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Sticky Thread Sticky: The Bench Form Thread

We see a lot of threads asking for bench form critiques on this forum. I feel like most of these threads are made because people don’t know how to critique their own form. They just don’t know what to look for. I’m hoping to narrow that gap with this thread. I’m not going to touch on everything,...

davisj3537‎, 09-19-2013 10:41 PM
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Sticky Thread Sticky: Beginner's Guide: 6 Basic Compound Lifts, and How to do Them

The core of any good exercise program should be built around the 6 basic compound lifts. These are the basis of bobybuilding, the cornerstone of hypertrophy, the mecca of mass, the.... well, you get the idea. Must you do all of these? No. Nothing is a "must". But instead of wasting...

VoxExMachina‎, 09-07-2009 09:59 AM
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Arrow Sticky Thread Sticky: The Fundamentals of the Back Squat

The Fundamentals of the Back Squat The Back Squat has often been referred to as "the King of Exercises" because it uses a great deal of the body's musculature and is therefore very efficient in making you bigger and stronger. Really, squats are a full body exercise, though most people will...

VoxExMachina‎, 03-24-2011 08:10 AM
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Sticky Thread Sticky: The 80/20 Rule for Lifting

Think, But Don't Over-Analyze When you are enthusiastic about bodybuilding, or any sport or hobby for that matter, you want to know everything you can about it. You want to know what's the best exercise, what rep range will give you an edge, how to best structure your split so that you eek out...

VoxExMachina‎, 02-19-2010 06:41 PM
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Sticky Thread Sticky: Answers to Common Questions

Q: What exercise should I do for (insert body part here)? I don't know how to do (insert exercise here). A: Do a Search, please, before creating a thread. Also go here: Q: Should I use a full body...

VoxExMachina‎, 09-05-2009 03:46 PM
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Exclamation Sticky Thread Sticky: *** Deadlifting 101: Instructional videos ***

What's up deadlift people? This thread will attempt to cover deadlift basics, common mistakes, and also provide some useful information about other deadlift variations. Here is the basic overview of the classic barbell deadlift..... 8u899wRnwqs And here is Mark Rippetoe's "Lengthy Analysis...

Kiknskreem‎, 11-21-2008 07:02 PM
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Sticky Thread Sticky: De-Load, the Overlooked Technique

Introduction: There are countless posts on the best way to train biceps, the optimum split for getting huge, how to bench press properly, or any of a million other questions on how to become bigger, leaner, or break through plateaus. But one technique that helps achieve all of these goals...

VoxExMachina‎, 01-03-2010 10:16 AM
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Arrow Sticky Thread Sticky: General Forum Rules

Welcome to the Forums It is our hope that the members of the forums will help each other in providing motivation and information to those looking to reach their fitness goals. To protect our members and the forums, the following rules are effective in all sections. Please take...

ForumSentinel‎, 05-19-2014 08:12 AM
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Can't get my biceps bigger.

Apparently I feel as if my body does not want to get any bigger. I had a knee injury and couldn't run for about 5 months. So I just lifted 5x a week and I got good results besides my arms. They look just like they did a year ago. Kinda stressful honestly. Any advice.

Msanel‎, Today 11:29 PM
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Is it bad to use the hot & cold shiwer technique?

So I have some mild acne on my face from puberty. I'm trying to get it off by using the hot & cold shower technique. It hasn't really been working, since I'm getting more and more pimples. I use coconut oil as a moisturizer after showers. So I think, if I start with hot and end with cold my pores...

Johnnyboeh‎, Today 09:35 PM
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Hit a plateau with arms for a year...advice??

Hey guys, Im 33 and i'm wondering whether age has kicked in, or i'm just not going enough arm exercises. Overall Train: 4 Days / Week Arms: 1 Day / Week for 40mins Routine: Bicep Curl upright seated with dumbell 35 Lbs x 10 reps x 2 sets 40 Lbs x 6 reps x 1 set

ELKassRO‎, Yesterday 05:42 PM
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exercises to compliment/supplement chinups and dips

AAAAAAALLLLLLRIGHTYTHENNNN so I'm mostly into bodyweight stuff or bw + weight... pull ups, dips, levers, etc, but I know I have to be neglecting some muscles by doing this, besides legs, so... complimentary--what exercises hit the parts of the tricep/chest not worked by dips? With pull ups? ...

Jazzguy1‎, Today 06:57 PM
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What's the best rep-range for Incline Barbell Bench?

I've started to get much better chest gains since focusing on Incline Bench as my starting lift. I've only done 3x12 with moderate weight. What's a better rep range? 3x5 4x6 or 12, 10, 8, 6?

Gary405‎, Today 01:37 PM
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Is back squat neccessary ?

Ok hear me out. i have been having trouble back squatting which i believe might be due to an imbalance. I cant keep the bar path even , even with just the 45 lb bar. So i have been working on my flexibility and i still have no luck. So today is my lower A day and i decided to say f it and i did...

goatpecs‎, Today 01:25 PM
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Thumbs down RANT: Sailing An Ocean of Bud Light Lime

Especially when you're by a grill. Let's talk about meats and beers to drink with them!

theshoupguy‎, 06-23-2015 07:05 PM
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Thumbs down Exercises to help build up shoulders ? Possible injury ?

