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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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 ...
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Can one calculate the energy expenditure of specific lifts?

So I was wondering if there are formulas to calculate the energy expenditure of common lifts, like deadlifts, bench press, squat etc. I know that every formula could only be an approximation, due to ...
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Panic when squatting

I do not know if "panic" is the right word: every time I squat, when my stomach get compressed (during the descendent phase), I feel a real uncomfortable feeling. Something like a small panic attack. ...
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Leg Exercises with Dumbbells?

I have a pair of the Bowflex SelectTech 1090 dumbbells and a bench. They are great for upper-body workouts, but I'm looking for a way to use them for leg exercises as well. What leg exercises can I ...
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What additional exercises do I add to the Madcow 5x5 program?

I just started the MadCow program and appreciate the approach to weekly improvements and regimentation - BUT, I'm used to doing 15-18 exercises per workout (3-4 times a week for about 1 1/2 hours) - ...
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What risks from fitness are there to people with myopia?

I have a myopia and my eye glasses are usually from -3 to -4 diopters. I jog every morning on an asphalt covering (see my question) and do kickboxing, and in the next year i plan to start lifting ...
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Just finished 12-week shortcut to size. What's next?

I have just completed a popular mass building program by Jim Stoppani called "Shortcut to Size". I found it to be really well designed. There are subtle variations in exercises that become noticeable ...
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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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Gymspeak for spotting

Usually I have a training partner so it's not an issue, but occasionally I require someone else in the gym to spot me on the bench press. I require that person to help me unrack the bar and rack it ...
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What is the “kernel” for a 4 decade training program for physical fitness?

Almost all training programs or workout routines are focused on the very short term, e.g. 90 days, 12 weeks and similar. My questions is about the "kernel" (key elements in a wide sense) for a ...
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I get out of breath, like doing cardio, while deadlifting

I just started weightlifting a couple of weeks ago. Right now, I'm deadlifting 65 lbs for 3 sets of 15. When I'm done deadlifting, I usually breathe heavily and have a high heart rate, like I had just ...
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What is the official “baseline” workout of CrossFit?

Just did a CrossFit baseline workout yesterday for the first time, and it was slightly different then most of what I see on YouTube/Google searches. That said, is there an official baseline workout, ...
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List of Beginner Dumbbell Exercises?

I have a set of dumbbells that I would like to use in the new year. Is there a handy list somewhere (preferably with pictures) of beginner exercises I can do with my dumbbells? I do not have a weight ...
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Working out while slightly ill

I'm a novice weight lifter, currently going to the gym 3 times/week for an hour each time. I recently came down with a head cold. I know that if I go to the gym I won't be able to hit my usual max ...
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Lifting Iron (strength training) vs pushups ( knuckle)+ body weight squats+situps

Assuming your aim is to get better at martial arts not bodybuilding (hence strength training: lets take Rippetoe's 3x5). Which would improve performance? Also can they be done side by side? because I ...
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when to use vibrating platforms

There is one of these vibrating platforms at the gym and a chart with different positions to exercise different body parts (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whole_body_vibration). I would like to combine ...
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What muscle groups are used in olympic lifting?

I am a beginner for weight lifting. I think first I have to know what muscle groups are used in olympic lifting. After that I will google to know how to train those muscle for weight lifting. Could ...
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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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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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Any suggestions on how I could improve my workout routine?

Me: 6'5", 195 lbs, eat fairly healthy, drink on weekends, always been tall and skinny Desired results: increase upper body mass and definition My Current workout routine (each day is usually 45 mins ...
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Is this pain in my neck — after Smith Machine squats — just DOMs or something else?

Last Thursday (so, 5 days ago), I did a short leg workout, centering on finding my maximum weight for squats. I used a Smith Machine and, for the first time ever, I did not have a pad on the Olympic ...
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Dead lift, best way to gain strength and power

I'm able to dead lift 5 sets x 5 reps @ 250 lbs OR 5 sets x 3 reps @ 300 lbs OR 5 sets of 1 rep at 400 lbs....the total weight differences are: 5 sets x 5 reps @ 250 lbs = 6,250 lbs 5 sets x 3 reps ...
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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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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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If I lift weights and eat exactly my calorie requirements, what will happen to my body?

