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Sticky Thread Sticky: Growth Stimulus Training continued..... Train Hard. Train Smart. GROW!

What's up everyone? Since my original thread from back in 2010 has been locked due to reaching the 10,000 reply limit, I'm starting up a 'continued' thread. If you haven't browsed the original thread, please click on the following link: http://forum.bodybuilding.com/showthread.php?t=121353501 ...

2020Wellness‎, 11-08-2012 02:07 PM
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Sticky Thread Sticky: "Fierce 5" Novice Routine

FIERCE 5 I decided to design "Fierce 5" because I wasn't completely satisfied with any of the other novice programs that are so popular. In my opinion they all had a flaw or two (slow progression, high volume, low enough volume people lose interest and most of them lack what I’d consider proper...

davisj3537‎, 01-21-2014 09:28 PM
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Sticky Thread Sticky: Beginner Powerbuilding Routine

I was asked about this by someone else, so I thought I'd share. I’m not a professional trainer, and although I do have a background in exercise physiology I have never worked in the field nor been up to date with it for the past 8 years. So you can do this if you wish, but if you get busted up, not...

grouchyjarhead‎, 12-27-2015 07:27 PM
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Sticky Thread Sticky: AllPro: A Simple Beginner's Routine part VII

Part 1:https://forum.bodybuilding.com/showthread.php?t=4195843 Part 2:https://forum.bodybuilding.com/showthread.php?t=133395553 Part 3:https://forum.bodybuilding.com/showthread.php?t=147447933 Part 4:https://forum.bodybuilding.com/showthread.php?t=155009423 Part...

nightanole‎, 11-07-2020 07:13 AM
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Sticky Thread Sticky: Training for STRENGTH vs. SIZE

MYTH: Low reps is for strength, high reps is for size. Although this contains a grain of truth, it leads to wrong thinking - the classic problem we get on this forum is the legion of novices who don't want to do novice routines because they contain 5 rep sets ... which are "for strength" not...

SuffolkPunch‎, 03-09-2018 07:00 AM
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Sticky Thread Sticky: The Viking's The Bare Bones Series

The big guy is back with another series of novice/early-intermediate routines - The Bare Bones programs - these are actually the first routines I made, just after I got my PT certification years ago. So I pulled them out of the graveyard, dusted them off and made a few tweaks and improvements to...

TheViking1992‎, 10-04-2016 07:55 AM
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Exclamation Sticky Thread Sticky: Full Body vs. Split Routines - Which to Choose?

Full Body Routines vs. Splits The question often arises, especially from beginners, about what type of routine to use. Your buddy told you to use a full body routine, but the muscle mags suggest a 5-day "bodybuilder" split. You don't want to start off on the wrong foot, but there is so much...

VoxExMachina‎, 11-22-2011 12:51 PM
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Cardio and gains - can you have both?

First post, here goes! I’m a keen cyclist who wants to get into bodybuilding, but I don’t want to give up riding my bike. Clearly this poses a problem in terms of the necessary calorie surplus for gains. My question is: if I got my nutrition right and ate enough to offset the calorie deficit...

1991sg‎, 01-08-2021 01:58 AM
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Burn Belly Fat -> Hypertrophy for Mass -> Strength Focus

Hey guys, Just wondering if this training sequence (title) seems sensible while matching protein/pound, taking whey, and limiting carbs. I plan to to do cardio 1-2x week and lift 5x a week. To clarify, I would focus on each area AFTER the previous one. Thanks!! Currently 5' 10" 194lbs or 1.8m...

804Prince‎, 01-11-2021 01:14 AM
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I need your thoughts/critiques on my new workout program

Hello So I've been doing the standard bro split for 5 months now and I'm thinking of switching it up to a new one where it allows me hit each muscle twice a week. I plan to start this when I bulk next month. My goal is to add on some muscle mass. Is it excessive or insufficient? Would you...

AbdulazizSab‎, 01-18-2021 08:12 AM
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Coronavirus propaganda and hype

Hey i didnt know where TO post this so i apologize if this is the wrong thread but do you guys give a **** about corona virus and stay home or do some of you live snd die by the gains and just go to the gym regularly? My gym closed for 2 weeks my ass started panicing that i Will lose gains.. Thank...

Advice1998‎, 03-15-2020 06:55 AM
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Full Body Training Question

I’m currently at... 140 kg squat 143 kg. deadlift 103 kg. bench press 66 kg. overhead press and i also do Bulgarian Split Squat, Pull Ups, Rows, ab wheel Rollout and have just added Nordic Curls as accessories. I’ve been alternating between full body and upper/lower Split in the last...

Alexlarex‎, 01-17-2021 04:01 PM
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Low back pain in squats and deadlifts

My form is right in both exercises, i squat to a box because of mobility issues and deadlift with no low back rounding, I also do RDL’s and lots of single leg work. I’ve been increasing weights for a few months but I got to 140 kg. in both exercises and hit a plateau because of low back pain and...

Alexlarex‎, 12-27-2020 11:47 AM
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Train everyday

Hello guys I've been working out in the last year with dumbbells' and bar I have in my apartment. Lately i've noticed that I can't make ABS workout well after my weight lifting training. I train 4-5 Times a Week A -B sessions. A - Chest legs and biceps B - Triceps back and shoulders I think...

alon100009‎, 01-23-2021 09:22 AM
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4am preworkout food.

So I recently found out or was told i was screwing my muscle gains by going to do my 4am (well, I get up at 4, usually not at gym until 4:30am) workouts without eating anything first. I normally would just wake up, get dressed, drink my pre-workout and head out the door. So my question is that if...

Alphaden‎, 01-19-2021 09:40 AM
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Should I switch to one quad focused leg day and one hamstring focused leg day?

