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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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How to correct muscle imbalance in front half vs back half of my body

I have a 9-5 desk job and also spend large parts of my free time sitting down. Whilst a small change in this direction is possible a large part of it isn't practical and therefore an answer such as, ...
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Fixing Range of Motion Weaknesses

This answer (regarding if partial reps are actually effective when the muscle just can't use full range of motion) suggests to use partial reps to target the weaker muscles and "catch them up". The ...
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Squat Progress and Development

Thank you Raditz_35 for your answer. To answer your first question, yes, there has been progress. I have been able to add 2kg albeit every fortnight for the squat and successfully do the 1RM. However, ...
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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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Squat development

I'm focusing on powerlifting and weightlifting. I am 59kg in weight. I am currently able to deadlift 170kg for 1RM and 120kg for 1RM. As you can see, there is a very big difference between the two ...
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Are partial reps okay?

Now I am new to the gym (well, returning after a 10 year break) and unsurprisingly have lost a lot of strength and endurance over the years. After about a month of weight lifting, I've noticed that my ...
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Isometric training

I just found about isometric training and wanted to try it out but from what I see you have to do bench presses,squats and deadlifts. My question is: Is isometric training made for any exercise or ...
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Exercise Database with Pictures

I am finishing designing a personal trainer and fitness app and looking for an exercise database including pictures of the exercises. I have found a couple different websites, but the information and ...
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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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What is the opposite exercise of push ups?

I've been doing push ups on a daily basis, and I feel like I need to also train the opposite muscles, to make sure I'm training evenly. What would be a good counter-exercise for push ups?
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Is planking with a weightlifting belt beneficial?

I have anterior pelvic tilt so whenever I do any sort of ab work, my psoas muscle takes over and I feel intense pain in my lower back. I have tried to activate my abs by planking but my stomach sags ...
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What type or amount of weight training is beneficial for a beginning swimmer?

I started swimming regularly about a month ago, and I can currently swim freestyle less than 75m before I have to stop and recover for a short time. I have a simple goal of being able to cover 500m ...
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If I workout harder after a longer time off, should I decrease the frequency of my workouts?

I generally lift every 3-4 days, and run when I get the energy. My lifting routine says to lift every other day, but I've never felt good doing this, and like I said, I throw in running as well. I ...
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Purpose of rectus abdominis training

It looks like the rectus abdominis plays a role in posture and contributes a bit towards increasing intra-abdominal pressure (IAP). Also, it is used for trunk/lumbar flexion as well. However, what ...
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What's the necessity of cardio for fat burning?

I hear all rumors about that only with cardio you will burn fat properly. But why should I do cardio, instead of weightlifting? isn't it all about the caloric deficit? I don't see why I should replace ...
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Touching weight stack on every rep

I heard that in one set (12 reps) using weight machine, you shouldn't make the weight to touch the stack (that is, it must remain "floated") every rep. Is it true? What's the reason?
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Questions about working out

I started going to the gym about 3 weeks ago and I'm confused about some things: When I started, my muscles were sore after the workout and I did some research and found out that it's completely ...
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To have a nicely balanced physique what strength comparisons should you have?

So compare your squat to bench press, bench press to overhead press and overhead press to bicep curl for example.
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Having a stronger right hand than left hand

I recently started training with a friend of mine, and on the days that we do push force exercises he keeps telling that he doesn't feel satisfied from the workout. Now this was very strange to me ...
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Mixing high intensity and high volume in a single session

It seems to be generally agreed upon that high intensity (i.e. heavy weights) for fewer reps, tends to make you stronger, while high volume (i.e. less weight) for more reps, tends to make you bigger ...
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Is it possible to periodize from set to set?

Whole books have been written on the subject of periodization for strength training. The essence seems to be to work in different rep ranges. 5 or less for strength and 8-12 for hypertrophy. A simple ...
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What would be a good powerbuilding routine for mass and strength?

If I focus only in strength training I tend not to gain much size and if I stop doing core lifts for even I week, I tend to lose the 1RM numbers quite easily. Therefore I am looking to develop a ...
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Train hamstrings unilateral?

In my opinion, it's pretty much like common sense that it can be quite effective to not only train bilateral (Squats, Bench Press, Bent over Rows, Deadlifts) but also unilateral (Split Squats, DB ...
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Fixing uneven chest size

So I've been working out pretty consistently for the past two years, and I've always had much more volume in my left pectoral than my right. Is there a convenient way for me to correct this? My weight ...
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Strength program

I am 29 and been working out for about a decade now and feel like i hit a point where my strength is not developing anymore. My total in squat, deadlift and bench was stuck between 1305 and 1350lbs ...
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How to strengthen my wrists?

While my wrists are fine in general, some of the more strenuous exercises I (try to) do are painful sometimes; for example, one-armed pushups. I used to have more problems, even when doing pull ups (...
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What is the purpose of dropping weights?

