Resistance training with barbells, dumbbells, kettlebells and other weights. Questions involving how to lift and maximizing lifting performance. Includes powerlifting, bodybuilding and Olympic lifting.

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When should I do accessory work?

When should I be doing accessory work? Does the timing largely depend on me, or is there a conventional/preferred time to do them? Should I stick it at the end of a workout day after the core lifts ...
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Can a routine be designed around deadlifts?

There are a lot of claims made from comments on CNS impact to squats being more important... From Ice Cream Fitness: Deadlifts are 1x5 for a reason. They are taxing on your CNS and if you mess ...
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Inzer single prong belt, need thoughts and/or comments about size issue

I need some solid input from you guys. My friend let me try his Inzer lever belt, it's a size medium, here's the thing though, the medium measurements for the lever belt are 30 to 33. When I used ...
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What kind of interesting exercises can I do to lose weight?

I am 128 Kgs. I have been escaping most physical problems but recently 2 things caught my attention: Pain in knees when subjected to prolonged cold weather/sitting in a position for too long. I am ...
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Why is it easier to lift weight using a belt?

As question states, I can life a lot more on deadlift and squat by using a belt to brace against, why? Is it cheating?
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Should I grind or should I fail?

I have noticed that I grind out the last 1 to 2 reps of my back squat for the last 2 to 3 sets. Sometimes this involves doing something funky with my hips or knees, which I don't like, but I have the ...
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Don't feel anything with Pendlay barbell rows. Should I switch to Yates rows?

I started the 5x5 SL program 2-3 months ago, and have had doubts about the quality of my barbell rows. I do them like Mehdi suggests: http://stronglifts.com/barbell-row/ Though I hear that it can be ...
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Arms too long to snatch properly

A friend of mine has arms that are so long that when he stands with his hands at the collars, the barbell hangs well below his hip crease. He doesn't know what to do at the explode/second pull. If ...
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How is the Bulgarian Method so effective?

Given that we need to give our bodies ample rest between workouts, how is the Bulgarian Method so successful (or successful at least for the lifters who trained under Ivan Abadjiev)? Is it purely ...
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Weakness in weightlifting with Keto Diet

I feel a lot weaker with weightlifting since going ketogentic.... does anyone else have this experience? Are there hacks to get around this?
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Heart Rate Monitor, FitBit, iOS, and HealthKit

You can skip to The Bottom Line if you want to bypass some of the background information. Some Background Info I've been a distance runner for many years and alternate that with periods of weight ...
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Toracic flexion during heavy deadlifts

Seems that during heavy deadlifts my upper back bends, this happens around heavy deadlifts. Note that my heavy deadlifts aren't that heavy, they are around 110Kg @ 67kg body weight. I am able to lift ...
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Compare & contrast squat types

I am transitioning from a beginner program (5x5 Stronglifts) to an intermediate programme. Lots of exercise regimes recommend squats, but what is more suitable for developing: Powerlifting? ...
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Soreness…DOMS?

Before I start off I do apologise if this is an obvious question, however I am new to this so bear with me :) I have started getting myself back into shape lately. Yesterday I started with a 20 ...
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Suggestions for Wendler 5/3/1 template with calisthenics

I've been following 5/3/1 with the boring but big assistance template for about 3 months now. I hurt my knee playing soccer a couple of weeks ago, which got me thinking about the following. I would ...
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How much protein can the body absorb within a meal?

Previous topics have examined the absorbable amount of protein per day (<0.8g/lb), but how much protein can the body absorb during a post-workout meal? This is of particular interest in ...
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Has Anyone found a comfortable way to wear your mobile device when exercising?

I hate to wear armbands when working out and my headphones seem to get snagged. Has anyone used this shirt before?
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The n sets and m reps formula

When I was younger, I was always given some training plan where I had to do, lets say, as an example, 3x8 bench presses. Also, another rule was that if I could only do this with 70kg, I could not do ...
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Is it wrong to workout more than once a day?

Yesterday, I did a fairly heavy upper body workout around 11am. I worked my arms until I could barely move the EZ bar to put it away. A while later, at around 7pm, I had had a couple drinks, and ...
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What is the best 1 RM prediction formula

I want to predict 1RM using a formula but I am not sure which is the best to use for the male athletes ages rages from 18 to 30 years old. For example, if I can bench press 80kg 4 times what could my ...
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What is the safest wrist angle for pushing exercises?

When doing push exercises, such as the bench press and military press, what is should the angle of the wrist be to prevent injury? Should the wrist be straight or should it be bent like the following ...
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Why certain muscle groups just dont grow [closed]

I've been lifting for several years now, I can see good progress in most of the muscle groups i've worked on, except one - chest, it just would not grow, regardless of the amount of work I contribute ...
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Subseting with second muscle group [duplicate]

Just a question about subsetting: My week is broken up to two muscle groups on 4 days a week. Let's say I'm doing back and Bis on the same day; would it be bad if I subset my back exercises with my ...
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Fatigue and brain fog after weight lifting [closed]

Whenever I lift weights even in a circuit training format ( fast paced lower weights and high volume) I get extremely fatigued over the next two days, almost dizzy like and I am not myself. This ...
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My biceps becomes stiff after one workout. How do I fix this?

