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Working out for aesthetic purposes: building muscle mass, cutting weight (especially fat), creating desired body proportions.

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Question about the time needed for carb loading in bodybuilding

I am preparing for a photoshoot on Sunday, and have been depleting my carbohydrates and drinking a lot of water while doing glycogen depleting workouts this past week, as I see is often suggested ...
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On what should a deadlift beginner try to improve?

I've been doing Deadlifts for 2 months now and I wanted to get some opinions on my Form (or if I should mainly focus on improving). I think that my lower back looks weird but maybe its just a layer of ...
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Why is (said to be) safe to posteriorly tilt the pelvis in hip thrust?

There are many people showing images and videos in which posterior pelvic tilt is suggested to maximize the glutes activation in some exercises. One of this is hip thrust. Since glutes may ...
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Why is it said that a thumbless grip shifts the tension away from the forearms?

I've read and I've been told that using a thumbless grip, especially in pull-ups and pull-down: It allows lessening the load on the forearm muscles and better targeting of the bigger back muscles – ...
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Why should the knee point outwards in squat?

it's known and written everywhere that knee valgus in squat is bad. But I still haven't found a mechanical explanation of this, and even the best knee setup is not clearly described by most guides (...
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Why isn't a problem to arch the upper/middle back in many exercises?

it is known that keeping a neutral lower back under load is crucial to avoid injuries and/or low back pain. This because both an overextended back or a flat/flexed back squeeze the spinal discs, as ...
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How can we be in balance while performing the barbell hack squat?

Unlike conventional squat and deadlift, in the barbell hack squat the barbell won't be over our midfoot. How can we balance properly? I've seen also that some people start with the barbell on a ...
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How can we prevent shoulder impingement in the overhead press?

Here it is written, about the Overhead Press, that At the bottom position, you need to be initiating the press in something called the scapular plane. Such that at the bottom position your elbows are ...
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Why should we put our feet forward in Smith Machine Squat?

Here (and elsewhere) this statement is written about the difference between a standard barbell squat and a smith machine squat: One major difference between the barbell squat and the Smith machine ...
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How to rack/unrack the barbell properly in bench press

I have seen in my gym plenty of people unracking/racking the barbell like Jeremy Ethier in the following picture. He has the bar exactly above his eyes. But when I bench press, I don't feel safe when ...
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Holding breath vs Inhaling in Eccentric and Exhaling in concentric

There are plenty of guides about heavy lifting which suggest to hold the breath to help brace the core. Here there is an example with squat. Picture taken from here. Many people agree with this as it ...
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Why should we start a pull-up with already retracted shoulder-blades?

in this video about pull-ups it is suggested to depress and retract the shoulder-blades before starting a pull-up (and keeping them depressed and retracted during the whole exercise). Well, I'd like ...
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Which is the proper grip for dumbbell biceps curl?

is it better for dumbbell biceps curl: a high palm grip (such as that of deadlift) a bulldog low palm grip (such as that of bench press and overhead press) a traditional low palm grip My opinion: ...
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What are some studies about the optimal diet plan for muscle building? [duplicate]

Most fitness magazines and sites advise to eat 6 times per day and consume huge amounts of protein, usually 1 gram per pound, but I have seen suggestions like 2-3 grams per pound which is way too much....
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Do clicking, ticking sounds in the shoulder affect muscle hypertrophy/growth?

When doing lateral raises, my left shoulder makes a clicking/ticking sound. It seems like the muscles of my upper extremity are rubbing against each other, and sometimes they are in a knot, and when ...
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Resistance band chest press

I am trying out resistance band workouts. I am fairly experienced using barbells and dumbbells. While trying chest press using a band, I feel my triceps more than my chest. What could be possibly ...
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Cast iron plates seem heavier than rubber coated

It is strange but I noticed cast iron plates seem heavier than rubber coated plates. Weight plates in my gym are rubber coated. I have bought some weights for home workout. But the same weight feels ...
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Squat with hip pain [closed]

I have an abductor strain/inflammation and wondering what kinds of exercises I could do for my legs to continue bodybuilding. I've seen adduction strains online but I can't find any tips on abduction. ...
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Lats and Traps role in depressing shoulder blades

here it's written that shoulder blades depression is performed by the following muscles: Latissimus Dorsi Pectoralis Major Pectoralis Minor Subclavius Serratus Anterior Trapezius (lower part) Let's ...
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Benefits/Cons of doing a full body workout vs bro split?

What are the pros/cons of doing a full-body workout consisting of deadlifts, squats, rows, pullups, chest presses every session? How is it better/worse than focusing on a single body part (bro split)?
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Which is the role of biceps in a pull-up/chin-up?

I want to understand which is the precise role of biceps in a pull-up. Here it's written that; The pull-up is a closed-chain movement where the body is suspended by the hands and pulls up. As this ...
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Which is the role of the chest in push-ups?

As simple as it may be, I find it so difficult to understand which is the chest role in a push-up (and so I don't have the proper mind-muscle connection on how activate my chest). Chest, as said here, ...
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Which is the proper final position in squat?

I struggle with understanding which is the proper final position of squat. Here this position is proposed: It's written that it's crucial to: lock the knees (i.e. having straight legs) lock the hips ...
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Is it correct to shrug during barbell row?

I have some doubts about how the trapezius is involved in barbell row. I'm a newbie in weight-lifting so I'm sorry if I won't be very accurate. What I mean with shrug I mean when your trapezius ...
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Why is posterior pelvic tilt safe in plank and hip thrusts?

