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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: 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: 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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Tried to Impress my Wife Today

So I’m working out in the basement trying to get my scrawny ass some muscle and I’m about to start bench pressing. My wife comes down to check on me, so I throw a full plate on each end, which I have done in the past but not recently. I unrack it and lower it to until it barely touches my chest,...

mcstatz5829‎, 05-08-2020 06:43 PM
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Question Can see V line but not abs?

Hi everyone. I have currently been working my abs out for the past 2 weeks now doing weighed abdominal exercises. I have def seen a diffrent in my abs and they show a little bit. I am able to see my V line so I was wondering if that’s a sign my body-fat is adequate for my abs to show in the future...

AL459‎, Today 03:33 PM
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Best Exercises to Target Hamstrings?

Best Exercises to Target Hamstrings? ...at home! Limited to home equipment: olympic bench, olympic barbell, olympic plates, standard barbell, standard plates, trap bar, hammer bar, dumbbells, and ez curl bar. Was doing squats but injured my serratus anterior muscle and could not lift for 6...

Zeke2112‎, 05-20-2020 03:10 PM
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This forum needs an injury prevention and treatment sub

I can't possibly be the only one

bropheus‎, Today 12:32 AM
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Thoracic extensions

Are there other compound exercises like front squats that help with thoracic extension? Thanks!

Nelg1993‎, Yesterday 11:51 PM
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Single leg calf raise. Anyone do these?

I used to train with 250 for reps with standing barbell calf raises. I swapped to single leg calf raises and I’m only just hitting the same reps with a 30lb dumbbell. I guess it makes sense though since I’m 170 so with 250 each calf would be getting 210. With the 30 dumbbell each calf is getting...

DogletDusk‎, Yesterday 05:22 PM
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Question Vacuum stomach

Hello. For the past few months I have been trying out the vacuum stomach move (mostly to to help strengthen my postpartum stomach back up). However, I am unsure if you continue to not breathe once you let all the air out? That’s what I have been doing (not breathing at all) and I wasn’t sure if...

Coffee_Gal‎, Yesterday 01:45 PM
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Safe to lift with face mask on?

Where I live they are finally opening the gyms after 2 months of shut down, however they have guidelines and regulations. One of them is to wear a face mask at all times while inside. I read somewhere that training or lifting with a face mask can be harmful, and even deadly. You can faint from...

goonergooner‎, Yesterday 05:21 AM
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How to target shoulders during Incline Bench

How can I target the shoulders when doing incline bench press?

proxyfunction‎, 05-23-2020 04:54 PM
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Neck work

In regards to working the neck, are there any exercises which can hit all the muscle areas of it simultaneously? I ask because I don't wanna do like 4 different exercises just to hit the front, back, and sides. Is there like a neck compound? Weighted head circles or something?

TheShadowMan‎, Yesterday 03:15 AM
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Overhead shrug - proper breathing

I have seem a few online articles/videos describing how to do the overhead shrug exercise but none discuss breathing. For those that do the exercise, do you breath in or breath out while you shrug? I have tried both but not sure what feels right. For other exercises, it's usually pretty easy to...

tytw00‎, 05-24-2020 08:08 PM
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Resistance band help

So, I live in a pretty small apartment. Not a ton of good spots to drill in any kind of anchor and as silly and first world prob as it sounds, don't really want to use my bedroom door bc I have a spot I workout at already. Is there an adhesive mount out there thats strong enough to support heavy...

ozzyd94‎, Yesterday 12:07 PM
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Feel Bench Press in Lats More Than Chest

My lats seem to be dominating all my pushing movements (bench, push ups, etc.). When I squeeze and contract my pecs, my lats also contract (I can't flex my pecs while keeping my lats relaxed). I understand the lats are a supporting muscle when doing pushing movements, but what can I do to minimize...

