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Daily Simple Questions Thread – May 04, 2021
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Welcome to the /r/Fitness Daily Simple Questions Thread - Our daily thread to ask about all things fitness. Post your questions here related to your diet and nutrition or your training routine and exercises. Anyone can post a question and the community as a whole is invited and encouraged to provide an answer. # As always, be sure to [read the wiki](https://thefitness.wiki) first. Like, all of it. Rule #0 still applies in this thread. Also, there's a [handy search function](https://www.reddit.com/r/Fitness/search?&restrict_sr=on) to your right, and if you didn't know, you can also use Google to search r/Fitness by using the limiter "site:reddit.com/r/fitness" after your search topic. Other good resources to check first are [Exrx.net](http://www.exrx.net/index.html) for exercise-related topics and [Examine.com](https://examine.com/) for nutrition and supplement science. If you are posting a routine critique request, make sure you follow [the guidelines](https://www.reddit.com/r/Fitness/wiki/rules#wiki_rule_.239) for including enough detail. **(Please note: This is not a place for general small talk, chit-chat, jokes, memes, "Dear Diary" type comments, shitposting, or non-fitness questions. It is for fitness questions only, and only those that are serious.)**

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35 thoughts on “Daily Simple Questions Thread – May 04, 2021

  1. For those of you who’ve had squatter’s elbow, was it very noticeable during your squat sets?

  2. For people that do X amount of pushups every day (100, 200, etc) when do their muscles recover? Is that less efficient than doing every other day or something else to give your muscles time to rest?

  3. Are there any cable exercises worth adding to a dumbbell routine? I have my own set of adjustable dumbbells, but my apartment gym just added a cable machine. I think facepulls are definitely worth adding, is there anything else I should consider?

  4. Any good alternatives for deadlifts at home? I have a few dumbbells (25, 25, 40 lbs) but they don’t feel heavy enough to get anything out of deadlifts.

  5. Typically, full ROM is recommended for most movements. Is there a reason why, whenever I see people doing or demonstrating the dumbbell shoulder press, they stop lowering the weight when their elbows are at 90° instead of lowering the weight all the way to their shoulder?

  6. I’m trying to get in shape and have started doing yoga and basic strength workouts. Currently I Can only use 3 and 5lb dumbells and do a 15 minute workout that is simple exercises for arms/shoulders (it’s a YouTube video). I know that when doing more intense strength training you’re supposed to take rest days but I was just curious if it is fine for me to do this everyday as I like keeping up a routine and it gets me moving for a few minutes.

  7. Well, finally able to get back into the gym since shutdowns a year ago basically. When I left off I was finally getting done to stop cutting fat, but since then I haven’t worked out except run, so definitely put some fat back on and lost muscle.

    Would it be better to cut again right away and get rid of fat then bulk, or just try and put muscle on right away? Does it even matter?

  8. Can I put my unflavoured creatine mono hydrate powder into my whey protein shake?

    Do I need to drink more than 2L of water a day when taking creatine?

    Do I take creatine every day or does it get to a point where I should stop (after a month for example?)

    Is there a best time to take protein and creatine?

    Should I only take creatine on days in working out?

  9. I’m 30’s male working out 4 days a week for the last year and a half. Lifts are S: 325lbs D: 365lbs B: 235

    I’m 5’10 and recently started my first cut two weeks ago. I was 198 lbs. My question is when do you know when to cut? I’m in the “feeling forever small” camp. People have told me I look “big” now but I feel tiny but obviously want to lean out. Visible 4 pack and want to get down to 180ish. Is 198 too small at 5’10 to start a cut?

  10. What are the risk associated with basically “starving” myself temporarily?


    5’11 175lb male eating ~1200 calories while working out a lot, feeling great, better each day honestly and it’s almost been 2 weeks. Planning on keeping this up through June.

    what kind of risks are there associated with this?

    the past week and a half all I’ve eaten each day is:

    one of those disgusting kale/broccoli/spinach and fruit shakes (with half an avocado, half a up of milk, and a scoop of protein powder) ~400 calories

    a ~12 oz chicken breast with veggies and a half tbsp of olive oil
    ~400 calories

    a protein bar
    ~200 calories

    sometimes a 2-300 calorie protein based snack (fast food grilled chicken tenders) if I am busy in the evening and won’t be able to cook my chicken breast until night

    I also take a decent amount of vitamins; zinc, tumeric, Vit D, multivitamin with focused joint support

    the first couple days I didn’t feel very good at all.. but now I feel fantastic.

    I rock climb 3x a week and gym 4-6x a week, progression has been weak so far but there’s been no regression of stats in the gym. I definitely can’t climb as long and need longer rests, but I never walk out of either feeling bad and if I don’t put any weight on my lifts I don’t really mind, I’m mainly in there for mental health reasons. As long as I’m not regressing.

    I’m 5’11, with a very wide and broad build but a pretty slow metabolism. TDEE is like 22-2500 including all my workouts, and I also run and skateboard here and there.

    I don’t want to cut for 3-5 months, I have impulse control issues and often end up yoyo-ing but something about how simple this is (shake, chicken, protein bar) makes this easy to stick to

  11. Not really a fitness question but I can lift more than a lot of my friends yet they can beat me in arm wrestling. Anyone know how/why?

