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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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5/3/1 Assistance work for deadlift and OHP

I am running 531 3 days a week, combining the OHP and the deadlift on the same day. My question is what to do for assistance work on these days? For my squat and bench I'm running boring but big, but ...
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Substituting dumbell bench press for barbell bench press

I would like to begin with the strong lifts 5x5 program. The only problem I have is the lack of a spotter or power rack for the bench press. Would it be a good idea to do dumbell bench press instead? ...
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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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Adding Strength Training to Yoga

I'm 40, Male and have been doing hot yoga (Bikram) for a few months - go 4 times a week. I guess my metabolism is slowing down and am having trouble keeping weight off and seem to be loosing muscle ...
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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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Glute exercises for someone with knee pain

I have comparatively weak gluteal muscles and need to start strengthening them up. Unfortunately, due to knee-issues, my doctor doesn't want me doing exercises where my knees go to or below parallel ...
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Are there any harmful side effects to working out just your arms?

I'm 15 years old and during the summer I've been working out with some dumbbells, and I've only been working out my arms for right now. Lately I have been feeling pain in my lower back and neck (which ...
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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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What is “overtraining” a.k.a. “CNS fatigue”?

After intense training sessions, I sometimes have the following symptoms: My mind races. I can still be functional and productive, but getting it to hold still long enough to make a simple decision ...
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Should a weight trainer assign weight per-set or per-exercise? [on hold]

When assigning weight to a routine trainers use a weight that allows them to complete the desired number of repetitions with hard work. Should trainers use the weight that makes the final repetitions ...
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Pistol Squat Progression?

Some of my coworkers and I are trying out a 30 second per hour workout routine. We're having a hard time finding bodyweight exercises for the legs that really tax the system. I'd like it if we could ...
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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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How often should one take breaks when lifting weights for muscle size gain?

All the literature seems to suggest I should do between 4 to 5 sets of bench presses, but after my third set or so, I start to feel very exhausted, often to the point where I couldn't even complete a ...
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Weight Training for Tennis

I have learnt from this site that weight training that involves lifting few repetitions (e.g. 6) of heavy weights will result predominantly in muscle strength increases, where as lifting many ...
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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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Completing all sets in a weightlifting routine

I am 22 years old, and it has been 4 days since I started to train in a gym. My weight is 60-61 kg. Currently, I am training on different gym equipment, but most important for me is weightlifting. ...
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What should i do if I miss a 5x5 session?

I just started doing the 5x5 Stronglifts workout. I ended up missing my third workout because of some personally reasons. What should I do? Should I go ahead and work out the day after I missed, or ...
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Can I lose fat but stay the same weight?

Recently I've been doing kickboxing workouts which involve high-intensity cardio with some free weights and body weight movements. This has been awesome at helping me trim down and tone up, I've gone ...
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What should I look for in a Starting Strength coach?

What should I look for in a coach? How do I find a good one? My goal is an occasional check up to help me with my form - price prevents regular sessions. I'm considering finding one of the Starting ...
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Are you prone to injury directly after weight lifting?

I'm following the Starting Strength program, and I find that I'm fine the next day, as long as I warm up each lift as he recommends. But, I find that immediately after lifting, even though I'm not in ...
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My leg pinches in to my hip when squatting

I'm doing barbell squats as described in Starting Strength. When I get to a certain depth, I feel my thigh bone (femur?) pinching up against the inside of my pelvis, and feel like I can't go any ...