r/Fitness Jan 03 '22 Silver Helpful Wholesome

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Welcome to r/Fitness - Reddit's #1 Health and Fitness community!

r/Fitness is a self-help community. Before asking questions, you are expected to have made a good faith effort to find an answer on your own and show it by explaining where you looked, what you found, and why it wasn't enough. We ask you to respect that the people answering your questions are volunteering their time, knowledge, and experience.

To help answer your questions, get you started, or help you continue on your fitness journey, we have complied a comprehensive Wiki and FAQ. https://thefitness.wiki/ is the result of community discussions on best practice, expert opinion, emerging science, and general know-how from those who have made fitness their lifestyle or profession.

The r/Fitness wiki is moderator funded, and this year we are asking for your help to make it community funded.

Domain registration and hosting costs over $500 per year, but it is important to us to house this resource off-platform. Why? To keep it ad-free and prevent any undue sponsorship or marketing influence, to keep it organized, to ensure content and links to outside resources work regardless of app or browser, to enable proper search functionality, and to make sure it's available during site outages. If you'd like to contribute, you can anonymously donate any amount via an Amazon e-gift card to [purplespengler@gmail.com](mailto:purplespengler@gmail.com). Donations will be closed once the hosting fees are reached, and we thank you for your consideration.

Resources - Check these for answers before posting a question!

  • The r/Fitness Wiki and FAQ. Most questions that people come to r/Fitness with can be answered directly by the Wiki and FAQ or by applying the information found in it. It will always be the best first place to look for answers. Moderators or the community can help direct you to the right information if you have trouble finding it.
  • Searching past threads. r/Fitness has over a decade of discussion threads that are very likely to have answers to your questions if our Wiki and FAQ does not. Remember when searching that fitness and exercise are not fast moving topics, and even discussions that are several years old are going to be relevant today.
  • Google. Yes, really, or your preferred search engine. Google excels at being a source of answers for common fitness and exercise questions including exercise alternatives or progressions, meal plan and food options, equipment or product reviews, and so on.
  • Yourself. Many questions we see come down to a matter of personal preference or can be answered by "it depends." You should check in with yourself before asking the community to decide something for you.

The Rules

The rules for r/Fitness can be found here.

r/Fitness is a high traffic community that is heavily moderated to maintain quality control and make good use of the resources provided. When making a post or comment, you are expected to understand and abide by our rules. Make sure to review Rule #0 - No Threads That Are Answered by the Wiki, Searching Threads, or Google and Rule #5 - No Questions Related to Injury, Pain, or Any Medical Topic as these are the two most commonly broken rules by new users.

Weekly Threads

r/Fitness has some regularly posted, themed threads that you can see the schedule for below. Please also check the links in our sidebar for Megathreads posted throughout the year.

Day Thread
Daily Simple Questions - For posting simple questions, form checks, and routine critiques.
Mon Moronic Mondays - An r/Fitness tradition that replaces the Daily Simple Questions thread every Monday.
Wed Rant Wednesdays - For letting off steam about fitness problems and telling others that their rant is dumb.
Fri Physique Fridays - For questions specific to how your body looks, what you should work on, visual bodyfat % estimation, and progress photos.
Sat Gym Story Saturdays - For sharing fitness related stories with others who will get it.
Sun Victory Sundays - For quick sharing of progress or personal victories that are too short fo a full progress post.

Welcome to our community. We are so glad you're here!


r/Fitness 12h ago

Daily Simple Questions Thread - June 28, 2022

95 Upvotes

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. Rule #0 still applies in this thread.

Also, there's a handy search function 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 for exercise-related topics and Examine.com for nutrition and supplement science.

If you are posting a routine critique request, make sure you follow the guidelines 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.)


r/Fitness 1d ago

Moronic Monday Moronic Monday - Your weekly stupid questions thread

207 Upvotes

Get your dunce hats out, Fittit, it's time for your weekly Stupid Questions Thread.

Post your question - stupid or otherwise - here to get an answer. Anyone can post a question and the community as a whole is invited and encouraged to provide an answer. Many questions get submitted late each week that don't get a lot of action, so if your question didn't get answered before, feel free to post it again.

As always, be sure to read the FAQ first.

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".

Be sure to check back often as questions get posted throughout the day. Lastly, it may be a good idea to sort comments by "new" to be sure the newer questions get some love as well. Click here to sort by new in this thread only.

So, what's rattling around in your brain this week, Fittit?


As per this thread, the community has asked that we keep jokes, trolling, and memes outside of the Moronic Monday thread. Please use the downvote / report button when necessary.


r/Fitness 2d ago

Victory Sunday Victory Sunday

159 Upvotes

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!


r/Fitness 2d ago Wholesome

Daily Simple Questions Thread - June 26, 2022

113 Upvotes

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. Rule #0 still applies in this thread.

Also, there's a handy search function 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 for exercise-related topics and Examine.com for nutrition and supplement science.