  12. Tips to make my workout last the least amount of time possible ? I have an extremely important finals week coming up in a month or so and while I don’t want to lock myself up in a room I don’t want to waste too much time either. What should I realistically aim for ? 1 hour ? I usually go around 2-3 days a week during pre-exam weeks, any advice to make my workouts shorter while mitigating the gains left on the table is very much welcome. Thanks !

  13. Got a gap between my chest like a sort of triangle. Is that normal? It’s closing a bit but the triangle is still kinda there. What can I do?

  14. Should I get the optimum serious mass or the standard whey protein? Im quite skinny, and want to gain weight and build muscle. However, last time I tried the serious mass, I broke out alot? Is there a way to avoid this?

  15. Yo! Why is that people recommend doing full-body workouts when beginning to work-out again after a long break?

  16. Ok so I’m a girl and I workout for aesthetics. At the moment I workout legs 3x a week, upperbody 2x, cardio 2x and yoga 2x. I feel like my arms are becoming bigger than I would like, but I still want to have muscular arms. What should I do? Never go up in weight? Drop one of my upperbody days and replace it with cardio and still progress on weights? Eat less on my upperbody days?

  17. I asked in the last daily thread but I wanted to hope I would get more replies since this is newer:

    How do you lift things super close to the floor while keeping your back straight? I always bend over but your back is supposed to be straight. How straight are we supposed to keep your back?

    I know you have to bend your knees like you’re squatting but it only goes so far

  18. Hey ya’ll I’m new to lifting, but I’m already athletic from playing sports all my life. I bought a gym membership and I’m debating whether to go 3 day PPL or 6 day PPL. Would it make a difference in terms of aesthetic gains? Also, what rep ranges do you suggest I do (3×10 bench press or 5×5). For my goals, what approach do you believe I should take?

  19. Will doing a period of hypertrophy focused training followed by a deload make me lose progress in my strength and calisthenics skills? I’ve been training strength for over a year now, and recently started to shift my focus onto skills, so I have a decent amount of experience under my belt. But with summer coming up, I would like to work on my physique a bit. If I do a 4-6 week period of hypertrophy, followed by a deload, is that likely to set me back in terms of strength and skills? Or will it not make a dent? Is it okay to continue training skills while doing hypertrophy?

  20. Recently after my workouts i haven’t been getting DOMS (usually i get really bad DOMS in my legs after leg day but i have had quite minor soreness in my legs recently) but i still feel as if I’m training hard.Am i just not training hard enough?

  21. Is preworkout worth it/safe? I have a desk job and recently I’ve been having a little bit of trouble getting the motivation to really get up and dig into my workouts after 9 hours of sitting.

  22. While doing the AMRAP set of 5/3/1, do you guys stop when you feel like form is going to go to hell or when you feel like you can’t do another rep? For example, while squatting I can always do the last 1 or 2 reps with shitty form, but I stop because I fear might get injured. I only do as many reps for which, I feel like I can hold good form.

  23. 240lbs, 6’5”, I’m in the gym for 3 hours a day and am wanting to lose weight while gaining muscle.

    I generally workout right after waking up so I usually only have a breakfast bar before working out but usually 2 hours into working out I’ll get a feeling of intense hunger. Should I bring a snack or should I be drinking a dextrose shake, basically trying to keep energy up while not ingesting a ton of calories.

  24. on push day i do bench, ohp, dip, DB incline bench, skull crusher, and lateral side raise

    and i just want to ask is this enough for shoulder?


    also uh, i tried using those bodyfat pincher the other day and it’s really hard to pinch my thigh. does it mean i have low fat on my thigh or what

  25. Have you felt DOMS in the calves after squats and/or deadlifts? It happens to me frequently enough. It’s light to moderate, nothing serious, but it seem weird.

  26. I am an overweight male. 18, 195lbs, 5 10″. I am trying to get into shape. I am focusing all the muscle groups throughout the week but the ab workout is the one I’m least confident about. I did a full routine off of youtube and while I am working a sweat, I don’t feel that much burning or anything in my abs. I struggle to either do the exercise at all (a sit up I can’t do but I found a routine without one) or I can’t do the full amount of reps that the routine calls for. Will I soon see results in which I can start doing the exercises fully (eventually being able to complete a sit up for example) or start feeling more in my abs, or am I doing something wrong?

  27. So I’ve been doing HIIT workouts twice a week for the last 7 weeks but I don’t think I’m getting better or I’m not doing it right. Typically I exercise with an elliptical or exercise bike and I’m using the guide in the wiki for intervals (15 on, 60 off the first two weeks; 30 on, 60 off the next two etc.).

    I say it’s not working because when I look at my heart rate afterwards, it doesn’t really dip out of anaerobic during my rest intervals. If you were to look at the heart rate for the session, it would probably look closer to someone doing steady state cardio for 20 minutes. My goal is weight loss, so I’m trying to get the benefits of HIIT in that regard.

    Should I be concerned with this and make changes?

  28. My gym doesn’t have a free-weight barbell, only a Smith machine and dumbbells. Which would be better to start with as a beginner?

  29. As someone who has a sedentary job and gets a 10 minute break every hour, is it enough to get on my treadmill and walk for 6 or 7 minutes every hour? Just trying to take proactive steps to be more active throughout the day but not sure how. Usually I just do my workout routine after work

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