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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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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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How can I exercise with a contusion (severely bruised knee)?

I tripped recently and fell very hard on my knee. my knee received much of the impact. It hurts to bend it and I am wondering how I can do leg day with this.

Reznovan‎, Yesterday 01:06 PM
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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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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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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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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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Unhappy Headaches after pullups and dips

Hi guys, been lifting for years but went on a hiatus due to health problems. I just got back into training, and have been doing bodyweight exercises as currently I have two somewhat sprained ankles which prevent me from doing too much else. I have allergic asthma and my cardiovascular is really...

shillshocked‎, 09-13-2017 07:29 PM
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Low Rows vs High Rows

Quick question... as pertaining to the hammer strength low row and high row machine, what part of the back does each hit? thanks and as a follow up, which exercises are best for hitting that middle upper back?

pinfante‎, Yesterday 07:46 AM
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Pain in the back of the head, squats.

I was doing high rep squats today (12 rep) and after I finished my first set and put the weight on the rack, I got an extremely intense pain in the back of my head. It was like a concentrated migraine, and it's almost like I could feel it in my brain. But it localized around the soft spot of where...

WackyArmMan‎, 05-11-2012 10:35 AM
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How much calories burned from this?

Hi all, a noob here. I just started exercising a day ago, on seeing how an obese boy in my school lost 66 lbs in the 3 months of vacation. I'm 15, I'm 5''12 and weigh 192 lbs. The excercise is simple. I do the elliptical machine at around 52 rpm for 30 minutes non-stop. My heart rate would be...

RandomDude30‎, Yesterday 07:19 AM
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Squats for first time

Hey Guys, New here, and also new to squatting. Squatted for the first time and EVERY muscle in my leg was stiff and the doms was intense. I think especially my IT band or the muscles on my side leg was the worst. After fully recovering, I did another squat workout but this time my butt was WAY...

cblack1827‎, Yesterday 06:36 AM
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Weighted Planks - Pressure on back and shoulders

For the last couple weeks I've done planks with a 25 plate on my back and a 25 and 5 plate on my back for 3 sets of 60s apiece. These hit my core muscles pretty hard and have been a pretty good workout. Only thing is that it really puts a pressure on my back where the weights sit and my back and...

ZMan45‎, 09-01-2011 04:31 PM
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Walking, metabolism and BMR

Greetings, I have a question that needs an answer. It may be hard to give a definite answer here, or a numeric one, but I would like to receive your input. I walk. ALOT. I walk 20KM (12.5M) on a "bad" day. Solid walking, about 5.7KPH (3.7MPH). On maמy days I reach 30-40 KM during the 24 hours...

WalkBMR‎, Yesterday 05:18 AM
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Smile Quick question

Hello Just wondering. If i worked out my arms only 1 time a week, say around 12 or so sets for biceps and triceps total, and did no other exercise whatsoever on any other day, would i lose any muscle i have managed to gain? 🙂🙂🙂🙂🙂🙂🙂

mcdingus111‎, 09-20-2017 03:22 PM
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does this do much?

hi ya so i have ocd and combine with weight lifting i wanna go all the way every workout. i started doing this weird thing i don't know if it is good or bad. i go to failure then try over and over to do the exercise for reps.like im doing delts lateral raises and i can't lift the dumbbell anymore...

LetsGetRipp3d‎, 09-20-2017 09:10 PM
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OHP form check

Been pressing around 110 lbs for a while, and wanting to break the plateau. Any issues I need to fix? Seems I rock forward at my feet instead of from the hips, unless that isn't a problem? Thanks a lot. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yl-IYcqjV5w

ECGordyn‎, 09-20-2017 05:58 AM
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Half marathon

I wasn't sure which section it would fall under, so I'll post it here. My friends have been running marathons for year and they encouraged me to sign up for the half (21 km) this year. This will be my first time running at that distance. I haven't trained at all. The only thing that would come...

Fatty1992‎, 09-20-2017 05:39 PM
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My Pendlay rows suck!

Hey everyone. I have done the fierce 5 program off and on for a while now. I have always struggled to do the Pendlay row but like everything else that I struggle with I refuse to let it win and keep trying till I get it right and improve. Now has come the time with my rows. The pendlay row has...

Alan21‎, 09-19-2017 06:04 PM
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Push-ups and elbow pain

So, for a while now I've ignored the issue but since I'll be going in the military soon, I figured I should try to understand it before I'm told to do 80 push-ups only for my arm to explode. This problem occurs mostly when I'm doing push-ups, I believe because of the angle, but it can also...

AwkwrdBrazilian‎, 11-19-2015 02:37 PM
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