Instruments of resistance that exploit the combination of gravity and mass. Includes barbells, dumbbells, kettlebells, medicine balls, and found objects.

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Mixing weight training and cardio/strength

I do several times a week strength and cardio training (Thai boxing, to be specific), but also try to mix in extra weight sessions to build up muscle mass. Is it good or bad to mix these two? I've ...
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Is rucking (running with weight in backpack) a bad idea?

I started practicing medieval full contact, which means I have to fight for several minutes in a 30kg++ steel armour. For me to be physically fit for this sport, I decided (among other things) to ...
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Having joint pain and “cracking” after getting back to working out with weights

I have been getting back into working out (both running and weights) and its going pretty well as i am getting back into it and being pretty consistent. The one issue is that i have started to get a ...
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What are the best benefits of yoga (versus cardio and weight training)?

I currently do cardio and weight training, but my friend is trying to get me to take yoga. The biggest benefit seems to be flexibility. Are there any other big benefits to yoga versus these other ...
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How do I know how much weight I should be lifting with dumbells?

I was just given a set of weights - adjustable weight dumbells - as a present, but I have no idea what sort of weights/how many reps I should be doing in order to achieve the best results. I'm ...
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What is the advantage of using Olympic plates over standard ones?

I'm lucky enough to have been gifted a half squat rack and 160kg of "standard" weights. I'm happy with this and not looking to upgrade in the near future but I was wondering what the advantages are of ...
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What is the effective weight when doing push-ups?

I want to know what is the effective weight of doing push-ups. What would be the weight of the dumbbell/ barbell to do a bench press with the same resistance as a push-up. I understand this depends on ...
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Reducing wrist pain/weakness during exercising

I'm spending most of the day in front of the computer (10+ hours), and as expected, my wrist tendons experience strain during work. Normally, this wouldn't be much of an issue, but after I have ...
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What are some good exercises to work the forearms?

My husband and I have both been lifting dumbbells in an attempt to build some muscle. We feel like we're hitting our upper arms pretty well, but not the lower arms. What are some good exercises 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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Position of weight during weighted pull ups

I am finally able to do 5 pull ups. As this puts me in the optimal rep range for strength gains I thought about adding weight to stay in that rep range. I do my exercises at home, that's why I ...
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What should I eat (if anything) after working out if I work out at night?

Lately, I have been going to the gym at 9 PM (assume for the question that I can't go earlier in the day). I usually get home around 10:15 PM and then try to get to sleep by around 11:30 PM. I am ...
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Will running affect my weight training and burn muscle instead of fat?

How much gap should there be between weight training and cardio? Usually I work out 5 days a week in the morning and sometimes do cardio and some days do weights, but I have been thinking about going ...
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At what frequency should I increase weight?

I'm currently on Scott Dorn's Muscle Building Program, at least the exercise part. The weights I have access to go up or down in increments of 5 pounds. How often should I be increasing weight and ...
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How often does running or weight lifting cause capillary bursts?

I exercise every alternate day - which means 7 times a fortnight. I mix it up ever so often, but I generally do a mixture of about 45 minutes of cardio (either a run at >10.5 or intervals on the ...
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Will training for size increase my strength?

There are a lot of suggestions to do 8-12 reps with short rest for size and less reps with longer rest for strength. Won't my strength increase if I do size workouts with gradual increase of the ...
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Army Run - Train for long and heavy run

How can I train to run/jog/march while carrying 50 to 100 pounds. Such as training to do take the Fan Dance (SAS March) Fan Dance On my first attempt to train, I putted two 10 pounds ankle weights ...
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What to do if my right arm can do more reps than my left one?

If I do an exercise using only one side of my body, and i can do more repetions with one side (for example: I can do more reps with my right arm), should i only do as many repetitions as my weaker ...
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Rounding of the lower back while doing squats

I've been working with Starting Strength for a while now and although I've been taking lots of notes on form and watching videos wherever I can I can't stop rounding my back. I find that when I'm ...
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How to take advantage of a cable machine when you've maxed it out?

There are a number of cable machines I've maxed out at the gym, such as: leg extension, triceps cable push down, lying machine squat, etc. Now I'm at the point where I'm doing 5 by 5 with very slow ...
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Is it rude to drop bumper plates in a gym when on a platform?

My gym has a weights platform and bumper plates which are only allowed to be used on the platform. Naturally, it seems logical that dropping weights with bumper plates onto the platform should be ...
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How to train for carrying heavy stuff?

In two weeks I'm going to carry old furniture from my parents home to the sidewalk in front of the house. How do I prepare for this event best? By training strength, endurance, cardio, HIIT, ...? I ...
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Is running with hand weights a bad idea?

I've heard that running with weights is a bad idea. Most of what I've read online (for example, this) seems to suggest unequivocally that weights on your legs are a serious health risk, but there ...
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Leg Strength Exercises

What are some good exercises that utilize free weights to increase leg strength?
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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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Accurately Calibrated Plates

Various manufacturers of Olympic and weightlifting plates use different standards for accuracy. Is there a good resource for comparing price versus accuracy? Can anyone suggest some manufacturers ...
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Should I increase dumbbell weight or should I use throughout

My gym instructor told me to increase my dumbbell weight once I feel comfortable with the current one. If I want muscle growth only to some extent (I mean not much) and maintain my body with proper ...
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Why do experienced lifters work up to a heavy set, then do a final, lighter set?

