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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 08:02 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 11:41 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 09:10 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 04:46 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 07:41 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 10:59 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 11:16 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 09:12 AM
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Don’t be afraid to squat on your toes once in a while

For everyone’s reading pleasure. https://www.tomfurman.com/the-lost-basic/ After toying around with BW leg extensions and sissy squats, I’ve determined my legs really aren’t as strong as they could be. So today, after doing my trap bar deadlifts (strap and belt less, of course) and my leg...

BeginnerGainz‎, Yesterday 11:01 AM
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Yates Rows

Anyone ever gotten better overall back hypertrophy by switching from standard BORs to Yates? I decided to switch it up the other day and felt a significantly better contraction in my entire back—mostly lats—than I do with BORs. I figured incorporating more bicep would yield the opposite. ...

Xpiro‎, 01-23-2021 08:14 PM
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Strength performance coming out of a bulk

Is it normal to experience some reduction in strength on various exercises after transitioning from a calorie surplus to maintenance? I've had this happen before, but was wondering if it's the norm.

ForecasterJason‎, Yesterday 03:27 PM
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Will I miss out from just doing incline bench?

Been lifting for almost 3 years now and my rotator cuffs occasionally get discomfort from flat bench. I do keep my pulling volume ahead of pressing and I do face pulls for shoulder rehab yet shoulder issues always seem to come up every few months. Incline bench feels far more comfortable than flat...

Odifududix‎, 01-22-2021 04:35 PM
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Rep range for building muscle mass with calisthenics?

So I know 8 to 12 reps is the sweet spot for building muscle mass with free weights (arguably with 15 to 20 for isolation exercises), but how does that translate to calisthenics exercises? If I can only do 5 neutral grip pull ups and 5 dips in one set, am I going to be stimulating muscle...

Liberal3lite‎, 01-23-2021 09:49 PM
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Unhappy Help! 😐 Got Curvy physique as a male, Curvy hips & small shoulders

I'm 23y old male my hips are wide & v shaped legs My chest is 36'inches waist is 36'inches, but my hips are 40' inches, & it looks abnormal makes me feel really insecure, My shoulder are less muscular it's 16.5' inches wide. Any chances of having klinefelter syndrome here? I have normal semen...

user6565‎, Yesterday 02:31 AM
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Why do my knees come up to my chest when I do pull-ups?

I've finally gotten strong enough to do bodyweight pull ups, I can sets of 2 reps at 259 lbs bodyweight. I can get my neck to the bar for each rep and I can fully extend down all the way at the bottom of each rep. But what I have noticed, my knees come up towards my chest when I go to pull myself...

redmchalo‎, 01-23-2021 12:47 AM
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Front Squat Advice (embedded Video)

Yo... put one of these up with my pendlay row the other day. Another one I am trying to get down is the front squat. Going super light in weight, going to incr. 10 lbs a week but want to make sure I got the form down first. I think I have a butt wink, and maybe knees too far forward? Idk, think...

JetsFan152‎, 01-22-2021 01:45 PM
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Is 5x5 too much volume?

1st set is like 6 or 7/10 intensity. By the last set I’m completely dead. Takes me like 30 minutes including warmup. Always get light headed, and barely have energy left for accessories. I’m used to less volume like 3x5 or even 3x3 which I find much more manageable and enjoyable, but I...

BulkingIsHard‎, 01-16-2021 05:28 PM
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Question Is there any reason to barbell squat? (Outside of powerlifting)

I haven’t barbell squatted in months. The SSB just feels so much better. As a bonus, it trashes my upper back/mid-lower traps. Any reason I should program barbell squats? They’re a great exercise but I’m wondering if they offer anything the SSB doesn’t. I squat high bar anyway so the 2 movement...

Ironface‎, 01-22-2021 03:36 AM
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Any issues with my deadlifts?

EDIT: all these vids are about 30 seconds long so it'll be a quick watch. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yzd59K2Qclo&list=WL&index=1 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q52jUKHgG0k&list=WL&index=2 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dHDgF24CevE&list=WL&index=3 Haven't done deadlifts in over a...

Odifududix‎, 01-22-2021 12:02 PM
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Any inspirational calf progress?

Im struggling making gains with my calves - like many i know. I think i have a good workout worked out now so its just dedication now. I wana hear some inspirational calf progress - anyone start off with small/no calves and make serious gains?

