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Supplemental exercises for breaking an overhead press plateau

Background: I've just recently completed the first 12 week period of StrongLifts. My finishing stats are below: Age: 24 Gender: male Height: 170cm (67in) Body weight: 68kg (150#) (I've been eating ...
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Stronglifts Adaptation Questions

I'm currently doing StrongLifts however I have changed the bench & squat parameters to 5x8 instead of 5x5. I've also added in some accessory stuff (flies, curls, skull crushers, pull-ups on days I ...
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Is it okay to skip arm specific exercises?

I hardly ever do curls or any exercise that focuses solely on making my arms stronger. I've found, however, that they're probably the part of my body that grows the fastest as a side effect of the ...
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In double overhand grip for the deadlift, do the fingertips touch the palm?

The bar tends to slip down until my fingers are like hooks and the bar is barely touching my palm. Should I be gripping tighter?
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Why do my muscles ache the day after I lift ? How come not asap after my workout or during?

They say muscles ache after a workout because the workout causes wear and tear of the muscles. Why doesn't the pain start asap ?
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What's proper head/torso motion for overhead barbell press?

I'm ready to learn the overhead barbell press, but am very confused about the head, neck, and torso motion. When do you tilt in, when do you tilt out? Can someone clarify this? The arms are clear but ...
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Improvising some weights for lifting?

I've been making myself a very basic exercise routing that consists of biking and push-ups, sometimes running. I know it's very little but keep in mind I'm trying to gain weight but gain arm strength ...
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Crunches before or after sit-ups?

I use a machine to do 8-12 crunches to failure. I also like to perform sit-ups to failure (and I feel it in the front of my hips, not my abs). Does it matter in which order I do these two exercises? ...
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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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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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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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What are the ball bearings in dumbbells and barbells for?

Well the question title pretty much says it. While browsing the web for dumbbells I stumbled over the supposedly cheaper 30mm bars and the 50mm bars that all seem to be ball beared. What is the ...
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How do you break through a weightlifting plateau?

It seems like I have been stuck at a certain weight and reps for a while. What is the best way to break through this plateau? I have heard of supersets, negative sets and reverse pyramid. There ...
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What are some good 5x5 programs I can follow?

I'm looking to start a 5x5 program because I've heard that there are great benefits for beginners just starting to get into weight lifting. What are some good programs, and how can I pick the one ...
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Weight Training for Weight Loss

I have heard that weight training can be a good strategy for reducing body fat. If one's goal is to reduce total body fat, should one's weight training program be aimed at muscle hypertrophy or ...
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Form Check on Squats: Elbow Tension

After performing squats I often feel elbow soreness (or perhaps extreme fatigue). I'd like to see if anyone can offer form corrections that might help reduce the strain, or if my form looks OK, then ...
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Blurred vision during weightlifting

When I'm working out and have to lift some heavy weight, I find that I can do it much better if I close my eyes, like focusing on the movement, but I notice that no one is closing their eyes while ...
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Clicking and clicking noise with bench presses

When doing bench presses, both the left and right areas of my shoulders make this really loud clicking sound and it feels as if the bones are clicking against each other. This has been happening for ...
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Bench press starting position - what should I be looking at?

In the link below, Mark Rippetoe of Starting Strength says that when positioning oneself for a bench press: http://startingstrength.wikia.com/wiki/FAQ:The_Lifts#The_Bench_Press Your eyes should ...
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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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Good exercise for when all your muscles are sore?

After a long hiatus, I've decided it's time to get my fat ass back in shape. To this end, I'm getting up a couple hours early every morning and doing a some Cardio, weights four times a week, and a ...
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Lifting to failure - good form?

Does lifting to failure mean when you can't do a set with good form, or you can't lift at all? Also, what does "good form" mean? Let's say for bench press - if may arms shake and move sideways, but it ...
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How many sets per muscle?

My current program consists of a 5 day workout. Each muscle group (say chest for example) has 3 different exercises divided in 4 sets of 12 repetitions. Tempo is 2 seconds down and 1 up. ...
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Strength training: what to do when it becomes kind of easy, in order to keep improving

I've been training for several years, stopped for a while then started back but kept working out regularly (4-6 days a week) for the past 2 years. I lift heavy weight, do bodyweight training, skip ...
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Weighlifting shoes for a beginner

I'm getting into strength training, following the Starting Strength program, and they advise strongly to buy some weightlifting shoes. (Currently, I'm using some tough hiking sneakers, and don't feel ...
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How to focus at the gym?

