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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Can someone who takes steroids get muscle mass even without lifting?

My impression given what I read on the internet about it was that steroids help your body recover much faster after workout. So for the recovering to work, you still have to damage your body in the ...
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How does Vo2max dieting differ from normal gym more endurance-training dieting? How much intake is enough?

This is my second week of vo2max training where each week has 2 rest days. I train the whole body during the week. I need to eat a lot. If I am not eating enough, catabolism wakes me up. I already ...
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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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Taking body muscle to next level

I started lifting around November 2014. I was 84Kgs and I had 30% body fat with waist line of 37 inches. I have reduced my weight to 74Kgs, body fat to 20.2% and waist to 32.6 inches. I can see ...
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RDL vs Stiff Deadlift

I started to do some Romanian Deadlifts (RDLs) in the gym yesterday when a guy came and said to me, "man, you are doing the stiff-legged deadlift wrong". Apparently those are two similar exercises, ...
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Weightlifting exercise that builds biceps and triceps?

Most of the workouts I know for biceps/triceps only involve one or the other. Never both. But if there is one out there, could someone please tell me?
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Will Pilates kill my gains?

I am planning to start pilates for better posture and also weight training. I am planning to go to pilates in my rest days. But I am concerned with two things: 1) Will pilates kill my gains? Because ...
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What's a good strength training program for a beginner? [duplicate]

What are some good strength training options for someone just starting out? Specifically related to building a solid foundation of strength across all major muscle groups.
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Taking time off work to weight lift

I need opinion / advice / information... basically, I want to take a week or more off work, to weightlift everyday, and increase my lifts as much as I can. Even during work days, I squat in the ...
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Is this overtraining?

I'm in a bulk phase, and found myself with more time in the mornings for workouts. I isolate and work specific muscle groups hard (high weight, moderate reps), 6 days a week and rest for one day. The ...
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How do I bench press safely without a spotter?

What do smart lifters do when they're working out alone and want to do benchpresses? I have a busy schedule, and it isn't practical for me to have a regular weightlifting partner. I've usually ...
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What happens to your muscles when you stop working out for several years?

I go through spurts of working out. I'll decide to get a gym membership, achieve decent results over six months, and then, for whatever reason at the time, I'll stop and won't exercise at all for ...
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Smaller size while lifting more

I've been going to gym for 4 weeks now and I've noticed that there are a lot of people there who lift way more than me yet they are smaller than me. I've talked briefly with some of them and their ...
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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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Suggestions for workout to build muscle fast after suffering from bad wrist injury?

I had a bad wrist injury that is taking about 2 months to recover. I did do some upper body during treatment, but I stopped because it hurt too much and the doctors and my friends told me not to. On ...
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Wendler's routine, should I adjust? (KG)

I am doing Wendler's routine, and am still in my first mesocycle. I hadn't progressed on other routines for six months, doing them properly, such as Stronglifts, mad cow, greyskull and a few others, ...
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Squats & Oats,Diet, and muscle mass

I've been wondering if I could do regular squats instead of squats with weights (because I have none & there's no gym near) I want to build a bigger butt but I heard that it won't work if you ...
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Diet suggestions please?

I am ripped. I did 2 hours of hard workouts/weights every day with a strict diet for 6 months. I am currently now doing weights about 5 times a week for 20-50 minutes and usually an hour and a half of ...
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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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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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What should be the volume and intensity of a posture workout program?

I am exercising to obtain a better upper back posture. Hence, I started doing upper back exercises as shown here. But the thing is, I am not sure how the intensity and volume of these exercises should ...
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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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Why does my whey protein make me feel so awful? [closed]

I have been taking a simple whey protein suplement after weight training recently, but I am having a strong reaction to it. Every time I eat/drink it I start to feel amped like I've had too much ...
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Number of reps for lean muscles

I am lady, mid- 30s and am lifting 8lbs weights doing simple exercises found on Pinterest. I'd like to get lean, beautiful muscles. So far, I do 4 reps, 2 sets. What is best number of sets to ...
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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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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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Workout effectiveness

It's my 3rd week going to gym. I'm 24 y.o. 87kg, 172cm male. Previously I only did some pull-up and dips. It's 3 times a week 1st day - chest, shoulders, biceps 2nd day - back, triceps 3rd day - ...
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Are stretch marks normal?

