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Welcome to the community! As you may know, the glutes are the largest and most powerful muscles in the human body. Some exercises, if performed with proper form, simply can't be done without major glute activation. Based on your complaints, here are a few of things I've identified that are standing in the way of you getting the results you want with your ...


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I would recommend you take a look at what body parts you think you need to improve, and, place priority on them by performing exercises that target those muscles first. Some studies have shown that greater strength and muscular size gains are achievable with exercises placed near the beginning of a program. A 2012 study entitled Exercise Order in ...


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I have not tried out 5x5 training myself but it consists of two full body-workouts: Workout A: Squat, Bench Press, Barbell Row Workout B: Squat, Overhead Press, Deadlift, You train three times a week, alternating workout A and B, and resting at least one day between two workouts. You never train two days in a row because your body needs days ...


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For most trainees, the best way to develop strength is to perform a few high-quality reps of compound lifts at a high percentage of the maximum you can lift in that exercise. There are many confounding factors but that's the foundation. Therefore, most strength programs emphasize 1-5 repetition sets where the amount lifted is close to your repetition maximum ...


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People all learn things differently. Some may be able to figure out a complex movement from just a diagram, whereas others might need a video, and then there are those that learn simply by doing. Regardless of your particular brand of learning, however, there are two things that will remain constant: Form / safety always comes first. Practice makes ...


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The reasoning behind keeping your shins vertical is this: Moving the shin angle to 90 degrees relative to the floor allows the shin bone and the thigh bone to roll atop one another, reducing stress, says physical therapist Dr. Charlie Weingroff. --LiveStrong.com Many people probably do this poorly because they haven't learned to hip hinge. I would ...


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I have used the Single Leg Dumbbell Lift (SLDL) extensively during the last year to improve running performance. In my opinion, there IS a correct technique to this exercise that is motivated by the GOAL of the exercise. In my case, the primary goal of this exercise was to improve lateral stability and balance throughout the ankle, knee, and hip, while ...


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I am a BKA and am starting to experience lower back pain. I suspect it is due to several factors: my prosthesis (it's a good one, but still a prosthesis), bed, and my balance is lacking too. I am active, as I work hard, in a high paced environment, walking, lifting, and loading are regular occurrences, although I realized in the last few years my balance ...


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"Speed is often confused with anticipation. Players who start to run earlier appear faster." Johan Cruyff quote, European Soccer Player of 20th Century. Research documents that in soccer and other "invasion games" like basketball, lacrosse, field hockey, etc. almost all players stare at the player in possession 54 out of every 60 seconds and see teammates, ...


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It is absolutely impossible to eliminate body fat in "only one place". Lifting weights has no connection to eliminating body fat. Lifting weights makes your muscles larger (which is totally fantastic) but has no connection to eliminating body fat. The only way to eliminate body fat is via diet. Body fat is simply caused by eating carbohydrates, which ...


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I agree with above answers that there no way to target belly fat. But four keys that control stomach fat are exercise, diet, sleep, and stress management. With a regular routine exercises such as walking, jogging and other cardio exercises, approximately 20 minutes per day. With a proper and balanced diet, a good sleep and a decrease of stress in your life ...


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I'm not sure what you mean by a tuck from the abs but you will inevitably have to crunch more the further you roll out. That said, the crunch shouldn't come at the expense of a straight back. When I first started with the ab-wheel I had very poor form and routinely let my back sag once I got above 3 or 4 reps. My coach was able to correct this by teaching ...


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Please learn the difference between assistance work, accessory work, and rehab work. Cuban rotation is not a strength exercise, and therefore should not be done in order to improve strength. If you want shoulder strength, stick with strict presses. I don't remember seeing any Cuban rotations in Mark Rippetoe or Jim Wendler's work. You should start doing ...


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If you are looking to "turn your pear (shaped behind) into a sweet tight peach," as Callan Pinckney puts it, you may find Callanetics or Pure Barre helpful. See this q/a. These exercises use small repetitive isometrics that give a higher more compact buttocks. They also target the core muscles. Here is an example of one of the exercises targeting the ...


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First of let's get the terminology out of the way. When you write "set", do you actually mean "number of muscles trained"? What one set really mean is that you lift and put down the weight repeatedly until you can't anymore and have to rest. That's one set and if that's all you do per muscle in a week, you're not doing nearly enough work. Or do you mean ...


