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    flared elbows on dips

    I've always understood that proper dip form entails arms tucked behind your back. Problem is, I can't do dips that way without putting a lot of stress/pain on my shoulder joints. It is much easier...
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    Help with body fat calipers

    On a whim I bought some accu-measure calipers for $20. The manual sucks and basically provides no guidance on how to use them properly. Any online resources for using them properly? Thanks.
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    Got a question about swiss balls. Let's say you...

    Got a question about swiss balls. Let's say you started doing DB bench press on a swiss ball. You'd likely have to drop your weight big time at first in order to maintain balance, and the exercise...
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    Yeah Ryuage, frankly Monkey seems like a bit of...

    Yeah Ryuage, frankly Monkey seems like a bit of an ******* and I'm sorry that I helped him.
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    It's called pectus excavatum (P.E.), and there...

    It's called pectus excavatum (P.E.), and there are definitely things you can do. First, check out this site, which discusses exercises that can help with mild cases of P.E.
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    my full body routine, done 3 times per week ...

    my full body routine, done 3 times per week

    squats
    calf raises
    bb bench press
    dips
    db military press
    lat pull
    pullovers
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    proper form on machine pullovers

    I use a cybex brand pullover machine at my gym -- it's a standard weight stack pullover machine with pads to rest your triceps against and handles for your hands, similar to the one in the picture...
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    I was in the doctor's office the other day and on...

    I was in the doctor's office the other day and on the CNN health channel there was a special on a free diver who can hold her breath for 6 minutes. She attributed much of her success to stretching...
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    I thought carpal tunnel syndrome affected the...

    I thought carpal tunnel syndrome affected the wrists and hands -- my pain exists more just beyond the midpoint between the elbow and wrist (but closer to the elbow). now that i think about it, the...
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    thanks for the replies. looks like i'm dropping...

    thanks for the replies. looks like i'm dropping preacher curls for awhile.
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    forearm pain from preacher curls?

    every now and then i get this weird pain/sensitivity in my left forearm. it's almost the same feeling as a shinsplint if that makes sense. i feel it on the outside of the forearm, right on the edge...
  12. thanks for the video clip. would everybody here...

    thanks for the video clip. would everybody here agree that it shows proper form?
  13. could anyone direct us to some online videos of...

    could anyone direct us to some online videos of proper squat form? i think that would help the discussion immensely, as i am still not sure about exactly what the back should look like at every...
  14. i've been doing squats for the better part of a...

    i've been doing squats for the better part of a year now -- my squat looks similar to or better than most of the other people at my gym, i use enough weight that my body feels violated at the end of...
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    thanks for the help, i will definitely explore...

    thanks for the help, i will definitely explore these exercises this week, and will focus more on the warmup in the squats. my current warmup is rather cursory -- too quick warmup sets with light...
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    interesting, i recently had a free fitness...

    interesting, i recently had a free fitness assessment at my gym. most of it was pretty useless, but one thing that struck home was that i have very bad core strength. i performed badly in a series...
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    angle of arched back in squats

    when i do squats, i am easily able to maintain an arched back throughout the range of motion -- what is trickier to manage/control is the angle of my back to the ground. i am not even sure what that...
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    i was like you but without the "bitch tits". two...

    i was like you but without the "bitch tits". two things helped me immensely.

    1. pick a routine and follow it religiously -- the split you use isn't nearly as important as actually following it...
  19. introducing direct ab work on a cutting cycle?

    let's say you have a year or more of proper weightlifting behind you, but you've never done direct ab work. if you were to start incorporating direct ab work and simultaneously start a cutting...
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    my gym also has a bunch of ab machines -- i...

    my gym also has a bunch of ab machines -- i haven't bothered to look at them yet, but if they offer varying levels of resistance, might that not be a good idea as well?
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