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    Well, beginner is a bit relative, and in my case,...

    Well, beginner is a bit relative, and in my case, even more of a grey area. Some lifts (bench press for example) are pretty straight forward and I've been lifting for around 6 months. Squats and...
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    Ahhh, okay, I think I understand. So use the...

    Ahhh, okay, I think I understand. So use the first (strongest) set to determine when to ADD weight, but ensure that all sets stay in the desired rep range by decreasing weight when necessary. I...
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    Well, resting at least 2 minutes between sets. I...

    Well, resting at least 2 minutes between sets. I generally go to 0 RIR (not the same as failure, but it happens sometimes) on every set UNLESS I hit that upper limit. Here's an example:

    1st set:...
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    When to increase weight

    Pretty simple question. For hypertrophy, I know the 8-12 rep range. My question is, is that 8-12 on the first or last set? If I'm doing 5 sets of bench press and hit 12/10/8/6/4, should I increase...
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    Wanted to come back and post an update in case...

    Wanted to come back and post an update in case anyone else is having the same problems.

    So, since last posting on this issue, I tried to really focus on the hip hinge. I found that I essentially...
  • There's some truth to that, but I think it's also...

    There's some truth to that, but I think it's also a bit of an over simplification. Literally, last night the in-laws held a birthday party for my nephew. We were there from 5-10:30. Pizza was the...
  • I really wish it didn't, because I'd LOVE to eat...

    I really wish it didn't, because I'd LOVE to eat more. The biggest problem is my work. I'm stuck either in front of a computer or in meetings all day, plus my commute. When I get home, I'm busy...
  • Feeling like I'm hitting dead ends and could use some advice

    April 2021: I'm overweight and tired of it and decide to do something about it. I start lifting a few dumbbells I have and institute a fairly strict 1000 calorie per day deficit.
    Within 2 weeks, I...
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    Thank you for that. Once my back is feeling...

    Thank you for that. Once my back is feeling better, I think I'll do exactly as you suggested. Lots of videos trying to pinpoint exactly where the buttwink is occurring. From there, I can set the...
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    Threw out my back

    My back has been hurting every morning getting out of bed, but usually loosens up within an hour or so. Monday I hit squats pretty hard, and probably neglected my form. Yesterday at work we had a...
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    Got the bar today. The packaging was almost...

    Got the bar today. The packaging was almost non-existent thanks to FedEx, but the bar appears none the worse for wear.
    I immediately started my workout which started with deadlifts.
    I don't know if...
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    Sharing a bulk/cut calculator I built

    For work, I spend most of my day doing analysis and forecasting. As this is how my mind works, I started playing around with ideas about forecasting the results of different bulks and cuts to try to...
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    Great example! And to the OP, this highlights...

    Great example! And to the OP, this highlights what I mean. Take a look at that menu, realize it doesn't include any cooking oils or condiments. Now, is that something you can sign up for for an...
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    Have you checked out a simple TDEE calculator to...

    Have you checked out a simple TDEE calculator to try to get a ballpark on your maintenance level?
    I'm 6'2" and started out at 211lbs and targeted 1500 cal/day for about 6 months. It was doable. In...
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    I wasn't familiar with this exercise and just...

    I wasn't familiar with this exercise and just looked it up on YouTube and found a great video for how it relates to deadlifts. Thank you!
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    Okay, I think I'm tracking. If I'm thinking...

    Okay, I think I'm tracking. If I'm thinking about this right though, there are essentially 2 pivot points moving in unison; the hips, and the knee. If the hips alone hinge, it's basically purely...
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    (I was definitely self-conscious about doing this...

    (I was definitely self-conscious about doing this without a shirt on, but I was trying to really see what my back was doing)

    As you can see, the bar is bouncing back and forth all over the place
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    Well, today was 'dead lift day' and I decided to...

    Well, today was 'dead lift day' and I decided to really focus on form more than anything else. And, I gotta say...it did not go well.

    I'm having 2 main issues.
    The first is that as hard as I...
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    Wow! That's a really simple, yet excellent idea....

    Wow! That's a really simple, yet excellent idea. I'd want to get something really thick to over some padding, but like you said, since I don't care what it looks like...
    Plus, even if I forget to...
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    Need a mat/surface for stretching

    Between mobility issues, APT, and just some odds and ends exercises I'd like to do, I'm in need of some floor space to do some stretching and other exercises. The two spots in my home I've...
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