I am a woman who, for whatever reason, builds strength and bulky muscle very quickly. My thighs right now are the smallest they have ever been, and part of that reason is that I had taken a year off from the gym. I am starting back up at the gym and I want to be fit again but I also want to do everything I can to keep from building so much muscle bulk again. Can I have fitness and strength without getting back the huge muscles? [more inside]
posted by PuppetMcSockerson
on Sep 15, 2014 -
Thanks to severe depression I've gained about fifty pounds in under a year and wish to shed this excess weight off. Though I know how to shed weight, I want to do things differently this time by gaining muscle and avoiding meat. [more inside]
posted by GlassHeart
on Sep 8, 2014 -
I'm a fit, active 30-year old lady, and over the last month I've noticed that when I lift my arms fully outstretched to the ceiling, the muscles around my shoulders and upper arms feel weirdly tired. I thought I'd pulled them somehow to start with, but it's lasted at least a few weeks now. Also, I've always had a hand tremor when I'm tired but recently it seems a little worse. I'll be seeing my GP soon (UK) but any ideas what I should look out for? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Jun 28, 2014 -
I have had multiple hamstring muscle surgeries. According to my surgeon, I currently don't need any more surgeries, and I have just completed 1 year of rehab, but not with a hamstring rehabilitation expert. I would like to seek out the best hamstring physical rehabilitation expert in USA (or if they're really good, anywhere in the whole world), and go receive physical rehabilitation from them. Who is the best hamstring physical rehabilitation expert in the world? How can I find him/her?
posted by crawltopslow
on May 16, 2014 -
Pulled a muscle in my lower back. Should I rest or stretch/exercise it? [more inside]
posted by zardoz
on Apr 25, 2014 -
Tokers of Mefi! I'm hoping you can help me make the most educated and effective choice when I go to restock my herb tomorrow. I'm looking to replicate what for me, as someone dealing with cerebral palsy, (and because of it, a pronounced and profoundly isolating stutter), was a life-changing experience with MJ, one that came about a year after my first encounter with the herb. [more inside]
posted by marsbar77
on Apr 11, 2014 -
MeFi, I want to flex my muscles! More specifically, I want a T-shirt that looks like a muscular male chest. Cartoon abs would be ideal but photorealistic abs will be okay too. I would like the shirt to be in color, have the printed abs be wide enough to cover my chest so it looks like I have a six pack rather than looking like a picture
of abs, and be available in a men's/unisex small. Under $20 including shipping would be ideal too.
is the closest I can find to what I need but is too large, too expensive and I'd honestly prefer cartoony abs. Halp?
posted by capricorn
on Feb 5, 2014 -
I really hurt my arm. I am going to the doctor, but I'm curious about people's general experiences with this type of injury, treatments, length of recovery, and general speculation about just what I did to myself, since it seems like I did several different things at once. [more inside]
posted by Frowner
on Feb 4, 2014 -
I have just started up on wellbutrin XL 150mg about a week ago, and my shoulder has been getting really achey. My shoulder is tiring out very quickly when lifting things/typing. My hand is tingling a little, and it feels like my left pec is really tight. and doesn't think it has anything to do with the med. But it says online that muscle pain could be a rare side effect of wellbutrin. Has anyone who has taken wellbutrin had difficulties with, or even had to quit, because of muscle tension? Do these problems go away after the startup period?
posted by Thanquol180
on Jan 30, 2014 -
I am rehabbing my hamstring from injury and after a hard day of rehab I am sore for about 4 days after. What steps can I take (before or after working out) to lessen the intensity and or duration of DOMS? And scientific data to back it up? I do ice baths immediately after exercise, and I re hydrate as much as possible during and after workout. I have a foam roller, I don't use it because any evidence of it helping has been anecdotal. Will it help? How about a lacrosse ball? Thanks.
posted by crawltopslow
on Jan 12, 2014 -
So I'm older now and I know that injuries take long to heal. I'm just trying to get a handle on my new normal. I pulled the muscles in my upper arm two months ago and it's still sore. Is this normal for age 40ish? [more inside]
posted by Jalliah
on Dec 29, 2013 -
I know YANMD, but I am curious about how to go about addressing my muscle gripes with a doctor. [more inside]
posted by Young Kullervo
on Dec 27, 2013 -
Muscle pain in my back and chest is making day-to-day activities painful. Help me get rid of it. [more inside]
posted by Diskeater
on Dec 5, 2013 -
I am a runner, and soccer player. I have had 3 surgeries over the past 2 years to try to repair my right hamstring muscle from chronic tendionosis, hamstring syndrome, and I had a tenotomy.
Now according to my MRI:"At around mid part there is a scar tissue formation of approximately 3 to 4 cm in the biceps femoris muscle which ís the lateral side of the hamstrings. Both above and below the scar the muscle looks perfectly normal."
I currently have pain in any jogging, or specific use of my right hamstring muscle. I did rehab for 6 months post surgery in USA, but now I had to come to a small town in China, where there is no rehab.
Is scar tissue capable of being my main culprit for me have pain during jogging? How easily is scar tissue removed through foam rolling, deep massage, Active Release Therapy? Is 3 to 4 cm a lot of scar tissue? How long will it take me to remove that much? (ballpark).
