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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...

ForumSentinel‎, 05-19-2014 09:12 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 08:02 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 04:46 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 11:16 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 10:59 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 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: 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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Question Quantity or Quality?

The title might seem untrue to the question. But lets say during the course of 1 year two people have been working out every day, the first person destroys the muscle and on some days he cant lift because of soreness, but the second person only does small amounts of reps throughout the day...

12rep‎, 11-13-2019 04:15 PM
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App for randomizing workouts

I'm wondering if there is an app to randomize and create my own workouts. To prevent my body from getting used to workouts it's important to switch up excercises, rep counts, time under tension etc. Is there an app where I can put in like 100 workouts into specific categories (calves, biceps, chest...

12rep‎, 10-16-2019 05:27 PM
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Smile Ideal squat weight for women?

Hi everyone! So I am a 20-year-old female, currently at 5'8 and weighing 131 pounds. I am currently bulking as well to get to 145. Basically, about 4-5 weeks ago I started adding squats into my routine. As of Tuesday, I was able to squat 125 pounds for 3x3 and am gonna try to increase the reps to 5...

AL459‎, Yesterday 08:59 AM
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Are my weight good from my age/weight and should I increase them?

Hi everyone, I am 20 years old 5'9 and 131 pounds currently bulking to around 145. I started lifting weights are 2 1/2 months ago and I have seen some great results in my arms and my legs. My dumbell weight for curls and shoulder press rn is around 20 pounds for 12 reps. My ez barbell curl is...

AL459‎, 11-11-2019 09:38 AM
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Lower quads and lower hamstrings not growing

Lower quads and lower hamstrings not growing I keep doing leg press leg extension leg curl Stiffleg dl And do squat to parallel. Sadly my Lower hamstrings and lower quads won't grow so I'm stuck with massive upper quads and massive upper hamstrings. I marked the areas where they dont grow ...

alexyboi‎, 11-04-2019 09:50 AM
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Lat pull down and cable row ROM

When performing lat pull downs or cable rows how far up/forward should you let your shoulder go? I don't mean arm travel, but at the top of the exercise do you keep the shoulder girdle tight or let it extend all the way up/forward? Its kind of hard to explain, almost like you relax the shoulder...

allandr‎, 10-25-2019 11:51 AM
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How fast can I increase my bench

So I just started lifting and in the past I’ve benched 225 just messing around. Recently I’ve been dumbbell benching due to an unrelated shoulder injury and I do 75 for 3x5 and I’ve been increasing the weight by 5lb dumbbells for 3 weeks so far. Considering I switch to barbell and I can still max...

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Pendlay Row Form Check

Pendlay Row Form Check: Any tips would be helpful https://youtu.be/kof1D9RsdoQ

Andrew578‎, 11-07-2019 12:25 AM
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Deadlift Form Check

Hi guys, would anyone please give me any tips / help on my form. Thank you :) https://youtu.be/qqLNdpFLkCk

Andrew578‎, 10-31-2019 01:38 AM
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Numb/tingling in the middle back after heavy squats

For the last 3 weeks (since I'm doing my squats heavier) I had a strange feeling of numbness / tingling in my middle back after workout. It doesnt hurt at all. When I deadlift (same, pretty heavy) I dont have the feeling at all. It only happens after squats (and for the day after, which is usually...

AndyBendy‎, 10-31-2019 02:01 PM
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Is this a good program?

Hello, I train each muscle group twice a week! I train on Sundays and Mondays, then I rest on Tuesdays and then I train again (repeat) what I did on Wednesdays and Thursdays. My question is can I train 4 muscle groups on the same day? This is what my program looks like Sunday: back,...

Annihilator17‎, 10-25-2019 09:25 AM
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what joint is standing calf raises targeting?

Is it the ankle joint?

Apollo 13‎, 10-18-2019 08:01 AM
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Question Winged scapula making my right chest weaker?