So, I have had this issue with my shoulders for awhile now. I'm currently 23 but it's been a problem since a couple years ago when I was regularly working out for about 8 months. I just started training again a week or so ago btw. Basically , the muscles I'm having issues with ... trying to...

BlankAim‎, Today 07:33 PM
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Can i workout my shoulder and back if my chest is sore?

I trained my chest on sundays and hit shoulders and back on tuesdays.. is it good for my body?

JohnCena29‎, Today 07:49 PM
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Benchpress lagging behind everything

Hey, I am just looking to get some help on progressing my bench press. It seems way behind my other lifts, and I've hit a plateau. Dead lift is 1RM of 435lbs Squat is 265X5 Bench press is 170X5lbs idk what to do, my dead lift just keeps progressing and getting better. Yet, my bench has been...

savosean‎, Yesterday 12:30 PM
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Lat pulldown form?

Am I doing these right or can someone give me some tips?

kylescislow‎, Today 06:47 PM
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Exclamation Stagnant

I need help. I feel so stagnant in my progress. My legs are quite cut and my arms are coming along nicely but I'm struggling with my abdominals. I want to be leaner in my mid section. My abs are very strong but I can't quite get them to pop. I'm training to be a professional dancer so I already do...

dlmazurowski‎, Today 06:59 PM
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Need help disecting my squat form

Okay guys i've been thinking about my squat form a lot lately and i've become a little unhappy with it but don't feel like I can do anything about it. I'm going to give all of the pertinent information and some video links but then I'm hoping someone has some tips for me. First off I powerlifted...

stevoman75‎, Today 03:39 PM
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Want to stop "girl" pushups

I'm currently doing pushups as part of my routine. The pushups are done as alternating sets with cable rows. The pushups I've been doing are "girl" pushups (on your knees). Years ago when I was very active I would do traditional pushups. I just can't seem to be able to do more than two or three of...

furyfull‎, Today 10:39 AM
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Single Leg RDL

Sup, So I've added those as a hamstring movement since I can't do regular RDL's or conventional ones due to a back injury. My balance is bad and I can barely do them with BW, so I took a 40 LB DB in my left hand did the movement on the left leg while placing my right hand on the wall to keep...

RussianCali‎, Today 09:56 AM
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Standing Cable Rows ?

I have to do seated cable rows but don't have the machine. I do have access to a machine where i can do standing cable rows. Is this a good replacement? Or t-bar row is the only option. Trying to target middle back and already have two arm bent over dumbbell row as one of the exercise and therefore...

smartshaiz‎, Today 04:36 PM
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Question Does light weights high reps make you lose muscle or does it actually tone?

I'm starting my cut today and some people have told me to do light weights with high reps if I wanna be ripped

rommie26‎, Today 05:24 PM
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Hiking + Planks = ?

Essentially my plan or atleast what i'm going to try to do for the next three months is to: Go hiking for atleast 1 - 2 hours 3 - 4 days a week and then also with that I will do different variations of plank exercises 5 days a week for around 5 - 10 minutes with 2 days to rest. I'm not...

AndrewMC1994‎, Today 03:12 PM
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Is squatting 85-90 lbs a lot for a female whose never squatted before?

Should I feel good about myself for squatting 85-90 lbs for the first time? I had my first personal training session on Saturday, and my trainer had me squatting that much. After making sure I was able to of course. A little background on my body so you can give me a more accurate response,...

izzyice‎, Today 06:45 AM
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Running and Lifting?

Hey guys, I've got a burning question about running and I've looked this stuff up, but the answers are very generic. The question: Will running 2 miles (jog with the occasional sprint) 3-4 times a week stop my muscle gains? Im lifting 4-5 times (usually at night) which means that the days...

thehadeon‎, Today 12:16 PM
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HELP! Not sure what happened???

Okay today I was just going through my chest routine me noticed something funny about my right bicep. It looks like it is split horizontally right at the point where my bicep usually peaks. Not a lot of pain just have no idea what it is. Have many of you all expierenced or seen this personally? ...

jdeleon2020‎, Today 01:20 PM
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Obliques curved in

I am just 20years..My right obliques is curved in but my left looks straight..i Am confused because I do not know what to do to correct it..I do not know which side is weak or built..AM right handed though..See a Picture of how it looks..Please HELP!!!

iamabeyku78‎, Today 02:15 PM
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Tricep DB/BB exercises?

I usually do tricep pressdowns machine, but what are some good tricep bb/db exercises I can do?

kylescislow‎, Today 11:42 AM
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Lateral Dumbbell Raises

When doing dumbbell laterals,if you were to raise the dumbbells above the horizontal (above shoulders), would that be causing shoulder impingement or other potential damage? I thought this variance of the exercise might work the trapezius more/better... Thanks!

BeauCarl‎, Today 08:38 AM
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Best way to increase pull up strength??

I've been lifting for over 2 years now so I wouldn't consider myself a beginner anymore. I still cannot rep pull ups. I've been training primarily w/ lat pull down, seated cable rows, bent over rows and deadlift. At best, if I were to try to do bodyweight pull ups, I can get 3 or 4. 5-7 if I was...

shgadwa‎, 04-24-2016 06:21 PM
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