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I've often felt there were two aspects to using a weight belt. The first being the psychological sense of security that the belt provides. Belts make us feel “locked in” and ready to lift thus providing a positive framework to perform the lift. The second and more important aspect is the potential support that a belt provides thus reducing the ...


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Wow, you're lucky! Kudos to your gym for acquiring one of these. I wish my gym had one too. What is that? It's commonly referred to as a "bamboo bar" because of its resemblence. It's actually plastic, as I'm sure you've surmised if you've tried it out. Eric Spoto (one of the best bench pressers in the world) is a strong advocate for incorporating the ...


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At a first glimpse the standing desks seem like another "improvement" companies throw to an item to make customers upgrade and re-buy the same thing. Essentially it's just a desk, right? That's what I thought until I started my current job which provided me with a standing desk. My job is sedentary and very static. I experimented and on some days remained ...


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A recent meta-analysis of 23 published studies is MacEwen, MacDonald, and Burr, "A systematic review of standing and treadmill desks in the workplace," Preventative Medicine 70(January 2015):50-58. The article is here: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ypmed.2014.11.011 Quoting from the paper's summary: Treadmill desks led to the greatest improvement in ...


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According to Dr. Jos Verbeek of The Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, "What we actually found is that most of it is, very much, just fashionable and not proven good for your health."


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Octagonal plates interfere with proper strength training Octagonal plates have no reason to exist, and are actively counterproductive to working out properly. Octagonal or otherwise non-round plates make many fundamental barbell exercises from the floor--including cleans, snatches, and most importantly deadlifts--awkward. Upon putting plates down, the bar ...


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Rowers that are used in gym and club settings typically suffer from two problems. Insufficient maintenance by the club and incorrect form by those using the equipment. The average gym member does not know how to use a rower correctly. Their poor technique typically results in the foot straps loosening because of the urge to “lift” the toes on the finish ...


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In short - belt gives better stabilization. Why not to use it? Well, you wish to have great stabilization... You would like to use that muscles, not to support them. Is it cheating - since that is legal - it is not cheating. Same as wrist/knee stabilization, special pants. All that helps you lift higher values - if that is your target? On the other hand ...


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Heart rate monitors can be broadly classified into thee groups based on how they communicate with the fitness equipment. They are - Bluetooth - Most latest HRMs these days use bluetooth to communicate with the fitness devices, including fitness watching and gym equipment. If you use the latest models, it is very likely that they use bluetooth. One extra ...


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Using non-medical face masks during exercise does cause some minor discomfort, however, it appears to be safe when used by healthy individuals in short-term sub-vigorous intensities. Long term effects have not been studied. Epstein, D, et al. found that; "In healthy subjects, aerobic exercise with either a surgical mask or N95 respirator is safe and ...


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Most calculators that you see in commercial fitness machines and similar include the BMR in the calculation. It's basically the difference between gross and net calorie. Gross calories are all calories burned during an exercise session (Which is what most calculators report), and net calories, which are the calories burned separate from your BMR. ...


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Actually, height is largely genetic. However, nutrition is what impacts it from en environmental standpoint, and not exercise (it has a slight effect, assuming you are not a professional powerlifter, marathon runner or the like). So no, you cannot increase height by doing certain exercises. The notion that training basketball or volleyball makes you taller ...


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First, I've decided to return the weights. There's a point at which it's just not worth the mental and time effort to solve a problem. I've reached that point. Second, before getting to this point, I tried ideas found on Stackexchange and on the web at large, and (D'oh!) spoke to people in other fields who would feasibly have solutions. Here's the rundown. ...


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Previous answers all missed a crucial aspect... the belt works by allowing you brace your abdominals against it. It doesn't "support" the back. It allows YOU to better support your midline/trunk/core/fad-name-for-that-area more effectively. Generally, you should do as much work as you can without the belt (get used to generating that intra-abdominal force ...


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Anecdotal, I've been using a standing desk for about a year. I write software so it used to be ~8hrs sitting. Now I'm always standing. Dont notice a difference tbh. Some days my legs and lower back are sore if I happened to walk to work that day. If anything, now when I sit for a long time my lower back feels some soreness on getting up.


