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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: 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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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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Question Best forearm exercise ?

Hello, i need help. I always had small and weak forearms. I do lot of pulling (deadlifts,rows,pull-ups ...) but my forearms are always burning as hell and sometimes im just focusing on grip to not drop the weight ... So i want to add some exercise just for forearms. I need something for both...

Shakewhey‎, Today 05:27 AM
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DB OHP one arm at a time

Any drawbacks? Particularly with Arnolds. I can focus better on the rotation of each shoulder, get a better contraction, and can lift more weight (or at least more reps, I haven’t tried to add weight to the bells yet). I assume this is because I only have to stabilize half the weight (I’m not...

Xpiro‎, 08-23-2021 06:15 PM
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Your top 3 most bastardized exercises

That you see in the gym. Mine are… Calf raises/presses: Literally no one does these right. No pause at the top, no paused stretch at the bottom to kill the stretch reflex of the Achilles’ tendon…..just throw on plates and do lil bouncy reps or worse, some kind of half ass power squat. Calf...

BeginnerGainz‎, Yesterday 01:00 PM
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Calling anyone interested in a friendly strength competition for this spring/summer

Last fall, a few of us took part in a competition/collaborative effort where we uploaded our lifts and challenged each other to greater progress. It was fun, and to the best of my knowledge all of us made improvements. My squat is finally out of pathetic territory but still needs a lot of work...

EliKoehn‎, 03-26-2021 06:50 AM
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Squat issue

Hello all. The past month I have been fighting pain during squats. Everything is fine until I start going up in my movement. I feel a shooting pain in my right leg that seems to start at my knee and goes up the left side of my leg up into my middle hip and groin area. Only happens to my left leg...

Schweino‎, 09-19-2021 05:24 AM
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Back - Width vs Thickness exercises

Hi all, Could someone help me with what BB/DB lifts that fall into either width/thickness category or if they are an all rounder? There must be 'better' than other lifts too? Currently my preferred lifts are BB row (supinated grip) and DB rows (neutral grip). Also have multi grip pull up bars,...

STRYDG‎, Yesterday 01:26 PM
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Natural or not type of question

Saturday curiosity! My girlfriend does some home workouts after Caroline Girvan and she love them. I've seen some video of her where she looked quite muscular (I don't find it anymore) and I might have commented that "she must be on something because it's hard for a female to have those...

jaxqen‎, 09-04-2021 10:06 AM
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Will bodybuilding affect guitar playing ?

Hi, I'm heading to become a professional guitarist. I like bodybuilding(not crazy about it though ), but I think it's messing up with my guitar playing so I'm about to stop and just continue with abs and cycling. Is it true that lifting weights will 'tighten up' your arms (I'm really concerned...

billerus‎, 06-13-2003 05:59 AM
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What exercises do you prefer to use partial ranges of motion?

Just curious to get everyone's thoughts. In general research favors using a full range of motion for hypertrophy but I think it's completely viable to use a full range of motion for some movements and a shortened range of motion for others, particularly when it will allow heavier loads to be used....

Heisman2‎, 09-13-2021 04:27 PM
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Is Doug Brignole advice legit (no compounds, just limited isolation)?

Just came across a Mark Bell podcast with Doug Brignole and ended up listening to additional interviews with him. www.dougbrignole.com I think he's 61, won Mr. Universe at 59. Been in industry for decades, so has lots of practical knowledge He used to train compounds, but now sticks to...

VTLifts‎, 06-02-2021 07:04 AM
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Best ways to target lower traps

A have a bit of rounding / anterior tilt on my left shoulder, I've seen a few physios in the past who have given me corrective exercises for my lower traps, mainly with resistance bands. These exercises seem pretty effective but Im now looking for something more 'gym-based'. The exercises...

ReboundReps‎, 09-11-2021 10:35 AM
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Need help working around latarjet surgery

I'm thirty years old and had a latarjet surgery about a year ago Been getting back into working out, but I got a problem...my shoulder has poor range of motion since the surgery My front delts and especially my upper chest is so underdeveloped cuz I can't do incline bench or overhead press ...

handsy91‎, 09-18-2021 12:21 PM
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Question Squats - Tight ankles

I've always had pain in the back after doing squats and realized that I have tight ankles and this results in butt wink when doing them. I've come across with a little hack; putting small plates under my heels to lift them up a bit. I filmed myself with and without the plates, and it seems like...

kisrobyyy‎, 09-17-2021 03:39 PM
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Thumbs up Pre Workout

Hey always remember to stretch before you start any exercise it's best not to pull or tear any muscles just a few simple stretching can take you a long way

MyWorkoutDaily‎, 09-17-2021 10:35 AM
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High rep squat for hypertrophy ?

Hello, i have a question. I train calisthenics, hypertrophy focused PPL split. On my leg day, i do just pistol squats, glute bridges, hamstring curls and calves. I want to add 1 more quad exercise to my pistol squats. I was looking on internet and bulgarian split squats is a good option, but i...

Shakewhey‎, 08-30-2021 03:30 AM
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Arrow For athletes: Two exercises I recommend for increasing vertical jump

Athletes looking to improve their vertical jump? These two exercises will help. Share with your fellow teammates! qNbbrjCJgzo

majj268‎, 09-16-2021 08:00 AM
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Getting a stiff neck after high bar squats.

Hey guys so I’ve been transitioning from mainly doing low bar squats to high bar and I’ve been having some issues with having a stiff neck afterward. I’m not a new lifter, and can squat just under 500. When I setup, I’ve been trying to keep it off my neck by shrugging the shoulders up. I think...

Pops1085‎, 09-16-2021 06:32 AM
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Favorite exercise for traps and lats?

Good day all. I'm returning to lifting after taking too many years off and doing it for mostly fitness and body composition, not competition. The two muscle groups I'm struggling to connect with are my traps and lats. In both cases my secondary muscles give out long before the target muscles do....

BadGaskets350‎, 08-30-2021 01:33 PM
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The elusive one arm pullup

Curious if anyone here achieved this feat, and if so how did you train for it?

EiFit91‎, 09-14-2021 11:10 AM
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Is it good to do a compound lift till failure?

I only have 315 pounds in plates yet so I was thinking instead of doing 5 sets I usually do for 8 reps on compound lifts, I can do 2 sets of 8 then last one to failure and then I can overload reps on that last set every 1 or 2 weeks. So like if I squat 315 10 times for last set, I can aim for 11-12...

Saiyanbrahh‎, 08-29-2021 03:57 AM
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RANT: R.I.P. Tyrbolift

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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Help With Developing The Tibialis Anterior

Every time I use the dorsi flexion machine, I feel the frontal part of my ankle being worked more than my tibialis anterior. I perform this exercise while seated. What are some adjustments I can make to properly target my tibialis anterior?

DhiszboiiCB1092‎, 09-11-2021 08:56 AM
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Book

Can anyone recommend any book/-s that are innovative and for natural bodybuilders preferably high intensity training?

Lionel6‎, 08-30-2021 09:24 AM
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Question Home gym exercise substitution questions

So I have this home gym (not really mine, but I get to use it), and it's actually pretty well equipped. But of course there are some weights missing. I'm doing the Viking's Bare Bones program, and I made a few adjustments, please let me know if there are OK or if there are better once: Single...

VonMaterhorn‎, 09-09-2021 07:47 AM
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