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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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Tricep extensions, stand up or lie down?

When performing tricep extensions, is it better to be lying flat on a bench or standing upright? Is there pros / cons that support either case? I usually perform them with both hands simultaneously, ...
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Does having abnormally low IGF-1 levels affect my ability to gain muscle mass?

I'm a 24 year old male and fairly recently found out that I have abnormally low IGF-1 levels. Mine is 90 (ng/mL) whereas the average range for my age is from 116-353 (ng/mL). I've always been pretty ...
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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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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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Can't go below 16-17% body fat. What is wrong with my diet?

I started to loose weight 1 year ago, when I began to practice MMA. Few months ago I realized I lost too much weight so I began weightlifting. I was around 79 kg ( 174 pounds ) last year and my ...
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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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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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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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Is Vinyasa yoga hurting my fitness objectives?

I am trying to loose weight. My main approach has been to eat healthy, lift weights 4~5 times a week and do Vinyasa yoga (power yoga) 4~5 times a week. I also fit in the occasional 60 minute run on ...
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German Volume Training 10 sets X 10 reps

I am curious as to what others experiences with this training program are. Did you gain the 5-12 lbs of muscle over the 6 week period that promoters such as Charles Poliquin claim to be the norm ? ...
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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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Is it possible to increase muscle weight (maybe muscle density) without increasing muscle size. Or at least minimize muscle size increase

I believe I have a bizarre but unique question. I would like to know if its possible to increase muscle mass without increasing (Or while minimizing) muscle size increase (Maybe by increasing muscle ...
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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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Which will produce faster fat loss results in a caloric deficit, myofibrillar or sarcoplasmic hypertrophy?

With all other things equal, such as a caloric deficit of about 15-20% TDEE, ~1-1.2g protein/lb. body weight, approximately the same amount of time spent in the gym, a solid routine, and no cardio, ...
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Exercise Variation and Periodisation

I guess I can say it is widly known to change your workout routine from time to time (may that be to focus more on certain muscles, hit muscles a little different, rule out muscle imbalances or simply ...
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How do Romanian Deadlifts target the hamstrings?

So basically what I'm wondering is if they are purely an eccentric exercise in terms of hamstrings... if I'm not mistaken, it is the glutes which handle the concentric part? I got diagnosed with ...
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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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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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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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Weight training for muscular endurance

I have just started doing Stronglifts 5x5 (which is almost the same as Starting Strength). Hopefully in say 6 months time I have made good progress, but are also starting to plateu. In order to get ...
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How can I make Atlas stones loadable and calibrate-able?

I'm trying to make barbell loadable atlas stones that have accurate weights. Like, say, 50lbs, 100lbs, and 200lbs. It's hard to accurately calibrate the weight of atlas stones I would imagine as their ...
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How much competition weight loss can be considered safe?

When I watch professional martial arts fights, I often find myself baffled how fighters that - judging by the looks - share my body composition compete in weight classes that are more than 10 kg below ...
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Coingestion of carbohydrate and protein before/during/after a weightlifting session: what type of carbohydrate?

I read on {1}: It has been established that the ingestion of carbohydrate and protein before (13,14) and/or after exercise (5,10,11,13–15) inhibits protein breakdown and stimulates muscle protein ...
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What exercises would help recover from thoracic spinal trauma?

Had surgery and radiation 3 years ago on a tumor inside my spinal cord in my thoracic spine. This causes weakness, numbness and uncontrolled movement in my left leg to the point where people often ...
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Heart Rate Monitor, FitBit, iOS, and HealthKit

You can skip to The Bottom Line if you want to bypass some of the background information. Some Background Info I've been a distance runner for many years and alternate that with periods of weight ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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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Treatment for pain in fingers after workout

I just began weightlifting three times a week. The workout consists things like deadlifts, squats, barbell rows, dumbell bench presses, etc... I've been feeling pain in my fingers afterwards and they'...