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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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Octagonal plates interfere with proper strength training Octagonal plates have no reason to exist, and are actively counterproductive to working out properly. Octagonal or otherwise non-round plates make many fundamental barbell exercises from the floor--including cleans, snatches, and most importantly deadlifts--awkward. Upon putting plates down, the bar ...


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While you won't be able to do much to impact the actual height of your body through exercise, to help make use of what you do have for height you can do exercises to strengthen your back and shoulders, leading to a more upright natural position which appears taller. Deadlifts are a great exercise to accomplish this; within a few months you should notice a ...


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Actually, height is largely genetic. However, nutrition is what impacts it from en environmental standpoint, and not exercise (it has a slight effect, assuming you are not a professional powerlifter, marathon runner or the like). So no, you cannot increase height by doing certain exercises. The notion that training basketball or volleyball makes you taller ...


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No. Height is purely genetic. There aren't any exercises you can do that will influence your height.


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Personally I wouldn't be happy with them, they look pretty unstable. I'd hate to have to figure out what to do with a bar in a back squat if I knocked one of these over. I'd consider the safe weight to use to be what I can lift from back squat position over my head and put down safely... which makes the stands pretty much useless.


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I haven't used those resistive narrow bands meant to assist traditional barbell exercises, but I have worked as an assistant to two physical therapists, and I remember hearing the advice given to patients to not stretch a Thera band (used in occupational therapy) to over 3 times the band's length. It is confirmed on the band usage manual too.


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It's going to vary from gym to gym and from person to person, but I'd say the other person was in the wrong. Sharing equipment is great, and I alternate sets with people I don't know at all or very well all the time if we both need to use a certain piece of equipment, but I wouldn't be happy if they just walked up and did it without asking me first. If ...


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It's easy to make the argument that a plate has only one requirement: to weigh a certain amount. However, round plates enable a range of exercises that are impractical with any weight that has straight edges. Any floor exercise: i.e. rows, deadlifts, cleans Any exercise that requires rolling: i.e. barbell ab rollouts The difference is significant enough ...


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I considered and rejected these for my home gym. They do not provide safety bars on which to dump a failed rep. They do not have a vertical post on which to slam a just-completed near-max set. The target area is small, particularly for a back squat rather than a front squat. I would trust freestanding squat stands if I was using bumper plates on a ...


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For me, the best outdoor fitness equipments are push-up bars and parallel bars. There are many different exercises that can be done on them: pull-ups (obviously), dips, muscles ups, inverse push-ups, 'the monkey' (grabing the bar with one hand for some seconds). My experience with the sort of devices that you posted a pic of, is that they are useful only ...


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Take a look at Calisthenics if you look youtube you will find loads of alternatives You can look at this for a start Introduction Some workout alternatives for gym Also for Treadmill you can use Jump Ropes


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The advantages and risks have been highlighted in this article. And this. And countless others. Yes, you'll burn more calories wearing it. How much you'll burn depends on The weight of the ankle weights How long it's worn The frequency of walking around However, because you are placing weights on your joints, you might experience joint problems ...


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I think in answer to your question, it's going come down to what is your starting point? Are you new to lifting or been lifting for some time? Have you had any joint weaknesses? This article seems quite useful:- http://www.symptomfind.com/healthy-living/weighted-vest-training/ Also, have you considered resistance bands for working out at home? There's ...


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There are quite a few heart rate monitor fitness trackers coming soon to the market. I'm sure many of us (including me) are anxiously awaiting something that can accurately measure calorie expenditure, rather than relying on a pedometer. Obviously, nobody wants to have to inconveniently strap a heart rate monitor around their chest. Here are some options ...


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The primary concern to keep in mind with squat stands for squatting and benching is that you have to place the bar back in them carefully. This is different from squat racks and power racks used for benching, which allow you to slam the bar into a resting place with next to zero control at the end of a set. This would make it hard to go truly heavy, since ...


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I don't have any personal experience with the mask, but I recently heard a podcast on the subject of respiratory training devices. The guest was Greg Wells, Ph.D., who spoke about a couple of these products. Here's a link to the podcast: Ben Greenfield Fitness: How to Increase your V02 max The podcast will probably answer most of your questions in more ...


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You may want to check out RubberBanditz Power Resistance Bands. According to their site: NOTE: Colors may vary. All circular exercise bands are 41in (104 cm) in length and come in three sizes with varying resistances. Our natural rubber latex is over 99.998% free of soluble proteins (latex allergens). Effects of use by people with latex sensitivity is ...


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Depending on how big/motivated you are, you might have to modify your workout. If your room is too small for a bench, you cannot perform bench-related exercises; however, you can perform other exercises that should compensate for those. Benchpress focuses on the chest; pushups and (unsure what the name is, but you lie on your back and lift dumbbells from ...


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I doubt that these stands are intended to be actually used with the weights described by the manufacturer. I guess the manufacturer only labels it with the weight you can put onto them without breaking them. I am using stands comparable to those in your picture when I visit my parents, they have a heavy disk at the bottom instead of extensions. Assuming a ...


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Most people don't think about making sure their barbells and dumb-bells are the same diameter. Differences in size are common as well as different diameters between barbells and also between dumbbells. There is no "standard" size as such, it's what you prefer. Some Olympic barbells have thicker bars but today you can simply buy bar-grips to fit any diameter ...



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