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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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Should beginners be doing Rounded Back Deadlifts in a beginner strength training program?

There's the answer in the general case, and there's the answer for this case. First this case, then the general. You Are Fucking Around Starting Strength, but with carrying exercises...StrongLifts, ...
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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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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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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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Scapular contraction: should I always do it?

The bottom line is you want your shoulder in a neutral position. That doesn't necessarily mean full scapular retraction, but it's a cue that helps a lot of people. Considering your level of ...
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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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Preventing upper back from rounding while squatting

Deadlift properly It's almost impossible to remotely determine what the trouble is, but: during deadlift, while pulling, my upper back is rounding but once I reach the top most position, ...
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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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How to safely release the bar in the power rack when doing squats?

The safety bars should be set a few inches below the lowest the bar could conceivably go during a successful squat. This way, if the squat goes wrong in any way, you just lower yourself to the bottom ...
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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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Stronglifts 5x5 or Pure Chest workout?

I really disagree with knocks against strength programs that they don't do anything for size. You simply cannot overhead press your bodyweight, or squat twice your bodyweight, without being big and ...
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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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How to safely release the bar in the power rack when doing squats?

As AlexL suggests, since you are in a power rack, you can simply set the safeties to a couple inches below squat depth. Then if you need to bail, simply lower your squat beyond your usual squatting ...
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How to safely release the bar in the power rack when doing squats?

Great question! Especially coming before actually having had bail out (that's the terminology) of a squat. I'm guessing you're back squatting. When failing to stand up during a rep you'll at least ...
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Shoulder discomfort after starting StrongLifts

How have you done the chin-ups? Take care that you keep tension all the way during the repetition especially at the bottom of the exercise. Also if you go to wide you can injure your rotator cuff. ...
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Gym routine with Tennis

This link has a routine for tennis (3 or 4 days, which you can adapt to your needs): http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/weik55.htm And here you can find a great exercise database with video ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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?

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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