What should I do if I need to do strength training yet I don't want to build muscle?

Any serious strength training is going to change the density and volume of muscle. But some approaches produce a greater obvious volume of muscle - such as you see with competition bodybuilders. And others tend to result in strength gains without as much change in muscle fullness.

It is a matter of how much resistance (weight) you contract the muscles against and how many sets and reps you perform. As a basic rule, lifting heavier weights for fewer reps (maximum 6–8 reps, target volume 1–6 reps) tends to create more strength but less muscle size while doing more reps the way a bodybuilders does (3 to 4 sets of 3 to 4 exercises, 10–12 reps for upper body and 12 to 16 reps for legs) produces less absolute strength but more muscle fullness and shape.

Train like a weightlifter for more strength, like a bodybuilder for shape and muscularity. Or use both styles at different times for maximum overall results.

Of course genetics being such a determining factor that the above strategies are only approximations. You may find you are getting more of one result compared to another because of your specific genetic nature. But this is a good rule of thumb to use in planning your exercise program.


If I get cardio exercise every day but do no weight training, what can I expect?

Cardio exercise, as the name implies, exercises your heart, which is obviously very important. Good for you if you're doing that! If someone had to pick one type of exercise, that's a good choice.With no weight training, you can't really expect

Do push ups develop the upper body?

Absolutely yes. Push ups are great for building solid muscle as well as strength. When done properly and consistently, they help build muscles in the chest, shoulders, and arms. It may seem a bit difficult in the beginning but stick with it and your body will thank

What is the best martial art to practice for someone with chronic tendinitis in their shoulders and elbows?

Tendinitis is inflammation of a tendon. Inflammation is the body's response to all injuries, bringing healing blood flow to the injury. It usually causes swelling that presses on nerves, and felt as pain. Both end within 24 hours, if left