Links that lead to off-site pages about health.

In addition to notes about the site, I will also make notes of my shopping experiences with them (syntax: "Shopping Experience:"), and I will include notes by trusted sources. For common items: Find the make and model you like, then Google/Amazon it to find the seller with the best price. For uncommon items: Good luck!


See Plate Weights for barbells and plates.



Aka resistance bands, exercise bands, fitness bands, strength bands. Good for assisted pull ups (41", hitch it on the bar and step on), assisted hand stands (see, and all sorts of other goodies. Bands are also available at the more general sites such as MuscleDriver USA.

Bumpers and Barbells

Gymnastic Climbing Ropes

The standard width is 1.5" = 3.81 cm. The standard material is Manila. Some folks also use long ropes for "wave" exercises and are sometimes marketed as combat ropes.

Gymnastic Rings

The standard distance between rings is 50 cm = 19.69", the cables are standardized at 300 cm = 9.84'.

Medicine Balls

Specialty Dumbbells




Body Fat Percentage Calculators

There are many ways to calculate body fat percentage [W].

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)

Related: Emergency Cardiovascular Care (ECC) and Automated External Defibrillator (AED).




Health Clubs in Chicago

Health Clubs, Fitness Centers, and Gyms. Workout in a gym whether big or small. Workout at home or anywhere as well. Don't forget your local parks too. I'm mostly listing clubs that have locations local to Chicago and I'm familiar with.


National Chains of Clubs

Oddly no official Gold's Gyms or Powerhouse Gyms in Chicago.

Chicago Clubs