Work outs and weight training without a gym?

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    Mar 07, 2013 5:31 PM GMT
    I am in desperate times and can no longer afford my gym membership, but I don't want to lose all the results I've built up over the past 4 months weight training.

    What are some outdoor routines for full body workouts? Yesterday I did about 30 pull ups, 100 push ups, leg raises, and lunges at the playground.
  • MidwesternKid

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    Mar 07, 2013 5:41 PM GMT
    Invest in resistance bands or adjustable weights and do the workouts provided by the site.

    I don't have very much in the way of equipment. I have 5lb and 10lb weights and two resistance bands. Thankfully so far it is all I have needed to get good workouts from doing the Strong and Lean program. Mind you I am not working out for mass, just strength. And at times I use the weights and the bands for added resistance.

    I do miss the gym though. Greater sense of accomplishment when you walk out.
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    Mar 07, 2013 5:47 PM GMT
    I am looking to bulk up a little on upper body. Resistance bands are a good idea. I have been following the muscle building routine and there are a lot of presses, deadlifts, and flys, so ot sure how I can incorporate something like that with bands.
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    Mar 07, 2013 5:48 PM GMT
    All I have ever used is a Swiss Ball, some adjustable free weights, a chin up bar and Perfect Push-Ups (cheap and hokey but they really do work!). I have never belonged to a gym in My life.

    There are many plans on RJ. I got My basic stuff from Men's Health - search their website for Home WorkOut.

    If You find You really miss the Gym experience, You can always invite a few Guys to come over and shower with You afterwards...

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    Mar 07, 2013 5:51 PM GMT
    Cash saidAll I have ever used is a Swiss Ball, some adjustable free weights, a chin up bar and Perfect Push-Ups (cheap and hokey but they really do work!). I have never belonged to a gym in My life.

    There are many plans on RJ. I got My basic stuff from Men's Health - search their website for Home WorkOut.

    If You find You really miss the Gym experience, You can always invite a few Guys to come over and shower with You afterwards...

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    Well to get the totally accurate experience I'll have to pick the guys up at the convalescent hospital.
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    Mar 07, 2013 6:03 PM GMT
    I just use dumbbells at hoem and lready seeing good improvements
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    Mar 07, 2013 6:17 PM GMT
    No Gold's near you?

    I think you can get a one-gym only membership for like 9 bucks a month.
  • calibro

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    Mar 07, 2013 6:20 PM GMT
    impossible. nobody had any muscles before gyms were invented. it's a not scientific theory: it's a law.
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    Mar 07, 2013 7:25 PM GMT
    7Famark saidNo Gold's near you?

    I think you can get a one-gym only membership for like 9 bucks a month.


    No Gold's Gym where I live, which is very telling about the non- existent gay population here icon_biggrin.gif
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    Mar 07, 2013 7:34 PM GMT
    I bought a pretty nice weight bench (olympic, sturdy) for $80 on craigs list. Plus an olympic bar and weight for another $50. Make sure you get something decently sturdy though.

    If that's outside the budget, i've also loaded a backpack (or sturdy bag) or whatever, and did curls.

    Put a weighted backpack on and do pushups, dips, pullups, squats. I've done pullups from the end of a sturdy door before as well, if you don't have a pullup bar.

    Also, one-legged squats work pretty well, especially with a weighted backpack.
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    Mar 07, 2013 7:34 PM GMT
    timshel said
    7Famark saidNo Gold's near you?

    I think you can get a one-gym only membership for like 9 bucks a month.


    No Gold's Gym where I live, which is very telling about the non- existent gay population here icon_biggrin.gif


    What?

    Gold's is just a gym...what does it have to do with gays?
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    Mar 07, 2013 8:07 PM GMT
    hmmm I know a few parks in LA that start installing some fitness equipment for free use now... not sure about up in the north side.. =/

    http://www.tpl.org/what-we-do/where-we-work/california/los-angeles-county/fitness-zones.html
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    Mar 07, 2013 8:23 PM GMT
    timshel said

    What are some outdoor routines for full body workouts? Yesterday I did about 30 pull ups, 100 push ups, leg raises, and lunges at the playground.


    That playground workout sounds terrific, the outdoors can be a terrific gym if the weather is fine/

    It's time to think ot of the box.
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    Mar 07, 2013 8:30 PM GMT
    Body-weight training exercises that a ripped friend swears by:

    http://www.amazon.com/You-Are-Your-Own-Gym/dp/0345528581

    I personally like the hustle-bustle of a gym to keep me motivated: it's a reward and de-stresser for me - like having a daily appointment for a massage (come to think of it, though, I haven't had a massage in about 4 years).
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    Mar 07, 2013 8:33 PM GMT
    Trollileo saidCheck thrift stores for exercise equipment as well. People throw away perfectly good stuff.


    Or craigslist. Dumbells are good for a lot of exercises.

    Also... don't neglects your legs and buttocks! Fast walks on hilly terrain are good.
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    Mar 07, 2013 8:49 PM GMT
    www.mymadmethods.com has great body weight exercises.


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    Mar 07, 2013 9:05 PM GMT
    This book is part of a series and has pretty good reviews (a friend used two of them, didn't keep up with them but thought they were good):

    http://www.amazon.com/Weeks-Getting-Ripped-Ultimate-Weight-Free/dp/1612430260/

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    Mar 07, 2013 9:19 PM GMT
    How about Diablo's workout? Free.

    http://www.fitness666.com/p/workout-routines.html
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    Mar 07, 2013 9:43 PM GMT
    Free weights are really worth the investment, I got mine at a garage sale, solid metal. Burpees are big with inmates:

    and i'm going to making one of these suckers:
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    Mar 07, 2013 10:07 PM GMT
    I use "You are your own gym" and love it. I'm not that big and have always had a hard time putting weight on even when going to the gym and taking all the supplements. The workouts in this book are as tough as any gym workout I've done and keep me fairly fit.
  • 1blind_dog

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    Mar 08, 2013 1:22 AM GMT
    Sandbag training. You can make your own for pretty cheap.

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  • barriehomeboy

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    Mar 08, 2013 1:31 AM GMT
    Your second empty bedroom can be your gym. I have dumbells and barbells in there, and a trapeze I built.
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    Mar 08, 2013 1:24 PM GMT
    timshel saidI am in desperate times and can no longer afford my gym membership, but I don't want to lose all the results I've built up over the past 4 months weight training.

    What are some outdoor routines for full body workouts? Yesterday I did about 30 pull ups, 100 push ups, leg raises, and lunges at the playground.


    Here's a possibility.

    For a relatively small investment you can set up a min-gym in your home provided you have the required modest space. I recently did so. My equipment includes adjustable dumbbells, adjustable bench, and a floor mat.

    There's a lot you can do with this setup. See the book Men'sHealth Ulitmate Dumbbell Guide by Myatt Murphy.
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    Mar 20, 2013 1:49 AM GMT
    I just ordered a resistance band set on Amazon for $33. Been reading up on it and people are getting awesome muscle building and toning results.

    Just in time, this Scott Herman suspension training video popped up today which is giving me some good ideas on workouts:



    Stoked for them to come in and to post my results! Goodbye $75/ month gym membership, hello playground and rugrats!
  • mybud

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    Mar 20, 2013 3:36 AM GMT
    Dude...Check out Craigslist free stuff...Sometimes you can pick up free equipment...Also...I bought a 300 pound weight set for 70.00 bucks..check out weights and fitness section...Good Luck.