Whey Isolate and Whey Concentrate in shakes?
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The main difference is in the "purity", how much lactose and fat is left with the protein after filtering. Whey isolate usually contains around 90% protein and whey concentrate is more like 70-85%. ...

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How to do a one-arm pushup?
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Pavel Tsatsouline's The Naked Warrior focuses extensively on bodyweight exercises, and the one-armed pushup is his choice for a daily upper-body exercise. A couple hints from TNW: Use an incline. Do ...

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When do you recommend using a belt for deadlifts?
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I would advise against either straps or a belt. Your grip and lower back seem to be weak points; you want to work on strengthening them and these pieces of equipment do the opposite, taking pressure ...

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Egg whites and yolks
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I don't see any reason to avoid the egg yolks; they have just as much protein as the whites (see nutrition facts in @Uw Concept's answer). The avoidance of egg yolks in almost every case stems back to ...

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What is the effective weight when doing push-ups?
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You can get a rough measurement by holding pushup position with your hands on a bathroom scale. I suggest doing this with your arms fully extended and locked to prevent yourself from actively pushing ...

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How do I know how much weight I should be lifting with dumbells?
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First, you'll want to pick a set of exercises to do and learn how to do them with proper form. Then you can start increasing the weight and set a schedule. In general, I would recommend a full-body ...

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How to do 2 or 3 finger push-ups
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Many muscle groups are involved, including hand, arm, chest, shoulder, back strength... it really depends on where your weak link happens to be. I would suggest first making sure that you can do ...

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How long should I rest in between sets?
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If you want size, you don't want to rest very long - perhaps under a minute between sets. Your goal in the gym is to get your muscles as fatigued as possible as quickly as possible (and then go home ...

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How do I naturally boost my Testosterone levels?
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The Four Hour Body examines a couple "protocols" for increasing testosterone, albeit with the goal for increased sexual performance rather than muscle development: Protocol 1: Long-term and ...

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Strength Training, Muscle Mass, and Weight Loss
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This is absolutely a good approach. You get to build up some muscle, and you don't damage your metabolism the way you would with severe calorie restriction. I think it is worth doing a little myth-...

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Is it important "when" to sleep or only "how much" is important?
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It's far better to attempt to sleep on a natural cycle with the sun, in order to keep your circadian rhythm (and the hormonal cycles behind it) in "tune". From Shawn Talbot's excellent Cortisol ...

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How often can a person work on their Abs?
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Abs are muscles like any other muscle in your body. What's different is the typical exercise regimen. Most people train abs with crunches, sit-ups, etc., which are tantamount to a very high-rep ...

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How can I tell the difference between good carbs and bad carbs?
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Typically a "good carb" indicates that the food has nutrients and is absorbed into the bloodstream slowly. Whole: Fibers, husks, and other materials provide fiber (which limits an insulin spike) and ...

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How to find your one repetition maximum?
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That is one formula that will make a good estimate, but it's important to remember that it is just an estimate and individual milage will vary. The only way to know for sure is to try it. These ...

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Weight is higher in the Evening than the Morning?
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It's natural for weight to fluctuate throughout the day. Everything you eat, drink, excrete, sweat has mass and will therefore affect your scale weight. There is no "correct" time to weigh; the most ...

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What's good technique to load plates when deadlifting?
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This tip won't help for getting the first plate on, but for subsequent plates you can roll the bar-with-first-plate onto another plate (even a 5 or 10 will work) that's laying flat on the ground. This ...

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How much should I spend for olympic weights?
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I agree wholeheartedly that used weights are fine. If it's heavy, it achieves its purpose! I don't think brand matters. Olympic plates typically go for about $0.50/lb on craigslist. You should be ...

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What is the best way to bring one's metabolism out of starvation mode following a diet?
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This is a situation where she needs to take a step backward in order to move forward. The worst thing she could do is lower her net caloric intake again via diet or lots of exercise, as that will just ...

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Is there a biological reason for women to be weaker then men (in the same weight category)?
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According to Rippetoe & Kilgore, As a general rule, women do not have the same level of neuromuscular efficiency as men. This is probably due to the differences in hormonal profile and the ...

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How many calories are burnt per hour sitting on an exercise ball?
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According to this paper, about 4.1 kcal per hour above what you would have burned sitting in an office chair. .... Sitting on a therapy ball or standing may be a passive means of increasing ...

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Low-tech grip strength exercises
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Instead of trying to do a special exercise just for grip strength, work it into whatever other exercises you do by squeezing the bar as hard as you can. Not only will this increase your grip strength, ...

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Hack for fixed dumbbells
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You can buy dumbbell magnets to attach to the head of the dumbbells. I've typically seen 1.25lb magnets, though I suppose you can probably find 2.5 lb magnets as well.

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30 grams of Protein within 30 minutes of waking up
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A whey protein shake would be an easy way to get protein.

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Nutritional difference between Sweet and Regular potatoes.
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On the surface (by nutrient breakdown), they look pretty similar except that a sweet potato has massively more vitamin A. According to Dr. Mirkin: 7-ounce white potato with skin: 220 calories, ...

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What difference does hand/arm position make in chin-ups
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Hands facing away tends to focus on your back and lats. Hands facing toward you emphasizes the biceps. As far as which to use when... that depends on what you are trying to accomplish with that ...

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