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Good Weight Lifting Exercises Without Gym Or Equip  
User currently offlineBagpiper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 1956 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?  Wink

Any suggestions?

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User currently offlineAirPortugal310 From Palau, joined Apr 2004, 3619 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 1940 times:

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got pretty jacked doing that for 4 years but now i have more back problems than most old people...



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User currently offlineFumanchewd From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 1932 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)  

[Edited 2008-01-22 09:40:22]

User currently offlineConfuscius From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 3853 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 1903 times:

While incarcerated I also learned how to do alot of different excercises with a towel.

Who holds the towel?



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User currently offlineN1120A From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26442 posts, RR: 75
Reply 4, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 1891 times:



Quoting Bagpiper (Thread starter):
Weights are fine

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.

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.



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User currently offlineFalstaff From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 6088 posts, RR: 29
Reply 5, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 1891 times:
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You could fill up buckets with water or sand and lift them. You could even put one on either end of a pipe and lift it like bar bells.

Lift a car battery with your arms extended. Put several rims & tires on a pipe and bench it.



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User currently offlineN1120A From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26442 posts, RR: 75
Reply 6, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 1885 times:



Quoting Falstaff (Reply 5):

Lift a car battery with your arms extended.

That is one hell of a workout.



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User currently offlineFalstaff From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 6088 posts, RR: 29
Reply 7, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 1884 times:
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Quoting N1120A (Reply 6):
That is one hell of a workout.

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.



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User currently offlineN1120A From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26442 posts, RR: 75
Reply 8, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 1878 times:



Quoting Falstaff (Reply 7):

How much do those suckers weigh anyway?



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User currently offlineFalstaff From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 6088 posts, RR: 29
Reply 9, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 1866 times:
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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.



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User currently offlinePelican From Germany, joined Apr 2004, 2531 posts, RR: 8
Reply 10, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 1828 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.

Pull ups are indeed one of the best exercises. You can get a pull up bar for little money. All you need is a solid door frame http://www.amazon.com/b?ie=UTF8&node=3408471

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.

pelican


User currently offlineAF340 From Canada, joined Jul 2007, 2786 posts, RR: 4
Reply 11, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 1823 times:



Quoting Bagpiper (Thread starter):
Any suggestions?

Dude, join a gym! Trust me. It's one of the best things you can do for yourself. Ever since I joined my gym, I play much better squash, the raw power is amazing!

Quoting Bagpiper (Thread starter):
that don't use any gym equipment.

You may not like the idea but once you join you'll be happy you did.




Liam spin 


User currently offlineKPWM From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 2288 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 1804 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.

Good Luck!



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User currently offlineAF340 From Canada, joined Jul 2007, 2786 posts, RR: 4
Reply 13, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 1797 times:

Quoting KPWM (Reply 12):
Good Luck!

or Happy Lifting!  



Liam  


EDIT:
P.S. That was really stupid

[Edited 2008-01-22 16:54:24]

User currently offlineKPWM From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 2288 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 1787 times:



Quoting AF340 (Reply 13):
or Happy Lifting!



Quoting AF340 (Reply 13):
P.S. That was really stupid

No it wasn't! I seriously was going to say that. But I thought better of it.



94
User currently offlineBagpiper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 1772 times:

nah, gym is out of the question.

Thanks for all the other suggestions  Smile

I'm getting to work on pull ups, push ups, and some wight lifting.


User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29795 posts, RR: 58
Reply 16, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 1766 times:

Push ups, sit-ups, pull-ups.

None take a lot of equipment.



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User currently offlineAC777LR From Canada, joined Apr 2006, 487 posts, RR: 40
Reply 17, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 1735 times:

Well I work out at a gym, but if you are not able to go workout at a gym invest in some dumbbells from a decent sports store. Just get a pair of 20lbs ones. You can do a lot with that number.


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User currently offlineKhelmDTW From United States of America, joined Jun 2007, 269 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 1727 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.  Wink


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User currently offlineMD-90 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 8507 posts, RR: 12
Reply 19, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 1719 times:

Get a pair of 20 lb and a pair of 30 lb dumbbells.

Stretch

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 situps

Do pushups
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).


User currently offlineBagpiper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 1695 times:



Quoting MD-90 (Reply 19):



Quoting L-188 (Reply 16):



Quoting AC777LR (Reply 17):

Thanks for the suggestions  Smile


User currently offlineFumanchewd From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 1683 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.  Wink (Again confuscious, get your mind out of the gutter)


User currently offlineBagpiper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 1667 times:



Quoting Fumanchewd (Reply 21):

yeah, I know it'll take a while to see results.... but I was expecting like 6 months.... so a couple of months is nice to hear, as long as I stay consistent.


User currently offlineVoodoo From Niue, joined Mar 2001, 2074 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 10 hours ago) and read 1634 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.



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User currently offlineAGC525 From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 989 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 10 hours ago) and read 1631 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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25 StealthZ : 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
26 Post contains images Fumanchewd : 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
27 Post contains images Confuscius : Wouldn't there be greater resistance if someone else is holding yours? The towel that is...
28 AC888YOW : As mentioned already, bodyweight exercises such as pushups, pullups, and dips are excellent and require little to no equipment/space.
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