LoveThePain‎, 03-09-2008 05:49 PM
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anyone hit 225 bench way before 3/4 squats/deadlifts?

Been lifting seriously for about 3 months and just hit 225 bench last week for a 1 rep max. My current max dead lift is at 270 and so is my squat (ATG) of both which I can do about 3 reps each of. I used to do a lot of push ups/planks as a kid so that's obviously why my bench is pretty good but man...

IBorBust‎, 01-22-2021 12:02 AM
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How does this training routine sound?

I'm currently doing a PPL split so training each muscle group twice a week. However, I was thinking of trying the following: Day 1: Chest and triceps Day 2: Back and biceps Day 3: Shoulders and abs Day 4: Legs Day 5: Rest Would this type of training be common? I currently do chest and...

Dream2BShredded‎, 12-28-2020 03:13 PM
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Talking Beginner looking for tips

Hi ladies and gents I'm a beginner when it comes to gym... been going on and off (2 months tops) for years and am wondering what is the best way to gain leg muscle and calf muscle as these just dont want to grow on me 😅. I currently run 2 miles every other day (18mins) just for fun and if...

Ali090695‎, 01-21-2021 09:15 PM
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Question Dips - chest or triceps ?

Hey, i have a question. I do fullbody training 3x per week, mainly compound movements. In my training program, i have just "3 sets of dips". I know there are dips for chest or for triceps. Because im trying to progressive overload, and im novice/intermediate, should i do chest/triceps dips, or it...

Trineu‎, 12-23-2020 02:32 AM
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Building Abs

Hi All, I'm curious if sit-ups are good for building abs, I'm not looking to lose body fat and that's not what my question is, I just want to know how good sit-ups really are for growing abs. Thanks, Kris

kris715‎, 01-18-2021 03:34 AM
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Making no progress with bench. Looking for suggestions

I am making very little progress with my bench press. (Flat and incline) On flat press I am constantly between 185 and 205 for reps going to 225 x 1. Recently I have really struggled with flat bench and am having a hard time at 195 for reps. I am looking for some advice on how to progress my...

Temple90‎, 01-13-2021 07:59 PM
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Question Weak hands/Fingers

Hello, new to these forums so I’m not sure where to post this; I thought this place would be OK. My question is, what can I do to strengthen my hands/fingers? When doing exercises such as the lat pulldown, deadlifts, shrugs (mainly pull exercises), my fingers/hands are why I have to stop. A few...

Booboobooboo‎, 12-21-2020 03:50 PM
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What do you think of the effect of this exercise?

How to exercise well? I look forward to your reply, thank you

JZLI‎, 01-22-2021 01:23 AM
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Upper chest without incline

Looking for a way to hit upper chest without an incline bench. Any ideas? Thanks

safcpaul‎, 01-21-2021 02:27 AM
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neck training soreness or injury??

hi everyone,i have started training my neck with my bodyweight and with resistance with a towel for 3 weeks now and sometimes the next day after the workout i feel soreness in the right side of the back of my neck (which is also tighter than the left).it's a bit annoying to turn my head to my right...

kflps‎, 01-21-2021 12:39 PM
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Using the Hammer Strength Dip as an accessory?

Doing Lyle Mcdonald's Upper/Lower routine and I typically do pushdowns as a tricep isolation movement. Gym got a new HS Dip and decided to test it out and I feel it work my triceps well. Is using this machine a valid "accessory" movement near the end of upper body workouts? I primarily feel it in...

Odifududix‎, 01-21-2021 11:54 AM
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How can i target my Upper inner chest with push ups?

Title basically explains it. Im in quarantine and im waiting for gyms to reopen. My Upper chest was lacking in general but managed to fill out the outer upper chest but now my inner upper chest is kind of flat. Does anyone know any exercises for it? I usually add weight to my push ups. It can be...

feorge‎, 01-21-2021 08:33 AM
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Sharp shoulder pain during light bench press but pain was absent during heavy sets

Hello all, I'm currently experiencing a sharp pain on my left shoulder whenever I perform my warm-up sets on the bench press. However, as I proceed on to my main set (531 pyramids at 79%-96% my 1RM), I do not feel any pain whatsoever. Does anyone know the reason behind this? I recently...

UYScuti57‎, 01-21-2021 09:38 AM
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