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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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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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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: 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: Q: Should I use a full body...

VoxExMachina‎, 09-05-2009 03:46 PM
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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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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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Arrow Sticky Thread Sticky: General Forum Rules

Welcome to the 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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Back width by only doing pulldowns

Hey guys, I noticed I am the only one in the gym that avoids doing pullups. I have used all kinds of pulldown grips and even done single arm cable pulldowns and my back is a lot wider than the people that do pullups. Also I noticed many of the people doing pullups, struggle on cable pulldowns....

TissuesShredded‎, Yesterday 10:13 PM
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Powerlifting is a strange way of measuring strength

I know they have 3 main movements, bench, squat and deadlift. But why don't they also do a row to measure your back strength directly like a competition in barbell row. The back has bigger muscles than the chest yet they give more attention to the chest. Now their argument will be that...

TissuesShredded‎, Yesterday 10:24 PM
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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 10:38 AM
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Best casual way to understand exercise anatomy better?

I do basic bodyweight exercises(pushups, pullups, crunches, bodyweight squats). I've been doing them since high school and learned to fix my form at the gym a while back, but I still feel I'm not properly activating my back when doing pullups(cant really feel much soreness on my back). I can do...

DonkeyKon6‎, Yesterday 09:37 PM
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Working out on T-break

I usually wake up, drink water and PWO first thing and head to the gym 30m later for a 60-80 minute workout. However... I've lost sensitivity to my PWO so I'm going off it for the next two weeks... will I be okay just drinking a bunch of water before my workout in the morning or should I eat...

ryan1431‎, Yesterday 07:06 PM
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Rubber Gloves and Vitiligo Risk?

Need some guidance Are there any non-rubber gym gloves ? I read that rubber gloves can add to the risk of Vitiligo, lot of stuff on google, similar concerns with my knee covers also. I know without gloves is always an option but I like wearing gloves.

sidhjs‎, Yesterday 05:33 PM
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Question Reps till failure?

Call me dumb, but I've been doing 3-5 different variations of push ups, till failure since the past 8 months. I'm only 15 so.... I thought that would help me get a bigger chest and arm..... Not to mention the amount of eggs and chicken breasts I chugged. But now, I've switched to weighted push...

Trexpro‎, Yesterday 04:41 AM
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Groin excercises

I need help getting stronger in the groin area. My usual routine leaves me too sore for my desired evening activities. Any suggestions for a good circuit to work out this muscle group?

jcreed77‎, 10-20-2018 09:15 PM
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Bulgarian Split Squats Glute Question

I've been performing Bulgarian split squats with dumbbells for about 6 months as part of my workout routine. For some reason, the day after doing this exercise I am only sore in my glutes. I am aware that they assist in this exercise, but I find it odd that I almost never feel sore in my quads,...

whateverworks89‎, 10-20-2018 10:10 PM
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Deadlift form check please

Hey guys, have always avoided deadlifts for some reason, just started doing them. This is my 3rd time, so im still trying to get my form down. Any critique would be much appreciated. Are my hips to high/low? Video is my 5th set with 245lbs 5x5. Link is below. Thanks! ...

Benjo87‎, 10-19-2018 05:26 PM
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Squat injury? Help

Hello everyone. I am 21 years old male weight:68,4kg height:1,74m. I started doing stronglifts 5x5 on 22 September with SQUAT(lowbar):40kg BENCH:40kg ROW:30kg OHP:22,5kg DEADLIFT:42,5kg. On 10 October during warmups and squats I feel something like a pinch on my right leg (on the black circle of...

SpyridonC‎, Yesterday 04:03 AM
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Smile Question about squats (never tried back barbell squat)

Hey guys... I have always been working out at home, so i never got the opportunity to try barbel squats... And i wanted to ask. How heavy should i start? I can pistol squat with 2 dumbells, 8 kilos each, 4sets 9reps each. I want the best starting weight for me. After finding the right form of...

