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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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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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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: 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 to do if my calves are always tired after running?

Hey. Basically, I can't workout at the gym right now because my right pectoral torn up so I'm doing some running. However, since I had just restarted working out because I had broken my right arm, I am not in very good shape at the moment. My endurance is poor, and my bodyfat must be at around...

JeunePadawan‎, Today 03:54 PM
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Deadlift anxiety

I have a history of anxiety which lifting helps me cope with. However this year I've bwwn focusing on deadlifts. Something has happened to me twice in about a month. After doing heavy singles I feel like im going to black out but I recover quickly. This only happens during max effort single rep...

Oceanbeast‎, Yesterday 08:00 AM
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How to fix lower back issues?

Sorry if this is the wrong place, but I wrestled in high school and hurt my back. I went to PT for a couple of months, and quit wrestling after the injury, but I've had back pain ever since. It makes it hard to relax, but worse sometimes it gets in the way of working out. Today I was working with...

adam1295‎, Today 12:26 PM
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First rep squatting is the hardest?

Anyone else notice that the first rep is harder than the next few? It's almost like after the first rep I get into a rhythm but the first is always slow, deliberate and I almost stall at the bottom (below parallel). I'm guessing it has to do with the stretch reflex not being used on the first...

arcticnova‎, Today 10:12 AM
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Strength imbalance

Hi all I have recently starting hitting the gym again in a hopefully serious manner. I had a 'tanita' analysis done which confirmed some problems I have (or my training partner) noticed. My left leg is 'stronger' than my right leg...I think this causes my to lift a bit slanted - or it could...

Cph1760‎, Today 01:02 PM
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Post Squat form check - leaning forward

Hey everyone, Recently my gym has changed and now there isn't a mirror in front of the squat rack anymore. Because of this I asked someone to film my form as I was starting to feel a little bit insecure about it. When I saw my form I was pretty taken aback as I had no idea I was leaning forward so...

ElisaCatharina‎, Today 08:39 AM
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Please help with my Pullups!!!!!

Hey guys, I was frustrated with my pull ups. I find I suck at this exercise. I really wish I could do muscle-ups but I even struggle with my pull ups. I train my back once a week and put pull ups as my first exercise. I aim to do 4 sets of 10, but I am never able to do those. The first...

cvcccccc‎, 03-31-2017 08:16 PM
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sore from therapy

went to therapy yesterday and they massaged the corners of my chest really hard and it was painful - im sore today in the upper corners of my chest but not that sore - will i be weaker on bench if i workout today?

BangDingOw‎, Today 10:57 AM
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Deadlift Form Check I was having issues with lower back rounding and hyperextending at the top of the deadlift (leaning back too much at lockout) so I dropped the weight and built back up this isn't my absolute 5RM but it felt close. I also noticed my neck was extended a lot, is this an...

Gain6‎, Today 08:36 AM
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yoo whatsup guys. so i just noticed that my left shoulder is higher than my right one. what do i do ? ;/ also like 2 months ago i injured my rotator cuff on my left shoulder can that be a problem and do i need to see doc ?

Kikna17‎, Yesterday 12:16 PM
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Exercise Variety for improving rounded shoulders

Hey y'all, so I've always suffered from slumped/rounded shoulders and I'm just looking for more exercises to add in to help improve and pull them back. Already doing Face pulls and rear flys. Any input much appreciated.

GregoryPeg‎, Yesterday 01:49 PM
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Pull up or chin up: which is easier on elbows

Well, I finally did a chin up Friday from a dead hang. First step on my pull-up goal. But I have been having trouble with my right elbow, which I posted about here last week. Anyway, in my attempt to do a second chin-up, there was an audible "pop" in the elbow area. Today my elbow is stiff. I...

kim59‎, 05-22-2017 07:38 AM
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RANT: The Neverending Basement-Dwelling Fantasy Brag-Fest.

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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deadlift question

i recently started stronglifts 5x5, and i have terrible flexibility. i tried conventional and couldn't even get into position yet when i went to the sumo deadlift it almost felt natural and just really good in general. are sumos a good substitute until i can build up enough flexibility to start...

JQuick3110‎, Yesterday 05:33 PM
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Is it ok to work out the same muscles often as long as they are not sore?

The question is. Let's suppose I work pull muscles on monday. Then push muscles on tuesday. Then I would rest on wednesday. But sometimes I feel like I need to train. I need to train... so, if I find that my pull muscles are not sore, is it ok if I work them again on wednesday? Training for...

Juarito‎, Yesterday 01:59 PM
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Best exercise for side delts?

Which exercise is better for side delts: db lateral raise or bb vertical row? Thanks!

greenleaf‎, 08-07-2011 07:18 PM
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Squeezing glutes on Deadlift

So my ass tucks in during my set-up and I get lower back rounding. I have a question. Are you supposed squeeze your butt cheeks in during set-up and throughout the whole movement all the way up until lock out? Because all this time I've really only been squeezing them at the top when I lock...

giussepe20‎, 05-24-2017 11:42 PM
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L sit

I have seen in a program this exercise: L-sit Hold (below 90). Can somebody explain what does it mean below 90?

niv3000‎, Yesterday 12:07 PM
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How to prevent chest overgrowth. My chest grows too much.

Hello people, I'm new here. I registered because I'm having this problem since always. Everytime I do any kind of chest exercise, it barely works the shoulders or triceps/arms. 90% of the work is done by my pecs. I get a huge pump on my pecs and my arms and shoulders remain skinny. I know some...

Juarito‎, 05-24-2017 08:55 PM
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Why am I not feeling as much on dumbell press than bench press?

A quick question. Whenever I do bench press I hold VERY wide and that often makes my chest hurt afterwards, but however. Whenever I do dumbell presses I never feel the pump or any "pain" in the chest afterwards, Why is that so?

bomboni66‎, Yesterday 11:46 AM
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Shaky during incline dumbbell press

Yo guys, first post on this site so have mercy pls. As you can see by the title, when I am doing the incline dumbbell bench press, my arms shake pretty nasty. I'll try and give some details about myself to give you've guys some background. Sorry if it's a long post. I'm 5'7, 160lbs, about...

Iswdotcom‎, 05-24-2017 10:52 PM
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What "common" exercises do you avoid?

Simple question. List, with any comments, common exercises that you personally avoid. I realize that any exercise that is "common" can't be obviously bad (or it wouldn't be common), so let's not get into a debate defending exercises others choose not to do. obviously they're not going to kill...

peterm28‎, 05-24-2017 11:12 AM
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Triceps-Chest asymmetry in bench press

Hi everyone, I have a rare problem of asymmetry (never heard of anyone having it), When I bench press (or any other kind of chest press exercises) I feel that the left muscle of the chest is working well (with a bit of help from the triceps) but on the right muscle it feels that most of the...

stylized‎, 05-24-2017 11:44 PM
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Thumbs down Pure exhaustion

Every morning I get up around 6 am full of energy. Well, on the day or two after training, I sleep in until like 12 pm and even then I feel like a zombie. It only happens when I am really sore.. which mostly hits me on the second day. Why am I so damn sleepy when my muscles are sore?? My eating...

Rosexoxo‎, 05-24-2017 06:28 AM
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Unhappy Squat problem - form check

Hey everyone!! Recently I am facing a huge problem with Squats. I am training with weights around a year and I was always using the smith machine for my squats. I was never able to go ass to grass but I was going at least parallel. Now that my new gym has not a smith machine I have a huge...

IriniTs‎, 05-24-2017 03:49 AM
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