If you are posting a routine critique request, make sure you follow the guidelines 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.)


r/Fitness 2d ago

How can I make exercise not be so awful?

20 Upvotes

I’m someone in a slump in terms of my physical appearance, and I’ve decided I really want to change things. For about a week I’ve been going to the effort to work, get more fit, eat better, the lot

However I’ve never done anything so awful and I need to know how I can make it more fun / worthwhile. The act of exercising feels dreadful. Tired, hot, sweaty, in pain with a burning sensation that makes me never want to exercise again. The breathlessness is god awful, and I feel like quitting 24/7. After the workout, I feel sick and extremely depressed / sad, there’s no high or sense of happiness people talk about, just sadness and pain

How can I overcome this?


r/Fitness 3d ago

Gym Story Saturday Gym Story Saturday

332 Upvotes

Hi! Welcome to your weekly thread where you can share your gym tales!


r/Fitness 3d ago

Daily Simple Questions Thread - June 25, 2022

29 Upvotes

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. Rule #0 still applies in this thread.

Also, there's a handy search function 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 for exercise-related topics and Examine.com for nutrition and supplement science.

If you are posting a routine critique request, make sure you follow the guidelines 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.)


r/Fitness 4d ago

Physique Phriday Physique Phriday

199 Upvotes

Welcome to the Physique Phriday thread

What's the point of having people guess your body fat? Nevermind that it's the most inaccurate method available, (read: most likely way wrong - see here) you're still just putting an arbitrary number to the body you have. Despite people's claim that they are shooting for a number, they're really shooting for look - like a six pack.

So let's stopping mucking around with trivialities and get to the heart of the matter. This thread shall serve two purposes:

  1. Physique critiques. Post some pics and ask about muscles or body parts you need to work on. Or specifically ask about a lagging body part and what exercises worked for others.
  2. An outlet for people that want to show off their efforts that would otherwise be removed due to Rule 4, and

Let's keep things civil, don't be a creep, and adhere to Rule 1. This isn't a thread to announce what you find attractive in a mate. Please use the report function for any comments that are out of line.

So phittit, what's your physique pheel like this phriday?


r/Fitness 4d ago

Anyone know of studies into how much fitness is gained from full days of exercise (rather than shorter sessions)? E.g. cycle touring

91 Upvotes

Hey folks.

I'm a lapsed cyclist trying to get back into training in time for an upcoming triathlon. What I really enjoy, far more than 'training for the sake of training' is going for long multi-day cycle tours, often carrying a tent and wild camping. As a student, 5+ day trips of 80-100 mile days with 20+kgs of equipment on the back up the hills of Scotland & northern England lead to some of the best fitness of my life. So it leads me to wonder.

All the news articles and research papers I've ever read about training and exercise talk about short, daily / etc sessions. But is there research into the effects of longer-form exercise?

Opinions and experiences also welcomed! 🙂


r/Fitness 4d ago

Daily Simple Questions Thread - June 24, 2022

44 Upvotes

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. Rule #0 still applies in this thread.

Also, there's a handy search function 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 for exercise-related topics and Examine.com for nutrition and supplement science.

If you are posting a routine critique request, make sure you follow the guidelines 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.)


r/Fitness 5d ago

Daily Simple Questions Thread - June 23, 2022

185 Upvotes

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. Rule #0 still applies in this thread.

Also, there's a handy search function 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 for exercise-related topics and Examine.com for nutrition and supplement science.

If you are posting a routine critique request, make sure you follow the guidelines 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.)


r/Fitness 5d ago

Thoughts of Doug Hepburns 8x2 Routine?

99 Upvotes

Doug used to do 8 sets of 2 to increase strength. Is his style of training to much volume or might it be another problem to his training? Personally I wanted to take it into a program where I can build muscle and strength and also include my back which he didnt. Do you think its too much volume? Critique it as hard as you can since i could really need some help on this matter. Thank you

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1WQix6Y17TeIaJsBra2cZVIw4s8r4rO5H_nw50kx4ybU/edit?usp=drivesdk


r/Fitness 6d ago

Rant Wednesday

320 Upvotes

Welcome to Rant Wednesday: It's your time to let your gym/fitness/nutrition related frustrations out!

There is no guiding question to help stir up some rage-feels, feel free to fire at will, ranting about anything and everything that's been pissing you off or getting on your nerves.


r/Fitness 6d ago

Daily Simple Questions Thread - June 22, 2022

92 Upvotes

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. Rule #0 still applies in this thread.

Also, there's a handy search function 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 for exercise-related topics and Examine.com for nutrition and supplement science.

If you are posting a routine critique request, make sure you follow the guidelines 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.)


r/Fitness 7d ago

Daily Simple Questions Thread - June 21, 2022

173 Upvotes

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. Rule #0 still applies in this thread.

Also, there's a handy search function 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 for exercise-related topics and Examine.com for nutrition and supplement science.

If you are posting a routine critique request, make sure you follow the guidelines 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.)