I'm mid-fifties female, normal weight but looking to strengthen and firm up. I've been a gym rat off and on for decades. I just never really see any results from gyms and this is killing my motivation. [more inside]
Pulled a muscle in my lower back. Should I rest or stretch/exercise it? [more inside]
Hello all, I know YANMD, but I am curious about how to go about addressing my muscle gripes with a doctor. [more inside]
I have just ramped up my exercise a little, adding some intermittent jogging to my long walks (I'm every other day, or every third day). It has been several years since I did any sort of running more than an occasional dash to catch the bus, and my quadriceps are sore. Searching online, I have found advice that ranges from "do not do any more exercise until your muscles are no longer sore" to "power through no matter what!" MeFi, what should I do to mitigate muscle soreness and keep myself in good shape so I can keep exercising?
Seeking info on nutrition/exercise routine for a Woman who wants to see more definition (and has so far failed at her attempts)
Please help a woman gain some muscle. [more inside]
How can I tell how much of the weight I've gained is muscle? [more inside]
Which is the least bad for muscle growth: to drink alcohol before or after exercise? [more inside]
I strain a muscle too frequently when I exercise. How am I supposed to get stronger? [more inside]
I started exercising and eating less, and I'm gaining weight. I highly doubt I'm building muscle. Is this going to stop eventually? [more inside]
I found this image online, but I can't seem to find others in the series for other exercises like push-ups and leg raises and such. I'm sure they're out there, but my google-fu fails. HALP!
After a near lifetime of depression I am finally coming out the other side of it, albeit tentatively. I feel energized enough to start exercising daily as my doctor has advised. Sounds great, eh? The problem? I'm 100lbs overweight and my body is screaming no at me. Help me figure out how to overcome the aches to keep going. [more inside]
I've gained some muscle...and lots of fat. I need some help with losing the extra fat, keeping the muscle I have gained, and dealing with feeling lots heavier. [more inside]
What's the best way for a girl to build upper body strength with weights (and not hurt herself)? [more inside]
I'm neither an athlete nor obese, but am trying to lose 20 lbs while also building muscle, on a very low carb diet. My question is about depleted muscle glycogen stores while doing strength training. [more inside]
When starting to work out again after a long period of physical laziness, how to pace yourself to minimize aching?
Do my upper arms look flabby because I need to lose fat or because I need to build muscle or both? [more inside]
Tips/ideas for abdominal muscle exercises that won't exacerbate back pain in someone prone to it? [more inside]
What's the simplest way to build muscle without becoming an exercise person? Please read my whiny, pigheaded conditions inside. [more inside]
How can I successfully incorporate weight lifting into my current fitness routine? [more inside]
What is the best way for a fairly unmotivated but still moderately fit guy with a lot of time on his hands to build upper body mass in the comfort of his own home?
How much does my new muscle weigh? [more inside]
The best way to develop muscle without weights? [more inside]
I've read somewhere that a workout regime consisting of 13 compound lifts is really all you need. Does anyone know which 13 lifts they may be talking about ? or can point me to the article ? [more inside]
How do I add tone and definition to my upper arms? [more inside]
Suggested workout programs to put on some upper-body muscle and add general torso definition, while leaving room for running? [more inside]
Am I losing muscle? [more inside]
Shoulder exercise recommendations to protect my joints from repetitive martial arts drills? [more inside]
Ugh. How do I *not* pull my "butt" muscle? My butt muscle seems to cramp up fairly easily, sometimes when...uh...engaged in "lovin'" with my wife, sometimes in non-compromising positions. If I'm "cupping" my own butt, it would be the muscle where my pinkie or 4th finger is pointing...more or less. Looking at the picture on the Wikipedia entry, I would guess it'd be my Gluteus Medius...maybe. When the muscle cramps up, it's *really* painful, and I can't move *at all* for about 5-10 mins. It still hurts maybe 15-20 mins later. I'm in my 30's, skinny, and probably not in the greatest shape. Are there any exercises or stretches or something I can do to prevent/minimize this?
How can I continue to bulk up when my supplement gives me flatulence from hell? [more inside]
How do I go from newly skinny to kinda buff? [more inside]
Strengthtrainingfilter: If I have a workout comprised of 6 exercises, 2 sets each, can I do all 6 exercises in a row twice, or do I have to do each one twice in a row? [more inside]
Recurring foot muscle cramps. My fiancee has this weird *foot thing* that happens about 3 or 4 days per week. In the evenings, she gets painful cramps in her foot, usually her left foot but sometimes the right one does the same. It usually takes 10 or 20 minutes to work itself out. It's helped by massage, but it hurts like the dickens while it's going on. What gives? Her diet and exercise habits inside... [more inside]
I want to gain more muscle mass and strength. I don't want to look like a bodybuilder, but I do want to look very fit. (I'm a male nearing 40.) My problem is, I don't have a good gym nearby and I live in a small apartment. I don't have room for a free weight system. Can one build the sort of body that I want without weights or a machine, simply by doing exercises (pushups, etc.)? How reasonable is that approach? If that won't work, what sort of machine should I buy that doesn't take up much real-estate space and is pleasing to the eye. (I've looked into these, but they only go up to 52lbs. Is that enough?)
In On the Waterfront, Edie's pop says to her, "See this arm? It's two inches longer'n the other one. That's years of workin' and sweatin', liftin' and swingin' a hook. And every time I heisted a box or a coffee bag I says to myself--this is for Edie, so she can be a teacher or somethin' decent." Can a lifetime of labor really do that to your arm?
What would be an average increase in muscle mass (lbs or kilos) in a woman going from weak and sedentary to seriously buff and strong over a period of about a year? And for a man?