I have noticed in the gym that more experienced guys lift weights in a double-pyramidal order. For example, they do 5 sets using 15 kg in the first set, 20 kg in the second set, 30 kg in the third ...
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Separating cardio and weight training

Is it best to split your cardio and weight training when doing them on the same day? Should I wake up an hour earlier to run, then do the gym in the afternoon? I'd try and go to bed an hour earlier to ...
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Dumbbells: Why do a few heavy plates feel much heavier than many lighter ones?

I recently quit the local gym (budget restrictions) and started to workout from home instead. I bought a little set of 2x30kg adjustable dumbbells, and built a little bench for doing dumbbell bench ...
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Should I sign up for Kettlebell classes?

I've been using a 35-lb kettlebell for about a month doing swings and turkish getups as described in 'Enter the Kettlebell's program minimum. I'm 5'9", 155lbs, and in decent shape. I haven't really ...
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How can I increase the weight I take when weight training?

What are you doing wrong if for months together you have been working out pretty regularly but haven't really felt an increase in strength. When I am weight training, I don't seem to be able to ...
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Storing weights outside

I live in New England, have a lot of weights, and am short on space to store them. (Getting rid of them is, of course, unthinkable :) I'm looking for cheap ways to store them outside but protect them ...
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Kettlebell weight for one handed exercises

I am am a 28 year old male and the owner of a 16kg kettlebell which I have been using for a while now. I find this weight to be fine for most two handed exercises but when I try to do exercises with ...
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Lower back, during weighted pull-up and dips

I've read that doing weighted pull-up and dips with weight using straps can lead to hernia and lower back problems. (specifically damaging intervertebral disc and pressuring femoral artery(with ...
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Can I do both weight training and BodyPump?

I was expecting to get a bit more cardio from a BodyPump but experience was different. I felt like I have done a full body strength session. Should I go for less weights? And do I need a rest day ...
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Weight loss and weight lifting

Hi all I am new here but would like to ask a question. I started out at 390 lbs and switched to a plant based diet on Jan 1st 2015. I am down to 335, now my question is 6 weeks ago I started lifting ...
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Does holding weights allow you to run faster?

I'm not talking about training with weights so that when you run without them you're muscles are used to pushing more weight so with less weight it'll be easier, I'm talking about while actually ...
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What can you do with “running” hand weights?

A while ago I asked whether it was beneficial to run with hand weights. As a result, I pretty much stopped using them, and forgot all about them. Today I found my old hand weights in my closet, and so ...
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Could juggling heavy balls hurt the body?

I'm thinking about juggling heavy balls as part of my workout routine. Could the frequent impacts of juggling balls up to 1 kg every other day hurt my muscels or tendons? Assume that I'm of average ...
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Would I benefit from protein shakes?

My wife and I plan on doing some weight training and want to know if we should drink protein shakes? My plan is to eat dinner around 6pm and around 7:30pm start riding elliptical and after the ...
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Are military presses any worse than any other exercise?

In a few different sites and blogs, there's a lot of mention of military presses being bad for the shoulder. Are they any worse than any other exercise? and if so, what would be an alternative method ...
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cardio before or after weights?

145 pounds, 170cm tall, female. been doing cardio & weight lifting for 2 months with good diet, goal is to lose body fat and gain muscle. what is the science behind doing weights before/after ...
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When starting weights, do I need to take breaks?

I'm 35 and have essentially no prior training experience (only done walking and cycling). I've just started trying to work out more systematically to make my body more fit; I've been pretty out of ...
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Weight gaining diet for vegetarian

I am a vegetarian (though I eat eggs). I feel that there are very less items which really help in gaining weight. As far I know, bananas, bread, sprouts, milk are the some of the items that I have ...
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Muscle soreness

I am 18, I have been lifting weights for about a month now - I am quite new to it so I would like to get everything correct before I get into bad habits. When I first started training I was ...
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How much weight should I be able to add to my routine monthly.

I'm guessing you progress at different levels for different exercise, but as a (very) general rule of thumb, would it be reasonable to add 10lbs a month with bench presses, and maybe more like 20 with ...
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Do I need to switch up my squat stance?

I was wondering if it is actually necessary to squat in different stance. For example you have :- Platz Squat--> Where you squat with your feets close together Wide Stance Squat --> Where your ...
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Help me balance my weight training routine

I have a pair of dumbbells and access to a few machines. I can do the following exercises with proper form and I can't have a trainer to learn newer exercises now. Lower body: Lunges, Bulgarian split ...
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Weight training with barbell against two kettlebells

What difference does it make for my training if I don't use a barbell, but have two kettlebells (or two dumbbells)? To restrict possible answers, imagine a comparison for deadlifts, squats or bench ...