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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Are stretch marks normal?

I'm an 18 year old athlete, 210 lbs. I work out a lot, working on gaining strength and muscle. After a really intense workout I'll get stretch marks along some of the areas that I worked such as ...
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Will training for size increase my strength?

There are a lot of suggestions to do 8-12 reps with short rest for size and less reps with longer rest for strength. Won't my strength increase if I do size workouts with gradual increase of the ...
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Taking body muscle to next level

I started lifting around November 2014. I was 84Kgs and I had 30% body fat with waist line of 37 inches. I have reduced my weight to 74Kgs, body fat to 20.2% and waist to 32.6 inches. I can see ...
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Focus on body part hard on one day, or spread it over multiple days?

My current workout schedule is 5 straight days. 3 days upper body weights, 2 days elliptical and abs, alternating days. I was reading up on how alternating sets is best if you want to increase the ...
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Olympic lifting, where to start?

Where do I start with Olympic lifting, are there any starter programmes? I have been weight training 3-4 times a week now for the past three years. I'd like to start with the Olympic lifting but I'm ...
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Basic compound lift based workout composition and scheduling

I'm 25 years old , 5 feet 11 inches tall and weigh 235 pounds. Over the last couple of months I have been following a 4 day workout program based on the following schedule : Monday : Chest Tuesday ...
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Suggestions for workout to build muscle fast after suffering from bad wrist injury?

I had a bad wrist injury that is taking about 2 months to recover. I did do some upper body during treatment, but I stopped because it hurt too much and the doctors and my friends told me not to. On ...
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How to keep flexibility with weight training?

I heard that weight training will lower a person's flexibility over time. How to preserve the flexibility while getting stronger? Is the answer taking up yoga classes at the same time? Or, is there an ...
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Will this be 'Overtraining'? [closed]

Right now I am doing a 5x5 workout 3 times a week. However I want to workout more frequently (maybe 4-5 days a week). My current workout routine is something like this: Monday (Squat, Deadlift), ...
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Shrugs - To roll or not to roll?

This is going to be a short question, because there's very little depth to it. I've been bulking lately, and to have something to focus on, aesthetically, my shoulder region is getting some love. And ...
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Is it better to overload weights on pushups or bench press for healthy shoulders?

Pushups are often recommended as a shoulder healthy alternative for training chest, so I am wondering is it better to overload weight for pushups once you can do 20+ perfect form normal pushups or is ...
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Why can't I extend forearm after working out? [closed]

I'm 14, I have a stocky body type and I wanted to get stronger for the summer To make a long story short I was lifting weights on arm day doing reverse dumbar curls for your forearms(50 lbs) It ...
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Is this overtraining?

I'm in a bulk phase, and found myself with more time in the mornings for workouts. I isolate and work specific muscle groups hard (high weight, moderate reps), 6 days a week and rest for one day. The ...
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How to increase BMR by 100%?

I'm researching about how to increase BMR efficiently. (Note that BMR, not TDEE) I want to increase mine by 100% in the long term. How can I do that? A way is increasing muscle obvisously. Also we ...
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How to get definition in the outer calves

I've been doing sitting/standing/donkey calf raises as accessory lifts on my leg days, but am worried that I'm primarily hitting the inner calf muscle (medial head of the gastrocnemius muscle). Are ...
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Number of reps for lean muscles

I am lady, mid- 30s and am lifting 8lbs weights doing simple exercises found on Pinterest. I'd like to get lean, beautiful muscles. So far, I do 4 reps, 2 sets. What is best number of sets to ...
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I'm trying to build mass, and I had a great upper body workout yesterday, but I only got about an hour and a half of sleep last night

Does this completely negate my workout? Is there something I can do to compensate for it today? I know it was only one session, but I just absolutely hate the feeling that the entire session wasted. ...
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Tricep extensions, stand up or lie down?

When performing tricep extensions, is it better to be lying flat on a bench or standing upright? Is there pros / cons that support either case? I usually perform them with both hands simultaneously, ...
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If my lower back feels tired after squats, am I doing something wrong?

When I squat, I tend to squat very deeply. Lately I've been noticing that my lower back feels a bit worn out afterwards. It doesn't hurt - I don't feel like I've injured my back, but it feels like ...
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How to deal with aggressive knurling?

My EZ bar has excessive knurling that is quite painful for my hands. Is there a product to deal with it, other than wearing gloves? I was thinking some kind of wrap, similar to that used to wrap a ...
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Diet suggestions please?

I am ripped. I did 2 hours of hard workouts/weights every day with a strict diet for 6 months. I am currently now doing weights about 5 times a week for 20-50 minutes and usually an hour and a half of ...
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How long to chest press 250 if currently at 205 [closed]

How much longer will it take to max chest press out to 250 pounds if currently at 205?
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BMR VS muscle weight? [closed]

Jim has 50kg of muscle. Lee has 25kg of muscle. They both are 100kg, 20yo, male, eat 2000cal every day, consume same things, do the same things, live in the same place. Basically only difference is ...
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Does cardio effect the amount of protein I absorb after a weight lifting session?

I know there is a window for drinking my protein shake after lifting weights, about 15-30 mins after I finish the session. But if after my session, I do about 45 minutes of cardio, how will that ...
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Minimum exercise to maintain muscles?

