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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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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: http://www.exrx.net/Lists/Directory.html http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/ Q: Should I use a full body...

VoxExMachina‎, 09-05-2009 04:46 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 11:16 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 08:02 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: 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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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 09:12 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 11:38 AM
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Bicep question

Hey, When i'm doing bicep curls of any kind, i can feel the muscle working in my right arm and i get a nice pump, everything seems normal, but my left one i feel it more in the elbow joint and my front delt. I barley get a pump or feel the left bicep. It made me wonder if it has...

Serj3535‎, Today 05:58 PM
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Shrug check + question!! HOLY CRAP its SHRUGGSZ srsrsrsrs bisness

Am I shrugging right? Kinda my first time doing em' .. and enough volume per week to amount to anything? I thought rack pulls / power shrugs were better anyway, as made famous by the Destiny of Alex... Also, doing about 6-8 sets per week + warmups.. is that enough to amount to anything? I'm...

fluidZ‎, Today 04:36 PM
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How Do I Minimize Triceps Use in Bench Press?

How do I minimize triceps recruitment when bench pressing? Obviously, I want to put as much focus as possible on the pecs.

seanm123‎, Yesterday 03:30 PM
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Heavy barbell lunges for big legs???

Hello forum So right now I'm unable to squat or deadlift due to a slight back injury. However I have been doing barbell lunges with no pain at all to replace the squat for the time being. Can one build decently big legs if they were to focus on adding weight to the barbell lunge AND if it...

Gringer‎, Today 05:16 PM
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my chest always gets a workout on back day?

after a back day my chest always seems to be pumped. i usually do back/bi the day after chest/tri (i've tried doing back/bi first but my biceps get too sore to have a good chest workout the following day). routine: deadlifts -> cable row -> assisted pull-up -> lat pulldown -> biceps (i do rear...

bigledba‎, Today 04:14 PM
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Name of this exercise, & opinions on it?

So its like an over emphasized row where on the seated cable row machine you hook like single handle bar for arm & you row with one arm & once its rowed you kind of twist & your elbow goes way back but still neck to your side, to get the most squeeze out of your back but obviously controlling the...

cthunder0‎, Today 04:43 PM
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Lat pulldown vs pullups

Do you think pullups are superior to cable pulldowns? I can do weighted pullups already but I get more contraction on pulldowns. That said, some people claim that if you can do chins, you have to because they are better than the pulldowns.

HeMB‎, Yesterday 12:56 PM
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How many calories do I lose here?

Lower A Squats 3x5-6 Weighted Back Extensions 3x8-10 Leg Press 3x8-10 Leg Curls 3x10-12 Ab work 3x15-18/Calf raises 3x12-15 Superset Upper A Incline Bench 3x5-6 Decline DB Bench 3x8-10

LifterShifter‎, Today 09:03 AM
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Too many warm up sets? Deadlifts.

Doing a 3x/week full body, B days I start with a 3x5 deadlift, I warm up with DeFranco limber 11 then do warm up sets as follows Working weight: 265 lbs 3 minutes rest between working sets Warm-up sets: 5(reps) x Weight 1 minute rest between warn up sets 5x45 empty bar 5x45 empty bar

tdod101‎, Yesterday 09:53 PM
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Negative Pullups?

Trying to grow my back, been doing pullups for a while if I add these in or switch them in will I see any difference & negative pullups a good movement in yall opinions?

cthunder0‎, Yesterday 10:59 PM
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T Bar row weak compared to DB row?

I can bent-over single arm dumbbell row 100 pounds. I've done those and pull-ups religiously for many years. T-Bar has always been something that I've done here and there but never really took seriously, but trying to do more now. My T-Bar/Incline Lever Row using both arms is about the same as...

broganoff‎, Yesterday 11:58 PM
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Gaining weight while exercising and calorie deficit?

Since I started working out I have gained 2 pounds on the scale and lost an inch of my waist, but I am in a deficit. I eat 25-2700 calories a day and workout for about an hour 5-6 times a week i weight at the same time every week same scale and same clothes (t shirt and shorts) Any reason why?...

