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Germany's Ass
1 year ago
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Later this month we're going to start running a new series of sharing / discussion threads we're calling "Community Campfires". The concept of these threads is for users who have had success in overcoming a specific kind of challenge for their fitness to share their experience with the community (as one might share tales of victory around a campfire) of what worked for them, and answer questions that anyone might have about it.

Keep in mind as you participate what the intended theme is - A group of people with the same goals sitting around a campfire sharing their experience for the benefit of everyone listening. We want these threads to be clean, focused, and high quality, so they're going to have some strict rules and will be moderated heavily. Those rules are as follows:

  • Top level comments must share the details of something that worked for you to overcome the challenge / solve the problem of the topic. Comments that are asking for advice or only talking about what didn't work will be removed.

  • Replies to top level comments should be a question for the commentor about the experience that they shared.

  • Comments should be predominantly serious. Comments that consist solely or primarily of a joke will be removed.

  • Comments should be civil and follow the Principle of Charity.

We'll be reiterating these rules each time a new thread is posted so they're clear and visible.

Campfire topics are going to focus mainly on challenges that are connected or adjacent to fitness, rather than the normal fare of training or diet type questions. Each thread will run for two weeks and occupy the top sticky slot for visibility. Our current planned schedule is below:

11/19/2018Working Out in the Morning
12/3/2018Managing Your Diet When You Don't Fully Control It
12/17/2018Keeping On Track During the Holidays
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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 first. Like, all of it.

Also, there's a handy-dandy search bar to your right, and if you didn't know, you can also use Google to search fittit by using the limiter "site:reddit.com/r/fitness" after your search topic.

Other good resources to search are Exrx.net for exercise-related topics and Examine.com for nutrition and supplement science.

Be aware that the more relevant information you add, the more relevant the answers you receive will be. And if you are posting about your routine, please make sure you follow the guidelines.

(Please note: This is not a place for general small talk or chit-chat. Also, the community decided long ago that we keep jokes, trolling, and memes outside of the Daily Q&A threads. Please use the downvote / report button when necessary.)


As it rides up it feels as if the band that connects my pec to my arm is sticking out. I'm certain that when I get to this point I have a few reps left in me. This always happens with only my left shoulder, and I'm wondering if its a sign of an imbalance.

I've been having lots of trouble making progress with my bench and I wonder if this is part of why.


I am a skinny guy with a fast metabolism and weigh about 70kg. I don't have access to weights and can't afford a gym membership.

If I eat like a horse and only use the iron gym, will it be sufficient to grow bigger overall?


EDIT: I just want to thank everyone for their helpful input. There are too many to reply to every one individually.


I started doing thefitness.wiki beginner routine a few months ago. When I do barbell rows, I find it hard to keep my elbows tucked into my sides because it forces me to twist my wrists, which in turn causes me to lift entirely with my arms and (at least it feels like) not engage my lats at all. I've found through experimentation that if I deload a lot or use dumbells instead (because I can twist wrist so my grip runs front to back instead of left to right), it helps engage my lats. For reference, I'm currently rowing 50 kg (110 lbs) and benching 40 kg (88 lbs). I've read or heard (thought it was on the guide but I don't see it there now so I'm not sure which) that benches and rows are complementary exercises. Does this mean they should be approximately the same load? Therefore, should I

  • Switch to dumbell rows?

  • Deload to my bench weight or less and try to fix my form with the barbell?

  • Something else entirely?

Thanks for your help.


So I’m having massive issues with my fitness and self health at the moment.

Background is i am 26, Australian and suffer from a muscular dystrophy condition called Facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy (FSHD), I have a neurosurgeon who tells me to go gym etc but it’s getting extremely hard.

This also caused lordosis of my lower spine creating a pot belly effect and I hate it and scapula winging making a lot back movements really impossible to do, it’s also progressive so it’s probably going to get worse.

I will never have the arms that are desired and even if I did somehow get mass it would be uneven and weirdly shaped due to the condition.

I still train every day at 4am before work but I know I will never be happy with the way I look.

I feel as if I work so hard and barely get any results and keeping motivated to keep going is extremely hard. people say go to gym to look better but I just feel worse about myself constantly.


(Earlier post was removed, but honestly, I can't find a past thread that discusses the details I'm hoping to learn about...)

I've been using a heart rate tracking watch for the last year. While cutting this past summer, my overnight BPM averaged 42-45 bpm. Since bulking ~2 weeks ago, this has increased to 55-57bpm. A sleep tracking app (which has been consistent) has also shown a big decline in "Deep Sleep" since bulking - from ~2 hours a night to 50-70 minutes. I've made no other significant life changes between these two periods of time.

What do you all make of sleep quality changes when bulking? Some factors I wonder about maybe contributing to this:

-Increased eating before bed (more digestion during sleep)

-Anabolic state means more time spent growing muscle, which maybe is somehow costlier on my metabolism?

Maybe none of this really matters. I feel as if I could be more well rested than I am, but not incredibly so.

Curious to hear your thoughts on food timing, bulking, resting and sleeping heart rates, and overall sleep quality while bulking vs cutting/maintenance...

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Welcome to the Victory Sunday Thread

It is Sunday, 6:00 am here in the eastern half of Hyder, Alaska. It's time to ask yourself: What was the one, best thing you did on behalf of your fitness this week? What was your Fitness Victory?

We want to hear about it!

So let's hear your fitness Victory this week! Don't forget to upvote your favorite Victories!


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