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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 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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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: 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: 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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The stomach vacuum of old days - worth it?

The stomach vacuum seems to be making a comeback as a trainer for the transverse abs. I'm a guy who can't do much with abs because I have a lumbar implant. Anyone actually do vacuums consistently, and does it make an impact?

13JFO‎, 07-14-2020 11:50 AM
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Which Incline Press Degree?

When incline pressing, either with a barbell or dumbbells, what degree of incline do you use? 30? 45? 60? My personal favorites are 45 and 60.

2020Wellness‎, 07-09-2020 06:02 AM
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Any exercises to help fix forward head posture/general bad posture?

I suffered a concussion last summer and since then i've had trouble fixing my forward head posture. I think it may be because I spent a lot of time resting at home after my head injury, and the muscles on the neck just got super weak. I've been aware of it and try to fix my posture all day, but...

2RDEYE‎, 07-15-2020 06:27 PM
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Exclamation Facial exercise help

Hey folks, first posts gonna be a question. Ive always favored chewing on one side of my mouth my whole life and one masseter muscle is significantly bigger than the other. i was wondering what i can do to target my right masseter muscle to even it out. Something like mastic chewing gum maybe? If...

aestheticsxxiv‎, 07-17-2020 09:24 PM
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Reduce weight to half method

I've heard in a video a procedure for building muscle faster but i can't recall its name rn, it said to exercise with desired weight (dumbbell for example ) until you can no more and then reduce the weight to half and repeat until you can no more again. Has anyone tried this and seen any...

Ag3ntBuBu‎, 08-08-2020 06:12 PM
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Is this enough for upper chest and front delts ?

I do a fullbody workout 3 times week and these are my pushing exercises Dumbbell bench press 3 sets (8-10) Superset : Cable fly low to high 2 sets (12-15) Cable fly high to low 2 sets (12-15) Ps : i don't do shoulder presses (mobility issues)

ahmedjrai‎, 07-19-2020 03:29 PM
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Smile New to bodybuilding, could use some tips.

Not sure if im posting this in the right area/place but here goes. Ive been focusing on cardio related exercises for over a year in order to lose weight, i dropped 2 stone and i am now looking to build muscle and definition at home. I have free weights, but ideally id like to focus on using...

alcofunk‎, 07-19-2020 04:12 AM
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Very weak bench for level of development?

Hey guys, My chest has always been my best muscle group. I had some mass there even when I was a skinny twig (well, some of you would still consider me that :D) and it would grow even when I didn't focus on it at all (for example, tricep dips as only push exercise). My triceps are fine and my...

alec935‎, 07-13-2020 06:11 AM
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Reverse curls

I'm working a new program from my trainer at the moment and as an isolation at the end of an upper workout I've got a couple of sets of pronated grip curls supersetted with standard supinated grip curls. Reverse curls aren't an exercise I've ever really bothered with before as I'm not terribly...

AlexSays‎, 07-20-2020 06:11 AM
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Best 2 triceps accesories for a push day?

My push days consists of Flat Bench Press, OHP, Incline Bench, Cable Flyes and Lateral Raises. I wanna add 2 triceps exercises to the end. I think I'll have to work the long head more than lateral, since I hit lateral during the presses. So I thought about the Dual Rope Triceps Pressdown, like...

AndyBendy‎, 07-26-2020 12:09 PM
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Are hand grippers good for forearm development?

Recently, my forearms started hurting a little. Also my hands go a little numb and in the morning it is a little difficult to make a fist. Note that I havent really done any forearm exercises, although my overall lifts and exercises are with kinda heavy weight. Also I do deadlifts with straps...

AndyBendy‎, 07-16-2020 03:30 AM
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Bench Press Form Check

Just hit a new 2x2 rep max of 92.5, current 1 rep max is 95kg which I hit during this session trying to do it for a 2x2, was wondering if I could get any advice on my form. vimeo.com/441571793

Barnaa‎, 07-25-2020 03:54 AM
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Chest exercises at home

Regular push-ups. This classic bodyweight exercise is excellent to start with as well as for keeping as a training staple in any full-body or 1 upper-body workout. ... Incline push-ups. ... Decline push-ups. ... Plyometric push-ups. ... Time under tension push-ups.

