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Is StrongLifts 5x5 for powerlifting or bodybuilding?

Stronglifts is a novice program that should not be run as long as is typically recommended. Stronglifts is neither a powerlifting, nor a bodybuilding program. It is a novice linear progression. It is ...
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Doubts about the SL 5X5 program

What happens if I reach a limit? What if I fail to get 5 reps What if I keep failing at the same weight You will probably reach your 5x5 limit on OHP quickly, the program tells you to deload and ...
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Can a routine be designed around deadlifts?

5x5 deadlift is absolutely fine, but not during the SL5x5. As Aequitas nails on the head, the Stronglift 5x5 program already includes 5x5 squats, 3 days a week, and as such, your legs, glutes and ...
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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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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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Should I grind or should I fail?

Injuries will hinder your progress more than lifting lighter. Focus on technique if you want long term gains.
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Should I grind or should I fail?

There's acceptable "grind" and unacceptable grind, and I don't trust novices to tell the difference. Someone in your position--which I assume means, a beginner doing a novice program with an ...
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At what point is it worth using a powerlifting belt?

TLDR: I am going to argue that you should use a lifting belt whenever you decide that powerlifting is the sport that you want to invest money in to. You do not have to use a belt, but it can benefit ...
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Balance issues with the overhead press

Without seeing you press, I'm uncertain what's causing your imbalance. However, you may be able to improve your balance in the press by: Picking a point of focus. Before beginning each repetition &...
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Will I gain mass effectively with this program? Slightly modified stronglifts 5x5

Yes, you can do 7 workouts every 2 weeks instead of 3 per week. Mark Rippetoe has stated that doing a Starting Strength workout every second day is fine for a novice, and that the normal 3-per-week ...
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Used to Do StrongLifts But Now Have to Work-Out at Home due to COVID-19

Unfortunately, unless you have a good home gym set up, you aren't going to be able to carry on with the StrongLifts program. Sorry, but that's just the way it is. Now, focusing on the positive, ...
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At what point is it worth using a powerlifting belt?

Honestly, you don't need a belt ever. If you are struggling with the weight, it simply means you are not strong enough. Belts help increase intra abdominal pressure and help you brace stronger, with ...
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At what point is it worth using a powerlifting belt?

Understand what the weight belt is doing and hopeful it makes more sense why it's so dangerous. The weight belt is used to compensate for a horizontally wrapping group of muscles collectively ...
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At what point is it worth using a powerlifting belt?

As you have mentioned you find it hard to add 5 lbs progressively, I'd suggest using a belt every time you overload from now. What people have suggested may work for them, but I'd say you should ...
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why arms flabby after 5x5 stronglifts?

I think you're trying to thread the needle a little too much, and I'm basing that off of a couple of things you've said: I'm 5'8" @ 137lbs trying to gain weight but trying to stay toned. I ...
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At what point is it worth using a powerlifting belt?

Personally, I have used a belt squatting with weight as low as 135lbs. The trick is to use the belt not only to support, but for feedback of proper form. If you're at a difficult weight you can use a ...
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Should I grind or should I fail?

Have a dive through the 5x5 website squat page here In summary, you don't count reps with bad form. If you complete a set of 5 with 1 bad form rep then you only record 4 for that set. This will cause ...
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Can a routine be designed around deadlifts?

Why 1x5 deadlifts so often? One heavy deadlift set to five reps can be plenty for most people. Most novice programs don't include a lot of deadlift volume because there's no need for more than one ...
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Stronglifts 5x5- How can I catch up on weak dead lift and bench?

It's OK to have a bigger squat than the other lifts, and it's one of the best exercises anyway. I've been doing 5x5 for more than a year now, and my lifts are exactly as PravinCG said : DL > SQ > BP ...
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Don't feel anything with Pendlay barbell rows. Should I switch to Yates rows?

The barbell row is a beast. It depends how you are executing them. Are you stretching the back when you let the barbell down? By that I mean you should use the full range of motion. I would recommend ...
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Why's Stronglifts going straight to my gut?

Like you, I have gained some pounds after starting the program. If you are able to keep increasing the weights on the bar and have done this for over 3 months than you are also gaining muscle mass. ...
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Powerlift/strongman program for beginner?

I would say that in the beginning take it easy and get a good feeling for your body and what is the correct form. When you hit heavier weights more focus will be needed to maintain form. Starting ...
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Used to Do StrongLifts But Now Have to Work-Out at Home due to COVID-19

After the first week, you won't lose any strength. In fact, if you were to go back straight to lifting the following week, you'll probably be able to just pick up where you lift off. After two weeks, ...
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Is there anybody else who can't gain reps in 4x4 OHP?

Upper-body progression is hard, and often needs more time to acclimate to higher loads. A program that goes 4x4, 4x5, 4x6, add weight, 4x4, 4x5, 4x6, add weight (etc.) can be good for overhead press. ...
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Don't feel anything with Pendlay barbell rows. Should I switch to Yates rows?

"Glenn Pendlay said, all Barbell Rows should be Pendlay Rows because it’s more effective." Upper-back: You must pull your shoulder-blades back at the top to get the bar to your chest. This ...
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Stronglifts 5x5: Start in deficit and move to surplus when reaching 5RM on lifts

Bulking on SL for you is problematic Before I answer your question, your problem is you are trying to bulk/cut on a massively sub-par program while being past your beginner phase. For bulking and ...
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Stronglifts 5X5 Question about Gains and injuries

Yes, you will continue to make gains on the other exercises if you're diet is on point. Although, if you're not squatting and deadlifting, you progress and gains will slow down. Squatting more than ...
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Can a routine be designed around deadlifts?

Yes, you can absolutely design a program around deadlifts, but the real question is should you. Few years back, I wrecked my shoulder in a climbing accident, and I found that all I could really do ...
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How can I train for a 5K while strength training with StrongLifts 5x5 and minimizing detrimental effects on either?

Jim Schmitz, former Olympic lifting coach offers good insights here. The other factors of running that might influence your lifting are the volume and intensity of your running. Sprints can be ...
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