What can I do with no weights for my upper body?

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    Sep 20, 2008 9:40 PM GMT
    So here it is guys, I have never focused on my upper body,cause I have had the luxury of playing many sports that use my legs and have the ability to know how to work THEM out with no weights!
    I need ideas/ help and motivation to work my upper body! If you can give me ideas or help me get the motivation I would greatly appriciate it!
    Ask any questions as well!!
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    Sep 20, 2008 10:26 PM GMT
    Well, if you want to develop your upper body without using weights, I'd recommend. . .

    Standard Push-ups (lots and lots of them). . . and the "Perfect Push-up", which is a relatively new device (2 rotating cylinders) that work the chest even more than a standard push-up. . . both are great for chest, biceps, triceps, back. . .

    I would also highly recommend pull-ups (sometimes called chin-ups). Underhand or overhand. Great for biceps, back and shoulders. You'll have to find a gym or a park that has a pull-up bar. You can also buy one (I've got one at home and use it nearly every day). But only buy a free-standing bar. They cost about $200, maybe more, I haven't priced them in a long time.

    Don't buy the bar that you stick up in between your door. Those tend not to stay in place and will collapse on you and you'll go crashing to the floor.

    All that said...why not do weights also? Join a gym, do bench press and dumbbell flys for chest. . . barbell curls for biceps. . . use the various tricep machines for the back of your arm. . . back machines. . . I'd highly recommend joining one.


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    Sep 20, 2008 10:30 PM GMT
    Here's a forum on that subject using some of the things that popped in my head:

    http://forum.bodybuilding.com/showthread.php?t=130194
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    Sep 20, 2008 10:40 PM GMT
    From the home page here, go to the VIDEO EXERCISE & WORKOUT FINDER. Scroll through different muscle groups and you will find several examples where you don't need weights or a gym. Or, you could sub something else besides dumbbells in some cases. I've done both 12-week programs, and there are plenty of examples available.
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    Sep 21, 2008 12:24 AM GMT
    Push ups are a great way to start. Push ups pros for $20.00...will give you a
    kick start and a bit of motivation.

    http://www.buypushuppro.com/Default.asp?tcode=pi4&tag=yahoo&OVRAW=push%20up%20handles&OVKEY=push%20up%20handles&OVMTC=standard&OVADID=24881624022&OVKWID=123765742522&bhcp=1-
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    Sep 21, 2008 7:31 AM GMT
    results in 10 days or money back lol. I use regular handles without the twist maybe that is why I was not completely bulked up and ripped..damn icon_smile.gif. They are really useful for the wrist part though, you create more tension with the grip. There is a mens health book that focuses on workouts at home instead of the gym. They however do use stuff like soda bottles as weights icon_smile.gif
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    Sep 21, 2008 8:44 AM GMT
    Second the motion on pushups, and you don't need any $20 thingy. You can build a great upper body with pushups.

    But I always have to ask guys that say they have no weights, especially if you're considering some gimmicky $20 pushup aid...

    Is it a financial constraint that's preventing you from buying some dumbbells for home? Or is there some other reason you're asking about upper body workouts with no weights?

    New hex dumbbells are $1/lb at most. Used ones are usually plentiful on craigslist for less than half of that (lot's of dusty unused exercise equipment here in the United States of Fat). With a pair of dumbbells, you expand your upper body horizons dramatically.

    A chinning bar is an even cheaper option.

    Anyways, just curious. Get to work on the pushups in the meantime... and... ask Santa or some dumbbells for Christmas?

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    Sep 21, 2008 9:02 AM GMT
    [quote][cite]iguanaSF said[/cite]Second the motion on pushups, and you don't need any $20 thingy. You can build a great upper body with pushups.

    But I always have to ask guys that say they have no weights, especially if you're considering some gimmicky $20 pushup aid...


    The pushups pro are worth the 20 bucks....seriously ...But as my trainer says..."We'll just skip by these machines here, they are here just to sell gym membership, get your butt down on the mat" . Newbies need some object to focus on to workout.
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    Sep 21, 2008 12:30 PM GMT
    Being the Type A personality that I am
    I cannot got anywhere without putting in my time working out

    When I'm on the road without access to a gym
    I get a pretty good workout without weights by doing a rapid series of pushups
    I keep a detachable pull up bar in my car
    and when standard chairs are available I can even do dips
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    Sep 21, 2008 4:20 PM GMT
    hey man,

    what a great question...and i've got some recommendations for you since this is what i do when i'm traveling abroad and don't feel like paying to go to a gym. the key with these exercises is to utilize your body weight and maximize the wonderful forces of gravity. once your body weight is no longer an effort, either increase reps or add weight depending on your goals. Listed below are 6 recommendations. Have fun.

    1. any type of push-up, whether it's elevated, one foot, one hand, or weighted. obviously these are advanced forms, but you can work your way into doing those eventually.

    2. supermans for your lower back. google or RJ it to see what i'm talking about.

    3. squats with tossing a weighted ball in the air. as you lunge upward, you simultaneously throw the ball up. upon catching it, you lower yourself back to the low squat position. repeat. an advance form of this is staying on your toes the entire time. also, you can toss overhand or under. i would alternate.

    4. any type of pull-up or anything where you'd need to pull yourself off of the ground.

    5. shoulder stands...do a head stand and slowly lower yourself down until your elbows are 90 degrees. your hands should be slightly wider than your shoulders. please do this with someone for a spotter so not to injure your neck or spine.

    6. last but not least, ab work. enough said. just be sure to always counterbalance this with your lower back stuff. there are plenty of options listed here on RJ.

    good luck,
    jason.
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    Sep 21, 2008 4:37 PM GMT
    http://www.military.com/military-fitness/fitness-test-prep/pullup-push-workout
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    Sep 21, 2008 5:13 PM GMT
    This would be a good idea for RJ....to either have a weightless-machineless workout plan or some way to search exercises and pull up just exercises that didnt require any equipment.
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    Sep 23, 2008 5:53 PM GMT
    Wow... Pushups seem to be the number one answer eh?! Thanks guys! I will definately just have to get down and hit the mat. I know a few of you wanted me to purchase a gym membership and other equiptment, but finacially I am not able.. aso I am new to actual "organized workouts"
    if you will... I play many sports for recreation and have never really stepped into a gym before. Not my cup of tea! But I will definately take all the advice I can get from as many people can offer! Thanks a bunch for the replies and I will try to keep ya'll posted on how things are going!

    -Tim icon_wink.gif
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    Sep 23, 2008 5:59 PM GMT

    I just bought the perfect pushup and the perfect pullup with ab straps. its 179 bucks and seems well worth it. I got in the best shape of my life running and doing push ups and pullups and crunches