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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: 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: 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: 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 04:46 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 07:41 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 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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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 09:12 AM
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Slow progress in bench press, what advice can you give me?

Over the last 8 months of training, I have only been able to get from bench pressing 60x10 to only a one rep max of 150lb. My goal is to get to 225lb, and I have heard people brag about how they did it in less than 6 months or about an year. I am only 16, so I was considering whether it is my...

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Angry Increasing weight on overhead dumbbell press

I can do solid 10reps with 50s and only 2-3 with 55s,and ive been stuck at that for about 2-3months(also currently ended cut).Could the cut be the reason why Im stuck on overhead dumbbell press or is it really hard to progress on this exercise?Also I did 55s incline bench for 7 full ROM reps last...

Justregulardude‎, 02-13-2019 09:15 AM
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Smile Plank exercise

Hello. I have been trying to find out what you should do before you plank. I can plank for 3-4 minutes semi-regularly and usually try to drink 1/2 cup of water before. It is usually done first thing. I am now wondering because I have not been able to find out anywhere if I should be eating 1-2...

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I need to pick someone up for a dance routine and i dunno how to prep for it

i have a dance routine around 3 months from now, and in it i need to pick my partner up from a splits position. shes around 140 pounds and as is, i can pick her up, but its a bit of a struggle. what muscles are used in picking someone up (by the armpits) and how do i train those muscles?

bepiscat‎, 02-16-2019 09:16 PM
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Feeling DB Bench press in delts more than chest?

I'm not sure what the issue is with my form but dumbbell bench press, I feel it more in my rear delts down towards triceps before I ever feel it in my chest, in fact I don't feel it in chest at all. Yesterday I used really light weights focusing on slow controlled reps to try and get my form...

irishninja81‎, Yesterday 01:07 AM
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Bench press bars

I don't know if this is the right place to ask this but I travel a lot between 2 towns so I bought a membership for a second gym. In the "older" gym the bench press bar had 2 ring marks in each side (4 total) and I putted my pinkie in the "inside" ring marks. But now, in this new gym, the bar...

joaogil1999‎, Today 09:24 AM
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Feeling sick during training.

Hello everyone, I'm not usually one to post but I've had a really annoying problem recently and can't seem to get a clear understanding of what to do. I've been going to the gym for almost 6 months now. I train 4 times a week for about an hour to an hour and a half. I'm in a caloric surplus since...

edtorres85‎, Today 08:47 AM
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What can I replace the deadlift with?

I have injured my back too many times doing the conventional deadlift and have decided that I will not be doing it anymore. I am looking for possible substitute exercises that are going to fit in well with the other exercises I do. This is the program that I am following:...

mmaniii‎, Today 07:58 AM
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Question Sprained toe. Can I weightlift still?

I’m 20(the thing says 49 and idk why?)So I think I sprained my toe. I weight lifted yesterday for about 2 hours and I felt fine. No pain or anything. And this morning I woke up and my big toe really hurt like I can’t walk bc of it. I was looking into it. Seems like I probably sprained it- not sure...

justalittlelady‎, Today 06:43 AM
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Shoulder Press Issues

Hey all, I am kind of new to all of this and have been going to the gym for a month or so. I have been attempting to do some standing overhead presses but I can't really seem to keep my arm straight when I go up to the top (it kind of deviates from being straight at about 5 degrees). I did some...

okfn‎, Today 01:34 AM
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Abs and acid reflux

Anyone have issues with acid reflux only on ab day?

bnnmarsh‎, Yesterday 06:55 PM
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Russian fighter pull up program and back training

I am planning to start the Russian fighter pull up program, again, to get my pull up numbers up. That mean doing pull ups 6 days a week. However, will I still be able do do my twice weekly back day? Deadlift, rows, face pulls etc. just minus pull ups and lat pull downs. Any thoughts?

