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Why are pull up bars mounted so high up?

Gyms need to have pull-up bars that are high enough that even their tallest members can use them without their knees hitting the ground. They may prefer to have them even higher, so that tall people ...
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Is there a difference in doing 10 pushups per day for a year and doing 3,6K pushups in a day?

Yes, the difference would be quite substantial. When we're in school, there's a reason we learn a little bit of math every day, rather than have fifty teachers go through ALL the math for us in one ...
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Why are pull up bars mounted so high up?

What most people disregard when it comes to pull-ups is that during an actual proper pull-up, your legs and core should be engaged and tensed. You want to be able to hold this throughout the entire ...
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Doing 110 pull ups in a row non stop

How does [someone] prepare to do 110 pull ups in a row Start by recognizing this as an extreme goal. I bet the people achieving >75 pull-ups got there by doing gymnastics or bar calisthenics for ...
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Should squats come last in a workout-plan?

A workout should ideally follow a relatively strict ordering. (Warm-up) High-skill/coordination exercises or movements which you are still learning, e.g. agility drills, Olympic lifts, gymnastics ...
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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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How often does one need to strength train to maintain strength?

Strength can be maintained with as little as one-ninth original volume. Bickel et al examined this with a 16 week training intervention, followed by a 32 week detraining/reduced volume maintenance ...
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Is it possible to recruit all the motor units available?

This is sort of a complicated question from a physiological point of view. Muscle is made of myocytes (muscle cells), which are made of a few things of interest in relation to your question. Let'...
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training abs every day, several times a day

Everyone wants a six-pack and everyone wants to increase core strength, but should you do abs exercises every day to accomplish that goal? Some of the most frequent questions I get about abs training ...
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How can I out-train this bad diet? If I can't, what modifications can I make to my diet to push more weight?

When simultaneously doing body recomposition (losing fat weight) and trying to push your strength lifts, the highest priorities are carefully balanced overall calorie intake, and a high proportion of ...
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Most effective bodyweight exercises?

I was really into powerlifting but due to this pandemic I can't go to the gym anymore. So I started doing calisthenics/bodyweight exercise, for me the most useful exercise are these: pull ups: ...
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Why am I not growing muscularly?

light weightlifting This will not build muscle for you. Lift heavier weights. some cardio excerise This fights your effort to gain muscle. Consider doing less cardio if you want to grow muscle. ...
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Do I lose all the benefits of earlier strength traning when I stop doing it for a while?

I'll attack this from two angles. The potential and the actual. Potential This is the more obvious. A major benefit of being previously trained is becoming trained again is much easier. In other ...
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Unable to maintain weights and increase in reps from work out session to session, why?

As has been pointed out, you have been coming up with routines that are of questionable quality, pursuing them for a very short time and then wondering why you are not getting results. Building ...
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Increase bench press 1RM

I bench press once a week I personally would not expect my bench press 1RM to increase past the absolute novice level if I only bench pressed once a week. Consider bench pressing three times a week....
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Should general workouts be done before Starting Strength 5x5?

I assume that you mean either the Starting Strength or Stronglifts 5x5 program. Either of those programs would be fine for someone who is new to resistance training, though I would also incorporate ...
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Is Stronglift 5 x 5 really suitable for all beginners? Even those with messed up muscle imabalances?

I'm not so sure if it's suitable for me. Mainly because I suffer from bad anterior pelvic tilt, hip shift, weak quads, and rounded shoulders. None of these things are actually problems - either for ...
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Developing very strong Quadriceps

Squats. Lots and lots of squats. Squat variations. Lots and lots of squat variations and progressions. Lunges and lunge variations as well. Have a look at something like Convict Conditioning and work ...
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Can Pistol Squats replace Barbell Squats?

They're fundamentally different exercises. If by "replace" you mean: Can a person do only weighted pistol squats instead of barbell back squats and live a long and healthy life? Than the ...
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strength and mass

Those seem to be several questions at once. Physical strength has both a neurological as well as a morpholocical component (1). It is true that resistance training allows you to activate a higher ...
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If I can't guarantee consistent 6+ hours of sleep a night, is weight lifting worth it?

In my honest opinion you're already doing a lot of strenuous work which can cause fatigue as it is. Being a Dad obviously can't be easy work either, people generally recommend 8+ hours of sleep a day ...
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When to use Weightlifting Protection & Supports?

This answer assumes lifting aids are being used for general training. Not for physical therapy or rehab. In a general, it's actually very opinionated. There's no actual right answer as to when to ...
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Increase bench press 1RM

Try micro loading, benching 2-3 times a week, and eating more. See if you can find some 1 or 1 1/2 pound plates in these trying times. Speaker magnets work well if you have iron plates and can’t find ...
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Do mandatory cloth masks pose a risk to training?

Using non-medical face masks during exercise does cause some minor discomfort, however, it appears to be safe when used by healthy individuals in short-term sub-vigorous intensities. Long term effects ...
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Do the effects of Morning Neuromuscular Deficit make morning training inferior to afternoon training?

While perceived exertion can be a useful tool, it shouldn’t be overemphasized. If it was such a potent force in producing strength and hypertrophy adaptations, then we would see widespread abuse of ...
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How important is Regular Exercise vs Amount of Exercise?

It's not the total amount of work you do that matters, it's the volume, or the total amount of work per unit of time. Compare the two people over a year - person A would have done approximately 7,000 ...
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Should strength training be altered according to whether you're seeking size vs strength?

Most of the respected strength training programs focus on exactly that: strength. In general the rep ranges are your biggest lever to play with with strength vs hypertrophy vs endurance. There's ...
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Holding weights on bench press flyes

I'll preface this by saying this is purely my opinion based on many years of training and experience as a trainer. I, personally, would not perform “one more set with heavy weight stretching my ...
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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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