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There is no such thing as a 'correct' routine. Workout plans should be made according to targets, and knowledge of how to hit those targets. The problem is that many different people will suggest different plans to hit those targets. This is because there is some disagreement whether any approach is sure to work for all people. For this reason there are some ...


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Working out a muscle once per week is actually common, but you need to put a large volume of training on it. 9 sets of 10 per muscle per week is a rule of thumb I've read, and it applies to both a 3-split and whole-body.


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Where are you doing this exercise? On the bar or bench. I suggest you doing it on the bench like the second picture because when you hang from the bar you swing back and forth and thats not good for core strengthening. You see that woman is stable because she found multiple bars, so she is not swinging. Doing it like her is okay highly recommended. Upper ...


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Squat: It seems like the weight is really light for you, you're bouncing around pretty fast. Your depth is great. Read up on butt wink, because you've definitely got that going on. I can see your toes dancing around a bit which is great because it means you're driving through your heels. Bench: As Dave said, you're really light on that lift. I think a ...


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These all look fairly correct. Minor Corrections Squat: Mostly fine. Stay tight. Keep your chest up. Barbell row: Mostly fine. Bench: can't really tell, mostly fine. Overhead press: mostly fine, can't really tell. Deadlift: Mostly fine. I'd focus a bit more on setting your lower back position before each rep. Also, there is no reason for you to alternate ...


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There are many ways to press a weight overhead. What you describe are a (1) a specific trick used in several overhead press styles, called a 'lay back' or a 'lumbar tilt' (it's unclear from your description which you're using) and (2) a strict military press: This is where it all began, in about 1920, with only the del­toids doing the work. You can­not ...


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Overhead press can be very demotivating if done right, because the right way is heavier. What happens when you lean back, is that the chest muscles assist more, and chest muscles are predominantly stronger than the shoulder muscles, by virtue of being larger and more frequently used in general. The lean-back however, can damage your spine in the long run. ...


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There are two differences with the hamstring curl. To target the two hamstring groups separately (the lateral biceps femoris or the medial semitendinosus and semimembranosus) you don't vary the width of your feet, but the angle of your feet. If you want to engage the biceps femoris more, then angle your feet outward, while keeping the legs parallel. If ...


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Multiple sets that follow a proven training schedule. "Massive strength gains" are what every professional athlete and training team are looking for. The bros on bodybuilding.com and lurking in gyms across the world constantly think that they have unearthed the secret sauce to sick gainz, forgetting that there really are professional athletic organizations ...


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Dumbbell Rows and Deadlifts have helped me while shoveling. Also a strong core is going to be huge in the overall movement. Try Cable Choppers for core development, single arm rows, or conventional deadlifts. You could also push a sled with 45 lb plates on it. I forget what they are called, but that should give you that positional form similar to ...


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I do something like this version of the dumbbell hang clean. Essentially: Stand up with the dumbbells at your sides or in front of you. Bend forward, maintaining the natural curve of the spine. This is also called a "flat back" or a natural back arch. Don't let the shoulders shrug forward and don't curl your back forward. When the dumbbells are just ...


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Rather than trying to learn the perfect form for all the exercises at the same time (probably exhausting yourself in the process), how about either Learning the perfect form for a couple of exercises and repeating those until you can naturally perform them without overly thinking. OR Learning the basic form for each exercise and repeating those. After ...


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Broadly speaking, two things: one, there may be a difference in total volume (60 reps at that weight versus 61 reps at that weight; in this case it's negligible but in other cases it can be substantial), two, you get the benefits and drawbacks of going to failure when you go to failure and not when you don't. Going to failure--that is, doing reps until you ...


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It's doubtful your heart rate was in sync; you can't really state that without monitoring. You can measure your stride: it's usually around 160 (strides per minute), with a lot of conventional running gurus touting 180 as better for a variety of reasons. Your breathing and stride can be matched up and this whole thing is known as locomotor-respiratory ...


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As in Pilates, Here are parts of core engagement -- 1) Pelvic floor -- contract them 2) Glutes -- narrow sits bones / squeeze glutes 3) Inner thighs should be strong and heavy 4) Abs -- Suck the tummy in, all the way 5) Ribcage -- narrow the ribcage inwards or tuck the ribcage(this makes upper abs engaged)



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