I know I won't lose or gain weight if I lift and eat my exact calorie requirement (including the calories burnt during a workout) - but what will happen to my bodyfat percentage? Will no muscle grow ...
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Dumbell Front Squat - preparation - how to get the dumbells up with good form

Looking at exrx for the Dumbell Front Squat, it says http://www.exrx.net/WeightExercises/Quadriceps/DBFrontSquat.html: Preparation Stand with dumbbells grasped to sides. Clean dumbbells up to ...
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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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Bowflex and similar systems versus free weights

I've been using a cheap set of cement weights to do benches and curls. This has been working well in concert with trips to the gym every few days to do other exercises. I've maxed out the barbell ...
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Taking a break from weightlifting - how often?

I am doing exercises with weights 3 times per week. I started training 2 years ago and have made steady progress. I have lost weight gained strength. I had a very strict routine and I pushed myself to ...
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How to lose fat while lifting weights and not doing any cardio?

I have found that lifting heavy helps with pain in my joints. As such I have no particular goal like muscle gain or endurance, etc. Its just that I don't go for too low reps and rapid progression so ...
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When is the best time of day to work out in order to take advantage of hormonal cycles?

Lately I've been hearing a lot about hormonal cycles and how they change throughout the day. From what I've heard, testosterone seems to be lowest in the afternoon and highest in the morning and ...
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Free access to a gym, fitness center, location with free weights, etc.?

I am in search of free access to a loaded gym, fitness center, recreation center, etc., with at least a few weight stations containing loadable and unloadable barbells, dumbbells, etc. Just the ...
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Legs sore 1st day of rest after workout, even more sore the second day

I did a pretty intensive leg workout and decided to take the next day off for rest. I definitely had some lactic build-up the next day and my legs were slightly sore. However, when I woke up on the ...
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Should I lift weights fast or slow?

When lifting weights (squat, bench press, deadlift, whatever) is it better to do the motions as slowly as possible or fast and explosive? I've heard both opinions. Please support your answer. Note: ...
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Best stretches before weight training

I have a set of stretches I generally do; not sure where I got them from, but they seem to work for me. (I use them for general stretching, not strength training). Now that I'm starting weight ...
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Recommended repetition speed on weight lifting

I am interested to know what is the recommended speed for each repetition on weight lifting. I have noticed that doing 4 seconds (2-up 2-down) makes my muscles very big but the amount of weight I can ...
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What is good workout attire for weight lifting?

I want to know what the best practices are for workout attire, what kind of clothes should one use? Loose fitting clothing, moisture wicking etc? I'm not asking for discussion but what is commonly ...
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Changing workout routine often vs. same workout

From your experience are there any benefits of changing your workout regimen often? As in experiences in muscle growth or weight loss? I usually get in 3-4 times a week to weight lift. I'm pretty ...
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is it a bad idea to lift weights if I am feeling too sleepy?

It is late night and I am already feeling sleepy, but I don't want to skip my exercises for the day. Is it going to affect the output? I am not too worried about it, but it would be good to know.
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Is FitBit useful for weight lifting? [closed]

Does anyone have any real experience with using FitBit or any other monitor for weight lifting. I'm interested in tracking calories burned without guessing.
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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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Alternating exercises from workout to workout?

For my strength/hypertrophy based training program, I've chosen following exercises: Deadlifts (2 work sets of 4 reps) Press (3 work sets of 5) Ring Dips (3 work sets of 9) 1-Legged Squats (3 work ...
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I hurt my back from a deadlift attempt. When can I go back to weight lifting?

I hurt my lower back doing a failed deadlift attempt. Nothing terrible, but I feel a mild pain there. When can I go back to weight lifting? Similarly, my hand is sore (from a poorly done impact...) ...
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Should I take days off from working out - regardless of what my workout schedule is?

I'm currently working out where I alternate between cardio and weightlifting, and on my weightlifting days I alternate the body parts I target. Doing this I work out everyday, the idea being since ...
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Any authoritative references for strength training nutrition requirements?

Following the Starting Strength workout and reading Ripptoe's "Clarification" follow-up article, I'm realizing that nutrition is a very crucial component to weightlifting. However, the Starting ...