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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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Barbell Curl Form

I've recently began lifting weights again. When doing curls, whether it's barbell or dumbbell, my right elbow sometimes likes to try and pull away and point out to my side, once fatigue starts to set ...
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A total balanced body workout in a 3 day split?

I'm setting up a routine but I have some help needed figuring out whether my routine covers all the muscles to avoid imbalances since this is the first time I do such a thing on my own. My goals are: ...
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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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Activate Lats evenly

Yesterday I noticed that the lat on my left side looks smaller than on my right side. So I thought maybe I'm lifting uneven when doing Lat Pulldowns. In training today I really focussed on activating ...
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Alternatives for Bench Press

My ophthalmologist advised me to avoid the bench press due to some strain in the eyes. But given the importance of bench press in body building and power lifting, avoiding bench press may have ...
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Greater caloric surplus on training days?

Imagine one being in a slight caloric surplus of roughly 500kcal above their maintenance value every day, but only training four times a week. Is it better to split the eating behavior in training and ...
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Should one train/test their 1RM?

I recently watched a video of fitness youtuber talking about him testing his 1RM frequently (about every 6-8 weeks), which would replace one of his "regular" training days. He does that by calculating ...
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How can I tell I'm not weight-lifting hard enough?

I'm lifting weight in order to improve my physical appearance. But I'm unsure whether I'm doing enough or not enough. Can I use the soreness of my muscle to gauge? The advice is somewhat ...
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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 drop sets effective?

A very commonly performed action in bodybuilding is the drop set. In which, you do your working sets. Then on the last set, you go to failure, drop the weight, go to failure, drop the weight, go to ...
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Rest Period between Exercises?

So people (including me) obviously talk about resting in between two sets of the same exercise and how long they should be. Now I'm wondering, what about rest in between two exercises (in addition to ...
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Goblet Squats vs. Regular Squats

I'm tempted to include Goblet Squats into my workout routine, because they seem easy to execute (you only need a single Dumbbell) and look fun. Now, in terms of muscle activation, where are (if any) ...
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Will weighs make women bulky?

Should women lift weights if they don't want to get bulky looking? If yes how can they lift weights and not get bulky or musculine look?
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How to overcome shyness at the gym and start seeing results?

I'v been on a diet for around 3 months now (since July) and I joined a gym around the same time. Since then, I've been having a lot of salads and in-taking more protein. I'm starting to see progress ...
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What is a good way to incorporate additional weight training into an existing one?

I am 45 years old, 5'-10", 145lbs, and ~12%-15% body fat. I have always been light and over the last year have had the desire to gain more muscle mass. I workout consistently now at noon for 45 ...
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Exercise Order in a Push-Pull 2-Split

I'm currently building myself a 2-Split Push-Pull workout routine and have a little struggle with the order in which to put the exercises. Three rules of thumb I was following with my previous Upper-...
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how to know the type of weight increase?

I am 43 years old and 192 cm tall I have been working out (weight lifting) for more than a year I see improvements in my muscles mass and I see significant weight increase (from 95 kg to 112 kg) ...
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Push-Pull Workout Routine without a separate Leg-Day?

I'd like to, in the future, use a Push-Pull workout routine without a separate training day for my legs. In a 3-split the extra training day for legs essentially would result in something like an ...
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Romanian Deadlifts: Do they focus on Lower Back or Hamstrings more?

When setting up a workout routine, I opted towards the RDL instead of the "regular ones", because the owner of the gym I got to prefers us not to deadlift (don't ask me about it...) and I thought RDLs ...
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Combining weightlifting and martial arts

MY HISTORY I am a 27 year old man that has been weightlifting seriously for more than one year now. I have also doing some martial arts before, and want to get back at it again. Height: 178cm/5 ft ...
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How can I improve my vertical and be more explosive?

I play volleyball and I weight train almost everyday. What exercises/muscles should I work to improve my vertical and be more explosive? Anything helps!
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Machine Leg Curl vs Glute-Ham-Raise

Often when arguing about the Leg Curl Machine being bad (eg. hurt your knees in many cases), people refer to the Glute-Ham-Raise as a way better (less harmful) alternative. To me, the movements of ...
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Leg Training with Patella alta

A few days ago I visited my doctor because I got pain right besides and under my kneecap in the right leg when walking and going up/down stairs (only when extending my leg and only sometimes, it's ...
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Weight training for body re-composition [closed]

I'm 5 '11 183 pounds and about 23% body fat. I'm new to working out and I'd like some help with a weight training (and cardio if needed) program. I'm looking to build on lean muscle mass and lose fat. ...
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Dead lift - Is it better to pick up racked weight or start from the ground?

