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  1. Yep, if you know the reps are gonna be ugly or you think there's a good chance of failing, rack the bar. If your technique routinely deteriorates even though you have 3 reps left in the tank, that's something you can probably improve on. Either you need more practice with technique, or you need to fix some weaknesses that you're using bad technique to compensate for.
  2. If you drop plates on your foot, yeah. Otherwise, not that I've ever heard of. It sounds like you should see a doctor. Could be a broken bone or something, but it would be weird for the pain to set on gradually from that.
  3. If you put 2.5kg on your pull every month, then in five years you'll have added 150kg. Would you be happy with that outcome? I would. That said, one of the benefits of doing your own programming is that you understand how the program is built, so you understand how it can be adjusted to suit your needs. If you spend a couple months on something and don't think it is working, tweak it a little and see if it works better. Sometimes - usually, in fact - the plan that sounded great on paper needs refinement.
  4. Definitely a different bar path, which can screw with things. Returning after a layoff can screw with numbers, too. The bar in the smith machine isn't necessarily the same 20kg as a regular bar, either. tl;dr: treat it as a separate lift, rather than trying to directly compare numbers. Ideally, if you train both you'd have some idea of the typical difference or carryover, but even without that it's better to just let the numbers stand on their own rather than go crazy trying to match what you did under different conditions.
  5. These movements may look the same, but they're doing opposite things. Pushing and pulling do not actually train the same muscle groups; your biceps and triceps, for example, perform opposite actions.
  6. "Super dense muscle" means the person speaking is confused about muscle anatomy. Muscle doesn't increase in density when you train it. You build both size and strength in every rep range. You can shift the needle a little in one direction or the other, but we're talking about going from 50/50 to 55/45, not to 90/10. Using a variety of rep ranges is beneficial, but not because they have dramatically different training effects. In other words, you're confused because you're operating from a false premise. It's also worth noting that strength is not quite the same as your
  7. "Muscle density" isn't really a thing. Generally, muscular size and strength go hand in hand. It's possible to shift the focus a little one way or the other, but they're not opposed traits.
  8. 30 feet is a usable distance, but definitely a bit short. You have to go pretty heavy to make a 30ft carry hard, and then it turns into something of a waddle. You can get a lot of mileage out of varying load/distance too, it's not like you have to pick one and marry it.
  9. If buying/bringing your own plates isn't an option for some reason, then staying at the same weight for a couple sessions could work. However, you'd still want to progress somehow during the second workout at a given weight. For example, do 5x5 at 100kg, then 5x6 at 100kg, then 5x5 at 105kg.
  10. Ooh, yes, this is a terrible way to back-spot. What, are you going to reverse curl their squat max? The effective way is to be much closer to the person, and kind of scoop your arms around their torso.
  11. I've never heard of renegade rows before. Those look like an awesome finisher.
  12. With a spotter, if something goes wrong you don't want to step away from the weight. Instead, you and the spotter work together to get the bar back into the rack (or, at least, onto the safety bars or ground). Assuming the spotter is competent, this works really well and is ridiculously safe - in fact, I feel much safer with my training partner behind me on a platform than I do alone in a rack. But this is actually just another reason you shouldn't spot someone without warning - if they don't expect a spotter, they could dump the bar the way they usually would and hurt one or both
  13. From behind is the standard way to spot a squat; there's really no other way to do it with just one person. (With two, they can each take one end of the bar.) It's pretty unnecessary for a front squat (where you can easily dump the weight forward), and SUPER inappropriate to do to a stranger without warning, though. You should feel free to use stronger language if politely declining doesn't get through. Doesn't have to be rude: "Please step away. I do not want a spot."
  14. It's hard to go wrong with "bench more", and paused or Spoto presses are good for improving strength off the chest specifically. Pecs are also very important right out of the bottom, almost certainly more than the lats.
  15. They're not standardized. Typically ~25 pounds, but it varies. If your gym has a scale, you can use that to determine the bar's weight.
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