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Tanya Ryno

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Tanya Ryno is a film & television producer, an author for Straight to the Bar, and can occasionally be found at

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Numbers That Lie

Weight Stacks
Weight Stacks.
Before you brag about how much weight you're moving, take a look at how the cable is connected to the stack at your favorite exercise machine. Is the top plate connected to a pulley or a cable? Why? The pulley version makes lifting the weight easier by half. Try a triceps push-down with the two variations of machine and you'll see. So go ahead and use the little white numbers to track your progress, but remember that "40" doesn't necessarily mean "40 pounds."

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