Questions tagged [exercise-technique]

The proper way to perform a specific workout movement.

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Yoga: Chair Pose alternatives?

I've been doing some YouTube yoga classes at home during lockdown. It feels really good but a lot of the classes I've done involve doing the Chair Pose / Utkatasana... and theres something about it ...
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What is the right way to use this sit-up bench

What is the right way to use this curved inclined sit-up bench? Where do I keep my legs and should I lie all the way back?
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Power Clean Form Check (and technique questions)

I would like a form check for my power clean please. I just started doing these and I want to get better at the Olympic lifts down the line (Clean & Jerk and Snatch). Videos: Set 4 and Set 5 - ...
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Are squats on the tip of the feet and bending back good for the legs?

In some video, I saw a guy showing a very effective, according to him, squat technique for working out your legs at home. The technique is such: a person should bend back, pulling their hands back ...
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Split squats, knees over toes?

I've been doing split squats lately, partly to help strengthen my VMO I've read in a number of places that you should track your front knee over your toes in order to place more load on your VMO. But ...
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How do you keep the barbell close to your legs when doing the Romanian Deadlift?

In the Romanian deadlift, you must keep the barbell pressed against your legs, in order to minimize the stress on your lower back. Now take a look at the below picture of the RDL being performed: Is ...
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‘Perfect’ one-arm push-ups

In the video below, the guy does a perfect one-arm push-up: no bending of the body, chest to the ground, the body in perfect line, and with legs at shoulder width. https://youtu.be/IkG8rCCXnE8 I was ...
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Is it a bad idea to do double dumbbell exercises with a single dumbbell?

My sad home gym consists of an exercise bench and a single adjustable-weight dumbbell. I've been using this random Athlean-X video as a template, but three of the suggested eight exercises use two ...
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Science of doing kip-ups

When I first started training, I did not know how to kip. I had no clue how it worked. People said it was instinctive, and that everyone knows how to kip without training it. Well—I don't! How does ...
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Is the glute max the only muscle activated during the pigeon hip extension?

So I have trouble activating the glute max on the left hip. For example when I do the donkey kick exercise with the right hip I can feel the glute max activating, and I also can squeeze it. But on the ...
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How to incorporate progressive overload into my “plateauing” situation

So I have been going to the gym for a decent while now (a couple of years) and have always noticed a problem that I may not have addressed ever and I might be going at the wrong way. I am aware that ...
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How important is exercise quality

Inspired by this post: Can I get an honest review about my workout plan? I am mainly trying to improve overall health. I'm not training for any particular goal. I only wish to get/stay healthy. I ...
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Overactivity in one muscle of the agonist-antagonist pair and eventual desirability in athletes

I used to be an amateur athlete until I was 16 and I was diagnosed with brain cancer in which case I was left wheelchair-bound because of paresis in my left leg and inability to step on it. I was left ...
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Is there difference between lifting legs and lifting torso for abs training?

Some people hanging upside down holding by legs for bar and bend torso up toward legs. On the other hand some train the opposite way: they hang on hands and lift legs all the way toward hands. What's ...
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Fixing Range of Motion Weaknesses

This answer (regarding if partial reps are actually effective when the muscle just can't use full range of motion) suggests to use partial reps to target the weaker muscles and "catch them up". The ...
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Are partial reps okay?

Now I am new to the gym (well, returning after a 10 year break) and unsurprisingly have lost a lot of strength and endurance over the years. After about a month of weight lifting, I've noticed that my ...
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Best and simple exercise for thighs?

Excluding gym instruments, best exercise to strengthen and make them look good and healthy?
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Nature of a finisher vs burner exercise

I recently came across a variety of terms when it comes to structuring a workout, and one of them is the concept of the "finisher" exercise. Aside from my "pre-question" , which is "If they are ...
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Can all isolation exercises be alternated side-to-side?

I was curious to know the following. Since plenty of Isolation exercises out there have the capacity to be alternated...hence: by having a unilateral nature such as the concentration curl, they can ...
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What is the purpose of dropping weights?

I see a lot of exercise training videos, particularly for dead lifts that seem to recommend this. The trainers will do several reps of the dead lift and upon completion of the last lift, they simply ...
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If I do biceps and triceps on the same day, what will be the routine for other days?

I am training back and biceps, chest and triceps, legs and shoulders as my routine. But I don't feel much stronger when I am doing biceps and triceps on different. I want to change the routine so that ...
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Why is it important to warm up before playing sports or exercise?

Why it is necessary to boost your body temperature while doing exercise why we can not start without warm up our body?
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antagonistic movements: Dips Into Chin ups or Overhead press into Chin upss

Post inspired by What are supersets and are they even worth doing? The video has sources suggesting that antagonistc supersets are superior to normal sets in terms of muscle growth and strength gain. ...
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Doing any sort of exercise too slow recommended?

