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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 Should I do compounds as a teen

I'm 16 and I've been working out for a couple months running push pull legs doing hypertrophy and bodyweight training. I was signing up for a new gym because I wanted to get into compound lifts to increase my strength in bench , deadlift etc and the manager told me he wouldnt reccomend I do any of...

12rep‎, 01-15-2020 08:29 AM
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Best time to start powerlifting

I'm 16 and I've been working out for about 6 months doing calisthenics and hypertrophy training. I was signing up for a new gym and the manager was talking to me about how he wouldn't reccomend any compound movements like deadlift and squat because at my age my body isnt developed enough to handle...

12rep‎, 01-14-2020 11:41 PM
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Are one-legged squats (or 'pistol' squats) the best exercise for glutes' shape?

*the best exercise regarding compound squat variations (I mean, not counting other glute isolation exercises) Some years ago, all what I did regarding leg training was pistol squats (for reps, or weighted) and bridge push-ups. Back then, I received a lot of compliments regarding the shape of my...

1ddf25567f4df45‎, 01-08-2020 03:40 AM
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When Bodyweight Isn't Enough

When Bodyweight Isn't Enough - Three Easy Ways to Add Weight to Dips & Pullups Most people start out doing dips and pullups on a machine that takes weight away from their body and gives them assistance. Once they've built enough strength, they move away from the machine and hit the dip bars and...

2020Wellness‎, 01-21-2020 07:00 AM
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Curls in the squat rack

Curls in the Squat Rack I just saw this Weird But What do I know Is there some reason? edit: curls in the Cage/Power Rack.

27MinuteMiracle‎, 01-23-2020 12:35 PM
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Exercises and/or supplements to deal with flaccid abdomen

Ok, so i've been working out for a while now, lost a bunch a weight, and i actually look thin right now, but i can't for the life of me get rid of my love handlles or belly. It has come to the point that i have visible ribs of how little fat i have but i still CANT get rid of the extra waist size....

2pado‎, 01-09-2020 10:25 AM
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Post Need Help Quick

Hey all, just now, I came to Bodybuilding.com in hopes to find maybe some advice or any tips I can get. Recently, I got cut from my schools JV team to play on the 9th grade team. The head coach pulled me over and told me that I’m good enough to make JV, but i’m just not big/strong enough. I’m...

3lmillsy3‎, 01-18-2020 10:46 PM
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Do you lift the same weight every set?

My main goal as a newbie is to build muscle, so progressive overload is key. If I can bench a weight for 6-8reps the first set, but I fail at 3-4reps the next set with the same weight, should I lower the weight so I can hit the 6-8 rep ranges or keep pressing the same weight even if I fail...

abel246‎, 01-09-2020 12:56 AM
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Question How to increase incline bench?

How can I increase my regular 4x10? I feel like the last few weeks I have been stuck at the same weight even though I am eating a lot more

Absthetic‎, 01-14-2020 10:40 PM
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Smile New member advice.

Hi all, First of all I’m not 49 like I think it says above I’m 31. I’m sorry if this is the incorrect platform or subject matter for this forum so please delete if you need too. My names Adam and I’ve just joined over here ready to get a head start on transforming myself. I’m coming...

AdamJackson7‎, 12-27-2019 04:55 AM
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A set of exercises for cerebral palsy

Hello, can you recommend good programs (a person is almost 30 years old)? thanks ;)

AlbrechtMyers‎, 01-22-2020 04:38 AM
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Unhappy Arthritis

Hi everyone, Just wondering if anyone has any advice. Been on a progressive work out plan for about a year now. Mainly training for rugby (flanker). Aware as a female I don't have the testosterone to bulk as such but I actually am gaining a bit of mass (which I'm happy with!) I'm having a...

Amanda9226‎, 12-31-2019 08:09 AM
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Is my routine effective for getting bigger arms?

Been working out for a year and over that year I've learned the number one thing I want bigger are my arms as for some reason I just really like that over-developed look for them compared to the other muscle groups. I'm 5ft6-5ft7 (not entirely sure these days) and my goal is 17-18 inch arms, cold...

