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How to prevent my ankles from banging against each other while skipping rope?

I recently bought a jump rope, and while I haven't gotten around to properly exercising with it, I did a few test runs to test the length. Each time I would jump about 30 seconds or so. I've noticed ...
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My knees fall when I do push-ups. Is it weakness, or bad form?

I've just started doing push-ups, and whenever I am approaching a 0-degree angle (so my elbows and shoulders are about even) my knees collapse to the ground. This is, of course, not ideal. Is it ...
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What is the primary difference between mixed grip and overhand grip for deadlifts?

Whenever I see instructional videos on standard deadlifts, the lifter is using either mixed grip or overhand grip; however they never go on to differentiate why they are using that particular grip or ...
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Back issues with single-leg deadlifts

So I've seen the following post, but there doesn't appear to be any mention of what the shoulders should do during a single-leg deadlift: Correct form and technique in single leg db deadlifts in ...
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How to train and build up for loading heavy dumbbells for chest and shoulder press?

For chest & shoulder press, a typical way to get load (or set up initial position) is to kick dumbbells up with feet, with advantage of momentum ( & use of biceps) bring the dumbbells to ...
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Correct way to do reverse crunches and what's the progression to do them correctly?

I recently realized I've been doing reverse crunches wrong which lead me to do some research on how to do them correctly. I looked this up on youtube and I couldn't find an answer because it seems ...
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Stable shoulder position in bench press vs pushups?

When performing the bench press, usually you are advised to pinch your shoulder blades back and down in order to get your shoulder joint in the most stable/safe position. Also it's pretty common to ...
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How to increase pull up repetitions

I'm doing pull ups from a bar, but I'm only able to get about 3 repetitions. After 3 times my biceps can't lift my head up the bar. I am doing ab exercises as well, but that hasn't increased my rep ...
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Recurring muscle pull in Upper-back/Neck when doing overhead press/bench press - form advice

When I was doing a 5x5 based workout a year or so ago, I had issues when trying to push the weight on the overhead press. Even though the weight felt comfortable in the sense that I could do at least ...
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Unable to keep lower back straight during Romanian Deadlift

When performing Romanian Deadlifts (currently RPE of 8-10), I'm pretty much unable to keep my lower back straight after a few reps. In regular Deadlifts I don't have that issue (probably because the ...
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What is the safest foot stance and foot angle on heavy glute bridges and hip thrusts?

I am new for glute bridges and hip thrusts. I am doing glute bridges and hip thrust with a random comfortable stance but I want to make sure I am safely executing the glute bridges with right foot ...
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What should my shoulders position be when doing ring support hold

When performing ring support hold, should I concentrate on having my shoulder blades retracted/clenched, and my chest forward, or is it fine if my shoulders are protracted?
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Retraction of the Scapula in Lat-Pulldowns

In a Lat-Pulldown, is one supposed to retract their scapula before the movement begins and keep it that way the whole exercise or to protract at the top of the movement, retract again and then do the ...
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Wrist Position Bench Press vs. Overhead Press

Why does it seem to be okay to bend your wrist in an OHP (many many tutorials show it that way) whereas it's highly adviced (even from the same people doing these tutorials) to get your wrist in a ...
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Are there any journals/studies on the benefits of full range of motion when doing an exercise?

I am quite curious if there are any papers in doing a full range of motion and the benefits towards them. Specifically, By training the full Range of motion, 1. Reduce muscular strength imbalances, ...
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How do I check my own form doing weight lifting?

I don't work out with a partner and I don't want to, so that's not an option. Is there a general method I can use to check my own form during moves? For me this is specifically about bodybuilding ...
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hip and oblique muscle imbalance

I have a strength imbalance in both side of my hips as well as obliques. For this reason, I tend to descend somewhere towards left (my stronger side) and not in the middle during squats. I also find ...
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How can I safely increase gluteal load in the bulgarian squat?

In this video it is stated that lengthening the foot stance increases gluteal load. However, this also forces a flatter back angle, when a lot of people say that it's important to keep your back ...
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What is the proper form when lowering the barbell?

I'm taking a look here at this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hch-tH3g7l4&t=0m41s Specifically this frame: It appears he lets it drop with no voluntary tightening of the muscles while ...
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Does proper incline bench form require pinched shoulder blades?

I know you're supposed to pinch your shoulder blades on flat bench - it feels proper. It used to feel fine on incline as well but the twice in the past two weeks (attempting PRs) I've felt ...
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Why isn't “setting” a hand gripper cheating?

Many of those who close massively heavy gripper -- or any gripper at all -- seem to "set" the gripper, which means partially close it using both hands to get a better grip on it before completely ...
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Correct shoulder position when doing hanging leg raises

What is the correct shoulder positions when doing hanging leg raises? What are the reasons to do it this way and not another one? For example when you hang on the bar you can lift your body up and ...
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What is the correct Push Up technique for Serratus Anterior Engagement?

In this video trainer Nick Tumminello recommends: Hands closer together, slightly elevated and slightly internally rotated. But in the comments, a "Sylvester Koh" (no idea who he is, but his ...
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How to grip the dumbbell in french press, so I apply even force in both hands?

I want to do french press exercise, I want to use 1 dumbbell. Note: It doesn't matter to this question if the exercise is done lying , or sitting, it's the same issue for both. I'm interested in ...
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What is proper form for kneeling cable crunches?

