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Why is "squatting the deadlift" bad?

The article's explanations for why you shouldn't try to squat a deadlift are wrong. Positioning your hips too low does not put more stress on the lower back, and does not meaningfully shift your ...
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How to prevent "good morning" when squatting?

What is a "good morning"? Just to add context, a "good morning" is when you're doing a squat, you go down to the lowest point, but then you extend the knees without maintaining an upright back. This ...
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How to overcome grip strength as sticking point for deadlifts?

There are several methods of increasing grip strength, and some of the principles that work the best you should already be familiar with due to the bodybuilding background. First, let's look at what ...
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Why do powerlifting federations have minimum standards for records?

World standards, record presets, or minimum standards all seem to be the same thing. You're 100% correct that they are simply a placeholder for a proper record. The IWF has an excellent explanation ...
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Afraid of dropping weight plates on feet

Moving around a weight room has caused more injuries than training has, for me. You can trip, people leave crap strewn about, and as you mentioned it's easy to drop a plate. Shoes won't protect you ...
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Powerlifting vs Strongman

The very quick answer is that Powerlifting is more about standing in one place and moving a heavy weight through a range of motion (be it deadlift, squat or bench press). There is a certain technique ...
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Fixing a disproportionately weak squat

I have a hybrid hypothesis: your squat form is wrong and has been wrong for close to two years, you're not working on fixing it, and you're spending your recovery budget on WODs and other lifts. ...
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Soy Protein and Protein Requirements

This is not really going to be a definitive answer, as you can find studies that support almost any position, so what I'm looking at for this is the trend of the studies that I've reviewed. Overall, ...
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How much weight should we place on our heel and how much in our forefoot during squat?

There are two goals to aim for when distributing your weight: You should be in balance, for obvious reasons; and The combined centre of mass of your body and the bar should only move down and up ...
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are heels coming up when you squat an illegal lift for powerlifting competitions?

This is taken from the IPF rulebook, see rule 4 in particular: Causes for disqualification of a Squat: Failure to observe the Chief Referee’s signals at the commencement or completion of ...
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Bench Press Form Check

First: Good work on your bench so far. The form is quite good and you've clearly worked hard. I'm also very happy to see you trying to do anything you can do to get better (for example making the ...
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How to overcome grip strength as sticking point for deadlifts?

Lifting gloves get in the way and make your job harder. I recommend going without. Chalk helps enormously to prevent sweat from making the bar hard to grip. Buy a block of rock climber's chalk for a ...
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How come females with less testosterone can be stronger than males with more?

Testosterone is a steroid hormone. A steroid simply being present does not necessarily mean that a person is making good use of it. Men are obviously on average going to out perform women in feats ...
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When is 5x5 deadlifts too much volume?

There's a few things to consider. First is where you are on the strength spectrum. A novice doing "5x5", while probably not the smartest idea in the world, isn't nearly as damaging as an advanced ...
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I bench and squat way more than what I deadlift?

(Possible) Reasons Why You Squat More Than Deadlift Your form is bad in both exercises. Without a video or someone checking your form, this can't be (dis)proven. You don't like deadlifting; as a ...
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Compare & contrast squat types

When it comes to powerlifting, a large portion of lifters will use a low bar squat which places the bar lower on the back to sit on a muscular shelf made by the rear deltoids. This also allows the ...
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How to prevent "good morning" when squatting?

A "good morning squat" occurs when your knees shift backward at the bottom of the squat. This action takes the load off the quadriceps and places more load onto the glutes and spinal erectors, as the ...
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Why should the knee point outwards in squat?

Short answer: you don't actually need to flare your knees out, but what you do need to do is generate torque in your hips which can be accomplished by attempting to rotate forward-facing feet outward (...
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On what should a deadlift beginner try to improve?

I would suggest starting with the barbell on the floor. If you can't, or won't, and the blocks are necessary1, then I would find some way to safely elevate yourself to the same level. Once you and the ...
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Is it possible to train for a 1/2 marathon while powerlifting?

Yes, although In the fitness world especially, excess cardio will drain your calories and reduce muscle which is needed for powerlifting. On the other hand, lifting heavy weights and gaining weight ...
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Is StrongLifts 5x5 for powerlifting or bodybuilding?

Stronglifts is a novice program. Stronglifts is neither a powerlifting, nor a bodybuilding program. It is a novice linear progression. It is well suited for novice lifters who have the capacity to ...
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Is it ok to just randomly ask someone to spot me?

I believe so, but unless the person in question is benching themselves, you can't expect them to stay around to spot you for more than one or possibly two sets, so your best bet is to find someone ...
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How come females with less testosterone can be stronger than males with more?

Some men train poorly, and therefore remain weak. Some women train extremely hard, and thereby achieve great strength. Reality need not break for a 120-pound person with less testosterone but more ...
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Relation between grip strength and power output

Can my body output more power/strength when my grip is stronger? Yes. If you can't hold something, you can't pick it up. Rippetoe & Kilgore in Starting Strength mention that there is also an ...
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Why isn't barefoot squatting recommended?

I haven't heard of any reliable sources recommending not squatting barefooted. The only reasons I can think of are probable imbalances (the one Alec suggested) , hygiene issues (some gyms may not like ...
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Are there advantages to breaking up a workout?

The first routine is low on overall weekly volume in terms of sessions in the gym and I would recommend if you chose this route to achieve hypertrophy what you understand that as you develop into a ...
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I have 7 weeks left for a power-lifting competition. It's my first time; how do I prepare?

Learn the rules It may be surprising, but there is no universally set rules for powerlifting competitions. A powerlifting competition sponsored by a federation must follow the federation's rules, but ...
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Should I bench press without an arch during training?

Stick with the powerlifting style benchpress. Do supplementary higher rep/lower weight dumbbell benchpresses afterwards. As you figured, benching with arched back has its benefits: it helps you ...
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Deadlift Form Check

The good news is that you've correctly identified the only issue I see. That's two positive things: the rest of your deadlift form is good, and you're able to see/feel what you're doing wrong. That's ...
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Help create a weight-training program with a focus on martial arts

This is simultaneously an easy problem and a hard problem. The easy part is that it sounds like you're a novice without other training to work around. Programming for novices is easy. Many times an ...
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