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What do these instructions say on the LifeCircuit Seated Row? [closed]

Can anyone read what the instructions say under "adjust seat"? Thanks. https://www.encanfnp.ca/files/products/1634053591_20211004_145004jpg.jpg
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Actual weights on Lifefitness FSF3 machine

The gym in my new building finally opened, and it uses the LifeFitness Fit Series Fit 3 machine. I haven't worked out in ages, and I'm trying to figure out what I was actually lifting, given that the ...
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Seeking Advice on Smith Machine Use: Safe Exercises and Proper Form

I've recently begun using the vertical path smith machine at the gym, which supports a variety of exercises such as squats, overhead presses, calf raises, and bench presses. However, I often hear ...
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Are circuit style gyms suited for hypertrophy progression?

I have access to a gym offering circuit training with weight machines, meaning people have to use every machine for a timed set of 1 minute and then a 15 sec break to switch to the next machine. My ...
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Does it matter if weights are loaded unevenly on different sides of a smith machine barbell?

Imagine one is doing squats on a smith machine and loads 3x10kg on one the left but then 4x10kg on the right. Or imagine it was simply 4x20kg on the right and nothing at all on the left side. Would ...
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Pronated vs neutral chest press

The machine I use for upper chest uses free weight instead of a cable stack but my question is regarding the handles, which are similar to the picture below, and resulting hand position. Using the ...
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Is there a difference between pec flies on seated pec fly/rear delt fly machines and cable flies?

More specifically do they both target the same muscles, and even more specifically do they both equally target the serratus anterior?
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Shoulder press machine vs dumbells

I've heard, and through my own experiences discovered, that for bodybuilding/hypertrophy purposes machine exercises are superior because they provide more stability they have a more even resistance ...
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How to equate weighted crunches with an abdominal crunch machine

What's the equivalent reps of weighted crunches to a given number of reps on an abdominal crunch machine? I keep track of my workout routine on each machine I use at the gym, and practice linear ...
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All gym exercises at home

I have the following things: Dumbbells (to which weight plates can be added or removed) A barbell A pull up bar A resisitance band A horizontal bench like furniture I don't have any machines which ...
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How NOT to be Afraid of Using Glute-Ham Raise (GHR) Machine

Some background: I've been into bodybuilding for a few years, but only 2 months ago I started to go to a proper gym with a proper trainer. For a full-month my trainer checked me up of my muscles, ...
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Recommendation for Beginner's Workout Routine - No Free Weights?

I'm a 45M, 220 lbs, and probably around 20% fat. I'd like to get into an exercise routine that can ease me into hopefully a long term and more serious commitment to fitness. I'm looking for an ...
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What is this calf gym machine called?

I would like to buy a calf machine like the one on the picture below. When they have adjustable weights and the shoulder pads, does anyone know what they are called then?
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How freely should pulleys spin in a multigym?

Ive noticed on the lowest weight, cables on my overhead pull-down do not return freely. In fact I can let go of the bar and it just sits there. I can't find one pulley that is especially stiffer than ...
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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 kind of Life Fitness machines are the biceps curl and triceps extension machines at Planet Fitness?

What kind of Life Fitness machines are the biceps curl and triceps extension machines at Planet Fitness? I’m talking about the ones that are not in the 30 minute express section, but are with the ...
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How many pounds is the dropdown incremental weight on the Optima Series machines at Planet Fitness?

How many pounds is the dropdown incremental weight on the Optima Series machines at Planet Fitness? I have no idea how much weight it adds because there is no number on it.
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Freestyle step platforms vs treadmills

How does just stepping up and down (a basic step) on a step platform compare with a treadmill? Can I just do basic steps while watching TV for my cardio workouts? How do they compare with stationary ...
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Free weights VS pulleys progressions in large favor of pulleys, do I have some illness?

Why is it so difficult for me to progress with "free weights" (dumbbells, bars, machines with free weights) and so easy to progress with machines of types "pulleys" and "machines with a pulley"? ...
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The Maths of Exercise

Lets say for whatever reason You can't do a pushup to save your life. You can't manage the technique and it hurts you too much. Or lets say you're like me and can't do a sit up to save your life ...
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Can I use hip adductor machine to stretch legs for splits?