ArkI5‎, 01-24-2020 01:59 PM
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Unable to laterally raise my right arm without shrugging

Do any of the anatomy guys know what this could be? When i was very young i threw a medicine ball and immediately ****ed something in my shoulder. I knew it right away. i had cold sweats and could not throw a baseball well after. Anyway, no MRI back then, some doc said i had messed up my shoulder...

ArnoldHAMnEGGer‎, 01-14-2020 09:24 PM
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general bulking questions

right off the bat, im 18 years old, 5'7 130 pounds. I have been lifting for about a year total, 9 months followed by a year break which i regret but now im 3 months back in and have regained almost all the muscle ive lost. Since i started lifting ive gone up maybe 15 pounds total (very skinny and...

aswwdwu111‎, 01-01-2020 10:14 PM
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First Rep of Flat Barbell Bench Press is harder than subsequent reps!!

Anyone else have this problem? I've had this problem since I hit 165 lbs on the bench press. First rep is super slow and difficult, taking like 75% of my energy, then the following reps are clean and easy (until the last one of course). Its really annoying cause I feel like id be able to do at...

Atlas70‎, 01-04-2020 09:05 PM
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Bicep targeting

Whenever I do my biceps I can never get a burn on my upper to mid biceps, but only at the lower portion of my biceps.  What could be the problem here?

AurelioB3rd‎, 01-04-2020 03:50 PM
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Deadlift progression for the future

now after a shoulder injury which took me out for about 2 years due to all the surgeries. Anyways my max deadlift right now is 475 for a single and I've been on the split back and chest, arms and shoulders, legs repeat then abs on sunday with some forearm work. Sunday I do 4 sets of deadlifts for 8...

austinpowers97‎, 01-02-2020 01:08 AM
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Recovery and DOMS, have you felt this way?

This is mostly likely a personal pet-peeve but maybe there is some reasoning to it. After I do a heavy chest workout, I usually feel sore the next day, that concentrated, stone-like soreness coming from DOMS we all appreciate. Then after chest day I sometimes do a shoulder workout the next day. And...

bak2basics‎, 01-14-2020 02:01 AM
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What body type am I?

I've just started training about a month ago, my goal is to train for hypertrophy mostly. I want to put on more size as well, I'm currently 72kg (158pounds) and about 180cm (5 ft 11) 20 years old, I want to bulk up to 80 kg but I'm unsure what approach to take as I can't figure out my body type I...

Barnaa‎, 12-29-2019 06:57 PM
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Thoughts on my squat form?

I have just started squatting about a month ago and want to get thoughts on my form, I feel pretty good about it besides my depth as I think I'm getting butt wink I haven't experienced any back pain yet. vimeo.com/384301537

Barnaa‎, 01-12-2020 12:18 AM
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Cardio vs weightlifting

Hi all, Just out of curiosity which is better (in terms of health benefits I.e preventing disease etc) cardio or weight lifting. I know both together is best but if you had to pick just one which should it be?

bbuk2018‎, 12-29-2019 05:22 AM
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Rotator cuff training

Are the 4 muscles of the rotator cuff worked to a good enough degree during things like BB rows, lateral raises, bent lat raises, presses, etc or is direct, high volume training with light weight still the best approach?

BeginnerGainz‎, 12-29-2019 01:04 PM
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Are there any downsides to not doing the back squat and just doing the front squat?

I was having back pain off and on for months last year and it took me a while to narrow down what might have been causing it. The pain always seemed to be triggered by leg day and I eliminated exercises like the back squat, RDL, conventional deadlift, seated leg curls, and basically anything that I...

beq1991‎, 01-11-2020 03:32 PM
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Rest inbetween musclegroups

If Im working out chest and triceps should I do all 4 exercises of triceps one after annother and then do chest or should i do 3 Sets of triceps, then 3 sets of chest and afterwards triceps again

berf12‎, 01-15-2020 10:01 AM
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