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    For really smashing the mid/upper back (e.g.,...

    For really smashing the mid/upper back (e.g., lower and mid traps), there isn't much else that does what rows do.
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    You could get by for a while with deadlifts and...

    You could get by for a while with deadlifts and chins. Sooner or later though, rows would be a good idea. Might as well be now, IMO.
  • Looks bad. If you want to win the hyper trophy, I...

    Looks bad. If you want to win the hyper trophy, I can vouch for the effectiveness of this program. Or there's the revised edition, which I haven't tried - but it looks good, in a stickied thread in...
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    There's genetics. Then there's diet and...

    There's genetics. Then there's diet and programming.

    But the usual suspects aside, I have found some lifts, and some ways of doing lifts, to be overall better for muscle building. For the chest,...
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    A lot of people find that food = bench press, to...

    A lot of people find that food = bench press, to some extent. More food = more bench press, within reason, IOW.

    So, probably nothing to worry about. Just persevere, and if one or two lifts suffer...
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    I recommend cable flies or crossovers as a...

    I recommend cable flies or crossovers as a finisher.
  • Probably because the overhead press will take...

    Probably because the overhead press will take less out of you than the bench press, and likewise, deadlifts will be more fatiguing than power cleans. Basically, due to significantly more weight being...
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    Practise form with just the bar, for as long as...

    Practise form with just the bar, for as long as it takes to get the hang of it, before adding any weight at all. Keep doing more reps for a while instead. Then get yourself on a reasonable beginner's...
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    Let's take Day 5 then, as an example: It's...

    Let's take Day 5 then, as an example:

    It's missing the pectorals, triceps, anterior deltoids, quadriceps... well, you get the idea. I hope.

    The whole idea of push/pull (or upper/lower, or body...
  • There's more pull than there is push: 7 to 4 in...

    There's more pull than there is push: 7 to 4 in fact (almost 2:1). And an awful lot of back work, compared to everything else.

    Keep that up for too long, and you will be quite unbalanced.
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    Well you see now, the difference between full...

    Well you see now, the difference between full body and push/pull is that full body is full body, and push/pull isn't.

    hth opie.
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    I like the front squat idea. And the back off...

    I like the front squat idea. And the back off sets for back squats. Everything you listed sounds good. I would just recommend getting that structure thing together ASAP, is all. You'll reap more...
  • "Switching things up" is not the key to strength...

    "Switching things up" is not the key to strength or muscle gains.

    However, I've found that instead of an actual deload, taking a week "off" occasionally (like, every few months or so) to do...
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    Calories in vs. calories out. How you arrange...

    Calories in vs. calories out. How you arrange that is up to you. If you like cardio, do it. If you like lifting, do it.
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    Barbell rows are easier to gradually and...

    Barbell rows are easier to gradually and significantly overload / allow for a full range of motion, compared to those other two lifts. I suggest going for those. And pullups (a wide grip is not...
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    Drop sets are an effective tool in the kit, for...

    Drop sets are an effective tool in the kit, for muscle building. Just don't go full potato with them. Lifting to failure is something where you'll have to see whether it works for you.
  • I recommend working primarily on muscle growth to...

    I recommend working primarily on muscle growth to begin with, for a number of reasons (with food to support it). Somewhere in the 6-12 rep range for most things, ideally. 3 sets per exercise is fine,...
  • I'm the same. Something about it throws me off,...

    I'm the same. Something about it throws me off, so I just don't use it for that any more. And yes, I do know how to use belts properly.
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    I wear 34" waist clothing (... when it's roomy...

    I wear 34" waist clothing (... when it's roomy enough to fit my thighs :)), and the Medium belt works fine for me. Some spare both ways. Hope that helps.
  • Might wanna tack some face pulls (f'rex) on each...

    Might wanna tack some face pulls (f'rex) on each session too. Or at least 'B'. Rear delts need some lovin'.


    edit: Didn't see the Double Deadlifts of Death. Do power cleans (or rows, if you...
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