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Why is it easier to lift weight using a belt?

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 ...
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Practical applications of the earthquake/bamboo bar

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 ...
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How effective are standing desks?

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 ...
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How effective are standing desks?

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. ...
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How effective are standing desks?

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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Securing feet in an indoor rowing machine

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 ...
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Rubber residue on weights stains clothing, carpets, hands

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 ...
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Why is it easier to lift weight using a belt?

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 ...
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Heart rate monitor compatibility

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 ...
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Do mandatory cloth masks pose a risk to training?

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 ...
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Do the calorie counters on exercise machines subtract resting calorie burn rate?

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 ...
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Is there any equipment/method that might help growing height?(20 yo male)

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,...
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Why is it easier to lift weight using a belt?

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/...
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How effective are standing desks?

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 ...
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How effective are standing desks?

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 ...
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which is better for a pull up tree branch or actual bar

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 ...
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What is this exercise called, and will it substitute for hip thrusts?

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 ...
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Are there any advantages of round gymnastic rings over flattened?

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 ...
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What is the right way to use this sit-up bench

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 ...
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Why is there no machine or exercise that adducts the arms to the torso (reverse deltoid raise)?

Whilst I have never seen a machine that specialises in isolating that movement, there probably is somewhere. There are literally hundreds of distinct designs built for various purposes, and for the ...
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Is there any equipment/method that might help growing height?(20 yo male)

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,...
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How to safely release the bar in the power rack when doing squats?

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 ...
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what is the name of this exercise machine nunes is using to exercise punches?

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 ...
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Please help me to name this exercise!

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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Exercise band lateral walk muscles used?

Prime Movers Hip Abductors: Gluteus Medius & Minimus Hip Adductors: Adductor Longus, Brevis & Maximus Contraction Types Concentric Contraction: Muscle is Shortening and Generating ...
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Small equipments for abs

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 ...
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Starting Strength without a power rack in a home gym

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 ...
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Working out with a shorter left forearm and malformed hand

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, ...
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I bought strength bands from Decathlon but I don't know how to use them

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 ...
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Shared space incline equipment options (living room)

This might be an unsatisfying answer, but the need for specialized equipment is one reason that I don't worry about incline exercises and instead focus on overhead presses and horizontal presses like ...

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