MDWJR‎, Today 11:38 AM
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Need help widening my back

I want to really widen my back but I am not sure i am doing the right exercises. My routine is: Lat pulldown Close grip pull down Reverse grip pulldown Chainsaw pulls Seated row with wide grip Barbell rows Standing straight arm lat pull I generally do 3 sets 12, 15,12 Any suggestions on...

mariusz09‎, Today 06:44 AM
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Any substitute for deadlifts and squats?

I have herniated disk in addition to Calcific tendinitis.. I can’t put even the slightest pressure on my shoulders and back However, I really want to grow my glute and leg muscles, so what kind of exercises I could do on leg day to avoid an injury?

DanieDaaboul‎, Yesterday 06:32 PM
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Walking Lunges vs. Stationary Lunges

Continuing with the leg exercise questions, what do you think. Walking Lunges Or Stationary Lunges. And while we're at it, alternate legs, or each leg to exhaustion? I'd personally say walking lunges if there's space available although I'd wonder what my neighbors would say If I started going up...

Choktu‎, 01-03-2006 04:05 PM
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Deadlift... why do i keep getting back pain after doing them

Poor form? I did deadlifts last tuesday... my back has been achy since and yesterday my back siezed up on me. I saw my physio today... he said my left side of my back is really tight. He had a go at loosening it up. His instructions were to stop doing deadlifts altogether...

dustman007‎, 02-18-2018 09:44 PM
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Stiff legged exercises hurt my lower back...

So i've been trying to find ways to hit my Hamstrings & I've tried the bar SLD felt really no contraction & my lower back felt pain & I kept my knees straight and back pararell anyways I tried the DB SLD then I felt a good burn in the Hamstrings but a still a little bit of lower back stress. So i'm...

cthunder0‎, Yesterday 01:52 PM
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Shadow/bag boxing before lifting?

is it a good 10 min warm-up like cardio machines and jumping rope to up your body temp or are the dynamic uneven moves a way to injury during workout?

aostry‎, Today 03:14 AM
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Getting back into Squats and Dead’s with an injury

September 2017 I fractured my T10 & T11 vertebrae, and till a week ago hadn’t lifted any weights. I tried squatting 40kg for a couple of sets last week and it felt good and didn’t have any pain afterwards, just normal DOMS. The doctor doesn’t want me to get the bones re scanned and so I’m unsure of...

Gib1212‎, Yesterday 07:42 PM
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Can abdominal workouts improve the look of your midsection, even with a lot of fat?

Hi, I know that you cannot spot reduce fat and the only way to see definition in your "six pack" is by having low body fat percentage. I have a good amount of fat around my stomach and love handles from bulking. I want to keep increasing muscle and size but hope to increase the way my midsection...

GeneticOverride‎, 02-17-2018 10:20 AM
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Alternative for side lateral raises

Listen i love lifting man, training shoulders also. Push Press, military press, reverse pec deck flyes they are all great man. But if there is one freaking exercise i hate so much. So much, and it is not because i am weak or not feeling it. I mean it is a great exercise, it does what it needs to...

Budaan‎, Yesterday 03:44 PM
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Thumbs up Beginner : Need opinion on my genetics

Hey guys! By no means am I a good looking bodybuilder. I used to be skinny all my life, I still am but I'm working on it. I have about 6 months of training under my belt. I just want to post some pictures here and get opinions on my potential. I want to know if my genetics are any good at all. I...

Phragith‎, Yesterday 07:30 PM
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Assisted pull up machine, good or bad for building pull up strength?

I think the machine is actually pretty decent when used correctly. Many people use too little assistance, and they think they are getting stronger and end up kipping all their reps and their form looks like complete chit. The machine is great when done with more reps, more sets and whatever...

redmchalo‎, 02-20-2018 08:40 PM
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Is my conventional deadlift form snap city?

Can't post links so youtu . be/5puOuqZYCQU I don't feel any soreness or pain from deadlifts, but when I watch the playback footage, I see a rounded midback. Even if it feels fine now, is this a recipe for snap city? I tried switching to sumo for a little bit to practice getting my hips lower,...

joiemoie‎, Yesterday 09:27 AM
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