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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 ("screwing your feet into the ground") and thinking of this as pointing your knees out is a good physical cue. Details: The reason you externally ...


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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 barbell are at the same level, you can work on getting your deadlift technique down. For that, I would recommend watching Alan Thrall's 5-step approach to the ...


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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 will make your body slower or fatigue faster. That being said, you can absolutely do both! Your progress will just be slower in each activity, and you might not ...


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You're pretty much using all back with your current form. Lifting with your legs is really important with a deadlift and will help you get more weight, as well as, not hurt your back. You have a really great form in your back, you just need to squat down a bit more for the full motion. StrongLifts suggest squatting down until your shins hit the bar. The ...


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That website's contention for why a thumbless grip lessens the load on the forearm muscles is that it prevents you from squeezing the bar: in a thumbless grip, also known as a “false” or “suicide” grip, the thumb is held under or outside of the bar rather than around the bar. There is no squeezing involved. However this absolutely would not apply to any ...


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There is a documented interference effect of endurance aerobic and strength training, so if you'll train for both it's to be expected at least that your gain rate will slow at least above a certain level of proficiency - if you're a newbie you can gain in both for a while. In other words, the theory indicates that the more advanced you are, the more ...


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You need to position your feet so that the bar starts directly over the mid-foot. Your biggest technique issue that is visible from this video is that you are starting with the bar over the balls of your feet, rather than over the centre of your feet. You can see this in these screenshots I've taken from your video, with a vertical line superimposed over ...


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the book Starting Strength has extremely detailed instructions on deadlift form. Depending on your age (if you are under ~30), it might be a good book to follow in general. I can't tell for sure, but my hunch is that you are located on an upstairs floor of a house or apartment (thus the blocks and highly controlled return of the bar). If that is correct, you ...


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Don’t focus on the form. Focus on where you feel the tension. Focus on using the right muscles. Hint : not the ones in your back. I believe Stuart McGill provides the best technique for any movement where your back is involved. He calls it the bracing technique and it basically consists in creating a corset with your core muscles (obliques notably) and your ...


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Well I will tell you what my strength coach used to tell me every time I deadlifted (even when I got good at it)... Get your ass down! Your butt is up and it is pushing your equilibrium forward too soon. You have to almost force yourself back to get the bar straight up. What you need to do is lighten the weight. And then get deep and comfortable with your ...


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I think TravisJ gave a good answer on how to squat but didn't cleared the actual concept of why to externally rotate your knees. now let me give me a disclaimer I am not opposing your knowledge about squatting you are right but I think you don't know the actual cause of externally rotation. This answer is from my personal experience so read it full. Now to ...


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