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Sticky Thread Sticky: Are you "working out", or TRAINING?

we get so many threads on here where people list their various workout programs, or, where they complain that a certain bodypart is not growing and then list their current program and rep and set configurations...... fine.....but I love when people use expressions like: " I throw in a couple...

JOHN GARGANI‎, 06-01-2009 08:09 PM
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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 09:10 AM
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Sticky Thread Sticky: CALVES- Lets grow them!

The majority of people i see on here and at my gym i train people, have trouble gaining size and shape to their calves must understand that there is more to training the lower leg than simply training the gastrocnemius and soleus muscle.. The Tibialis Anterior is comprised of more fast twitch...

Ironlife‎, 12-28-2009 02:43 AM
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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 10:59 AM
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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 routine or a split routine? A: Generally...

VoxExMachina‎, 09-05-2009 04:46 PM
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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 07:41 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 11:16 AM
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Sticky Thread Sticky: Form Check Threads: DOs and DON'Ts

Form Check threads are great for getting feedback from others and finding ways to perfect your form, continue to progress on your lifts, and avoid injury. Here are some tips for making a good form check thread. DO Take video from far enough away to see your entire body. Take video from...

PeterGibbons316‎, 02-15-2012 07:23 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 08:02 PM
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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 09:12 AM
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Deadlift Upper Back Tightness?

I see lots of videos explaining the upper back tightness to help keeping the spine in a good neutral position. But they mean keeping the lats tight and locked or the shoulder blades pinched back? Because if it's the shoulder blades pinched back, it's very hard if not impossible to keep them...

S0ulBerzerker‎, Today 03:33 PM
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biceps looks uneven but the same size (pics) (plz help)

So i realized that my left bicep can curl more than my right and also seems bigger, but when i went to measure them, they both came out the same (a little over 14'', i know they're small), even though in the mirror the left one looks bigger to me... am i seeing stuff or does anyone else see it too?...

Nameless15‎, Today 10:00 AM
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Question RANT: Who is the biggest azzhole ITT?

You aren't. Now GTFO.

theshoupguy‎, 01-27-2015 05:28 PM
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Question Getting the "thick" muscular look ?!

Hello everyone, I have been in the gym for almost a year now (5-6 times a week), making all kinds of gains but the one "problem" I have if I must say so is that I'm not getting that thick, rock hard look on the muscles. For example the chest or abs/ribs area where the striations usually show up....

GeorgeCCole‎, Yesterday 06:38 PM
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Yates rows underrated?

I just tried these for the first time today and I really felt my entire upper back contracting in a joocyer way than I do on traditional rows, upper lats included I think. And a general rowing question, I know you can shift emphasis between lats and rear delts, but is there any way to focus on...

imrlybord7‎, Yesterday 04:15 PM
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hitting the gym first thing when you wake up?

I was wondering if its ok to hit the gym asap after waking up? I also read here that you should take BCAA when you are working out fasting? I know you dont need BCAA but was wondering if it would even help at all and if so whats the best interval to take it at? before/during or after workout?...

karansingh12‎, 01-29-2015 03:15 PM
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Poll Poll: Front Squats vs Leg Press

Which exercise would you consider best for quads? I'd say front squats because I'm biased towards free weights ;).

haroldhamersma‎, Today 01:06 PM
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Weak or strong?

What's up guys, so recently when I been trying to do bench press I can't even carry 90lbs (45 per side). I been working out for 7 months and I have good results in my body, but I just can't bench 90lbs in bench press. But here's the thing, when I do triceps or biceps or any other exercises I can...

Poptarthunter‎, Today 12:53 PM
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Lats aren't working in Lat Exercises?

So I have been trying to do lat exercises using lat pulldowns and chin ups with palms facing outwards. However I felt like my biceps were doing everything and my lats were just "sitting there". I just found out that is probably whats happening. So my question is when doing these exercises how are...

ATreakingFypo‎, Today 12:30 PM
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Can You Measure The Weight Of The Sled For Hack Squats?

