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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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What are the best benefits of yoga (versus cardio and weight training)?

I currently do cardio and weight training, but my friend is trying to get me to take yoga. The biggest benefit seems to be flexibility. Are there any other big benefits to yoga versus these other ...
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Mixing weight training and cardio/strength

I do several times a week strength and cardio training (Thai boxing, to be specific), but also try to mix in extra weight sessions to build up muscle mass. Is it good or bad to mix these two? I've ...
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What is the advantage of using Olympic plates over standard ones?

I'm lucky enough to have been gifted a half squat rack and 160kg of "standard" weights. I'm happy with this and not looking to upgrade in the near future but I was wondering what the advantages are of ...
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Having joint pain and "cracking" after getting back to working out with weights

I have been getting back into working out (both running and weights) and its going pretty well as i am getting back into it and being pretty consistent. The one issue is that i have started to get a ...
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How do I know how much weight I should be lifting with dumbells?

I was just given a set of weights - adjustable weight dumbells - as a present, but I have no idea what sort of weights/how many reps I should be doing in order to achieve the best results. I'm ...
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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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What is the effective weight when doing push-ups?

I want to know what is the effective weight of doing push-ups. What would be the weight of the dumbbell/ barbell to do a bench press with the same resistance as a push-up. I understand this depends on ...
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Reducing wrist pain/weakness during exercising

I'm spending most of the day in front of the computer (10+ hours), and as expected, my wrist tendons experience strain during work. Normally, this wouldn't be much of an issue, but after I have ...
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Position of weight during weighted pull ups

I am finally able to do 5 pull ups. As this puts me in the optimal rep range for strength gains I thought about adding weight to stay in that rep range. I do my exercises at home, that's why I ...
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What are some good exercises to work the forearms?

My husband and I have both been lifting dumbbells in an attempt to build some muscle. We feel like we're hitting our upper arms pretty well, but not the lower arms. What are some good exercises to ...
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Is running with hand weights a bad idea?

I've heard that running with weights is a bad idea. Most of what I've read online (for example, this) seems to suggest unequivocally that weights on your legs are a serious health risk, but there ...
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What should I eat (if anything) after working out if I work out at night?

Lately, I have been going to the gym at 9 PM (assume for the question that I can't go earlier in the day). I usually get home around 10:15 PM and then try to get to sleep by around 11:30 PM. I am ...
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Dumbbell Weights: Diameter vs Width

I wonder how to add more weight to a dumbbell. Adding more plates of fewer weight or fewer plates of higher weight? With bigger plates the diameter grows and so will the minimum distance the ...
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How often does running or weight lifting cause capillary bursts?

I exercise every alternate day - which means 7 times a fortnight. I mix it up ever so often, but I generally do a mixture of about 45 minutes of cardio (either a run at >10.5 or intervals on the ...
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Is it rude to drop bumper plates in a gym when on a platform?

My gym has a weights platform and bumper plates which are only allowed to be used on the platform. Naturally, it seems logical that dropping weights with bumper plates onto the platform should be ...
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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 to do if my right arm can do more reps than my left one?

If I do an exercise using only one side of my body, and i can do more repetions with one side (for example: I can do more reps with my right arm), should i only do as many repetitions as my weaker ...
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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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Will running affect my weight training and burn muscle instead of fat?

How much gap should there be between weight training and cardio? Usually I work out 5 days a week in the morning and sometimes do cardio and some days do weights, but I have been thinking about going ...
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At what frequency should I increase weight?

I'm currently on Scott Dorn's Muscle Building Program, at least the exercise part. The weights I have access to go up or down in increments of 5 pounds. How often should I be increasing weight and ...
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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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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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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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Could juggling heavy balls hurt the body?

I'm thinking about juggling heavy balls as part of my workout routine. Could the frequent impacts of juggling balls up to 1 kg every other day hurt my muscles or tendons? Assume that I'm of average ...
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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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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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How to take advantage of a cable machine when you've maxed it out?

There are a number of cable machines I've maxed out at the gym, such as: leg extension, triceps cable push down, lying machine squat, etc. Now I'm at the point where I'm doing 5 by 5 with very slow ...
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How to train for carrying heavy stuff?

In two weeks I'm going to carry old furniture from my parents home to the sidewalk in front of the house. How do I prepare for this event best? By training strength, endurance, cardio, HIIT, ...? I ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Separating cardio and weight training

Is it best to split your cardio and weight training when doing them on the same day? Should I wake up an hour earlier to run, then do the gym in the afternoon? I'd try and go to bed an hour earlier to ...
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Why do experienced lifters work up to a heavy set, then do a final, lighter set?

I have noticed in the gym that more experienced guys lift weights in a double-pyramidal order. For example, they do 5 sets using 15 kg in the first set, 20 kg in the second set, 30 kg in the third set,...
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Dumbbells: Why do a few heavy plates feel much heavier than many lighter ones?

I recently quit the local gym (budget restrictions) and started to workout from home instead. I bought a little set of 2x30kg adjustable dumbbells, and built a little bench for doing dumbbell bench ...
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How can I increase the weight I take when weight training?

What are you doing wrong if for months together you have been working out pretty regularly but haven't really felt an increase in strength. When I am weight training, I don't seem to be able to ...
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Rounding of the lower back while doing squats

I've been working with Starting Strength for a while now and although I've been taking lots of notes on form and watching videos wherever I can I can't stop rounding my back. I find that when I'm ...
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Should I sign up for Kettlebell classes?

I've been using a 35-lb kettlebell for about a month doing swings and turkish getups as described in 'Enter the Kettlebell's program minimum. I'm 5'9", 155lbs, and in decent shape. I haven't really ...
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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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Army Run - Train for long and heavy run

How can I train to run/jog/march while carrying 50 to 100 pounds? Such as training to do the Fan Dance (SAS March) Fan Dance On my first attempt to train, I put two 10 pounds ankle weights and some ...
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Leg Strength Exercises

What are some good exercises that utilize free weights to increase leg strength?
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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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Kettlebell weight for one handed exercises

I am am a 28 year old male and the owner of a 16kg kettlebell which I have been using for a while now. I find this weight to be fine for most two handed exercises but when I try to do exercises with ...
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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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Accurately Calibrated Plates

Various manufacturers of Olympic and weightlifting plates use different standards for accuracy. Is there a good resource for comparing price versus accuracy? Can anyone suggest some manufacturers ...
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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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Should I increase dumbbell weight or should I use throughout

My gym instructor told me to increase my dumbbell weight once I feel comfortable with the current one. If I want muscle growth only to some extent (I mean not much) and maintain my body with proper ...
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Storing weights outside

I live in New England, have a lot of weights, and am short on space to store them. (Getting rid of them is, of course, unthinkable :) I'm looking for cheap ways to store them outside but protect them ...
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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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