No Gym Interim Workout

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    Aug 08, 2014 8:18 PM GMT
    Going to be without a gym for... oh 3 weeks to a month. I'm not a huge guy by any means, but as a seriously hard gainer I've had to work hard just to get to where I am now and the thought of having to start over is killing me.

    Aside from the obvious push-ups and sit-ups, any recommendations for a 'maintenance' workout while I'm gym-less would really be appreciated!
  • jjguy05

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    Aug 10, 2014 4:13 PM GMT
    Well, we may have to discuss and analyze why you're a hard gainer. At 5'10", you should be able to put on a bit more weight, IMO. You're currently 135. Granted you're also lean, so you have a higher muscle-to-fat ratio than most self-proclaimed "hard gainers". It's certainly possible you have a high metabolism, but you may also be doing something wrong in the gym or in the kitchen.

    Anyways, why won't you have a gym for 3-4 weeks? Will you be out of town? Traveling? Will you be in a major city or decently-sized towns where you can go to a local gym and by day passes? Many gyms do that.
  • scienceguy

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    Aug 11, 2014 1:50 AM GMT
    There are a lot of exercises you can do with minimal equipment:

    -Pullups: buy a doorframe pullup bar, throw towels over a tree branch, find a playground, etc. Wear a backpack filled with stuff to increase intensity
    -L-sit: just need the floor. it's basically using your arms to hold yourself up in an L-shape with your legs switching between tucking in and extended out.
    -Dips: use a chair, edge of table, etc.
    -Handstand / plank to handstand

    Definitely try to get the pullups in though. They are one of the best exercises.
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    Aug 11, 2014 3:29 PM GMT
    Thanks for the replies. Yea, traveling is the issue. I do intend to check out any local hotel gyms, etc. when I can, it just won't be anything consistent.

    As for why I'm a 'hard gainer', I suppose it's probably a bit of everything. Certainly I've always had a high metabolism, but there's no doubt I could improve both my workout and what I'm doing in the kitchen, so I suppose you're quite right to question that statement a bit.

    That said, the advice is appreciated!
  • Destinharbor

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    Aug 11, 2014 3:37 PM GMT
    My partner has decided he's gained all the muscle he wants and to get more functionality so he's Googled up Crossfit. Apparently different gyms post that day's workout plan and most of it does not require equipment. By following their workout plan, he's forced to push himself harder than he might just doing whatever he can think of at the moment. You might try that. I can tell you he is sore and exhausted when he's finished a day's workout.
  • jjguy05

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    Aug 11, 2014 5:57 PM GMT
    The benefits of crossfit are controversial, and many say that the famous crossfitters that are swole got swole from doing traditional lifting, not from crossfit alone. Judging by Fun_in_KC's high metabolism, I would recommend not doing it.

    Just find a local gym that does day and week passes. I go to a major chain gym, but when I'm traveling, I often get day or week passes for a local YMCA. Their weight rooms are always perfectly adequate for serious lifters, and have all the basics you'll need.