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Cast iron plates seem heavier than rubber coated

Could be: 1. The weights are actually less A gym I used to go to had two different kinds of plates: rubber coated and cast iron. Out of curiosity, some patrons of the gym brought a scale and compared ...
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What is this calf gym machine called?

It's called "standing calf raise machine".
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Should I do weights If I am obese?

At 1.7 m and 105 kg, your BMI is 36.3, which is above the 99th percentile for males your age and if you are experiencing any health conditions related to your size, this puts you in the morbidly obese ...
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How does a 125# stack have 300# resistance?

Your machine uses mechanical advantage (or disadvantage) to multiply the resistance of the stack. The machine presumably has a pulley system. Pulleys can multiply or divide the load that they are ...
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Loading the bar asymmetrically

This can be calculated by figuring out the location of the centre of gravity of the unevenly loaded bar. If the CoG is outside of the pegs, then the bar will flip off. Some assumptions: 80mm thick ...
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What is the purpose of dropping weights?

Dropping weights is basically an acknowledgement that you either can't slowly lower the weights due to fatigue or that you want to avoid unnecessary risk of injury in slowly lowering them. It's only ...
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Workout to the failure is enough to get stronger. What is the need to have sets?

The number of sets you do increases what we call the total volume of work being done. The more volume of work you do, the stronger signal your body gets that it needs to grow. If you do only one set, ...
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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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What is this calf gym machine called?

Also search for "gastrocnemius press" or "gastrocnemius machine." But I agree with the other comment, you can usually get 90% of the benefit of this with existing equipment, be it ...
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Is it ok to arch one's back when performing lat pulldowns?

Not only is it OK, it's something you SHOULD do. Pull your shoulders down and back. It pushes your chest out, and engages your lats, which is the entire point of the exercise.
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Weighted exercises for lower abs

You can't target the lower abs, as there are no distinct upper and lower ab muscles, it's all just rectus abdominis, and you can't spot reduce fat either. Expect to need to get below 10% body fat for ...
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Are weights necessary for building muscle effectively?

I believe the overall consensus is that building straight muscle mass without weights is less effective. Here's a nice comparison of weight training vs callisthenics. My summary of it is the ...
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Why big weight bench press makes me feel less sore?

Delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) is what what we usually mean when we talk about soreness. Let me explain some basics before going to the bench press example. DOMS is caused in general by ...
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Is Lifting Weights at Home, Without a Rack, A Viable Option For Me?

1.If I get a small barbell like the C70 from Rogue, would I be okay with doing only the following exercises? Deadlift, Bent Over Row, Overhead Press Sure, they used that bar in the last CrossFit ...
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What exercises can help my hands and wrist get stronger?

Bottoms-up kettlebell. It will definitely increase grip strength. For example, one exercise I do is that I start in a squat and swing the kettlebell from the floor to the bottoms-up position as I ...
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How does a "seated chest press" machine differ from a regular bench press?

Generally, the main difference between free weights and machines is the use/non-use of stabilizing muscles. When you do any free weight exercise, you have to work to keep the weights on the correct ...
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Dumbbell weight steps don't match my next progress step

In this scenario, I would look at approaching linear progression with a different metric, perhaps with reps instead of weight. The following is an example of implementing the "Double Progression ...
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Is it normal to plateau or stop making visible progress after a year of training?

In short: yes, it's very easy for this to happen. To expand: when you first start lifting, you can make progress (both in terms of how much you can lift and in your aesthetics) very easily; the so-...
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What is the effective weight of the bar when I'm doing a landmine squat?

At the very bottom (barbell on the ground) the effective weight of the bar is half. The bar is supported at one end by you and at the other end by the landmine contraption and therefore the lifter is ...
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Triceps training (long head)

tl; dr: You may not be training the triceps optimally by doing only one exercise, but you are not undertraining any one part of the triceps overall. The long head has its origin on the scapula, while ...
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Is Barbell Drag Curl mechanically useful for building biceps

Neither variation specifically develops the long heads of the biceps more than a regular bicep curl, because neither loads the long head of the biceps when it is fully elongated. Stretching of the ...
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Are circuit style gyms suited for hypertrophy progression?

Supersets (alternating between two exercises with minimal rest between) and giants sets (cycling though more than two exercises with minimal rest between) have been common practices in bodybuilding ...
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What are default weight ratios for different Crossfit exercises?

Just a quick note - Front Squat is almost always not as strong as the Back Squat. Here is a ratio my coach gave me: BS 80% FS 68% DL 100% PC 53% PS 41% My estimation is that for conditioning ...
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What are default weight ratios for different Crossfit exercises?

I believe that your precision approach will somewhat modify the programming intent and result in less variety. That difference might appear only in time when using a weight heavier or lighter than ...
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What are default weight ratios for different Crossfit exercises?

I've been doing CrossFit for just over two years now, so I know what you're feeling. I have to say though, I think you're overcomplicating matters just a bit. For me, I know what my 1 rep maxes are ...
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What exercises can help my hands and wrist get stronger?

I'm not sure what a gripping match is but you should be able to improve your grip with two or one arm hanging.
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What exercises can help my hands and wrist get stronger?

Do chin ups and pull ups on a bar with a larger than normal diameter. This will make it slightly difficult to grip the bar while you try to lift your body weight.
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How to adjust weights to my short stature?

Leverage Dave Liepmann gave an excellent answer about scaling your resistance to your body weight. Note that doing so most likely gives you an advantage rather than a disadvantage, because: Your ...
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My spinlock collars keep coming loose all the time

You can use these clamps, they work well in most types of dumbbell and are also quicker to lock/unlock than the screw type. It's what I use and they never slide out - I have non-threaded (smooth) ...
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Can certain exercises help with flexbility?

Yes, full range of motion resistance training can increase flexibility. Morton, S. K., Whitehead, J. R., Brinkert, R. H., & Caine, D. J. (2011). Resistance Training vs. Static Stretching: Effects ...
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