Lately i am having trouble focusing on my weight exercises. I don't really know how to explain it, but i have the feeling that the exercises i do are not having their effect, because i am not ...
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Starting to lift weights - True commitment or start as I can?

I want to start lifting weights but I haven't because I've heard that, when you do start, you need to make a very true commitment. So I need to wait a couple of months for a few things to settle ...
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Spreading workout into two

Would it be better to spread my workout into two different shifts, or better to do it all at once? My focus is to lose fat, gain muscle. I am 5'11", weight 185 lbs and I'm 26 years old. I currently ...
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As a recreational weight lifter, how do I ensure that I minimise long term health issues?

I have been weight lifting for two months (squat, bench and deadlift), and while I have been very happy with the short term benefits of my new routine, I'm concerned about the negative long term ...
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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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Why do experienced lifters work up to a heavy set, then do a final, lighter set?

I have noticed in the gym that more experienced guys lift weights in a double-pyramidal order. For example, they do 5 sets using 15 kg in the first set, 20 kg in the second set, 30 kg in the third ...
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My back goes horizontal (forward) when squatting

When squatting, my back is too horizontal (forward). The bar goes forward of my toes. What should I do to correct this? Is it due to not keeping my lumbar tight enough? Also: I haven't checked ...
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When Do You Stop Working Out?

I've always stopped when my muscles are moderately sore, but I've seen some people on this site say that soreness is not an accurate gauge of how good of a work out you got. How do I tell when my ...
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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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Hourly 30 second workouts for the workday?

My coworkers and I decided to start doing a 30 second max effort "workout" every hour to help us keep from getting too "desk bound" and to add a little bit more volume to our normal workout routines. ...
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The leg workout

I am an ectomorph, looking to increase muscle and mass. My previous leg workout was, Smith Squats Dumbbell lunges Leg extension Leg curls and Calf raises New workout is, Leg Press Leg ...
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Effective three day split for size and aesthetics?

For the past year and a half I've been doing starting strength with some good results. I'm now getting married within year and want to transition to a program that focuses more on size and aesthetics ...
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What type or amount of weight training is beneficial for a beginning swimmer?

I started swimming regularly about a month ago, and I can currently swim freestyle less than 75m before I have to stop and recover for a short time. I have a simple goal of being able to cover 500m ...
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How to simulate a back extension machine with other gym equipment

My gym got a new back extension machine recently and it is horrible. It's designed for someone much smaller than me, the angles are all wrong, and I find it very difficult to isolate the right ...
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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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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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How much protein and how often should I consume if my LBM is very low?

I've been googling for hours and I'm still not sure how to resolve this situation. Defining the problem many articles on the web are written for heavy people with relatively high body fat ...
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To increase strength why wouldn't anaerobic reps be done as quickly as possible to fatigue the fast twitch muscle fibers?

There are lots of recommendations to do the reps slowly - like with 2 seconds + 2 seconds, also some machines have rep timers of 2 seconds + 4 seconds. But if you are targeting fast twitch muscle for ...
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Weightlifting alone

I have trained for my initial one year alone and did not see much gain. But had the opportunity to train with a friend for few months. In these few months I learned to lift heavier weights with good ...
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Are there any alternatives to deadlifts?

There are so many articles about the benefits of doing deadlifts for the back. But I am curious if there are alternatives to the deadlifts which still gives the same benefits?
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Are there any dumbbell exercises equivalent to the basic squat?

I'm considering buying a good set of dumbbell weights (pro tip: get them on craigslist) and a bench so that I can work out at home. However, I'm a big fan of the squat, but I don't want to have to ...
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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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What should be the volume and intensity of a posture workout program?

I am exercising to obtain a better upper back posture. Hence, I started doing upper back exercises as shown here. But the thing is, I am not sure how the intensity and volume of these exercises should ...
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What Limits the Repetitions One Can Perform?

What is the scientific explanation of why one can only do a certain number of repetitions of an exercise before becoming unable to? For example, at my current state I can only do 8 repetitions of a ...
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One arm chin/pull-up and the lat pulldown machine

I'm currently encountering a weird discrepancy between the force I can generate to lift my body with one arm and the amount of weight I can pull down with one arm at the lat machine, using a ...