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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 10:07 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 10:59 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 04:46 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 08:02 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 11:16 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 09:10 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 07:41 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 11:41 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...

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RANT: R.I.P. Tyrbolift

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chazzy1864‎, 06-23-2016 11:38 AM
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Why can people use more weight on barbell curls than they can on skullcrushers?

You see people curling 135 lbs, 185, even 225 lbs with decent form (CT Fletcher). But yet when people do skullcrushers, they barely get 100 lbs, maybe 115 lbs max with decent form. So why are skullcrushers harder than curling? I thought triceps were stronger than the biceps because they are the...

redmchalo‎, Yesterday 01:13 PM
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Left side of my back not engaging anymore

So for the past few weeks I've not been feeling the contraction in the left side of my upper back. Yesterday when doing the lat pulldown I felt it fine on the right side of my back but on the left side...nothing but a strain on my left bicep which I assume was doing all the pulling. I'm thinking of...

akhan328‎, Today 05:09 AM
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Can't deadlift properly

So I've been lifting for about 3 years and while my form has been overall terrible the one exercise I can never master is the deadlift. Getting the bar off the ground is impossible without putting all the pressure on my back during the initial lift and when I've got it up I can't get it full...

Exostrike‎, 11-22-2017 06:45 AM
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Why do I get hamstring cramps when I do chinups?

If I put my legs behind me crossed at the knee instead of in front of me and straight, I get terrible hamstring cramps when I tense my body to pull over the bar. Why? I thought this was the better way to do them to engage more muscles. Is it because my hamstrings are taking over what my...

shesprints‎, Yesterday 05:17 PM
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Tricep exercies for long head with free weights and pulldown attachment

Hey all, i am trying to build the back of my triceps for the long head. I work out at home with free weights, and my equipment consist of barbell, dumbells, tricep bar, and lat pulldown attachments. Thanks!!

Cguy444‎, 11-22-2017 03:34 PM
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Need some Advice.

Hello! This is my first post on this forum. I hope that I can get some guidance in some way. I'm returning to the 'gym life' after 2 months. I currently am 6'2";21;269lbs. I have planned my meals, all homemade (preferred). Anyhow, I need to setup a mindset of what I'm going to be working out....

Adize‎, 11-22-2017 04:29 PM
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Shoulders will not grow at all!

Hello & sorry for the long thread. I have been training now seriously for around 9 months. For the last 2 months I have been following the PHAT routine 5 days a week which I am really enjoying. I have always had shoulders that refuse to grow. So, for the last 11 weeks I have tried training my...

bflare78‎, 11-22-2017 07:05 AM
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Thumbs up Pinch shoulder blades together doing shrugs

Should i pinch shoulder blades together doing shrugs? That makes me feel a much bigger burn in traps

GetReadyPhil‎, Today 06:38 AM
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Squat Form Check Please!

Here is a video of my last set of squats from this morning. Any thoughts or tips are appreciated. I think my back is rounding a bit at the bottom of my squat (butt wink?) - do you agree? I'm going to check into some of the other threads for recommendations for fixing this. Thanks in advance!...

Imp81318‎, 11-22-2017 05:49 AM
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Compund movements everyday Yes or no and why?

Hello fellow men, For strength purposes is it wise to train compund movements everyday. Or squat and Do push presses everyday? Yes or no and why?

abond008‎, Today 05:07 AM
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going to failure?

Hey! I've always tried going to failure but recently i've heard you shouldnt do that because it's very taxing on the cns and that it will eventually make you plateau. Is this true for all rep ranges? I do 8 reps for bench/squat and i always try hitting failure or atleast come close to. Should i...

kinkings‎, Yesterday 02:06 PM
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Trouble with barbell squats

Hi, so I've been struggling with squats for years (perhaps I took too long to post a question about this). I don't understand why, but at least with barbell squats my legs appear to be very weak. I continuously try to fix my form because I feel like I'm not doing it right. Until recently, I had...

zbivins‎, Yesterday 11:14 AM
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flat bench or flys for upper chest?

really need help on my upper chest appreciate the help thanks

kiwiburgur‎, Yesterday 12:56 PM
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Please Help me with my Clean and Jerk Form, It Sucks! What do I need to change?

