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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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 ...
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Is it Necessary to Make Noise While Deadlifting Or Wear A Belt

Background I've been deadlifting for about a year at home and have managed to have a 1RM of 405 lbs (more than twice my body weight). Because I had no intention of disturbing my downstairs neighbors, ...
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Should I start taking supplements other than my protein?

I started my journey towards a healthier lifestyle on January 2014 weighing 253 lbs, I did weight routines and HIIT(once a week) followed a STRICT diet and managed to drop to 218lbs by the end of the ...
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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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Squats & Oats,Diet, and muscle mass

I've been wondering if I could do regular squats instead of squats with weights (because I have none & there's no gym near) I want to build a bigger butt but I heard that it won't work if you ...
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Weightlifting exercise that builds biceps and triceps?

Most of the workouts I know for biceps/triceps only involve one or the other. Never both. But if there is one out there, could someone please tell me?
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Why are deadlifts so much more taxing than other workouts (say squats)?

Why are all of the workouts in the 5x5 Stronglifts program except the deadlifts? If I added an ab exercise to the workout (say Landmine 180s), would how do I know whether it should be 5x5 or 1x5?
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5x5 Workout Plan becomes ineffective?

I started doing the 5x5 workout halfway through last summer, and have significantly increased my squat, bench, overhead press, row, and deadlifting weight. I weigh around 160 lbs., and it seems as ...
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Max lifting weight recommended for teenagers

I'm 14, so I can't really weight a lot, but my question is simple, for example on pushups you lift about 60% of your body weight in my case about 29 kilos (58 pounds), but trainers at the gym, say I ...
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Barbell position during squats

When I squat, I cannot find a proper position that completely alleviates discomfort from the barbell. If it's too high, I find that I immediately feel a strain in my neck. Any further, it feels like ...
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Need help dropping body fat to 8-12%? [duplicate]

So I am a 16 yr old young male nearing 17, about 160 Ibs, about 6'0, and in the 13-15% body fat range. I'd like to get down to 8-12% instead. Currently, I train my chest, traps, triceps, and legs ...
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When is 5x5 deadlifts too much volume?

I am curious what the science is behind strength gains on the dead lift and when it is ideal to stop working on 5x5 rep scheme and switch to something lower, as low as perhaps 1x5. Currently I can ...
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Will eating lots of eggs and peanut butter, and drinking a lot of milk help bulk you?

If I eat 5 eggs a day, have 3 tablespoons of peanut butter, and 36 ounces of white fat free milk a day combined with moderate weights and cardio each day, is this healthy?
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Is upright row bad for the shoulder?

I have replaced them with shrugs in my new workout, but after reading, http://www.webmd.com/fitness-exercise/ss/slideshow-9-least-effective-exercises (slide 6) and ...
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Straight arm tricep kickbacks. How straight should my arm be?

I just can't seem to get my arm dead straight with any weight. I can get it 95% straight with about 15lbs, but there comes a point where my shoulder starts lifting instead and my tricep is just not ...
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Treatment for pain in fingers after workout

I just began weightlifting three times a week. The workout consists things like deadlifts, squats, barbell rows, dumbell bench presses, etc... I've been feeling pain in my fingers afterwards and ...
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Is it necessary to alternate the mixed grip for deadlifts?

When I deadlift, I'm using left hand over, right hand under. Are there any differences if I switch the hands? Are there any benefits to switching or cons to not switching?
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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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Gym for a 14 year old? [duplicate]

So I'm skinny, and I began going to the gym, I started first weekends doing very small weight (5 kilos) but in a correct form, doing 4 series of 15 reps for every exercise/machine I did/used, I don't ...
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Core training on “rest” days

I started a gym routine 2 months ago consisting of just Pull-ups, Bench presses, Squats(with barbell), Dead-lifts and Military Presses And for the abs Hanging L raises, Russian twists and planks. I ...
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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, my brother who was been doing workouts for long time taught me some exercises. If I do mostly the same exercises for each body part (biceps, ...
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I am sweating while lifting?

I lift for an hr. and a half every other day... I have noticed that as I get further in(after 1 hr. of lifting I am breaking a sweat...) my face turns red and I sweat. Should this occur with weights? ...
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straps and exercising with callus

Yesterday, I forgot my straps and got an opened callus on my hand during wide grip pull-ups. Some guy in the gym gave me an elastic band and I continued exercising, though weights were a bit less ...
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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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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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Does having abnormally low IGF-1 levels affect my ability to gain muscle mass?

I'm a 24 year old male and fairly recently found out that I have abnormally low IGF-1 levels. Mine is 90 (ng/mL) whereas the average range for my age is from 116-353 (ng/mL). I've always been pretty ...
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How to Increase height naturally? Are those ads gimmicks?

I'm 5'6, weigh 137, male and close to be 24 soon. I am not happy with my height. I love sports, basketball, soccer, and others. Being this short have some influence on sport activities I ...
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Smaller size while lifting more

I've been going to gym for 4 weeks now and I've noticed that there are a lot of people there who lift way more than me yet they are smaller than me. I've talked briefly with some of them and their ...
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Deadlifts are tiring me out faster than squats and bench press?

I am squatting more than I deadlift but yet after as little as 5 lifts of deads I feel tired. I can cruise on the bench all day and it takes over an hour to get tired, and nearly the same with the ...
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How to maintain shredded abs while bulking up?

Before I started lifting and eating more calories than I burn I had shredded six pack abs... Probably because I play baseball and did push ups and sit ups... But now I am lifting and eating and they ...
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Will Pilates kill my gains?

I am planning to start pilates for better posture and also weight training. I am planning to go to pilates in my rest days. But I am concerned with two things: 1) Will pilates kill my gains? Because ...
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What activity level should I choose in calorie calculators?

My goal is to gain weight, primarily for muscle bodybuilding (not professional). In various online calorie calculators I need to choose my activity level. I'm always stuck on which one to choose. For ...
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Will this workout build strong muscles for an intermediate bodybuilder?

So if I go to the gym 5 days a week and do this sort of workout with about 1700 calories a day, healthy diet with a mesomorph bodytype and about 8.5 hours of sleep each night, will this routine build ...
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Elbow grinding sensation after starting workout

First up, I know there are any elbow noise questions out there, but they do not describe my experience completely. Okay so I'm 18 yrs old and very skinny with little muscle, and I started gym a month ...
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Workout Frequency and Tempo for Bodybuilding? [duplicate]

I'm trying to do some work out to gain mass and muscles. In order to develop muscles and gain weight: Is it better to do full body workouts day after day or do specific muscle groups every day ...
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What is meant by 'frequency', ' volume', and 'intensity'?

It seems like 'frequency', 'volume', and 'intensity' correspond to lifting sessions per week or sets per session or reps per set or total reps or weight per rep but I'm not sure which term goes ...
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Calories consumed on workout days vs. off days

I've read this post but I'm still a bit confused. If my bmr is approximately 2500 calories and I'm looking to loose weight by having a caloric deficit and 3500/week deficit goal, should I be ...
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RDL vs Stiff Deadlift

I started to do some Romanian Deadlifts (RDLs) in the gym yesterday when a guy came and said to me, "man, you are doing the stiff-legged deadlift wrong". Apparently those are two similar exercises, ...
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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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Taking time off work to weight lift

I need opinion / advice / information... basically, I want to take a week or more off work, to weightlift everyday, and increase my lifts as much as I can. Even during work days, I squat in the ...
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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 ...