Questions tagged [exercise-equipment]

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

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Does someone sell latex-free jump stretch/exercise looped bands?

I have searched extensively for all sorts of different name combinations for latex-free jump stretch/exercise bands. I see that there are Theraband-style light bands that are latex-free, but all of ...
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Exercise Ball - build huge abs?

How can I build abs or huge abs with this ball? I have seen a lot of videos on YouTube but they don't say the time or the sets needed for an exercise ball routine. How much time and what days should I ...
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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 is the right way to use this sit-up bench

What is the right way to use this curved inclined sit-up bench? Where do I keep my legs and should I lie all the way back?
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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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How to evaluate stationary bicycle resistance

I would like to understand how to evaluate the resistance range of a stationary bicycle before buying online, as I have maxed out the resistance on my current one. All of the bicycles I see online ...
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Safety Precautions with Arm Blaster

What safety precautions should I take with an arm blaster? Because I bought on and plan to use it to it's maximum capacity.
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Do the calorie counters on exercise machines subtract resting calorie burn rate?

Let's say for the sake of the argument that a person would burn 100 calories per hour sitting on a chair. That person does an hour of exercise on a machine at the gym and the display states that 600 ...
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Advantages and disadvantages of hanging versus standing punchbags

Both with respect to training and handling, how do hanging and standing punchbags compare and what might be the better choice for amateur home use?
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How to achieve high intensity HIIT with equipment available in a gym?

I love doing HIIT with battle rope and sledgehammer. These cardio intensity is the highest two I ever have. I love battle rope most because it has almost no joint wearing. I separate loading to whole ...
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Do mandatory cloth masks pose a risk to training?

Gyms in my province are changing up the rules once again, on Monday. This time around non-medical masks are required throughout the building while not exercising as well as while exercising (...
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Are there any advantages of round gymnastic rings over flattened?

There are round rings and similar (plastic too), but flattened at the botom. Seems obvious that second ones should be more convenient for hand, but still people mostly use round for some reason.
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Is there a level of intensity in which you should train beltless?

For a competitive powerlifter, is there a level of intensity for which you should strive to not use a powerlifting belt (i.e. beltless)? For example, in my warm-up sets, I don't use a belt. However, ...
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Are wrist wraps at cross purposes with incline DB curls?

My wrist / carpal tunnel tends to get rather angry with me during exercises like dumbbell flies. (Presumably because the weight is supported by just the palms than a stacked forearm, and is under the ...
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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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How are you supposed to adjust this type of reverse fly(?) machine?

The gym has the above contraption I use alternating with the crossover station for upper back isolation. I’m at a loss however how I should adjust the seat and chest support; when I set it so my ...
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How to clean a battle rope?

I have bought my battle rope for two years, a common 38mm diameter black one and should be made by artificial fiber. It is placed on ground for 2 years. Recently I carry it out on my shoulder, walk ...
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How can I get a basic equivalent between free weight and machine “weight”, i.e. stack pin?

I know that machines are different from free weights. That's a given: the machine limits the trajectory, eliminating the need for stabilizing forces, and reducing effectiveness in building core ...
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What is this exercise called, and will it substitute for hip thrusts?

The gym added a new gadget: You lock your shins into it and stand up from “sitting down” holding weights. The weight room is packed and I’m supposed to do hip thrusts, and it seems like this makes up ...
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Is there any smart compact rower?

Is there any compact rower that can sync with MyFitnessPal? so one could keep track of rowing distance and calories burnt everyday?
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What should a trainer do when deadlifting straps fail?

I have deadlifting straps that wrap around the bar to assist my overhand deadlifting grip. Excluding hook grips, mixed grips, and working on increased grip strength, what is the next step up? Are ...
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Bare feet vs lifting shoes for people with flat feet

I have extremely flat feet, and I was wondering if I should do my heavy lifts (squats, dead lifts) with dedicated lifting shoes, or with bare feet. Right now I'm doing my lifts bare-foot on a hard ...
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What should I look for in a jump rope?

When browsing around the various articles linked in answers here, I keep stumbling over rope jumping in articles or blog post. I was never good at rope jumping, at least that's what I thought. ...
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Shared space incline equipment options (living room)

I exercise in a shared family space, so no 'dedicated' exercise equipment would work. When doing weight lifting with dumbells/powerblocks, often the exercises require some form of 'incline' for chest ...
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How can I simulate the LifeCircuit 12 rep set on a non-electronic workout machine?

