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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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? ...