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Questions tagged [weights]

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

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Should weight be reduced in succession with sets to achieve a targeted repetition count?

Is it best to aim for a set number of repetitions and fall short of the goal, or is it better to reduce weight to allow yourself to maintain achievement of that target rep count for each subsequent ...
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Weighted exercises for lower abs

Even at 15+% bodyfat, I've been able to get my upper abs to show clearly by doing weighted exercises: Cable crunches and weighted russian twists[1]. Looking back on it, I'd even say it wasn't that ...
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What is the purpose of dropping weights?

I see a lot of exercise training videos, particularly for dead lifts that seem to recommend this. The trainers will do several reps of the dead lift and upon completion of the last lift, they simply ...
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Is there any benefit in stretching with weights?

The kind of stretching I'm referring to is the sort some schools make their kids do at morning assembly. Skip through parts of this video to get a general idea. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j-...
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With my non-dominant arm, I can do only 60-70% reps of what the other can. Is that normal?

I am quite new to weightlifting and not really a type to ever be ripped (skinny, 16,6 cm wrists. Anyway, I am concerned whether this is normal: I do bicep curls with two 18 pound dumbbells. In the ...
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should i lift external weights when i can't able to lift my body weight

I am 27 , 6.1 , 70kg , physically weak person , From last 5 months i am doing workout 4 days in a week , but did't found any progress as i am not taking good amount of protein.... I can't do single ...
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Max. Weight vs. Volume - what to orient on?

I'm always reading about total volume being one of (or even the) most important factor when it comes to building muscle. In order to progressivly overload, I try to add weight everytime I can in the ...
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How do I add weight to ab exercises?

The question is lucid enough. How do I add weights to ab exercises like bicycle crunches, abdominal crunches, cross arm crunches and other main ab home workouts. Note - I do my exercises at home, so ...
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Train Calfs and Abs weight- or repetition-based?

I'm doing one-legged standing calf raises and crunches in my workout routine. A lot of people talk about training these two muscle groups (calfs and abs) specifically based on repetition, therefor ...
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I am filling a given volume with Lead shot. Which size will give maximum weight - Size 7 or size 12

Hi am filling a loadable sledgehammer with lead shot. I am trying to see which size lead shot will give me the highest load. Will filling with smaller size give me higher load or a bigger size will ...
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Loading the bar asymmetrically

At what weight will loading a standard Olympic bar on a rack from one side move the centre of gravity outside the rack and cause a wreck? I've never used enough weight to have this happen but I'm ...
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Is there any benefit to make a pause at the maximum of the contraction?

For any exercise AND for hypertrophy and/or nervous system, is there any benefit to make a pause at the maximum of the contraction ? Consider my training. I use weights that hurt me at 40 sec. ...
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Why big weight bench press makes me feel less sore?

The following is one experiment I have done: Bench press to exercise my chest. Method One: 50KG, 8~10 reps, 10 sets. During the next two days, my chest muscle did not feel as painful and sore as I ...
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Weight effect when dining out

I measure my weight every morning. I find that my weight increases by 2 to 3 pounds if I have my dinner at a restaurant instead of home the night before, even the portions are about the same. May I ...
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Will muscle mass be built on this routine?

I am in the process of beginning training for an Olympic distance triathlon in September. I have a good routine set-up for that which will involve six days of training per week (swim, cycle, run). ...
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Should I do weights If I am obese?

I am a 16 year old guy, about 5'7" (1.7m) and 232lbs (105kg). I have only started to go to gym for about a week now. Since the gym does not have a trainer, I have only done cardio (elliptical 20 min,...
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Pseudo - High Gravity Training [duplicate]

I was wondering if wearing weights during your daily life work as a pseudo-high gravity training. Consider, I wear leg weights, weights on my back and arms, and wear them throughout the day (not ...
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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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Would wearing leg weights 24/7 be effective? [duplicate]

If you were to wear leg weights, say a kilo or more on each leg, and never took them off for a month or so, would your feet get stronger, would that benefit you, or would it give you issues? Would it ...
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Is Lifting Weights at Home, Without a Rack, A Viable Option For Me?

The gyms in my area are overcrowded and full of smith machines. Some of the cheaper ones don't even have smith machines. I've decided to lift weights at home, but I have a limited amount of space and ...
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Weight exercises while taking a short break

I apply the pomodoro technique while working (computer work/standing desk). That is, one works 25 minutes and takes a 5' break. Rinse, repeat. Would it be healthy/safe to do exercises with moderate ...
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What are default weight ratios for different Crossfit exercises?

