Any device that allows the execution of, or assists with specific exercises

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How much should I spend for olympic weights?

I'm willing to start some serious training at home. I'm totally new to weight lifting, but I'd still prefer to buy quality long-lasting equipement from the start, instead of wasting money into cheap ...
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Burning calories: Using elliptical type equipment

While ellipticals offer stationary movement with low impact on the knees, they also seem to offer burning off insane amounts of calories when compared to equal time/work on a treadmill. Same brand ...
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Are there different muscular adaptations between barbell and dumbbell use?

Most exercises can be performed with similar weight and form using either a barbell or a pair of dumbells. I have heard that as people begin to lift heavier weights it becomes more difficult to ...
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Whats the optimal height for a pull up bar?

I was looking at some door frame pull up bars yesterday. Now I was standing in my door frame and tried to imagine at which height the bar would be and it seemed a bit low (although I am a bit smaller ...
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Using a rowing machine for abdominal muscles

I was used to doing running and cycling but now I want to work more on my abdominal muscles. I had read from some sources that a rowing machine is good for that. From other sources I have read ...
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Squat racks and barbells on first floor of home gym: bad idea?

Is it a bad idea to have a home gym on the first floor of a house with a squat rack and barbell? Most home gyms with racks/barbells I have seen are in the basement or garage on concrete. My concern ...
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How to prevent gym gloves stench?

After using my gloves for a while, they begin to stink. I don't try to launder them too much as it's wrecking them. I have had those for 2 years already, and they're still usable. I don't want to ...
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Dumbbell Weights: Diameter vs Width

I wonder how to add more weight to a dumbbell. Adding more plates of fewer weight or fewer plates of higher weight? With bigger plates the diameter grows and so will the minimum distance the ...
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Is a vibrating belt not effective in reducing tummy fat?

In my gym, there is a vibrating belt present. I haven't seen anyone using that so far in the past two months. Is it not effective in reducing tummy fat? How is this equipment used, for what duration, ...
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Weight vs resistance

I've always heard hardcore lifters saying that resistance is not the same as weight. Bascially that 100lb of resistance is not equal to 100lbs of weight. Imagine a bowflex vs a cable machine. I'd ...
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Are free stand squat holders safe for home use?

A lot of stores are selling free stand squat holders. It seems they could go off balance since they are not connected. They also do not supply a real safety system. Are they safe to use? And so to ...
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What should I look for in a jump rope?

When browsing around the various articles linked in answers here, I keep stumbling over rope jumping in articles or blog post. I was never good at rope jumping, at least that's what I thought. ...
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Do the principles behind the shakeweight and related products work? (a lot of quick, short impulse muscle contractions)

I got a shakeweight as a gag gift for Christmas. I actually tried it and it does feel like you get a work out from the instructional DVD. I'm curious if the principles behind the product are sound? ...
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Are bent rows a good substitute for lat pulldowns?

I've been working through the set of plates on a pulldown machine (w/ v-grip) trying to get to the stage where I can do chin-ups. At 90kg now, not far off my bodyweight of 102kg. But the pulldown ...
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Is it feasible to use a treadmill and maintain the sanity of your downstairs neighbors?

I live on the second floor and while I like running it'd be nice to not have to go out in the cold sometimes. I'm afraid using a treadmill wouldn't sit well with the downstairs neighbors. Does anyone ...
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Alternatives for a treadmill in an apartment complex?

We moved into a new apartment and were planning to buy a treadmill. But the apartment management denied permission to have treadmill as it may cause disturbance to other tenants and also the ...
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Improve my bouldering performance on a budget

I've just started indoor bouldering and it's an enormous amount of fun! But I'm really struggling to get going. I can just-just finish the easiest routes (and not even all of them) and then I'm ...
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What should I look for in a fitness exercise mat?

I want to buy an exercise mat. I just did a quick check on Amazon and it was like I expected, you get mats in all different price ranges. What are possible differences between cheap and expensive ...
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What would I need to track fitness effort?

What, in addition to an Android device with GPS, would I need to track fitness effort? I am thinking of perhaps something like a Fitbit, or can the Android do the same? Also probably a hearth rate ...
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Minimising ankle rub in running shoes

I have a frequent problem that deters me from running. I have a bad habit of picking shoes that rub my heels on longer runs. In the store they feel great, but after a 5km run they just destroy the ...
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What should I be aware of for wear and tear on a used weight machine?

My father is giving me his old weight machine. He has not used it in quite a few years (10+) and it has been outside (we get winter 4-5 months of the year, with 3-4 feet of snow on average) for the ...
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What are the differences between RunKeeper and Cardio Trainer?

I've always used RunKeeper to track my runs, but recently I came across an app called Cardio Trainer (from WorkSmart Labs), and it seems like it does pretty much the same thing. Both apps use GPS to ...
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Can I remove the nasty rubber smell from new equipment?

I just bought a Burn Machine device which has two rotating handles within a frame. It is weighted and functions similar to using a speedbag (see picture below). I've been using it a lot ever since I ...
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Can adding a weight vest improve fat loss?

It's that time of year again when I am slimming down (reduce body fat %) to show off my hard work. I'm looking for an effective way to increase my calorie burning during a routine. I picked up a 40lbs ...
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Buying barbell / rack

I want to buy a barbell and a squat rack so I can lift at home but looking around there's so many to choose from its overwhelming. I just need to know: Which brands are trusted and recommended? ...
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How can I improve my grip on a slippery chin-up bar?

