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Absolute Beginner in Weight Training

History: I am an absolute beginner to the world of fitness and nutrition. I'm a classical geek that spends most of the time in front of the computer writing code, fixing stuff. I've purchased a set ...
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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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Overhead press alternative to bench press?

I do my lifting at home and don't have a suitable bench. I'm currently using two ordinary monoblock chairs as my "bench" and I don't think I'm doing my bench presses right because my arms are ...
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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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Slight panic when weightlifting?

I'm new - more specifically I'm about three months into starting strength. Tonight for the first time I felt a slight panic on my squat and my deadlift. Nothing too serious - just thoughts that I ...
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What are key points to focus on when trying to increase the size and definition of the bicep?

How does one work the bicep to it's max? Admittedly, I know I'm guilty of lack of symmetry because I do a lot of exercise that build my triceps. Therefore, I think my biceps have suffered and I ...
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How do I remove and prevent calluses from weightlifting?

When I am lifting weights, I noticed that there are calluses that form at the base of the fingers. I am fine with them but sometimes the start to dry up and peel. Is there a way to remove them? ...
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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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Proper way to find out your one rep max?

As part of an online competition I want to perfom 1RM on all of my lifts (squat, bench press, over head press, bent over rows, dead lift). I do not know what my current 1RM is and would like to find ...
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Strength Training and a Bad Back

I've always been leery of weights - it takes me months of very steady progress before I feel at home with them. By comparison: Yoga and Cardio come naturally to me. The only time I did weights ...
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Importance of flexibility

First, some context: I'm a 32 years old developer who spends most of the day sit, go to swimming classes once a week, and does weightlifting (at home) whenever it finds time, now moving from ...
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How should you warm up for stronglifts sessions?

From the StrongLifts book: Never jump straight into your work weight, warm-up first. As an example, let's say your work weight for the Squat is 135lbs. Then here's how your training would look ...
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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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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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How can I get stronger while involved in other physical activities?

I am training for some time now but I don't feel like my schedule is in balance. I switch between: Scheme 1: Neck Flexion (neck) Lying Neck Extension (neck) Arnold Press (shoulder) Rear Lateral ...
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Should I try alternate which arm I carry weights / discs with at the gym?

I do heavy weight lifting 5 times per week, and when I think back over all the times I have taken discs off the machines, carried them around to other machines, put them on the ground and so on, I ...
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Getting stronger without gaining muscle

I want to eventually start competing in BJJ competitions in the lightweight division (<70kg) and I'm about 67kg (10%bf) at the moment. I'm going to continue weight training until I reach 70kg and ...
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High Heel in weightlifting shoes

After much urging, I bought some Wei-Rui weight lifting shoes. But I found my deadlift in them became much worse, not better. A friend told me that the high heel in them ruins the deadlift. He told ...
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Incorporating kettlebell exercises into an existing workout plan

I've been working through Ripptoe's Starting Strength and Practical Programming books and training schedule, mostly aiming for basic fitness and building muscle mass. My current workout is mostly ...
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Having elbow and forearm pain after kettlebell workout

I have been doing kettlebell workouts recently and I started having pain at the bottom of my forearm (right above my elbow). Is this a common injury that indicates I am pushing too hard or doing ...
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Body fat still the same even though losing weight

I've been dieting and losing weight for around 3-4 months now and have been mainly doing cardio but still doing resistance as well. On average, I am losing 9lb a week however I got weighed today and ...
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In what way is the Arnold press different from a standard dumbbell press?

I mean effectually - I understand the functional difference. What different GAIN do I receive from Arnold presses?
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Is it necessary to do flat, incline and decline flys?

On Thursdays I work on my chest and triceps. This is probably my favourite workout day, except for the final component which is flat, incline and then decline flys. My current Thursday looks like ...
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How to do deadlifts with dumbbells?

I dont have access to a barbell, yet i still want to try and do deadlifts, so i was wondering if anybody knows how to explain to me the proper technique, or maybe even refer me to an article or video ...
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does muscle build differently after 40?

