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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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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: 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: 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: Ask an Exercise Science major anything

Ask away. This thread will be nice for any basic or advanced questions as well as help me develop my knowledge and proficiency in my field. background in: biomechanics kinesiology exercise physiology athletic injuries all kinds of workout programming as well as advanced courses in...

y0lked‎, 07-12-2016 09:07 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: 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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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 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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Question Deadlift form

Hi all, yesterday for the first time I lifted 100kg for 6 reps, I decided to film myself to see if my form was okay, so if anyone wouldn't mind to check my video and tell me any recommendations or feedback, it would be awesome. Video: https://youtu.be/LbCGSDg31wc The video is from the last...

sgarciac07‎, Yesterday 01:04 PM
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Tightness in left hip when squatting

I’m new to the gym and just got to doing 225 for 5 reps. I’ve nocited right before parallel like a couple inches before my hip is in line with my knee I get this tightness on my left hip even after about 5 mins of stretching. Anybody have any tips on how to stretch my hips good before squats. I do...

bojanglez34‎, Yesterday 03:43 AM
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Falling back while squating

How do i learn to squat? I'm falling back when i try to back squat the right way. Are there any exercises that will help me learn it? Thank you in advance.

RF4E‎, 05-10-2018 03:25 AM
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RANT: R.I.P. Tyrbolift

For those with discerning tastes while they soak their toes in a nice cool pool.

chazzy1864‎, 06-23-2016 10:38 AM
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Most important back exercises apart from deadlift & bodyweight (eg. pull-ups)

I’m wanting to start a Pull routine for hypertrophy and wondering what are the most important back exercises to include that don’t include bodyweight exercises or deadlifts. The reason for no deadlifts is cause my gym currently only has 25kg dumbbells max. Also I have no equipment to do pull ups...

gggjones‎, Today 02:22 PM
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Untill failure...

How do you guys that workout alone train until failure? I really can't get a workout partner because of my schedule. I know i can use dumbell bench press instead of barbell bench, etc. but I like to switch it up to keep muscle confusion. The problem is, with squats and barbell bench/press,...

jwest11‎, Today 08:15 AM
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DB Fly and Sternum Pain

Hi Friends, Most people complain of sternum pain when doing dips, but for me DB flys lead to sternum pain. Is this exercise best avoided? Dips may sometimes give me slight pain in front delt but it goes away quickly. DB presses are no problem. But even days after flys, I am still having...

bodyartt‎, Yesterday 07:35 PM
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Chest Palpitations During Squats

I recently started experiencing chest palpitations when coming up from a squat. Feels like a vibrating feeling when I really push. Anyone else experience the same?

harrygrayson‎, Today 07:42 AM
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Do Rack Pulls work hams at all?

1. If you set the pins just below knee height and really focus on hip extension when you execute the lift: will rack pulls work the Hams enough to balance out fron squats? (front squats being heavy on quads)? (i'd rather not go into why i dont want to do deads) 2. Will Rack Pulls work more of...

FasterStronger‎, 03-31-2008 01:58 PM
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Question Form check: Face-pulls

Hi y’all I noted in my log (linked below) that I’m developing a fairly pronounced lean as I add weight to my face-pulls (video below). I’ve read recently somewhere, don’t recall where, that this is not ideal. https://youtu.be/6a2nd_Y6VdI Does anyone else have this challenge? How did you...

Corbets‎, 05-22-2018 11:34 PM
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Arrow Believe I'm doing Lat Raises properly, still hurting.

I've been lifting off and on for about a year, strictly for the last 2 months. Results have been satisfactory since I got serious about my diet. Don't know if it matters, but I'm 27, about 6 2' at 175, up from 155. One issue I'm struggling to shake is pain in my left shoulder, feels like in/ kind...

ChurchOnHill‎, 05-21-2018 06:06 PM
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Question Possible to Change Chest Shape?

Hey guys, so I've been lifting for almost a year now and I'm pretty happy with my results (gained 8kgs). Concerning genetics, I knew I had good ones since my Dad is pretty big, but concerning muscle insertions/origins and stuff I dunno if I'm very satisfied. My abs I have to admit are pretty good...

TD7829‎, 01-30-2018 06:36 AM
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Front Squat Wrist Question

Was going to write a long post explaining my problem but i figured it wouldn't be too big of a mystery cuz it's my first time front squatting Will the pain that comes with rotating your wrists further back dissipate the more you front squat? Or is there some sort of flexibility exercise I should...

