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Muscle (Definition)

It is a body tissue that has the ability to contract. It shortens and generates force. It relaxes and returns to its original length. Muscles move joints, stabilize the body, move air and food through the organs, act as valves for bladder, bowel and other organs. They control movement of the eyes. They help us express ourselves by changing the shape of our ...Read more


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Do muscle relaxers slow the healing process of sore muscles after weight lifting?

Do muscle relaxers slow the healing process of sore muscles after weight lifting?

Probably not: The muscle-relaxing effects of these medicines are most likely the result of their ability to depress the central nervous system. They are also called sedatives. In low back pain, muscle relaxants improve pain, muscle tension, and mobility. But side effects are common. Do not take these without proper directions from your physician as they are addictive. ...Read more

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Please help, how much rest is recommended between weight lifting workouts for muscle building?

Please help, how much rest is recommended between weight lifting workouts for muscle building?

Minimum 24hrs!: You can lift daily, but you should do so by exercising opposing groups. Example: bench presses one day-the next lat pulls and shrugs. A good workout can be done in twenty minutes if intense! ...Read more

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Are there supplements that can help severe back pain after a weight lifting injury?

Are there supplements that can help severe back pain after a weight lifting injury?

Maybe: There may be supplements available for musculoskeletal pain but first see your family doctor, internist or orthopedic surgeon. Severe pain could indicate something serious and it would be wise to first confirm the diagnosis before implementing any treatment, supplement or traditional. ...Read more

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How long should a weight training session last ? How many sets, reps and exercises per muscle for muscle growth ?

How long should a weight training session last ? How many sets, reps and exercises per muscle for muscle growth ?

This can vary as to: Whether you break up workouts in terms of upper and lower/trunk workouts or do them together. There are 2 types of regimens-1st is traditional sets of 3 of 8 to 15 reps at 80% maximum weight v 2nd type of 1set of 8-10 reps at maximum weight. In either regimen, 3 times a week so about an hour for the first type with short rests and the other almost as long with longer rests. ...Read more

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My arms are sore from weight training 4 days ago, is there a way to speed up muscle recovery so i can build muscle faster and train more often?

My arms are sore from weight training 4 days ago, is there a way to speed up muscle recovery so i can build muscle faster and train more often?

Resistance Training: You should fatigue muscles when weight training but remember to do cardio for at least 15 minutes to warm muscles and prevent tears. Also do not do same muscle group two days in a row, you may be using too much weight too quickly. Have a protein supplement after you work out as this will help muscle repair, take a few days off and return using lighter weights for your first few workouts. ...Read more

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I am now weight training and building some toned muscle mass. Will I gain weight just by the more developed muscles? Or, no effect whatsoever?

I am now weight training and building some toned muscle mass. Will I gain weight just by the more developed muscles? Or, no effect whatsoever?

Yes: Muscle weighs more than fat so with muscle development from lifting you will gain some weight unless you are losing fat also But developed muscle does weigh more ...Read more

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Im trying to put on muscle mass by lifting weights. Question is, does masturbating cause muscle loss or the ability to gain muscle?

Im trying to put on muscle mass by lifting weights. Question is, does masturbating cause muscle loss or the ability to gain muscle?

The latter: Masturbating causes the ability to gain muscle, as masturbating requires movement. Whichever muscles are moving (or working) have ability to gain size, strength, stamina, or all three. Of course, whether or not there is gain depends on how the muscles are working, such as longer periods of light muscle work vs. shorter periods of heavy work. For most folks, these muscle changes are not noticeable. ...Read more

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Will type 2 diabetes diminish muscle and strength gains from weight lifting? And should insulin use be modified when lifting heavy weights? 

Will type 2 diabetes diminish muscle and strength gains from weight lifting? And should insulin use be modified when lifting heavy weights? 

Not if controlled: If diabetes is well controlled, it should not diminish the effect of exercise in increasing strength and muscle mass. In order to evaluate whether Insulin needs to be adjusted, you should measure glucose before and after exercise sessions; if the sugar is falling with exercise, you could have a snack before exercising, drink a sports drink during exercise, or decrease Insulin at the meal before. ...Read more

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Weight loss excercises for complete beginners without experiencing muscle fatigue ?

Weight loss excercises for complete beginners without experiencing muscle fatigue ?

Start slow: I would start slow by something like walking for thirty minuites 5 times a week. As you became used to that- you can work a little harder. ...Read more

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Muscle pain after starting lifting weights. Mainly in knees from lunges. Can i tell instructor no?

Muscle pain after starting lifting weights. Mainly in knees from lunges. Can i tell instructor no?

Yes you can: The location of pain is important to know. Yes. You should attempt to limit your pain. If persists see your orthopedist. ...Read more

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Can you have a loss of height from heavy weight lifting?

Can you have a loss of height from heavy weight lifting?

No: Your height is dependent on your bone structure, not muscle mass. So, you will not lose height by lifting weights. However, since gaining mass will make you look wider, it may give you the illusion that your height has decreased, even though it is not the case. ...Read more

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Help docs, is heavy lifting good for building muscle mass?

Bodyweight Exercise: Resistance training has been shown to be able to add muscle mass at any age. It depends upon one's goals, but in our office we tend to see more body builders who lift heavily have increased joint pain and arthritis. Maintain hydration, proper nutrition, and chiropractic, acupuncture and massage may be beneficial. ...Read more

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How can I distinguish muscle pain from statin use vs muscle pain from ms?

How can I distinguish muscle pain from statin use vs muscle pain from ms?

Some ways: If it is indeed a statin problem, should likely see elevation of muscle enzymes especially cpk, creatine phosphokinase. Cannot especially confirm ms pain in limbs by a simple blood test, but if there is confusion, documentation of new lesions, especially in the spinal cord can bolster diagnosis. If statin is stopped, problem may depart, but not so simple with pain of ms. Neuro can sort out. ...Read more

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What is the best cure for severe lowere back spasms aside from muscle relaxers and pain pills?

What is the best cure for severe lowere back spasms aside from muscle relaxers and pain pills?

Cure Difficult: Some attention to finding out the cause of your spasm is necessary. Cures are difficult of most causes of muscle spasm but with attention to local conditions like trigger points, the use of therapeutic exercise such demonstrated by a physical therapist can be valuable. Also, don't overlook, activity like yoga or pilates which over time can help tremendously. ...Read more

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Could I take amino acids for recovery from training (wrestling, strength and conditioning) without gaining weight?

Could I take amino acids for recovery from training (wrestling, strength and conditioning) without gaining weight?

Yes: Amino acid pills or powders have a specific calorie content, but it is usually small. Amino acids are the building blocks of proteins such as those found in lean meat. Supplements are not likely to provide any benefit beyond a balanced menu including meat, dairy, eggs, beans and rice. I suggest you do a little research on real food sports nutrition. Gaining weight is NORMAL at 16, allow it! ...Read more

Weight Lifting (Definition)

Weight lifting refers to the activity of lifting weights, or using resistance bands, pulley systems, or similar resistance apparatus to increase muscle mass or to tone the body. This can either be done competitively or as a ...Read more


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