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Strength is the ability of the body to exert force. Questions are about training methods for improving strength.

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Weight of isolation exercises compared to compound

Let's say I'm doing chest presses with 18KG dumbbells, how heavy should my skullcrushers / DB tricep extensions be? In the past I used to do skullcrushers at around 20–25KG (in total, including the ...
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Does standing on one leg strengthen gluteus medius?

Many people who work office jobs and live sedentary lives end up having weak gluteus medius muscles, which can have consequences such as poor form when jogging or running. With stand-up desks growing ...
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PPL split - is it only for people with good genetics/high starting strength?

I found this program on leangains https://leangains.com/the-minimalist/ A (day 1) Bench press 1 set to failure Immediately followed by pushups to failure Followed by another set of bench (with a lot ...
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How to avoid "leading shoulders" when doing benchpress

https://youtu.be/xQTMhydmWAM?t=159 Sometimes I get into this position, when my shoulder is doing the majority of the work. What are some exercises to fix this? I imagine it would involve scapula ...
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How do I complete a workout like this?

I found a workout online that would help me with my current pull-up goal. I don't know if there is a specific way to complete it, but I'll put it under here. Perform & Progress The Following 2x/...
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How to measure progression?

Mehdi in his blog says Start with the bar and you could be Squatting 100kg/220lb for 5×5 in 12 weeks Ok. So say born in a 3rd world country, born to parents with a combined height of 5"2, ...
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How much strength progress can I expect on a cut if I'm fat? Is it even required given that I don't want to get more fat?

Please help an early novice here! I'm fat (28%bf, 170lbs, 5'6'') and am following stronglifts 5x5 with some arm, forearm work. S:B:D is 143:95:225. I'm planning to cut down to 140lbs so I can lean ...
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Best exercises to take my strength to the next level

I'm currently doing compound exercises only - bench press, back squat, deadlift, pull-ups and overhead press. And I would say my numbers are OK except for bench press and overhead press which are ...
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How to build strength for 40lb kettlebell turkish getup and snatch with just body weight

Background: I am in a situation where I do not have access to a gym nor have any additional weights around nor equipment like parallete, pullup, dip bars etc. The only odd thing I have is a 40lb ...
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Calisthenics: Opposite of 1 Hand Pullup

What is the calisthenics opposite equivalent of the 1 Hand Pullup? Is the 1 Handstand Pushup even possible against the wall? I also tried 2 handstand pushup, placing weights on a dipbelt (only like 20 ...
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Additional exercise to backstroke swimming

I've started backstroke swimming around 3 times a week and want to add just a little strength training to it. The problem with swimming is, that it seems to use so many muscle groups that it seems you ...
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Handstand Pushup Progression

I am doing handstand pushups. What is a good way to increase progression of handstand pushups without using a weight vest? I am open to suggestions using a wall, or not against a wall. Thanks,
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Pike Pushup: Hands and feet closer a healthy option?

This is an example of Pike Pushups. One progression is to place your feet on a high platform to make it harder. I was curious if another method would be to have feet and hands vertical closer to ...
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Pullup bar attachment to make existing pullup bar lower

Has anyone seen equipment, a pullup bar that attaches to an existing pullup bar to make it lower. Like a pullup bar with hooks that attachs so athlete can use a lower height version? Note: Looking for ...
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Asymmetric Bar Placement in Overhead Position

Hell there, I have an issue in any kind of exercises involving the Overhead Position (Overhead Press e Overhead Squat). Precisely, at the Overhead lockout position (shoulder blades elevated and arms ...
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Why are strength programs limited to compounds?

I get the idea of low rep ranges for strength training. My question is, why are are most strength training programs limited to ohp, deadlifts, squat, benchpress? Why is there no use of machine? In ...
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Is it possible to work on strength and power on the same day?

I read Triphasic Training by Cal Dietz and he mentioned that you should only be training one parameter at a time. First work on increasing absolute strength for 6 weeks (w/ weight 80% of 1RM). After ...
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How to convert strength to power in basketball?

We have been lifting for strength with the 1x20RM program but now we are getting closer to pre-season and would like to start converting the strength to power. How can i convert their strength to ...
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Shoulder pain when benching heavy

I have recently been pushing my bench weight to the point where I'm just barely able to push the bar up on my last rep of the set. I've recently noticed that I've been getting a sharp shoulder pain in ...
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Very weak bent over row caused by lateral scapular winging?

Since my childhood, I'd been affected by lateral scapular winging that never really affected my life and me while doing sports (mainly soccer, martial arts / combat sports and some inline hockey). It ...
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Exercise Equipment: Create Adjustable Rope Loop

I am looking for a way to create an Adjustable Circle Loop with Rope. I can do this with Gymnastics Ring Straps using a Buckle system (seen below). Just curious if there is any equipment to create an ...
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Strength Training: How to experiment to get your optimal Frequency and Volume

I've been lifting with low volume (up to 3 sets) 6 or 7 times a week, with progressive overload, for over a year with some deloading periods. I've seen notable progress but I think I'm having trouble ...
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Can you determine if imbalances are muscular or mechanical?

