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Vibrating belts are worthless. A crock. A sham. A hoax. A useless, insulting, silly doohickey that should be shunned by all right-thinking people. It's proper use is to be smashed underfoot or with a sturdy implement such as an ax or crowbar. Destroy it. Instead, look into proper diet (such as Primal or Paleo eating) and exercise (such as barbells, ...


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Minimum height You need to be able to hang from the bar and not touch the ground with your knees. Maximum height You need to be able to pull yourself all the way up, chest touching the bar, and still have at least an inch or two of space between your head and the ceiling or anything else. Optimal height It's great to be able to just barely reach the bar ...


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Using machines is vastly different than free weights for a number of reasons: Machines typically move the weight over a fixed path. Free weights require you to balance the weight yourself. This means the same exercise with free weights engages more muscles, but even more importantly, it allows you to develop neuro-muscular coordination. This coordination ...


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I agree wholeheartedly that used weights are fine. If it's heavy, it achieves its purpose! I don't think brand matters. Olympic plates typically go for about $0.50/lb on craigslist. You should be able to get decent-looking plates at this price (not too rusty), but if you find some rusty ones, it's easy to clean off the rust and spray paint (get them at a ...


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Definitely go with an Olympic bar. They will be a standard weight and have a standard diameter. If you go with anything else you may be stuck buying proprietary weights for an non standard sized bar. A typical bar will be 6-7 feet long. I would go with the longer one since you plan on doing deadlifts. The good thing about buying weight is you don't need to ...


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Take a zip lock bag and 4 tablespoons of baking soda. Put gloves into bag after workout and shake it like a paint mixer. Well bacteria thrives off of your sweat so baking soda will absorb the moisture and stop the stink. Oh and i forgot but another way is to throw your gloves into the freezer it will kill the bacteria that causes the stink.


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In the squat, the position of the bar on your back dictates the angle of your back. If you squat high bar, the back is more vertical and if you squat low bar the back is more angled. The idea being that the weight of the bar should be over mid-sole of your foot for proper balance and to keep the bar moving in a vertical path. The "safety squat bar" lowers ...


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When you row, you do trunk and hip flexion, which are the ab-targeting motions of a sit-up; however, the resistance is in the opposite direction as in a sit-up. This means that you'll actually target the low back, glute muscles, and hamstrings (these muscles do hip and trunk extension--scroll down to below the "Thoracic, Lumbar" header for images). That ...


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I find it highly unlikely that you would burn more calories on an eliptical trainer than running at a similar pace on the treadmill. The treadmill is more like using free weights, whereas the elliptical trainer just needs a push in somewhat the right direction to keep going round. Also, pushing with one leg automatically moves the other, which is almost like ...


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How much weight are you talking about? A good test is if you bounce on the floor do you go through it? Seriously, I would recommend a plywood platform to keep your floor from getting messed up, make sure you put padding under it and that it's thick/strong enough for your weight plus the rack plus the max weight you plan on lifting. Make sure that any ...


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It definitely depends on the construction of your house. Some home features require extra care, such as grand pianos and hot tubs. Essentially, anything that puts a large amount of weight in a relatively small area. Covering the whole workout area with another layer of 5/8" plywood will help provide additional rigidity and disperse the weight better. ...


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Pro Dumbbell Allows for a more natural movement. You can do more movements. Could not do flies with a bar... A seasoned lifter does not need a spotter. Work your fixator/balancing muscles more. Force you to use each side equally. Can really help if you have a muscle imbalance. Can help stress smaller muscle groups. Stretches muscles better (with ...


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The basic principles behind the ShakeWeight appear to be somewhat sound, however, the research displayed in their advertising is (likely intentionally) misleading. Their advertising states that a minute of exercise with the ShakeWeight is equivalent to 42 minutes of exericise with dumbells. What you don't see (or most people don't see) is the little print at ...


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I am a bodybuilder, and can give you some tips on form in the chest press movement that will help you to focus the work toward the pecs. Of course, in a pressing movement you cannot strictly isolate the chest, but these tips will help you to minimize the involvement of the shoulders and triceps and lats. To isolate as a bodybuilder would, you want to do ...


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Really, the only equipment you need to gain strength is some floor space and something to hang on. And even the "something to hang on" is, in some people's opinion, optional. If you can't afford, or don't want to, spend the money on typical gym equipment, then look into the various bodyweight exercises and plans. Convict Conditioning, Never Gymless, You Are ...


