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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Are warm-up sets redundant with other mobility warm-ups? How to shave time off of lengthy workouts?

Trying to figure out how to get a proper warm-up without also spending forever on it; for a while I’d only been doing warm-up sets at 5x40%, 5x60%, 3x80% on the big compound lift which goes first in ...
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Do the rules of thumb “keep it simple” and “eat a lot” and such necessarily hold true for older lifters?

tl;dr: I’m 36; working out (weightlifting) is “something I also do with my life”; I’m not keen on dramatic lifestyle changes due to feeling chronically overwhelmed finding time for work+chores+gym+...
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Difference between landmine row with rope versus v-handle

What is the major difference when using a landmine row with the following attachments in terms of muscles worked?: v-handle rope (do you spread the rope at the top?) classic t bar eyelets
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How should I approach a “cursed” exercise that’s more frustrating than challenging?

I’ve been following a semi-elaborate routine which adds intensity by using rest-pause training. Most of it is going well, except for the lunges in Legs B, with a goal of 50 reps over 5 sets. (My ...
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Does the "stabilization argument" also hold for pull exercises?

The argument in favor of free weight exercises like barbell bench press or barbell squat (as opposed to their machine equivalents) is that as you lift the weight, you also need to stabilize it, which ...
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Emollients to reduce friction during exercise

I've had a lot of skin problems over the last few years as a result of weight training in the gym, due to the friction under my arms. The doctor suggested I try some kind of emollient before ...
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How to gain muscles and be fit with low testosterone?

I am male,35 years old, 75 kg (with a lot of fat around the chest and belly), and 180 cm. I have been doing Karate for 20 years since I was 7 years old. I was very fit but after my back injury (I have ...
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Supercompensation theory and lifting principles

Put plain and simply, is the theory of supercompensation true to reality? Has it been put to the test?
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Do muscles atrophy and grow linearly, exponentially or depreciatively or possibly like a bell curve? Also same question but for fitness [closed]

runners, lifters, scientists, engineers, geeks, gamers, casuals. I am asking the following: "Do muscles atrophy and grow linearly, exponentially or depreciatively or possibly like a bell curve? ...
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Skinny fat - does cardio only burn fat up to a point?

My paradigm: weight training and cardio. Each work toward their own ends—that is, building muscle and burning fat, respectively. But if this is the case, why are people who are considered "skinny fat"...
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Do weightlifting belts improve or hurt long-term development of core strength?

Weightlifting belts are reportedly used by a quarter of recreational weight trainers, and their benefits to lifting performance is supported by a large body of research. The data suggest that belts ...
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Bare feet vs lifting shoes for people with flat feet

I have extremely flat feet, and I was wondering if I should do my heavy lifts (squats, dead lifts) with dedicated lifting shoes, or with bare feet. Right now I'm doing my lifts bare-foot on a hard ...
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I can't lift the weights I lifted last times

Here is my dumbbells' press (bench) performance in the last two times of my chest workout: before last time bench's training (dumbbells' press) 32.5kg - 10 reps 32.5kg 10 reps 32.5kg - 10 reps 35 ...
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Increase bench press 1RM

I want to increase my 1RM on bench press. I lift about 2 years. At the beginning it went great and fast. But when I reached 220 lbs it stopped. It hasn't changed in the last year. I go bench press ...
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Shared space incline equipment options (living room)

I exercise in a shared family space, so no 'dedicated' exercise equipment would work. When doing weight lifting with dumbells/powerblocks, often the exercises require some form of 'incline' for chest ...
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Does increasing muscular endurance make you stronger?

The argument "increasing strength makes sub-maximal lifts easier" is sometimes encountered. The way that it is presented seems to indicate that increasing maximal strength also increases endurance (...
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Is there a Fullbody Training which can be done in 5 Minutes or less?

The Background of this Question is, that at the current point in time i can not leave the house and have only very limited time for training. What i can do, is plug in some very short sessions during ...
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How to train and build up for loading heavy dumbbells for chest and shoulder press?

For chest & shoulder press, a typical way to get load (or set up initial position) is to kick dumbbells up with feet, with advantage of momentum ( & use of biceps) bring the dumbbells to ...
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Does heavy metal music increase strength?

Alright, hear me out here. So far my study is n = 1 but I can state, with confidence, that I lift far more weight while listening to heavy metal music. I don't have a scientific factor but if I had to ...
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Calorie timing with workouts

When it comes to gaining, I usually go for a 3500 calorie a day diet, work out four times a week and end up gaining weight as both muscle and fat. I’m working on a plan to calculate my macros more ...
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Is there anyway carrying additional fat on the body could be an asset for lifting weight?

Such as the body will take the energy to burn fat for recovery, or weight lifting on an empty stomach? Or does it not work like that?
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Ideal number of recovery days for strength training when working to maximum

I’m familiar with the standard schedule of strength training any particular group of muscles three times a week, and therefore one recovery day between each routine, with a double recovery day once a ...

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