It's known that in almost all bodybuilding exercises we shouldn't anteriorly or posteriorly tilt the pelvis since an excessive load (provided by some additional weights but also by our body weight) ...
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How does back extension work?

Why is "back extension" exercise called "back extension"? Let's consider the following picture taken from here: Well, in this picture I cannot appreciate any back extension. What ...
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Why is “squeezing your abs” advised even for exercise where there is high risk of posterior pelvic tilt?

It's known that squeezing the abs is one of the most important rule of (to my knowledge) all workout exercises, especially with weights The reason of this is the ability of ths abs to stabilize the ...
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Why is “squatting the deadlift” bad?

In this article the author explains why squatting the deadlift (i.e. deadlifting with a too upright posture) is bad. He writes: This in turn both creates unfavourable leverages that cause more ...
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Why should the shoulder blades be protracted (at the top) in push - ups while in bench press not?

here (and somewhere else) it is written that: At the top of the push-up, your shoulder blades should be fully protracted—moving your shoulder blades away from the spine. As you descend, they will ...
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Dumbbell bench press: how to get into position

when I practice dummbbell bench press, I'm afraid more of how to get into the right position than how to perform the exercise. Precisely, these are the steps that should be performed (images taken ...
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Is sugar really the enemy? [closed]

I have been researching online a lot regarding the truth of sugar and there's so many mixed opinion. I was hoping for some objective opinion regarding the matter and hopefully backed with scientific ...
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How long should I rest after doing an exhaustive exercise?

I am trying to grow muscle mass (I'm thin but not like a skeleton or something), but unfortunately every gym in my country is closed, so I am just training at home. By "training" I mean ...
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Reasons to train lower body

Why train legs? As an Olympic lifter this sounds like a ridiculous question to me, because that's just about all I do. However, when met with this question, I couldn't find any non aesthetics based ...
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Power Clean basic guide

this topic doesn't want to be a professional guide to power cleans, since it's so complicate for a newbie like me. However, in my life there were plenty of situations in which I needed to lift a ...
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Biceps and Triceps exercises: are both involved?

let's consider these two famous exercises: triceps pull-down, and biceps curl Both the exercises have the same starting and ending positions, and even the movement is the same: it's basically a ...
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Do strongman and powerlifters have more muscles than bodybuilders

Strongman and powerlifters are stronger than bodybuilders. And they are heavier. But the extra weight can't simply just be fat? If it were just fat, then they wouldn't be stronger than the bodybuilder....
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How does a 125# stack have 300# resistance?

How does a 125# stack have 300# resistance? I've asked this question again and again, but I've still never gotten an answer to my question. I understand the "band" type because as the band ...
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How am I gaining muscle but not weight? [closed]

I am 19, 67kg and have been training for around 3-4 years so I am not a ‘newbie’. I am gaining muscle however whenever I weigh myself, I gain very little to no weight at all? I am confused as to where ...
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What is the optimal length and amount of sessions per week for optimal muscle gain?

For maximum muscle gain, one is recommended to do 3-5 sets 8-12 reps, the less reps the more strength training it becomes. Now in regard to the number of sessions per week and the length of sessions I ...
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Has the relation between clomid and muscle gain been shown scientifically

Are there any scientific studies that show any correlation (or show a lack of correlation) with taking clomid for muscle gains. There are plenty that show it raising your T levels, and people have ...
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Deadlift and scapular retraction

most of the people say it's wrong to do the scapular retraction (by squeezing blades) during deadlifts. This and this are two references which explain that scapular retraction is not advised because: ...
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Bulking up in maintainance calories

As an intermediate individual in fitness with decent bit of muscle definition and body fat, I was hoping to bulk up. However, I fear that with with a surplus I might end up gaining unnecessary fat ...
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How can I achieve a body that is skinny but ripped? (Model body, Swimmer body)

I have recently been working out lately to begin a career in modeling, and I was curious as to how I can achieve a bigger body than what I am currently at right now which is around 135 lbs and a low ...
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High pull as a mass builder

I was looking for a lift to hit upper back and I found a T Nation article about high pull. My purpose is to build muscle mass in an optimal way but I don't care about explosive power or Olympic lifts. ...
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Protecting upper and lower back during many exercises

I have always been told that in many bodybuilding exercises (for instance chest and back exercises, but also squat, deadlift etc) it's very important to protect the back through the scapular adduction ...
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What are risks of bodybuilding? [closed]

Are there any risks of bodybuilding? Every exercise has it's features, and bodybuilding has it's too. What are risks that these features could possibly cause? Or risks from other than these features? ...
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Does protein intake make you fat, especially after stop hitting a gym?

These are just anecdotes: My friend's brother stopped going to the gym, and his body went fatter than before. He claimed that it's because the protein shakes. Another friend of mine has a housemate ...
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Is protein intake before workout useful?

So to give a little concept: My schedule: 8:30 AM I start working 9:00 AM I eat breakfast like a salad with chicken (approx 15-20g protein). 13:00 PM Rice with chicken and veggies (30-45g) 15:00 PM ...
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Replacing top poly exercises because of herniated discs

I have herniated discs at the bottom of my back. I can't do OHP, or even horizontal unilateral dumbells rowing from now. I can't do kettlebell flexion of my top body for side abs for example. I think ...
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How many percentage of my total needs of protein and carb must i use in pre-workout and post workout?

Given that, I need to receive 176g protein and 304gram carb in my bulking diet. And my workout takes about 1.5 hour long. How many percentage of my total needs of protein and carb must i use in pre-...

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