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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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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 10:07 PM
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Question Initial sets and weight determination.

Hello, I’d like to thank you for taking the time to read this. I am trying to learn how to do this right and not hurt myself or waste time. I’m looking to learn how do I determine my starting point of max sets and weight. I have seen a lot of folks saying do this exercise at this...

Nueticles‎, 11-06-2019 09:43 AM
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Your opinion on my ugly abs please ;(

Hey this is my first post on this website, I just wanted to know what other people think of my abs due to the fact I have poland's syndrome. Personally I see my torso as smaller than the average torso, so I think my abs are smaller in length. I am already at a low body fat, I know this because a...

doodleboyyy‎, 11-06-2019 11:20 PM
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What is a good number for overhead pressing?

I am doing 135lbs (61kg) overhead presses, but I have no way of knowing where that number stands. I know that OHP is supposed to be our weakest lifts comparatively, but in both gyms I go to, nobody is doing anything over like 90, so I have no way of knowing where my OHP stands. I'm not a...

BigPapi215‎, 11-05-2019 01:20 AM
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Working out abs/core through big lifts?

Hi guys. Long story short, been bulking for about 21 months and currently on a cut for about 7 months now. My gains are honestly pretty crappy, and I know it could've went a whole lot better. I think I'm around 15% or so right now... seeing a bit of my abs, but not too much. Either way, I know I...

danklift420‎, 11-05-2019 05:54 AM
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Exercises to Develop Speed...

I am wondering what exercises can you do to develop speed in your arm, wrist, and finger movements? When I say speed I mean how quickly you can move them with control.

undrdogtiIimnot‎, 11-06-2019 08:30 PM
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Lower back pain during deadlift, can someone form check?

You can skip the first 18 seconds of me just standing around, youtube undid my video cropping for some reason youtube . com / watch ? v =LB -hyL8S - gQ (remove the spaces, not allowed to post links yet) My back seems to stay neutral the whole time, what am I missing? Also, side...

Envoyy‎, 11-05-2019 02:06 PM
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Muscle imbalance

MY right shoulder drops very low than left shoulder. It looks very weird.what do i do to fix this.

bunny7373‎, 11-07-2019 09:54 PM
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Keeping track of your exercises

I got to ask, when you are reporting your dumbbell weight, (in this case dumbbell bench press), do you put the weight down just for the one dumbbell (because its a dumbbell, its separate, one arm, 45 lbs) or do you combine the 2, 45 + 45 = 90 lbs total. I feel like I am cheating, making it seem...

jrwbentley‎, 11-06-2019 07:27 AM
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Angry Incline Press Problems, help!

Hey guys, Today was my first day trying to learn basic form of incline bench press. I'm working out at LA fitness and I can't adjust the angle of the seat and set the height of un racking it which doesn't help. I noticed a couple things that I'd love to get some help on. 1. It's impossible...

xXGreenXx90‎, 11-08-2019 05:37 PM
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need an excercise to wake up my triceps

I cant feel them anymore, i dont know why , no matter how many sets i do or how much i squeeze the feeling isnt there anymore I cant do dips anymore bcs my collar bone starts feeling uncomfortable pressure during/after workout and idk why i cant do anything overhead as it puts my shoulders in a...

J0hn90‎, 11-07-2019 09:06 AM
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Squats vs Seated Leg Press

What are the benefits of each comparing to one another? The other day all the squat racks were used so I went to the seated leg press. Got the same mobility that I would on the squats, but my quads were killing me on the leg press whereas it doesn't really do much on squats. Do they target the same...

richv24‎, 11-06-2019 07:58 AM
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Exclamation standing overhead press on smith machine? are you suppose to extend arms all the way

When trying a standing overhead press on a smith machine, starting with the bar behind your head, on your neck, if I extend it overhead I can't do it all the way because I hit the top of the smith machine track (I'm 5'10"). Am I doing something wrong? Is this not one of the exercises the smith...

peterm28‎, 11-08-2019 02:49 PM
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How to get adj. dumbbells with "pointy" ends up for presses without bruising thighs

I just built an in-home gym. I have a set of 1" adjustable dumbbells with spiral collars that can hold up to 80lbs. (EDIT: can hold 4 plates, so in theory could get some 15lbs & make it 120lbs) Quickly realized that I cannot rest the dumbbells on my thigh and propel them up for...

