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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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Cable Squats vs Smith Machine Squats

Are cable machine squats easier to do than squats on a Smith machine? I'm able to do about 220 pounds on the cables, but I'm doubtful whether I'll be able to replicate the results on a Smith machine. ...
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Eating enough carbohydrates to build muscle

There is an issue I always surpressed my mind of: the necessary carbohydrates per day. One thing I learned a while ago is the importance of consuming at least 20 gram of protein per 3-4 hours in ...
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Supercompensation and split workouts

I'm an amateur weight lifter. For the past few years have doing a 3 day split workouts. Squat/Deadlift/BenchPress + support. I recently got introduced to the concept of supercompensation and seems to ...
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Burn fat and gain muscles at same time

I am doing weights for a few months now, but I find it hard to gain muscles and burn fat at the same time. It seems like one goes at the expense of the other. I think I have a balanced diet, with more ...
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Should my wrists have the pressure on them when I benchpress?

Whenever I bench press I notice that the weight is transferring back onto my wrists. I feel I could go to a higher weight but slight pain when doing this is holding me back. Is this because of bad ...
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Is there a relation between muscle soreness and muscle progress?

If I understand muscle training theory correctly, you put stress on your muscles, often times going as far as microscopically tearing the muscles up, and then expect the recovery process to make you ...
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Having a stronger right hand than left hand

I recently started training with a friend of mine, and on the days that we do push force exercises he keeps telling that he doesn't feel satisfied from the workout. Now this was very strange to me ...
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Weight gain diet for a Pescetarian?

I was weight gaining/lifting about 5 years ago on a diet consisting of a lot of chicken, beef and tuna. However, I stopped, and have since then stopped eating factory farmed meats, and now have a ...
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Improve benching through adding speed to the lift…how?

I've been 'stuck' at 240 lbs in my bench press. My biggest issue seems to be in the lift off from the chest. From what I've been reading, this could be due to the lack of speed/initial explosive ...
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Balancing barbell with turkish getup or alternative?

I only started this a few weeks ago, so who am I to talk: I'm currently doing a TGU with a 30kg dumbbell, which is the heavist dumbbell around. Hence, today I used a straight and quite short barbell ...
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Progressive overload vs. greasing the groove

I want increase my endurance with bodyweight exercises including pull-ups, push-ups, sit-ups etc. Would it be better to use progressive overload and start at, for example: 3x4 reps for Pull-ups and ...
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BodyBuilding - Plateau and a new Workout Plan - Intermediate - Advanced

I have been traning my current session since December, that is about three months. If I consider my whole 3 years of traning sessions I would say this one to be the best. I learnt some new ideas ...
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How to cope stretching with weightlifting in order to improve posture

I have some minor postural problems, Kyphosis a Lordosis, I do not experience any pain from it, it is very minor, but gives a slouch look. I've read that some stretching exercises may help to ...
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What is the correct form for seated shoulder press with dumbbells?

When doing seated shoulder presses, must the bench be set to 90 degrees? I seem to be seeing many videos where people are setting up the bench to about one notch before 90. Last night I tried this ...
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Trying low bar position is difficult, what can I do to get there?

I'm trying to get to where I can squat with the bar in the low bar position as in Mark's video. I'm having difficulties getting into this position and I think it's a mix of things, one being ...
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How to find a weight lifting coach?

What's the best way to find a good coach for weight lifting in my area? The trainers in my gym seem to be very big & strong, but not experts in form, or at least not know (at all) how to teach ...
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How much am I undercutting gains if I slack on protein?

In this question, the accepted answer for daily protein needs cites, "0.8g/lb ... (body-building)", meaning that if one is body building, one needs 0.8 g of protein per day per lb of body weight. I'm ...
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One set weight lifting? [closed]

Timothy Ferriss has a lot of fitness and nutrition advice in the bestseller 4-hour body. He advocates one-set-only (per muscle group) workouts. Is that good advice?
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Weightlifting for people with scoliosis

I have mild scoliosis and have been told by every doctor I've spoken with to avoid lifting anything heavy. On the other hand, I've met a number of people who have scoliosis and have succeeded in ...