I've heard than muscle builds at a different speed in people over forty and that it's necessary to use weights in a different way - specifically, with less weight and in shorter sets - for that ...
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Advice on resting muscles

What is the suggested amount of time to rest muscle groups between workouts to prevent injury? I want to tone (improve shapeliness of existing muscle) my body and workout on average 6 times/wk ...
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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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Method of exercising

What is the difference between the normal weight training motions (e.g. bench press lifting it up and down) and holding a weight at a certain point (e.g. holding a weight in the middle of a press for ...
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Can I work my arms every other day?

As I understand it arms recover quite quickly (24 hours or less). Arms are, without a doubt, my weakest point. I've been blessed with good leg genetics but my arms are completely out of proportion in ...
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Effective warm-up before weight lifting circuit

What's the most effective warm-up before doing my weight lifting circuit? Is it better to warm up by doing 10 minutes on the elliptical cross-trainer or by doing a set using a light weight before ...
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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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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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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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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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Getting fatter with weight training

I am a 32 year old female who started weight training about 1 month ago after doing lots of cardio work. I really enjoy it and am building the weight slowly each week. I am also trying to move to a ...
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Do BCAA's only help with muscle gain or do they help with weight loss?

About me: 145 pounds, 170cm tall & female. Aim: build muscle and & lose body fat. Currently: training 5 times a week (1 hour cardio, 1 hour weight training). Question: Would BCAA's only ...
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Specific weigthlifting protocol to strengthen tendons, regardless of hypertrophy or any other goal

This question was indirectly embedded within other more general questions I made in this site, for example here and here. But the scope was more general. I would like to do this specific question here ...
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Long overtraining - What is the solution and how much time is needed to recover?

A week ago, followed by 4-5 months of high intensive training I decided to take a break from the gym. I felt very disappointed and discouraged as I was training very hard and there were no gains, ...
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Rounding of the lower back while doing squats

I've been working with Starting Strength for a while now and although I've been taking lots of notes on form and watching videos wherever I can I can't stop rounding my back. I find that when I'm ...
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Effects of aerobic exercise after weight lifting

What are the effects, positive and negative of: Swimming for 30-60 min immed. after weight training and/or Walking briskly a few miles the day after weight training I'm following Starting ...
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How can I get in shape in one month?

My best friend is getting married next month and I'm in the wedding. It turns out they invited my ex whom I haven't seen in a year. I would like to get into shape quickly. However I work long days in ...
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Running shoes vs barefoot: which is better for squat and dead lift?

This answer mentions that you shouldn't do squat exercises in running shoes. Why is that? I don't feel like performing squats and dead lifts with running shoes are creating any issues for me, but ...
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calisthenic exercise vs weight-lifting

Which is better? I am told that calisthenic exercise is much more better than weight-lifting. In the past I went to gym daily until 2 weeks ago when i am told that calisthenic exercise can actually ...
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Are squats necessary to reduce body weight?

My partner told me that squats are a basic exercise, that it helps to improve the lungs so you should do squats daily to lift huge weights. Is this true? Are squat exercises helpful to reduce our body ...
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Losing weight with Stronglifts 5x5?

At 22 years old and 325 lbs (mostly fat) I rather desperately want (and need) to lose weight. However, I'm not a big fan of running. I do some biking, but I've been reading up more about weight ...
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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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Where can I find instructions for doing back squats correctly?

I've looked around but there seems to be a lot of variety out there. Is there a widely accepted "best" set of instructions or video for doing squats correctly?
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Equality of different protein sources

From my summary reading around the internet, there seems to be a preference for meats as a protein source (e.g., see this SO answer). My question is, is there a difference—with respect to ...
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Buying barbell / rack

I want to buy a barbell and a squat rack so I can lift at home but looking around there's so many to choose from its overwhelming. I just need to know: Which brands are trusted and recommended? ...
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How to strengthen *very gently* your grip in order to safely perform chin-ups? Are wrist wraps good?

I have recently started trying to do negative chin-ups in several occasions, but afterwards I feel a mild pain in both my left and right wrists. It is not the kind of "healthy" discomfort of sore ...