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Is there evidence that the effort-result-relation in resistance training is linear?
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Is there any scientific evidence that the relation between training effort (measured as the amount of time spent training for the purpose of this question) and training result (increase in strength, ...

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Dumbbell weight steps don't match my next progress step
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In this scenario, I would look at approaching linear progression with a different metric, perhaps with reps instead of weight. The following is an example of implementing the "Double Progression ...

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Program for people with crappy genetics?
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I've got a couple points to add and I didn't want to tack them onto David's answer as comments. For the record, I believe David has hit quite a few great points. I do believe the mental game in ...

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Squat Rack Pull Up Bar Attachment
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An "adjustable pull-up bar" is the closest thing that you'll find that meets your needs. However, they come in a few variations and no one variation is going to do everything you want as ...

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Deadlift Form - legs vs back?
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It's like a standing leg press. In a leg press you're lying down and there's no load on your back; 100% of the load is on your legs. In the deadlift, although the movement is initiated like a leg ...

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Is Stronglift 5 x 5 really suitable for all beginners? Even those with messed up muscle imabalances?
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There's nothing in DeeV's answer that I disagree with. If you can lift the bar, you can do barbell movement's. Everyone started somewhere. In high-school I went to a buddy's place and needed a spot ...

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Possible to determine amount of creatine from package details?
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There is a standard way to read supplement labels. The linked webpage is a useful visualization. There is an "active" section and an "other" or "non-active" section in a ...

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How much more weight can you hold with chalked hands?
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My anecdotal findings are that I can lift between 15-20% more with a chalked mixed grip than I can by using a non-chalked mixed grip. My n=1 study occurred this past week when I forgot to pack my ...

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Exercise Equipment: Create Adjustable Rope Loop
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You could use something like a loading pin. This one is from Rogue but I know GripGenie makes a high quality one and Amazon would have some knockoffs for cheaper. You could put your rope on a ...

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Strength Training: How to experiment to get your optimal Frequency and Volume
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If you feel that you're having trouble recovering, I would suggest tracking your recovery metrics while you're at it. Hours of daily sleep, litres of water intake, daily macros, and if you're taking ...

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On what should a deadlift beginner try to improve?
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I would suggest starting with the barbell on the floor. If you can't, or won't, and the blocks are necessary1, then I would find some way to safely elevate yourself to the same level. Once you and the ...

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Rolling of the arm/elbow during tricep extension
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I don't think there's anything wrong with what you're doing. I'm writing this while sitting at the seated tricep extension machine. If your machine is similar to this one, the handles are pointing ...

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If someone is doing a weighted Bulgarian Squat and keeps the height of the weight static, is their leg doing the same amount of work?
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If we put our plane of reference (x,y) on the feet, the weight is static and the body moves. Theoretically, that means our displacement is 0 and work is 0. By changing the exercise in this manner, the ...

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Do static holds build power?
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The physics definition of power is: (1) power = change in work / change in time where, (2) work = force * displacement (3) force = mass * acceleration (4) acceleration = change in velocity / change in ...

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Confused about the numbers on the grippers
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The answer is that there is no standard for rating grippers. Unlike weights, which are very hard to argue, grippers have ratings similar to resistance bands. Do you rate them at the starting point, ...

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Can you lose weight by "training you brain"?
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No, there are no brain workouts for weight loss, and the premise you've founded this idea on is a bit rocky. Look at Robert Sapolsky's full-quote from this ESPN article (emphasis mine): Robert ...

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Why did fitness apps seem to misrepresent calories burned between a bicycle ride and hike workout?
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If an app tells you how many calories you burned, it's telling you its estimate on how many calories you burned. The more data you can feed into the app the more accurate it will be but it's still an ...

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How can I adapt a weight loss diet to take into account intense mental work?
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You need to make it easy. Fool-proof. Whenever you find yourself "failing" the diet, look at why and what you can do about it. If you can get yourself in the habit of eating healthier, it ...

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Cast iron plates seem heavier than rubber coated
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Weight plates marked as 45 lb will typically weigh between 43-47 lb, about +-5% (maybe 10% on the high end), unless they're calibrated plates (in which case they should be with 10 grams). My old gym ...

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What is the effective weight of the bar when I'm doing a landmine squat?
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At the very bottom (barbell on the ground) the effective weight of the bar is half. The bar is supported at one end by you and at the other end by the landmine contraption and therefore the lifter is ...

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Mental Fitness: Exercises to build mental resilience and toughness inside and outside the gym?
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"Comparison is the thief of joy." Now, with that said, if we're going to compare, let's do it right at least. Why I say that is that comparisons are often good for tracking progress, goal ...

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Lower back arch with pushup
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I'm not sure why all the downvotes but I do think the form could be improved a touch. While I would not say it is highly improper I think the athlete could benefit from squeezing the glutes in a bit ...

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Why do powerlifting federations have minimum standards for records?
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World standards, record presets, or minimum standards all seem to be the same thing. You're 100% correct that they are simply a placeholder for a proper record. The IWF has an excellent explanation ...

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Drugs or foods that make physical exercise attractive, that facilitates the start of exercise?
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My immediate thought is a pre-workout formula. In my personal experience, high amounts of caffeine and beta-alanine will get you moving. The beta-alanine is what gives a sort of tingling feeling that ...

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How Can I Optimize my Bench Press Training
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I think that's a great challenge. Oddly enough, you could probably weigh in clothed with your pockets full and snag that 198 record, but that aside. First thing you'll want to do is find a meet. ...

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How freely should pulleys spin in a multigym?
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In a perfect world pulleys would be frictionless (i.e. spin forever). In reality, it is probably not as much as you think. If you weigh the bar and then compare to the weight of the stack (plus ...

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Confusion about reps vs time under tension: aren't these two things contradictory?
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In my opinion, two seconds is fast for a bicep curl. We can split the bicep curl into four parts: concentric, top-hold, eccentric, and bottom-hold. When you look at timing for a bicep curl you can ...

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Do I weigh less after a shower?
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You will weigh less after a hot shower, and, you hit the nail on the head; sweating and dehydration. You're losing water weight in a hot shower and depending on how long and how hot your shower is, ...

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Types of Excercises with my Particular Excercise Band
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To be honest, you can probably add it onto anything: Banded deadlifts Banded squats and different versions Banded push-ups Band-assisted pull-ups/chin-ups Banded rows or seated rows Banded face-pulls ...

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Excercise Band Excerises
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Exercise bands are perfectly safe and recommended by many! However, make sure you're using the correct type. I'd suggest something like these which are durable with a good length. Make sure you're not ...

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