Questions tagged [weightlifting]

Resistance training with barbells, dumbbells, kettlebells and other weights. Questions involving how to lift and maximizing lifting performance. Includes powerlifting, bodybuilding and Olympic lifting.

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Why do many people start the Snatch with a very upright torso?

As explained there in an excellent way, performing deadlifts with a too upright trunk (or, equivalently, with hips too low) is not optimal as it puts the shoulders behind the bar, instead of above the ...
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What is the best 3day/week lifting routine to preserve muscle mass after doing 6day/week lifting for the past six months?

I have been lifting for the last six months. Doing 6-7days/week (chest/triceps/shoulders),(back/biceps),(legs) body split. I really like my progress and the muscle mass I have gained. However, due to ...
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Is it worthwhile to "randomly" do sets when I feel I have the energy?

I'm sort of a beginner to weight training. Often I find I can't fit in everything I want to do in my workouts given my time constraints - I can work out at most 5 times a week for about 1.5 hours, and ...
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High-Bar Back Squat being easier than Bodyweight Squat

As difficult as it may seem, I'm able to keep a more neutral spine and feel a better balance in a high-bar back squat (and with sufficient load, obviously not so heavy to worsen my technique) as ...
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How much important it is to keep a neutral spine during heavy squat and deadlift?

Keeping a neutral spine have been traditionally considered a must in lifting exercises, especially heavy ones like Squat and Deadlift. The reason I've always been told is that it evenly distributes ...
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Why did many lifters of the past use to lower the bar in their clean/snatch whilst now they drop it?

I've noticed that in some old competitions there were many athletes who did not drop the bar, but instead lowered it. You may see them in this video. Why has this habit changed? Nowadays, all the ...
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Does standing to lift weights work your legs

If I'm standing to do upper body work, am I also working my legs (specifically calves)? Thank you.
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Third pull of power clean: powerful jump vs arms pull vs thighs pull

In this video, Mark Rippetoe expains the technique of the power clean. It is (at least in theory) all clear for me and the explanation is very good, but there is a point I can't understand. To prevent ...
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How can we evaluate properly the work (energy) performed by the muscles?

I've seen many time people evaluating the work performed by muscles to move a certain weigth m over a distance d through a force F, for simplicity along the force direction, by using the physics ...
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Muscle Snatch: elementary analysis

I'll take this video of Oleksiy Torokhtiy as reference. I have some simple questions about this movement. As far as I'm concerned, the legs do not flex after the pull is complete like in a Snatch, ...
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Barbell Row: Shoulders Internally Rotated

let's consider this picture about the barbell row: Well, I suffer from this problem {shoulders excessively internally rotated) when I perform it normally, and the simple advice "Avoid internally ...
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Proper setup for the Exernal Rotation Press Exercise

here the following exercise (External Rotation Press) is suggested to strenghten the rotator cuff muscles: The autor states that this exercises works all the rotator cuff muscles to a certain degree. ...
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Should I upwards rotate my shoulder-blade in bench press?

everyone knows the great advantages that scapular retraction provides in bench press (discussed for example there). Now I want to make a point. As explained there (but also there), The scapulohumeral ...
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Can this published superset, high-rep, low weight routine support significant hypertrophy?

In Joe Manganiello fitness book, Evolution, he advocates an intensive circuit of supersets using low weight. An example is Bench Press followed by Lat Pulldown 20 reps of each without rest 15 reps ...
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Shoulder-Blades Position in Overhead Press

I still haven't found a precise description of what the shoulder blades should do during the overhead press. Precisely: About the sagittal plane, should they be retracted (pinched together), neutral ...
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How to be balanced and stable in Good Morning + Squat

This exercise (Good Morning + Squat) is taken from this video of Olesiy Torokhtiy: GIF I wanted to explore the best technique to do that. My first doubt is about the balance. The barbell is not above ...
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Activation Cues for the Serratus Anterior

I suffer from a mild winged scapula and I wanted to train my serratus anterior to try to fix it. There are lots exercises I've found for it. For instance: Serratus Jabs Wall Slides These two ...
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Why is shoulders internal rotation often seen as the devil?

Shoulders internal rotation is seen in many exercises (bench press, pull ups, barbell row etc) as the devil, whilst external rotation is suggested without limits. This is an example, referred to a ...
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Is the hook grip as effective as the bulldog grip in press/jerk movements?

many sources (1, 2 for instance) state that the best grip for the overhead press is the bulldog grip as it makes the moment arm between the barbell and the wrist zero. Now let's consider a clean and ...
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Do squat and deadlift work the hip flexors and extensors in a balanced way?

