It seems like though I exercise regularly, I'm just getting stiffer/weaker, rather than stronger. [more inside]
Do I really need to wear a sports bra when I exercise or is it fine to wear a regular bra with medium support /underwire? More inside... [more inside]
Gym-going chemists and civilians: do you take your products into the sauna and/or steam room with you? Is it safe to expose your lotions to the heat and the steam? [more inside]
I'm looking for examples of small lifestyle changes that will gradually help me to be healthier. [more inside]
Help me get over my gym anxiety and stay motivated to exercise. [more inside]
I'm looking for good inspirational fitness blogs! [more inside]
I was never an athlete. But now I might be? Help me actually be. [more inside]
Tips on focusing during workouts, and how to push myself through the hard parts? [more inside]
I have had 5 sessions so far with a personal trainer I like a lot. How can I prepare myself during the week (when I'm not working with her) to be awesome during my sessions? [more inside]
Is there a catch to an athletic club like this? [more inside]
Can you recommend a way to make my wrist not whine at chest presses? Are there any women's fitness gloves that stabilize and support the wrists, without a lot of padding? Or a different solution? [more inside]
I'm a 24 year old guy who's very skinny and has never really worked out. However, by virtue of sitting behind a desk every day for the last couple years, I've developed some stomach flab. Besides that, though, still skinny as can be. I want to join a gym to accomplish a few things: - lose the stomach flab - get slightly bigger / more muscular elsewhere (tough since I'm so skinny…main area I'd like to improve are my arms) - get some stamina From what I know, the stamina part will come through cardio, but that'll burn a lot of calories and go against the whole 'getting bigger' idea. Would love for those with knowledge or experience to give me some ideas of what to do…machines to use, exercises to try, etc. Thanks.
How do I find time and motivation to stick to a workout plan, given a moderately stressful schedule, quite a bit of work, and not a huge amount of relaxation time (which working out would cut into)? [more inside]
What happened to my motivation and discipline with exercise that I had so proudly acquired and maintained for 5 months?!! [more inside]
After being out of commission over the winter, I'm trying to get back into shape. I am 5'8", mid forties female. Last fall I weighed 118 lbs, and ran 5k five days a week on the treadmill, followed by 10-20 minutes stairmaster. I was extremely sedentary for about 4 months over the winter due to a knee issue. I currently weigh 129 after being back to working out for a few weeks, and only want to lose about five more pounds. However, I want these five pounds to come from my lower body, not my upper. [more inside]
Male, 24, ridiculously skinny/flabby. I have a set of dumbbells and a workout bench. Can I build some muscle with this alone? What exercises/regimen should I follow? [more inside]
I want to loose the fat tire around my belly but I'm having a few problems with: motivation, timing, diet, exercise plan, and a lack of a gym. I need a some serious self-motivation advice, and some tips on how to workout without a gym. Help a guy in his 20s get where he needs to be! [more inside]
How do I motivate myself to stay in shape, when I lack a personal incentive? Or: How can I change my lifestyle so that I keep in shape anyway? [more inside]
I hate working out. It's incredibly boring. I've tried music, and it does help to a degree, but it's not enough. I don't have anyone to work out with. Last time, I put my towel over my head and drowned out outside sensory input as much as possible and was able to perform better. But that makes the boredom much worse. [more inside]
Seriously affecting my morning workouts: gas or acid reflux in the mornings, before anything is eaten and only water has been drunk. WTF? [more inside]
I am stuck in New York because of work, can anyone recommend a rock gym in Brooklyn. I normally climb at New Jersey Rock Gym so something similar would be awesome but I am willing to make some concessions as a one time thing. Thank you all.
What are your favorite high-protein, low-fat, quick and easy recipes? [more inside]
What does it mean that on days when I'm not exercising I'm constantly hungry? [more inside]
Good iPhone workout log application? [more inside]
Why should I not run after lasik? [more inside]
How can I work out in my apartment without bothering my neighbors? [more inside]
I've just signed up for a gym membership for the first time in my life... Due to metabolism, I'm not fat, but I'm still really out of shape... what should I start with? [more inside]
How often and how hard do I need to work out in order to maintain the level of aerobic fitness I have right now? [more inside]
Am I losing muscle? [more inside]
Switching from losing weight to gaining muscle. What do I do? [more inside]
Why aren't I losing weight? I'm doing everything right (aren't I?). Extensive explanation of weight-loss methods inside, so this is a doozy. [more inside]
How can I ensure that I don't puke (or get nauseous) when I start working out with a trainer? [more inside]
Can I still work out when I've got a cold? How much exercise is too much when you're sick?
I've just started regularly attending Brazilian jujitsu. Please help me find the perfect hairstyle so my locks of love don't become locks of I-am-totally-going-to-choke-you-to-death-with-your-own-braid! [more inside]
What are the best supplements to take to make it to that "next level" of muscle-mass gain? [more inside]
What qualifications should I look for in a personal trainer? What do the ACE certifications actually mean? I'd like to hire a trainer for a few sessions, but I really don't want to hurt myself or hire a nut. Please help me sort through the options! [more inside]
Please recommend a good Pilates book with a focus on mat exercises. [more inside]
Why do some people have veins that pop out of their biceps and shoulders, while others who work out don't? [more inside]
What's the best activity for a good looking butt? Is it running or lunge exercises, maybe something else?
Okay here's a question. The other day I stepped on the bathroom scales and the number displayed was a tad on the high side, by about 15-20lbs, so my first thought was 'Yeesh, I should join a gym'. However on further reflection, having never set foot in a gym since my traumatizing school days joining one seems like quite a scary prospect. So my question is.. What's the deal with gyms? What's the ettiquette, what do you need, will all these fit gym types be chuckling at my pathetic flabby assed efforts, are the showers still those bloody communal type affairs I shudder to remember back in school?