masonk
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What is the effect of masturbation on weightlifitng ability?
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Peer reviewed literature on testosterone appears to have inconsistent conclusions, however, the well designed studies all agree that abstinence raises T. Some studies say that masturbation raises T, ...

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Light-headedness after squats
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When you lift heavy deadlifts and squats, your whole body is under high compressive force. The muscles squeeze your blood vessels, which increases the hydrostatic pressure of your circulatory system. ...

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How to keep your weight from rising (after lowering it) without a strict diet forever?
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You probably aren't going to like this answer, but this is the answer. You gain weight when you eat more calories than you expend. You lose weight when you eat fewer calories than you expend. You ...

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My knees come together when I squat. Is this ok?
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Ideally, your knees travel out directly in the same line as where your toes are pointing, and your toes should be pointing out at somewhere between 20° and 45° from a line drawn perpendicular to your ...

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General advice for continuing my weight training effectively
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The first really strange thing about your results is your squat number. It is unnatural to be able to curl more than you can squat, and that's putting it mildly. Squats are probably the most important ...

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How can I improve my training program to become leaner and increase strength?
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Your program can be improved by simplification and emphasis on objective metrics of progress. Forget about creatine, BCAA, and other expensive supplements. You are so far away from your genetic ...

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Do Different Bench Press Variants Build Muscle Differently?
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It's true. Exrx has good breakdown of the muscles targeted by the bench press, incline press, decline press, and military press. The "clavicular" pectoralis is your upper pec. Most of the lifters I ...

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Should I try alternate which arm I carry weights / discs with at the gym?
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It's a good question. Mark Rippetoe even acknowledged in Starting Strength that muscling dumbbells around and getting them into position for a dumbbell press is part of the movement. When I carry a ...

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On a 3x5 program, can I do 4x5 or 5x5 if I'm able to?
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The question is whether you can recover from the extra load during the rest period. If you can recover from the extra work, then that's great! You want to do the maximum amount of work that is ...

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Cutting phase: indicators for muscle loss
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The body can use about 31.4 Cal / lb of fat / day. This key statistic tells you a lot about your maximum rate of fat loss, because fat loss only happens when the body is using calories from your fat ...

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What type of physique is possible without use of steroids?
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It's really hard to disprove steroid use. Any muscular physique that can be attained without steroids can also be attained more quickly with the use of steroids. Only very, very muscular bodybuilding ...

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Tips on choosing a Stopwatch for interval training
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For me, the gold standard is whether I can use the device to time the Tabata protocol. That protocol is 8x(20s exercise, 10s rest). The most common exercise is sprinting. This is a difficult protocol ...

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Weights before or after cardio session?
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It is far more usual to do heavy work first and fat loss-oriented cardio afterwards. There are two good reasons for this: Heavy lifting is dangerous when fatigued. It is best to do it while sharp ...

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Is it necessary to do flat, incline and decline flys?
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No, it's not necessary to do any kind of flys at all. You can become enormously strong and sexy just by doing basic barbell compounds, as I've mentioned in another answer to one of your questions. ...

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What additional exercises do I add to the Madcow 5x5 program?
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I know how you feel. I just switched to Texas Method about 3 weeks ago. It's the original Madcow. The theory behind these intermediate programs is that you've programmed the load on the bar such that ...

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