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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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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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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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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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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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Cool 3 day split question?

So I am only able to do a 3 day split(push pull legs) every week. So I know that the normal 3 day split schedule is Monday Wednesday Friday workout days but I can't exactly do that. I have something that I can't skip on Wednesday so I can't workout that day.. so I still need to do 3 days but which...

xxanderrr‎, Today 09:13 AM
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Question about pull days

So I have read that you are supposed to lift in a way that you keep time under tension and not get your lift into your joints. I started doing this for my squats, OHP, and bench press. Dont think its possible to do with bent over row and deadlift right? Anyways on pull days, I am doing pull...

GangsterFresh‎, Today 10:33 PM
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New here. Some questions

Hi I’m from Canada. 37 years old. Bought a bench in September and a set of power locks to start lifting at home. Had to avoid doing some leg stuff because of an injury but getting back into it after some physio. My weights go up to 100 pounds in total. My bench is just a flat bench that can...

sugar1982‎, 01-25-2020 09:30 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 11:38 AM
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Cables vs free weights.

I have started to use cables on all kinds of different exercises. I sort of got on this tangent after watching a rich Piana video on shoulder flies. I’m realizing more and more is at the bottom third Of just about every exercise has very little if any resistance. So the cable then gives us...

jdesey‎, Today 08:59 PM
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Circuit enough to lose weight?

I’ve recently joined a gym where so far, it’s all been circuit training with weights. 5 minute warm up beforehand, and the actual workout lasts 45 min. Think lots of lunges, dips, presses, etc. it’s as fast we can for 60 seconds, then to the next exercise, and so on. I’m averaging 5-10 lbs...

Danaleer‎, Yesterday 06:27 PM
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Talking Shakiness at The Gym

Hi Guys I've been going to the gym for over a month now since I plan on improving my health throughout this year. I've never been to a gym before or played any sports longer than a few months. I usually go to the gym 5 times a week for an hour or an hour and a half. While lifting my arms usually...

redbird84‎, Today 03:40 PM
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Any major issues with my deadlift?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V91LmHYaC7A https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zUNC11NEzdg I could've tried tucking in my chin in order to make my neck neutral with my spine. Beyond this, is there any glaring flaws in how I perform the lift? I recently started a cut and I noticed I could only...

Odifududix‎, Today 11:27 AM
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Form Check: Squat 150 lbs (beginner)

I've been having some knee pain so I wanted to get feedback on my squat. I'm new to filming these so I understand if the video isn't the best. I'm open to any advise about filming it better. Also, given I've been experiencing pain, I'm going to stop squatting, do some PT exercises to...

slimchopra‎, 01-19-2020 10:48 AM
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Relative hamstring strength

We hear a lot about Quad to Ham strength ratio, but can anybody quantify (weight lifted) at what point you would be considered "weak" for hamstring strength compared to your quads? I have just worked my way up to hamstring curling 27.5 which has taken a long time. It's only just beginning to NOT...

totalwreck‎, Today 04:43 AM
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Forearms gains

Any tips on getting big forearms Of course I know genetics are a major factor

bheast69‎, 01-25-2020 03:08 PM
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reverse fly machine or bent over dumbbell reverse fly

Which would you do for rear delts? Want to add one into my upper body A day. Already have reverse cable crossovers in my upper body B day. Can’t find a long enough rope cable attachment in the gym for face pulls...

MSammon‎, Yesterday 08:25 AM
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Training chest with less triceps

So I've had a very long-term case of tricep tendonitis/osis but it's finally making a steady recovery with the right treatment program. I'm keen to start doing pressing movements again. I was thinking of just doing a few sets of DB chest presses, high-reps, once per week for the time being (any...

ReboundReps‎, Today 07:03 AM
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Deadlift/Romanian Deadlift form check

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=AZdJ0M9DNh4&feature=youtu.be How does this look bois? Just trying to get back into deadlifts, been doing dumbbell romanians for a bit now thought Id try barbell again after some time

edinm17‎, 01-24-2020 07:58 PM
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Unhappy Need help with lateral head tricep imbalance

I'm a 17 year old body builder, 6'2, 180 pounds, and have been lifting for almost 2 years. I've got a little problem with a muscle imbalance in my left arm. I can't take my mind off of it. My left tricep's lateral head is noticeably smaller than my right. To fix this I tried to focus more on my...

Daedalus10‎, Today 04:41 AM
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One arm cable high rows

Hi, I seen a video from Athlean X where he suggested this as the best cable excersise? From pulley in a high position. However the cable stations are always very busy so I’m not sure if I’m going to do another kind of row instead. Which would you recommend for a beginner? I’m doing upper/lower 4...

MSammon‎, 01-19-2020 04:31 AM
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Cable fly advice

Hi, What position do you have the pulley in? High, medium or low? Do you cross your arms over or not? Do you lean forward or not? This is in front of the standing dual cable machine. Sorry for all the questions just not sure on this excersise and just started a new routine with it in. Thanks.

MSammon‎, 01-19-2020 04:27 AM
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Row variations

https://youtu.be/bU_zHiV5R3M Tried a new exercise and was lookin for a form check first off, second, at the contraction, I could feel it in my left tricep/posterior delt, along w a solid contraction in my back. Went into the session w some pretty sore triceps/shoulders so could be my issue of...

Hannahp21‎, 01-23-2020 10:12 AM
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Too late to start powerlifting?

Hello all, I’m a total newbie here but am hoping for some advice from those with more experience. I’m currently a 39 year old female with a new found interest/passion for powerlifting. I’ve been an athlete my whole life but in recent years I’ve not been able to work out as often or intensely as...

MandyJ16‎, Yesterday 05:12 PM
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Deadlift Help

Does anyone have any pointers on keeping the hips from rising on deadlift? My hips tend to rise first and I deadlift the weight with my lower back instead of my legs. I have disproportionately long legs which may have something to do with it. My setup-I put the bar over the middle of my feet,...

ItsDolph4‎, Yesterday 11:58 AM
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Question My quads cramp up during some ab workouts

I get strong cramps during some ab workouts that prevent me from finishing the exercise even though I feel like my abs are strong enough to do it. Also when I try to do 1 arm push ups I feel like I'm strong enough but for some reason my quads cramp up. Not sure what correlation do my quads have...

JuanPunch‎, Yesterday 05:24 PM
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Unhappy Workout even though I still have DOMS?

I done my first workout in what feels like forever. Never really took to building muscle seriously until very recently and started targeting the arms. Completed the workout (Biceps and triceps) and immediately felt stiff afterwards. Felt nothing off it as I always let the feeling reassure me I done...

hyperzz97‎, 01-25-2020 06:43 PM
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Barbell vs dumbbell

Working on general bench strength (3-5 reps ) and wondering if I should be using barbell or dumbell Which one will carry over the best?

bheast69‎, 01-22-2020 05:03 PM
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Is my routine effective for getting bigger arms?

Been working out for a year and over that year I've learned the number one thing I want bigger are my arms as for some reason I just really like that over-developed look for them compared to the other muscle groups. I'm 5ft6-5ft7 (not entirely sure these days) and my goal is 17-18 inch arms, cold...

ArkI5‎, 01-24-2020 01:59 PM
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Question Deadlift problem

I have quite a big problem when deadlifting. I watched so many tutorials and read so many threads how to do a proper deadlift but i still cant do it properly. My butt always comes first and i cant stop my back rounding. It happens as soon as i go over 150 lbs on bar. I tried sumo deadlifting but...

Tonii47‎, 01-24-2020 09:11 AM
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