BENGO2001‎, 07-13-2020 04:45 PM
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Rdl

I’m doing the fierce 5 intermediate plan and on lower B he has RDL. Now I love my regular deadlifts but he doesn’t list that as a substitution for the RDL. So when I do the RDL I feel a lot of my back being worked like the lower part of it. I’ve looked up videos and can’t seem to get it because I...

Calikid32190‎, 08-07-2020 02:40 PM
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What am I doing here? Dumbbell Row Form Check Video

What the heck am I doing? It looks like it starts out okay; my torso is parallel to the ground, my forearms are perpendicular to the ground, my elbows are about 45 degrees flared. But then my form just escapes me, my upper back begins to round, my torso moves more perpendicilar to the ground, my...

Camarija‎, 07-13-2020 06:54 PM
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Calf training makes me want to use the bathroom?

It happens whether I do seated or standing calf raises, after maybe 10 reps I have this feeling in my lower hamstrings and basically feel like my sphincter is getting loose or something and feel like taking a dump. Everytime I do it , it never fails and gives me that feeling. Anyone else feel...

CanardLaque‎, 11-30-2013 09:39 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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What could I be doing wrong with step-ups?

I do them with 35 lb dumbbells for 12-15 reps and feel a lot in my back and traps but not legs. If I go lower than 35 I feel nothing.

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Can't do Pull-Ups!

Hello guys so I just bought a pull up bar that you don't need to screw and is being held by tension. Anyways when I tried to do one pull up. I was surprised I can't. How can I fix this? My lifts are Bench 225 Squat 325 and Dead lift 365 Rows 225. I'm 6'2 at 230 lbs and I'm cutting now

Cmiguel02‎, 07-31-2020 12:47 PM
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Skeletal imbalance

So I have a couple skeletal abnormalities that are affecting my form on some lifts. First, my right leg is about an inch longer than my left, so it causes me to have a noticeable lean on my squat. To compensate for my hip imbalance my spine curves like a “C” so that my right shoulder is about an...

crobby‎, 07-16-2020 07:19 AM
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What could I be doing wrong with my squat

I every so often mildly pull a muscle around the lilac crest, internal abdomen oblique which then has a pain if I lean forward (but it depends on how I lean forward) The area I'm referring to can be found at this link ...

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Need advice from advanced folks

Hey forum, I am beginner let's say, just asking more experienced lifters if dropsets are necessary for beginners because i use to do them at the last set of every exercise bench, chins, pulls, pushes, cutls etc. Do they benefit me in some way or is it laste of time and effort to do them in early...

Daniel4o‎, 07-17-2020 08:56 AM
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Ab exercises with weights vs bodyweight

Hi guys ! I'm wondering what is better approach for training the core in general for hypertrophy and functionality ? I'm training abs twice a week with weights: Hanging leg raises ss with weighted decline sit ups and then russian twists or side bends both weighted. I'll throw some drop sets...

Daniel4o‎, 07-26-2020 06:08 AM
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Is stretching/mobility needed or a waste of time?

Hello all Ive got a question which I sometimes stop to think alot about and since I wanna go back to lifting weights (neglected it for some years now, mostly on/off..) How useful is stretching/dynamic stretching/mobility work? Is it really needed? I know static stretching before weights...

DmitriKalashnkv‎, 07-20-2020 12:47 PM
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Unhappy Desperately trying to rebuild atrophied calves.

Hi there! I just joined the Bodybuilding forum here in hopes to receive some/any form of help and/or feedback. I’m 16/M and suffer from Charcot Marie Tooth, a congenital genetic condition that’s left my outer muscles (my forearms and hand muscles / my calves and ankles) essentially atrophied and...

edowork‎, 07-09-2020 04:07 AM
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