I've seen plenty of leg routines based entirely (or almost entirely) on squats and deadlifts. My simple question is this routine is balanced. Both in squat and deadlift the hip flexors shortens on the ...
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How can we be balanced during a snatch?

I'll take this video of Lü Xiaojun as a reference. Let's consider the power phase, that is the moment I'm curious to understand better. At this point, his hips and the bar are very close to each ...
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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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How much weight should we place on our heel and how much in our forefoot during squat?

it is known that the best feet setup for squat is the so called tripod stance, which wants you place your weight in three points of the foot: Base of pinky toe Base of big toe Heel My question is ...
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Overhead press bar path

I've read different opinions about which is the proper bar path for the overhead press. According to here (and most of the sources), the best bar path is perfectly vertical. If it is, I'd say the ...
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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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Analysis of the bar path in bench press

I wanted to do a deep analysis of the reason behind the ideal bar path in bench press. There are many sources telling us that the ideal bar path is something like this (a J pattern on the way up, and ...
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Losing Stubborn Fat Whilst Building Muscle

I know this question has been asked dozens of times already, but I wanted a bit more specific of a response. I'm trying to lose fat and build muscle at the same time - I'm a beginner, so this should ...
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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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Which is the proper shoulder-blades setup for front squat?

In high-bar back squat it is good to have retracted and elevated shoulder-blades in order to create a pad in the upper traps that allows us to keep the barbell in a stable position. Now, what about ...
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Bio-mechanical analysis of squat: torque on the knee and on the hip

There are many biomechanical analyzes of the squat on the web, but there are lots of things are not clear for me. Let's consider for instance a high-bar back squat. An analysis is provided by this ...
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Mind-muscle cues for hips flexion without tilting the pelvis

I need some cues about how to flex the hips (for instance in deadlift, squat or to get into the starting position of barbell row) without causing anterior or posterior pelvic tilt. Of course bracing ...
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When does one stop & start again ramping their lifts?

I have been heavy weight lifting on and off for several years. I have most recently been focusing on squats, deadlifts, bench press, overhead press, and sometimes rows. Because I also do other workout ...
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Popping feeling and pain in tricep

I have been lifting weights for the last 15+ years and had a coach for powerlifting for about 4 years. Over this time, I have somewhat consistently had a popping feeling and sometimes pain in my ...
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Work around ligament light pain

Related to this question, but not the same. Case: You have a light ligament pain and you strength train. A medical professional has cleared you out for exercising. What's the path that minimizes the ...
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Why do Olympic weightlifters not wear a belt for snatch?

I’ve noticed while watching the olympics that many lifters aren’t wearing a belt for their snatch, but do for their clean and jerk. Is there a reason they aren’t wearing one for the snatch?
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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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DOMS after deloading

After 7 months of consistent lifting I took a 3 week break. For my first session back I dropped the weight to ~60% 1RM for two 4 rep sets to ease back in. Despite the relatively "easy" ...
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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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What can classify someone as a non-responder and what to do?

My friend is training with me doing calisthenics. He is consistent with his training and diet, gaining weight when weighed at the end of every week. I did a little bit of research for him as to why he ...
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Cannot keep elbows straight in bench press

I need some advices about how to keep my elbows straight under the bar during bench press. It is known that having elbows in front of the bar creates unnecessary torque on both the elbow and the ...
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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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Rolling of the arm/elbow during tricep extension

Much to my frustration, my arm/elbow rolls inward towards the end of each movement when doing tricep extension exercises. Is this to be expected, or is there something I can do to prevent this? To ...
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Inching forward during final rep

I find that during weight training, I can send efferent signals, or bursts of energy, to "inch forward" repeatedly during my final, overloaded rep. This gives an increased duration of time ...
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If someone is doing a weighted Bulgarian Squat and keeps the height of the weight static, is their leg doing the same amount of work?

This might be a ridiculous question but some other lifters and I got into a debate about it. So, imagine someone is doing Bulgarian Squats. However instead of the dumbbell being held at his chest, the ...
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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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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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How do people who work out on their own handle safety when lifting weight bars?

It's a classic scene : in a gym setting with a number of people around (not all of them actively engaged in exercising), a person who wants to lift a weight/bar asks somebody to watch them, or spot ...
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Tingling in tricep muscles when working out [closed]

Whenever I work out chest and triceps, or any push exercise really, I get a tingling in my tricep area on my arm. It didn’t hurt however I stop my set whenever I feel it. It only started happening ...

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