Home-made gym

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    Sep 09, 2007 8:06 PM GMT
    Ok so I'm sure a lot of you don't go to the gym and instead just workout at home. That is my situation. I don't go because of distance and some other reasons. :-( But anyways... I'm wondering if anyone has any good ways of working out at home. I have free weights but for example it's kind of hard to work the chest with those when I don't' have a bench! :-/ That's what I'm talking about. What are some good exercises that people like me can do using just household things, like a chair or a bed, the floor, counter, whatever... as far as arms and leg's go I can handle that of course. Just things like chest and back and maybe the shoulders and abs. Any tips are appreciated! Thanks!
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    Sep 10, 2007 12:40 AM GMT
    Get a stability ball. You can do dumbbell presses on it along with countless other exercises. Use dumbbells for everything that would require a spotter. Look at the exercises in the Strong and Lean Workout. Many of them don't require any equipment: jump squats, scissor switches, shoulder pushups, and on and on.
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    Sep 10, 2007 2:28 AM GMT
    I'm no expert, but I do work out at home and love it. Stability ball is good. I use stretch tubes when away from home.

    I haven't bought any used gym equipment, but I do go to yard sales and estate sales sometimes and often see great looking equipment for really low prices, plus you can negotiate even lower prices. Most folk are happy to get rid of it. Obviously, look to see that it's clean and in good condition.

    Best of luck
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    Sep 10, 2007 2:36 AM GMT
    Yep. Stability ball all the way. They are excellent. Just make sure you fork out a reasonably decent amount of cash for one. I've had to rehabilitate a client who bought a cheap one that burst on her, causing a serious back injury.
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    Sep 10, 2007 11:26 AM GMT
    rawr-some impressive biceps you got there.

    since you have access to the internet:

    suggest to RJ-I want to work out at home-could you(RealJock) compose a list for home.

    also access youtube as there tons of home workouts.

    ie a coffee table works great for a bench press, db in particular

    exercise ball-you can do vertical squats

    skip rope

    apply plyometrics into your workout routine
    the guy on youtube I believe knows what he's talking about is "marinobasic" again under the searchword: plyometrics.

    in the outdoors-again on YT: parkour-when was the last time you jumped a fence at full throttle?

    with the exception of a few things I got every piece of my metal/steel weights at the thrift store, a reasonably good bench as well.

    I do however want to get a squat rack.

    also give yourself time to build up a routine-suggest recording what you do to find out what works and what doesn't.

    cheers
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    Sep 10, 2007 12:48 PM GMT
    I used my study room for two purpose, reading internet and for my workout program. I have a kickboxing punch bag and a some barbell there. To keep the motivation up I have some picture of muscular guy and six pack abdominal.

    I only have 3 room in my house . One for my bed room, one for the guest and one for study/ gym. I originally plan to make a small gym in the attic. But change my mind, it to cramp and airless up there.
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    Sep 10, 2007 1:33 PM GMT
    Yup, splurge for the stability ball. It's a cheap alternative for an all purpose bench, plus it will utilize all the stabilizing muscles when you use it for chest press, rows and the like. Just make sure to invest in a high-quality one that will support both yourself and your working load.

    Also, you can consider in some resistance bands of varying difficulties. You may not think it'll work, but it's very similar in functionality of cable machines.
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    Sep 10, 2007 3:17 PM GMT
    I work out from home. I remember the first time I began working out. I had a barbell and dumbells and free weights and this old wooden bench that was handmade. I placed a towel on the bench and although it was rough, I managed to get a decent workout in. As the years rolled on I bought new benches, one bench I had just collapsed underneath me. I later found out their was a weight restriction for it. But you can buy used equipment that is in reasonably good condition.
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    Sep 11, 2007 2:39 AM GMT
    Alright!! Thanks everyone. I've thought about the stability ball before but I never liked the idea for the very reason a few of you mentioned.... the possibilities of it bursting! Coffee table sounds like a great idea as well, but I don't have that option here either, haha. elij, I'll check out the youtube videos you mentioned and see what's on there.. I didn't even think of checking on there, good idea! Thanks again everyone!!!
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    Sep 11, 2007 3:11 AM GMT
    Make sure you get a ball that is anti-burst. I've punctured one before and it lets the air out slowly instead of exploding. They're cheap and versatile!
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    Sep 13, 2007 10:34 AM GMT
    All you really need for a tight body is a military bar with weights. Now, I am not talking about huge body building here, just a tight swimmer's build.
    If you want to spend the money a bowflex is really nice.
    You can also do push-ups for the chest.
    On those rainy days I do some cardo DVDs like;
    Shiva Rea, Creative Core Abs (dont laugh it works...even if it is yoga) and Leslie Sansone's Walk Away the Pounds express "Super Challenge" 4 miles (dont laugh...there is a 70 year old guy in that one that would stomp on a 20 year olds butt). Plus that last DVD is a 45 minute cardo workout.
    Good Luck
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    Sep 13, 2007 12:35 PM GMT
    hang a bar from a ceiling for chin ups, or you can get a bar that fits between a door...its great for delts and traps and bi's.
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    Sep 15, 2007 9:20 PM GMT
    I do have a pullup bar.. However I'm moving in with a friend and I don't know if she'd let me installt it in a doorway or not. I REALLY doubt it. but who knows. I actually did think of that yesterday so I'll have to get that when I go back home! Thanks a lot guys, been a lot of help. :-)