What is the proper form for doing kneeling cable crunches? Specifically, I am curious about the following: Should you face the machine, face away from the machine, or are both okay? How should you ...
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What resources are recommended to learn more about cuing specifically?

As strength coaches, we can sometimes fall victim to using terms that are too technical for the client to understand. I'd like to know if a compendium exists that revolves around external cuing, "...
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Hand position / form when swimming Crawl/Freestyle

I swim with my fingers together, thumb at the side and a slightly cupped hand. I have seen some people in my pool swimming with small gaps between their fingers, which I found interesting (I have ...
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getting a good sense of when your back is flat

A lot of exercises, I get the impression, require a flat back. Like if you're doing a front lever or back lever in a "V" shape with your hips sagging your back isn't straight. And I think you're ...
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L-sit on paralletes vs floor

I am a beginner who wants to L-sit, should I begin the appropriate progressions on the floor, or on parelletes (I have both)? Paralletes seems slightly easier. Thanks.
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How to stop relying on dominant leg in squat?

For a while I've noticed that I lean a lot on my right leg during my squats and it went on for a while. I am currently squatting 200lbs, which is great, but lowering all the way down to 145 and I ...
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How do you do knuckle pushups without injuring yourself?

This question is primarily addressed to those who have done knuckle pushups consistently for several years. I've been doing 100+ knuckle pushups for about two years everyday, and I've developed ...
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How should squat form change based on proportions?

I recently learned that good, safe squat form could change based on body proportions, specifically the factor femur/spine length ratio. How exactly does one measure them both (from where to where, I ...
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When I bench press, why do my hips sometimes cramp up?

When I bench press, I sometimes feel a muscle seize up slightly distal and lateral from my ASIS. I don't know what muscle this is, but I'm guessing it's involved with external rotation or abduction. ...
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Scapular contraction: should I always do it?

I have been working out at home for a few months with mostly successful results. I just came back from a shoulder injury that I'm pretty sure was caused by improper form in both bench press and dips: ...
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Why does a closed width bench press hurt more than a wide width bench press?

Further to the question Bench press grip width, i have noticed that if the width is closer, muscles on my right hand close to my shoulders (sorry as i am unsure what they are called however someone ...
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How can proper form be determined?

When learning a new exercise, it's a good idea to learn "proper form" to reduce the chances of injury, increase efficiency, etc. It's usually recommended to "run with proper form", "perform a bench ...
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What movements differ between the appearance of running casual and running fast?

This sounds like a very specific question, but Im only interested in the reason for the general or common impressions I hear on my running form. What I hear much of the time is that I appear to be ...
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Knuckle vs. palm pushups

What are the differences between open-palm and knuckle push-up forms in terms of benefits, risks, and muscle development? Open-palm: Knuckle:
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Bench press grip width?

I have a long reach and was wondering what the optimal position is for my grip during bench press. From finger-tip to fingertip I measure 6'6". I currently bench with my ring finger lined up on the ...
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How can I learn to deadlift with proper form at home?

I've recently started lifting at home, I have some weights, a bench press setup, a barbell and two dumbbells. I would like to include deadlifts in my workout but I feel like I'm not doing it with ...
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How to do standing military press without damaging back?

So whenever I do standing military press with any weight, it seems to kind of tear at my back. Not my lower back, but maybe my upper or middle. Anyone with similar experiences?How do I avoid this? Am ...
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Feeling squats in my right leg more

A recent development has occurred in my squats. I seem to be feeling the squats work out my right leg significantly more than my left leg. As far as I can tell my stance is square and I should be ...
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Joint impact of ATG Squats

Various weightlifting and exercise resources either claim that ATG squats (a**-to-ground, i.e. as low as you can) are perfectly fine or claim they will destroy your knees in two sessions. I was ...
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Is it normal when starting squats to not have flexible enough ankles?

I've read a lot lately that if I want to build a lot of strength and start thinking seriously about putting on some size that I should use squats as a core workout. I'm only 65kg (143 pounds) and have ...
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For lying leg curls, should the pelvis tilt or be neutral?

If it does tilt, which way? This is on a flat bench. The reason I ask is that I am recruiting lower back muscles and glute muscles instead of just hamstrings, and a pelvic tilt shifts the focus to ...
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Proper Form and Technique for Dumbbell Clean

I'm currently working my way through starting strength (thanks to Dave Liepmann for the suggestion last time I posted on here) and I'm doing all of the initial exercises (squat, deadlift, bench press, ...
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Deadlift form and individual morphometry

I'm a beginner lifter (female) doing Starting Strength. I'm having a problem with my deadlift form that I think might be partly related to individual morphometry. So, what happens is this: I set up ...
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Shaking when doing the exercise [duplicate]

I usually go for a good half hour intensive spin session on the bike before starting any weights. However when doing leg extensions on a weight machine, I've noticed that although my legs don't feel ...
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Any reason to (or not to) vary foot position in seated calf raise?

At the gym today, someone advised me to vary my foot position to better target the different muscles in the calf. Specifically, they advised that I laterally and medially rotate my foot. Intuitively, ...
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Inner thigh strain while squatting

Let me begin by saying this is not about an injury. There is no pain during or after my workout (apart from the normal feeling of a muscle straining to lift heavy weights). It's simply that my inner ...