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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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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Issues With Lowerbody Muscle Recovery

I've been trying to follow 4 day split as described here: https://www.aworkoutroutine.com/the-muscle-building-workout-routine/ The the upper body workouts are no problem. I might be a little bit sore ...
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Lats and Traps role in depressing shoulder blades

here it's written that shoulder blades depression is performed by the following muscles: Latissimus Dorsi Pectoralis Major Pectoralis Minor Subclavius Serratus Anterior Trapezius (lower part) Let's ...
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How to gain muscle and lose fat with running and weight lift?

I´m a 47 years old runner. I use to run 8k 5 times per week, and now I'm trying to lift weight to gain muscle but most importantly, to lose belly fat. I think that running to much, decreases my ...
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Which is the proper final position in squat?

I struggle with understanding which is the proper final position of squat. Here this position is proposed: It's written that it's crucial to: lock the knees (i.e. having straight legs) lock the hips ...
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How can we incorporate bodyweight exercises in weight-lifting routines?

in my home I have some basic equipment (elastic bands, dumbbells of sufficient kgs, bench, pull-up bar). I can do more than just bodyweight exercise. But of course I can do much less than weight-...
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Is it correct to shrug during barbell row?

I have some doubts about how the trapezius is involved in barbell row. I'm a newbie in weight-lifting so I'm sorry if I won't be very accurate. What I mean with shrug I mean when your trapezius ...
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Why is posterior pelvic tilt safe in plank and hip thrusts?

It's known that in almost all bodybuilding exercises we shouldn't anteriorly or posteriorly tilt the pelvis since an excessive load (provided by some additional weights but also by our body weight) ...
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How does back extension work?

Why is "back extension" exercise called "back extension"? Let's consider the following picture taken from here: Well, in this picture I cannot appreciate any back extension. What ...
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Why is “squeezing your abs” advised even for exercise where there is high risk of posterior pelvic tilt?

It's known that squeezing the abs is one of the most important rule of (to my knowledge) all workout exercises, especially with weights The reason of this is the ability of ths abs to stabilize the ...
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How many calories are burned doing Starting Strength, Stronglifts, or equivalent?

Trying to estimate TDEE and don't really know how many calories are burned during 5x5 strength workouts, or equivalent weightlifting time spent in the gym. Want to make sure I am eating enough, and ...
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Do lat pulldowns / pullups help to improve posture?

If you have rounded shoulders / a scapular anterior tilt... will doing things like pull-ups/downs help to fix it? I've read mixed opinions on this topic so it's hard to know what to believe. Some ...
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Why is “squatting the deadlift” bad?

In this article the author explains why squatting the deadlift (i.e. deadlifting with a too upright posture) is bad. He writes: This in turn both creates unfavourable leverages that cause more ...
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Is deloading useful for recovering?

I think I'm I have a tendon or ligament à bit hurted at the bottom left side of my left chest because for 1 month I've rushed at weights (I've increased it to fast). Should I decrease the weight and ...
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DIY strap safeties

Disclaimer I'm not an engineer (ok, I am, but not that sort. And even if I was that sort, I'm not your engineer. Give me money and we'll talk.). None of this should be taken as advice. Not even &...
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What is the advantage of using Olympic plates over standard ones?

I'm lucky enough to have been gifted a half squat rack and 160kg of "standard" weights. I'm happy with this and not looking to upgrade in the near future but I was wondering what the advantages are of ...
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Can certain exercises help with flexbility?

Rather than simply just stretching, can exercises help to improve flexibility too? So two examples I'm thinking of are: Romanian deadlifts to improve hamstring flexibility Chest flys to improve chest ...
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Why should the shoulder blades be protracted (at the top) in push - ups while in bench press not?

here (and somewhere else) it is written that: At the top of the push-up, your shoulder blades should be fully protracted—moving your shoulder blades away from the spine. As you descend, they will ...
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Is (HEAVY) weight-lifting overrated? [closed]

I'm not here to doubt the fact that lifting weights works. It obviously does. I'm asking whether it's overrated compared to alternative programs. To be clear, when I say lifting weights, I am ...
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How to train with no offseason

I was looking at various training plans on the net, as I'm working up a routine for coaching a new team sparring group for our martial arts "circuit", and one thing struck me. All of the plans that I ...
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Weight-lifting: I am afraid that I am not getting enough mobility, so is it okay to mix it with other things?

I am currently doing a standard 3xweek, full-body weight-lifting routine, doing all the major compound exercises (squat, DL, bench, row, and overhead) for 3-4 sets a piece, in the 5-10 rep range. I AM ...
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Which is the role of glutes when extending your legs?

let's consider this table which shows agonist - antagonist muscles pairs in our body. Let's focus on a specific exercise, for instance squat. When you are rising up from the floor, your legs are ...
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Addiction to fitness help

So I finally got a job that starts in February. During my studies and job finding days I always have made fitness my top priority in life. I always plan my workouts in the morning, and which days, and ...
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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'...
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How to determine how much weight should you start with for dumbbell squats and sit-ups as a beginner?

