Gymless Strength Training?

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    Jan 22, 2008 12:46 PM GMT
    I have seen the workout sheets RJ has but they all use Gym equipment that's just not available to everybody. (Especially with me being in the third world). Is there other ways of getting bigger without having to have those equipment? (on or off site)

    (Apologies to the owners of the site, LOL, I know this site was founded by gym buffs, but some of us just can't get hold of a gym membership that easily)icon_sad.gif
  • in773guy

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    Jan 22, 2008 6:09 PM GMT
    Hell yea, there is an array of options....go with the basics,
    Push ups....feet up, hands wide, hands narrow, hands out in front wide and hands in close under the chest.
    Sit ups....so many options.
    Pull ups and chin ups....
    hold any thing heavy and do lunges for the legs.
    Squats also.
    Be creative...just think about it enough and you can create your own workouts...just focus on form and take it slow at the beginning until you get comfortable with the movements.
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    Jan 22, 2008 6:40 PM GMT
    my trainer uses lots of exercises for strength training that dont involve gym equipment.

    I am doing a lot of lunges to strength my legs...my right is much weaker than my left.

    I do one that I call a "walking lunge." I lunge with one leg, making sure each leg bends at the knee at a 90 degree angle. Then I pick up the back leg and step forward immediately into another lunge. Boy, do I look funny doing that! ... icon_redface.gif
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    Jan 22, 2008 7:48 PM GMT
    I second what in773guy says. I gave up on gyms a long time ago. One home tool that's proved very useful is a pull up bar. I bought one at a discount store for $15. It just hooks over and into the door frame. I didn't have to drill holes/insert nails or screws even. The basics I think are the best, as they're built around the body's natural motions and will this give you a natural, fit shape that encourages/promotes/displays health, etc.
  • phunkie

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    Jan 22, 2008 7:51 PM GMT
    I know the walking lunge Caslon is talking about. you can youtube it. i'm pretty sure i've seen it on youtube.

    It sure looks funny...but whatever works.
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    Jan 22, 2008 10:18 PM GMT
    check out http://www.combatconditioning.com

    it has tons of bodyweight exercises (along with self-defense). i've used the stuff on there. i don't lift weights anymore and my overall strength and flexibility has dramatically increased many fold. and this has been vital for my surfing success icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jan 23, 2008 6:11 AM GMT
    johnnyk, site looks okay, but again, no money to spend on that kinda stuff. icon_redface.gif

    in773guy
    Be creative...just think about it enough and you can create your own workouts...just focus on form and take it slow at the beginning until you get comfortable with the movements.


    Hmmm... Honestly, seeing that all you guys here seem to be VERY familiar with bodybuilding jargon and stuff, I was kinda afraid of creating my own routine. I look around the site and see guys debating the merits of a type of food against another, which exercises use which muscle groups, which routine builds up the optimal number of muscles... etc. I feel kinda lost. LOL

    Anyway, if I try to create a routine that would exercise the most muscles everyday, is that good enough? (I'm going for weight gain)

    RunintheCity: Not really ready for a pull-up bar just yet. LOL. Maybe in a few more months, I could use one without looking like a trying hard monkey. icon_wink.gif But yeah, thanks for the advice. icon_biggrin.gif

    Caslon and punkie: LOL, saw it on youtube. It does look awkward. icon_razz.gif I'm actually very flexible, so I dunno If I need lunge exercises. Aren't squats supposed to do the same things as lunges?

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    Jan 25, 2008 2:26 AM GMT
    sedative, try some handstand pushups for some killer upper body strength. all you need is to have a wall and floor. icon_wink.gif

    kick up against the wall with your back to it. then slowly go down till your head touches the ground, then push yourself up. if you can't do a full one that's ok. then just do partials. go down as far as you can. even holding yourself in the handstand position for as long as you can is an amazing workout. try it, you'll be amazed. icon_lol.gif
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    Jan 25, 2008 3:08 AM GMT
    Try shoulder stands using a wall for support. Once you get master them then push yourself up and down in the shoulder stand position. Jump rope for 2 minutes. Run up and down the bleachers in a stadium. Do pushups and a zillion types of crunches. My trainer, in a gym full of equipment, is doing more non-equipment based training theses days.
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    Jan 25, 2008 4:29 AM GMT
    I second the handstand pushups. They are the one exercise that I know did wonders for me. I learned how to do them here:

    [url]http://beastskills.com/Handstand%20pushup%20beginner.htm[/url]

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    Jan 25, 2008 5:31 AM GMT
    and I third the handstand pushup....
    sedative14 u dont need equipment to get results...
    u can use everyday objects if u really want to use "weights" a gallon of water works wonders...
    but the handstand pushup is really awesome, it uses everything...your abs, your biceps your shoulders,your chest, your tri's I believe....the only thing it leaves out is legs....but its a great exercise...
    and there isnt one method or training to get your results...Yes the RJ workouts are great they help out when you are maxed out and cant think of other ways to jump start your routine.......so the simplest thing couldbe the hardest thing for your body workout....
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    Jan 25, 2008 5:58 AM GMT
    Thanks everybody! icon_biggrin.gif

    yalemarine thank you so much for that link. icon_wink.gif

    My only problem now is that with me being a TOTAL beginner, wouldn't immediately going to doing handstand pushups be a risk?

