An exercise/program designed to increase your muscle mass/lifting capacity.

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Best stretches before weight training

I have a set of stretches I generally do; not sure where I got them from, but they seem to work for me. (I use them for general stretching, not strength training). Now that I'm starting weight ...
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Does not starting with the empty bar in StrongLifts 5x5 really hinder your ability to add weight every workout?

First, I'd like to supplement with general info about SL 5x5 so I can put my question into context. Sometimes in the newsletter emails I get from Mehdi where people ask him random questions about ...
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Alternating exercises from workout to workout?

For my strength/hypertrophy based training program, I've chosen following exercises: Deadlifts (2 work sets of 4 reps) Press (3 work sets of 5) Ring Dips (3 work sets of 9) 1-Legged Squats (3 work ...
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Arching the back during bench press

How dangerous is arching your back while doing a bench press? I've seen tons of guys in the gym who greatly arch their back off the bench, assumedly to assist with the lift. Is this bad, or just an ...
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What are some exercises for glutes and iliopsas that don't require equipment?

As mentioned in a previous question I am a 100/200m sprinter. I have, what I consider to be, a strong body for my sport (stats at the bottom of the post). Two muscle groups that I am looking to ...
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Uneven butt cheeks

I'm 15 years old and started lifting about 5-6 months ago. I started to lift because I wanted a booty and muscular legs. I have always been skinny so I am set on gaining weight in muscle. My right ...
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Is technique or form more important than progress in weight or reps?

I'm a novice bodybuilder (getting converted into strength trainer). Its been 3 weeks since I'm hitting gym. All my ego is shattered in past couple of weeks. I used to think I was strong but I'm so ...
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Substituting dumbell bench press for barbell bench press

I would like to begin with the strong lifts 5x5 program. The only problem I have is the lack of a spotter or power rack for the bench press. Would it be a good idea to do dumbell bench press instead? ...
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Adding Strength Training to Yoga

I'm 40, Male and have been doing hot yoga (Bikram) for a few months - go 4 times a week. I guess my metabolism is slowing down and am having trouble keeping weight off and seem to be loosing muscle ...
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Upper back exercises to balance out chest workout

I do a lot of chest exercises, and I am worried I am not doing enough upper back exercises to balance this out. Predominantly I am doing chair dips, bench press, dumbbell flys, and push ups to target ...
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Learning form without weights

One thing I like a lot about the Starting Strength program is its focus on squats. Why? Because I could practice and practice them, getting my form right, without weights. Now that I can squat well, ...
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Effects of strength training on how fast injuries heal

Suppose you have an injury on one body part (muscles or ligaments,...). Is there any scientific evidence that strength training the other (not injured) body parts speeds up the healing process of the ...
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How does the weightlifting belt work?

What does a weightlifting belt protects against? How exactly? I can't imagine why wearing it is better, although I have used them and, at least subjectively, I felt more safe and comfortable during ...
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What should I look for in a Starting Strength coach?

What should I look for in a coach? How do I find a good one? My goal is an occasional check up to help me with my form - price prevents regular sessions. I'm considering finding one of the Starting ...
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Basic anatomy for weight lifting and starting strength?

Reading the Starting Strength book, he throws around a lot of anatomical terms. Yet, surprisingly, there's no diagram or chart or glossary explaining what all these are. What's the best way to learn ...
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My leg pinches in to my hip when squatting

I'm doing barbell squats as described in Starting Strength. When I get to a certain depth, I feel my thigh bone (femur?) pinching up against the inside of my pelvis, and feel like I can't go any ...
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Rectify different arm strengths?

I'm looking for some help with regards to my arm strength. My right arm is weaker than my left. A couple of years ago I dislocated my right shoulder. I was given the all-clear from the Dr's when ...
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How to reduce risk of injury in strength training (when not training at a gym)

I have been thinking about taking up weight training, mainly to build up by back, triceps, and biceps. I did not want to go to a gym to do the exercises, though. I would prefer to do them at home but ...
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Which parameters define a well-balanced full-body strength training program?

I think many have heard this question before, and it is still something that in my opinion seems a bit unclear. A fitness training program consisting of 5-8 compound exercises is considered to be a ...
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Should I do weight training while sick?

If I catch a cold or have some sort or minor infection I usually feel I'm not on my top condition, however I'm healthy enough to go work and function normally. I feel I could also go to gym, but I'm ...
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Proper Form and Technique for Dumbbell Clean

I'm currently working my way through starting strength (thanks to Dave Liepmann for the suggestion last time I posted on here) and I'm doing all of the initial exercises (squat, deadlift, bench press, ...
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Pain in left palm while doing push-ups

I am a very skinny guy, 180cm tall, weigh 63kg. Even being as thin as I am, I had started to develop a potbelly. So I decided to do small rounds of working out about 10 days ago whenever I can, which ...
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Help to add muscle for a skinny guy with fast metabolism

I'm 20 year old, 5ft8 (1.72m) and weight about 120lbs (54kg). I've recently joined the gym and plan to add muscle (like most people). I'm completely new to this and I have been browsing for research ...
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Is heavy compound lifting enough for cardio fitness?

I've been sedentary for a long time and am currently working on becoming healthier. I'm lifting (SL 5x5) to increase my muscle mass while still losing small amounts of fat. But as part of getting ...
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Why many get stronger by working out with less intensity but every day, with no rest days?

