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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Does not starting with the empty bar in StrongLifts 5x5 really hinder your ability to add weight every workout?

First, I'd like to supplement with general info about SL 5x5 so I can put my question into context. Sometimes in the newsletter emails I get from Mehdi where people ask him random questions about ...
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One Rep Max related terminology - What 5RM mean?

I was going through this article in the benefits of rest-pause exercise and seen this recommendation which I need a bit of help to interpret. New to rest-pause? Try this chest routine to ... ...
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Can you overtrain?

This goes along with a prior question, what over-training signs to look for. Is there such a thing as over-training? or is it that you injure yourself from lack of proper training and don't perform ...
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Off a bulk and now cutting

So I just finished a bulk phase and I'm entering a cutting program. I've been losing weight so far, but my question is does it really matter if I don't reach my calorie deficit target? It's at 2700 ...
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What's a good intermediate/advanced squat routine?

Presently I high-bar olympic-style squat twice per week. My one rep max is about 335 lbs with "shaky" form, which I think is not bad, but not excellent for my height and weight (6'1", 200 lbs). I'm ...
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Barefoot Running Effective for Improving Squat?

I've noticed when reaching my upper limits on squat, I start to get some impingement around the ankle and upper foot area. I've learned that this can be caused from weakness of the ankle and foot ...
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How do I fix an uneven butt?

I'm 4'11 and 84 lbs and have been doing the 30 day squat challenge. I'm on day 25 and I noticed that the right side of my butt looks better than the left. It's rounder and more lifted. I was just ...
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Am I exercising all my muscles?

I mainly perform following exercises: running (1-3 miles), push-ups, pull-ups, squats, sit-ups, calves raises, planks, legs raising, and bridges. I vary them a little. For example, one day I do ...
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What alternatives should a novice use when they're not flexible enough to do regular deadlifts?

A friend is starting to work out with me. Normally we would deadlift, squat, and do upper-body pushes and pulls. However, my friend seems to lack the requisite flexibility for a full range of motion ...
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What's the best exercise to get more well defined abs, a.k.a Muscle hypertrophy [duplicate]

I've searched the internet for core exercises for building abs, and I'm a little bit confused. Some say that sit-ups is great for getting well defined abs, while some say you only get better at doing ...
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What exercises will bulk up the pectorals and shoulders while avoiding the arms?

What are some free weight or body weight exercises (and general guidelines) to specifically bulk up the pectoral deltoid trapezius and other muscles around the shoulders while avoiding the arm ...
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Slow digested meals while keep eating

I'm not sure if this is the correct site to ask this Let's say that I take a casein protein shake in the morning let's say 8 am, this will be slowly digested so I will have nutrients during several ...
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Is there any benefit to being more flexible than is necessary to reach position?

Klokov posted a video on youtube a while ago showing his flexibility during warmup. He's obviously much more flexible than is necessary to reach a snatch position. Does this degree of flexibility ...
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Is there a difference between lifting for look/size/strength?

I started lifting a couple year ago with a friend and his dad. I never really did any research on it, but we would pretty much do the same thing, 3 days a week. Bench: 10 reps at 135 8 reps at 155 6 ...
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Am i suppose to feel a burn?

So I have started working out for the first time, using 10 pound dumbbells to build muscle on my arms and forearm for the time being. I do all the usual exercises, for example curls and hammers, etc. ...
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Unable to grasp bar doing a back barbell squat

I've decided to start weightlifting using the Starting Strength program. The above image shows the barbell position for doing a back squat (the wrists are not in the correct position). I am unable ...
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Stalled progress on a particular weight machine

I have been using the Hoist "Rock-It" weight machine circuit at my gym for almost three months now, every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. I have been making steady progress on most of the machines, in ...
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Will frequent training on a boxing bag have the same inhibiting effects for mass gaining as lots of running?

I love using a boxing bag. Before I got serious about hitting the gym and putting on size, I used my bag up to two times per day for 30-60 minutes each session. I was very strong even without lifting ...
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Am I at a greater risk of injury while experiencing DOMS?

Three days ago I did my first chest workout since around the start of the year. Today, I am experiencing extreme pain from shoulder to shoulder across my chest as far down as my sternum. It is at the ...
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Are bumper plates “lighter”?

OK, I know that a 45 pound bumper plates weighs the same as a 45 pound iron plate. My experience, however, is that bumpers seem to go up easier. True or myth? If true, wondering if people have ...
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Recommended workout duration vs working out with a partner

I've read about / been told / agree with the fact that my workout should not be exceeding around 1 hour, however most of my workouts approach the 90 mins - 2 hour mark because I work out with a ...
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Gastric Bypass Surgery and Creatine/HMB [closed]

I have had gastric bypass WLS earlier in the year, and now with the surgeon's encouragement, I have started weight training to preserve lean body mass. It's going well so far, and after two months, ...
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Do you still gain muscle even if you do less reps than last time?

Today, probably due to having a not very nutritious lunch, I was able to lift noticeably less (e.g. Benching at 55kg rather than 75kg) weight & reps than normal. In a situation like this, if ...
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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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Can I replace the overhead press with the seated version?

