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Yes, this is why the bars used in women's Olympic weightlifting competition have a smaller diameter, of 25mm, rather than the 28mm used for the men's bars. This is intended to allow hook grip despite women typically having shorter fingers than men. (For comparison, bars used in powerlifting typically have a 27mm diameter for a dedicated deadlift bar, or 28-...


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Slowly. Do hook grip on your first set for a week, and regular grip for your remaining sets. Then do hook grip on your first two sets for a week. Then your first three sets for a week, and so on. It helps if you have a ramp up routine (start with lower weights until you get to your working set) because you can do this scheme with lower weight and build up. ...


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For the purposes of lowering your bodyfat percentage, the only benefit of cardio is an increase on the "energy out" side of the energy balance equation. There are certainly other benefits to cardio, but not for the specific purpose of lowering your bodyfat percentage. Strength training is very useful for lowering your bodyfat percentage as it will bring up ...


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This is one of the advantages of machines over free weights, especially for bicep curls, tricep extensions, and the analogous leg exercises. They generally have some sort of cable or belt attached to the weight stack, going up through a pulley, and then coming back to wrap around a disk-like track. When you perform the exercise, you are applying force on a ...


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This is true, mostly for bicep curls in fact. This is why dumbbell 21's, and 28's were created by old school bodybuilders to have a higher time under tension. More on that later, but there is a way to increase the torque you describe.. Resistance bands(both single bands and ones that come in loops) These have more resistance the more you stretch them. You ...


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when doing a bicep curl, the load is low at the bottom and the top. You're making some good points about how parts of the rep (specifically where the moment arm is parallel to the force of gravity) are a lot lighter. Maximal load occurs when the moment arm is perpendicular to the direction of resistance. So if you're doing a barbell curl, this would be the ...


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