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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...

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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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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: 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: 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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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: 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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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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No, straps don't cheat your forearms of growth

Ok so speaking from a few months experience using straps on stuff like deadlift and farmers walk using heavy weights. I've ready so many articles claiming that using straps robs your forearms of grip development, and I'm calling utter horse$heet on that. This has to just be a cliche that very...

BadGaskets350‎, 10-29-2021 11:38 AM
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Push pull leg split, could use some help

hey lads, this is going to be a bit of a long one so i apologize in advance and hope youd stick with me. ive been using this program for a while now and i was wondering if i should switch things up a bit, its a push pul legs split but only 1 workout plan for each day meaning iam doing push pull...

LaxingG‎, 11-01-2021 06:31 PM
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Poll Poll: King of Upper Body Exercises: Bench Press vs. Weighted Pullup

People tend to vouch for one or the other as the "ultimate" upper body exercise. Neither is holistic, and comprehensive training is important, but just for fun, which do you consider to be the "king" upper body exercise between the two? While I'm not 100% sure and I perform pullups regularly,...

EliKoehn‎, 10-28-2021 09:35 AM
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Upper chest definition

Hey team. Looking for advice on what I can do with my equipment on getting a more defined upper chest. Lower half is decent but almost no detail in the upper. I have access to a flat bench, bar & DB and dip bars. If there's any specific exercise that can help would appreciate it! Should look at...

STRYDG‎, 10-31-2021 03:57 PM
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Legs exercises injury advice

Hi, I am recovering from a back injury and as a result I am having to do diffrent exercises: Trap bar deadlift lying leg curls hip thrust calf raises

NicSw11‎, 10-30-2021 09:32 PM
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dropping pullups or light

Hello! I have been working out for almost a yea, trying to find a split that works for me. I've been changing PPL exercises and rest days looking for a sweet spot. I've done pull rest push legs rest repeat Im eager to try pull push rest legs rest repeat with heavy and light push pull days...

Rsurf72‎, 11-02-2021 04:56 AM
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Chin-ups for biceps

Hello, i want to ask something. Im training in my basement, i have just basic equipment and i train mostly calisthenics. I have some light dumbells and rubber bands, but its too light even for curls. I want to ask, if chin-ups could be enough for biceps, if ill do them especially for biceps (trying...

Shakewhey‎, 11-01-2021 09:16 AM
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What are your favorite types of sets?

So... what are your favorite types of sets? What kind of sets do you include in your workouts? 1. straight sets - same weight, same number of reps 2. down sets - lowering the weight, same number of reps 3. drop sets - lowering the weight without rest 4. myo-reps - same weight, very short...

jaxqen‎, 10-28-2021 01:51 PM
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Anything weird happen to you yesterday, 10/31/21, Halloween?

My workout journal from 10/31 is gone from my notebook. I remember writing down all the reps and sets, but now it's gone. My journal page is gone.

paulinkansas‎, 11-01-2021 09:02 PM
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AMRAP for dumbbells exercises?

I've been stuck at home with dumbbells that only go up to 75lbs. Going back to the gym isn't an option right now due to being out in the middle of nowhere for a job and not looking to buy new equipment since my situation is only temporary (2 more months). I did end up building a dip/pull up station...

cam1987‎, 11-02-2021 11:37 PM
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Strict overhead press followed by push press

Any of you do your overhead press and then when you can't do anymore switch to push press to go beyond failure. Or even stop, increase the weight and do a set of push press. Opinions?

safcpaul‎, 11-03-2021 12:59 PM
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Can you evaluate my squat form? 200 lb (91 kg) = 80% 1RP

Hi, I finally managed to upload a squating video, from the side at knee level. This is low bar, at 200 lb. (91 kg), which is 80% of my 1RM. 4 reps. This is from Saturday, October 30, 2021. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IfJvF8fRfoU

mileena202‎, 10-31-2021 01:49 PM
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Why do I fall backwards when squatting?

Cliffs: What are some common reasons people fall backwards, and what troubleshooting steps do you recommend (besides posting a video)? ... I try to keep my knees from going past my toes and get my upper leg down to parallel and think of sitting on a toilet. My trainer warns when my...

Darkius‎, 11-04-2021 11:58 AM
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Is my low bar squat barbell position too low on my back?

