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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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Alternative leg exercise to work around lower back pain

Hi, Recently I have developed slight lower back pain thus I am changing up my routine to allow the back to rest and get back to normal for 5-6 weeks. However, this means having to stop doing Squats, Deadlifts and Hip thrust. I am training at home and have lots of weights, barbells, dumbbells and...

Jaay32‎, Yesterday 01:22 AM
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Does hex-bar deadlift hit the whole lower body?

I've been neglecting lower body in my home workout during COVID times and have the space for one piece of equipment. If my only lower-body exercise is the hex-bar deadlift, would that be enough to hit everything? Seems to me that it hits quads, hams, glutes, calves, lower back to some degree....

bulldog91‎, Today 11:52 AM
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My squat is going up but not my Deadlift.

Hi everyone, I run a PPL split similar to Coolcida but with deadlifts on the second leg day. I have experimented with heavy sets in the 1-3 rep range and this past month, I was able to take my max squat from 295 lbs to 315 lbs. However my deadlift has been stuck at 285 lbs x 3. If I try applying my...

Odifududix‎, Today 10:03 AM
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When to do pyramid style workout

I'm currently doing an Upper and lower split 4x a week and was training on the Fierce Five program before this for a couple of years. I can give detailed breakdown if required. I see a lot of people doing a workout which I believe is pyramid style and taking it to complete failure i.e. 5...

PixelFive‎, 10-29-2020 11:23 AM
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Here we go again...

High possibility that there’s going to be another national lockdown here in the UK for 4 weeks but It’ll probably be extended much longer so gyms won’t be opened for a while. Seems like a national lockdown happens every time I start bulking ffs. Im going to eat at maintenance and basically...

Cautious1‎, Today 01:32 AM
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Muscle unbalances

I recently had a heart surgical procedure done. A section of an aortic branch was pressed down, so not enough blood was getting to my left side. According to the doctor, the procedure was 80% successful, which is really good. However, after some weeks of lifting, I noticed my left chest was...

Neovictor‎, Yesterday 10:44 PM
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EZ bar curl for row?

I'm fairly new to fitness and today I just tried the bendover row with a barbell. I used an underhand grip for more Lat activation but my wrist started hurting--a sharp pain my hands. I watched some videos and saw that the EZ bar is nicer with your wrists and you still get the same results as with...

Neovictor‎, 10-22-2020 01:22 AM
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HR target for Wind Sprints

Working out with a friend remotely today. Going to run some wind sprints at the baseball field then snapchat them. Last time I set the sprint length around ~60 yards Opinions on target HR levels? If I Stride them hard but comfortable, I'm sure I can easily hit 160 heart rate which is like 85% HR...

NomadNA‎, Yesterday 08:19 AM
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Back of shoulder pain/burning during chest and tricep lifts

I have been having pain in either my rear delt or the underlying tendons/rotator cuff for a while whenever I do chest (bench, flies, pecdeck etc) and or tricep exercises (dips and push downs but does not hurt with anything overhead). It is not a sharp pain but more of a burning feeling (not the...

gregoriocortez‎, 10-26-2020 01:32 PM
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Focusing on vertical pulls as opposed to horizontal?

I train using a PPL split and I enjoy starting out with vertical pulls like the lat pulldown because I would like to get a wider back. Is there any major difference in "focusing" on vertical pulls then doing horizontal rows like an afterthought? I look back at my logs and I realized I do more sets...

Odifududix‎, 10-29-2020 10:01 AM
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Form Check Squat

I usually preform suno squats because it seems more comfortable on my knees but lately I've been going for regular squats. I never liked them because they feel so awkward for me. Leg day use to be just iso parts for me but I'm moving for more compound lifts now. How is my form? I know I could...

Zschnack87‎, 10-28-2020 11:56 PM
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Losing all strength on chest randomly. Help!!!!

So basically I train 6 days a week in the gym on a PPL split. On my chest day I do incline bench, regular bench, incline dumbbell press and flies. Usually everything is going ok with the first two exercises (some weeks I can lift heavier than others but that's normal I suppose). But when I get to...

Dream2BShredded‎, 10-29-2020 11:40 AM
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Is this a decent quick full body dumbbell workout?

