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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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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: 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: 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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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 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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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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Form Check Threads: DOs and DON'Ts

Form Check threads are great for getting feedback from others and finding ways to perfect your form, continue to progress on your lifts, and avoid injury. Here are some tips for making a good form check thread. DO Take video from far enough away to see your entire body. Take video from...

PeterGibbons316‎, 02-15-2012 07:23 PM
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Are Bro Splits Really As Bad As People Claim?

Over the past few years I've heard a lot about the importance of training frequency i.e. training each muscle twice per week, the benefits of minimalist training (power building), etc, but I still see a lot of 4-5 day split routines floating around. My question is, can naturals benefit from a...

ycpspartan‎, 03-27-2019 06:29 AM
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Why can I only bench 25kgs?!

I'm a healthy 25 year old guy who has been going to the gym regularly for the past 3 months. I'm 184cm tall and weigh 67kgs. And yet I can only bench 25kgs! I've tried increasing the weight to 30kg but it's just too much. I can barely even do 3 reps of 30kg. When I bench press, my arms shake...

Skinnyguy4‎, 01-10-2020 05:05 AM
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Exclamation worst standing barbell curl you've ever seen - free back extension exercise. Safe???

I have pretty terrible form on all exercises. The standing barbell curl isn't considered particularly dangerous, and I decided to do one standing behind an inclined barbell bench. I had to lean forward due to the hooks, and I also had to lean back - "a back extension". back extensions are safe,...

peterm28‎, 01-04-2020 01:43 PM
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Arrow Post Your Best Back Routine

Just wondering what some of u big guys do for your back and what was the best routine that premoted the most growth and thickness any feedback would be great cheers

Streety727‎, 01-06-2008 02:53 PM
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how many unassisted bodyweight pullups can you do? (even if 0)

Please list how many unassisted pullups (or chinups) you can do with your bodyweight (including if it is 0). What do you weigh and what is your bf% roughly? I can do only just 1 chinup with correct form. (I weigh 85 kg/185 lbs at around 16.6% bf). EDIT: please mention if you mean pullups...

peterm28‎, 12-31-2019 11:39 AM
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leg extension worth sh*t

stay away from leg extension if im trying to build pure size? ive been told they are only for definition

bheast69‎, 01-12-2020 11:10 AM
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Room Temperature Make a Big Difference?

I workout in the backyard at night, but during the winter months the weight feels twice as heavy outdoors. Is there a scientific reason for this, and does the cold put more tension on the muscles being worked as it feels much harder to complete the same workout that I do at the gym? Is it...

William2018‎, 01-20-2020 03:30 PM
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If you could pick one tricep exercise

As an accessory, what would it be? Been doing cable pressdowns for a while and switched back to skullcrushers. Man, gotta decrease intensity a bit.l and work back up... crazy doms.

Hutrapper‎, 01-21-2020 08:39 AM
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Do deadlifts hit any muscles that rack pulls don’t?

Suppose rack pulls are done from just below the knees. Would you be missing out on any muscles you’d otherwise hit by doing deadlifts instead?

bulldog91‎, 01-05-2020 02:31 PM
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Can you build an impressive physique with just dumbbells?

I only have access to a bench and dumbbells(going from 5-130lbs,plenty of weight), and pullup bar. I make do with what i have and hit each muscle with 3-6 different exercises. I am serious and dedicated about lifting and my diet is in check. But eventually will i have to incorporate other...

epl2000‎, 01-27-2009 02:41 PM
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Calf raise machine marks

Whenever I use the calf-machine, I get use red marks on my shoulders (where the pads with the weight sit). Are there any alternatives for calf raises that won't get me these markings all over my shoulder? It looks like somebody played 10 games of tic-tac-toe on each of my shoulders

IKnowWhoYouAre‎, 12-01-2008 03:17 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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How is the 'most powerful abs exercise' not doing anything for me?

How does barbell twists (search most powerful ab exercise ever athleanx) and rotational stability exercises like ab rollouts, side planks and barbell heaves help achieve hypertrophy in my abs? I have 11% body fat and need ab thickness for it to show but after doing these exercises my abs feel...

noob6pack‎, 12-28-2019 07:33 AM
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Unhappy Should I use the smith machine because it's safer than bench pressing?

I did bench presses today and I couldn't finish my last rep. It was super embarrassing. The bar was pinning me down to the bench. I managed to sit up, but I didn't have the strength to lift it off me. I sat there for about 30 seconds helplessly, unable to move the bar. Eventually, I managed...

Skinnyguy4‎, 01-17-2020 06:58 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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Does cleaning the weight help your OHP?

I usually clean the weight at the beginning of each set of OHP as I train at home and have no rack (that power hang clean from knees). While cleaning is relatively strenuous, I found it fine. Yesterday, managed to improvise some rack for my OHP and did them without cleaning. I thought I could...

fairOne777‎, 12-22-2019 12:50 AM
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Seated Cable Rows

What would be the difference between doing cable rows with close grip handles (neutral grip) and using a short bar with a pronated grip? Would one be superior when it comes to overall lat development?

FatBallz‎, 12-15-2019 02:27 PM
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Question Can trap bar deadlifts replace squats?

Hi, So I have been doing the a strength program (Texas Method) with deadlifts, shoulder presses and bench press as the main movements. I have a shoulder injury so I cannot do back squats - it hurts alot and it will only get worse. I've been trying to train myself for weeks to do front...

Nuthead007‎, 01-16-2020 03:24 PM
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Form Check: Squat 150 lbs (beginner)

I've been having some knee pain so I wanted to get feedback on my squat. I'm new to filming these so I understand if the video isn't the best. I'm open to any advise about filming it better. Also, given I've been experiencing pain, I'm going to stop squatting, do some PT exercises to...

slimchopra‎, 01-19-2020 10:48 AM
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how bad is this OHP form (my back sways back a little) - will I get hurt if I do this

I'm trying the OHP for the first time here: https://imgur.com/a/jqsLDdw In the middle I try to "tighten my glutes" since I forgot that is part of the instructions. It's just an empty bar, but I notice my back sways back a little. (It should stay straight as I look up, instead.) If I...

peterm28‎, 01-03-2020 06:09 PM
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Comparing..... Dumbell Presses to Weighted Push Up's

I've seen a lot of post on this online, but never a post that really broke down my curiosity and gave a clear answer. Many will say why not bench? Now that I have shoulder cuff issues I'm staying away from bench. And likely I'm going to have to pick from bench or dips in the future, my choice is...

WeightedDip‎, 01-21-2020 06:45 PM
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Suicide grip & Figure 8 straps

Guys, just wanted to share some info which maybe useful to many lifters and that I've figured out through some experimentation today. Lots of people know about advantages of suicide/thumbless grip on bench press - mainly less strain on shoulders and better ability to involve pecs. However, many...

fairOne777‎, 01-13-2020 07:57 AM
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Running and Deadlifting shoes

Serious question. If you were required to run 2 miles and deadlift for a PR in the same pair of shoes, what would you choose to wear?

XYZLandon‎, 01-22-2020 05:54 PM
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