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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: 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: 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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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: 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: http://www.exrx.net/Lists/Directory.html http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/ Q: Should I use a full body...

VoxExMachina‎, 09-05-2009 03:46 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: General Forum Rules

Welcome to the Bodybuilding.com 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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Gaining muscle mass but also doing cardio

I'm currently in the military, and I'm really trying to gain weight. I went from 160 to about 190 after a year. We are now starting to run a lot more, and doing a lot more intense cardio. Will I still continue to build muscle and gain weight if I have to run a lot? And will I lose the muscle I put...

Thp95‎, Today 12:23 AM
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How much weight is healthy?

I was 244 lbs and now I'm down to 230. What is a good weight i should get to? I don't want to lose so much to the point where its unhealthy. Please help.

InsecureMale‎, Today 12:12 AM
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Pain in lower back after barbell row

Almost every time when I do bent over barbell rows, (pendlay rows or deadlifts) I get a sharp pain in my lower back. The pain usually lasts between few min to half an hour. A fitness trainer told me I bend my knees too much, and that my lower back should be more aligned with my legs, instead of...

StefanEm‎, Yesterday 09:00 AM
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Deadlift Emphasis

So I just started doing deadlifts, currently at 250 x 5. I feel my hamstrings being worked a lot and not much back activation. I want to focus primarily on my back rather than my hamstrings. Is there a way to place emphasis on the back during the movement without changing the lift? I know that rack...

redblueye‎, Yesterday 10:03 PM
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is it possible to have bigger biceps with same size?

i think ive grown my biceps they look more toned and bigger but i still measure the same size is it possible or is it just me

skyline91‎, Yesterday 09:18 PM
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immune system and lifting qustion

so i just startet reading about how lifting affects the immune system. then i found something that said lifting heavy every workout for some time can do damage to the immune system. so i want too know what is heavy? so what is heavy, is it when u lift all you can with 1x 1 - 5 rep, or do heavy...

LiftingIsNeat‎, Yesterday 11:37 PM
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Angry Bad progress on bench press + military press

I've noticed that I'm really weak with my bench press. I do only 15 kg on each side of the barbell. And I'm going about 1.25 kg increase or so every week. Also my standing barbell military press hasn't even progressed. I do military press in the squat rack so I can add smaller increases, and I can...

MrSavageMan‎, Yesterday 04:11 PM
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To much, or not enough?

Hey guys, Long time reader first time poster, and I have a monster question. At least for a new like yours truly. I recently am getting back to working out after a pretty serious abdominal injury ( one that put me on the shelf for three years) but this time I am doing it by myself without some...

Anagoes‎, Yesterday 08:48 PM
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Pendlay row form check.

Weight used: 135 Link: nHEWrgzAABQ The last rep was Meh imo.. neverthrless I'd like to know what I could improve on.

Malversation‎, Yesterday 10:27 PM
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huge defined back

My back is already big as **** but are there any exercises to make it even bigger and with more definition? It'd be nice to see if I can train my chest and back together since I already train my arms and chest every day, I'd wanna train my back every single day too.

BL000OOO000D‎, Yesterday 05:42 PM
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Cracking shoulders, where exactly is a problem?

Hi, so I've been working out regularly for about 3 months now, I gained about 20 lbs (125 > 145), but I'm afraid to continue pushing my limits regarding shoulder exercises. When I do military press, I can feel a strong crack (or more like "realignment" of the humerus in the socket), sometimes I...

martinlukas456‎, 05-29-2016 03:37 AM
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Question Advice on weight & number of reps ?

Hi guys, I am a skinny guy so building muscle size was and is my biggest target. I followed a benchpress routine where I start with say 40kg * 15 reps 30kg* 15 reps 20kg * 15 reps. I saw a good increase in size since I was lifting a big weight of 40kg in the begining. My friend comes up to...

robasp2‎, Yesterday 08:34 PM
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Rate my deadlift form

So I have been a novice lifter for the past few months now and have started to reach higher weights. I wanted to make sure now that I was using properly form so I don't hurt myself later. Here I have attached a video of me (5' 7'' 145 lbs) deadlifting 245 lbs. I am obviously no expert in this so I...