I have always started my dead-lifting by starting with a racked bar (I pick up the bar without the need of bending down), but recently someone told me that a better way to dead-lift is to start by ...
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Assisting Muscles fatigue to quickly

Often times when exercising, my assisting muscles (muscles I'm holding the bar with for example) fatigue way quicker than the actual muscle I'm trying to train. Most noticible its on the Lat Pulldown. ...
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Flat Sneaker (eg. Chucks) for Weight-Lifting

I often hear about people using sneakers with a flat, level sole (like Chucks or something similar) for weight-lifting. What are the benefits of that, if there even are any? These people argue, that ...
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Leg Extensions and Curls less harmful to your Knee with Light Weights

I want to change my workout routine a little and do Leg Extensions and Curls. Since I'm already lifting heavy on other exercises, I want to do the two with relative light weights but thererfor high ...
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Purposely cheating on part of the reps to overcome a plateau?

I just read about an interesting method to actually overcome plateaus fairly quick. It involves purposely cheating on part of the reps you do. For example, using cheating to your advantage one would ...
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What are some good back lifts if I don't have a lat pull?

I'm trying to just do a home gym situation for now, because I don't want to spend the time to go to a gym. I'm doing pull ups, which has been great, and I'm also doing overhead presses and lateral ...
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What program to follow if I have a lifting competition in 4 week?

I am novice gym goer and even though my lifts are very beginning-intermidiate level,I am wondering what type of training should I do to prepare for the event.My weight is 62kg at 5'6" and my squat and ...
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Wrist Rotation when Bent Over Rowing with a Barbell

Recently I included Barbell Bent Over Rows (Underhand Grip) into my workout routine. When performing them, my wrists are (pretty much) perfectly in line with my forearm at the beginning. But when I'm ...
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How to engage Glutes in Conventional Deadlift?

Pre-Information:- Personal Information I have been going to Gym for last 45 days only. Watched Numerous of videos at youtube. Technique Understanding Understand Conventional deadlift is a ...
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Romanian Deadlifts vs. Back Extension

I'm going to a fairly small gym (because I live in a very rural area) with very little various possibilities when it comes to equipment and stuff. I'm doing back extension with extra weight for ...
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How much of a surplus is reasonable? (Help for a new weight-lifter)

My name is Sean and I am pretty new to weight-lifting. I've been trying to get healthier for the past few months, and for the past month or so I have been trying to get more experience with resistance ...
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Max. Weight vs. Volume - what to orient on?

I'm always reading about total volume being one of (or even the) most important factor when it comes to building muscle. In order to progressivly overload, I try to add weight everytime I can in the ...
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Is Isolation Work really useless?

Under a question in this stack I someone commented under the answer I gave, that additional isolation work is useless (+ providing some studies about it). The example reffered to Squats as compound a ...
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High weights at shoulder barbell press

I was attentioned at the gym today by a "gym bro" that doing shoulder presses with the barbell at a total of 50kg barbell + weigths is dangerous and nobody should do it. I am doing 5x5 reps and i find ...
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Are Cable-Exercises superior over Dumbbells on Flying-Motions?

When performing flying-motions (e.g. flies, lateral raise) is using cables superior over using dumbbells? Theoretically doing this sort of motion with cables should result in a more or less even ...
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Do heavy partial reps have any benefit?

Many people will claim that heavy partial reps using a load above one's 1 rep max is beneficial for building strength, but i don't think this is the case. The claim is that since one uses more weight ...
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Train Calfs and Abs weight- or repetition-based?

I'm doing one-legged standing calf raises and crunches in my workout routine. A lot of people talk about training these two muscle groups (calfs and abs) specifically based on repetition, therefor ...
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Is combined strength and cardio training bad?

TL;DR: Is combining weights and cardio within the same exercise unwise or unproductive? This video talks about cardio during weight training and describes how combining the two in a certain way can ...
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Is deloading already useful or not?

I recently read about a Deload-Week (doing about 40-60% of either the weights or reps you usually use/do for a week) in order to give your muscles a little time to recover without completly stopping ...
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How to properly track weights on bodyweight exercises?

I'm tracking my weights for every exercise I'm doing in my workout routine, so that I can see when I'm improving and increasing the weights or even when I had to decrease the weight indicating maybe I ...
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Nutrition and fitness

I have been doing 5×5 Stronglifts three days a week with the same number of running days on the rest (from lifting) days. I have, for a long time, consuming the following type of diet and activity, ...
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Best ways to add explosive strength to a barbell training/HIT program?

I am a 45 year old male. For 2 months I have been training weights acccording to the Starting Strength program twice a week. That is except for the power clean which I have not been doing yet. My ...
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Am I lifting too much too fast?

My goal is getting bigger muscles I am 6'4" tall and 43 years old man I have been training for a year now When I look at the weights I lift compared to the other guys in the gym (the big muscles ...
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I started weightlifting more seriously and now my shoulders are popping

I've had small stints of weightlifting my entire life, but recently I've tried to get more serious about it. I started taking supplements, I added more routines, I started following recommended lift ...
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Effective ways to lose weight and gain muscle

I am a 21 year old male, overweight with BMI 27.6, body fat 21.5%. My goal is to lose weight and gain muscle. I am no expert in fitness so I'm here hoping to gain professional insight. My plan: I ...