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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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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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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: 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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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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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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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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Dannyshaver‎, Today 04:36 PM
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Deadlift form check

Hey everyone been trying to work on my form. Any advice? I was told I needed more leg drive and to use my legs more so I started trying what was recommended but unsure if this is correct in form https://youtu.be/cm9ncCTezQs https://youtu.be/9NyquYAj6B4

Alan21‎, Today 04:46 PM
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Do squats strengthen the knee joint itself?

Hi. Do squats and leg press strengthen the knee joint itself? Does weight training strengthen all joints and bones in general? Or are only the muscles strengthened?

Tobbe123‎, Today 02:45 PM
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Afraid of lifting heavy ? Consequenses ?

I've been lifting for 5 years, serious for 2 years, half assed 2 years, and recently got back into it for the past year, my lifts are ( for 7 reps ) DB bench 115lbs DB shoulder press 95lb Deadlift 455lbs Squat 225lbs (only exercse where i dont lift heavy) Sometimes I put 130lbs on my back...

Merc009‎, Today 02:28 PM
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shooting pain in arm when doing bench press

Hi I've been training for about six months and have recently run into a problem. When I do a bench press I get a shooting pain in my right forearm and it prevents me from completing a rep. I stopped training for 3 weeks to see if it would go away, I also stopped using my PC (in case it was...

leerees‎, 06-10-2006 11:39 AM
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Left obliques training

To work My left oblique with side plank My left or right arm need to be on floor Any other exercises to work left oblique?

Ogisrbija‎, Today 12:08 PM
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Can you train frequently on new muscle group?

I've heard that new lifters can train a muscle group 3 times a week and keep setting PRs and making good recovery. If you HAVE been training a while though, but have never trained a muscle group, e.g. neck, then can you train neck 3-4 times a week or should you just do it 2 times per week like...

Tsyn‎, Today 09:59 AM
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Is front squat suppose to choke me?

I have gotten use to front squat a bit but since I'm still somewhat new I have this feeling I could be doing something wrong. Before I use to awful wrist pain because I wouldn't lift my elbows enough causing my wrists to take a lot a weight but that isn't a problem anymore. I've worked on it and I...

ChaixD‎, Today 09:48 AM
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A significant pull up perfomance drop

A week ago I started training to do pull ups (I couldn't even 1 pull up). I ordered a resistance band in order to get started. I was able to do 3-4 pull ups in a row. After doing that for a few days (about 15 pull ups per day) I started to notice that it was getting harder for me to do pull ups. So...

AleksanderK‎, Today 10:51 AM
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Captain of Crush Certification

For anyone here experienced in using captain of crush grippers:Do you think i would be able to close the number 3 for certification if i can get the 2.5 for 12 reps. Thanks

asdasdsadasdasd‎, Yesterday 07:23 PM
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Added Cardio to my routine - Maybe I shouldn't have done this?

Okay, been working out since April 2017. Been dieting since the end of December 2016. My starting weight was 420 lbs. I am currently 302 lbs. I'm 53 years old. 118 lbs down. Since April, all I have done for exercise is weight training, and walking. Now, for the last two weeks I decided to...

sjmdesigns‎, Today 05:07 AM
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Deadlift: Rack or from the floor?

What's your preference on the deadlift? Taking the first rep from unracking or lifting straight from the floor? How do you find your sets and weights when you do one or the other?

tylerpritchard_7‎, 05-05-2012 10:45 AM
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Keeping tension in muscle/rep speed

Recently I have noticed more and more personal trainers in my gym coaching their clients in this manner - lifting quite slowly and telling not to lock the movement in every exercise in order to keep the constant tension in muscle/to not relax it. Hence, the keeping tension thing has made...

HeMB‎, Today 07:57 AM
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Benching too slowly on the way up

Are you supposed to push the bar slightly explosively (obviously not as fast as when doing a pendlay row) with a proper push. I have been doing 5x5 and so far I push the bar up a little slowly. I suppose that means more TUT but is that less important when training for strength?