I need to gain muscle. So I am talking about exercises to gain muscles such as push-ups, pull-ups, push-downs etc., My method of doing is keeping relatively more weight and doing very slowly. For ...
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Tendon strenghtening with overspeed eccentrics

"Microtrauma can occur when the patellar tendon is subjected to extreme forces such as rapid acceleration -deceleration, jumping, and landing." - North American Journal of Sports Physical Therapy : ...
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Back and squats

When I front squat to 90 degrees my back folds like an accordion then the squat becomes a two phase exercise Leg lift>Back extension. If however I squat below the knee, until my legs touch my calves ...
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Lower leg training

The lower leg has about 14 muscle, most people only train 2 muscles the Soleus and the Gastrocnemius. Are there any compound movements that work more than just the calf but more lower leg muscles at ...
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Hanging leg curls

Has anyone tried hanging from a bar with a dumbbell between the legs and trying to do leg curls? For leg/knee raises it works fine, I'm asking cause I don't want to injure myself in the gym while ...
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Home back exercises without equipment

What exercises can be done anywhere with no equipment, not even a bar for the upper back muscles and is as easy to learn as a bodyweight push up.
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Bending knees in reverse hyperextension

According to this website that the target muscles of this exercise is the Gluteus, and the hamstring muscles as secondary muscles. While doing this exercise I am obliged to bend my knees since the ...
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Pulldowns from waist

A few years ago I was doing seated lat pulldowns. The gym instructor came by and suggested an additional exercise. Using the same machine I stood up and started with my upper arms by my sides and my ...
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Donkey kick primary muscle used

I know that in donkey kicks, glutes are the major muscle used. However I would like to ask about a technical aspect of this exercise, if while rising, the knee is kept bent (the angle alpha in the ...
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Why do I tend to fall backwards when squatting low?

I have noticed that I can't squat ATG until or unless I hold onto something in front of me.I tend to fall backwards as soon as I tend to go parallel to floor or more.I do increase the depth if I hold ...
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Lower back pain from carrying a baby

I have pain, from time to time, above each of my hips on my lower back caused by, for example, walking around with a baby. What exercises would you recommend for strengthening these areas. I can also ...
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Correct way to start Meditation and Fitness Exercise

I have browsed many questions but didn't find answers to my queries. Anyways, here is my very straightforward question to all experts and community members here. I'm 27 and just started doing ...
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Periodic workout routine to fix anterior pelvic tilt?

I have recently discovered that the reason my body curves out at my lower back is because of anterior pelvis tilt. I have spent a while looking at possible fixes, but all the sites that I have found ...
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Handstand technique - Should I lock my elbows?

In working toward a full handstand, I'm scaling by starting on the wall and holding my form for as long as possible. The question I have is around handstand technique--particularly elbow locking. ...
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Good exercises to burn fat with bad knees?

I want to not only exercise my upper body, but my legs as well. However, whenever I do squats I hear my left knee 'clicking'. Someone posted that swimming is a good exercise, but I'm not so sure ...
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Hitting a plateau in exercises

I've been training for 4 months now and for certain exercises I feel like I'm hitting a plateau. I'm planning to change my program so it contains new exercises. For new exercises I will start from ...
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How would it possible to do Hammer Curls on Gymnastic Rings?

I googled around but did not find any clear ways except for this one quote from 2012 where its not clear how that was being done/ practiced. Any thoughts/ ideas on how this can be done? Because ...
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Looking for new ideas for exercises

Sworkit is pretty good for demonstrating and explaining various exercises, but I'm looking for something more. Like difficult and weird exercises, you know, something with an unfamiliar range of ...
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Why is one sleepy/tired after playing basketball but not after running?

One may sleep very well last night. But after playing basketball(40 minutes, mild), he may become very sleepy. That is probably because his brain needs more oxygen. But why is he much better after ...
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Movement for Good Morning vs. RDL

I'm rehabbing a pulled hamstring, so I'm doing weight lifting for the first time, on the instructions of the physio. She has me doing both "Good Mornings" and "Romanian Deadlifts". It seems like the ...
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Exercise grouping - Should I group exercises targeting the same part of the body?

I am doing groups of exercises in the same day. My usual pattern is to do one exercise each of Chest, Shoulders, Back, Bicep, and Tricep respectively. After finishing I do another exercise for Chest, ...
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Gluteus Maximus Development Tips For Men

I'm 29 years old, 5'10", 165 pound, 12% body fat percentage man. I have so small Gluteus Maximus size and I want to gain some size there. I do hip thrusts, glute bridges, squats, deadlifts, hyper ...
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Question about my pushups style

So I recently recorded myself and found out that I can do like 4 complete pushups(going full down), they sure are hard. But I found that I slowly wear out and my back starts bending a bit when I come ...
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Is it possible to learn to “feel” that the right muscles(s) are being exercised?

This is about the kind of muscle exercises done by people for bodybuilding or strength training, where they want to focus on strengthening a specific muscle (or set of muscles). Is it possible that ...
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abs at home workouts-diet

I have watched a lot of videos on YouTube and have searched on Google but I am disappointed because my abs aren't as defined as I think they should be. My food intake is good, I have cut out sugar and ...
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Teaching Deadlifts and Kettlebell Swings

Deadlifts and Kettlebell Swings are both FANTASTIC compound exercises. However, in my experience I've found these exercises are frequently done incorrectly (with low back pain and/or intervertebral ...
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Proper hand placement for chest flys?

I was doing butterfly chest excercise with machine as shown here But, my trainer said I am doing it wrong as my hands should be straight when coming to front. While earlier, my elbow was bent when I ...