Currently I'm seeing a trainer twice a week for an hour each time, and working out on my own one other day. It is exclusively strength training, mostly involving resistance bands, dumbbells, cables, and leg extensions. I recover extremely quickly - he works me to exhaustion but I am nearly fully recovered in a few hours and I'm rarely sore the next morning. Can/should I work out every day? [more inside]
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]
I'm looking for examples of small lifestyle changes that will gradually help me to be healthier. [more inside]
I'm looking for good inspirational fitness blogs! [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]
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]
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]
What does it mean that on days when I'm not exercising I'm constantly hungry? [more inside]
How can I work out in my apartment without bothering my neighbors? [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]
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]
Can I still work out when I've got a cold? How much exercise is too much when you're sick?
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]
What's the best activity for a good looking butt? Is it running or lunge exercises, maybe something else?