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Why are pull up bars mounted so high up?

Gyms need to have pull-up bars that are high enough that even their tallest members can use them without their knees hitting the ground. They may prefer to have them even higher, so that tall people ...
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My pushups don't increase

Don't worry. The question is perfectly on-topic here. When I read through your description of your process, I'm on the lookout for one single thing. And unless I'm missing it, I don't see it anywhere ...
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Why are pull up bars mounted so high up?

What most people disregard when it comes to pull-ups is that during an actual proper pull-up, your legs and core should be engaged and tensed. You want to be able to hold this throughout the entire ...
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My pushups don't increase

I actually joined this community because I read your post. I won't say I am the know all guru on this, but from personal experience I will say it is normal to drop. Don't take this as the LAW, as ...
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Is it a bad idea to do double dumbbell exercises with a single dumbbell?

No, it is neither dangerous, nor inadvisable, nor ineffective to separate those exercises into unilateral (single-hand) versions. The only disadvantage to doing so is the extra time that you will ...
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Can you get jacked-up without weights (more broadly, without equipment) or supplements?

If you look at the basics you'll see that you don't need weight, you need resistance. The most common way of finding resistance is by using weight because you can increase it in steps, making ...
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No more gym, what to do?

Do not regret this break from your weightlifting and take the opportunity to become an even better weightlifter. The trainers I have had, most often has used about half of the workout for yoga ...
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Can you get jacked-up without weights (more broadly, without equipment) or supplements?

My experience seems to show that you can't significantly change anything regarding your physique with solely your body weight, even if you work out regularly for years. You can absolutely change your ...
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How to adjust weights to my short stature?

I came across an article which said that a good starting weight for men is around 2.5kg - 5.0kg, then how should I modify this recommendation to make it more applicable to my "rather unique ...
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No more gym, what to do?

If you consider yourself handy then you could consider building some weightlifting equipment yourself. It is cheap and surprisingly simple. Although I do recommend that you do buy the barbell since ...
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My pushups don't increase

Listen to Alec Alec's advice is best: you need weights to advance fastest. Since you mention doing squats, I assume you have access to free weights. Bench press is definitely going to improve your ...
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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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How would it possible to do Hammer Curls on Gymnastic Rings?

I think the real question is how to do curls with rings. From there, forearm rotation will refine these to hammer curls. This video illustrates the technique; I'll attempt to describe it in words for ...
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All gym exercises at home

If I'm understanding your question correctly, you're asking if what you have at home is enough to train all your muscles? Well, yes. Actually, I would strongly argue that you could train all your ...
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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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Can you get jacked-up without weights (more broadly, without equipment) or supplements?

Bodyweight training can be referred to as calisthenics, which is a widely popular training methodology that can result in decent muscle mass. It may be a slower progression than traditional weight ...
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Gyms nationawide are closed due to COVID-19. What is the best way to continue training for a powerlifting competition?

I'm sorry, but realistically, you can't. That being said, if you look at the range of different "fitness" qualities (endurance, power, strength, flexibility, etc), strength is generally the last one ...
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Abs exercises for abs with no contact between back and surface

How did you injure your back and which part of your back? There are quite a few you can do that have no back contact with the floor, such as: planks (many variations), mountain climbers, L-sits, L-...
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Can I use rings off a pull-up bar?

Can you hang rings from pull-up bars? Absolutely. Typically if I see rings in home gyms, they are tied onto doorway pullup bars. Rings on a wall mounted pull-up bar would likely be even better as ...
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Should distance between rings change if the straps are shorter?

No. Rings should be hung at approximately shoulder width. For the sake of standardization, the Olympics have set the width of 50 cm, but you can customize your own setup. The length of the straps ...
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My workout routine and diet seem to be poorly matching my expectations - can anyone advice on how to improve it

Now an acquittance of mine told me after i asked for advice that what i did was largely stupid, as my routine despite being done daily still lacks the proper levels of workload comparing to gym visits,...
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Is it really a good idea to force yourself to do exercises, health-wise?

Now, you can constantly prod yourself to run on a wheel too, figuratively speaking That "figuratively speaking" is really the key difference between you and those mice though, and where the ...
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Fitness trampoline - what is the advantage?

A fitness trampoline with knee injuries doesn't sound like the best idea to me. Although the trampoline springs cushion and absorb force your knee can still take pressure which can be dangerous. You ...
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Cheap form of whole-body HIIT

For absolute cheap, I would recommend finding an outdoor fitness trail that has the exercise stations. Usually fairly well planned out with a variety of exercises and activities to hit most of the ...
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Man-boobs in the way when doing cardio

As with son15's comment, a slightly tighter top might help. When I started running, my wife got me a "workout shirt" from Aldi's in my size. I later bought one a size smaller. In this weather, it's ...
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which is better for a pull up tree branch or actual bar

If there is a difference in grip it might change the amount of reps you can do. Other than that, from my personal experience I can do the same amount of reps on virtually any kind of horizontally ...
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which is better for a pull up tree branch or actual bar

There's no clear answer. You almost certainly will be able to grip a normal bar more easily (and therefore for more reps) than you can grip a 5-inch tree branch. You probably cannot finish the pull-...
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Is alternating between push ups and pull ups everyday overtraining?

Overtraining is different for every person first of all. Although to answer your question I believe you won't be Overtraining that way. If you are looking for a serious workout routine to start with ...
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My pushups don't increase

Hundred pushups challenge This challenge helped me achieve 100 push-ups in a row, a few years ago. I could do 35 push-ups without pause at the beginning of the challenge, and it took a bit less than ...
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My pushups don't increase

Just to throw a slightly different approach into the mix, you might want to consider the greasing the groove technique. For a full explanation, I'd suggest reading around the topic, but essentially ...
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