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Frequently Asked Questions about burning fat, building muscle, exercises, and equipment

MISC.FITNESS FAQ and a little more.. Revision: 1.0.5

Created By Jeff Gleixner (glex@cray.com) with various contributions from people on misc.fitness.

A big thanks to Katie Henry who created the home equipment section, and to Kyle Wilson for HTMLing this.

This is the FAQ for misc.fitness. I'd like to thank everyone on misc.fitness for sharing their advice and experiences. I tried to keep names and addresses of articles that I included, but a few were lost. I'm sure this will grow over time. If you notice anything that's incorrect or if you'd like to add your point of view, please send some nice e-mail to glex@cray.com. I'll correct, or add it, to this document.

This is available via anonymous ftp from ftp.cray.com in the /pub/misc.fitness directory. I have also placed a supplemental document in there which is a collection of various posts from people on misc.fitness about protein, carbohydrates, muscle, supplements, etc. called "supplemental.doc" (see question #19). The URL for the HTML version is ftp://ftp.cray.com/pub/misc.fitness/.

-0. What's misc.fitness?
In misc.fitness there are discussions about many aspects ...
-1. FAT: How is it measured?
Body FAT (BF) is usually given as a percentage of total weight. If a ...
-2. How to get a washboard stomach? or How can I get rid of the FAT around my ANY-BODY-PART?
Repeat after me
-3. What should my heart rate be to lose FAT?
Heart Rate (HR) is the number of times the heart beats per minute. ...
-4. How long should I work out to burn FAT?
An aerobic work out should last at least 12 minutes, not counting ...
-5. What are the best ways to lose weight?
-6. What are the best ways to gain weight?
I know everyone will say
-7. What is an aerobic exercise?
Aerobic means oxygen. Your muscles are working in an oxygen rich ...
-8. What is anaerobic exercise?
Anaerobic means lack of oxygen. Your muscles are working in ...
-9. What things should I know before starting a training program?
A person beginning a training program needs to realize a few ...
-10. What's a warm-up and cool-down?
A warm-up is an activity that gets your muscles
-11. What's a suggested beginner weight routine?
Beginners, as well as advanced, should stick to the basic exercises. ...
-12. How to get over a plateau?
Plateaus are when you become
-13. Should I train a muscle if it's sore?
No. If your legs are sore from squatting and today is bench day, ...
-14. Will aerobics hurt growth?
Yes. If you're training for maximum muscle mass, ...
-15. Do I count the weight of the bar?
Yes. Normal Olympic barbells are 45 pounds. EZ-Curl bars ...
-16. How should I breath while lifting?
Usually exhale on the contraction of the muscle. It's the ...
-17. Should I use a lifting belt?
In most cases a lifting belt is not needed. Using a belt ...
-18. Should I eat before or after training?
When training you should work out on an empty stomach, or close ...
-19. Is more protein necessary for weight training?
Taken from a post from Marty B. discussing Ironman and Protein....
-20. How tall is Arnold?
The NET consensus was that he's about 6'0
-21. I'm not getting any bigger. What can I do?
There are basically four things to look at. First, you ...
-22. Is there a table for doing X pounds for Y reps?
This was posted on misc.fitness a while ago....
-23. What are Fat burners, Stacking, and Thermogenesis?
Fat burners are described as something that will ...
-24. What are lifting straps?
Lifting straps are worn around the wrist and wrapped tightly around ...
-25. Should I train if I'm sick?
Generally if the sickness is above the neck, it's alright to ...
-26. Free Weights vs Machines?
There will always be an argument as to which one is better....
-27. What exercises should I avoid?
Any exercise can cause an injury when done improperly. ...
-28. Where can I get plates that are less than 5 pounds?
-29. What's HFL? Legendary Abs? Rotator Cuff solution?
Health for ...
-30. What's High Intensity training (HIT)? or What can be done to work the muscle further?
High Intensity training is using various methods to ...
-31. What type of routine should I use when lifting weights?
There are many routines that people use. The
-32. Is the order of when muscles are worked important?
YES! The muscles should be work from largest to smallest. If ...
-33. Periodization/cycling what is it?
Cycling is where you cycle the training of your muscles to ...
-34. Where can I get the abs, stretching, Nordic Track, weights or Hardgainer FAQ, and access to Medline articles?
Abs FAQ:
-35. What's the best exercise to do and when is the best time to workout?
The best exercise to do is whatever exercise you enjoy. ...
-36. Shin splints: What is it and what to do if you have it?
From:holtcscs@supercom.win.net (Stephen Holt, CSCS)...
-37. Will muscle turn into FAT?
No! They are two different things. Will an apple turn ...
-38. What are Plyometrics?
From: lylemcd@delphi....
-39. I don't want to look like a bodybuilder. Should I still lift weights?
YES! For most people, adding muscle is very difficult. Hard work,...
-40. If I'm doing both aerobic exercise and weight training, which one should be done first?
If you want to add muscle and lose FAT during the same workout ...
-41. Is there a nutritional database available via FTP?
The USDA Nutrient database is available from info.umd.edu in the ...
-42. How does form affect the muscles that are worked?
From: Tim Mansfield ...
-43. Supplements (Chromium Picolinate, Met-Rx, Vanadyl Sulfate, Cybergenics, etc. ), Do they work?
Supplements don't have any anabolic affect. They ...
-44. How much protein is in an egg?
The egg is the most complete souce of protein. ...
-45. Exercise Equipment Information
-45. Exercise Equipment: Voices Of Experience
The majority of home exercise equipment is no longer in use within ...
-45. Exercise Equipment: Inline Skates
-45. Exercise Equipment: Exercise Bikes
-45. Exercise Equipment: Rowing Machines
CONCEPT ...
-45. Exercise Equipment: Cross-Country Skiing Machines
-45. Exercise Equipment: Treadmills
-45. Exercise Equipment: Home Gyms/Weight Equipment
-45. Exercise Equipment: Step Machines (Stair-Climbers)
-45. Exercise Equipment: Slide Boards
The October, 1993 issue of Shape magazine contains an article about ...
-45. Exercise Equipment: HEALTHRIDER
>>I'm thinking about buying either a Nordic Track Pro or a HealthRider (the ...
-46. Exercises For Each Body Part
First, locations of basic muscle groups from the feet up to the hands:...
-46. Exercises For Quadriceps: Upper front leg. (Thigh)
General Advice: ...
-46. Exercises For Back:
Basic Form: Don't swing the weight by using the lower back. ...
-46. Exercises For Chest:
-46. Exercises For SHOULDERS:
MILITARY ...
-46. Exercises For ROTATOR CUFF & SHOULDER REHABILITATION:
also check FAQ #...
-46. Exercises For Hamstrings: Back of upper leg.
LEG
-46. Exercises For Calves: Back of leg between knee and ankle.
Basic Form: Many different beliefs about how to hit the inner and ...
-46. Exercises For Tricep: Back of upper arm.
Basic Form: Work triceps with slow movements to reduce the stress ...
-46. Exercises For Biceps: Upper arm between inner elbow and frontshoulder.
Basic Form: Keep wrists straight. Don't rock backward. Flex biceps ...
-46. Exercises For Forearms: Between elbow and wrist.
SEATED WRIST ...
-47. Fitness Books that have been suggested:
-48. Fitness Magazines
Muscle Media 2000: 1yr(8 issues) $36....
-49. Glossary of Basic Definitions
Aerobic: Occurring only in the presence of oxygen. Your muscles ...









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