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

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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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How can we incorporate bodyweight exercises in weight-lifting routines?

in my home I have some basic equipment (elastic bands, dumbbells of sufficient kgs, bench, pull-up bar). I can do more than just bodyweight exercise. But of course I can do much less than weight-...
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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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After waking up, what must I eat/drink if I want to have a workout asap

After waking up, I want to go gym directly. However I have an empty stocmach to workout, I know that causes my body to use protein as fuel. If I have breakfast, then I have to wait 2-3 hours and I don'...
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Are mass gainers useful to meet calorie requirements?

I am trying to hit 3000 kcals. I get about 2000 cals from normal food. Is it ok to use mass gainer (like Optimum nutrition) to get the remaining? What are some side effects I should watch out for?
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Is it bad if i don't have pain after exercise?

I am a 31 years old man. 76kg weight. 180cm tall and It is the third week that, I do body-building. Usually when i do Barbell Squat or Deadlift, I sweat a lot and I breath fast. After exercise, I ...
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What will happen if I receive major part of my protein needs from powders rather than foods?

I am a 31-year-old man, am 180 centimetres tall, and weigh 75 kilograms. I am on a Bulking diet. According to this TDEE calculator, I need 219 grams of protein, which is too much for me. In my daily ...
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What's a good workout routine to build muscle for skinny physique? [duplicate]

I am 5"3 and I weigh 55 kgs. My goal is to build muscle. My workout routine consists of the following: 15-20 tricep dips (3 sets) 20 wide arms push-ups (3-5 sets) 12-15 diamond push up (3 sets)...
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Which gives better results: bulk and cut, or slow and steady?

In this video, Greg Doucette explains that bulking then cutting is a waste of time because even though muscle is built faster in a surplus, all the extra muscle is lost when cutting. But in the same ...
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Natural alternatives for boosting creatine levels

How can I boost creatine levels without taking a supplement?
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Most time efficient training

This is not asking about opinions on what everyone thinks is best or their preferences. I'm looking for the most time efficient workout. Requirement are as follows: train at least 5 different ...
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Best split for intermediate bodybuilder wanting to gain mass and work on smaller muscles too

I have been doing 3 day full body workouts for almost a year, deloading when necessary and changing reps, exercises, etc.. an example of a day is this: Chest bench press or shoulder press/incline ...
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How do i know if I'm working out right?

I've been doing push ups + planks + tricep dips. My question is, how do I know if it's working? Apart from a slight, almost imperceptible, increment in muscular build at the end of my session, I just ...
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If I do sets of 15-25 reps, how many sets should I am for per week?

During lockdown, I am doing workouts at home with two dumbells. I can't add any more weight, so I am doing sets in the 15-25 rep range. How many sets should I aim for per week for large (leg, chest, ...
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Rep ranges and the effect of “breaking” up a set

I understand there are lots of unresearched questions here about rep range. This question is not about what rep range is "best" for some purpose. The research on this topic is well summarized in this ...
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My homegym workout doesn't allow me to add 1 rep at each set of my Military Seated Dumbells Press

I want to increase my reps on the Dumbells Seated OHP. But I can't. I even tend to regress (reps decrease) ; I eat a lot and I sleep well. I'm tired every day, I don't know why. You will find the reps ...
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How to improve my body image? [closed]

My body is like this ever since i lost 36 kg a year ago : https://1drv.ms/u/s!AvIT2Y7GmEM6gTDTJsn5RJDAH5w3 Please , can someone give me some exercises , or any true and tested methode to improve my ...
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Will fat help you gain muscle?

If you are heavier you will be stronger wether this is by fat or by muscle I think we can all agree on that. (I'm not talking about overly fat because at that point it would probably not hold true due ...

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