How can I educate myself on what is going on with my body?
posted by crawltopslow
on Oct 14, 2013 -
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?
posted by ocherdraco
on Aug 1, 2013 -
When doing push-ups I would expect to be working my chest but I never get to the point where my chest feels the work because I have so much weakness and pain in my rear deltoids. [more inside]
posted by mcarthey
on Jul 11, 2013 -
For the longest time I have been doing some kind of lifting or mild strength training (benching or pushups, curls, etc. mostly free weights) and am in fairly decent but skinny shape. At the moment I am regularly running 5 to 8 miles every other day and, without access to a gym, doing my darnedest to wing it with the free weights I have and pushups. I am looking to put on a good amount of muscle and am willing to put in the time and effort if I can find an approachable and worthwhile gym. Some googling suggests Total Performance Sports
might be worth a look. I am a male in my 20s and I'm hoping to do a couple weeks of personal training to help get a routine down. Any suggestions, Hivemind?
posted by sendai sleep master
on Jun 30, 2013 -
In 1999, I rode the Rockin' Roller Coaster at Disney in Orlando. The first thing they tell you on the ride is to keep your head back. I'm a certified idiot, and didn't pay attention, and on the first looping curve, my head was forward. A sudden jerk to the right, and I pull a muscle in my neck. [more inside]
posted by thanotopsis
on Mar 27, 2013 -
Exercise n00b here. For strength training, is it better to A) work the muscle to exhaustion, or B) work the muscle for a long time? (I have asked my physical therapists and received conflicting answers, hence this question.) [more inside]
posted by ook
on Sep 9, 2012 -
How does your anxiety manifest itself physically? Details about TMJ and perhaps a touch of hypochondria after the jump... [more inside]
posted by aintthattheway
on Sep 2, 2012 -
Looking for a bodyweight training program that doesn't involve chin-up bars or any equipment. [more inside]
posted by stenoboy
on Aug 30, 2012 -
Suppose there is a person who was broken into many pieces. Scientists can look at bones and say where on the body they came from. Can they do the same for pieces of flesh and muscle? [more inside]
posted by bugmuncher
on Aug 18, 2012 -
YANAD - On tonight's episode - Back Pain, specialist claims it's osteoarthritis, but I am 37 and have absolutely zero history in my family (even extended) is he wrong? What else could it be? Minor snowstorm inside. [more inside]
posted by UMDirector
on May 23, 2012 -
I was kicked by a horse on my thigh Saturday evening. It appears to be a deep muscle bruise and is still fairly tightly swollen. It is much less painful than it was yesterday and I can walk on it. After googling it, I am concerned about complications. Should I go to a doctor after this much time has elapsed?
posted by Altomentis
on Apr 23, 2012 -
Bad calf injury of some sort. Must get up and down stairs once a day, three days in a row. Strategies for minimizing the pain (and potential damage) of this? [more inside]
posted by kalapierson
on Apr 10, 2012 -
I ache all over, and have post nasal drip with a bit of ear congestion. I also feel hot when I touch my face and neck but I do not register a fever. I woke up like this today, and I currently feel TURRIBLE with the body aches. Feels like the flu, but shouldn't be because I had that in February. Is this an allergic reaction? [more inside]
posted by MultiFaceted
on Apr 2, 2012 -
Which is the least bad for muscle growth: to drink alcohol before or after exercise? [more inside]
posted by neilb449
on Jan 19, 2012 -
When I shrug my shoulders or stretch my arms above my head after not moving around for a while I can feel/hear the muscles kind of schlicking apart as though the different muscles were kind of sticking together (no pain). This doesn't happen with any other muscles though. Anyone else get this? [more inside]
posted by dino terror
on Nov 12, 2011 -
I wake up in the morning at 6am and walk 2km (1.2 miles) to the gym and back five days a week. My workouts last 45 minutes and are aimed at sculpting, working on a body part per day (back, shoulders, chest, arms and legs). I weigh 100kg (220 pounds) and am 180cm (5.9 feet). I want to weigh 85kg (185 pounds). What and when should I eat to loose weight and gain maximum muscle mass? and how long should it take for me to loose this weight?
I work from home as a software developer and sit on my ass all day so I don't get any more exercise than that...
posted by Bacillus
on Oct 11, 2011 -
How do bodybuilders and athletes build up their neck muscles, specifically their scalene muscles? Do steroids make giant scalenes? [more inside]
posted by abirae
on Jul 20, 2011 -
Those anti-fatigue mats and bead seat covers really work. I guess the uneven surface keeps the muscles stimulated. Is there anything like this for a mattress or mattress cover for my bed? [more inside]
posted by dino terror
on May 27, 2011 -
Fitness Filter: A male friend of mine is just about the same height as me and weighs 40 lbs more. Can muscle mass/being a dude really justify this weight discrepancy? [more inside]
posted by stormygrey
on May 18, 2011 -
Why do I faint when someone presses on or squeezes the tops of my shoulders (on my trapezius)? [more inside]
posted by neushoorn
on Mar 4, 2011 -
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]
posted by timory
on Feb 17, 2011 -
I'd like to hear from anyone who has overcome excessive tension in the jaw, neck and upper back during sleep. I wake up feeling very stressed and tense and it's a drag. [more inside]
posted by FormerMermaid
on Feb 7, 2011 -
I am suffering from a medical condition that causes severe muscle pain and weakness. I think that a walking stick for occasional might help, but I want something that looks cool and that I can fold up and put in a bag when not in use. [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Jan 20, 2011 -
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!
posted by Pirate-Bartender-Zombie-Monkey
on Nov 11, 2010 -
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]
posted by kanata
on Oct 28, 2010 -