Body weight training

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    Sep 15, 2011 3:58 PM GMT
    Hello! I've been on this site for a while, hoping to make positive changes in my life. One of these resolutions was to start working out, to stop being the 'skinny' guy that looks like a bread stick (I'm exaggerating).

    Over the past few months, I've finally taken a step in the right direction; by starting to go running regularly, and doing as many push ups as I can. I've begun to notice a bit of difference, and it's really motivating me to do more.

    Unfortunately, every gym I have access to is way too expensive for me, and the one I have access to in my university is tiny and rusting (the reason why I didn't start earlier).

    However, the other day someone mentioned to me the concept of 'body weight training' but didn't elaborate. So, since this is a site that has a focus on working out, I thought I might ask about it on here!

    What besides just your body does body weight training require?
    What muscle groups can be worked?
    How much time needs to be invested per day?
    What are the limits to the results?

    And finally, can anyone suggest some exercises for me to start with? Or direct me to a site you think is suitable for beginners
    (I've looked, but not in great depth yet)?

    I hope I can get some good advice. I'd love to at least get A BIT closer to the ranks of attractive men on this site!
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    Sep 15, 2011 5:31 PM GMT
    Here's a few sites to help you get started:

    My Mad Methods - A site/magazine for more unconventional exercise methods: kettlebells, clubbells, bodyweight, etc. They have an entire section dedicated to bodyweight routines and exercises, including videos of each exercise.

    Beast Skills - Another great resource for bodyweight stuff. More emphasis on static holds, balancing, and other gymnastics-type stuff.

    Gymnastics Bodies - A pretty self-explanatory website put together by well-respected coach Chris Sommer.

    T Nation - A great training site that features the occasional bodyweight article. Worth a look.

    As for what results to expect and in how much time. It's possible to get a really nice physique with just bodyweight exercises. Unless you're skin and bones, you won't see tremendous results for a long time. You won't become HUGE, but you can get pretty muscular just off bodyweight stuff.

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    Sep 15, 2011 5:45 PM GMT
    This site has tons of vids and instructions for that. Look at "Workout Plans" or use the search function on here. Gyms machines etc. are basically for selling memberships and for motivation purposes. You really can't beat pushups,
    jump ropes, old school sit ups. simple shit for non competitive body building. Try doing a handstand to illustrate my point.
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    Sep 16, 2011 2:46 PM GMT
    Thanks guys! Looks like I'll have plenty to do from now on! Hopefully I'll see at least a bit of change soon!