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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Why do front squats hurt my knees?

Every time I do front squats my knees hurt the next day. Well I shouldn't say hurt, but I certainly feel some discomfort in them. I know that without a from check video it would be hard to say what ...
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Optimal set of barbell plates

Currently, I'm doing squats with 180kg and I'm afraid that my 25-mm barbell won't handle any more plates (it's rated as 100kg max :)). So I'm going to buy an olympic barbell and a set of plates, ...
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Is it sets per muscle or sets per exercise?

When doing an exercise with the goal in mind of doing 5 sets per exercise, are those 5 sets for the muscle or for the exercise? Meaning as follows; if i want to do both flat and incline bench presses ...
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Core training on “rest” days

I started a gym routine 2 months ago consisting of just Pull-ups, Bench presses, Squats(with barbell), Dead-lifts and Military Presses And for the abs Hanging L raises, Russian twists and planks. I ...
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Is it better to reschedule workout than skip it?

I go to gym 3 days a week on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday (chest, shoulders, biceps/back, triceps/legs). This Friday, however, I'm going to leave the city till the next Tuesday. Is it better to ...
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Should we do running and lifting on the same day or on different days?

While putting dishes from dish washer into the cabinets my arms got tired! So time to go back to gym and exercise! If I want to start for the first few weeks with moderate running in target heart zone ...
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What is the minimum amount of time someone might need for muscles to recover?

I know there have been answers to this question, but I'm looking for something specific. The workout has just been completed. Now, what is the minimum amount of time required for the muscle group ...
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What are the different repetition ranges and for what use?

I read many times here about repetition ranges but I never understood their idea. Why are there different ranges? What are they? And for what purpose should one do? Also how much weight should one ...
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Dumbbell lifts vs Smith Machine lifts

The gym that I am a member of does not have any barbell free weight equipment, only dumbbells and the bar in the Smith machine (as well as other equipment such as cable machines, machines for specific ...
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What exercises can I do to improve the muscles supporting the thoracic spine?

I have a desk job and I notice quite a bit of stiffness around the upper spine. I remember hearing in an episode of Barbell Shrugged that the number one reason people end up in nursing homes is loss ...
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Is it okay to lift weights daily?

I used to live a sedentary life behind the desk. This year, I decided to change my lifestyle. I'm 6ft; I started with 236lbs on January 1st and currently weigh about 215lbs. What I do is simple: ...
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Performance standards for curls and other small muscle exercises

The Weightlifting Performance Standards by Dr Kilgore are quite motivating, giving targets to aim for and a sense of accomplishment when a level is reached. I appreciate that these charts are based ...
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How to get out of a Work Out Funk?

Currently I've been working out about 4-5 days a week trying to get in about 6-7 different lifts in per day. Focusing on a major muscle group each day for example Legs day 1, Arms day 2, chest day 3 ...
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Weight training starter,can not do chin up.

I have been going to a gym for last three weeks (3-4 times in a week). During the first two weeks, I have done some cardio, push-ups, chest exercises, pull overs, and push-up dips. And now my ...
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Is it Necessary to Make Noise While Deadlifting Or Wear A Belt

Background I've been deadlifting for about a year at home and have managed to have a 1RM of 405 lbs (more than twice my body weight). Because I had no intention of disturbing my downstairs neighbors, ...
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Can muscle become “adapted” to one kind of exercise?

I have a gym at my house and i mostly workout alone, my brother who was been doing workouts for long time taught me some exercises. If I do mostly the same exercises for each body part (biceps, ...
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Is my training volume too large for optimal gains

I lift weights about three times a week, I don't do splits, always full-body. Here's what a typical lifting sessions looks like for me: 5 min warmup 4*5 pullups 10*3 or 5*5 bench press 3+3+1+1+1+3 ...
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cardio before or after weights?

145 pounds, 170cm tall, female. been doing cardio & weight lifting for 2 months with good diet, goal is to lose body fat and gain muscle. what is the science behind doing weights before/after ...
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I want to incorporate barbell front squats into my workouts, does anyone have good tips for doing it correctly?

I wanted to try using front squats in my workouts. They always seemed technically tough to me and a bit intimidating, does anyone have good tips on how to perform them properly? For front squats, I ...
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Can StrongLifts be modified to be just as effective with light weight?

Allow me to inject some context. I'm sure some of you saw my post about the hemorrhoid. I went and found out that it was thrombosed and this morning I had the blood clot removed. The doctors said that ...
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Elbow Tendonitis

I lift Heavy (amateur strongman). I have been struggling with tendonitis in my left elbow. I believe I have the cause narrowed down to my squatting. I am currently doing my 5x5 at around 500 lbs. ...
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How best to apply TUT theory?

I've read a few articles that the best way to gain muscle is Time under Tension (TUT) - none of the articles recommended whether it was TUT with heavy weights low reps or light weights and high ...
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Gym has max 30 kgs dumbbells; how to progress?

My local gym has dumbbells up to 30 kgs. I can bench several multiples of that. How to do progressive flys and DB presses with this limitation? (There is a pec fly machine, but it tops out at 80 kgs) ...
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Will the push/pull machine at the gym cause imbalance?

There is a machine at my gym that uses push on one arm and pull on the other. My concern is that one arm will have a bigger tricep than the other one and the other arm will have a bigger bicep than ...
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New to fitness. Joined Gym. Trainer is always busy. What do I do?

