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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 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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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: 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: 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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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 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: 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 Quantity or Quality?

The title might seem untrue to the question. But lets say during the course of 1 year two people have been working out every day, the first person destroys the muscle and on some days he cant lift because of soreness, but the second person only does small amounts of reps throughout the day...

12rep‎, 11-13-2019 04:15 PM
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What exercises can get me arms like these?

^Title I've noticed how Giannis Antetokounmpo's arms, most particularly around the brachialis region is most defined, how can I attain arms like these, as per the photo?

1blehh‎, 12-07-2019 06:00 AM
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Weighted vest cardio safe?

Hey guys, so I love cardio, I don't do it to lose weight, I do it because I love it, I love the challenge of willpower, and it's good for the heart and brain. I conditioned myself to be able to do 200 steps in 20 minutes on level 10 on the stairmaster consistently 7 days a week without fail,...

2RDEYE‎, 11-23-2019 07:13 PM
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Opinions on smith machine hip thrust versus regular barbell hip thrust

Title says it all. I stick with the regular due to using stabilizer muscles. Is one necessarily better than the other? I'm looking for more info about this subject.

3000IQPlayer‎, 11-26-2019 02:56 PM
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Is the deadlift a push or pull exercise?

I’ll be doing my first deadlift tomorrow as i’m new to weight training. I always imagined this as you pushing the floor with your feet as you bring the bar up, instead of looking at it as you pulling the bar up with your arms. Which one is it?

abel246‎, Today 05:09 PM
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Does a 15 degree incline hit the upper pecs sufficiently?

I only have a flat bench at home but if I put some big plates under one side it's basically an incline. Goes up to about 15 degrees that way. Is that too shallow to target the upper pecs or somewhat decent?

AD1985‎, Yesterday 06:04 AM
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Groin hurts while squatting

Just recently I got up to 125 squat for 5 reps and was ready to increase my weight to 135. The other day though i noticed my groin on my right side was hurting a lot. I decided to power through it and finish my set. Then again yesterday my groin was hurting again. So i decided to just skip the...

AL459‎, 11-18-2019 01:24 PM
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Smile Ideal squat weight for women?

Hi everyone! So I am a 20-year-old female, currently at 5'8 and weighing 131 pounds. I am currently bulking as well to get to 145. Basically, about 4-5 weeks ago I started adding squats into my routine. As of Tuesday, I was able to squat 125 pounds for 3x3 and am gonna try to increase the reps to 5...

AL459‎, 11-14-2019 08:59 AM
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Best Bumper Plates with a Good Warranty?

Competitive Lifter No Avatar here. Looking to make a garage gym to train in. Searching for bumper plates that have more than a 1 year warranty and aren’t too pricey. However, I’ll spend more money for quality. I want to avoid anything made in China unless it has a lifetime warranty and some...

Alex1418Boofers‎, 12-06-2019 04:12 PM
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How fast can I increase my bench

So I just started lifting and in the past I’ve benched 225 just messing around. Recently I’ve been dumbbell benching due to an unrelated shoulder injury and I do 75 for 3x5 and I’ve been increasing the weight by 5lb dumbbells for 3 weeks so far. Considering I switch to barbell and I can still max...

alwayskiplegday‎, 11-14-2019 01:15 AM
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Help

Hey so I'm starting up my gym membership again but I ran into a problem, so a couple months ago I completely tore my acl in my right knee during jiu Jitsu class. Now that I'm going to the gym I need a workout routine that has no leg day (my physio gave me a list of home workouts to do for my knee)...

AnabolicHorse‎, Yesterday 06:54 PM
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Squats / Leg Press stunting growth

Hi, I have been hearing that Squats / Leg press stunt growth. I am 17 years old and only 5'4 (163cm) I am also lifting pretty heavy on leg press and squats and sometimes my knee joints ache after training legs. Squats: 85kg x 5 Leg Press: 380lbs x 10 I am also only weighing 57kg I...

Andrew578‎, 11-27-2019 02:45 AM
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Question What is the best exercise for vastus lateralis and triceps three head?

