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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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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: 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: 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: 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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Arrow Sticky Thread Sticky: General Forum Rules

Welcome to the 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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RANT: R.I.P. Tyrbolift

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

chazzy1864‎, 06-23-2016 11:38 AM
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Calling anyone interested in a friendly strength competition for this spring/summer

Last fall, a few of us took part in a competition/collaborative effort where we uploaded our lifts and challenged each other to greater progress. It was fun, and to the best of my knowledge all of us made improvements. My squat is finally out of pathetic territory but still needs a lot of work...

EliKoehn‎, 03-26-2021 07:50 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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Muscle strength outgrowing tendon strength

For someone relativly new to weight lifting are there any risks of muscle strength outgrowing tendon strength, leading to high risk of injury? Or is this phenomenon just a myth?

jakkan33‎, 04-29-2005 01:09 PM
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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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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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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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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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Cooling the body for better physical performance

I was listening to this podcast with Andrew Huberman, "neuroscientist and tenured professor in the Department of Neurobiology at the Stanford University School of Medicine" xaE9XyMMAHY He is talking about heat being the enemy of physical performance and how proper cooling of the body can...

jaxqen‎, 05-27-2021 06:04 AM
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Maintain muscle without access to a gym (swimming?)

Hi all, My local gym will be closed for nearly all of December due to refurbishment. I have no weights or equipment at home for a home workout, and given my current financial position, I cannot really justify buying any for just a month away from the gym. During this month, whilst I...

noonehh‎, 10-23-2021 02:11 PM
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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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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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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.

mileena202‎, 10-31-2021 01:49 PM
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What is your favorite type of deadlift?

What is your favorite type of deadlift? 01. conventional deadlift - touch-and go style 02. conventional deadlift - deadstop/reset style 03. snatch-grip deadlift 04. candito deadlift - medium stance, snatch grip 05. block deadlift 06. deficit deadlift 07. sumo deadlift 08. hexbar/trapbar...

jaxqen‎, 11-09-2021 01:46 AM
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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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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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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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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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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:

mileena202‎, 11-04-2021 10:12 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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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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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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Question Hard to progress on ohp

How tf last workout I did 100 pounds for 4 on the ohp and this time I did 100x3 how tf is this happening on a bulk(stupid body!)

Darkseidd21‎, 11-17-2021 09:41 AM
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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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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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