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Being immobile in one position (whether sitting or standing) for long periods of time is just not good for you. Sit too long and you get all those posture problems and what not. Stand too long and blood pools to your calves. The natural state of man is to go between periods of rest and motion. Either you are laying around loafing or MOVING (walking, ...


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You'll do less; 5" diameter will be pretty hard to grip. Also, branches generally aren't totally flat so it will be a little off-balance. I'd consider picking up a set of gymnast rings to hang from the tree branch. With some rings, you get a few advantages: They're even in height. You can do pullups. You can do ring dips. You can do a host of other ...


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The terminology That would be a supported sissy squat. The difference between a supported and a "free" sissy squat is nicely illustrated here: Image courtesy of legendfitness.com Does it replace hip thrusts? No, not at all. The sissy squat is a heavily quadricep-focused exercise. In fact, it's what a lot of people use to downright isolate the ...


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Both triangular and circular handles have existed since gymnastic rings were invented in the early 19th century.1 The circular style quickly became the sole variety used in gymnastics. Speaking from experience, I would put this to the following reasons: Round rings provide room for a false grip, a technique in which the wrists are hooked over the rings, as ...


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That looks incredibly uncomfortable. However, there are probably two ways to use this. One is for decline situps, where your knees would go over the bar at the end of the bench and your feet hook under the bar sticking out. Lay back until head touches then elevate towards feet. The second is to lay the opposite way, and grab the bar at the end of the bench ...


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It's going to vary from gym to gym and from person to person, but I'd say the other person was in the wrong. Sharing equipment is great, and I alternate sets with people I don't know at all or very well all the time if we both need to use a certain piece of equipment, but I wouldn't be happy if they just walked up and did it without asking me first. If you'...


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While you won't be able to do much to impact the actual height of your body through exercise, to help make use of what you do have for height you can do exercises to strengthen your back and shoulders, leading to a more upright natural position which appears taller. Deadlifts are a great exercise to accomplish this; within a few months you should notice a ...


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The safety bars should be set a few inches below the lowest the bar could conceivably go during a successful squat. This way, if the squat goes wrong in any way, you just lower yourself to the bottom of your squat. Do this fast if necessary; release tension in the core, if necessary; jump forward (if the bar is on your back) or backward (if the bar is in ...


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After having read your question, I was interested in finding out what type of equipment is being used in the picture you posted. While I'm not an MMA fan, I am interested in different types of exercise equipment. So, with a little bit of detective work, I was able to determine that Amanda Nunes trains out of the American Top Team Facility in Coconut Creek ...


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Are you talking about the Bent Over Long Bar Row also known as a T-Bar row when using a handle (Thanks @wdika)?


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Prime Movers Hip Abductors: Gluteus Medius & Minimus Hip Adductors: Adductor Longus, Brevis & Maximus Contraction Types Concentric Contraction: Muscle is Shortening and Generating Force Eccentric Contraction: Muscle is Lengthening and Generating Force Muscle Activation During each Lateral Step (Only looking at activation of key hip ...


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If you're talking about reducing belly fat, you should read up that spot reduction is a myth: you can't target fat on any part of your body. But directly answering your question the smallest piece of equipment I know of for abdominals is the ab wheel: A caveat to the ab wheel is that it actually takes a pretty fit person to safely use it. If you can hold ...


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The simple answer is: No, you can't do SS without a power rack. In the beginning you can get away with cleaning the bar, but that stops soon enough. And this isn't even specific to SS. Every program should have some form of heavy squats. You just need a power rack or something for that.


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Alright, before I begin this answer I need to state that I'm not a professional, just an enthusiast, and I would hate to see someone interested in strength training not try it out. Additionally, while writing this, I sometimes just thought about how I would work out with no hands. That's not meant to offend but it just helped in brainstorming. What ...


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It looks like you wanted to buy wrist straps and instead bought wrist wraps. At least, those are the English terms I'm familiar with and they still get misused. It's still a useful product. Wrist wraps are used to keep your wrist from bending during pressing movements: exercises like bench press or overhead press. Some lifters use them during squats to keep ...


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