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

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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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Are plate-loaded vest comfortable for push-up/plank/dip/pull-up?

do you think this kind of product is comfortable for weighted push-ups/planks? I'm interested at buying it. Do you think it is a valid way to progress those exercises? My doubt is if it is ...
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How to reduce body fat if we increase the caloric intake

So I'm a 24 M working IT I weigh at 66 Kg , my maintenance calories are 2500 but the thing is before I thought of starting to workout I used to consume around 1200 calories in a day and I didn't used ...
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Is Barbell Drag Curl mechanically useful for building biceps

The barbell Drag Curl is said to be effective for the Bicep Long Head as it works in a more stretched position compared to the conventional barbell curl. I'm considering to add it to my routine in ...
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Automatic adjusting resistance to removing sticking point for hypertrophy

Recently I've been getting a lot of ads related to workout machines that use magnets to apply resistance rather than weights. The most prominent being the Vitruvian Trainer but there seems to be about ...
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Should I work out my non-injured side?

Due to severe shoulder capsule inflammation (frozen shoulder) I have been told by my doctor not to work out my shoulder, arm, chest etc for about three months Of course I'm working out my legs and ...
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Is it normal to plateau or stop making visible progress after a year of training?

I have been weightlifting now for a little over a year and I am wondering is it normal to hit a plateau meaning I am not seeing visible results anymore. I know visible results aren't priority but I am ...
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Do front/back squats strengthen upper body?

I know it's obviously not gonna be the same as targeting my upper body directly, but will I still get some strength benefits in my upper body from doing front & back squats with a barbell? I feel ...
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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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What are the pros and cons of 5' Vs 6' Vs 7' barbells for amateur use?

As I understand it, 7' is the standard bar length for gyms and competitive lifting, but 5 and 6 foot versions are also available for home gym use (focusing on standard olympic 2" bar). What ...
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Can you review my workout plan?

I’ve been working out for almost a year now and I would like someone with more knowledge to review or criticize my workout plan, I’m currently 5’10” at 139lbs and I’m trying to just gain overall size, ...
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Reverse hip raises with weight on legs

After doing reverse hip raises for a few days, I am finding that to feel any tension in the legs, I need to hold the position for a long time. This quickly gets boring. So I want to increase the load, ...
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Triceps training (long head)

I've recently suspected (for various reasons) that I've been neglecting the long head of my triceps. Pretty much all the triceps training that I've done for a while is supine triceps extensions with ...
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Dumbbell weight steps don't match my next progress step

I'm a 50 yo man doing general core strengthening exercises with adjustable dumbbells at home. Generally each of the exercises I do at medium weight, 3 sets of 10 reps a few times a week. My dumbbell ...
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How does a "seated chest press" machine differ from a regular bench press?

I have a multi-gym machine very similar to the one shown. It allows me to emulate a bench press from a seated position, I think this is exercise is called a seated chest press? I have never done a a ...
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Are there scenarios where waist trainers..... useful?

Ok. I know almost everyone who read the title is currently typing out a big "no" as an answer. Possibly typing something about how it doesn't help with fat loss and risks reorganizing ...
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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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Cast iron plates seem heavier than rubber coated

It is strange but I noticed cast iron plates seem heavier than rubber coated plates. Weight plates in my gym are rubber coated. I have bought some weights for home workout. But the same weight feels ...
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What is the effective weight of the bar when I'm doing a landmine squat?

When I'm doing a landmine squat the bar weighs 20 kg. As it is pivoted in the corner of the room the effective weight of the bar must be less than its 20 kg but it must contribute something to the ...
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Is it correct to shrug during barbell row?

I have some doubts about how the trapezius is involved in barbell row. I'm a newbie in weight-lifting so I'm sorry if I won't be very accurate. What I mean with shrug I mean when your trapezius ...
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Can certain exercises help with flexbility?

Rather than simply just stretching, can exercises help to improve flexibility too? So two examples I'm thinking of are: Romanian deadlifts to improve hamstring flexibility Chest flys to improve chest ...
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How does a 125# stack have 300# resistance?

How does a 125# stack have 300# resistance? I've asked this question again and again, but I've still never gotten an answer to my question. I understand the "band" type because as the band ...
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My spinlock collars keep coming loose all the time

I have a set of iron dumbbell/barbell using 1" spinlock (York I think). Ever since new the collars come loose within a few reps even though they have a rubber insert. I was wondering can I use ...
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Deadlift and scapular retraction

most of the people say it's wrong to do the scapular retraction (by squeezing blades) during deadlifts. This and this are two references which explain that scapular retraction is not advised because: ...
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How to recover from lifting something very heavy?

I lifted a 30 kilogram bag upstairs one step at time- properly using my legs and centre of gravity . My core is solid from situps and cross crunches. I have weightlifting 4 years using 8 kilogram ...
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How to adjust weights to my short stature?

TLDR: I'm significantly shorter than an average man. How should I (or Should I) take this into account when choosing my weights? I'm an absolute beginner who has recently started exercising with ...
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Are weights necessary for building muscle effectively?

I know that it is possible to build muscle without using weights, but I was wondering how effective it actually was. Does using weights allow you to build muscle faster or can you build muscle at a ...
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What exercises can help my hands and wrist get stronger?

I've been boxing for a eleven years now, but no matter what I do, I can't strengthen my hands. Every time I get into a gripping match with someone, I lose, and I can't seem to find any exercises that ...
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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. Then, ...
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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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