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Main difference is how deep you go. Stiff Leg Deadlift you allow your back to round a bit at the bottom, might even stand on a platform to really emphasize this. Romanian Deadlift is more of a hamstring exercise where you're emphasis is keeping your back straight and forcing your butt backwards. Ideally SLDL is completely straight though not locked out - ...


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1) Will pilates kill my gains? Because I have heard that in your rest days, you have to sit still. Otherwise, you will kill your gains. Generally on your rest days you want active rest. As such, pilates will be great. 2) Is Pilates + Weight Training a good idea? My way of thinking behind this combination is the following: I need to better my ...


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I'm going to stop you in two places. First, this line: I want to take a week or more off work, to weightlift everyday, and increase my lifts as much as I can. At maximum, and this is if you're on a great program, you'll gain 4%, tops. If you're an intermediate lifter (which I'm guessing your not just yet), you'll gain maybe 3%, tops. I squat in ...


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Whatever you decide to do should be dependent upon your training goals (eg. Training for a competition or race, etc.). Missing a training day is not the end of the world as long as it does not become a habit. Life happens, and, sometimes it impacts your training. Often, this results in “training guilt” especially if you’re a person that regularly trains. ...


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Most trainers are like that. The majority of trainers work in low-budget gyms for cheap wages in places where clients don't take their fitness too seriously. There are some great trainers out there, but you're not going to find them (for long anyway) working in a big-box gym. The really good trainers work in professional or high level amateur and academic ...


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Workout program First off, I hope you're doing more than just the 5 exercises in the article you linked to. Those exercises are indeed a good set of exercises for the upper back, but good posture is only achieved through exercising the entire body! Intensity and volume parameters When deciding your set/rep ranges, one often asks "do I want to focus on ...


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Biceps and Triceps are antagonist muscles. That means when one is the primary mover, the other simply lends stability. The concept that an exercise is for a particular muscle group simply means that the primary movers do most of the work. Because they are antagonist muscles the only thing that can hit them about the same is a static hold for time. Even ...


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The differences are really subtle, and they can be fairly exchangeable as far as training purposes go: RDL starts from a standing position (bar rests on J-hooks in between sets) Stiff Leg DL starts at the bottom position (bar rests on ground in between sets) RDL allows more bend at the knee RDL is more like a hip-hinge exercise Stiff Leg DL hits the ...


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Have you increased your water intake since you've started using protein supps? Protein can build up in your liver and can possibly reach toxic levels - this probably isn't causing your headaches, but it's good to know anyway. A lot of protein powders have contain Aspartate, which can cause migraines and headaches. Aspartate is a sweetener that's many many ...


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No, it doesn't really matter. Calories consumed is not a zero sum game, where each day the counter is reset. The quality and timing of your meals will matter much more than the day to day exact count of calories. As long as you run an overall deficit, in the long run you will lose weight. That being said, if you plan on an extremely heavy day, I would plan ...


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You've only been going to the gym for 4 weeks. It takes time to ramp up in weight, and ramping up in weight is not as important as having proper form. As long as the smaller people are using proper form, it's fine that they are using heavier weights. However, it's often the case that people use improper form and high weights, which can result in injury. I ...


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I'll just answer this from my own experience. For my job I often have to leave for a few days and can't access any strength training facilities. Worse (or better?) my job is physically demanding so I come back to town and I'm pretty beat up, sleep deprived, and didn't eat so well. It's a real drag because I can't maintain the progressive strength training ...


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I would increase the amount of exercise BEFORE the trip, since you know have a slot for recovery. Whatever workout you would do at the time of the trip, do it before instead, together with whatever you would do otherwise.


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Do I need to change the routine? No. So long you are able to progress in weights / reps / sets, you do not need to change your routine. With that said, this is called progressive overload. So long you are progressing, your workout is pretty much effective for you. You are doing pretty well except for your 3rd week. So what you could do is continue doing 70 ...


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Is this normal? Yes, it is normal. Should I be worried or are these common for anyone who does intense weight training? No, you do not need to worry about it. Good news is that these stretch mark will disappear after some time. Here are some article regarding the causes of stretch marks :- Mayoclinic Stretch marks sometimes occur during substantial ...


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Can you better describe what your goal is of becoming "more ripped"? After beginner stages of working out (which it sounds like you are past) most people trying to improve physique follow a gentle bulking & cutting cycle, which is generally found to have the best results. Bulking is slowly gaining muscle (and some fat) by eating at a caloric surplus, ...


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The question is already old, but I recently got myself faced with the same problem. Basically, the guy (Madcow) did write a few lines regarding additional exercises: For arms choose a single biceps and triceps exercise and perform them at the end once per week for 3 sets of whatever - your arms will take a beating from all the pulling and pressing ...



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