I am currently doing the Kris Gethin 12 Week Muscle Building Trainer, and one of the workouts for leg day is hack squats. Other then the weight you are putting on the sled how would you measure the weight of the sled? when warming up for the actual sets I did the sled by its self which feels...

Supraguy1986‎, Today 10:58 AM
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Squatting With Long Femurs

I've been watching the Exercises section ever since I figured out how to squat with my long femurs. I see a lot of "help my squat!" threads that follow a common theme: OP: "can you check my squat form? Also, why does my center of gravity keep going onto my toes?" OP's video: a squat above...

kaleida‎, 03-27-2014 05:25 PM
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Ab exercises besides crunches/situps?

I got some hip pain and back pain right now and I want to know if anyone can give me some exercises that work the abs that dont have crunches/ situps

Andkre‎, Today 12:14 AM
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gluteus minimus and medius specific exercises?

Does anyone have any suggestions for exercises that specifically target the minimus and medius?

lazarusfinn‎, Today 06:35 AM
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Question The Case For Being A Gym Rat

We keep hearing from fitness "gurus" that all you need is a maximum of 45 minutes of doing their version of a 5x5 type of routine, 3 - 4 days per week, and you'll get your dream body. Low body fat % with no cardio needed. On the flip side, dudes with bodies that we actually strive for say...

CLiDE‎, Yesterday 11:20 AM
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RDL Form Check

So I just started the Fierce 5 program and am on week 2. I am really struggling with how to get proper RDL form. I have read so many articles and watched a ton of videos, but it doesn't feel right or look right. Can I get some pointers? I just can't figure out what I am doing wrong. ...

ChargersSB‎, Yesterday 10:48 PM
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Deloaded squat after minor injury and it let my form go to hell

Still a noob so was only squatting around 200#. Wasn't foam rolling or doing any mobility work, and ended up tweaking an IT band. Came back to squatting a couple of months later, and deloaded to work back up. With 135-155 on the bar, I was starting to feel lower back and knee pain that I...

Keoking‎, Today 06:02 AM
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Squats with or without shoes?

I normally squat barefoot never had any problems. But I have read in the past and now that it's worth buying squat shoes. What do you guys do?

RobElite‎, Today 08:57 AM
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Cool Stabilizing muscles

Hi fellows, Are stabilizing muscles visible if you train/-ed exercises that involve them for a long time? Lionel6.

Lionel6‎, Today 10:12 AM
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Exclamation Fed up with weak squat

Alright, basically I'm posting this as I desperately need help with my squat. Im 18, 80kg and I've been lifting for about 2 years but have only had access to a squat rack for about 1 year. Im really frustrated as my lower body is really weak and my upper body is relatively strong in comparison. My...

Adamg8‎, Yesterday 08:29 AM
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Morning Workout and Bench Press Questions

I decided to buy some equipment to lift at home. I will be lifting very shortly after waking about 5:15 in the morning. My body is not really amped to be exerting a lot of energy that soon after waking up and that early, so any tips to get ready other than a preworkout which I already...

nrowles‎, Yesterday 10:59 AM
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Question Decline Chest Press for under developed lower chest ...

So the part of my chest that should be nicely formed, is nicely formed. Like the part that forms the pecs under the nipples. There is no development thats visible, so would the decline chest press help develop that region? My chest routine is: pec flyes decline chest press incline...

Hamachi12‎, Today 01:49 AM
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Wink Bodybuilding motivation - huge forearms with spiral gripper

Bodybuilding motivation huge forearms with spiral gripper:

armkash‎, 10-18-2013 08:14 AM
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Tight Hamstrings?

I'm posting this to see if anyone here has any personal experience with a set routine of hamstring stretches that they had done frequently to loosen up their hamstrings and what that routine was. I have tight hamstrings which is affecting my form on lifts so I'm stopping those exercises for a while...

lumocolor‎, Yesterday 04:06 PM
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Low bar squat check first time bad form probably :(

This is my first time low bar squatting and i think my form is horrible. Can some guys give some advice? Here a video: a1fJkADWOEg

Greg2510‎, Yesterday 09:49 AM
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