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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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Strange Bench Press

I have an issue with my bench press. Its a strange plateau. I am able to bench press 120lbs x 8. However, I cant even do 135lbs x 2. Seems like I should be able to do at least 4. Anyone have any ...
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Aerobic exercise less effective than believed for fat loss?

Along the lines of this question on activity and weight loss, there was a study published in 2016, that essentially found that the body will self adjust, to keep calorie expenditure relatively stable ...
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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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How do I lose fat without losing what little muscle i have? [duplicate]

I'm skinny fat. (Little muscle with alot of fat). I don't wanna lose what little muscle I have but want to lose fat. What do I do?
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Straight arm tricep kickbacks. How straight should my arm be?

I just can't seem to get my arm dead straight with any weight. I can get it 95% straight with about 15lbs, but there comes a point where my shoulder starts lifting instead and my tricep is just not ...
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How to choose Bulgarian split squats or front foot-elevated split squats?

Why would one want to do front foot-elevated split squats instead of Bulgarian split squats, or vice versa? In terms of which muscles they provide greater stimulus to, whether they're more useful for ...
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Maximum Weight One can Use for the Workout in the Gym

Without medicine (such as steroid), one cannot gain as much muscle as he/she wishes in the natural state. There is the upper limit of the maximum skeleton muscle one can gain through the workout in ...
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Form guide for behind the neck press

There are more than ample for normal OHP but none for behind the neck press. In OHP, it was important to squeeze the glutes and keep the arms in the scapular plane. I am presuming that one would have ...
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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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Do the "big 5" barbell exercises lead to injuries in runners?

The background I am training for running and sport climbing; I also have a good barbell rack in the basement and have good technique for the "big 5" barbell exercises (squat, deadlift, bench ...
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How to split a chest weightlifting workout for twice a week

I am an advanced beginner in terms of weightlifting but noticed I am not getting enough development in my chest, particularly my upper chest seems a bit less developed than the rest. Some of this ...
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How dangerous are kettlebells?

I never paid much attention to kettlebells until I saw a video that said they have numerous advantages over traditional dumbells. Swinging weights around as was demonstrated in the video looks ...
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How to become good at lifting and holding my girlfriend in arms?

I want to be able to lift my girlfriend in arms and hold her while walking for a while. It of course shouldn't seem struggling and I should be able to talk, laugh or even kiss while doing this. What ...
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What scientific studies compare electric muscle stimulation versus resistance training?

I know this is a wide open topic with countless nuances, but I need to start somewhere. Will someone please provide a reference to scientific literature comparing the effects of electric muscle ...
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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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What is the difference between doing a sandbag clean/kettlebell swing versus something like a Romanian deadlift?

This question is phrased in a strange way, but I could not think of a more concrete way to phrase is. I am trying to understand how different types of training fit into my own fitness goals. I am in ...
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What are the trade-offs of weight versus repetition?

When working out with weights, what is the impact of the trade-off between the amount of weights used the number of times an exercise is repeated For example, I can perform an exercise 3 sets x 10 ...
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Lu Raises vs Lateral Raises (biomechanical analysis)

let's consider the so called "Lu Raises", frequently performed by Lu Xiao Jun. I'm curious to understand if they could be a nice alternative to the common Lateral Raises for lateral delts ...
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Baby lifting👶💪: 16kg × 2 dumbbell routine suggestion?

Baby seat is 16kg, baby is 10kg (assume will be 16 soon enough!). 👶💪 My gym is inaccessible until March, so going to buy a couple of 12kg dumbbells and: curls reverse curls Zottman curls rows bench ...
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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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What can be said of one whose bum rises before their shoulders/bar during barbell squats?

I’ve noticed that often while I’m doing barbell back squats, if the weight is on the heavier side, at a certain point I will begin to struggle a little bit, and at the bottom as I’m starting to come ...
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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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Weight lifting and dental care

Are there any effects when it comes to weight lifting in our dental or teeth? Does lifting heavy will cause toothache?
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Partial reps for shoulder stability and growth in weight training

I find that my shoulders feel a lot of strain when I do pressing movements, say a shoulder press with overhand grip, or even a bench press when the bar or dumbells are near my chest. So in those ...
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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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How to adjust hypertropy workout when gym has limited dumbells

My current goal is hypertropy, to build some muscle. I am an advanced beginner when it comes to lifting. I usually working in the gym of my apartment complex, which is naturally very convenient. So ...
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How can I maintain an active lifestyle and maintain a caloric deficit?

I am 48 and am working on losing some weight. All of the information I read tells me of the importance of maintaining a caloric deficit, which I understand. I am also doing a reasonable amount of ...
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What will happen when i used 2.5 kg heavier dumbbell on my right side during bench press?