Physiotherapists usually make you do several light sets every day in order to strengthen your healing injuries. Military training consists of lots of calisthenics, almost daily. Not so long ago, it ...
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Revised strength building workout - Is this decent? Can it be improved?

Based on my answers to this question, I have made modifications to my workout and would like input if it is now good or if it can still be improved. My revised routine is as follows: 10 pushups. 10 ...
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Doing Strength training everyday

I am 5'8 and 84kgs. I used to do all regular sets of exercises like biceps, triceps, chests etc. Yesterday, my GYM trainer walked up to me and said that i need to reduce my belly and do nothing else. ...
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Incline Row Machine vs BB Pendlay Rows

I'm doing SL5x5 and, for my without tonight, I swapped the normal Pendlay rows with the incline row machine. I was quite shocked at the weight difference. Normally, I'd be rowing around 115 but with ...
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Would I benefit from protein shakes?

My wife and I plan on doing some weight training and want to know if we should drink protein shakes? My plan is to eat dinner around 6pm and around 7:30pm start riding elliptical and after the ...
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How can I improve my training program to become leaner and increase strength?

I am 21 year old male and my overall aim is to lean up and build some more muscle/ increase strength, there fore I have adopted a higher protein intake and lowered my calorific intake, could I get ...
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What are the outcomes of training unevenly on various body muscles?

While most of the trainers train all of their body muscles, it is possible to skip a few muscles and focus on the rest. The best example is all of the guys who don't care about the legs and can end ...
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Pain just above knees after squats

Few days ago i watched a youtube video about how to do squats properly. I followed those steps and did squats but later on i felt pain just above my knees. I was not even able to stand up properly for ...
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Will doing a large amount of shoulder presses interspersed throughout the day improve strength?

Using a kettlebell while sitting at my desk to do occasional shoulder presses over the course of a few hours, I wonder if there's any benefit or am I just risking injury? What volume would I have to ...
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Joint strength progress

Normally my workouts are HIIT style, so there are not many reps. So far I am quite satisfied with my progress, but after some minor injury on my knee in am wondering if lowering weight and increasing ...
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Bodyweight strength training

Normally I'd be following a typical freeweight strength training program, like Stronglifts 5x5, but lately I have found the necessity to go to a gym is a bit of a problem. Also, I will be leaving for ...
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Can I do both weight training and BodyPump?

I was expecting to get a bit more cardio from a BodyPump but experience was different. I felt like I have done a full body strength session. Should I go for less weights? And do I need a rest day ...
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More fatigue, DOMS, and pain than improvement in exercise

I am sure this has been asked countless times before, but I seem unable to get a fulfilling workout. I focus mainly on strength training, so I do fast-twitch enabling exercises, heavier weights with ...
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What can I do to maintain equal size and strength in both hands?

I m 25 years old and I m going to gym for 3 days in a week. When I workout for biceps in heavy weight, my partner realized that my left hand is exerting more strength than my right hand. When I look ...
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Wendler 5-3-1 without squats

I currently only have a bench, a barbell and a heap of weights, no squat rack. I want to work on Wendler 5-3-1 (without boring but big) in the standard fashion with one change. No squats(due to the ...
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Sprinting and weight lifting

TL:DR I want to do one day weights, next day sprint, repeat. Viable? Is lifting weights every second day, and sprinting every alternate second day a viable plan? I am 6ft tall at 78kg(172lb), ...
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Integrating running into strength training schedule

I'm currently doing 3x week strength training using New Rules of Lifting: Supercharged workouts which promote full body training approach. My plan is to add running training to it in order to improve ...
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Compound exercise routine using dumbell

Are there standard workout programs available for all-compound exercises using dumbbells? My goal is to improve functional strength.
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Just found a hemorrhoid. Should I lift this friday?

I'm 23 and god only knows how this could've happened. It could either be from the other day when I got trigger happy and evacuated my bowels quickly(I wasn't bearing down hard I just push it all out ...
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Training load on a diet (am I doing too much?)

I'm 6"1 (187cm) at 194 pounds (88kg) targeting 187 pounds (85kg) and currently eating between 1800 kcal and 2200 kcal daily, with 50 % protein and fat & carbs more or less balanced. I've been ...
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It is Possible To Be A Long Distance Runner and have a Six Pack? How?

General Background I've been long distance running for one+ year and have a marathon under my belt (in addition to dragon boating for three years) and being a college student, my meals usually ...
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Effects of not extending arm fully during bicep curl

I've recently started working out at a gym, and I've been critiqued by a friend with whom I work out that I don't do the exercises as they are supposed to be done. I.e. when doing bicep curls I tend ...
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How should I interpret this performance standards table?

Starting strength wiki refers to these strength standard tables. Are the values listed there the upper limit for the category, or the lower limit? In other words, I'm 81Kg and I'm able to squat ...
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High intensity training schedule during vacation

I will have a lot of time available for one week and I am thinking how to use this for strength training most effectively. I am used to three training sessions (Mo-Wed-Fri) with weights and gym ...
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Muscle size reduction sans loss

I'm in a rather weird situation here. I've been doing weights for about a year; it's been going well due to a good trainer (my brother), good attitude and suchlike. I've been able to keep going 4 days ...
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Would this routine work?

EDIT: I have edited it to add in based on the helpful advice given in the answer by user meanderingmoose I have been doing weightlifting for a while now, staying mainly to well know ...