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Is it a bad idea to do double dumbbell exercises with a single dumbbell?

No, it is neither dangerous, nor inadvisable, nor ineffective to separate those exercises into unilateral (single-hand) versions. The only disadvantage to doing so is the extra time that you will ...
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What is the purpose of dropping weights?

Dropping weights is basically an acknowledgement that you either can't slowly lower the weights due to fatigue or that you want to avoid unnecessary risk of injury in slowly lowering them. It's only ...
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How do you keep the barbell close to your legs when doing the Romanian Deadlift?

Romanian deadlifts are not synonymous with stiff-leg deadlifts. In the Romanian deadlift, we hinge at the hip and rock backwards, allowing the knees to bend only enough to align our combined centre of ...
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How to activate glutes on a pear?

Welcome to the community! As you may know, the glutes are the largest and most powerful muscles in the human body. Some exercises, if performed with proper form, simply can't be done without major ...
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Lower back pain when performing lying leg raise

If you feel sharp pain in the lower back, then you need to adjust the exercise. The reason why lying leg raises are often painful, is that the lower back gets pinched and compressed as the weight of ...
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My experiments to my body

Your exercise selection leaves much to be desired. Your routine consists of only three movements: push-ups, squats, and sit-ups. The primary muscles targeted then are the triceps, anterior delts, pecs,...
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Squats technique flat feet

A lot of people have this problem, and it's usually caused by short tendons on the back of your ankle. I forget the name... Achilles? Anyway, there are plently of things you can try in order to fix ...
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Lower leg training

The smaller leg muscles, we can pick on the extensor digitorum longus or the sartorius (as examples) are not supposed to be individually engaged. They are role-specific, and supposed to serve in a ...
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Are squats on the tip of the feet and bending back good for the legs?

I believe you're describing a Sissy Squat *. This is a great body-weight exercise for developing your quadriceps. However, sissy squats don't work the glutes at all; instead recruiting the hip flexors....
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Is technique or form more important than progress in weight or reps?

How about hurting yourself and be unable to exercise for a long time (possibly never again)? Is that a good reason? And yes, bad forms can easily lead to short/long-term injuries. Programs such as ...
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Cardio or Strength training?

Both cardio and strength training can be an excellent way to improve your physique, it all depends on what you like to do. Lean muscular body mass can be done by doing cardio for say 30 minutes a day ...
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Training for using war bows

Although it is in different language (may use google translate) in the link here there is a movie about training (pulling 92 lbs bow 57 Times) and pictures of different drills on bow training. You ...
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Why do we superset?

There's this idea in hypertrophy training that rest periods should be kept short to keep metabolic stress on the muscles high, and that this will be conducive to growth. Taking your example, suppose ...
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Strengthen Teeth

First off, if you think you may have cracked a tooth, I highly recommend that you see a dentist. If your teeth are that loose, there is likely an underlying cause that you need to deal with comparable ...
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How would it possible to do Hammer Curls on Gymnastic Rings?

I think the real question is how to do curls with rings. From there, forearm rotation will refine these to hammer curls. This video illustrates the technique; I'll attempt to describe it in words for ...
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Handstand technique - Should I lock my elbows?

TL;DR, locking your elbows is fine. "Locking" one's joints is simply bringing them to the maximum range of motion. It is the strongest position that you can be in, because you are using your body's ...
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Bending knees in reverse hyperextension

The accepted answer is not correct. Not trying to start WWIII (and I think this is literally the first time I've disagreed with DarkHippo) stay calm. Everyone seems to freak out when they're ...
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What is the right way to use this sit-up bench

That looks incredibly uncomfortable. However, there are probably two ways to use this. One is for decline situps, where your knees would go over the bar at the end of the bench and your feet hook ...
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How can we define unambiguously flexion and extension?

There are commonly established and accepted definitions of motion for ambiguous joints that are related to the planes that the body is separated into. These planes are the sagittal, frontal and ...
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Do the squats Zack and Cloud do actually do anything in real life

Hi Memor-X, If you squat like the video you mentioned, you'll develop knee problems pretty fast. So please, don't perform it like that As others have mentioned, squat is an awesome body-weight ...
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Correct form and technique in single leg db deadlifts in detail

I have used the Single Leg Dumbbell Lift (SLDL) extensively during the last year to improve running performance. In my opinion, there IS a correct technique to this exercise that is motivated by the ...
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Squats technique flat feet

I transfer a lot of weight to the toes while moving up My fix for this is to concentrate on pushing through my heels. If there are no physiological barriers then this should be enough. One way I ...
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How should squat form change based on proportions?

Caveat: Proportions is an indicator of how your squat form could look. Actually measuring your limb and torso lengths and trying to mathematically deduce "correct" form is rarely beneficial, and can ...
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Why do I tend to fall backwards when squatting low?

Probably a lack of ankle mobility. You can use weightlifting shoes to compensate it, but that won't fix the problem, just allow you to squat in a safe position with your current mobility You should ...
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Are partial reps okay?

I would agree with your trainer. Partial reps are a tool, and every tool has its pros and cons. The pros of partial reps include the fact that you can carry on with an exercise when you can no longer ...
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Science of doing kip-ups

It should be understood that unlike squats and jump-squats, pull-ups and kip-ups are two distinct exercises. Yes, they both elevate the chest to the bar, but the mechanics and muscular activity in ...
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How do you keep the barbell close to your legs when doing the Romanian Deadlift?

You're allowed to bend your knees in RDLs. I think if you look closely in the first image, you'll see the guy is bending his knees slightly too. Although he has short femurs so he doesn't have to bend ...
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Correct technique for ab wheel rollout or must the hip flexors work isometrically?

I'm not sure what you mean by a tuck from the abs but you will inevitably have to crunch more the further you roll out. That said, the crunch shouldn't come at the expense of a straight back. When I ...
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Pilates- Taking time to learn form versus... actually doing it?

People all learn things differently. Some may be able to figure out a complex movement from just a diagram, whereas others might need a video, and then there are those that learn simply by doing. ...
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What are good cardio exercises for a one legged man?

I am a BKA and am starting to experience lower back pain. I suspect it is due to several factors: my prosthesis (it's a good one, but still a prosthesis), bed, and my balance is lacking too. I am ...
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