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Basically, you want to do compound exercises before isolation exercises. Why? Because compounds give you the most 'bang for your buck'. You could do 5 isolation exercises for your legs, or you just squat and hit all the muscles at once. Compounds also have a much better effect on the release of anabolic hormones and central nervous system activation. Some ...


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First, congratulations for taking the time to exercise. It's an achievement by itself (considering many people want to, but don't end up doing it). Second, If you really want to follow the StrongLifts 5X5 program, no, you cannot use dumbbells. You need to use a barbell and weights. Why? For one, you cannot squat with dumbbells. The core of the program ...


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The main difference in the various forms of the 'Skull Crusher' or Triceps Extension (or indeed the Bench Press) is the involvement different muscles. As you change your position relative to the direction of gravity, some muscles will have to work more, while others have to work less.Those are notably the chest muscles: Neutral Lying Triceps Extension: ...


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If you have a barbell for the other lifts (particularly squat and deadlift), then yes, dumbbell bench is fine. For most lifts, dumbbells are too difficult to properly load the movement. Bench press is a special case where the dumbbell version... can be made just as heavy as the barbell version for most people doesn't require a spotter, which the barbell ...



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