Warm up with 50 pushups DB incline bench press 5 x 12 DB lying or bent-over rows 3 x 15 DB squats 3 x 15 tricep kickbacks 3 x 15 lateral raises 3 x 15 I'm a busy guy and I work out at home 3 times a week. I don't have time for anything crazy. I'm not interested in getting huge. I just want...

Liberal3lite‎, 10-29-2020 10:50 PM
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Curl / Hammer Curl - difference negligible?

Everybody knows that in theory, hammer curls work more the forearm and brachialis, while supinated grip is supposed to be the superior exercise for full bicep activation...but we all know that it often doesnt work like that in practice, that supposed shaping movements are often all the same...

drunkenmaster1‎, 10-27-2020 11:47 PM
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How to build big triceps at home with bad elbows?

I lift at home and I have dumbbells only. I'm trying to build bigger triceps. I have bad elbows (cubital tunnel syndrome) and there are certain exercises I can't do. Diamond pushups and overhead extensions are two examples I just can't do. I bench press at 30 and 45 degree angles. I do most of...

Liberal3lite‎, 10-22-2020 03:59 PM
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Feeling drained not pumped after workouts - normal or going too heavy?

Semi-new to lifting here. Whenever I lift in sets of 6-8 using 80%+ of my 1RM on compound exercises, I feel little to no pump in the muscles & at the end of my workout I feel tired & depleted. It also has a knock-on-effect making me feel tired the next day. Whereas if I lift lighter...

Sacharine33‎, 10-28-2020 04:23 AM
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Been sore after every workout and affecting performance at work

So I work a very demanding job thats mental and physical and always on the go. I kind of want to give up weights as Im sore after every work out and affects my performance at work when I'm sore as I move slower. I wasn't like this when I was in my early 20's and I would always have energy to...

NLNFunKti0nz‎, 10-26-2020 07:30 PM
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Upper body vs lower body volume

Hey, I’ve noticed that my lower body can’t handle as much volume as my upper body can (comparing larger muscle groups, such as chest to quads). It honestly might just be general fatigue on my leg days since my squatting and deadlift variations require more stability, therefore require more energy...

doubletake11‎, 10-28-2020 10:19 AM
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Form Check Deadlift

Here's my deadlift. May I have feedback? Thank you!

slimchopra‎, 10-28-2020 04:56 PM
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Band Cuban presses

I never found any use for dainty corrective exercises like face pulls or prone rows, but currently I do band dislocates as part of my upper body warm ups along with dead hangs. I was thinking about adding Cuban presses with a light band, just wanted to know if anyone has any experience with the...

BeginnerGainz‎, 10-28-2020 03:31 PM
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Hammer strength incline press - anyone else disproportionately weak on this machine?

I've seen videos of guys who can't come close to my incline or flat DB pressing (120x12 db incline press, full ROM and control) pressing 4+ plates a side on this machine for higher reps I can put up more on the HS shoulder press than I can on the incline, is there some trick to getting strong on...

ChunkerFish‎, 10-28-2020 12:39 PM
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Overhead DB Pressing

How much stimulus do you think overhead dumbell pressing has on mid and rear delts? Thinking of trying german volume training at some point and using DB overhead presses as my shoulder movement. But does that lack stimulus for side and rear delts?

pinfante‎, 10-28-2020 12:27 PM
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Favorite Arm Workout?

I have arms day tomorrow and I was wondering what everybody's favorite workout is? I do a dumbbell only regiment, so I'm pretty limited. But I would say concentration curls are my favorite.

Bedubs123‎, 10-18-2020 02:36 PM
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Form check for a 3 plate squat? Is there any issues here? Lately I’ve been trying out my maxes on my squat whenever I go to the gym and I’ve been having fun with it. Last week I got in 305 lbs for a single but failed miserably on 315 later that week. I’m not into powerlifting and I mainly lift...

Odifududix‎, 10-27-2020 10:27 AM
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Hamstring Tightness

Hey guys. So I went many years not giving my glutes and hamstrings the attention they needed. So lately, I've been really trying to kick butt at it. (Haha. Pun) My glutes seem to working great but my hamstrings have been so bad. I use to stay away from squats and deadlifts because once I got...

Zschnack87‎, 10-27-2020 01:01 AM
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