Im just getting into Olympic Style Lifting like the Snatch and Clean & Jerk. But before I start practicing and doing higher weight I want really good form first. Below is a video of me doing a Clean and Jerk to the best of my abilities from watching youtube. I know its pretty bad, but what needs to...

jacoberger‎, 11-21-2017 10:03 PM
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Why is my deadlift so much heavier than my BB bench?

OK, so barbell flat bench press is a staple exercise for me. But the problem is, I'm really weak at it. My typical set after warm-up is 3x10x35kg. I started deadlifting a month or so ago, and I'm already doing 5x5x115kg. I know I'm not a stellar strongman on either of these exercises, but it seems...

jco25‎, 11-22-2017 07:29 AM
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Can I add chest isolations to Fierce 5?

So, my progress has been pretty linear with all my lifts! EXCEPT MY ****ING BENCH Like, I started off at 135, then went to 140, and then 145... and then one day, randomly, seemingly for no reason, I could barely get through my warm-up. And had to drop to like 130 just to get through. Then, my...

Cani687‎, 11-20-2017 08:56 PM
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Deadlift form check

Just reached a new milestone of 4 plates. My form isn't perfect, but i've come a long way trying to work out kinks (keep my back neutral, hips low, bar close to the body, etc). Was just trying to get a few opinions on my form because I go wide with my stance, but my mobility wont let me go as low...

hops_88‎, Yesterday 11:03 AM
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Arms not symmtrical, help guys

Hey guys what's up. I have recently started to lift weights. It's been 3 months now. I'm working out at home with a couple of dumbbells. I'm having a problem with my biceps and I've asked help from all my buddies but no one seems to know what the cause of my problem is so I hope you guys...

noobdoc‎, Yesterday 05:04 AM
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Not feeling sore.

So, I have never trained seriously before (except sports through middle school and early high school, but never weight training). My first workout made my muscles sore as hell. My biceps felt like they were about to explode, my triceps were dead, and I couldn't even get my arms up to my head to...

punyguyfeelsbad‎, 11-22-2017 11:50 PM
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Feedback on Dumbbell Bench Press Technique (video)

Hi all! I'm fairly new to lifting and was wondering if I could get some feedback on my Dumbell Bench Press (see videos below). Any feedback - constructive, critical or otherwise - is more than welcome W2eU_AtG5vA fV9LyXfUpOI

RohShank‎, 11-21-2017 10:20 PM
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'Lower' quad isolation?

Hi, start off by saying I know there is no such thing as a lower quad, but i'll explain why i'm asking this. Don't have any pics so hopefully you'll understand my explanation. Basically my issue is my quad development does not look the same as pretty much anyone else i've seen. Don't know...

sjohn44‎, 11-22-2017 08:23 AM
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Non-dominant arm getting a bigger pump? Why?

Having a bit of trouble, I'm finding in my workout, specifically chest+tri, my left arm feels a really great burn and pump whilst my right feels almost nothing. I tried doing single arm tricep extensions and found i could do more reps with my right arm but still didnt feel a burn like the left....

rigged089‎, 11-22-2017 04:47 PM
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What I do for my weight loss?

Hi everyone! I am 30 year old, Height 5 feet 5 inch and my weight is 110 KG. I am very upset from my weight. Recently I have joined GYM and do exercise but not effect on my weight. Please suggest me shall I do.

commoncelebrity‎, 11-14-2017 11:24 PM
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How to Break Through Bench Press Plateau?

I do the fierce 5 novice program, which entails me to do 3x5 bench press 2 times or once a week, as an exercise that is part of a full body workout. I've been stuck at a 115 pound bench press (Terrible, I know) for a few months. I usually do 3x5, but on the third set, I can manage to get 7 reps...

Reznovan‎, 11-22-2017 07:50 AM
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