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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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Dumbbell weight steps don't match my next progress step

I'm a 50 yo man doing general core strengthening exercises with adjustable dumbbells at home. Generally each of the exercises I do at medium weight, 3 sets of 10 reps a few times a week. My dumbbell ...
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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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Why knee and hip torques in Squat are always referred to the midfoot line?

The knee and hip moment arms are, in Squat, always evaluated with respect to the midfoot line. This choice is not obvious for me. In fact, the midfoot is just the point where the centre of gravity of ...
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Why not pushing the knees out of the toes in Squat?

there is lots of information on the web about feet and knees out in Squat. Firstly, I'd like to summarise it here to make it clear. As explained here by Athlean X, in the Squat: a bit of external ...
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Why do I get this powerful high from doing circuit training with barbell exercises?

I max out on each exercise and then go straight to the next and when I've completed each exercise, I do them the same way again 3 times then rest 2 minutes then do the same again, the exercises I do ...
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Is Calves Raises barefoot a proper training method?

Is it a good method to do Calves Raises barefoot? I am working on balance/stability, and realized when shoes aren't on, there is much greater range in toes and feet flexion. Interested in knowing if ...
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Squat Rack Pull Up Bar Attachment

I have a squat rack at home. Are there Pull Up Bar attachments for Squat racks? I know Dip Bar attachments exist. Currently looking for a Full width pullup bar attachment. (bar extends fully from ...
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Is the Overhead position of the Overhead Press the same as that of the Overhead Squat?

I've got many doubts on if there is any difference between the overhead position of the Overhead Press and that of the Overhead Squat. Let me clarify. The proper final position of the Overhead Press ...
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Unable to catch the Clean

I've started to perform the Clean from a month, and I often have an issue: when I try to catch the bar, it lands on my upper chest instead on my collarbone. The following picture shows the point where ...
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How is the force transmission through the leg/thigh affected by the feet stance in Deadlift?

let's consider two extreme stances for deadlift (very narrow, which I see it is used by many powerlifters, and very large, i.e. a Sumo Deadlift). How does the stance change the force transmission and ...
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Snatch: Mind Cues to Improve Hip Contact and Prevent Bar Swinging Forwards

my goal is to gradually learn to do the Snatch. I joined a specific course of Snatch and Clean but it turned out to be extremely bad: the coaches are good but they are two and we are 60 people. Each ...
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Avoid hitting forehead in snatch

I started doing snatches recently and I need to learn many things. First of all, I'm a bit afraid of when we get under the bar. Precisely, I'm afraid of hitting my forehead. For instance, let's ...
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Should I lock my knees doing Leg Press?

When using a leg press machine for reps, what should the range of motion be? And specifically, should I lock out my knees or not?
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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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