Gym-less fitness

  • seelsa73

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    Sep 08, 2008 2:49 AM GMT
    Every suggested fitness exercise I've come across on this site requires a gym membership or at least gym equipment to get results. But what about those of us who can't afford the monthly membership payments or the $1000 or so worth of home-gym equipment needed? How do we get the workout that we need to lose fat and stay fit?

    To get personal, I'm looking to get rid of this stomach fat that has accumulated over the past few years. Granted, I don't think it's unhealthy weight, but it is something I want to get rid of. What do I eat and what kind of exercise should I be doing?
  • Coug24_wyo

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    Sep 08, 2008 3:21 AM GMT
    There is alot you can do to stay fit and help lose body fat without a gym membership. Where you are from could play a role as weather conditions may make it harder, but you could jog or run, bike, or even hiking or other physical activities to attain your goals. I'm not very knowledgeable on stretching myself, but I believe there are stretching routines and exercises such as sit ups can be done on a budget.
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    Sep 08, 2008 4:35 AM GMT
    bud, there are endless possibilities to stay fit without leaving the front door of your house. A good way to start is before your morning shower, a set of push ups, a set of abs and repeat 3 times is a good way to get the day started. keep in mind hypertrophy is key to getting definition so getting a set of 15ish pound dumbbells might be worth it. but yeah V-snaps, proper form explosive push ups ( wen ur in the down position make sure your thighs, chest and chin are touching the ground), chinnies, dips with a chair, burpees, prisoner squats, elevated push ups (put feet on chair hands on ground.) close armed push ups (bring arms parallel to your body) and the list goes on. just youtube these exercises for demos but im sure if you paid attention in gym class you should be fine. drink alot of water and have fun with it

    good luck
  • MikemikeMike

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    Sep 08, 2008 6:14 AM GMT
    Go to $29.99+ shipping.

    It's a great product. IMO. It's a leverage chin up/pull up bar for any door way. For 6.99 add'l shipping you can get free Ab straps.

    Dips can be done better on the back of a chair for your tri's. Remember to keep elbows facing back. This allows you to dip lower than Iron gym.

    Good Luck.

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    Sep 21, 2008 8:28 PM GMT
    I can relate to your dilemma as I have recently quit my gym membership to apply ALL my $ to debt. I do have some nice stuff at home but here in my city I can work out FOR FREE at the local Community Center. I kid you not, it's actually cleaner then the gym I used to go to and no cruising either! It does have way less equip. (but what do u expect for free?)
    Between pushups, tricep dips w/ a chair and the other tips the boys above mentioned, it's something you might look into.
    The most important thing is to just do something active. Good luck buddy!
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    Sep 21, 2008 10:45 PM GMT
    The guys have posted some excllent suggestions....especially the one about the municipal/city gyms. In addition, many local parks have bars, ramps and other simple exercises that you can chinups and crunches and a whole lot of other stuff.

    And for the cost of a jumprope, you can do wonders for your body.

    I belong to the YMCA, still not cheap. But in the past years or so, I have avoided the standard machines, dumbells and barbells. I look around and see so many guys doing the same exercises. To me, it looks very boring....I guess they are building muscle and strength, but I don't want to look like them.

    So instead, I've learned a ton of exercise routines that utilize pulleys and my own body weight to trim down and firm up. With some common sense and creativity, you can avoid the pumped up gym rat look plus increase your flexibility and get in the best shape.possible........without the obsession of increasing weights and fixed machines.
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    Sep 22, 2008 12:58 AM GMT
    There are so many ways to become fit that don't involve the gym. All kinds of outdoor activities: biking, hiking, roller blading, swimming, kayaking, wind-surfing, surfing, skiing. x-country skiing, rowing....tell me when to stop. To build definition there are also calisthenic exercises, sit-ups, pull-ups, push-ups etc... You really don't have to join a gym unless you want to shower naked with hot guys after your workout.