Peterpedalll‎, 02-16-2019 07:26 AM
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Poll Poll: Leg Press vs Smith Machine Squats

I'm going to start Jason Blaha's 5x5 routine and my gym doesn't have a squat rack but it has a smith machine and leg press machine. I cannot join another gym before anyone recommends that as an option. Which of the two exercises would you recommend?

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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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Pull Ups cause shoulder pain

Ive been experiencing shoulder pain for about 2 weeks now especially on pull day. It stopped after 3-4 days of rest and then came back after my last pull day. My guess is that I hurt myself while I was swinging to cheat and get more rep since I stopped using the assisted pull up machine. Its...

TimokQC‎, 02-13-2019 10:14 AM
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Tight Lower Back During Conventional Deadlift

It seems no matter what weight I do I get a very tight lower back during and after performing a conventional dead lift. I was wondering if anyone had any advice. All other deadlifts feel very comfortable, especially sumo which feels most comfortable. My max I have pulled is 205kg with sumo,...

jabbber‎, 02-15-2019 06:44 AM
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Muscle inbalance, unstable at exercises

I feel like my whole stability comes from my right side (hip-core..). When i'm doing any exercise i feel like my left hip-core-back connection is very unstable. If i try to flex it, it doesn't help. I think i have weak left obliques, but when i try to do some exercise on them i can't hit them. I...

1MoreYear‎, Yesterday 02:32 AM
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Exercise for building chest underline

I'm looking for an exercise to build that underlining curve under your chest. I already do dips with a 45 lb weight and some chains. I tried decline bench press before but I didn't feel it as much as dips, so I stopped doing them. I can feel muscle mass there but I just cannot get a nice sharp...

Nerzhus‎, 08-12-2013 11:23 AM
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I failed Squat 5x5

I have started powerlifting today. Today was my squat day. I put 110 lbs on the bar and i started workout. I've done first set successfully with 5 reps. I've rested 2 minutes and started second set but i failed 2th rep. Should i rest longer? Is my legs or core are weak? My Squat Program: ...

YULLBAREZ‎, Yesterday 11:10 AM
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Exercise instead of deadlifts

I'm going to start Jason Blaha's 5x5 routine and my gym doesn't have a straight bar to do deadlifts. Even though it sucks, I cannot join another gym before anyone recommends that as an option. What exercise would you recommend as a substitute?

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tricep fatigue on pressing movements

hi there, I'm in week 4 of German Volume Training. I've noticed that after set 5 or 6 my triceps start to weaken on bench press and OHP movements. in fact I fail my reps because of this. my triceps are so pumped its rock hard! don't get me wrong I don't mind it, but in the case of running this...

finest1‎, 02-10-2019 07:49 AM
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help! weak frustrated beginner (recoving ED sufferer)

Hi, I need all the help i can get. I'm very new to fittness/working out ect having been lazy in my youth and just started to go to the gym in the hopes of gaining muscle mass after losing a lot of lean mass due to an eating disorder from which im still recoving. I am managing to get myself to...

LisbetOT‎, Yesterday 07:20 AM
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Increasing dorsiflexion

Hi there. I was hoping someone could help me with a question I have regarding ankle dorsiflexion. I am a 6' 3 male lifter and have just recently started incorporating some olympic lifts and their variations into my training. I have been having some trouble with getting into a good bottom position...

bduncan9‎, Yesterday 07:23 AM
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Parabody Serious Steel 400

I have the above machine and have been looking for an exercise chart or exercise manual. There are many false links online, but not real ones. Has anyone got one they'd be willing to photograph and send me? Thanks Smedlow

Smedlow‎, 02-16-2019 05:39 PM
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Pain in the back of my head when squatting

Recently I have been getting a severe ache in the back of my head whenever I squat, it comes up from where the neck and back meet and goes out almost like a V and stops right at the point were my heads starts to round, it is especially worse on the upper right side. I'm not sure what to do, if I...

oliver1king123‎, 02-09-2019 05:01 PM
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