Hi, I've followed quite a few threads and articles on here for a while, and I've noticed that there is very rarely mention of bodyweight exercises (push ups, pull-ups, burpees etc). I'm of "athletic" build, 183cm tall, ~11.5-13% bodyfat according to online calculators. my exercise routine consists mainly of cardio and regular body weight exercise. I suppose I'm wondering if anyone has had any success with body weight exercise being the basis or a training program?
Any place for bodyweight exercises?(10 posts) (7 voices)
Hi Andy - I have done in the past, although at some point I realised I was shooting myself in the foot by unncessarily restricting myself. You have so many tools available to get stronger/bigger/leaner/whatever, to deliberately avoid using many of them is only going to slow down your progress.
Sure, do bodyweight movements, many are as (if not more) effective than their equivalent free weight movements, but don't restrict exercise choice from the outset for no reason.
What's your goal?"metal is just gabba for pansies" - HarrisonMay 29, 2012 - 11:39 PM #
Very true Yusef i suppose i never really thought about it like that. It's not that i don't want to do free weights, more that i have just never settled into a free weight routine and if i do i want to do it properly.
In the short term, currently damage limitation, I'm studying for some big exams for the past month and next 3 weeks and just don't want to become unfit and then shape up a bit for summer.
in the longer term, my first goal is to get to 9% bodyfat, from there ill try to add some lean muscle until I'm around 85-90kg (I'm currently 83kg). I'm unsure as to which is the best way to this though, in the past I've found it hard to put on muscle mass without pieing myself constantly and that then usually leads to and increase in fat too.May 30, 2012 - 01:38 PM #
Ah well in that case, the quickest way to get to 9% bodyfat at 90kg is to pay us £99.95
But during your exams you don't want to be changing your routine too drastically, perhaps just follow a loose version of the Propane Protocol and give it all your focus when they finish. Good luck with the exams"metal is just gabba for pansies" - HarrisonMay 30, 2012 - 09:29 PM #
yer, some of the transformations you guys have done are quite impressive. yeah, i think thats the plan, I've got a 3 week gap straight after exams where I'm hoping to get a good grounding in weights, i was thinking just focus on main exercises like bench, squats and some form of cable exercise for the shoulders until i can get into a good routine. cheers.
this is building my motivation until then - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ZjJKNs1QsM&feature=relatedMay 31, 2012 - 08:04 PM #
I found weighted chin ups, press ups, dips and cycling up hills in the highest gear possible worked quite well for damage limitation....but not well enough!August 29, 2012 - 10:39 AM #
because im moving away soon, and im not going to have access to a gym, im having to turn to bodyweight excercises.
my experience of many of these excercises, is that although they are useful for damage limitation, i found they are useless for acheiving the aesthetic goals i have.
press ups in particular i found are completely useless. borderline impossible to build a big chest doing pressups.
if you like the bodyweight stuff, invest in some olympic rings. fantastic piece of kit. pec flys, suspended press ups, dips, muscle ups, pullups, leg raises etc etc.
i got some off ebay for £22!August 29, 2012 - 01:50 PM #
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