After a year of strength training and cardios, I'm fit and well built. Starting next year I'll be very busy due to work and family and I won't have time to properly exercise. But I don't want to lsoe ...
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Strength training and BMR correlation?

Is there an observed or measured correlation between BMR and strength training? (Maybe in a form of x-y graph) Or muscle weight VS BMR would be useful as well. I'm not even a beginner at strength ...
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What's a good strength training program for a beginner? [duplicate]

What are some good strength training options for someone just starting out? Specifically related to building a solid foundation of strength across all major muscle groups.
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Glucose tablets before weightlifting?

Before my heavy weight training I take creatine an hour before, and eat a banana 30 minutes before. I am wondering if it would be beneficial to have a glucose tablet right before (or during) the ...
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How to get back that satisfying chest burn?

I can shock the chest muscles with supersets and hitting different angles using cables, weights and push-ups in supersets, but I can't make it burn anymore during the workout. I do varying inclines ...
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Can muscle become “adapted” to one kind of exercise?

I have a gym at my house and i mostly workout alone with my dog only, a long time ago my brother who was doing workouts a long time had teach me some exercises but what i'm worried is if since i do ...
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Ideal warm up and cool down durations for weight training

In a day of my gym routine I take about 60-70 minutes in the gym. Now, out of this, 10 min (fixed as per chart) each is taken in warm up and in cool down. I do any one of cross trainer, arc trainer, ...
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How can I get taller and be mucular at the same time? [duplicate]

I'm 15 and I was wondering if I can do weight training and workouts but without stunting my growth because that's what I hear a lot that this happens with teens if they start this so advice? (Also ...
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Just finished 12-week shortcut to size. What's next?

I have just completed a popular mass building program by Jim Stoppani called "Shortcut to Size". I found it to be really well designed. There are subtle variations in exercises that become noticeable ...
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One body part a day or multiple?

I want to know how can I decide whether I should do one body part a day or do 2-3? I have a lean body and I want a lean muscular one. By body parts I mean: chest shoulders back biceps triceps legs ...
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How do you maintain a healthy shoulder? [closed]

Shoulders problems are usually the bottleneck in training heavy weights, what kind of exercise or stretches would you do to ensure a healthy shoulder?
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Exercises for “toughening” rotator cuffs

Everyone who benches knows and fears the torn rotator cuff. So it makes sense to be preemptive in avoiding it. Assuming I'm healthy and uninjured, what single exercise can I do to help avoid the tear? ...
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Weight loss and weight lifting

Hi all I am new here but would like to ask a question. I started out at 390 lbs and switched to a plant based diet on Jan 1st 2015. I am down to 335, now my question is 6 weeks ago I started lifting ...
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is it a bad idea to lift weights if I am feeling too sleepy?

It is late night and I am already feeling sleepy, but I don't want to skip my exercises for the day. Is it going to affect the output? I am not too worried about it, but it would be good to know.
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Pyramid training - High to low or low to high

Why is it better to pyramid up to your max during sets compared to starting out with your max and then slowing bringing down the weight after? Obviously, this is after stretching and warmup sets ...
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Growth hormone and training at night

Given this: http://www.precisionnutrition.com/all-about-gh and specifically the graphic there, is it theoretically possible that training hard / eg lifting intensely, at night takes advantage of peak ...
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squatting barefoot, bad reputation for gym! [closed]

today I was going to gym, I had running shoes and I knew that squatting in running shoes is not recommended. So I went barefoot then after my squat finished one of the gym folks came and told me that ...
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Dry land Training to Supplement Butterfly in Swimming

I am a swimmer, especially a butterflyer. I got a weight lifting set for Christmas, but I'm not entirely sure how to utilize it for butterfly, or even swimming in general. I read up on these ...
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What's a good snack or meal to have before weightlifting?

When I haven't lifted weights in a while, I often get nauseous during my workout, usually causing me to not finish it. I read that eating properly before going to the gym may help avoid this. Has ...
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Please revise my workout routine according to my body detail

My goal is to overcome my "skinny-fat" body. I am already working-out passionately but I want to hear advises from you guys about my workout routines. I have listed 2 different routines that I ...
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Should a weight trainer assign weight per-set or per-exercise? [closed]

When assigning weight to a routine trainers use a weight that allows them to complete the desired number of repetitions with hard work. Should trainers use the weight that makes the final repetitions ...
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Is it better to do Barbell Squats with a lower weight or Smith Machine higher weight?

I've been doing the Stronglifts 5x5 program as you guys sugested and it's been amazing. I can really say that I feel great. Being a complete newbie as I started I had no idea there's a difference ...
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Mixing high intensity and high volume in a single session

It seems to be generally agreed upon that high intensity (i.e. heavy weights) for fewer reps, tends to make you stronger, while high volume (i.e. less weight) for more reps, tends to make you bigger ...
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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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Music “slows down” during heavy lift?

Sometimes when I'm squatting around maximal loads, I notice what could almost be described as a doppler shift in the music playing from my headphones for a brief moment. The music (maybe my ...
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What is the meaning of: 5 sets of 3, 2, 1 reps?

I first encountered the 5 sets of 3, 2, 1 reps instruction here. Some say those are movement timings for concentric contraction, pause and eccentric contraction. Somewhere else, there where theories ...