C. Lange
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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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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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Can I get an honest review about my workout plan?
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I think Alec's answer is really great but I'd like to add some more thoughts for you (a bit too big for a comment). I agree, it's not a great workout but not necessarily just due to exercise choice. ...

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Is spot reduction necessarily a myth?
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In my opinion, spot reduction is still a myth if you consider how spot reduction has been defined for years. The study as well as another article I found, are both pro-spot-reduction but I don't think ...

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Does over-exercising reduce muscle gain?
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Does over-exercising reduce muscle gain? Will over-exercising affect results when exercising for muscle gain? Will over-exercising deplete your energy levels and render you unable to exercise to your ...

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Can you get jacked-up without weights (more broadly, without equipment) or supplements?
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My experience seems to show that you can't significantly change anything regarding your physique with solely your body weight, even if you work out regularly for years. You can absolutely change your ...

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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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Do mandatory cloth masks pose a risk to training?
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Using non-medical face masks during exercise does cause some minor discomfort, however, it appears to be safe when used by healthy individuals in short-term sub-vigorous intensities. Long term effects ...

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Are squats on the tip of the feet and bending back good for the legs?
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I believe you're describing a Sissy Squat *. This is a great body-weight exercise for developing your quadriceps. However, sissy squats don't work the glutes at all; instead recruiting the hip flexors....

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Minimum age for weight training
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TL;DR: Strength Training can start as early as 7. Serious weightlifting, power-lifting, body-building should wait until later in puberty (11 to 17) when adolescents have reached physical and skeletal ...

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Are weights necessary for building muscle effectively?
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I believe the overall consensus is that building straight muscle mass without weights is less effective. Here's a nice comparison of weight training vs callisthenics. My summary of it is the ...

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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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If I've got only two days for the gym, should they be consecutive or not for best results?
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Your muscles require exercise followed by rest and recovery in order to promote muscle growth. Too long or too short of a recovery period and they won't adapt (i.e. get bigger). Going only two days a ...

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Stop sweating - viable physical goal?
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I don't believe that "stop sweating" is a good goal simply because, as it stands, it isn't a SMART goal. You can absolutely train to reduce fat, lower your resting heart rate, and get better and ...

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Are there any exercise that engage almost all of your muscles?
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Assuming that you're talking about weight based exercises only, my answer would be no: there is not a single exercise that works every muscle. My reasoning for this is that your body is made up of ...

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How to strengthen wrists to prevent pain while lifting
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TL;DR: Try using proper wrist position, check your form, lift for technique, don't overwork an injury. My wrists started hurting when I started weightlifting (about eleven months ago) during bench ...

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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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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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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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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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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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Deadlift Form Check
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These are looking great and I think there are a few small tweaks we could make here and there to improve them even further. I'm looking at the from the power-lifting point of view. Tighten up the ...

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Program for retaining/building strength in a caloric deficit
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Making sure that your workouts are properly spaced out in the week, and you are taking advantage of the deload weeks, you could probably run 5/3/1 for a long time. This also depends on what sort of 5/...

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Form check: 100kg deficit deadlift
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Shoulder engagement: I used to let them hang in regular deadlifts since they were relatively weak, I’m trying to avoid that esp. with deficit DLs by resetting between reps but I have no idea if it’s ...

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What would happen if one added more sets to Starting Strength or Stronglifts?
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Stronglifts and Starting Strength are beginner strength programs designed for all ages and body types. Whether you're young, old, weak, obese, male, female, new to the gym, coming back from an injury, ...

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Squat progression to one-legged/pistol squats
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You want something unilateral but hopefully something that doesn't require too much balance? I'd give Bulgarian split squats a try. They'll challenge your legs individually. Single leg deadlifts are ...

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I bought strength bands from Decathlon but I don't know how to use them
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It looks like you wanted to buy wrist straps and instead bought wrist wraps. At least, those are the English terms I'm familiar with and they still get misused. It's still a useful product. Wrist ...

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Working out with a shorter left forearm and malformed hand
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Alright, before I begin this answer I need to state that I'm not a professional, just an enthusiast, and I would hate to see someone interested in strength training not try it out. Additionally, ...

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