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strength training without weights...
Posted: Wed Jun 28, 2006 10:20 pm
I think I have a fairly good plan because in a couple of months, unless I drive a long distance I will more than likely not have access to a good gym. I plan on getting a Pull-up bar (which by the way, if anyone has advice on that for me, by all means help), a dip bar or a counter, and weighted pushups (either a backpack or someone pushing, which I could also use for extra resistance on the first two) for upper body, and sprints for lower body. The only thing I think I would be neglecting is shoulders, so anyone have any advice on that? By the way, I don;t plan on becoming a behemoth on this plan, just staying in decent shape.
Posted: Thu Jun 29, 2006 12:48 am
Sprints won't do it for your legs. Try squats with the backpack, or do 1 leg at a time. You could get hamstrings by bending over with the backpack on in front. You could maybe rig something up to hold your feet down on the couch to do a glute-ham raise. For shoulders try a bucket of water. Just be careful not to hurt yourself with these odd shaped objects.
Posted: Thu Jun 29, 2006 6:01 am
Hand stand push ups. If you have access to a stadium, try plyometrics. Isometrics work.
Posted: Thu Jun 29, 2006 9:30 am
I don't think you are neglecting shoulders (at least front delts) if you are doing chest dips and push ups.
Supine Rows would probably be a pretty good addition for the back.
Posted: Thu Jun 29, 2006 10:15 am
Pistols (1 legged squats) are really great for lower body.
Hand stand pushups (as said before) are really a great excercise for your upper body.
If you're feeling adverturous, try doing some gymnastic level bodyweight excercises like tuck planches. http://www.dragondoor.com/articler/mode3/229/
Posted: Thu Jun 29, 2006 5:46 pm
I recently got this one
but I'm not completely satisfied because of the high cost. He also sells lots of different models.
Here's another that I saw at NY Barbell
. I don't know anyone who has it. It doesn't look as long as the one I have but it's hard to tell. Mine is 42". I'm not good enough to train that wide yet. I can only do one pullup that wide so I tend to go with slightly wider with shoulder width for now. I hope to use a wider grip as my strength improves. I can't even do one wide grip behind the neck pull up as you see the guy doing in the photo. Maybe someday.
I think the important thing is that you get one that it is wide enough and that your elbows have space to go outward. I used to have one that just occupies the space between the doorway like this
. The problem with these is that the doorway interferes with your arms if you're trying to do use a wide grip with palms facing away from you. They work fine for palms facing toward you and shoulder-width grip.
I've heard that wide grip pull-ups are a great (if not the best) exercise for the lats as well as other areas of the back. Good luck!
Posted: Fri Jun 30, 2006 9:32 am
For the legs, try "Hindu Squats".
For weighted back/front squats, you can improvise.
Posted: Fri Jun 30, 2006 9:52 am
All great answers above. Here is an article that has a compilation of different exercises and some idea on how to form varie workouts with them