VTLifts‎, 11-04-2019 11:57 AM
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Very narrow stance bb squat

With feet together? Like in this video, skip to 1:20 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SauQgvbztRE What do you think of that? Effective? Why do I want to do them: 1. They burn vastus lateralis like crazy; for that quad side sweep. 2. Can use less weight than regular bb squat -> my lower...

HeMB‎, 11-08-2019 11:03 AM
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Pull-ups

Hello, this is going to be a little tricky to explain so I'm going to enlist the help of pictures. The top 3/4 of the rep I can do about 3-4 without to much trouble. However, when I'm hanging there or I'm fully extended I can't do a single one. From hanging when I go to do a pull-up I only feel it...

Beans135‎, 11-07-2019 08:26 AM
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Range of motion help

https://youtu.be/evlsa9NhEdU Tried a different movement today, Wondering if rom looks short or just right? Not sure how chest press machines vs actual bench press rom compares

Hannahp21‎, 11-08-2019 05:01 AM
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Dumbbell Fly- Shoulder

Should I retract my scapulars while doing dumbbell fly like dumbbell press or BP? I like doing dumbbell fly (mostly incline), but recently I am feeling uncomfortable in my shoulder, and start having clicking sound. I figure I might not be performing this exercise correctly, any tips on this...

kings914‎, 11-09-2019 05:58 PM
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Respectable Lifts at 10% Body Fat and 6'5

what are lifts at 10 percent body fat and 6'5 that are respectable. not incredible lifts like 700lb deadlifts, but ones that would make me "strong" for my size. numbers for deadlift,bench,squat and overhead press would help for goals to set for myself. any answers appreciated

felix432‎, 11-06-2019 06:58 AM
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Weird feeling/pain in spine when retracting scapula

When I retract and depress my scapula I'm getting a weird pain in my spine / "upper thoracic" kinda level with where my shoulder blades are. The best I can describe it is it feels like a tension release pain, like there is pressure and it's slowly being lifted of me, it usually takes 6 seconds to...

xXGreenXx90‎, 11-01-2019 01:47 PM
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Stuck on bench press

Hey all, I've been bulking since july and after hitting 70kgs on bench for 3x5, it's been downhill. All squats and deadlifts are increasing very well still and im 100% gaining but my bench is just not improving. I tried switching dumbbells for a couple weeks but I just managed to injure my...

simeditan‎, 11-05-2019 05:24 PM
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How to incorporate bodyweight exercises into a routine?

When you lift is easier to make it harder, just increase the weight. But for something like push ups, burpees, crunches, pull ups, etc... how could you make them more effective without simply doing more?

Merc009‎, 10-19-2019 01:32 PM
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How to do progressive overload in strength training ?

Hello I wanted to know how to do progressive overload when I am training for strength. By strength training, I mean doing lower reps with heavier weights. For example, if I do 3 sets of 5 with a very heavy dumbbell for 1 week, how will I apply the "progressive overload principle" in the...

LESNAR2003‎, 11-09-2019 09:57 PM
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Correcting back issues - exercises vs stretches

Hey all, first time poster. Hopefully I'm doing this right. I’ve decided to alter my workouts from a fairly casual routine to a much more rigorous and focused approach. Previously, I was going to the gym about five days a week and lifting for around 30-45 minutes, then doing cardio for anywhere...

SolusRex‎, 11-10-2019 11:59 AM
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which exercise is better for quads and quad mass ? leg press or hip belt squat

what is better a nebula leg press or squats with an ironmind super squat hip belt

loebakprob‎, 11-10-2019 01:31 PM
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cooling device

Hi all. I checked the clothing section and did not find what I am looking for. Issue: not making it through one hour workout due to heat exhaustion Background: I have taken fluvoxamine for a decade and one of the side effects is quick heat exhaustion. I started working out in February and...

arktex54‎, 11-09-2019 01:20 PM
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