ThatOneStudent‎, Yesterday 05:27 PM
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Switching to Incline Bench to increase flat bench

Hey guys my question is would switching from flat bench press to incline press for 12 weeks improve my bench press when I come back to it. I always do flat and incline on chest days but I've platuead recently and wondered that if I switched to incline and focus on increasing my strength on that...

Chizle‎, 09-11-2012 04:33 PM
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Lower body lifts lagging

I’ve been lofting for a little over a month and based on other progression stories and just a lot of thread searching I’ve noticed my squats and dl are behind. My bench is at 160 but both of my lower body compounds are at 225 rn are they that behind and if so what can I do to resolve this and...

bojanglez34‎, 05-22-2018 03:33 AM
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boxing hand soreness?

i boxed today for the first time, never used an actual boxing bag before. i went using a heavy bag and after that a smaller one to train my punching form on both hands. now my hands are sore and it feels good tho, no pain at all. but does boxing train your hands, and they get sore, actually...

JuWo420‎, Yesterday 02:43 PM
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Unhappy Disappointed in my results after 6 months in gym

Im 16 and ive been hitting the gym for about 6-7 months. Ive always been a scrawny 6 foot ectomorph with an overall skinny bitch physique. However, i'm not seeing any real major improvements from when i started working out. Ive been kind of obsessing with my own image recently and ive realized im...

marc54321‎, 05-15-2018 09:47 PM
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My weighted pull-ups are not where I want them to be, how can I improve?

My best friend who has a phenomenal upper body told me that the only way to get the perfect upper body is by doing weighted pull-ups, he is usually the largest guy in the gym so I took his advice. However I think my pullup form is flawed because I believe I could do more than 5 reps of non weighted...

JamesPython‎, 05-22-2018 12:03 PM
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Curious noob

I have been working out off and on for a long time , but started training very hard in January ,seeing as i decided that me turning 50 this year i want to look the best i have ever looked in my life age is just a number . Haven't had bad results , lost 9 % body fat and nearly 10kg's since december...

Time-Man‎, 05-22-2018 03:21 PM
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Smile Deadlifting Exercise .. am I doing it right? (Part 2)

This is my second form about my deadlift exercise ... I have been following the vikings bare bone program for 7 months now and I have no coach in my gym so I make sure to watch and study the correct form of youtube and bodybuilding forums. That being said I posted this video a month ago and got...

1HumanTarget1‎, 05-20-2018 02:52 PM
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Is bike riding and work hurting my gains?

I have to ride my bike early in the morning to get to the gym. It is about 10 miles then 10 miles back home, I usually put my bike on a low gear and walk on hills. I have also been doing this type of bike riding for 6 months now so it is a cake walk now. I am going to start hypertrophy training...

JoshuaScott123‎, 05-20-2018 03:47 PM
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Unhappy Knee "hollowness", cracking and discomfort from few weeks

My leg day workout consists of the following: 6 sets of squat - 6 to 8 reps 3 sets of inclined leg press - 10 to 12 reps 3 sets of standing calf raises - 10 to 12 reps 3 sets of sitting calf raises - 10 to 12 reps 3 sets of hamstring curls - 10 to 12 reps Of-late, my knees feel hollow and...

sagarbhathwar‎, 05-20-2018 11:02 PM
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Exclamation Active Recovery Question

I created a similar thread couple of weeks ago, but I created another one as I've changed my active recovery 'workout' routine. So I was wondering if it's okay to lift some light weights (a pair of 5kg dumbbells to be specific.) in home on rest days to get some muscle pump. I would do some...

Alchols‎, 05-22-2018 09:46 PM
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Post Running on Highway

hey Guys, I run daily early in morning on a highway near my house which is I know a little tilted "banking of road" , when I started it was nothing but know when I run I feel like a little load or pain in my knees is it.normal and safe? or I should avoid?

krishnasinghal‎, 05-21-2018 05:50 PM
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Assymetrical pull ups

Hello everyone. I'm 16 and I've recently started doing a basic program of calisthenics which includes different kinds of pull ups and push ups. The issue is, when I do pull ups I heavily lean towards my right hand since it is significantly larger than my left. this causes only the right hand to...

NEWACC11‎, 05-22-2018 02:45 PM
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