Corbachev‎, Today 04:44 AM
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Can't exercise one leg, what's the best solution?

Hi. I'm completely new here, and completely new to the weightlifting community in general, just for the record. My friend has been sick and now has a permanent damage in his leg. Exercising that leg in particular is not an option it seems. He has been lifting weights but stopped after some...

RodHumla‎, Yesterday 07:43 PM
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Pullovers w/EZ Bar made my shoulder pop out of joint

I attempted Pullovers for the first time today w/ an EZ Curl Bar and something weird happened in my shoulder at the lowest eccentric phase of the movement. I felt this pop in my shoulder, almost like the muscle was bunching up, and then it popped back. After it happened a 2nd time I switched to a...

bango skank‎, 03-24-2007 04:00 PM
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Upper/Lower split. When should I work out neck?

Hey guys, I unfortunately have a pretty thin neck. Shrugs, deadlifts gave me decent traps but I want to beef up my actual neck. I follow a Upper/ Lower split. Monday = upper, tuesday = lower. Wed off, repeat. Weekend off. Should I start incorporating neck exercises on my upper day? Do them...

jeffL123‎, Yesterday 12:01 PM
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Safest lower-back exercises.

I have muscle imbalance and s****osis. Right now, I am physiotherapy and working on the problem. Problem is that my lower-back hurts and gets a lot of pressure every time I do deadlifts or any exercise that I have to do standing. So, I was told not to do anything that hurts my back for the time...

Jormund‎, Yesterday 01:43 PM
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Deadlift machine

I tried doing deadlifts using this machine for the first time the other day and noticed I was much more comfortable doing them. I found it was great for maintaining proper posture and didn't strain my lower back like the bar does. But I was wondering will this give the same testosterone boosting,...

Chuck2600‎, 05-26-2010 01:05 PM
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Dumbbell Only Back Training

I don't have access to a proper gym, but I do have a decent adjustable bench, as well as two adjustable dumbbells (70lbs each max setting). I'm having a little trouble deciding which exercises to include in my back training, as lack of pull up bar and cables is annoying. I've generally been...

NoFeels‎, 09-18-2017 07:07 AM
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Alternating dumbbell curls bad?

Is alternating the hands as I curl bad? I can get 35lbs for hand doing the alternating curls, but when I do BB curls for the same reps I can only get 65-70lbs on the bar. Is this odd or can I get more with the DB because it's alternating?

TricepPushdown‎, 09-19-2017 04:50 PM
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Should I switch flat bench to incline?

I'm on fierce 5 but it doesn't specify whether flap bench or incline, I have been doing flat since I started(3 weeks ago). I heard that incline increases flat bench but since I barely started I don't know If I should just keep doing as the program instructs. Thanks in advance.

ChaixD‎, Yesterday 12:31 PM
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Having too flexible hamstrings for squats?

So my hamstrings are seriously loose/flexible. If I really pushed it, I can almost put my elbows on the floor by stretching down with straight legs. I can easily do ATG squats ALL the way down. I don't do that though, I try to not go lower than a little below pararell. At the "bottom" of the...

Kwantonium‎, Yesterday 10:41 AM
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Squat form check 350x3

z8uk0hR3AHo Critique my form please. 350x3 @187lbs I think it moved pretty well but I noticed I slow down in the last portion of the lift.

WorldClassDBag‎, 09-19-2017 08:39 PM
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Question Squats, Overhead Press, and Deadlifts Form Check

May someone please critique my form. I'm 6 feet tall and weigh in at 150lbs. Got a long torso. Thanks in advance! OY5qJOm_Im0 For squats looks like my elbows are still too far back and I'm learning forward a bit? How should I place my hands and wrists? You can also see me leaning to the left...

geokilla‎, 09-19-2017 07:32 PM
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