I’ve started to consistently going to the gym for around 7 months now, and I’m seeing good results for which i am satisfied. On one of my training sessions, I accidentally picked up 2.5 kg heavier ...
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Bending elbows 90 degrees for DB lat raises

Imagine that one has ones arms straight by ones sides, thumbs pointing forwards, palms facing own body and each other. Now imagine bending elbows 90deg as if to do a biceps hammer curl. Now use this ...
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Cause of upper-back pain?

Two weeks ago I was using this machine for lateral raises as part of my push-day weightlifting routine. On my third or fourth set I suddenly felt pain in my upper back, between the shoulder blades. I ...
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Are dumbbell exercises counted in weight per side or total?

Bob does a set of dumbbell bench presses and is chatting with his mate in the locker room, comparing PRs. If Bob held one 16kg dumbbell in each hand, has he done a set of 16kg dumbbell benches, or ...
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Why my lifts are getting stronger every week

I started deadlifting for like 1 month now, i never workout back in the gym and chest also i enjoy more doing pull ups and push ups for this muscle group. So when i started deadlifting once a week i ...
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What are ways to overload weights for weighted pushups, or a substitute for that exercise?

Currently, I do weighted pushups using barbell weight plates on my back. I've gotten to a point where it's too light without putting tons of weight plates on like 3+, but they keep falling off my back....
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What is the effect of inclining the bench for a Guillotine/Gironda-neck press?

I think a GNP emphasises the upper/clavicular pecs more than a standard bench press. Inclining the bench for a normal bench press also emphasises the clavicular head (upper portion) of the pecs more ...
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Help me improve my workout routine; I feel some muscle groups aren't getting enough attention

About myself: 29m, 5'2", 142lbs. Been doing some home workouts as well as running around the neighborhood, but decided it wasn't good enough so I've been going to gym for the past 4 months. ...
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Downsides to working out for 6.5 hours non stop in the gym?

Suppose one trains like this: Midday Workout Sunday, 21 May 2023 at 13:52 Boxing Class Set 1: 45:00 S&C Class Set 1: 45:00 Random Crazy Dumbbell Medley Set 1: 0 kg × 58 Incline Bench Press (...
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Is it more common to have a heavier maximum bench or squatting weight?

For barbell exercises, can most people lift heavier weights when benching or squatting?
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Converting dumbbell weights to barbell weights

I like to use dumbbells for upper body with some regularity to make sure my left arm stays equally strong compared to my right. As everyone is aware, using dumbbells requires using lighter weights; I ...
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Sudden drop in deadlift performance

For about 2.5 weeks, I have noticed a significant decrease in my deadlift performance, while my other lifts (squat & bench press) have remained somewhat constant. I used to be able to deadlift 180 ...
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What are some ways to improve muscle endurance?

I have recently returned to the gym and I am trying to get back to my former glory (and exceed eventually). The big problem I see is that I can complete a set with full range of motion, but following ...
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Can somebody check if my workout is good for strength training & hypertrophy? Maybe give tips / adjustments if neccesary

Hello this is my first post here, here is my workout program at the moment: Day 1 Back Squat 5/3/1 Good Morning 3× 8-10 Leg Extension 3 sets x 8-10 Front Foot Elevated Smith Machine Split Squat 4× 8-...
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Octagon Lifting Plates on a Boat

I read a thread with most everyone saying octagon plates aren't good for deadlifts. Is this due to poor spinning collars of some barbells that use bushings instead of bearings and lack of adequate ...
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Why do we rest the barbell on delts when doing a power clean?

I am doing light loads ~30-40kg, and I am pretty comfortable with holding the barbell vertically up using my elbow when doing cleans. Why is it recommended to keep it on the delts? Refer
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Does supinated-grip press carry less risk of shoulder impingement than the press?

Does supinated-grip press carry less risk of shoulder impingement than the press? The elbows seem to travel more in front of the body when compared to the press - and so the shoulders seem to be less ...
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An interesting case regarding weight loss

I have an interesting background related to my fitness. In February 2021, I weighed 108kg( 19 year old male with height 183cm). I was always an ambitious, motivated and hard-working person but I had ...
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What is the optimal height of the bar off the ground for dead lifts?

I'm still using universal weights (one day I'll move onto Olympic) and at most 25lb plates. This results in the bar being lower to the ground when performing dead lifts. I know dead lifters change ...
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Pros and cons of very long breaks between sets (eg 1h+)?

Over the past few weeks I've started to "fit in" a set or two of weight lifting / pull ups (to failure) throughout my day. I don't have time to dedicate a full hour to working out, and I ...
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Top quarter reps vs bottom quarter reps for squats?

What do top quarter rep squats train? I've heard it's explosive power, namely vertical jumping ability. Why is that? Is it actually better than full range of motion squats for that, or simply a more ...
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Looking for a critique of my current routine

I've been lifting since around March of last year. Starting late August/Early september, I started doing the routine I'll list below. It was off the recommendation of someone I know, so I'm curious as ...
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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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