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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: 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: 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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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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Proper Deadlift Form

Most of us know quite well how to perform the deadlift when going up, but there seems to be mixed opinions on how to descend. Going up Feet should be between hip-shoulder width apart. Shoulders should be above the feet, higher than the hips, while the hips should be higher than the knees....

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Squat form Hey can i get some advice on my form please

Ultradian‎, Today 07:57 AM
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Dumbbell Exercises for Lower Back

So now all the gyms are closed. I do have a 45, 65, and 85 pound dumbbell, which work for most muscle groups, but any suggestions on lower back exercises to maintain my current strength? I'm used to deadlifting 5 sets of 5 at 270, so just deadlifting the 85lb dumbbell isn't going to accomplish...

dcahill6‎, Yesterday 08:08 AM
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Post 14 in arms on 5 foot 6 frame

Hey guys, been working out for 2 years, have reached a chest span of 42 in and 14 in arms, as I am. 5 foot 6, what do you guys think about 14 in arms? Edit- I added a photo but for some odd reason it doesn't reflect in the page, anyway, allow me to paint a picture for my frame. Chest 42 in...

DarkDuke91‎, 04-05-2020 08:08 AM
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Best bodyweight alternatives for presses

I need to find the best substitutes for flat bench, overhead press, and incline bench. The other day I simply did supported (non targeted arm on a high platform) one-arm pushups for flat bench. Can’t do unsupported yet. What do you think?They’re harder than any other form of push-up (bonus...

Xpiro‎, 04-03-2020 02:17 PM
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How many push-ups and body squats do i need to do to keep muscled and strength?

i've been doing weights constantly for a year. I'm quite overweight (230lbs 6ft 30yo) I try to do 100 pushups (5*20) and 150 squats (30*5) every single morning. Planning to move to 150 pushups and 300 squats gradually. Would it be enough to at least maintain the muscles and strength that i...

snikok‎, 04-06-2020 08:14 PM
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Post What happens if I take a 1 or 2 week rest?

Been doing bench press at home for entire month last month, no other exercises besides walking and Lil biceps, Will I be able to lift same if I take a one or two week rest?

goorchcarbs‎, Yesterday 08:05 AM
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Exclamation Help with getting rid of curves

I for some reason have the side curves of a girl. I have tried a lot of workouts but I am very limited because I have to get my workouts in at home. What can I do at home to help me get rid if my girlish side curves and get the look of a normal man?

r3x4kwd‎, 04-05-2020 07:25 PM
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Band high pulls

I have been doing band high pulls like below recently, as I don’t have dbs at home. Is this exercise as bad for shoulders as upright row?

ChunkBuster‎, 04-06-2020 03:03 PM
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Upright rear delt raises?

Just discovered these the other day and wondered where they've been all my life. Seems to hit the rear and side delts considerably, and involves a lot of forearm and bicep too. Seems like i've finally found a way to isolate the side and rear without the limitations of arm leverage wearing them out...

TheShadowMan‎, 04-02-2020 03:28 AM
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Corona Virus Dumbbell Exercises for legs

So all the gyms are closed. I have access to a 45, 65, and 85 pound dumbell. I have been able to simulate most of what I used to do at the gym, at home using these. For legs, so far I have been doing step ups while holding the 65 and 85, using wrist straps for all the sets. Which ever leg is doing...

dcahill6‎, 04-06-2020 10:08 AM
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Should i train forearms ? (calisthenics)

Hey, i have a question. Im training fullbody calisthenics training 3x per week. My goal is to build some muscle. I have gained decent amount so far, im increasing volume and im gaining strenght too. Problem is that im tall guy and i have long arms. My biceps and triceps are a lot bigger, but my...

wariorpolni‎, 04-05-2020 07:25 AM
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Just cardio

Posted a bit in the injury forum. Dealing with cervical radiculopathy, so can’t do any lifting for 2-3 weeks. Only thing that causes me no pain or flare ups is light jogging/walking. Doctor said it’s cool to go 1-3 miles a day, just to stay active. If I only do this cardio for a couple weeks,...

