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Do 1RM calculation formulae start to become inaccurate as the rep counts go way up?

Yes, the formulas are certainly less accurately beyond 10 reps. This is because the formulas are estimates. If you plotted them on a curve, you'll notice that by 20 reps they are giving very different ...
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Barbell exercises to undo damage of sitting?

Just exercise. All the risks of a sedentary lifestyle can be mitigated by, well, not living a sedentary lifestyle. When we talk about deleterious health effects of sitting all day, we’re talking about ...
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Barbell exercises for serratus anterior muscle

The serratus anterior can't really be worked directly but it is used indirectly through all anterior/front delt exercises and a few select chest exercises such as most plank variations and shoulder ...
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Impact of bar velocity in rep for hypertrophy

Specifically for hypertrophy, researcher Chris Beardsley states: ... we observe hypertrophy after any workout in which effort is high (since effort determines motor unit recruitment) and bar speed is ...
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Does it matter if weights are loaded unevenly on different sides of a smith machine barbell?

The first scenario would probably not have enough difference to notice. The railing would hold the bar in place. You'd be able to use it just fine. The second scenario may be getting to the limit. ...
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What are deadlifts good for?

I can't speak as to why these workout plans omit the deadlifts but I can say they are a very useful movement. Deadlifts focus more on the posterior chain; mainly glutes and hamstrings, but also the ...
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Barbell exercises to decrease fall damage

The key element to reducing fall damage when landing on the feet is to distribute the force of falling over a greater period of time. This generally consists of landing on the balls of the feet, ...
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Is it common to find oneself pulling back downward on the loaded barbell as coming up during a squat?

It depends on whether you're doing low bar or high bar squats. With low bar squats, you're supposed to be keeping your chest down and leading with your hips as you rise, so what your description would ...
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Do 1RM calculation formulae start to become inaccurate as the rep counts go way up?

One-rep max formulae are all unreliable past about 10 reps. Brzycki specifically advises against using his formula with that many reps. It appears the relationship [between anaerobic endurance and ...
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Is it more common to have a heavier maximum bench or squatting weight?

For trained lifters, the squat should generally be significantly higher than the bench: Compare “full meet squat” and “full meet bench” at open powerlifting records. That being said, there are ...
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Seeking Advice on Smith Machine Use: Safe Exercises and Proper Form

Smith machine is fine if that's what you have access to. The thing is the movements don't translate very well to their freeweight barbell counterpart, so people who have convinced themselves that ...
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Do 1RM calculation formulae start to become inaccurate as the rep counts go way up?

1RM calculation formulae start to become inaccurate when the reps performed are greater than or equal to 2 All 1RM calculation formulas assume strength and endurance increase exactly in step with each ...
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What can be said of one whose bum rises before their shoulders/bar during barbell squats?

What you're describing sounds like your form is shifting, moving the weight from you quads to more on your glutes. You're likely then able to complete the rep because the glutes are the stronger ...
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Is it common to be able to deadlift more on a hex bar than on a straight barbell?

This is to be expected. Yes, it is typical to be able to deadlift more on a hex bar. Because the hex bar has you standing between the plates, the center of mass of the bar is closer to your own. This ...
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Using unevenly bent bars at the gym for squats (general tips and comfort)

Poking around, the general advice I've run into is to not use unevenly bent bars. Let me start by saying that if your barbell is bent unevenly or past the point of saving, you need to replace it. It’...
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