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

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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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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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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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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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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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Is it safe for the treadmill belt to wiggle?

Is the wiggling of treadmill belt alright i.e it moves like snake from left to right continuously? I am trying to buy a treadmill replacing the old one, but i have noticed that belts have slight ...
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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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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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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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How should I track workouts on a magnetic exercise bike?

I recently bought a magnetic exercise bike to try and get extra training in around the family (normally do mountain biking using android app and mapmyride.com). I am a bit confused as to how I can ...
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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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Jogging equipment for counting calories, distance and pulsrate

I want to buy myself equipment for jogging. Right now I dont have motivation for jogging for a number of reasons: I dont like jogging I never know the distance i am jogging so i can't really ...
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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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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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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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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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Which variables are used in modern training equipment in order to calculate training intensity/effectivity?

There are lots of products in the market which targets individuals who want to be more aware/in control of their training. The most common and classic of such instruments are pulse sensors, either as ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Good budget rowing machine

I am after a good rowing machine. My budget is about £200. I understand that it might be impossible to get a "good" rowing machine with my budget. So, what is the best rowing machine I can get with ...
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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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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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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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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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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's at your Home Gym? [closed]

If your focus is on strength training and your only means was working out at home (Home Gym), what equipment would you purchase, at what cost and how would it provide assistance for a complete ...
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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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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? ...