Hannahp21‎, 03-28-2020 06:54 AM
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Deadlifts 3x8 for muscle growth

I do most my compounds 3x8 and up the weight when i hit these reps. Could i do this for deadlifting for muscle growth? I never see people recommending anything over 5 reps for this exercise saying that higher reps lead to form breakdown but if i stick to weights i can handle surely id be able to...

safcpaul‎, 04-03-2020 06:55 AM
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Exclamation I’m overwhelmed as to where I should start!

Hello! I've been trying to lose weight for a long time now. I went through multiple stages at the beginning (starving, muscle training, yo-yo dieting, running, etc.) and was unable to stick to any of it and always gained back the weight I lost and often weighed more than I used to. Now, I'm...

stephym22‎, 04-05-2020 07:46 AM
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Red face How should I diet and exercise?

Hello! I've been trying to lose weight for a long time now. I went through multiple stages at the beginning (starving, muscle training, yo-yo dieting, running, etc.) and was unable to stick to any of it and always gained back the weight I lost and often weighed more than I used to. Now, I'm...

stephym22‎, 04-04-2020 08:10 PM
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Stomach Vacuums

So I've read a fair bit about stomach vacuums. At first I thought they were some kind of novelty, but I now believe they may be a legitimate exercise that needs to be added into my routine. I work core almost every day. I've grown a little bit of a musclegut. I'm probably around 12% body fat. You...

sen2two‎, 04-04-2020 06:53 AM
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grip on single arm triceps extension

With dumbbell... Is there a proficient grip with this exercise? I haven't done these that often so I'm not the most familiar. With a neutral grip it feels a bit funny at the elbow. If I let my hand rotate to palms facing down it feels a bit better. Is this exercise typically better with...

GeneralSerpant‎, 04-04-2020 08:14 AM
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Compound exercises only

How would ones physique looked if they focused on compound movements such as bench press(any variation of it),pull ups/chin-ups , deadlifts /squats. Would any muscle group not develope such as biceps/triceps/shoulders.

jonyc1‎, 04-03-2020 05:02 PM
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curls that rly hit the spot?

i got an ez bar and a 25lb dumbbell. i can get a pump but can’t rly, truly squeeze my biceps for that insane burn. i wanna experiment with different position, what should i try?

Cazken‎, 04-03-2020 07:41 AM
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Exclamation Palm swelling & discomfort after lifting

Hi guys. For the past month, the meaty part (under thumb) of my right palm swells up and causes slight discomfort after lifting. I took 1.5 weeks off to see if that would help but the same thing happened again. It's not painful and I can move my thumb perfectly fine, but it kind of feels a bit sore...

kingslay23‎, 04-02-2020 12:14 PM
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Resistance band leg curls/extensions, band only

I’m using a pretty large rubber loop band. I have no anchor, no ankle straps, no bench. Well, I’ve got a lightweight chair and a floor. Are they possible? Wondering about RDLs too, or at least a hinging movement like a back extension that’s different from simply folding the band in half, stepping...

Xpiro‎, 04-02-2020 12:39 AM
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Another question about squat technique- depth

I recently learned that proper squat technique is pushing my hips back like I’m sitting in a chair, rather than bending at the knees and lowering by butt down like what I’ve been doing for about a year. My question is, do my quads need to go down parallel or lower in order for the squat to be...

AMarieV‎, 04-01-2020 01:15 AM
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Squat Form opinions

I'm doing greyskull LP but have poor ankle mobility so for now I'm doing low bar squats, and I would like to know if my form is alright. Also, I have Hip impingement, so I can´t do ass to grass squats (even though I think that's not necessary with low bar). Here is the link:...

joaogil1999‎, 04-03-2020 09:00 AM
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