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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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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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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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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: 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: 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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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: 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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Have knee issues, can't barbell squat.

Hey guys i've had knee issues for years, but I think my left knee has finally got really bad, I tried barbell squatting today and it was just too dangerous even with lightweight, can't go down and can't get up. Going to try to avoid anything that aggravates my knee for a week and see what happens....

2RDEYE‎, 10-06-2020 12:31 PM
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Bodyweight triceps extensions

Are these a good exercise for the long head of the triceps? I am talking about the version where the bar is low, and you are facing the ground with your arms up kind of over your head. You hold the bar and extend your elbows. That's basically like an overhead triceps extension? Correct? With a...

360365LAWS‎, 10-11-2020 10:14 PM
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Lifting exercises that are low impact on wrists

I was diagnosed with carpal boss or bone overgrowth on my left wrist, which started acting up when I did heavy overhead shoulder presses and flat bench. I realize now my terrible form grip did not help either. Was told to rest it and keep it in a brace until the pain goes away, which I plan on...

ahf86946‎, 10-15-2020 01:38 PM
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Bicep soreness with pull ups... HELP!

I have never been a fan of pull ups and have always avoided them, although I have done rows/lat pulldowns/etc. About 2 months ago I decided to try incorporating pull ups into my routine, using assisted pull ups for 3x4-6. EVERYTIME I do pull ups, the first muscle to get sore is my bicep. I have...

amohaban96‎, 10-05-2020 11:28 AM
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I can finally do pull ups for a set

After 1 year of going hard in the gym, building enough muacle and strength and losing a good amount of bodyfat, turns out I can finally do sets of around 7-8 pull ups (from barely 2 or 3, 6 months ago), with very clean form (and I also feel them a little more in my lats than lat pulldowns now). ...

AndyBendy‎, 10-06-2020 05:21 AM
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Favorite Arm Workout?

I have arms day tomorrow and I was wondering what everybody's favorite workout is? I do a dumbbell only regiment, so I'm pretty limited. But I would say concentration curls are my favorite.

Bedubs123‎, 10-18-2020 02:36 PM
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Straight arm pulldowns vs pullover

Currently on my week day full body workout, I do plate-loaded lever pullovers, but lately been thinking about switching to straight arm pulldowns. Any advantage to doing them instead? Thoughts?

BeginnerGainz‎, 10-17-2020 08:43 AM
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Band Cuban presses

I never found any use for dainty corrective exercises like face pulls or prone rows, but currently I do band dislocates as part of my upper body warm ups along with dead hangs. I was thinking about adding Cuban presses with a light band, just wanted to know if anyone has any experience with the...

BeginnerGainz‎, 10-28-2020 03:31 PM
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Stalled on dumbbell bench+shoulder press

I’m trying to get bench up at the moment but I also need bigger chest and shoulder Switch out these two for barbell just for 8 weeks? And then go back?

bheast69‎, 10-04-2020 02:17 PM
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How to improve my chest? it's my weak point

i have been doing the fierce 5 intermediate upper lower.

brunogouveia58‎, 10-20-2020 05:08 AM
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Limited Workout Plan. Help with core exercises.

Hello everyone. Thank you for reading my thread. I have recently begun a gym membership for the sake of taking a shower, but I figured, hey, why not do 20-30 minutes of exercises everytime I'm there? I'm generally in basic shape. Nothing too crazy, but I'm definitely not in ideal shape....

buildingstuff‎, 10-04-2020 09:27 PM
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Training 100% Every Week?

Always used to go right till failure on the last rep of my compounds. I was under the impression that your face should be red and about to explode or you weren’t making gains. Recently a friend has told me to not go so heavy every workout so I can make faster progress. Is this legit and I’m...