I see a lot of exercise training videos, particularly for dead lifts that seem to recommend this. The trainers will do several reps of the dead lift and upon completion of the last lift, they simply ...
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Why is it dangerous to swing a weight?

I am aware that swinging weights does not optimally activate the targeted muscle, but I do not understand why everybody says you can get hurt swinging a weight. Athletes in other sports have been ...
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If my lower back feels tired after squats, am I doing something wrong?

When I squat, I tend to squat very deeply. Lately I've been noticing that my lower back feels a bit worn out afterwards. It doesn't hurt - I don't feel like I've injured my back, but it feels like it'...
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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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I am an Overweight Male and want to get ripped where do I start

I am 23, 6'1", and weigh 212 pounds. I want to get lean by the summer and start a new healthy lifestyle. I play soccer every Sunday and play air-soft or mountain bike every other Saturday. I get ...
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How much will I be able to bench press?

We recently purchased a family gym membership, as our daughter has gotten into weight lifting to help her with sports. I told her I would go to the gym with her tomorrow night, and I'm nervous about ...
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Whole Body Mobility Routine

I'm currently trying to assemble a little mobility routine for myself. I got two, a little more detailled, questions: When should I perform mobility exercises: Before the workout, in order to get ...
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Lighter weights or heavier weights for getting bigger/gaining muscle mass?

I've been hitting gym regularly for two weeks and doing workouts 6 days a week. My program includes 3 sets - 10 reps for each workout. So, my question is related to whether one has to lift heavier ...
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How to do barbell overhead press such that kinetic chain stays activated throughout the set?

Can anyone please suggest how to do barbell overhead press such that kinetic chain stays activated throughout the set? I also need clarification on inhalation and exhalation pattern.
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Only static training the erector spinae?

A lot of training programs only include Deadlifts, Squats and stuff, which not really take the erector spinae through a full range of motion, but rather only statically involve them by holding your ...
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Determine realistic training goals for a set period of time?

When training in the gym, I rarely ever set myself (longterm) goals for my lifts. Or when I do, I most certainly don't reach them, what demotivates me. Is there a good way or method to determine ...
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Differences in unilateral set

I often see people doing unilateral exercises at the gym, but almost none of them do the same thing. For instance, if someone wants to do X sets of Y reps of an exercise unilaterally, they can do : ...
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Warmup sets necessary/recommended on follow up exercises?

I often heard and read about warmup sets being highly recommended before performing exercises with full working load and therefor do them myself. However now I was wondering, are warmup sets on follow ...
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Is this fitness program balanced in which muscles it hits?

Here is what I am doing: Day 1 - Chest and Biceps Dumbbell Press 5x5 Incline Dumbbell Press 3x8 Cable Flys 4x12 Weighted Chinups 4x8 Bicep Curls 4x8 Reverse Cable Curls 3x10 Leg Raises 3x15 Split ...
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Strengthening rotator cuffs - other muscles taking over?

I try to strengthen my rotator cuff muscles in order to prevent injuries when lifting weights. I do some internal as well as external rotation movements with an elastic band before my actual workout. ...
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Leg workout plan

I have been hitting the gym for 3 months now and have been following this routine for my legs: Deadlifts : 4 sets, 6-8 reps Leg press: 4 sets, 8-10 reps Seated calf raises: 4 sets, 8-10 reps I switch ...
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Core training on “rest” days

I started a gym routine 2 months ago consisting of just Pull-ups, Bench presses, Squats(with barbell), Dead-lifts and Military Presses And for the abs Hanging L raises, Russian twists and planks. I ...
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Optimal exercises for an abdominal workout

In response to this answer, I was curious what exercises specifically target the abdominal muscles. Answers given so far include: Works abs directly: leg raises rollout Indirectly: squats My ...
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Should I run before weight training or after weight training?

My main goal is to lose fat. I have been struggling a bit to lose it. I want someone’s honest opinion about the topic: Should I run before weight training or after weight training? I read some article ...
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Leg Exercise Volume being way higher compared to Upper Body?

When setting up a suitable workout routine, I often stumble upon routines that feature two or more exercises per training day for Quads and Hamstrings (e.g. Squats and Bulgarian Split Squats or ...
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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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How to work in legs to this routine but stay at four days of lifting

I would like to start the Brad Pitt Fight Club routine: Monday: Chest Push-ups: Three sets of 25 reps Bench press: 25, 15 and eight reps at 165, 195, 225 lbs Nautilus press: 15 reps at 80, 100, 130 ...
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I feel sleepy while doing weight training

Sometimes, I feel sleepy when I am doing my weight training. Is this natural? It doesn't happen all the time, only sometimes, I feel so tired that I feel like sleeping immediately afterwards.
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Injury/Danger from uneven muscles?

I recently had a question about my uneven lats on here. Since the lats are responsable for scapula-movements to a degree, can uneven lats (and/or traps maybe) be dangerous when performing movements ...