Maintaining muscle sans gym

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    May 23, 2008 7:11 AM GMT
    I'm on a mission, and I need some serious help. While I'm in Armenia these next two years, I'm almost certain I won't have access to a gym or gym equipment. I can't very well pack a set of weights, nor do I think I'll be able to find any while over there.

    I don't, however, want to lose all the progress that I've made in the last couple years. I've worked too hard to get where I am right now, and though I'm still not where I want to be I at least don't want to backslide and lose a bunch of muscle mass.

    So I really need help in developing a workout plan that will allow me to maintain my muscle mass that doesn't incorporate gym equipment.
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    May 23, 2008 11:53 AM GMT
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    May 23, 2008 5:46 PM GMT
    Push ups, squats, lunges, crunches, etc. All can be done without equipment and each offer many variations. If you're still in the states, I'd suggest purchasing a TRX from Fitness Anywhere. http://www.fitnessanywhere.com It might seem a little expensive, but it's the best piece of equipment for travel (and home...who needs a gym?). It weighs less than two pounds and folds up to the size of a shoe. Attach it to a door, strong tree limb or chin-up bar and you've got yourself a full on gym.
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    May 23, 2008 5:50 PM GMT
    SDTrainer said exactly what I was going to suggest. Failing that, resistance bands are good too.
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    May 23, 2008 9:30 PM GMT
    SDtrainer saidPush ups, squats, lunges, crunches, etc. All can be done without equipment and each offer many variations. If you're still in the states, I'd suggest purchasing a TRX from Fitness Anywhere. http://www.fitnessanywhere.com It might seem a little expensive, but it's the best piece of equipment for travel (and home...who needs a gym?). It weighs less than two pounds and folds up to the size of a shoe. Attach it to a door, strong tree limb or chin-up bar and you've got yourself a full on gym.


    Damn, I wish I had asked this question earlier. There's no way I'm going to be able to get that on time, since I leave Tuesday. I wonder if I can find it from a fitness store nearby.
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    May 23, 2008 10:02 PM GMT
    Hmmm...not sure if they sell it in stores. You might be able to locate a nearby affiliate though (a trainer who sells them). You might find that info on their website.
    If not, do as ChiGymGeek suggested and pick up a set of resistance tubes from any sports store. They may not pack the punch of traditional weights, but will still offer a challenge. They're also super lightweight. You can also look up tubing exercises on YouTube for loads of examples.
    I prefer SPRI exertubes. They're color coded:
    Purple - heavy
    Blue - moderate heavy
    red - moderate
    green - light
    yellow (why bother?) - super light

    They're usually about $10 each.
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    May 23, 2008 10:12 PM GMT
    You could add Aquabells Travel Weights with exertubes also. There are some exercises on 12 week workouts that incorporate both a light dumbbell and an exertube. The Aquabells only get up to 16lbs each, but you can get a good workout with the additional resistance from the tube. Don't be fooled, the exercises are harder than they sound.
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    May 23, 2008 10:15 PM GMT
    SDtrainer saidHmmm...not sure if they sell it in stores. You might be able to locate a nearby affiliate though (a trainer who sells them). You might find that info on their website.
    If not, do as ChiGymGeek suggested and pick up a set of resistance tubes from any sports store. They may not pack the punch of traditional weights, but will still offer a challenge. They're also super lightweight. You can also look up tubing exercises on YouTube for loads of examples.
    I prefer SPRI exertubes. They're color coded:
    Purple - heavy
    Blue - moderate heavy
    red - moderate
    green - light
    yellow (why bother?) - super light

    They're usually about $10 each.


    Oh yes, they use those same tubes at my gym. That'd be a great idea; I don't know why I didn't think of it before.