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A few recommendations (to address your questions): Get a power rack, they aren't that expensive but they are very versatile. You can use them for squats, and as a personal spotter for bench presses. (bench sold separately). The lower cross bars are there to act as your spotter so you never have to drop the bar on the floor or worry about the bar ...


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I've been looking into the same thing, and depending on your goals you might benefit from the research I've done so far. So first, let's start by being honest with ourselves. You are totally new to weight lifting, so you want these two things down first: A good beginner workout that will keep you motivated. Both Rippetoe's Starting Strength and Medhi's ...


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Is running outside an option? Probably not what you were thinking of, but it is cheaper. If you want a machine, an elliptical might be an option. I would assume the disturbance they're concerned about would come from the footfalls from running on the treadmill, so it might be a more acceptable option to management. Also, have you checked if the apartment ...


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The ball bearings allow the weights to rotate without the bar in your hand needing to rotate. As you move a weight in most exercises, unless you have amazing form, some amount of rotational energy will be transfered to the weight. This is true in Olympic lifts even if you have perfect form. If the weight was not allowed to move freely, you would need to ...


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I'm thinking about buying a mat myself so I thought I'd share my research so far. As expected different the price is determined by material, thickness and size. Different mats are appropriate for different types of exercises. If you want to do some general exercises like sit-ups a 'general' exercise mat will do. The thickness of these mats varies between 1 ...


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Purely a 'by experience' answer here, having tried both: Advantages of a thinner mat: More sturdy foundation for balancing Far less bulky when rolled up for transport/storage Dries quicker from sweat/moisture (especially important in Bikram) Advantages of a thicker mat: Knee cushioning when kneeling Tops of the feet cushioning when sitting on your ...


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No. I was a manager/trainer at a couple of Gold's gyms. Our insurance company wouldn't allow these on the floor. They are actually good to hold very moderate weight for several different lifts. The problem is they can take little to no horizontal force and when the squat racks get full people would spill to these. And to make matters worse it is hard ...


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I have your answer! You want what is called a STRIALE SR 907: http://www.pixmania.co.uk/uk/uk/8339506/art/striale/sr-907-magnetic-rowing-ma.html https://www.amazon.fr/STRIALE-rameur-RAMEUR-SR-907/dp/B004OCYKQ0 NOTE: This rowing machine is sold with MANY DIFFERENT brand names and numbers. IN FACT most rowing machines are sold with many different brand ...


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I've been climbing, training for climbing, and reading books on the subject for a long time. If you are new to climbing, you need as much volume at the easiest grades possible. This is the best way to condition all of your body, as well as improve your technique. Go to the gym, do all of the easiest problems. Repeat them over and over. This will make ...


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Here's a link to some good advice: How to Use a Treadmill on the Second Floor. I would think 90% of the noise/vibration issue will be based on the construction of the house/apt. Without thick, well insulated floors, you'll need to add foam mats until you reach the level of 'quiet' acceptable to everyone and hopefully not to many mats to take away from the ...


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There is always a price to becoming stronger. It's a question of how badly do you want to be strong, and what kind of price you are willing to pay. The biggest price you pay has nothing to do with money. The basic principles to getting stronger are: Progressive overload. If you aren't increasing resistance in some way, you aren't getting stronger. ...


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My personal preference would be to invest in a proper barbell and weights, complete with the power rack and bench. The main reason to choose barbells over Bowflex has to do with versatility and expansion. Bowflex has limited set of resistances, once you max your system out, what's next? Bowflex only supports a limited set of exercises Free weights allow ...


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Most apartment buildings have stairs. I exercise on 22 floors of stairs at my building.


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The biggest enemy is rust. Inspect the equipment for signs of rust, and either remove the rust or replace the pieces. Plan on replacing the cables--after 10+ years in the elements, they are probably too weak to trust. Inspect the rust damage on the structural pieces. If the rust damage is only on the surface, you can simply remove the rust with a ...


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I found the owners manual. Check out page 36: The [below] chart shows the actual weight you are lifting when the ratios are applied. To find the actual weight you are lifting you would come down from the ratio being used and across from the number of the weight plate you have pinned. The top plate weighs just under 41 pounds, and all the other plates ...



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