I enjoyed the LifeCircuit computerized strength equipment, which apparently do not exist anymore. How can I simulate that 12 rep set that those machines featured on a typical non-computerized workout ...
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I bought strength bands from Decathlon but I don't know how to use them

How can I use them to supply my grip at deadlift or pull-ups? They are very different than https://www.decathlon.fr/p/sangle-de-tirage-musculation-souleve-de-terre-deadlift-traction/_/R-p-158597 Did ...
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Working out with a shorter left forearm and malformed hand

Here are pictures of my right and left hands (in order): My right arm is generally normal except the hand, though the elbow motion is somewhat limited compared to normal people. (I can’t bend it ...
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How can I listen to music while running?

I want to listen to music while running, but I have a hard time finding a good way to do so. My phone is quite big, and my watch is a standard running watch, not a smart watch. I live in a place with ...
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Accuracy of calorie measurements

When I use a Concept2 indoor rower, I also start a Workout on my Apple Watch. Both devices have a heart rate monitor, and both are measuring my calories. Yet there is a wide difference between the ...
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Cardio Machines which let me get my data

I am looking for a gym Cardio Machines (brands) which will let me get data representing what I have done. It should be possible to view it with hearth rate data in a meaningful way, preferably in a ...
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Length recommendation of safety spotters for a home gym

When planning my new home gym I stumbled over the question of how long safety spotters should be. For example the kingsbox royal series seems to be a reasonable option to me but has only 51 cm safety ...
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Starting Strength without a power rack in a home gym

As a 28 year old desk worker, I'm noticing I'm getting fluffy around the waist and my strength has diminished even more over the years. I used to do aerobic sports so I wasn't out of shape during my ...
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How much floor space does a basic multigym need?

I'm setting up a dedicated home gym in a room about 4x3.5m (13x12' approx) with a high ceiling. I'm interested in a multigym and two cardio machines (bike+x-trainer) but how much space does a multigym ...
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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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How to even out a punching bag when the weight gets settled on the bottom?

I just got a second hand punching bag which is filled with fiber. It seems like some of the weight has settled on the bottom. What can be done to distribute it?
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How effective are standing desks?

How effective at improving flexibility/posture/fitness/general health is using a standing desk instead of a sitting desk?
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How are elastic bands rated for resistance?

I'm using an elastic band labelled "60 kg". During the exercise, I stretch it from 100% length (where it offers no resistance at all) to maybe 200% length (which does not appear to be its stretch ...
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How reliable are compact squat racks and foldable benches

I live in an apartment, am in decent physical conditions, have done 4 straight months of workouts with dumbbells and body-weight exercises. I'm looking to move to simple barbell workouts to see where ...
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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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What unit is resistance on stationary bike?

I need to know how exactly speed is calculated on a stationary bike. For this I need to know in which units the resistance on the bike is set. The scale is from 1 to 25, but what exactly do these ...
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Minimising ankle rub in running shoes

I have a frequent problem that deters me from running. I have a bad habit of picking shoes that rub my heels on longer runs. In the store they feel great, but after a 5km run they just destroy the ...
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Is the wheel important in a sling trainer?

I'm considering getting myself a sling trainer, after I was able to try one at a gym. I found one major difference between cheap ones, and expensive ones (as the one on the gym), which is the wheel, ...
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Recommendations/tips/improvements for a training program with my current gear

I am 18 years old, 66kg (146lbs) and 180cm (5'11"). Gear: treadmill, power tower (pull/chin-ups and dips), two dumbbells with weights of 30kg (max. of 20kg per dumbbell), a resistance cable and a ...
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Practical applications of the earthquake/bamboo bar

My gym recently purchased this weird bar: I have yet to see anyone actually use it. From what I can tell, the point is to hang weights off the sides and they swing at each rep. The idea (I guess) is ...
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How can I make Atlas stones loadable and calibrate-able?

I'm trying to make barbell loadable atlas stones that have accurate weights. Like, say, 50lbs, 100lbs, and 200lbs. It's hard to accurately calibrate the weight of atlas stones I would imagine as their ...
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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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What are all the barbell collar types?

I've seen all kinds of barbell collars, and I'd like to know all of them and what the pro/con break downs are if possible. For example, what is this collar: It kinda looks like an Olympic Russian ...
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How to handle bathing suit and towel for high school PE?

My 9th grader has swimming every other day and loves it -- but the bathing suit and towel are a constant problem, getting forgotten, growing mold in a plastic bag in the knapsack, etc. What's a good ...
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Wheel ab workout equipment

I am considering buying an ab wheel. Will exercising with it make my abs look stronger and more apparent? I'm not sure if an ab wheel will have a substantial effect on my abs in a short time. Lower ...
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Heart rate monitor compatibility

I am shopping for a heart rate monitor that I can wear during exercise (I am ok with wearing a chest strap), and I'm very confused about compatibility of monitors with gym equipment (treadmills, ...