My local outdoor pool has a chin-up bar (as part of a deployable multi-gym thing), but because it has to survive the elements, it's just a plain galvanized steel bar. The bar is less than an inch in ...
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What are the ball bearings in dumbbells and barbells for?

Well the question title pretty much says it. While browsing the web for dumbbells I stumbled over the supposedly cheaper 30mm bars and the 50mm bars that all seem to be ball beared. What is the ...
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Differences between round plates and octagonal plates?

From the Stronglifts 5x5 Report (Page 44): By the way, if your gym doesn't have round plates […], switch gym. You can't Deadlift/Row correctly with octagonal plates. What makes round plates ...
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Elliptical trainer for home use: Concerns about noise

My question is about how quiet an elliptical trainer is in use in a home setting. Background My wife and I jog irregularly but really enjoy it when we do get out. We find it tough in the winter in ...
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Calorie counter on an exercise machine is it actual or approximation?

On any machine that gives you the amount of calories burnt, is the calorie count actual or approximation based on weight / effort? If it is an approximation, any idea on what would be the average +/- ...
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What interesting simulations/games exist with open APIs for integrating with exercise equipment?

This is a two-parter at cross purposes: I'm interested in converting some gym equipment I have lying around to act as input devices for my computer, and I'm looking for interesting applications. ...
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Become strong without spending money

I don't want to pay to become strong. So, can I become strong without going to a gym for weight training? Without equipment?
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Isolating the lower and upper pecs?

For the past six months I have been working on my pecs using seated cable fly and machine fly. With the seated cable fly I push downward slightly on the cables to isolate the pecs from the delts. So ...
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What are the advantages and disadvantages of using a thinner yoga mat?

I practice Bikram and have been using a 3 mm mat which is now well due for replacement. I am wondering if it makes sense to aspire for an even thinner mat, i.e. if it is better for you to practice on ...
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Should I use safety squat bars?

My gym has a safety squat bar, like this one: So far, I've been sticking with the normal bar, but was wondering if there are reasons to should switch over. I'm not currently experiencing any pain ...
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What is the resistance band's elastic length

I have a new set of Resistance cord that I bought. Assuming that all brand resistance tubes are quite similar, what is the length of extension that I can give to it? Each cord is of 4 feet length. ...
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What does each weight plate weigh in standard gym equipment?

At the gym, some of the equipment doesn't have the weight listed on the individual weight plates, just numbers. For example, the "Hoist Fitness Systems CL2403 seated leg press" just has numbers for ...
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Bowflex and similar systems versus free weights

I've been using a cheap set of cement weights to do benches and curls. This has been working well in concert with trips to the gym every few days to do other exercises. I've maxed out the barbell ...
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When selecting running trousers what should be considered?

I'm starting to run more and more and think It's time to invest in good running trousers. So I think you should consider the outside temperature and weather conditions ( If you run outside of course ...
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Pros and Cons of the Tunturi R25 Magnetic Rowing Machine

I bought a new tunturi R25 rowing machine to replace one I had for years of the same make. The new one is a magnetic rower, while the old one is a piston. here is the new one. I got it and put it ...
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How can I change weights quicker on spinlock bars

I've recently bought some spinlock dumbbells and a spinlock bar so that I can perform my weights routine at home. My workout involves increasing the weight between sets of the same exercise and I'm ...
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Is wearing weight adders on arms beneficial?

I am doing weight-lifting 3 times a week, 2-3 hours for each workout. Now I got a gift of arm weight adders (basically, a sand bag wrapped around forearm, each bag weights 1kg). I'm considering ...
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Apart from size, what properties make for a good exercise ball?

I wish to use an exercise ball as a chair. I have done this previously with several different brands of exercise ball, and it has worked for me in the past. I noticed that some balls were far comfier ...
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Correct position on an upright exercise bike?

Let's say I use something similar to the exercise bike shown below. When I used to do track, my friends told me while exercising on this machine, to keep a straight back (maybe even a little leaned ...
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Difference between wide-grip lat pull-downs and wide-grip pull-ups

I have a workout plan based on the use of traditional equipment, than includes both of these exercises. TRX is, I guess, the most known brand of straps suspended from the ceiling or wall. Pull-ups, ...
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Calorie Counter from heart rate monitor Vs. Elliptical machine

I used an elliptical machine at high intensity (not crazy high) for around 20 – 25 minutes, the elliptical machine workout said that I burned 600 calories where as the heart rate monitor said that I ...
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How reliable are compact squat racks and foldable benches

I live in an apartment, am in decent physical conditions, have done 4 straight months of workouts with dumbbells and body-weight exercises. I'm looking to move to simple barbell workouts to see where ...
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Does someone sell latex-free jump stretch/exercise looped bands?

I have searched extensively for all sorts of different name combinations for latex-free jump stretch/exercise bands. I see that there are Theraband-style light bands that are latex-free, but all of ...
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When does one choose the 33lb bar vs 45lb bar?

Other than the fact that it's 12 lbs lighter, is there any reason to choose the 33lb bar to lift rather than the 45 lb bar?
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What is the etiquette for sharing a power rack?

My gym has a set of three racks in a corner: one squat rack sandwiched between two power racks. Both of the power racks have their platform continue behind the back of the rack itself, allowing two ...