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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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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 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: 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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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 08:12 AM
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Smile Working the Upper Chest??

Hey, I did search for threads on this, but all of the search results were for threads that are 15 years old! I'm not a massive guy, medium size, 6ft4", 210lbs. My last chest session: Flat Bench - 225lbs, 6, 4,2 reps then 155lbs to 21 reps. Incline Bench - 175lbs, 6, 4, 2 reps then...

mestizomad88‎, Yesterday 02:54 AM
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Thumbs up Convinced I have terrible genetics. Or is it my reps/sets pattern?

Been working out on and off for ~8 years (I'd say mainly on but mostly unintelligently. I believe I workout smarter now). At the moment I pretty much follow the Jim Stoppani Shortcut to Size routine but for a long time I used to do a 3 way split Push-Pull-Legs. I workout alot longer with...

Pavlekk‎, Today 04:11 PM
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How do I increase weight?

I am 13 and can lift 20 pound dumbells. My question is, how do I increase weight? I can also lift a 40 pound barbell.

Jayz4695‎, Today 09:59 AM
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Unhappy Deadlift Form, Sumo vs Conventional

Hey guys, I know a few of you might be tired of hearing this question, but I think I might need a more tailored answer than what I could find using the search function. I've been doing Stronglifts, but I don't think I can deadlift conventionally. I've been using Sumo stance. I've been...

e5ofclay‎, 04-26-2017 03:55 PM
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Unhappy Squat 1RM % and Leg Size

Just wondering at around what 1RM % I could do squats WITHOUT gaining size on my legs. Still want to do squats but am getting married and can't increase leg size anymore or my custom suit won't fit. I tried the old "I'll buy new pants", but my fiance nearly attacked (and new tailor made pants are...

Scoier‎, Today 10:32 AM
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Does working triceps and biceps the same day increase your risk of stretch marks?

You know, since you're stretching both sides of your arm during the same workout?

TheMechE‎, Today 01:25 PM
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Dumbbell Shrugs with Dowager's Hump

So I'm about two months into lifting (thanks in large part to this forum) and naturally I've begun to notice many muscular imbalances in the process. One in particular is a moderate "dowager's hump" I've had for years which causes neck and upper back pain. I'm visiting a chiropractor and doing some...

squeakygreens‎, Today 01:07 PM
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Question Why don't I get sore from working out anymore?

Hello. Lately when I've been working out I don't get sore. I barley even get a pump like I used to. The only muscle group that gets pumped is my biceps. And I've seen a lot of people say soreness doesn't mean anything but I strongly disagree with that. I know that if you're not feeling sore then...

Cnmoreno‎, Today 07:17 AM
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Pronated vs supinated

For exercises such as barbell rows and pull ups, does switching grips change the movement enough to consider them different exercises? For example could I consider myself to be "resting" from pull ups if I am doing chinups?

MRHELLO‎, Today 12:48 PM
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How is my Deadlift Form?

Hey all, Still relatively new to lifting, but starting to feel increasingly confident with the major lifts as I put on size (weighed in at 172 and 14% on 4/27, after being 155 ~18% at Thanksgiving). I would like to get some critique on my deadlifting form, recently I have been pushing for...

noahkarch‎, Today 07:22 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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Is Smith Machine bad for Bench Press?

I only have a Smith Machine at my gym, should i switch to dumbell's?

gopackgo74‎, 03-31-2011 06:21 AM
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Removing man boobs advice

I am having trouble removing my man boobs. The main issue is currently tensing the muscles associated. Any advice about techniques to help this would be greatly appreciated.

ausguerila‎, 04-22-2017 02:18 AM
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Good shoulder exercises?

What are some good shoulder exercises?

Mariah277‎, Yesterday 10:42 AM
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Skull crushers vs dips

Just wanted to know your thoughts on whether you feel skull crushers or dips gives you the best mass results. For me I feel it so much more when doing skull crushers vs dips. Dips I never really feel it in my tris (doing up right narrow correct form) and only get sore from skulls. Which you...

JD1992‎, Today 01:25 AM
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Question Help with how to warm up

Hey! I am a big newb and i'm going to start the The Viking's Upper/Lower/Pull/Push/Legs Split program it can be found on Forums>Workout Programs>The Viking's The Bare Bones Series (Stickied). So basicly my question is how am i supposed to warm up on all these days? The first day (Upper Day) for an...

kinkings‎, Today 10:30 AM
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What's your favorite exercise for upper body and for legs?

Just out of curiosity which one do you feel gives you the most bang for your buck? Something that you would recommend to anyone and that you can't live without.

TitanForce‎, Yesterday 04:58 PM
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Low bar squat form check please

youtu.be /vXfualwdDbc I've noticed with my squats sometimes I get major butt-wink and I go forward on my way up sometimes. I've watched videos and tried to get clues to get a better form and tightening my stomach like I'm about to get punched in the gut seemed to help with the butt wink...

DannyRyu01‎, Yesterday 12:11 AM
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Anybody Still Doing Behind-The-Neck Pull Ups?

Added these into the past few shoulder session to hit the rear delts... conscious that I'm going to be hitting a bit of lats in there too... nothing crazy just 3 sets of 5 or 6... Interested to see if anyone else is doing these... I've read a good number of articles which give them heat for...

lmcfreekz‎, Yesterday 11:16 PM
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Increasing Pushup count for APFT

So I really want to improve my APFT scores, they're as follows. 43 pushups 72 Situps 15:10 2 mile run I feel that pushups are my biggest lacking point and I want to improve that first. I just started the 100 pushup program and started on week 3(As reccomended because I can do more than 20...

WillyLee43‎, Today 04:07 AM
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Concern: High Heart Rate After Intense Cardio Workout

Hello, is it normal to have a heart rate of 80-90 for about an hour maybe a bit more after a very intense 30-40 min. cardio work out? (My cardio isn't very good, trying to build it up again.) My regular resting HR is around 60. Is this normal or is it something to worry about? And if this is normal...

Vhalor‎, 04-27-2017 05:50 PM
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Bench Press plateau

Okay so i'm currently experiencing a strange plateau on bench press. Heres a bit of background info: -Running upper lower program: mon tues thu fri (Upper/lower/upper/lower) -Main compound for upper days is bench and lower is squat -eating at a surplus gaining more than fast enough (1-2lbs per...

tomburbidge1‎, 04-27-2017 06:21 AM
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When working each arm individually what is the rest time ?

When I do bicep curls, I prefer to complete 12 reps on my left arm in my first set and then complete 12 reps on my right. I was wondering whether I should then rest for a minute or move on to set 2 with a shorter rest as I was resting my left arm during my right arm reps ?

Ninjaii‎, Yesterday 07:32 AM
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Bench Press Grip Distance

Hello. I find it more comfortable & I can seem to lift more with a narrower grip. I understand that this works the triceps more & takes work off the chest? Will this lead to a stalling of my bench? I place my hand a thumbs length away from the start of knurling after the smooth section of bar. That...

bflare78‎, Yesterday 06:59 AM
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Noob Pendlay row form check (video)

Can someone critique my pendlay rows. Take all advice I can get. Had to breakup link because I don't have 50 posts sorry. Just copy and paste and backspace at the Q. Thanks. youtube.com/watch?v= Q7YiEiL9-yc&feature=youtu.be

LPD11‎, 04-27-2017 11:16 PM
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