Hi everyone, Whenever I would work my chest, I only feel my left chest and not right and after a while the development between the two became noticeable. So I stopped training chest completely. I figured it’s better to have no chest rather than a deformed one. No matter how much I concentrated,...

ArbaazRauf‎, 10-15-2019 12:17 PM
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cooling device

Hi all. I checked the clothing section and did not find what I am looking for. Issue: not making it through one hour workout due to heat exhaustion Background: I have taken fluvoxamine for a decade and one of the side effects is quick heat exhaustion. I started working out in February and...

arktex54‎, 11-09-2019 01:20 PM
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Seditary, Lightly Active, Moderately Active, Very Active, or Extra Active

So here is what I need help with. You know how most of the calorie calculators have Sedentary (little or no exercise) Lightly active Moderatetely active Very active Extra active As options?

Asleifarson‎, Yesterday 08:31 AM
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how to do dips/chin ups weighted without belt weight?

Hello, I was wondering how to do weighted dips/chinups without a weight belt? that is, I can't figure out how to put the dumbbell or weights between the legs at the beginning.

baboyako‎, 11-08-2006 05:01 AM
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Seated leg tucks on a slight decline benefit?

I saw this picture on Arnold's facebook and i was wondering if there's any benefit of doing the seated leg tucks on a minor decline setting like this. Every book/video i've seen, they're done on a straight bench.

backinthegymbro‎, 10-16-2019 03:07 AM
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Weighted Calf raises at home with a backpack

I would like to train my calves more often, however my gym only has the seated cable calf machine which i dislike. My training partner doesn't want to train calves with me and i don't want to stay in the gym at the end while he goes home and be rude. Since i have one of those fitness steppers to...

backinthegymbro‎, 11-01-2019 06:20 AM
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How come no one does cable sit ups?

Let's say you use the split rope attachment at the bottom the machine, you anchor your feet under something or have someone hold them, you hold the rope by each side of your face and you do a weighted cable sit up. I never tried this before, but it seems like a better exercise than holding a...

backinthegymbro‎, 10-31-2019 06:49 PM
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How do you guys flex to show the most abs?

If i simply tighten my stomach/tense the muscles, i don't see much upper abs definition. However if i breathe out all my air and then flex, i get a really tight stomach and a clear 4 pack is visible. The downside is, this deflates my entire upper body so my chest etc all looks extra small. ...

backinthegymbro‎, 10-19-2019 01:10 PM
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Am i opening up too much with dumbbell flyes? (form video)

I always try to go as low as possible to get that full stretch and then bring my arms up in a big arc, like hugging a tree. However when i look at Arnold at the second gif, his forearms are pretty close to his upper arms. Do you think he simply does that as a way of ''cheat flyes'' because the...

backinthegymbro‎, 10-23-2019 12:27 PM
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Ab straps vs hanging?

I've been doing a lot of hanging leg/knee raises lately. Some people say straight leg raises are more difficult, but that the knee raises give a better contraction and work the hip flexors less. I don't know which one is better. I usually start out with leg raises and when fatigue kicks in, i...

backinthegymbro‎, 11-12-2019 02:47 AM
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Why are more reps recommended for certain exercises?

I usually go for 8 reps and then as i go heavier, around 6 reps or less at my last 2 sets. However some exercises like tricep push downs or leg curls for example, i always read the recommended rep range is around 10. Is there a reason for this? Probably won't matter that much overall. But...

backinthegymbro‎, 10-23-2019 05:05 AM
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How long did it take you to bench 300?

Just wondering how long it took some of you to get there? I'm around 280 right now and really wanna get there it just sucks it takes forever

bake51‎, 07-06-2011 11:51 AM
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High bar Squat form check

I noticed that I have a little bit of a buttwink at the bottom of the squat. Is that bad? https: //youtu.be/4OefjRylU 58

BDJestel‎, 10-21-2019 02:54 PM
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