Athletic Build Without the Gym?

  • schadenfreude

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    Mar 25, 2016 6:47 PM GMT
    Hello,

    I'm curious as to know whether or not it's possible to get an athletic style build without using the gym. I've tried going to the gym a few times in my life but I just really hate lifting weights, I find it quite boring and if possible I'd much rather do other exercises.

    From experience I definitely prefer to do sports such as squash, tennis, swimming and yoga as well as doing body weight exercises such as push-ups and pull-ups. While I would like to try see if it's possible, I don't really want to end up wasting my time putting in effort where it's not really going to work out. I like being slim and I'd like to stay slim, but right now I feel like I'm way too skinny - is it possible to get the type of body I'd like the way I'd like to?

    Obviously diet does affect this too so I thought it best to include it incase it's important for the answer; I have quite a balanced diet, eating a variety of carbs/fats/protein and my calorie intake is probably around 2000-2500 a day.


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    Mar 25, 2016 7:43 PM GMT
    It is perfectly possible to achieve an athletic build without visiting the gym - up to a point. If you want to go beyond that "point" however, you will probably have to do some form of weight training. As you get bigger and stronger, bodyweight exercises become steadily less effective. You can, of course, modify exercises to make them harder, but sooner or later you’re going to run out of options.
  • BloodFlame

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    Mar 25, 2016 9:14 PM GMT
    schadenfreude saidHello,

    I'm curious as to know whether or not it's possible to get an athletic style build without using the gym. I've tried going to the gym a few times in my life but I just really hate lifting weights, I find it quite boring and if possible I'd much rather do other exercises.

    From experience I definitely prefer to do sports such as squash, tennis, swimming and yoga as well as doing body weight exercises such as push-ups and pull-ups. While I would like to try see if it's possible, I don't really want to end up wasting my time putting in effort where it's not really going to work out. I like being slim and I'd like to stay slim, but right now I feel like I'm way too skinny - is it possible to get the type of body I'd like the way I'd like to?

    Obviously diet does affect this too so I thought it best to include it incase it's important for the answer; I have quite a balanced diet, eating a variety of carbs/fats/protein and my calorie intake is probably around 2000-2500 a day.




    Hi OP. I hear you and what you're trying to say. As someone who is slim as well, I can say that body weight exercises will help to a degree but Ex_Mil8 brought up a good point that once you reach a certain compacity, you may need to include weights to get bigger (and food of course but that's kinda implied). It really depends on what your goals are.

    Speaking for myself, I like where I'm at right now. A good routine of push ups have brought out my chest to form little pecs and I have a small amount of muscle on my arms and legs as well as a firmer, pumped up butt from squats and hip thrusts. So for me, I'm okay with where I'm at and I don't really want to become bigger.

    But anyway back to you. Yes, you can see some results with the usual body-weight but only to a certain point. After awhile, you'll have to incorporate some weights into your workout regimen if you want to get bigger. I hope this helps and good luck. icon_smile.gif
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    Mar 26, 2016 2:08 AM GMT
    There are like a million videos out there by well-built guys advocating bar training (and entirely crediting it for their builds).
  • ANTiSociaLiNJ...

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    Mar 26, 2016 10:32 PM GMT
    i really think push-ups give me a nice chest. I try to do 30 of them a day.
  • badbug

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    Mar 27, 2016 1:42 AM GMT
    i really think push-ups give me a nice chest. I try to do 30 of them a day


    Do you think there is another you out there that thinks push-ups gave him a bad chest and tries to avoid doing them?

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    Mar 28, 2016 6:05 PM GMT
    It depends on what your definition of "athletic" is, as there are a lot of different athletic activities that all produce completely different builds.

    If you mean a build that looks like a bodybuilder or otherwise muscular guy, no.

    If you mean a runner's build, yes.

    If you mean a gymnast's build, yes (with similar training to a gymnast)

    If you mean a baseball player's build, probably (but if you mean a muscular baseball player's build: no, you have to half-ass it in the gym and take anabolics). icon_razz.gif
  • leanandclean

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    Mar 28, 2016 9:51 PM GMT
    Yes, you are more likely to stick to a program you enjoy.