For an underweight skinny adult, how much weight is recommended? Is there any guide for this where I can read about it, and calculate it for me? NOTE: If this question seems opinion based, kindly ...
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Is sugar really the enemy? [closed]

I have been researching online a lot regarding the truth of sugar and there's so many mixed opinion. I was hoping for some objective opinion regarding the matter and hopefully backed with scientific ...
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Power Clean basic guide

this topic doesn't want to be a professional guide to power cleans, since it's so complicate for a newbie like me. However, in my life there were plenty of situations in which I needed to lift a ...
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Do the effects of Morning Neuromuscular Deficit make morning training inferior to afternoon training?

It seems to be widely accepted in fitness folklore that people are typically stronger in the afternoons than they are in the early mornings. This phenomenon, called Morning Neuromuscular Deficit is ...
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How does a 125# stack have 300# resistance?

How does a 125# stack have 300# resistance? I've asked this question again and again, but I've still never gotten an answer to my question. I understand the "band" type because as the band ...
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Do strongman and powerlifters have more muscles than bodybuilders

Strongman and powerlifters are stronger than bodybuilders. And they are heavier. But the extra weight can't simply just be fat? If it were just fat, then they wouldn't be stronger than the bodybuilder....
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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 by Gravity Transformation talks about cardio during weight training and describes how combining the ...
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Weight vs resistance

I've always heard hardcore lifters saying that resistance is not the same as weight. Bascially that 100lb of resistance is not equal to 100lbs of weight. Imagine a bowflex vs a cable machine. I'd ...
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Normal life with heavy weights

On a animated TV show (dragon ball Z) characters would have clothes which seamed 3 times there weight. Gradually building up weights (say a pound a day), could one be able to carry evenly across there ...
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What is the optimal length and amount of sessions per week for optimal muscle gain?

For maximum muscle gain, one is recommended to do 3-5 sets 8-12 reps, the less reps the more strength training it becomes. Now in regard to the number of sessions per week and the length of sessions I ...
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Power Clean Form Check (and technique questions)

I would like a form check for my power clean please. I just started doing these and I want to get better at the Olympic lifts down the line (Clean & Jerk and Snatch). Videos: Set 4 and Set 5 - ...
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Deadlift and scapular retraction

most of the people say it's wrong to do the scapular retraction (by squeezing blades) during deadlifts. This and this are two references which explain that scapular retraction is not advised because: ...
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How much protein can the body absorb within a meal?

Previous topics have examined the absorbable amount of protein per day (<0.8g/lb), but how much protein can the body absorb during a post-workout meal? This is of particular interest in ...
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Help create a weight-training program with a focus on martial arts

I started lifting weights in August 2020 to get stronger for my martial arts. I have been training Muay Thai/Kick Boxing and Boxing for a little while, and I intend to train Jiujutsu and Judo once ...
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Does exercise help to increase flexibility / mobility?

I'm recently getting back into the gym after a long layoff. I've found that my whole body, especially my legs, has a lot of tightness and trigger points going on. This will no doubt be because of how ...
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Is there such a thing as having weak shoulder internal rotators?

I've always been more focused on keeping my external rotators strong, as I heard that it is normally those that are weak... and that the internal rotators are generally the more strong / dominant ones....
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How much protein should I eat on off-days?

I'm aware that eating protein is important on the day of your weight lifting session. The most important time to eat protein is right after the session. But I've never heard advice on when to eat and ...
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Front squatting: sit 'back' or sit 'down'?

I've done plenty of front squats over the years, and a lot of those times were during PT sessions where I had a trainer to watch my form... and never really had any problems. Lately I thought I'd film ...
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Can you improve and lower your active heartrate during exercise

Are you able to improve your heartrate at an active state? I know athletes have a lower resting heart rate, but I am interested in my heart rate not spiking so high when I weightlift. I noticed my ...
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Is arm shivering an indication that you need to reduce the weight you are lifting?

I'm pretty new to lifting (~1.5months) and I have been following the Bigger Leaner Stronger workouts. They mainly focus on high weight low rep training. The book asks you to lift about 70-80% of your ...
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Are wrist wraps at cross purposes with incline DB curls?

My wrist / carpal tunnel tends to get rather angry with me during exercises like dumbbell flies. (Presumably because the weight is supported by just the palms than a stacked forearm, and is under the ...
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How to prevent a plateau when you are in a caloric deficit?

I'm M, 21, 5'6''. Some months ago, I tried losing weight without any resistance training i.e through dieting alone (by creating a deficit of ~ 1500 calories everyday). My weight was 85Kg and I dropped ...
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How to start weightlifting?

Ive(f22) always been very fit and healthy, yet have never quite been happy with how my body looks. Im 5" tall and weigh 113lbs. I'm an endomorph and currently eat 1400 cals a day (I track my ...
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How many weightlifting styles are there?

Some weeks ago, my coach was explaining the starting positions, he pointed out the two different starting positions, he called them the East European and Chinese styles. I was trying to pay ...
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Full body workout spread throughout the day?

Stressed for time, I figured I could use my work breaks to get in some strength/weight workouts. My idea is to use the short breaks to do one workout every break. Example: Two minute deadlift specific ...
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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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