I've been doing this leg workout so far in my PPL split and my quads are still sore when the next leg day comes and I often need to delay it: - Lying Hamstring Curl: WU 3-4 sets increasing the weight, until I reach my workload, then 3x10-12 - Leg Press: WU 4-5 sets, then 3x12-15 - Pendulum...

AndyBendy‎, 01-13-2021 10:45 PM
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My PPL routine

Hello everyone! I've recently finished changing up my routine which was going on for the last 3 months. I wasnt completely happy with what I was doing. The problem became pretty obvious 3 weeks ago: volume. I do 3 or 4 sets for all of my exercise and I basically go to failure on all of them....

AndyBendy‎, 01-20-2021 07:59 AM
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Question Is there a point where double progression becomes too difficult?

Just curious. Obviously you have to improve so much more to keep adding reps (trying to take a 5RM bench to a 12RM for example) so it's much easier to add weight instead and double progress. By the way, you're not starting with your 5RM, more like 7RM with 2 RIR for 5 reps. Anyways does double...

Animal2692‎, Yesterday 09:45 PM
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Question Volume can never be too low to not make any gains?

I've heard about concepts such as MV (maintenance volume) where it's just enough volume to maintain current muscle mass. Does that imply 0% gains if doing maintenance volume? I feel like gains will always be made, and the volume just determines the extent of those gains. Maybe it's only called...

Animal2692‎, 01-18-2021 07:57 PM
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Doing the minimal amount of sets that provide most of the stimulus?

So as some of you know, it only takes just a few high quality sets for a muscle to get most of the stimulus in a training session needed to grow. Say 3 hard sets for a muscle group to reach I don't know...90% of potential growth. The thing is that you're sacrificing recovery time to reach that...

Animal2692‎, 01-15-2021 10:37 AM
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I don't know if I'm really tired or just making excuses.. (Beginner workout here)

Please excuse me for the long post and some of my grammar here as I'm currently typing out this out quickly during my job. I really want to get this problem of mines solved. ----------------- I am a 21 year old, 5'10 male who weighs 165lbs. ----------------- About one month ago I...

aocruz19‎, 01-21-2021 08:51 AM
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Need some help forming a workout routine

I started "working out" on and off since mid December from a nearly totally sedentary lifestyle. I put it in "" because Ive been sorta winging it and I want to form a routine. I have several goals: -Increasing overall leg/arm strength -Increasing Knee strength to help with my knee pain...

armoredghost‎, 01-03-2021 05:30 AM
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How does this routine look?

Just before COVID I started on this beginner routine: https://www.aworkoutroutine.com/the-beginner-weight-training-workout-routine/ It is all compound movements, low volume, add weight when I can reach the rep goal for all three sets of each exercise. Since COVID, I've been in and out of...

asrl78‎, 01-23-2021 10:41 AM
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Question Traveling - no barbell

Hey bros, For up to a six month period, I will be traveling in my vehicle. Though I’ve looked at hitched based power racks, I’ve decided against this and have settled on not taking a rack or barbell with me. Instead, I’ll have: -10lb, 25lb, 45lb plates (should I get a 90?) -35lb kettlebell...

baaaaats‎, 01-10-2021 12:45 PM
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Workout Program

Right now my splits look like; Bench - 275 x 4 Squat - 365 x 3 Deadlift - 405 x 3 My goal by May 1 is; Bench 315 x 5 (3 sets of 5) Squat 315 x 10 (5 sets of 10) Deadlift 455 x 5 (3 sets of 5)

Beaver2345‎, 12-28-2020 02:15 PM
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Incline Arnold presses

So I’ve used Arnold presses to good effect in the past, and have recently gave reverse grip DB bench’s a try and it dawned on me... Why not Arnold presses on an incline? Thoughts?

BeginnerGainz‎, 12-21-2020 05:34 PM
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8 weeks progress then plateau! What to do next?

Hi; I finally started working out with a ~good program. First 2 weeks a ton of pain since I was away from it for years. From week 2 I started to notice a huge shift in my body and strength. Put on 3k and looked so much better. From 40kg bench went up to 75kg on week 7.

benpmdg3‎, 01-23-2021 06:15 PM
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Longer rests between sets being better for muscle growth

Regarding studies that have came to this conclusion, were these studies volume equated?

Brahfessa‎, 01-23-2021 04:41 AM
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At-Home Full-body Workout with Minimum Equipment?

Will this do in a pinch? Pushups Pullups Kettlebell Swings Kettlebell Front Squats Abs Upper body push pull, lower body push pull.

bulldog91‎, 01-03-2021 09:49 AM
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Lockdown, need a simplified workout routine

Hey all, I live in London, gyms are closed, I am and have been indoors for quite a while for various reasons (Covid related obviously). I have a solid bench at home, some proper resistance bands, an EZ bar and some heavy discs so I can put my weight on the bar. Is there a simplified workout...

carlozdre‎, 01-14-2021 09:38 AM
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Low reps beating me up. Suggestions?

I train my main lifts for 3 sets of 4-6 reps and starting to feel like they’re beating me up. Any suggestions on methods to train my main lifts? I really only care about maximal strength with these, not really using them for hypertrophy. I already get that through lighter assistance type work. ...

CatsAndMice10‎, 01-22-2021 01:04 AM
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Zercher squat tips?

Recently I’ve been using front squats in place of back squats as my main movement due to less spinal loading, same stimulus, better torso angle etc. I’m looking for an assistance movement to help drive it up. My first choice was goblet squats but my gym doesn’t have dumbbells that are heavy enough....

CatsAndMice10‎, 01-11-2021 01:53 AM
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