Ravager‎, 05-25-2020 09:37 AM
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how is my form?

form check, everything good? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DDMuGWvUpwk

Datboileg‎, 05-06-2020 12:18 PM
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Help! Does this exercise split look good for goals?

Overall goals are to lose some stubborn fat around my arms, back, stomach and have my muscles pop through. Does this exercise split look good? In addition to a small cut with macro consumption 1600 cal: 40 protein, 40 carbs, 20 fat I’m 5’4” and 137 pounds. Stomach has bump on it due to...

Kellyaobrien15‎, 05-24-2020 07:28 AM
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back press and front press. Full biomechanics

Hi all, Please if your not sure, or just thing, please no. I am interested in the muscles used in the back press and front press. Full biomechanics of when heads of the shoulder, upper back, and triceps come into play of the concentric and eccentric of these two lift. As in which muscles play...

waynelucky4‎, 05-17-2020 05:45 PM
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Thumbs up Classic Natural Chest Workout

dE36HYUf7-s 1. Incline machine press & dumbbell pullovers 2. Chest dips & underhand pushups off bar 3. Dumbbell Pecfly’s More details throughout the video. 🎶 Puscifer- the humbling river 🎶

Dannyshaver‎, 05-23-2020 04:11 PM
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Alternative to Bent Over Row

Hey, So been on F5 Intermediate for a few months, and I've decided that I've got to swap out Bent over Rows. They are killing my lower back. I realise this is most likely a form issue or something, but I'd rather swap it out than keep trying. It's the only exercise that really strains my lower...

mojojonz‎, 05-19-2020 05:21 PM
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Question Calisthenics VS Weightlifting.

I have posted this before but I can’t find it so imma ask again. Can you get just as big from calisthenics as you would from weight lifting? Doesn’t the body just know tension? So what would the difference be? But yes, can you get just as big from doing calisthenics as you would from...

HopeGainz‎, 05-23-2020 02:00 PM
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Split squats working glutes/hamstrings as much as quads - any tips?

I'm having problems keeping the tension mostly on my quads during bulgarian split squats. My setup involves my rear foot placed flat down on a bench in a straight line back from the hips. I descend until my knee barely touches the ground and extend up with a slight forward lean of my upward...

VTLifts‎, 05-22-2020 05:32 AM
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Slight injury from BB row - how best to aid recovery?

Not sure what went wrong but something twinged in quite a broad area over upper back. This was only 20 mins ago. Have near enough full mobility, just slightly sore all over, covering pretty much all movement that engages the area. Never injured this area before so should I be resting it or should I...

ComeOnFFS‎, 05-22-2020 10:10 PM
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why do my shoulders never get sore?

Not sure if this is the right place to post? Anyway, with my workouts my shoulders never get sore. due to covid im stuck at home so i do my workouts on a ****ty (but effective) squat bench. i have that and plates, and a set of 20lb dumbbells. i usually do my shoulders with chest and triceps....

dylan8433‎, 05-20-2020 02:39 PM
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Improving my barbell row form

My barbell row movement looks more like picture number 4 rather than 3. My elbows point back rather than remain above the bar. Aside from that though, my form looks decent. I've tried flaring my arms a bit more, but I can't seem to keep my elbows above the bar at all. What do I have to do to make...

proxyfunction‎, 05-20-2020 10:16 PM
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Getting adjustable dumbbells into position

Hi all, I've been trying to keep up with my routine in "isolation" or "quarantine" or whatever you want to call it. My only downside is that I've been using adjustable dumbbells, and when i seat them on my legs, they dig in. I have hella skinny legs, so they really dig into the bone and it...

Milkboi‎, 05-19-2020 07:53 PM
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Question Question about breathing

Hey Bodybuilding forum, I'm new to working out, my question about breathing is, when and how do you properly breathe? Right now, I try to breathe in with my stomach right before I am about to do the lift (for ex; while bench pressing), and I do the lift very slowly with heavy weight, but I feel...

TurtleTeef‎, 05-21-2020 03:57 PM
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