WeekOldDeliMeat‎, Yesterday 07:17 PM
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Trying to cover/build up muscle to my collar bone, HELP?!

Hi Guys, I'm going on holiday in 4 weeks, still conscious of my collar bone! I hate them, I have been working on traps, upper chest and shoulders, but still struggling! Any suggestions, ideas or any information at all would be highly appreciated! Many Thanks, Ben Thompson

Ben1990t‎, Yesterday 05:23 AM
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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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High Bar Squat - Tense Lower Back

Hey everyone. I'm just looking for a little advice on how to fix my form. I'm doing SL 5x5 and was squating 200 on Sunday and after each set, I get a really tense feeling in my lower back. It lasts for the entire gym session. I do some abs and hamstring work at the end, and it feels a lot better. ...

WallStMuscle‎, Yesterday 03:29 PM
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Mid-Forearm/Wrist and Knee Concerns, Stretching/Other Recommendations?

I've recently began my fitness journey, it has taken me awhile to get over some gym-anxiety but I did it and I've finally found a good routine! Unfortunately, I am starting to experience minor discomfort, in my mid-forearm, wrist, and knees. Mid-Forearm & Wrist The discomfort I experience isn't...

mainr‎, Yesterday 09:54 AM
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Best Degree Angle To Use On Incline DB Press>

I've been using 3, thinking of going up to 4 My upper (even though everyone says its all worked with one exercise) chest is lacking. As if its not there.

gerbilz‎, 05-30-2016 10:06 PM
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Overhead Dumbbell Extension Troubles

Hi guys. I'm looking to beef up my triceps with some overhead dumbbell extensions (among other things of course). My issue is: my elbow joints! When I dip the dumbbell down to my lower neck and extend my elbows, the joints "click" and rub together uncomfortably. I had to stop mid-rep today because...

Violentos1‎, Yesterday 05:16 PM
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Bodyweight for MMA

I do Mma (mainly BJJ and Boxing/Kickboxing) and i dont really want to lift weights, im happy with my weight at 140 right now. Maybe looking to gain 5-10 pounds at most. Probably closer to 5. Was wondering if i just do like 200 pushups every other day and toss in some pullups, situps and planks...

F3aRR‎, 05-30-2016 02:24 PM
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Question Critique my form: Barbell Row (with Video)

Please review below video of me performing Barbell Row Its my last set so I am slightly exhausted but I believe most weaknesses would also come out in the last set hence posting this one. I have no access to knowledgable people locally so your help is highly appreciated. Reps for everyone who...

abhishek4563‎, 05-30-2016 07:56 PM
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Seated Cable Row

I've been having a lot of difficulty with rows. I never feel like I'm exercising the right muscles. I tried bent over barbell rows, didn't feel any contraction in my back so I switched to cable rows. Which seems to be better but I'm finding the weight I use fluctuates too much cause otherwise I...

neoKAIzaints‎, Yesterday 12:29 AM
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Post New to Bulking stage.. If I'm there yet?

Hello all, So for starters I started changing the way i eat and live about 8 months ago. 8 Months ago i was; 5'9" 216 Pounds So as you can see i was overweight and was headed in a bad direction. I had back problems, knee problems, and problems going to the bathroom. All of these problems...

Le0h‎, Yesterday 10:18 AM
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Females responding better than males to powerlifting training

Many female lifters are making big changes to their bodies through training geared more towards powerlifting. They are responding better than the average male lifter who also makes the same shift in training style. Why? Here is my answer. What is yours? Yvi92rJwBcY

2020Wellness‎, Yesterday 02:58 PM
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I'm a mess. Need advice.

Ok. I'm 6'1" and 225lbs. I've been lifting for many years. No matter how much I lift, I have the following problems: 1. I have one of those lovely concave chests. 2. I have girly wrists and ankles (well legs in general). I would like the following: 1. I want to know a simple routine to...

DucatiDiavel‎, 05-27-2016 07:35 PM
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