Bagpiper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 2402 times:
So, I'm a decently fit teenager - I have good endurance and can outrun most people I meet in short sprints and medium length runs. Unfortunately you can run all you want but your arms aren't going to show off for you.
So, I was wondering what some decent exercises are that don't use any gym equipment. Weights are fine, but obviously nothing like bench pressing, etc. Or is the best thing just to do pushups all day long?
Fumanchewd From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 2378 times:
One of the best excercises for the entire upper body are pull ups. I alternate between a wide grip palms forward for the back and shoulders one day. The next day I switch to palms back with a narrow grip for biceps, tris, and back. With either excercise you are working out your entire upper body and abs, but the alternating focuses on specific muscle groups.
You technically do need a bar, but you can always bolt one up anywhere.
Of course push-ups rock too.
While incarcerated I also learned how to do alot of different excercises with a towel. (Get your mind out of the gutter)
It is. It is very difficult. I saw it once on one of those strong man competitions. The goal was to hold the battery at arm's length as long as possible. Those big guys had a hell of a time with it. I tried it and was really pitiful. I have batteries laying about at work so every now and then I'll life them for fun.
Falstaff From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 6350 posts, RR: 30
Reply 9, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 2312 times:
Quoting N1120A (Reply 8): How much do those suckers weigh anyway?
Depends on the size of the battery. 10-30 pounds. Deep cycle batteries are the heaviest. If you are talking about heavy duty truck batteries they can really weigh a lot. I have never lifted one of those.
Pelican From Germany, joined Apr 2004, 2533 posts, RR: 7
Reply 10, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 2274 times:
Quoting Fumanchewd (Reply 2): One of the best excercises for the entire upper body are pull ups. I alternate between a wide grip palms forward for the back and shoulders one day. The next day I switch to palms back with a narrow grip for biceps, tris, and back. With either excercise you are working out your entire upper body and abs, but the alternating focuses on specific muscle groups.
Quoting N1120A (Reply 4): If your workout space is as limited as you say, I would get a good set of adjustable dumbbells that go from around 10-60 pounds.
A set of dumbbells, a barbell and different weights combined with a pull up bar is a good basic equipment. Just look on a site like this and you'll see how many different exercises you can do with just this equipment.
KPWM From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 2288 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 2250 times:
I agree with Liam here. Joining a gym is a great way to work all the muscles. I don't think it's too expensive. Plus, it's easier to work specific muscle groups you want with a wide variety of weight lifting machines to choose from.
KhelmDTW From United States of America, joined Jun 2007, 269 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 2173 times:
Work at McDonalds. I rotate stock, which requires moving all of the old stuff to the front and new stuff to the back (35 cases of fries at 36lbs each, 20 cases of regular meat at about 30lbs each, ect. in -15 degree Fahrenheit cold.) You'll get ripped pretty quickly, if you don't eat the food.
MD-90 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 8516 posts, RR: 11
Reply 19, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 2165 times:
Get a pair of 20 lb and a pair of 30 lb dumbbells.
Do something to warm up like jumping jacks
Do squats (probably just body weight at first), then using one of your dumbbells (cup your hands and hold it between them).
Do bicep curls
Do overhead presses
Do bent over rows with your dumbbells or pull-ups if you have a pull-up bar.
Repeat and do a second circuit.
That's the workout I do when I don't go to the gym (but here at MSU we have an fantastic student gym, so that's where I usually work out). It's full body and doesn't take too long. Use the 20 or 30 lb dumbbells depending on what you can handle (initially you probably won't need the 30 pounders but later you will, especially for the bent over row).
Fumanchewd From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 2129 times:
Just realize that with the pullups you won't be able to do alot if you haven't done them for long period of times before.
Most likely you will do between 5-10 per set. Don't get frustrated.
After doing 4-10 sets for at least 4 days a week you will start doing over 10 reps. After getting into my regime I do 20-25 per set and had to start wearing a belt with weights attached. Don't worry about that though. I GUARANTEE that after only 2 months of doing alot of pullups and pushups people will notice the difference. I had a cobra back for awhile. Its still not bad but I've been really concentrating on the one arm yeast pulls as of late. (Again confuscious, get your mind out of the gutter)
Voodoo From Niue, joined Mar 2001, 2138 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 2080 times:
Quoting N1120A (Reply 4): Quoting Bagpiper (Thread starter):
Or is the best thing just to do pushups all day long?
Well, one of the fittest players in NFL history, Herschel Walker, did 1000 a day. They will get you somewhere.
I can recall way back...when Muhammed Ali did his rope-a-dope thing in Africa.. when asked how many situps he did to prepare.. he said he didn't know how many... he just did them for 45 minutes at a time.
AGC525 From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 989 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 2077 times:
I know there's something called a "prison workout" where it involves sit ups, push ups, squats, etc. I heard people who travel a lot and spend a lot of time in hotel rooms do it. I even remember seeing Mike Rowe from Dirty Jobs briefly talk about it on The Discovery Channel. Try google....
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: I have a freind who several years ago had a struggling business and money was tight. At the same time his wife wanted to lose a bit of weight but gym
: Yeah. And most prisons don't allow weight rooms anymore. That's partly the towel workout I was talking about. I would do 200 dips/ 200 pullups/200 pu
: Wouldn't there be greater resistance if someone else is holding yours? The towel that is...
: As mentioned already, bodyweight exercises such as pushups, pullups, and dips are excellent and require little to no equipment/space.