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Strength sport that consists of three attempts at maximal weight on three lifts: squat, bench press, and dead-lift.

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How to create the leg drive and keep shoulder blades together while bench pressing?

I have heard various powerlifters on youtube to use the leg drive(1) and keep your shoulder blades tucked in or together throughout the rep(2) (just as we do on the low bar squats) while doing the ...
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I'm trying to choose BarBell for power lifting training.

I'm trying to choose BarBell for power lifting training. http://www.worldfitness.com.au/images/72-Barbell.jpg I'm asking you as a specialists. You know, there are top brands everywhere, when you ...
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Is it ok to just randomly ask someone to spot me?

I've been doing starting strength for a couple of weeks now and have a friend who has been training me in the technique and spotting me on the bench press. This last training session he didn't pitch ...
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Afraid of dropping weight plates on feet

I recently started powerlifting (Starting Strength), and I have a rather frivolous concern. What if I drop a weight plate on my feet? Between warming up and work sets, there is a lot of ...
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Power rack outside / 5x5 workout during winter

Will be starting ICF 5x5 next month, however, If the only place you can store your power rack is outside, and consequently do your workouts, what would you say are 'must do's' for such a setup ? ...
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How to get stronger without increasing fitness?

I know this is total contradiction to this very domain name: fitness.stackexchange, but hear me out. Plenty of people come here asking for advice about foods, routines, muscle types, other neuro-bio ...
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Substitute powerlifting exercises for healing wrist injury

I am doing a Starting Strength-like powerlifting routine and want to continue to improve my strength in the big lifts in the long run. Two months ago, I had a wrist injury from which I apparently ...
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How to overcome grip strength as sticking point for deadlifts?

Coming from a Body Building background I have started experimenting with powerlifting recently. I especially like deadlifting a lot and want to improve my maximum weight for singles and doubles. ...
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Can I beat Arnold in arm wrestling? [closed]

NOTE: I know this question is off-topic, but I feel compelled to ask it here. Arnold Schwarzenegger: He's 66 years old now, and I know you can see all recent videos of him working out, his arm size ...
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Fatigue after a certain amount of reps, no matter what the weight is!

I have noticed that I fatigue and develop a swollen or "tight" feeling in my muscles from doing too many reps. The amount of reps defined as "too many" is any over about 5. I notice that even if I'm ...
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What is the cheapest way to build power lifting fitness room for one person?

As I imagine this is: one barbell, aprox 1,000$ with pancakes up-to 400kg. two dumbbells, up-to 80kg each. one bench. one rack for squats. plus rubber covering for floor. As I can see, it is ...
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To what extent is someone who does “powerlifting” a “powerlifter”?

I do work out for strength, but I am not a professional powerlifter. Does that mean I have the right to, and expect a respectable position so forth, to be coining/coined as a powerlifter if I just do ...
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Powerlifting and form

After having pushed myself too hard on incorrect form and nursing multiple injuries, I want to start lifting afresh under a coach. My goal is to gain strength without gain in size, though I wouldn't ...
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What is the difference between powerlifting and bodybuilding and how do you determine which one is right for you?

From what I understand it seems like: Bodybuilding is used for conditioning your body to "look good" via the use of a wide variety of isolation + compound exercises. Powerlifting is used for gaining ...
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Why do I have a deadlift deficiency?

For a relatively long time now I have been doing Bill Star 5x5 type routine. Weight ~85kg with max bench 130kg, squat 160kgx5 but deadlift is low, I sometimes got sharp pain in my lower back when ...
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Optimal set of barbell plates

Currently, I'm doing squats with 180kg and I'm afraid that my 25-mm barbell won't handle any more plates (it's rated as 100kg max :)). So I'm going to buy an olympic barbell and a set of plates, ...
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Optimum amount of aerobic exercise to induce Angiogenesis for bodybuilding purposes?

So I have always noticed that my endurance-oriented friends have always been more vascular than me at similar bodyfat levels. I stumbled upon the term, Angiogenesis, in another post on this site so I ...
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Adjusting volume and intensity on non “zoned-in” days

we all have encountered those days when we aren't zoned in at the gym, but what do you find to be the "best"(if there is truly a best way) to handle your volume and intensity on those days? I am ...
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How do I use bumper plates?

In videos, I see people dropping the weights after power cleans. I tried it at the gym. It was horribly loud and the cap of the barbell popped off. I hear I should be using bumper plates. How do I ...
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Does muscle mass help or hurt for powerlifting and other strength sports?

When training for powerlifting, olympic lifting, strongman events, etc., the majority of training cycles in an overall program would be focused on strength (myofibular hypertrophy) and perhaps power. ...
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How can I work on Olympic and Power Lifting without access to plates or an Olympic bar?

I am a novice Olympic and power lifter. I learned the lifts through CrossFit. I will soon start a new job, and will travel Monday through Thursday, mainly staying at hotels. The hotels will have ...
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Why is it beneficial for powerlifters and heavy weight olympic lifters to not have low body fat?

Most powerlifters and heavy weight olympic lifters have a lot of muscle, but are not skinny, why not? Would excess fat not hinder them in their technical lifts?
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Why is muscle size not proportional to strength?

This guy claims that Olympic powerlifters working in the 1-6 rep range can increase strength without increasing muscle size. http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/topicoftheweek8.htm Trained Olympic ...