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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Importance of short rest times between sets

What are the benefits of taking shorter rest times in between sets? If I am capable of doing an extra rep or two if I rest for 1 minutes instead of resting for 30 seconds, which is more beneficial?
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Optimal exercises for an abdominal workout

In response to this answer, I was curious what exercises specifically target the abdominal muscles. Answers given so far include: Works abs directly: leg raises rollout Indirectly: squats My ...
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How do I remove and prevent calluses from weightlifting?

When I am lifting weights, I noticed that there are calluses that form at the base of the fingers. I am fine with them but sometimes the start to dry up and peel. Is there a way to remove them? ...
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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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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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Why is it dangerous to swing a weight?

I am aware that swinging weights does not optimally activate the targeted muscle, but I do not understand why everybody says you can get hurt swinging a weight. Athletes in other sports have been ...
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Is increasing resistance the only possibility to build more muscle mass?

I've often read and heard that you can only build more muscle-mass (get stronger), if you continuously increase the resistance weights (e.g. here). But for me, it's the case that I'm often not able ...
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What are the best ways to deal with headphone cords while exercising?

I'm looking to buy a new set of headphones; I don't care much about audio quality, so I use the same pair of headphones for running and normal use, and prefer the kind of earbuds that slip over the ...
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Running shoes vs barefoot: which is better for squat and dead lift?

This answer mentions that you shouldn't do squat exercises in running shoes. Why is that? I don't feel like performing squats and dead lifts with running shoes are creating any issues for me, but ...
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Any trick to make going to the gym less intimidating?

I went to the gym last week, and the experience was quite intimidating. Everyone there was a regular, who knew exactly what to do, whereas I was a newcomer who tried to understand how the equipment ...
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How to strengthen my wrists?

While my wrists are fine in general, some of the more strenuous exercises I (try to) do are painful sometimes; for example, one-armed pushups. I used to have more problems, even when doing pull ups ...
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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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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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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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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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What is the correct form for a deadlift?

I asked my gym instructor to check my deadlift form last night and he said I was doing it wrong. According to him: My hips were too low at the starting position - he says the hips should be as high ...
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How to replace the post-workout protein shake?

I always heard that the post-workout protein shake is the most crucial time to take fast-absorbing whey protein. I can't take a post-workout shake for these reasons: I live 30 minutes away from the ...
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How much should I spend for olympic weights?

I'm willing to start some serious training at home. I'm totally new to weight lifting, but I'd still prefer to buy quality long-lasting equipement from the start, instead of wasting money into cheap ...
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Sleepiness after weightlifting but only after taking a week-long break

I've been lifting weights since January 2010. I typically follow one routine for six weeks and then take a week (sometimes two) off before starting a modified routine. What I've noticed is that ...
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Cardio vs. Weight lifting. Which one is better for losing weight?

Cardio burns more calories during the exercise, but weight-lifting builds more muscle which in turn raises your RMR (Resting Metabolic Rate). I have a little over an hour to workout each day during ...
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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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Improving my Bench Press - what muscles are used during what phase?

I'm looking to improve my bench press and I'm having trouble about 1/4 way off my chest - can someone describe what muscles are primarily activated during each phase (break the movement down to 1/4's ...
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What weight lifting belt would you recommend? [closed]

I'm currently using a good, but cheap, weight lifting belt - and looking to upgrade. I heard that one that is the same width all around is the best. Can you recommend a good one/brand.
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Avoiding hernia

Are there any precautions for avoiding hernia when performing weightlifting? When doing exercises at the preacher curl bench, it feels as if my organs are strained. Can weightlifting belts aid in ...
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Sport Specific Lifts - Tennis

I joined, for the first time, a summer tennis league this year. I do a small amount of weight training still and would like to focus my lifting sessions more toward functional lifts that might ...
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Effective warm-up before weight lifting circuit

What's the most effective warm-up before doing my weight lifting circuit? Is it better to warm up by doing 10 minutes on the elliptical cross-trainer or by doing a set using a light weight before ...
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Buying barbell / rack

I want to buy a barbell and a squat rack so I can lift at home but looking around there's so many to choose from its overwhelming. I just need to know: Which brands are trusted and recommended? ...
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Bench Pressing vs. Push-ups

Does bench pressing work out the same muscles as push-ups? If not, What's the difference?
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Should I Be Discouraged if my Muscles Aren't Sore After Exercise?

