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By marathon runner's physique what I mean is a body type that is not bulky but muscular. Something like just a real lean build with low body fat percentages, muscles showing naturally without even working them out that much, not the bulging everywhere type. But not looking wimpy at the same time too.
In my attempts to reach this goal (and with no gym membership to boot) I've opted to use this workout routine. I've modified the routine a bit to increase intensity especially on the core area and on the arms, maybe even with the chests.
For equipment I currently have the following:
My trusty elliptical machine (where I've been doing tabata intervals and pyramid HIIT exercices in the past. I've opted to stop using it because I noticed I've been working out my legs far too much and that maybe I can now burn the remaining percentages of fat that I have through resistance training (the aformentioned routine); correct me if I'm wrong though)
2 dumbbells weighing 8lbs each total (the weights are removable, each dumbbell is made up of 2 2.5lb weights and 2 1.5lb weights)
An exercise mat
Our kitchen door frame for doing my pullups
That's pretty much it.
With the mentioned equipment, I've gotten to a fitness level beyond anything I've ever imagined I can achieve so I plan to just stick with what I have as of the moment.
Would Scooby's suggested routine along with my aformentioned equipment be enough to achieve my goals?
UPDATE to answer Kate's questions:
Are you male or female? - Male.
What is your height? - 5'3 (I'm a small guy)
What is your weight? - 56kg
What is your bodyfat percentage (if you know it)?
- 17% I think. I measured it through an online calucator that relies on the 'Navy's Body Fat Percentage' computation, something like that.
What is your diet?
- I don't have a diet because I find it hard measuring what I eat but most of the time I aim for a 20 or more percent of caloric deficit.
What is your current level of fitness (you could describe this many ways... how fast you run 5k, 10k, how much you can lift, what types of activities you generally do, sports, etc.)
- I haven't really measured my fitness level yet and I don't know how to describe it, but I'll try. I can do 4 sets of tabata intervals (20 sec work, 10 sec rest; 8 reps), 70 - 80 pushups per session, 120 situps/crunches, 40 pullups (not in one swoop though), dumbbell goblet squats, around 50 reps. That's it more or less.