Do you think my low bar squat barbell resting position is too low on my back? A trainer, whom I am not working with, mentioned it might be too low. But it feels natural to me, and seems to slide into this notch, I think. Here is the pic: https://i.postimg.cc/rsjXwjjC/pic-back.jpg

mileena202‎, 11-04-2021 10:12 AM
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Unhappy I will be getting a pacemaker, brief question about my lifestyle. Please help!

I’m in my mid 20’s, the reason for the pacemaker is for an AV block that is not severe and doesn’t produce me any symptoms but it still needs a pacemaker as concluded by my specialist, other than that I’m very healthy. I began searching online about having a pacemaker and weightlifting just to find...

fitnesslover777‎, 10-28-2021 11:56 AM
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What order would you do this leg/back day?

Here's one of my leg/back day workouts. I do 5-10 minutes on a stair climber and 30-40 light reps cable machines for warmup, so none of these below are warmup sets. The problem is I sometimes find myself utterly wrecked too early in the workout, sometimes not. I'm wondering if I should...

BadGaskets350‎, 11-03-2021 02:30 PM
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Exercises before photo shoot ?

I'm a photographer and frequently find myself wishing a model had just a little more muscle definition (Too often the folks with good muscles don't make good models and the good models could use a bit more muscle). Are there some simple exercises that that I could have them do just before the...

QDubs‎, 11-05-2021 03:00 PM
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Sissy squat idea without a sissy squat machine ideas…..

So this is what I came up with after watching some YouTube ideas on it. Thoughts? Biggest flaw is heavier weights will not work with this stance Also, a bar on my shoulders would be better resistance dr8LXGcJOVw

snailsrus‎, 11-09-2021 08:24 AM
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I have a problem growing. Advice please?

Hello everyone. I been lifting for about a year and a half now. I been doing Fierce 5 Novice routine 3 days a week A and B. I've been getting incredibly stronger and increasing the lifting weight almost every week. For bench I'm lifting 175 lbs 3x5. squats 180 lbs 3x5. and romanian deadlift 140...

diploid123‎, 11-10-2021 07:46 AM
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Pendlay Rows and deadlifts, which one first?

So ive been doing starting strength for about 7 months and have made good gains but feel like its time to switch to a more bodybuilding oriented routine. Was thinking of doing a pretty standard 3 day split, chest/trs, back/ bis, legs/shoulders still keeping it mainly compound exercises. For...

Sanity1‎, 04-20-2012 04:11 PM
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Squatting after Hernia surgery - Help please

Location: Toronto/Canada Background: Had my left Inguinal hernia surgery in 2015 and active since then meaning have been working out very normal (not too heavy) and just trying to stay fit. Question: For some reasons, I have been hesitant to do Squatting assuming it might impact as i had my...

sribond‎, 11-13-2021 09:15 AM
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What are oddball things you do between sets?

I've been cutting, grinding, drilling and welding metal parts for a surface drive boat motor between sets. I used to load shotgun shells, but now I have a 5 year supply and don't need to load anymore. The boat motor will allow to to hard to reach areas to shoot those shells. What do you do...

paulinkansas‎, 11-01-2021 01:28 PM
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Pull Days: Moving Dead lifts before Rows?

During my pull days (every other day) I start with rows at 25% 10rm weight x 10 , 50% 10rm x 10, then 100% 10rm x 2 sets before moving to deadlifts 100% 10rm x 2. Don't think it necessarily matters, but FWIW my deadlift 1 RM is approaching 400lbs and row is approaching 200. Both are progressing as...

JustinP72‎, 11-14-2021 06:16 PM
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How is my leg routine? I have lower back issues

Hello, everyone. I have lower back problems and can not do back squats and leg presses. My gym has very little equipment. How is my leg day? What can be improved there? Do you have any ideas? - 5min warm up on the bike - Back extension 100 to 150 reps - 10x leg curls lying 3-15 reps (heavy and...

Italianmobster‎, 11-13-2021 05:42 AM
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Can i do chin ups and pull ups every other day 6x a week?

I lost access to the gym due to the vax mandates and i don't have the space/equipment for a home gym. I do have a great pull up bar however. So i was thinking to do pull ups monday - wednesday - friday And chin ups to train my biceps on tuesday-thursday-saturday. My question is: Is this...

backinthegymbro‎, 11-12-2021 07:14 PM
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