I have been trying to master the standing overhead press for some time now, and every time I try to go a just a little bit heavier my lower back starts to hurt. Now I am aware that I need to brace my ...
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Training/Weight lifting in the cold

My weights are out in the unheated garage. I've been on the 5/3/1 program for about 10 months and wish to continue through the winter, does anyone have any advice for training in a COLD environment? ...
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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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Prevent or treat delayed onset muscle soreness

When I lift weights, I lift heavy. I expect to be sore afterwards because I know I've pushed myself hard. Unfortunately, sometimes I push myself too far and get very bad delayed onset muscle soreness ...
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Stretching biceps muscle

I train Olympic weightlifting (clean&jerk, snatch) as an amateur. For competitions and to be able to do the exercises properly, I need to be able to stretch my arms while they are overhead holding ...
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How do I promote connective tissue health/strength?

Muscles can be trained and grown. Stretching can prevent injury to muscles, joints, and connective tissue. But can connective tissues (tendons, ligaments) be trained and strengthened like muscles ...
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Calories needed to gain weight?

I spoke with a trainer a while back and after telling him my current weight and desired weight he suggested that I eat 3500 calories per day. I am 6'5 and at the time I was about 200lbs and I reached ...
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Shoulder Pressing – Training the Negative

I have been working overhead barbell pressing with no leg drive. Lift the weight up and bring it back down into position and then back up. I do this lift as my primary lift for overhead strength ...
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Why not just increase the number of sets?

Suppose that you want to gain muscle mass by using a pair of dumbbells which are NOT so challenging for you anymore. You could probably increase the resistance with heavier weights, but you train at ...
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Why is it so important to squat to parallel?

According to my understanding, which is based on Mehdi's video explaining how to perform the back squat, the reason why it is so important to squat to parallel is to avoid a muscle imbalance. In the ...
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I'll be in Africa for one year: What is the most effective combination of programs to add mass? [duplicate]

I have access to a standard gym in Africa, and will be here for one year. What program or combination of programs would provide the largest physique changes for when I return to the states?
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Why am I falling back when I am squatting?

I started doing squats a couple of weeks ago, and I'm having trouble maintaining balance near the bottom of my squat (when I'm trying to go below parallel). Let me describe the situation. Squat ...
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Are there Common Dumbbell and Barbell Diameters?

I have some basic weights, dumbbells and a barbell. I've always assumed there were 30mm and 50mm diameters for weights, but when I measured my dumbbells they appear to be 25mm and my barbell is 30mm. ...
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Rest between warm-up sets

In a strength program (e.g., 3x5 or 5x5) where one warms up to their work weight with non-taxing sets, say: 2 x 5 x 20% work weight 1 x 5 x 40% work weight 1 x 3 x 60% work weight 1 x 2 x 80% work ...
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After workout: meal or protein shake or both?

Im a little unsure about one thing. After the weightlifting, should I have only meal or both the meal and shake? My shake is: 30gram protein and 227 cals. My meal is around: 500 cals, 32 gram ...
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Elbow Tendonitis

I lift Heavy (amateur strongman). I have been struggling with tendonitis in my left elbow. I believe I have the cause narrowed down to my squatting. I am currently doing my 5x5 at around 500 lbs. ...
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How to Alternate Starting Strength and Running/Jogging

I R overweight dude with main focus on running... with many many failed attempts in the past to stick to the gym due to DOMS and ** getting too tough to progress... I understand weight training helps ...
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Muscle soreness

I am 18, I have been lifting weights for about a month now - I am quite new to it so I would like to get everything correct before I get into bad habits. When I first started training I was ...
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Bench plateau, while other lifts continue to grow

I have been lifting weights for around a year now and my first program I followed was starting strength. Since then I have moved onto greyskull and my training week typically looks like this: ...
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Free weights or body weight exercises?

I want to build some muscle mass, for both raising my RMR and for useful/practical strength and endurance. I don't want or need to look like a body builder, I just want to lose a little fat (I'm ...
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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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What happens when you miss a workout?

Normally I get to the gym Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and try to lift a little bit more weight than I did the time before. Today everything has gone wrong and I am not going to be able to make it ...
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Right weight for lifting?

I am currently starting to change my habits, I'm 330 and 5'11. How can I determine the amount of weight I can lift safely and to make progress for weight-loss. I'm currently doing cardio and someother ...
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How effective are Kneeling Cable Crunches?

They're not the most well-known ab isolation exercise, but they are documented on exrx and Icecream Fitness 5x5 recommends them as the only ab isolation needed in the routine. Does anyone know/have ...
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How to workout around a tight Levator Scapulae

My left Levator Scapulae is tight like hell today (probably from incorrectly lifting a heavy gas bottle yesterday) and it is causing some undesirable effects. It is even noticeable in the mirror. I ...
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Training scheme - full body or by muscle groups

There are a lot of training schemes out there. But what are the advantages and disadvantages of a full body scheme vs a scheme that targets different musscle groups each workout. Are they desinged ...