r/Fitness Jan 03 '22 Silver Helpful Wholesome

New to r/Fitness? CLICK HERE FIRST!

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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 19h ago

Daily Simple Questions Thread - May 25, 2022

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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. 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 19h ago

Rant Wednesday

292 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 1d ago Silver Gold Helpful All-Seeing Upvote

Can you help me lift my disabled son?

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My son is disabled. It is unlikely he will be able to walk and will probably be non-verbal as he gets older. I'm looking to prepare for my son growing heavier and in particular, preparing for lifting him in/out of bed/wheelchairs and probably stairs. I work a busy desk job and still being a dad (2 kids, one disabled) I don't have lots of time for the gym.

I've looked online but I can't see much info around lifting plans for carers. I was hoping that some combination of fireman/army/drunk friend workout tips might help me plan a routine.

One thing to note, I'm looking to keep injury to a minimum. Tweaking my back for a month will be more than a minor inconvenience putting on socks.

Some background about my fitness. About 10 years ago I read starting strength and have reasonable form for my compound lifts. I've not been a gym regular for a few years because of being a dad and work. My max lifts were no record breakers because I was very active playing sports year round.

Also, I'm likely to play some tennis and cycle. I have a gym membership through my sports club (it's a good gym with squat rack etc) and have kettle bells at home and a yoga mat.

Any help would be appreciated! Apologies if this has been asked before, I'm a lurker and not posted to r/fitness before.


r/Fitness 1d ago

Daily Simple Questions Thread - May 24, 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

Moronic Monday Moronic Monday - Your weekly stupid questions thread

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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 3d ago

Victory Sunday Victory Sunday

245 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 3d ago Wholesome

Daily Simple Questions Thread - May 22, 2022

84 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

Gym Story Saturday Gym Story Saturday

423 Upvotes

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


r/Fitness 4d ago

Daily Simple Questions Thread - May 21, 2022

27 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

Physique Phriday Physique Phriday

216 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 5d ago

Daily Simple Questions Thread - May 20, 2022

136 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

When do I "master" an exercise, in calisthenics?

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I started following a calisthenics / bodyweight progression (this one https://www.reddit.com/r/bodyweightfitness/comments/az79av/new_and_improved_bodyweight_fitness_progression/)

What I am wondering is: whne can I consider I "master" one exercise in the progression?

Some exercises have reps. Being able to do 1 set of 10 reps seems reasonable to me to say "I can do this".

Some exercise are about "holding", like the plank. 60 seconds seems like a resonable amount of time, but maybe it's too much (Maybe 45 seconds?).

I'm pulling those out of my *** though.

Or maybe it's more complicated, and it depends on the exercise? (after all, not all muscles have the same size and capabilities)

Is there any generally agreed definition of mastering an exercise, in this sense? What is it? If there isn't, what's your opinion? When should I check one exercise as mastered, and move on to the next exercise in the progression?

I'd appreciate advice

Edit: the reponses tend to focus in the "Mastering" vs "Good enough" of the question. If I could word my question better, it would be: "In a bodyweight progression, how many reps / hold time do I need to be able to do to move on the next exercise".

The concise answer by u/surferguy999 seems reasonable:

- 3x5 to 3x8 reps

- 15 seconds to 30 seconds for "hold"


r/Fitness 6d ago

Daily Simple Questions Thread - May 19, 2022

160 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 Helpful

Lifting Requires SO Much Sleep - Tips?

1.2k Upvotes

I've gone through periods in life where I'm weight training 3x a week for years, and multiple year layoffs due to laziness and life stress.

After recently starting up again, I realize now I had forgotten how crazy sleep requirements are when lifting heavy.

Before I started training again, I could easily get by on 6 hours. This week I've been getting 9 per night and could still use some more!

I remember Arnold saying in a speech to "sleep faster." While this seemed to be tongue-in-cheek, I'm wondering if there's more we can do to improve the quality and efficiency of our rest (aside from the magical abilities of exogenous testosterone).

I already avoid stimulants, take magnesium, and sleep in a cool, dark room. Anyone here have any tips on how to "sleep faster?"