I'm an 18 year old athlete, 210 lbs. I work out a lot, working on gaining strength and muscle. After a really intense workout I'll get stretch marks along some of the areas that I worked such as ...
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Will training for size increase my strength?

There are a lot of suggestions to do 8-12 reps with short rest for size and less reps with longer rest for strength. Won't my strength increase if I do size workouts with gradual increase of the ...
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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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Dry land Training to Supplement Butterfly in Swimming

I am a swimmer, especially a butterflyer. I got a weight lifting set for Christmas, but I'm not entirely sure how to utilize it for butterfly, or even swimming in general. I read up on these ...
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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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Focus on body part hard on one day, or spread it over multiple days?

My current workout schedule is 5 straight days. 3 days upper body weights, 2 days elliptical and abs, alternating days. I was reading up on how alternating sets is best if you want to increase the ...
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Is there a benefit to weightlifting without pushing yourself?

Sometimes when I'm at the gym, I am not motivated enough or I don't feel energetic enough to really push myself and force myself to really struggle with those last 2-3 reps in each set. Times like ...
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Do protein shakes really damage the kidneys?

I've been reading about protein shakes, it's benefits and side effects. However i've used it many times as my post workout recovery drink. I have no doubt in the benefits i get in my protein shake, i ...
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Olympic lifting, where to start?

Where do I start with Olympic lifting, are there any starter programmes? I have been weight training 3-4 times a week now for the past three years. I'd like to start with the Olympic lifting but I'm ...
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Tricep extensions, stand up or lie down?

When performing tricep extensions, is it better to be lying flat on a bench or standing upright? Is there pros / cons that support either case? I usually perform them with both hands simultaneously, ...
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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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Will this be 'Overtraining'? [closed]

Right now I am doing a 5x5 workout 3 times a week. However I want to workout more frequently (maybe 4-5 days a week). My current workout routine is something like this: Monday (Squat, Deadlift), ...
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Shrugs - To roll or not to roll?

This is going to be a short question, because there's very little depth to it. I've been bulking lately, and to have something to focus on, aesthetically, my shoulder region is getting some love. And ...
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Is it better to overload weights on pushups or bench press for healthy shoulders?

Pushups are often recommended as a shoulder healthy alternative for training chest, so I am wondering is it better to overload weight for pushups once you can do 20+ perfect form normal pushups or is ...
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Why can't I extend forearm after working out? [closed]

I'm 14, I have a stocky body type and I wanted to get stronger for the summer To make a long story short I was lifting weights on arm day doing reverse dumbar curls for your forearms(50 lbs) It ...
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How to increase BMR by 100%?

I'm researching about how to increase BMR efficiently. (Note that BMR, not TDEE) I want to increase mine by 100% in the long term. How can I do that? A way is increasing muscle obvisously. Also we ...
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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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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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Weight Lifting adversely affecting stomach muscles?

I have a friend who used to go to gym for hours everyday and he had a great body. Then suddenly he started experiencing pain in his stomach area. So he visited a doctor who told him that there is a ...
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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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If my lower back feels tired after squats, am I doing something wrong?

When I squat, I tend to squat very deeply. Lately I've been noticing that my lower back feels a bit worn out afterwards. It doesn't hurt - I don't feel like I've injured my back, but it feels like ...
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How to deal with aggressive knurling?

My EZ bar has excessive knurling that is quite painful for my hands. Is there a product to deal with it, other than wearing gloves? I was thinking some kind of wrap, similar to that used to wrap a ...
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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 ...