BulkingIsHard‎, 10-07-2020 01:37 PM
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removing spring clamps from barbell

Hello All! New user, first post. Apologies if this isn't the place for such a question, but I couldn't really determine the best place to ask this. My wife is an avid lifter, but is by no means Hercules. She actually had carpal tunnel surgery on BOTH wrists a couple years back so her hand strength...

bww306195‎, 10-13-2020 06:26 AM
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Seated Leg Presses

I have both these machines in my gym & I was wondering if one is better than the other or if they’re exactly the same. 1) 2) I feel like I have more control when using machine 2 and can really feel the burn on my quads and machine 1 is a lot...

Cautious1‎, 09-30-2020 03:55 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 10:38 AM
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Form check high bar squat

Can someone advise me on my squat Form. I am doing fierce 5 novice. I am stuck at 70kg weight for squats . I do 65 kg in this video. I might be going for a deload for my back squat. My rdl is already 80 kg and seems easy to progress. My front squat is now 60kg *5. I am on a lean bulk but my body...

chillz88‎, 10-14-2020 01:27 PM
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lower body workouts....broken hip and limited mobility

When I was younger I had multiple broken hip and pelvic bones, the result is that I have a 3 inch leg discrepancy on the right and left leg, making it all but impossible (or at least uncomfortable and awkward) to do squats or dead lifts. I also lack full range of mobility for my hips and legs. ...

chopsui202‎, 10-11-2020 10:24 PM
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Hammer strength incline press - anyone else disproportionately weak on this machine?

I've seen videos of guys who can't come close to my incline or flat DB pressing (120x12 db incline press, full ROM and control) pressing 4+ plates a side on this machine for higher reps I can put up more on the HS shoulder press than I can on the incline, is there some trick to getting strong on...

ChunkerFish‎, 10-28-2020 12:39 PM
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Squat shoes needed or not?

Are there any particular reasons anyone would need squat shoes over regular flat shoes? My squat is weak due to my lower back and if I go heavy I occasionally either hurt my knee or something. All videos I see on correcting my form have squat shoes so I'm not sure if these would help me. ...

DaDude2020‎, 09-30-2020 12:12 PM
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Weak Squat Question

For background, I am 52 and started lifting in May. So I’m a beginner. I am using Fierce 5 and enjoy it a lot. My lifts have all gone up, while in a calorie deficit. I’ve lost 30 pounds (still sitting around 28% BF, so I have more to go) I know that my lifts cannot continue to increase in a...

damacl6‎, 10-01-2020 08:26 AM
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What exercises can be used to grow the upper lats (below posterior deltoid)

What can i do to thicken up that upper part of the lats? Im gonna focus on that part since im going to begin weight lifting to get that V-taper. Neutral or pronated pull ups? Also, i dont know if they are part of the lats or another muscle. If anyone here knows please tell me :)

diegogon69‎, 10-05-2020 11:52 PM
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Conventional deadlifts

Hey, my back is one of if not my best muscle group, but I don’t do conventional deadlifts. I do do Romanian deadlifts twice a week when I hit legs (one BB and the other DB), but I would much rather do a mix of heavy rows (DB, BB, or land mine), cable work, and hammer strength rows from various...

doubletake11‎, 10-13-2020 05:58 AM
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What’s the lowest rep range you train in

I personally begin my workouts with a compound movement such as a barbell press, free weight rows, or squats in The 6-8 rep range. I’m more focused on size than strength, but still want to emphasize progressive overload on those movements which is why I feel that that rep range isn’t too low but...

doubletake11‎, 10-15-2020 07:18 AM
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Posing on non dominated side

Hey I was going to post this in the competition section but it seems like that area of the forum is pretty dead. Anyways, does anybody else struggle to pose on their non dominant side, I’ve noticed that my poses, especially side tricep, look great on my right side, but a bit shaky on my left. I...

doubletake11‎, 10-11-2020 11:57 AM
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Upper body vs lower body volume

Hey, I’ve noticed that my lower body can’t handle as much volume as my upper body can (comparing larger muscle groups, such as chest to quads). It honestly might just be general fatigue on my leg days since my squatting and deadlift variations require more stability, therefore require more energy...

doubletake11‎, 10-28-2020 10:19 AM
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