What should I do when my biceps becomes stiff? When I perform curls by using a rod, I am able to curl my biceps, but later on, when I move to dumbbell curls, even the lightest weight — say 15 pounds — ...
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Squat Replacement While Rehabing Ankle

I sprained my ankle a while back and my ankle feels good, so I attempted to squat. Air squats were fine, but when I added the bar and 25lbs, my ankle started to feel unstable. I decided to stop ...
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Resting muscle groups within one session

Earlier this week, I realized that I was only going to get this one workout this week. I usually do 3-4 per week. I decided to do a full body program with some extra focus on legs, and got a squat ...
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Why can't I lift the same heavy weight as last time for the first reps

For example, I usually do 21kgs for my triceps, but if I have just started weightlifting that day, I can barely do a single rep or two and I have to rest. After 15 minutes, I can do the same 21kg with ...
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Warmup for weight lifting: cardio or smaller weight reps? [duplicate]

So far, I have been following a routine where I warmup to an exercise with smaller weights of the target weight (I maintain an excel sheet to make sure I do at least as much as last time). Eg, for ...
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What's the best way to increase bicep size and endurance

I'm a freshman in high school. I've been working out for a little over a year now. I've finally reached a max of a 55 lb curl with one arm and now I would like to increase bicep size for my arms, ...
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I really just want to cut and lose weight, while lifting, what should my expectations be?

So I have to drop a little bit of some back story and a stat or two to give some context. I'm a small-ish dude, 5'8, nothing special, and weighed 180lb when I really tried to jump start my "fitness ...
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When to start lifting after sprained ankle?

I sprained my ankle 3 weeks ago and I was wondering if it would be bad to start lifting again. I'm thinking of doing Leg Press to get started before I tackle squats. I still lack some mobility in my ...
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Supersets vs Exercise to failure

One of the approaches for gaining muscle mass is to do exercises to failure. Obviously some of the exercises can be quite dangerous if doing them without a spotter, like bench-presses. Others can be ...
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Gym has max 30 kgs dumbbells; how to progress?

My local gym has dumbbells up to 30 kgs. I can bench several multiples of that. How to do progressive flys and DB presses with this limitation? (There is a pec fly machine, but it tops out at 80 kgs) ...
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Exercise for office worker who spend most of the day sitting

What kind of exercise is most beneficial, if I am spending most of my time sitting in the office? I have been working out for quite some time, with 60% of my workout targeted on pectorals and thighs. ...
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Cardio or Strength training?

I'm absolutely new to fitness and want to start exercising. So which should I start first? I want to build lean masculine body.
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Is Hypertrophy-Specific-Training Enough to Maintain Maximal Strength Levels?

For starters, I usually train specifically for maximal strength gains. As my strength has increased, I've trained to lift maximally using a belt. Unfortunately, I recently injured a couple of my ...
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Staying strong and fit in prison?

I am a 32 year old male serving several years in prison. I am hoping to stay in good physical condition there and the security guards enforce a daily routine of 200 push ups, 200 sit ups, and 500 ...
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My buddy benched 450, is this possible with no steroids?

Although he is a kind friend of mine and I do not believe him to be a steroid user or have seen any symptoms(back acne, packing on mass ridiculously fast, etc.), my buddy in the gym in my high school ...
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Going to gym every day when I have very low physical activity

I know this question has been asked before but my situation is a bit different. Beside going to the gym, I literally have no other physical activity. I'm a programmer and I spend most of the day ...
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Differences between workout routine approaches

I didn't know how to word the question to actually fit what I wanted to ask, so if you can reword it into a more fitting title, please do. Over the past couple of months I've done several ...
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Bodyweight Squats v. Barbell Squats for Calf Development/Involvement?

So we already know that barbell squats pack on more mass than air squats; no mystery there. But I am wondering about the role that calves play in both of these. I have heard air squats involve minimal ...
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Difference between curls with dumbbells and rods

I generally do normal biceps curls using dumbbells of 10 kilograms on each hand. With that I am able to do 20 curls with each hand at a stretch( I am a beginner). However I tried today lifting a rod ...
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Dumbbell exercise

Someone told me that while I am practicing weight lifting using dumbbells, namely lifting the dumbbell from low waist region to say shoulder or chest level, if I move my shoulders while lifting it up, ...
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Would you recommended supplements for the average Joe/Jane? [closed]

I see a lot of people using pre-workout boosters and I tend to question myself if they are really necessary for the average gym user. I can understand it for pros though as they potentially have more ...
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popping shoulders [closed]

Yesterday during my workout (chest, shoulder, triceps) something really odd happened, while doing incline bench press, one of my shoulders "popped" it didn't hurt, I was able to finish my reps. Then ...
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Not getting stronger at standing dumbell overhead press

It doesn't make any sense. I did 7 sets of 4 reps with 45 lb dumbbells each hand yesterday and today I tried to do a set with 50 lbs each hand for 2 reps and I couldn't do 2. I could only do 1 before ...
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Why am I not seeing any change in body composition or weight?

I started stronglifts 5x5 on almost a month ago, and while I do seem to be getting stronger, since I have been able to increase the weight every workout, I don't see any real change in my body ...
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Lifting with minimal extension

Every morning while at the gym, there is a fellow whom always lifts in an ..peculiar style to me. He doesn't do extreme amounts of weight, very doable for full extension in per-say a dumbbell chest ...
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Is it realistic to go for a goal of pressing your bodyweight on dumbell shoulder presses?

For instance, if you weigh 180, is it realistic to shoulder press 90s overhead or should one stick to pressing bodyweight with the barbell?