I am doing Crossfit for couple monthes and still can't manage to always find a good weight for training according to weight exercises. For instance, I can do deadlifts with 60 kg and front squat with ...
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beginner benchpress

I'm new to lifting. I have my own benchpress and dumbbells, I have 10kg on the dumbbell and 20kg on my benchpress. From what I seen on the net, I should (apparently) have more weight on. I myself am ...
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I keep having to lower my weights by a couple Pounds on each set. What am I doing wrong? [closed]

When my work out begins, I normally begin strong. For example, I can lift up to 30 Lbs doing bicep curls, I can feel the burn, but it's not difficult at all to do the curls in good form; but as the ...
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How does dragging weights after you help?

I have seen a lot of weightlifters and especially rugby players tie some weights after them most of the times a sled and pulling it at full speed for a distance,I understand it could make a rugby ...
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Workout to the failure is enough to get stronger. What is the need to have sets?

As far as I understand, push the muscle to the failure state in 5 to 15 reps will help me increase muscle growth production. If I need to do more than 15 reps to get failure, I simply build endurance, ...
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Stick with progressing rep ranges or switch to small weight increments?

I'd like to keep this question general, but it's rather situational so excuse the extra fluff. At the end of February I finished 6 months of doing Johnny Candito's linear program, control variant. ...
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Can I increase strength without lifting more weight?

So I have been doing weight training for a couple of months now. Using the idea of progressive overloading I have been increasing the weight by about 5kg every week or 2 or 3. Since I'm working out at ...
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Between barbell and dumbbell?

I have a fitness tool which is somewhat between barbell and dumbbell. I don't know what this is called. It is a bar that is 60cm (24 inches) long and is supposed to hold a steel plate or plates to ...
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Conflicting advice regarding sets and repetitions including progressive overload

Having watched videos such as those by Athlean-x, the common theme appears to be progressive overload while increasing repetitions. However, someone I met seems to be doing the exact opposite ...
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Why does a closed width bench press hurt more than a wide width bench press?

Further to the question Bench press grip width, i have noticed that if the width is closer, muscles on my right hand close to my shoulders (sorry as i am unsure what they are called however someone ...
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Quitting Body building or weight trainning [closed]

If i quit body building . will my body fat increase considerably and become obese
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Am I eating enough for a bulk? [closed]

5'9 and weigh 139 pounds. I've decided to bulk and need help on my diet. This is what I ate today and I was wondering whether I should be eating more, or less to gain muscle and at the same time not ...
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What are the differences between running with a weighted belt and weighted ankles?

Where is the most amount of strain in both situations? What are the health disadvantages for both? What will be the effects when increasing to a sprint?
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Difference on reps?

Ok, so I'm 14 that means I can't lift a lot, and I have reached the maximum weight my parents let me lift (17kg), and I understand that for growing muscle, you need to stress the muscle breaking the ...
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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 ...
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Weights after a broken Collar Bone

I broke my Collar Bone back at the beginning of April which resulted in me having an operation to repair the damage and have a metal plate put in. I was given the all clear to return to the gym ...
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My left arm is much much stronger than my right! [duplicate]

I've been going to the gym for about three weeks now. For the first two bicep workouts I did 2.5kgs,for my third I tried with 5 but I couldn't even get my right arm to lift up just a little. However I ...
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Where should I buy dumbbells weights/bar from [closed]

I am wondering where I should buy dumbbells from for a cheap price but also relitavely good quality. I currently am considering buying this: 4x 5kg York Fitness Cast Iron Discs 1x York Fitness ...
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Improve my “Crossfit” regime? [closed]

All Day Workout I have time to play with, and I think I've been a bit random with my workouts. I want all round fitness, and I'd say I'm fairly intermediate. Do you think there's anything I can add ...
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Best reference material or app for creating a workout regimine to loose weight? [duplicate]

I am really looking for a bible of working out. I have a home gym but nothing too complicated. So I really need something that will help me get started.
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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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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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If my heart keeps pounding for one hour, will this help aid weight loss?

The question is simple and clear, if my heart pounds graciously for one hour, will this help aid weight loss in any way?
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Can weighted pull-up and dips lead to lower back problems?

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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What's a good strength training program for a beginner? [duplicate]

What are some good strength training options for someone just starting out? Specifically related to building a solid foundation of strength across all major muscle groups.
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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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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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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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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 ...