Yesterday I tried out a new exercise, the Hatfield Squat, and then further to the Hatfield split-squat. I really noticed a difference between the two sides when doing the split squat. With my left ...
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Training for TED (aka Impossible dip)

What would you recommend to start training the ted? (aka the impossible dip) I know that the main focus of this exercise is on the triceps and the elbow, so for the moment I'm doing bodyweight dips, ...
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Hypertrophy with calisthenics skills

How can I structure a training program aimed at hypertrophy using calisthenics skills such as planche and front lever? I identify myself as an beginner/intermediate in calisthenics skills. I can ...
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most efficient way of training finger

I recently started trying planche and other bodyweight exercises (like push ups and pull ups) on my fingers. I was trying to figure out how to make my fingers stronger. I know that many climbers use ...
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How to achieve slim athletic physique? [duplicate]

I’m 17 years old and i’m street dance dancer. I feel like athletic training is the best way how to cover my needs and body goals. Im going for really strong muscles but kinda skinny physique. ...
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Which muscles do loaded carries train that are not trained by other compund movements?

In this video Dan John lists loaded carries as a basic movement pattern (along with push, pull, hinge and squat). He further goes on to say that loaded carries (e.g. farmers walk) is the one movement ...
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Stretching and hypertrophy/strength

So hypertrophy from weightlifting is due to microtears in muscle fibers. Intense stretching also causes microtears, so why doesn't (or does?) stretching lead to hypertrophy and muscle gain? Stretching ...
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does strength gain (without muscles getting bigger) lead to greater flexibility?

I notice that after injury people lose their flexibility. Rehab exercises will strengthen the injured muscle and also make the recovering person more flexible. But is this also the case when a regular,...
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Not able to add reps anymore. 7 reps for push ups, 1 for chin ups, x reps for inverted rows(specific angle)

Not able to add reps anymore. 7 reps for push ups, 1 for chin ups, x reps for inverted rows(specific angle) 180cm 78kg. 28yo. 8h sleep. 140g protein. no kcal deficit. All factors outside of training ...
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All else equal, would a stronger person have more stamina than weaker person?

Suppose that a weaker person would push against a brick wall at maximum effort until he literally has no energy to move. It would take time X for this to happen. A stronger person then push against a ...
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How does one lift a heavy box up from the ground?

Here are some pictures I found on how to lift a heavy box. Is this correct technique? Mainly I am trying not to hurt my lower back.
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Re-gaining strength at calorie maintenance

So from 2013-2017 or so I ate a lot of food and did strength training. I got a lot stronger and bigger. I did not count my calories. I'll call this point A. Then I got a DEXA scan, saw that I was 19% ...
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Doing Turkish Getup with Toe Pain

I have been trying to perform proper Turkish Getups, so I have been practicing the different parts of the movement (usually with a small empty box instead of weight so I can learn the technique first)....
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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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Is there a way for a 300lb man to be stronger than a 500lb man?

Let's suppose that you have 2 male humans who are physically fit. One is 500lbs and the other is 300lbs. Are there some physiological forms that would allow the 300 lb man to be stronger than the 500 ...
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Why and how does fat also make you stronger?

If a 200 pounds man gains an additional 50 pounds of fat he will be stronger than before. Why is that? How does fat contribute to lifting stuff?
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Scientifically speaking, how are strength and endurance not the same thing?

Let's say you can do a heavy lift once, and that's your maximum strength. Then let's say you decrease that weight by half and do as many repetitions as you can until your muscles don't move anymore. ...
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How can I tell the difference between bad ergonomics and weak muscles?

I'm 50 and I've always struggled with bad posture, although I've never really had any negative symptoms other than looking bad. But I know that posture and core strength are supposed to be important ...
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How to fix scoliosis for better/safer perfomence in a gym?

I'm 18 y.o. and I wanna fix my scoliosis for safer perfomance in a gym with heavy weights. What should I do for this? My left shoulder higher then my right shoulder
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Burn fat while maintaining flexibility

I am a female aerialist (lyra, silks, etc.) And I have reached a point where I can not advance unless I burn some fat off my mid section. I'm not overweight but that is what I need to achieve however ...
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How to get huge triceps?

I have very weak triceps (15.3 inches) and chest (44 inches). I'm working out for almost 4 years but my bench press still under 154lb. The last few months I worked out harder on this muscle group, but ...
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Is there such a thing as having weak shoulder internal rotators?

I've always been more focused on keeping my external rotators strong, as I heard that it is normally those that are weak... and that the internal rotators are generally the more strong / dominant ones....
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Ways to strengthen VMO

A while back, I had some tracking issues with my kneecap. The physio prescribed me some straight-leg extensions to strengthen my VMO (vastus medialis oblique muscle) and reduce muscle imbalance with ...
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Low intensity excercise (6 month goal)

I do feel I can commit to my current low intensity workout for a prolonged period if not the rest of my life (my body willing). My previous attempts were to inconsistent, but only because I was doing ...
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Chest strengthening without weights or press ups

After 6+ weeks of no exercise and lockdown I found that just 10 press ups brought pain to my main neck muscle. So I have a painful sternocleidomastoid but I want to strengthen my chest (well, ...
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How to start weightlifting?

Ive(f22) always been very fit and healthy, yet have never quite been happy with how my body looks. Im 5" tall and weigh 113lbs. I'm an endomorph and currently eat 1400 cals a day (I track my ...
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What exercises to do for posterior chain if I have shin splints?

What exercises can I do for my posterior chain if I have shin splints? Can I squat or deadlift?
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Slow training versus Explosive training

super slow lifting is superior Two studies were done with untrained men (N= 65) and women (N= 82),(mean age= 53.6) who trained two to three times per week for eight to 10 weeks on a 13 exercise ...
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