Dave Liepmann
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How should I breathe when lifting?
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Holding your breath is common, standard, well-accepted powerlifting practice. Hold your breath throughout each rep of squatting, deadlifting, and pressing. Holding your breath helps keep your chest ...

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What is the optimal height of the bar off the ground for dead lifts?
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I would be a little anal about the issue and argue that deadlifts from lower than "official" or standard height are more accurately called deficit deadlifts, and deadlifts from higher than that height ...

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Does the Bulgarian split squat target the glutes better than normal squats?
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According to exrx.net the barbell split squat primarily targets the glutes and utilizes other hip and leg muscles as synergists. They show that the common form of the back squat, using a high-bar ...

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Which protein shake I should take as a beginner?
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Food Not Supplements Don't look for supplements to gain weight. Fix your diet. Protein and mass-gainer shakes are overpriced, overprocessed and overmarketed. They are not the solution. The solution ...

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How should I recover if I accidentally deadlifted 5x5 instead of 1x5?
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Stay the course. Your deadlifts are not heavy enough to worry. Add however much weight is called for by the program and do deadlifts 1x5 as scheduled.

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Can one prevent bleeding knuckles while boxing?
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The "bandages" that "real boxers" wear (whether on TV or not) are called handwraps, and are worn underneath the glove to add stability to the bones of the hand and wrist, as well as to prevent chafing ...

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What is the best pre-workout supplement for long distance running?
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Question Your Desire for Supplements I'm not a long-distance runner, but the question that I immediately turn to is just this: What problem would the supplement be solving? If your nutrition ...

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How to strengthen the muscles of the fitness mindset?
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"ashamedly short" "not...even close to being socially redeemable enough" WTF? Don't allow your brain to insult you like that. Being short is nothing to be ashamed of and people at ...

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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?
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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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Beginners need less training—but when do they stop being beginners?
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Within the narrow focus of just strength training, the Rippetoe & Kilgore definition is useful: Simply put, a novice, as we use the term here, is a trainee for whom the stress applied during a ...

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What will happen if I receive major part of my protein needs from powders rather than foods?
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I have no option beside protein powders. Just, because I cannot eat more than [a piece of chicken, 2 eggs, and a serving fish per day]. Yeah, right. There's no reason not to eat six eggs, double the ...

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Homeworkout alternative to deadlifts
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There is no single alternative to the deadlift, because the whole point of the deadlift is that it does so many things so dramatically. It can be loaded more than nearly any other exercise. If this is ...

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What happens if I substitute different exercises for my warm-up sets?
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Relevance of front and overhead squats as warm-up for back squats Warm-up sets are meant to prepare the entire body for the heavy challenge of the work sets. They're not used to practice other lifts, ...

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Can a two weeks pause have a positive impact on strength training?
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If you're overtraining or near overtraining, taking a rest week (or two, or three) often results in a performance increase. Since you've had issues with overtraining before, this may be the situation. ...

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How old should children be to train with weights?
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Pierce, Byrd, and Stone (1999) concluded a structured weightlifting program (including Olympic-style weightlifts such as the clean & jerk, and snatch) can be safely performed by girls and boys, ...

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Distinguish stretching from warming up?
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I've read that I should do warm-up before running and stretch after running. Is that correct? Yes. Do that. Warm up by running slowly and gradually increasing the pace, or with dynamic stretching ...

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Overcoming a chin-up plateau of 6 in a row
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Volume If you can do two or three sets of about 6 chin-ups, I'd focus on volume rather than any particular set or rep scheme. That's because it's hard to stick to any particular number of reps per ...

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What's the best way for me to start weightlifting?
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Pick a goal Why do you want to lift? To look good, to be healthy, to improve athletic performance, to win a bodybuilding competition, to challenge yourself? Your goals determine the kind of lifting ...

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Gymspeak for spotting
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"I'd rather fail a rep than have a rep be half-me, half-you, so please only help me with racking and unracking. Give me a sec if I have a hard time with a rep--I'll shout for help if I need it. Thanks,...

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Does one exercise per body part work?
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Dedication > Programming Lots of programs work. Twenty-rep squats get people plenty big and strong. Working on deadlift singles gets people plenty tough. Three reps, five reps, eight or ten or twelve ...

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is it necessary to do exercise that target only one muscle a day
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You are correct to be suspicious of the "one muscle a day" prescription. While that method works fine, it is perfectly possible and very productive to do whole-body exercises every time you work out. ...

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Goodmornings: what rep scheme should I use
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I am not proficient in good mornings, but I would urge caution with a 5-10lb linear progression and 3-sets-of-5 rep scheme with this exercise. Many lifters consider good mornings as something to use ...

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Improving Golf-based strength
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I would focus on getting stronger in general. Your golf-specific strength will grow faster by doing general-purpose whole-body strength exercises faster than trying to figure out what applies to golf ...

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Should I get rid of my office chair ?
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I get very tired and restless if I try to stand all day. If I got rid of my chair completely, I would be unhappy. In contrast, I feel awesome if my day is spent switching every hour between a ...

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How do i increase bone density or size through physical exercise?
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Load-bearing and high-impact exercise increase bone density. So squatting, deadlifting, and pressing heavy weights overhead would help. (As they say, barbell training is big medicine.) So would ...

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Should milk be completely avoided during weight-loss work-outs?
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Eating Fat Does Not Make You Fat Excess fat on the body is an entirely different thing from the fat that you eat. Science and experience agree on this: here's a study entitled Dietary fat is not a ...

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How can I strengthen my lower back
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A couple exercises helped me with lower back weakness. In my warm-ups and morning workouts, I did these: Cat-cows from yoga, to get blood flowing in the lower back and to get used to firing those ...

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Weight vs resistance
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Your question has two answers. 1) If everything really is equal, then resistance is precisely the same as weight. Force is force, whether it comes from mass being affected by gravity or from tension ...

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Good amount of sets and repetitions for different muscle groups
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Your goals determine the number of sets. (Your goals also may require you to change the exercises you do.) It's possible that the goals of the trainers at your gym are not the same as your goals. ...

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Is (HEAVY) weight-lifting overrated?
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If the question is really, "do I have to lift heavy weights", then the answer is "no", and I, the designated random person on the internet, give you permission not to lift heavy ...

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