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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: http://www.exrx.net/Lists/Directory.html http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/ 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 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 08:12 AM
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Preventing Injuries at the Gym

Hello people, Got a few questions, I have been going to the gym for about 8 months give or take. I hit with everything at the start till I had a back injury that really messed me up for about a week. I looked into on how to recover and heal it and it worked pretty fast, 2 weeks after that I was...

dailandemon‎, 08-10-2022 03:48 PM
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Near blackout during military press

Made an account so I could see if anyone in the community has heard of/experienced this issue. I’ve worked out regularly for the past 20+ years; always incorporated military press. I’d say in the last three years I’ve had this issue. Usually after the third rep I literally start blacking out....

CvBBcom‎, Yesterday 03:25 PM
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De-emphasize Upper traps

What are the best exercises to build mid back that de-emphasize the upper traps? I do not look good with big upper traps and am seeking to de-emphasize them. I used to do seal rows with no problems, may go back to them. I recently switched from regular seated row to a wide-grip bar, to hit...

wandy09‎, Yesterday 11:53 AM
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I’ve stopped making progress with the deadlift and I can’t figure out why?

The PPL program I’ve been following for the past 6-7 months instructs to do deadlifts 1x5 once a week (with barbell rows replacing the deadlift on the other pull day of the week). Recently, for a month or so, I’ve plateaued at 85kg / 187lbs. I’ll just barely get out 3-4 reps but can’t reach 5...

afterbluegreen‎, 07-19-2022 10:50 PM
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Hand Grip Exercises

I am starting to work out and I am trying to improve my grip strength. I am trying to figure out the best way to do this. My question is what is a good routine for hand grippers? Do I need to use it everyday? Another question is do I need to have my arm extended, I mean not have my elbow bent. I...

cjhadley82‎, Yesterday 05:15 AM
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ruptured disc in neck...ugh!

Ok, I'm a newbie, and I need some advice, please. I have a ruptured disc in my neck, caused by increasing weight too quickly on farmer carries. I stopped lifting for a couple of years but I'm back now but I'm quickly realizing the using abarbell, even on the smith machine is extremely painful...

Rocking45‎, 08-09-2022 06:59 AM
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One arm stronger than the other on single-arm dumbbell tricep extension?

On the single-arm dumbbell overhead tricep extension, my right arm is stronger / can do more reps than my left (eg R 10reps, L 8reps). Is this a problem? Should I be able to do the same amount of reps with each arm?

afterbluegreen‎, 08-07-2022 09:30 PM
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Tips for improving form on weighted pull ups?

Weighted pull ups are probably my favourite exercise so I just want to make sure I’m doing them properly and not doing anything that’ll kill me. -I grip the bar firmly -Roll back my shoulder blades (yes or no?) -I pull myself up, make sure to stay in a straight, vertical line with my legs...

afterbluegreen‎, 07-13-2022 05:33 AM
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Squats 2x/wk or more

For those of you that squat at least twice per week, which variations do you use? Same for both are all, different rep ranges? 2 variations or more, same or different ranges? I’ve been doing high bar 2x/wk at 6-8 and 9-12, but I’m considering dropping the 9-12 for BB hack squats 9-12 to focus on...

Xpiro‎, 08-05-2022 06:06 PM
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What’s a Chest Press?

Is it a DB Chest Press or a machine Chest Press? I’m following Candito’s Linear Program Hypertrophy/Strength and it includes chest Press and Incline Chest Press. I’d really appreciate if you could clear this up for me. Thanks.

xwallysmail‎, 07-31-2022 11:13 AM
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Why do people say bad things on Crossfit?

Hey, I'm doing Starting Strength now, and a good friend of mine told me he met couple of people doing crossfit (at different times). He told me they were jacked and had a nice muscle mass. I told him it is because they eat well, and when you do that, you'll get bigger (if you train of course)....

Ababw‎, 10-30-2016 09:06 AM
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Behind the back bar rows for rear delts?

Does anyone do these? I use a fixed barbell to superset upright rows with these. They’re a lot like doing skiers with hammer grip dumbbells. I find it hits rear delts much better for me than face pulls or reverse pec deck. My side delts and rear delts just get hit much better when doing a compound...