I joined Gym recently. The trainers dont help much. I was given a card with what exercises to do (2 day split with cardio). I do not know how to operate the machines. No one helps. I would love to do ...
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good recovery workout to burn a lot of calories during strength training?

I'm doing a strength training program, like stronglifts 5x5. I squat 3 times per week, my upper body exercises include bench, overhead press, weighted pullups, and barbell rows. I used to do track and ...
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Are there benefits in having a post workout shake before a workout?

I usually workout at 12pm, take a PWO afterwards, and then lunch. It just occurred to me that I'm taking PWO 50 grams of protein + 30 in a meal in a very close proximity, and the body can probably ...
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What is the etiquette for sharing a power rack?

My gym has a set of three racks in a corner: one squat rack sandwiched between two power racks. Both of the power racks have their platform continue behind the back of the rack itself, allowing two ...
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Is there any benefit to being more flexible than is necessary to reach position?

Klokov posted a video on youtube a while ago showing his flexibility during warmup. He's obviously much more flexible than is necessary to reach a snatch position. Does this degree of flexibility ...
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Muscles fibres, hypertrophy and energy systems

I've asked a few questions on this site about, and have been doing some reading, on: muscle fibre types (slow twich and fast twitch) hypertrophy (myofibrillar and sarcoplasmic) energy systems ...
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How effective are Kneeling Cable Crunches?

They're not the most well-known ab isolation exercise, but they are documented on exrx and Icecream Fitness 5x5 recommends them as the only ab isolation needed in the routine. Does anyone know/have ...
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Increasing Weight : Plateau stage

I have been working out since 3 months. My weight, from that time, has increased 3 kgs. But now, since two weeks, the weight has been constant. My trainer told me that perhaps I have hit my plateau ...
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How important is it to gain weight for weightlifting (build muscles)?

since a year i go to the fitness-center, first once a week, since 4 months i'm trying to strictly go 2 (or 3) times per week. there i train multiple things (biceps, triceps, back, belly, shoulders, ...
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daily upper body weightlifting?

What is a good upper body weightlifting routine that I could do daily to gain muscle without leaving a day for rest in between? How can I split upper body exercises in 2 halves so that I let the rest ...
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Deadlifting yesterday gave me pain in my lats. What is the proper posture for deadlifting to avoid this?

Yesterday I did deadlifts in my workout, then I got pain in my lat muscles and also in the thigh. I think this was caused by wrong posture which also can lead to back problems. But I don't know the ...
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What is a good progression to using a dip/pull up belt

I do 5 sets of 10-15 reps of pull ups using a 20lb weight vest. I'm looking to focus on strength and just ordered a dip/pull up belt to add plates. What's a good progression to add strength? Should I ...
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Is it true that the body gets used to diet and exercise after a while and stops responding?

I am currently reading a book called "The Body Sculpting Bible for Men" by James Villepigue and Hugo Rivera. In it the author claims that when you start dieting your body receives a shock from the ...
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Post workout - workout, is it really helping?

I have a 3-4 day a week weight workout plan, each day focuses on squats, bench press or deadlifts as the primary and some auxiliary exercises (overhead press, crunches, etc.). I've recently added ...
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Stretches to help recovery after weight lifting

I've read that stretching after a session of weight lifting can help with recovery time. Is this true? It seems counter-intuitive to me as any real weight lifting session will result in micro-tears ...
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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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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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Supersets vs Exercise to failure

One of the approaches for gaining muscle mass is to do exercises to failure. Obviously some of the exercises can be quite dangerous if doing them without a spotter, like bench-presses. Others can be ...
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Is it necessary to alternate the mixed grip for deadlifts?

When I deadlift, I'm using left hand over, right hand under. Are there any differences if I switch the hands? Are there any benefits to switching or cons to not switching?
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Calories consumed on workout days vs. off days

I've read this post but I'm still a bit confused. If my bmr is approximately 2500 calories and I'm looking to loose weight by having a caloric deficit and 3500/week deficit goal, should I be ...
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Basic compound lift based workout composition and scheduling

I'm 25 years old , 5 feet 11 inches tall and weigh 235 pounds. Over the last couple of months I have been following a 4 day workout program based on the following schedule : Monday : Chest Tuesday ...
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How to get definition in the outer calves

I've been doing sitting/standing/donkey calf raises as accessory lifts on my leg days, but am worried that I'm primarily hitting the inner calf muscle (medial head of the gastrocnemius muscle). Are ...
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What's a good snack or meal to have before weightlifting?

When I haven't lifted weights in a while, I often get nauseous during my workout, usually causing me to not finish it. I read that eating properly before going to the gym may help avoid this. Has ...
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Mixing high intensity and high volume in a single session

It seems to be generally agreed upon that high intensity (i.e. heavy weights) for fewer reps, tends to make you stronger, while high volume (i.e. less weight) for more reps, tends to make you bigger ...
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For lying leg curls, should the pelvis tilt or be neutral?

If it does tilt, which way? This is on a flat bench. The reason I ask is that I am recruiting lower back muscles and glute muscles instead of just hamstrings, and a pelvic tilt shifts the focus to ...
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Sprinting and weight lifting

TL:DR I want to do one day weights, next day sprint, repeat. Viable? Is lifting weights every second day, and sprinting every alternate second day a viable plan? I am 6ft tall at 78kg(172lb), ...