    Right now I'm doing the following with a makeshift barbell:

    30 pushups
    10 pullups (with a towel over a half-open door - I hope I don't break it eventually, LOL)
    30 belly crunches
    20 benchpresses
    30 squats with barbell
    20 overhead lifts of the barbell from standing position (whatever you call it, LOL)

    Takes about an hour, resting time included. I know. LOL. My routine would look peanuts to most of you, but take note that I really am a beginner. The previously listed exercises already leaves me aching all day. But it sure does feel good. icon_razz.gif But I'll try to incorporate handstand pushups. Thanks. icon_smile.gif

    What's a shoulder stand? All I get is a yoga position on Google. icon_confused.gif
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    Jan 25, 2008 6:03 AM GMT
    if u feel scared about the handstand pushup...u can angle out so u are doing more inclined pushup....like johhnyk said...if u cant do the handstand push up right away,... still getting in handstand with ur legs on wall is still a good start to get those muscles working....
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    Jan 25, 2008 6:14 AM GMT
    gotcha. Thanks again. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jan 28, 2008 1:09 PM GMT
    Ok. I just tried headstands yesterday. And goddarn it's hard. LOL. Might bulk up a bit more before I try again. icon_redface.gif
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    Jan 28, 2008 1:20 PM GMT
    Keep trying! I don't think the fact that you can't do something properly should make you stop and wait until you can. Just do a bit of a try as part of your workout until you can do it. The trying will still help a bit.
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    Jan 28, 2008 1:29 PM GMT
    most assuredly. From the glowing recommendations, I'm assuming it's the best workout I can ever have. icon_razz.gif
  • vacyclist

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    Jan 28, 2008 2:51 PM GMT
    Do you have a bicycle? Get out & ride, it'd be a great addition to the other exercises you've started doing.
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    Jan 28, 2008 10:29 PM GMT
    to add and increase your weights reasonably safely get a couple of rucks sacks and fill them with weighed bags of sand either kids play sand or builder stuff I would think you can get that pretty cheap.

    This way you can progress on the weight more measurably
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    Jan 29, 2008 4:31 AM GMT
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    Jan 29, 2008 6:12 AM GMT
    nope, no bike. I've been doing a lot of squats though. icon_razz.gif

    thanks bfg1 I'll try to find something similar later.
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    Jan 29, 2008 6:37 AM GMT
    I went to pick up some cleaning today around lunch time, so I grabbed a sandwich and was eating it in my car.

    A guy pulled up in a small SUV with his girlfriend. The girlfriend got out and went into one of the stores.

    A couple minutes later the guy got out of the SUV and started doing push ups by the side of the road as he waited for his girlfriend. He did a hundred or so, then went to the back of the SUV and used it as resistance trying to lift it several different ways. Then he started doing sit ups by the side of the road.

    After a while his girlfriend came back, they got in the car, and took off.

    Do I really need to tell you this guy was BUILT? He spent the free time he had, and used what resources he had at hand to seriously work out.

    He could have just sat there waiting for his girlfriend. He could have gone to get a cup of coffee or something to eat. Instead he took the time and what he had available and made it work for him.

    Back when I was in the Army I was often stationed out in some third world country someplace without access to gyms etc. I used what was on hand, bricks, stones, empty buckets filled with sand, old broom handles.

    Be creative - use what you have on hand. IF you have absolutely nothing else, use your own body as resistance - its called calisthenics.

    There is NO EXCUSE for not working out if you have the guts, determination, and willpower.

    (I threw out 3/4 of my sandwich and drank some water instead, then spent an extra half hour at the gym.)

    I got the guys plate number, when my guys track him down I intend to offer him a job.
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    Jan 29, 2008 6:53 AM GMT
    ITJockA couple minutes later the guy got out of the SUV and started doing push ups by the side of the road as he waited for his girlfriend.


    Dang... that makes me feel lazy. icon_redface.gif

    Thanks for the inspiration ITJock. icon_wink.gif Yeah I need to push myself more... rawr LOL
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    Feb 09, 2008 6:33 PM GMT
    Hey thanks for asking this question. It's exactly what I was going to ask! icon_biggrin.gif