I'm using a hip adductor machine to stretch my legs for splits. I set the angle selector to 3rd position from maximum, set weight to 65kg, and allow it to apply pressure to stretch my legs for 2 ...
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How does someone position their arms on this Reverse Fly machine?

My gym has just got this machine. Unfortunately, their idea of "easy-to-read" instructions is a stick man without hands, whose arms are obscured by the padding. Any video I have seen of a reverse ...
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Is it ok to arch one's back when performing lat pulldowns?

I am aware that one should avoid performing lat pulldowns with the bar behind the neck. (mirror) Is it ok to arch one's back when performing lat pulldowns? Example where the back is arched: Example ...
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How am I doing for an old guy

I just started two weeks ago after laying around too much I finished 10,000 meters in 1:0245 Then 57:30 Then 56:45 Yesterday. ...
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Fitness plan suggestions?

I am a 15 year old male, standing at a tiny 5 foot 6 inches and weigh in at 8 stone and 1.1 pound, my fat index is only 10.7% and from my research this suggests that I should go on a lean or "...
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Peck deck machine vs dumbbells flyes [closed]

I don't use the peck deck machine. If someone say can do 100 kg on the peck deck how much can he do with dumbbells flyes?
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On machines, what is the weight listed?

I've always thought that the weight listed on a weight stack (putting the pin at 100lbs) meant that you were lifting 100lbs after all factors were taken into account. After reading this answer, I am ...
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Lat Pulldown vs. Pullups for back strength and bicep development

An old coach of mine told me that pullups are way more effective than using the lat pulldown machine. Is this true and if so why? If not, then why is it not?
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alternatives to leg presses

So I can do leg presses with 650lbs reliably enough and probably more but idk... putting all those 45lbs weights on the leg press machine is a bit of a hassle. Is there any exercise that works legs ...
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What's the difference between cable seated rows on a pulley, and using the seated row machine?

I recently had to switch gyms. One of the downsides to my new gym is the seated row part of my current workout. There are two parts to the cable pulley machine that are sub-optimal for my situation: ...
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If I wear my Fitbit One on a treadmill or elliptical, should I log the activity as well?

The FitBit Activity Tracker (on the website, Android application, and I would presume the iPhone application as well) lets you log various activities so you can track and share them with your friends. ...
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Leg curl (hamstrings) machine - legs wide or narrow? Or both?

I've been using the leg curl machine recently, and I am wondering if how far apart one's legs are makes a difference to the exercise. Usually my feet are regular squat-width apart (shoulder width). ...
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Is this machine good for post-run stretching?

In Korea, there are many outdoor exercise machines in public places. This kind of machine is a particularly common one. Is this effectove as a post-run hamstring stretch? It feels good, but it is ...
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Purpose of this machine?

Hi I see this machine in the gym and I see a lot of people using it, but I never understood its purpose or its importance. Why and for what to use?
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Leg Abductor Tremble

Today was my fourth or fifth time using the thigh abductors at the gym, and since I began, my inner thighs tremble. I found a similar question here, which has a good explanation of the different ...
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What types of hip exercises are best suited for a runner?

My apartment complex gym got a new hip machine that supports four types of hip exercises - flexion, extension, abduction, and adduction. I'm primarily a runner (I run 3.5+ miles three days a week, low ...
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Chest bench press using a machine

I have been working out for 1.5 years now. For chest bench press(with a barbell), I do 10(rep)x30(kg) 10(rep)x40(kg) 8(rep)x50(kg) I feel quite a pain in my front delts while doing and for 2 days ...
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Stalled progress on a particular weight machine

I have been using the Hoist "Rock-It" weight machine circuit at my gym for almost three months now, every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. I have been making steady progress on most of the machines, in ...
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Squat calf machine v/s free weights Squats: Efficiency and knee safety

I recently tried to squat using the squat calf machine and I found it very practical and efficient for when you are training alone without a spotter. I have few questions: What are the main ...
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How does the angle of the squat machine affect muscle activation?

I've seen incline, decline, and horizontal squat machines at the gym. Does each one activate different muscles or are they effectively the same?
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The resistance piston on my exercise machine squeaks

Is it OK to lubricate these things. If so with what? If not does it mean my machine is on its last days? It is a Cardio Glide.