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  • Pause benching caused pain, bruising and popping in my sternum/lower rib area

    I've never had these issues before and I've switched to pausing on my bench press work (flat and incline) for about 3 years with no issues. I was benching yesterday and noticed after my final warm up...
  • Is it bad to do dumbbell split squats hand supported?

    Basically using the hand you are not holding a dumbbell with and holding on to something (rack/post) during the exercise. I can't balance worth a darn unsupported, seems like I got two left feet....
  • Locking out at the top for a second after each rep on chest/delt presses, yay or nay?

    I sort of "click" my elbows at the top of each rep to keep the motion going for bench/shoulder pressing for rep work for bench/shoulder press, 1-5 rep sets I will lock out for a second at the top...
  • Is a 4-5 minute rest between sets on bench press (higher reps) too much?

    I'm following a program I found from Mike Israetel and the set/rep range for the program for flat bench press is 3 sets of 10-20 reps with each set taken until form failure. I need more chest...
  • Nutra Bio extreme pre workout, directions say not to consume for more than five days?

    I've been working out each day for about 2 weeks, taking 1 scoop of the NutraBio extreme before each workout. I haven't noticed any negative side effects from doing so and it is one of the best pre...
  • Why do my forearms burn when I perform JM Presses?

    I tried to follow the advice from JM Blakely’s video on JM Presses and he says to “punch up” and point your fists up at the top of each rep. I also performed the exercise without wrist wraps because...
  • "Pinching" feeling in my shoulder when benching and overhead pressing?

    I've been dealing with this on and off for several years, besides it being an annoyance it has not been a big problem for me. Lately however, it has been happening more frequently. I notice this...
  • What's with people tearing their pecs all of a sudden while bench pressing?

    We all know about Ryan Crowley's pec tear that happened a few weeks back. But if you know who Nick Wright is, he also tore his pec while benching a few months back. Nick's form when it occurred...
  • Why do my knees come up to my chest when I do pull-ups?

    I've finally gotten strong enough to do bodyweight pull ups, I can sets of 2 reps at 259 lbs bodyweight. I can get my neck to the bar for each rep and I can fully extend down all the way at the...
  • Severe elbow pain from benching, overhead press and triceps isolation exercises?

    I’ve had this elbow issue for a while in my right arm, working through the pain, using a tennis elbow strap, elbow sleeve, wraps, etc. But recently these “fixes” have not helped at all and the pain...
  • Please don’t use heavy Lat Pulldown bars on Triceps Pushdown Machines!

    Just a safety tip, I’ve noticed a lot of people using those heavy steel lat pulldown bars on the smaller cable machines meant for triceps pushdowns, curls, laterals, face pulls, and other smaller...
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    Best shoes for squatting on a budget?

    I've been using a pair of Air Force Ones for 6 years and they've worked for squatting, but it is safe to say the shoes have now run their course (dirty, odor, etc). I need to get new shoes for...
  • I still can't do a single bodyweight pull/chin up, should I just give up?

    I've lost 44 pounds since the beginning of the year, down from 298 to 254. I've done the assisted pull up machine, lat pulldowns, and jumping slow bodyweight negatives twice a week (I can only do 1...
  • Using a closer grip on Incline bench press increases recruitment of the upper pecs?

    I recently watched one of John Meadows's videos on his YT channel and he says that using too wide of a grip on incline bench press will still target the upper pecs, but will utilize more lower pecs...
  • Do partial-rep pull ups help build strength to eventually do "real" pull ups?

    I use the assisted pull up machine with 80 pounds assistance for 5 sets of 3 reps at 275 pounds bodyweight as my "main" pull-up movement. I then do partial rep bodyweight pull ups for 3 sets of 5...
  • Switching to pause reps instead of touch and go reps on bench press. Good or bad?

    I am trying to increase my bench press and I feel more stable and have better control using pause reps while benching heavier weights (7 sets of 3 reps). Touch and go reps with heavy weight on the...
  • Biceps pain and shoulder popping in right arm when doing pull ups and barbell rows?

    I was on the assisted pull up machine doing pull ups with an overhand grip. I don't use a very wide grip, my grip is about shoulder width. I used 110 pounds assistance at 290 pounds bodyweight, doing...
  • My knees slip on the pad while using the assisted pull up machine, why is this?

    Especially when wearing workout pants, my knees slip and slide on the pad when I am using the assisted pull up machine. I find that rolling up my pant legs above my knees helps a bit with traction,...
  • Why don't people do 7 reps, 9 reps, 11 reps, etc for a set?

    It's always either "x" sets of 6 reps, 8 reps, 10 reps, 12 or 15 reps. What's wrong with "x" sets of 7, 9, 11, 13 or 14 reps? Lol, just wondering.
  • Is it bad to take your Pre-workout right after a meal?

    I've been taking my Pre-workouts almost right after breakfast every morning (usually 30 minutes after) and I haven't seen any negative effects and still get a good kick from the Pre. I wake up around...
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