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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What do I do when I see people at the gym doing exercises wrong

I am always curious about this, not sure if its appropriate question, but I imagine others wonder the same thing. I usually don't care when it is simple exercises like biceps, but sometimes I see ...
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How do I know how much weight I should be lifting with dumbells?

I was just given a set of weights - adjustable weight dumbells - as a present, but I have no idea what sort of weights/how many reps I should be doing in order to achieve the best results. I'm ...
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Pistol Squat Progression?

Some of my coworkers and I are trying out a 30 second per hour workout routine. We're having a hard time finding bodyweight exercises for the legs that really tax the system. I'd like it if we could ...
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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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Do protein shakes really damage the kidneys?

I've been reading about protein shakes, it's benefits and side effects. However i've used it many times as my post workout recovery drink. I have no doubt in the benefits i get in my protein shake, i ...
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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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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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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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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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Going to gym twice a day

I was thinking about going to gym in morning for cardio type exercises and then in evening do some weight training, my main goal is to get 6 pack and get ripped. Do you think going to the gym twice a ...
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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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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?
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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 Creatine bad for you?

Hey I'm relatively new to weight lifting and I have friends who take Creatine before working out. They said it really helps build muscle. But I've also heard it can be bad for you. How true is it, and ...
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lifting heavy weights stunts growth in terms of height . How far is it true? [duplicate]

I have seen people advising youngsters to avoid lifting heavy weights , Because it will restrict their height or they will tend to become shorter. How far is it true ?
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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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Why isn't barefoot squatting recommended?

I've been doing StrongLifts 5x5 program for past one-and-half month. Currently my squat has just crossed my bodweight. And my deadlift is 10kgs more than my squat. My goal is to squat 2 times my ...
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Wendler 5/3/1: cut or not to cut?

I have been doing Wendler's 5/3/1 for about 6 weeks now (2 cycles) and am really enjoying it. I am lifting 4 days a week. For assistance, I've been following the boring but big template. Foodwise, ...
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Quitting Body building or weight trainning [closed]

If i quit body building . will my body fat increase considerably and become obese
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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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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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Deadlift form with less than 45 lb plates?

I've been working out for a while and just began to add deadlifts to my routine on back day. My problem is that I can't deadlift much. Mainly because I'm 400 lb and my knees aren't the best, I ...
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Train full body in two days for four days straight

I have just started going to the gym and trying to lose weight (258 lbs ~= 117 kg) and I'm trying to make a schedule where I train my entire body twice a week. Previously to this, I last trained a ...
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How can you gain weight quickly? [closed]

My nephew was 60 kilograms, 17 years old and 5 foot 6 inches tall six months ago. He started weight training and now he weighs over 85 kilos. Is this possible without steroids & peptides?
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Predicted 1RM accuracy

In how far is a predicted one repetition maximum (1RM) accurate if there are several seconds between reps? For example using this website. Example: Let's say I do 10 x 150kg on the deadlift with ...
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My legs still ache 3-4 days after legs day

I have been working out for ~6 months and have worked my legs once per week throughout this time, on their own day. My legs, especially my quads, ache to the point of finding it hard to walk, ...
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Integrating Olympic lifting exercises into Strong Lifts

I did Olympic weightlifting for 4 months with dream of becoming a competitive lifter but unfortunately had to move out of town and here I don't have access to any coach or even a proper gym for that ...
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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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Using only one arm/leg on machines?

My dad doesn't want me to lift more than 20kg (44 lbs) in any exercise because I'm 14. I know a lot of teenagers don't take this seriously and do bad form just to lift more weight, but I don't wish to ...
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Why does Dmitry Klokov stagger his feet?

Dmitry Klokov, olympic medalist and renowned heavyweight lifter, does something very unusual with his feet in both the snatch and the clean and jerk. In the below picture, he can be seen with his ...
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Can a lifter's overall “beginner gains” be exhausted by a particular lift?

Let's say a lifter for some reason focuses largely on their lower body when they first start lifting. Let's say that they develop their lower body to the point that they are considered an intermediate ...
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Consequences of taking a break from training

I'm taking a forced break (about 2-3 weeks) from weightlifting after several months of training. How much are my strength and volume going to drop and at what pace should I start training after coming ...
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How come females with as much testosterone, all other things being equal, are still considerably weaker than males?

How come women on the same dosages of steroids, with the same training experience, on the same programs, with the same bodyweight or even heavier by 30 lbs, as men on steroids are still considerably ...
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Is my workout complete?

I read on this site that a full workout consists of a pushing exercise, a pulling exercise and a legs exercise. For the pushing exercise I have bench presses. For the legs exercise I have weighted ...
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StrongLifts suggestions for women

Are there are programs similar to the StrongLifts program for women? Or the StrongLifts tailored for women?
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Will the push/pull machine at the gym cause imbalance?

There is a machine at my gym that uses push on one arm and pull on the other. My concern is that one arm will have a bigger tricep than the other one and the other arm will have a bigger bicep than ...
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Is soreness after every single work out good? Or is that a sign of too much strain?

I have been working out moderately for 1 years now, and the last year I have been training to develop more strength (~85-90 max weight, 5-3 reps range) but seem to hit a plateau where I experience ...
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Equipment for deadlifts with arm injury

At the very beginning of this video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z8WiRpPoZu8 the woman is using some sort of a belt harness to make up for her unfortunately now missing hand, but it is flashed too ...
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Program Feedback

My intent was to run a version of 5/3/1 over the school year, as it allows for consistency and not having to worry about how much I need to lift each training session. However, my engineering design ...
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Physical Fitness standards for 19 year old male?

and thanks in advance for your help. I've been weightlifting a few months, and I'm wondering just how far below my my strength is. I am a 19 year old male. My questions are: What should a reasonably ...
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Fixed weight exercise - effects over time (going from low to high reps)?

In addition to the core barbell exercises (in a 5x5 programme) I sometimes add dips and chin-ups at the end of the workout. However, these are always at bodyweight (I don't have a belt/chains). ...
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Workout routine on caloric deficit

I've been going to gym for about 3-4 month now. In my diet I tried to eat 2g of protein per 1kg of body mass, ~0.5g of fat per 1kg of body mass, and keep my calories intake >= calories burned overall. ...
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Train for strength or hypertrophy?

I'm almost 19 years of age and I am regularly doing gym since 3 months. With the height of 5'10 and weight of merely 115 pounds, I initially joined the gym with the intention of becoming a little ...