A day or two after exercise my muscles will sometimes be sore, "wonderfully sore" I'll say. I think this is common, and I know I've done a good workout when this happens. But sometimes, my muscles ...
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I feel sleepy while doing weight training

Sometimes, I feel sleepy when I am doing my weight training. Is this natural? It doesn't happen all the time, only sometimes, I feel so tired that I feel like sleeping immediately afterwards.
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What are some good alternative shoes for strength training?

According to this article, the principles for a good weight lifting shoe has the following properties: Not slippery Incompressible soles Excellent support Snug fit Among the cheapest alternatives ...
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barbell squat wrist problems

One of the aspects that the Starting Strength book emphasizes a good deal is that the wrists should be straight when doing the squat (see point 3, as well as the wrists of the guy in all the cartoons ...
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Troubleshooting “Body By Science” workout

I've been doing a workout inspired by Body By Science for the last 5 weeks. I can't do the whole book justice in a quick post, but in a nutshell it recommends doing a single set of 3-5 exercises ...
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does muscle build differently after 40?

I've heard than muscle builds at a different speed in people over forty and that it's necessary to use weights in a different way - specifically, with less weight and in shorter sets - for that ...
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How to establish a beginning weight program?

Background After a long time being sedentary and amassing about 299 lbs peak, I decided to get serious about getting healthy. I first attacked my weight by diet and got down to about 210 lbs. Next ...
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Bicep curls, forearm down

What does doing bicep curls with forearms facing down achieve? It seems that forearms facing up (standard way most people do them) exercise the "outer" bicep, while forearms facing down exercises an ...
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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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My wrists and fore-arms hurt, what should I do?

I weight lifts daily and also do parkour and I tend to have problems with my wrists and forearms (edit: specifically it's my right wrist and my left forearm. my left wrist is completely OK and my ...
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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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Aerobic VS Aerobic + Weight lifting

I've been doing lots of aerobic exercise to lose weight: almost 2 hours of vigorous boxing three times a week. I now want to dedicate more time to my regimen: should I complement that exercise with ...
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Are “fast-twitch” and “slow-twitch” muscles actual scientific terms? If so, are they useful for the strength trainer?

When I first started to strength train in high school, one of the first things I remember reading in the weight room was this giant chart that highlighted areas of so-called fast-twitch and ...
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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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When do you recommend using a belt for deadlifts?

I've been trying to dead lift heavier (up to 380), but seem to have reached a plateau...the biggest obstacles seem to be my grip strength (thinking of using straps) and pressure on the lower back. Is ...
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How much protein should I eat on off-days?

I'm aware that eating protein is important on the day of your weight lifting session. The most important time to eat protein is right after the session. But I've never heard advice on when to eat and ...
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Change grip between sets?

Is it useful to change the grip between sets? If I'm doing lat pulldown or seated rows, is it helpful to switch from narrow to wide grip between sets? Or am I diluting the value of doing multiple ...
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How long should a person stick to the same weightlifting routine?

I have heard various opinions on how long a person should stick to a weightlifting routine before changing it up. Some have mentioned 8 weeks, others 12 weeks. How long should duration be? Also, ...
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strengthing and improving flexibility in heels

I've got one of those lazy "Ididntexerciseinalongtime" heels which is causing improper form on my squats. I've spoken to some knowledgeable fellas at my gym and they pinpointed my weakness in my ...
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Shoes for Weightlifting

What shoes have you found to be most effective for exercises like squats and deadlifts etc.?
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Muscle building exercises without looking like the Hulk, think toned and defined

I'm looking to tone my body up and build muscle, but don't want to look like the Hulk or the chicken-legged guys with a huge upper body. I would like to target: Upper Body Lower Body Mid area ...