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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: 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 09:07 PM
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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: 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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What do you do when your bench press hits a plateau?

I've been training none stop for about a year now (I use to do karate). I remember when I could barely hit 10 and 15 on each side. Ever since I've hit 25, things have kind of slowed down. On good days I can do 30 or 28 but that's one rep. Am I being too hard on myself? Should I focus on volume...

papichulo9‎, Today 04:58 AM
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Swimming goggles, Clear or smoked lens?

Eh I suppose I'm posting this in the right section.. Anyways, what's the difference between clear lens or smoked/colored lens swimming goggles?.. Will one fog more than the other one??? Do any of you even wear goggles when you swim? I'm thinking I'm going to need them since swimming in a...

OminousShadow‎, 11-04-2009 12:29 PM
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How to calculate weight for mass building, how to progress

Hi, can anyone advise me how to calculate a proper weight for mass building? For example I can benchpress 100kg 5 times 90kg 8 times. Should I try to bench my record every time to muscle failure? Or calculate eg. 10% less and add 2,5kg to every workout? For dropset should I start from 100kg...

Maartin77‎, Yesterday 12:10 PM
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Is it too hot to run?

i've been running 1km everyday and in about a week it's suppost to be 43C (110F) outside. Should i stil run?

FirstMaple8‎, Yesterday 10:52 PM
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Hack squat form check (and some questions)

Hi everyone, yesterday I did them for the first time (subbing leg press in F5 U/L). Question: 1) Is it ok the arch the back a bit? 2) Am I supposed to go back to the ground every rep or should I go only down to where I'm arching my back? ...

FallingBridge‎, Yesterday 10:10 AM
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Form Check (Romanian Deadlift)

jbAz8gTQXeA Hey. Any feedback will be great. Also. Is it normal that the core is a limiting factor on front squats

Ultradian‎, 05-18-2018 01:02 PM
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Exclamation Active Recovery Question

I created a similar thread couple of weeks ago, but I created another one as I've changed my active recovery 'workout' routine. So I was wondering if it's okay to lift some light weights (a pair of 5kg dumbbells to be specific.) in home on rest days to get some muscle pump. I would do some...

Alchols‎, 05-22-2018 09:46 PM
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OHP exercise difference

What's up guys! I had a shoulder injury, and I feel a lot more comfortable doing the Life Fitness shoulder press or the military press over the free weight overhead press. Is there a difference in benefits since most people do the free weight one? Also, which one should I replace it with- the...

ngloading‎, Yesterday 01:27 PM
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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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Unique (Lack Of) Bicep Growth Issue

Hi, I'm new to the forum but figured there couldn't possibly be a better place to ask about this. I've been lifting for about 2.5 years (nearly age 40 now), and while I have seen good gains in every other area, my biceps simply WON'T GROW no matter what I do. Strict form, loose form/cheat reps,...

ChrisBK23‎, 05-19-2018 01:34 AM
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Could I add face pulls to starting strength?

The starting strength workout: Workout A Squats: 3 x 5 Bench Press: 3 x 5 Deadlift: 1 x 5 Dips (weighted): 2 x 5-8 Workout B Squats: 3 x 5

Reznovan‎, Yesterday 06:32 PM
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Please help 😭 - cant do pull ups or dips

I was with my personal trainer today and after the bench press he wanted me to try some dips and I couldnt do a single one wtf!!! Id lower myself down and my arms would be shaking and I couldnt lift myself at all. He said it was fine and to be expected, so we tried pull ups. And I couldnt do a...

FrozenBeak‎, Yesterday 04:51 PM
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Lateral raises vs overhead press for shoulder day?

I just finished "shoulder day" on my split and have a question about the exercises I've chosen. I want to give the shoulders a well rounded workout that will benefit functional strength. I've chosen a seated rear delt fly for my rear delts, front DB raises for my front delts, but for the middle...

Babylon1023‎, 06-05-2009 06:10 AM
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Post Hammer curls OR REVERSE CURLS?

Do reverse curls hit a diffent muscle then hammer curls?? Or which one is more beneficial?

markcostner‎, 07-24-2012 04:09 PM
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brachialis brachioradialis

I have been confused ever since I began studying this muscle. Biceps Brachii, Brachialis, Brachioradialis are all elbow flexor groups. As far as I know...its been said Brachialis is the strongest elbow flexor group of them all and it works whether the arm is Supinated, Neutral, or Pronated. ...

Maximum6‎, 02-12-2008 11:17 PM
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Favorite oblique exercises?

What are some of your favorite oblique exercises? Dumbbell side bends are stupid and I hate them, looking for something new. I'm considering seated barbell twists possibly?

daveminnich‎, Yesterday 11:44 AM
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New Workout Feedback

6 Day Workout Split *** Please give me your thoughts on this - and ignore most names as I have given the wrong name to some exercises. But please give me feedback if you think the routine/amount of reps/sets is alright. Monday - Chest, Triceps Flat Bench Press, 3 sets, 12, 10, 8 ...

shahbazmazhar‎, 05-24-2018 04:25 PM
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Are push ups overrated?

Of some reason push ups are one of the most common exercises. Is this just because of convenience or are they actually really good. The reason I am wondering is because I was wondering if I should start doing them in my strength training so I'll be better at them for kickboxing and school etc......

Puspernille‎, Yesterday 11:10 AM
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Question Incline Bench Angle for Upper Pecs: Rotate 20 and 30, or stick with 1 or the other?

Disclaimer: I realize there are hundreds of threads on incline bench angle, but they tend to be in discussion of broader angle ranges (15-45+ degrees), while I am specifically asking about these angles. I have no interest in doing incline bench over 30-40+ because I find that to be more of a...

broganoff‎, Yesterday 09:15 AM
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Falling back while squating

How do i learn to squat? I'm falling back when i try to back squat the right way. Are there any exercises that will help me learn it? Thank you in advance.

RF4E‎, 05-10-2018 03:25 AM
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Shoulders roll forward or too far back, shoulder pain pressing

5'10, 193 lbs, 14% I have my right shoulder that stays rolled forward. I've done an immense amount of lower trap/rhomboid work to try and pull it back to no avail. During bench press or any workout when I try to bring my shoulders down and back I find that I either have my shoulders forward...

kendallbea183‎, Yesterday 06:57 AM
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Is bike riding and work hurting my gains?

I have to ride my bike early in the morning to get to the gym. It is about 10 miles then 10 miles back home, I usually put my bike on a low gear and walk on hills. I have also been doing this type of bike riding for 6 months now so it is a cake walk now. I am going to start hypertrophy training...

JoshuaScott123‎, 05-20-2018 03:47 PM
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Question Deadlift form

Hi all, yesterday for the first time I lifted 100kg for 6 reps, I decided to film myself to see if my form was okay, so if anyone wouldn't mind to check my video and tell me any recommendations or feedback, it would be awesome. Video: The video is from the last...

sgarciac07‎, 05-23-2018 01:04 PM
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Most important back exercises apart from deadlift & bodyweight (eg. pull-ups)

I’m wanting to start a Pull routine for hypertrophy and wondering what are the most important back exercises to include that don’t include bodyweight exercises or deadlifts. The reason for no deadlifts is cause my gym currently only has 25kg dumbbells max. Also I have no equipment to do pull ups...

gggjones‎, 05-24-2018 02:22 PM
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Question Form check: Face-pulls

Hi y’all I noted in my log (linked below) that I’m developing a fairly pronounced lean as I add weight to my face-pulls (video below). I’ve read recently somewhere, don’t recall where, that this is not ideal. Does anyone else have this challenge? How did you...

Corbets‎, 05-22-2018 11:34 PM
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