Animal2692‎, 08-01-2022 01:26 PM
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Question questions on resting your muscles

I took a bodybuilding class in college. I think what I heard from that and in fitness magazines was that body parts you exercise should have a rest of one or two days. I've been thinking about that. Let's say there is an obese person. Every step they take on the stairs is like doing a lower body...

skelethor‎, 08-05-2022 10:00 PM
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Kneeling face pulls vs Lying face pulls

Are there different muscles worked in the kneeling face pulls and lying pulls? Can’t seem to find anything on google about the differences, are there any? Also, when doing kneeling face pulls, is it necessary to switch the kneeling knee halfway through the set? I do it just in case, but I’m not...

Majonojo21‎, 08-04-2022 06:09 PM
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Red face Can’t do ANY resistance training

My left elbow has been experiencing tendonitis on-and-off for months. I have tried reducing the frequency of my workouts to accommodate, to no avail. A few days ago I was doing trap bar deadlifts and the pain was so sharp and severe I had to stop after the 1st working set. It’s gotten to the...

Ironface‎, 08-04-2022 02:05 AM
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Dumbest exercises you've seen lately?

For me, it's a chest press in the smith machine done with the v-handle used for cable rows. I've seen two guys going at it at the gym a while ago and again another 2 recently. The first ones weren't beginners. The ROM is shorter than a TikTok video and seems very uncomfortable. Second one...

jaxqen‎, 08-04-2022 05:20 AM
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Need help improving my dumbbell bench press

Hi, I spent quite a while using the chest press machine without using dumbbells or barbells before realising that I was kinda wasting my time. A couple of months ago I trained with a friend and tried dumbbell chest press for the first time in a while. I could only get the 37.5kg dumbbells up at...

Bobdabuilder1‎, 07-13-2022 02:25 PM
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L5-S1 hernia, how does my deadlift look?

So, i recently started doing standard deadlifts again (elevated with pada because weights in this gym are short so i can't lift any weight without rounding my back without elevating the bar) Ive had a l5 s1 hernia since 12, bad genetics, never got injured or anything to get it. It got very...

Datboileg‎, 08-03-2022 11:19 AM
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Upper Chest

My clavicles appear sharply that I need to work my upper chest a lot. I usually have 3 exercises for my upper chest but I'm not sure they're enough. Can you suggest the type of exercises, the way they're done, the volume and intensity so that my upper chest finally becomes visible? Thanks in...

magicbunny87‎, 08-01-2022 01:10 AM
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Beginner here, am I doing squats, pushups, planks correctly?

Hello, I am a beginner M28, 200lb, 6'2 lanky and I've made a quick video of some basic bodyweight exercises (squat, pushup, plank) I want to see if I am doing correctly, so it'd help to have someone actually review me before I keep going with it. It is in my profile bio, it is my homepage. I...

gulop145‎, 08-02-2022 07:35 AM
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I recommend this video to help all lifters!


userYU3TP3DAK9N‎, 08-01-2022 09:39 PM
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Is this overtraining?

Hello everyone For training myself into pull ups I do this in my workout: 4 sets to failure of normal pull ups (last time reps: 8 7 4 4) 4 sets to failure of supinated pull ups (last time reps: 6 5 4 4) Then I move to lat machine and do 3 sets of each exercise (between 8 to 12 reps). Is it...

TirantLoBlanch‎, 08-01-2022 04:40 PM
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Question Does dumbbell fly count for push/pull ratio?

I am trying to keep a balanced push/pull ratio in my routine. I was thinking if dumbbell chest flys count as a push exercise? So if one day I do: Bench press Lateral raises and another day: OHP chest fly

Kris388‎, 08-01-2022 09:20 AM
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Front Traps --- Is there such a thing?

I have weak traps, which because of it, it's not conspicuous that I have a nice body. I'm trying to work on it, but so far, not much success. The personal trainer at the gym (not mine), gave me an exercise to work on my front traps. I searched the net for more exercises on front traps but I...

magicbunny87‎, 06-15-2022 11:15 PM
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critique my form (bent over rows)

can you please critique my form link: https://www.youtube.com/shorts/reDpax-V2n8

Diddii‎, 07-28-2022 08:28 AM
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