Hi which exercise is good for vastus lateralis(outside of quads) and -the most important- TRICEPS 1-which exercises is for lateral head? 2- which exercise is for long head? 3- and the which exercises for medial head? Thanks in advance

AsanOzan‎, 11-30-2019 02:10 AM
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Seditary, Lightly Active, Moderately Active, Very Active, or Extra Active

So here is what I need help with. You know how most of the calorie calculators have Sedentary (little or no exercise) Lightly active Moderatetely active Very active Extra active As options?

Asleifarson‎, 11-14-2019 08:31 AM
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Do lat pulldowns have to touch your chest?

I am able to pull with 70 lbs atm but I can only pull a few inches below my chin. I heard that it is best to let the bar touch your chest, yet pulling below my chin is enough to feel a stretch in my lats. Is this sufficient enough?

Azkrak‎, 08-11-2018 08:48 AM
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how to do dips/chin ups weighted without belt weight?

Hello, I was wondering how to do weighted dips/chinups without a weight belt? that is, I can't figure out how to put the dumbbell or weights between the legs at the beginning.

baboyako‎, 11-08-2006 05:01 AM
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Dumbbell front raises simultaneously or 1 arm at a time?

In Arnold's encyclopedia he recommends to do them together, with 1 arm up and the other arm down. And then have them pass each other in front of your face. Personally, i've always done 1 full rep with the left hand and then 1 full rep with the right hand until the set was finished. Is there any...

backinthegymbro‎, 11-19-2019 06:27 PM
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Face pulls form

My rear delts have been lacking despite doing rear delt raises with dumbbells twice a week. So i decided to implement seated one arm cross cable lateral raises and also face pulls at the beginning of my work out (priority principle method) I never did face pulls however and they're not in any...

backinthegymbro‎, 11-17-2019 01:47 AM
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Best exercises for the long head tricep?

My long head tricep lacks size and i want to train it more/better. I was wondering what exercises are best for this one specifically. Personally i was thinking weighted dips and close grip bench press, but simply because they're more of a mass/compound exercise. I don't know if they are the...

backinthegymbro‎, 11-16-2019 08:51 AM
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Need an exercise to begin back days

I like to begin my workout with an overall compound exercise. I'm doing bench press for chest, but what do you guys recommend for back? Currently I'm doing seated row. The deadlift does work the back but not directly. have you guys made substantial overall back gains by deadlifting? If so, do you...

bak2basics‎, Yesterday 05:35 AM
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Back pain from squatting with long femurs

Hi everybody. So I've been squatting for about 2 years now, but have been unable to make solid progress due to lower back pain. The problem is I’m 6’1 and have extremely long femurs and a short torso so it makes the squat very difficult. As a remedy, I've raised my heels on a pair of 5lb plates and...

bclark98‎, 11-20-2019 06:32 PM
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Back pain from squatting with long femurs

Hi everybody. So I've been squatting for about 2 years now, but have been unable to make solid progress due to lower back pain. The problem is I’m 6’1 and have extremely long femurs and a short torso so it makes the squat very difficult. As a remedy, I've raised my heels on a pair of 5lb plates and...

bclark98‎, 11-20-2019 06:54 PM
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Cool Power test

A common lower power test is the vertical jump test and its meant to test your maximum output. Does this mean that an individual with a better vertical will also have a better leg press compared to an individual with a lower vertical. P.S is it more appropriate to say the vertical test measures...

Beast5555‎, 11-13-2019 03:58 AM
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Landmine lateral raises?

Recently started doing lateral raises with a landmine (T bar). I feel my entire shoulder working hard and I don't have any impingement issues with my bad shoulder when doing them either. Anyway, has anyone else ever tried them and had good results with them?

BeginnerGainz‎, 11-18-2019 06:12 PM
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Rear delt exercises that ARE NOT bent over lateral raises or face pulls...

Any suggestions? My back day consist of deadlifts as a main lift. Followed by Nautilus pullover, V grip pulldowns, T bar rows and DB rows.

BeginnerGainz‎, 12-04-2019 07:53 PM
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