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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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Activate Lats evenly

Yesterday I noticed that the lat on my left side looks smaller than on my right side. So I thought maybe I'm lifting uneven when doing Lat Pulldowns. In training today I really focussed on activating ...
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Alternatives for Bench Press

My ophthalmologist advised me to avoid the bench press due to some strain in the eyes. But given the importance of bench press in body building and power lifting, avoiding bench press may have ...
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Greater caloric surplus on training days?

Imagine one being in a slight caloric surplus of roughly 500kcal above their maintenance value every day, but only training four times a week. Is it better to split the eating behavior in training and ...
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Should one train/test their 1RM?

I recently watched a video of fitness youtuber talking about him testing his 1RM frequently (about every 6-8 weeks), which would replace one of his "regular" training days. He does that by calculating ...
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How can I tell I'm not weight-lifting hard enough?

I'm lifting weight in order to improve my physical appearance. But I'm unsure whether I'm doing enough or not enough. Can I use the soreness of my muscle to gauge? The advice is somewhat ...
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Im skinny but not shredded.Should i do cardio and weightlifting both or will the one influence the other? [closed]

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Wrist Position Bench Press vs. Overhead Press

Why does it seem to be okay to bend your wrist in an OHP (many many tutorials show it that way) whereas it's highly adviced (even from the same people doing these tutorials) to get your wrist in a ...
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Are drop sets effective?

A very commonly performed action in bodybuilding is the drop set. In which, you do your working sets. Then on the last set, you go to failure, drop the weight, go to failure, drop the weight, go to ...
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Rest Period between Exercises?

So people (including me) obviously talk about resting in between two sets of the same exercise and how long they should be. Now I'm wondering, what about rest in between two exercises (in addition to ...
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Goblet Squats vs. Regular Squats

I'm tempted to include Goblet Squats into my workout routine, because they seem easy to execute (you only need a single Dumbbell) and look fun. Now, in terms of muscle activation, where are (if any) ...
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How to overcome shyness at the gym and start seeing results?

I'v been on a diet for around 3 months now (since July) and I joined a gym around the same time. Since then, I've been having a lot of salads and in-taking more protein. I'm starting to see progress ...
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What is a good way to incorporate additional weight training into an existing one?

I am 45 years old, 5'-10", 145lbs, and ~12%-15% body fat. I have always been light and over the last year have had the desire to gain more muscle mass. I workout consistently now at noon for 45 ...
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Exercise Order in a Push-Pull 2-Split

I'm currently building myself a 2-Split Push-Pull workout routine and have a little struggle with the order in which to put the exercises. Three rules of thumb I was following with my previous Upper-...
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how to know the type of weight increase?

I am 43 years old and 192 cm tall I have been working out (weight lifting) for more than a year I see improvements in my muscles mass and I see significant weight increase (from 95 kg to 112 kg) ...
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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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Romanian Deadlifts: Do they focus on Lower Back or Hamstrings more?

When setting up a workout routine, I opted towards the RDL instead of the "regular ones", because the owner of the gym I got to prefers us not to deadlift (don't ask me about it...) and I thought RDLs ...
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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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How can I improve my vertical and be more explosive?

I play volleyball and I weight train almost everyday. What exercises/muscles should I work to improve my vertical and be more explosive? Anything helps!
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Machine Leg Curl vs Glute-Ham-Raise

Often when arguing about the Leg Curl Machine being bad (eg. hurt your knees in many cases), people refer to the Glute-Ham-Raise as a way better (less harmful) alternative. To me, the movements of ...

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