Jimmakoss17‎, 10-17-2018 09:57 AM
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Glute imbalance

The arch of my left foot is permanently lower than my right due to stretching a tendon. I have a little orthotic that corrects this. Nonetheless, I am dipping. I think my gluteus medius is weak. I am having trouble strengthening it. Any suggestions?

Critical5Jelly‎, 10-20-2018 07:29 PM
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favorite ab exercises / routines?

i've never really gotten a solid core routine down - always kinda bounced around. crunches, situps, reverse situps, leg lifts, cable crunches, knees to bar, toes to bar, planks im looking for core exercises that i can go heavy with and do maybe 8-12 reps like other muscle groups. thots?

sandaltan‎, 10-20-2018 10:30 AM
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doing planks while browsing the internet

So normally when I go on my laptop for homework and relaxing I will do planks for a minute and take a break and then go back to them, and so forth just to get some exercise in during the day without having to go to the gym during school/studying. I'd say I do about 30 one minute planks a day. How...

RottenOdysseus‎, 10-20-2018 05:47 PM
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Smile Question regarding saftey?

Hey everyone. I'm doing research and was curious to see how safe people feel working out alone. I wanted to know if you ever feel comfortable doing maxes or lifting heavy at alone, or if there are ever instances where you feel unsafe working out alone. Any insight is appreciated!

boogeymaster‎, 10-19-2018 06:40 PM
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Pec Deck form critique

wYfWfvHI_ok Just started doing Pec Deck and wanted to check my form. I have the seat pretty low on this machine compared to most others. How far back should my arms go? Is my arm height OK?

dzd17‎, 10-20-2018 10:41 AM
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Pullups form critique - not feeling it in the lats

It's been years since I've done pullups. I just started doing them again last weekend. Started with 3x8 last weekend (body weight) and here are a couple of videos. Anything significantly wrong with my...

dzd17‎, 10-14-2018 05:23 PM
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Extreme Shoulder Muscle Imbalance

At first , both my shoulders had very strong front delts and i tried to work my rear delts to balance that. And my left shoulder was significantly stronger than right one. I worked both shoulders with same weight and it fixed my left shoulder but in right shoulder rear delt became overdeveloped....

underosnm‎, 10-20-2018 10:17 AM
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bruised palms from deadlifting/holding lots of weight

after im done heavy sets of deadlifitng or rack pulls my palm gets bruised. I use an over-under hand grip and its my left hand (the over grip) that gets this. by the time its healed, im deadlifting again so whenever i do heavy pulls it just starts all over. how do i stop this from happening? its...

LMW‎, 02-03-2009 03:53 PM
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Deadlift has stopped improving

Hi everyone, I’ve been lifting for around 9 months now and have found my deadlift has almost stopped improving over the last month. I play rugby so it’s pretty crucial I get stronger and my deadlift just won’t seem to get better. My squat has improved a lot but my deadlift seems to have just...

walruswhippa‎, 10-17-2018 09:57 PM
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Newbie question

The gym I go to has several Hammer Strength loaded plate press machines. The 3 I like are the regular, incline and shoulder press. Bench pressing seems to hurt my shoulder, but I really don't have an issue with these machines. If I'm following a program is it ok to use these as a sub for the bench...

bigbryce86‎, 10-17-2018 12:17 AM
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Front Squats vs Back Squats for Muscle Activation

Before I start this, I just want to make clear that I am far from an expert--I’m a first-year kinesiology student who’s had a passion for fitness, with a focus on the science behind it, for a long time. With that being said, I have put quite a bit of time and effort into building a knowledge...

bLinkMoore‎, 10-16-2018 03:20 PM
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deadlift 1rm form critique

Hey guys, just joined the forums and thought that I should get my form on my DL checked, if you guys would critique my form, I would truly appreciate it. notes: this is my 1rm, 110kg / 242lb, i am 16 y/o, 78kg / 170lbs, 5"8, and currently on a cut. The video is in my signature, since I...

Emirrrr‎, 10-19-2018 04:19 PM
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