Bodyweight exercises use the body as resistance. Exemplary exercises are push ups, planks, pull ups and squats.

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optimal resting period for strength

I'm currently doing a (mainly) body-weight routine that involves 3 circuits of: 15 close grip push ups 15 squats plank 1-2 min 5 chin-ups 5 pull-ups (just started the *ups lagging behind in that ...
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Squat progressions

I am starting a (mainly) body-weight fitness routine and I have found squats to be WAY to easy. There are two progressions I can try that I know of: I can try to work towards pistol squats OR I ...
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How to get started with Pull-Ups? [duplicate]

My other half is a total newbie in Fitness activities. She has had a tough time to even get through a single set of 5 Pull-Ups. Whats the best way to get started with Pull-Ups? And, How do I support ...
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building Muscle with Body Weight training [duplicate]

I am trying to build muscle, but don't have access (or time to go to) to a gym. I don't want to neglect anything here, but legs obviously aren't AS important to me as Abdominals / Upperbody. I'm ...
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How can I improve this workout

I've been doing a body weight workout that I found on www.nerdfitness.com regularly for a while now (scaling it up as needed), the workout in its current state is as follows: 3 circuits with ~1-2 min ...
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Sets all at once vs. “grease the groove”

I'm looking to increase my number of consecutive pushups from about 13 to at least 25. I've heard of basically two competing approaches: Do sets all at once a few times a week, as in the One ...
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Spine standing out in the middle of the back

I've started training about 3 months ago. I had neglected my lower back training for a while before starting to train it again. Now, my body fat percentage is about 10% and my spine is very visible in ...
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What is a reasonable target heart-rate for beginners bodyweight workout?

I just started the beginner workout program of You Are Your Own Gym. The first two weeks are described as "low intensity" aimed at "muscular endurance" using "ladders". Is it meaningful to worry ...
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Do you need streching after bodyweight workouts?

Following a couple of stellar reviews, I decided to end a period of indecisiveness, got myself You Are Your Own Gym, read through the explainy part and started the Basic Program. I wonder why YAYOG ...
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Muscle mass with dumbbells only

Last summer I haven't job and got a lot of free time so I often was at the gym and achived some results there. But in march things have changed and I just waking in 5:45 am and coming home at 8 pm or ...
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Does having long pauses (several hours vs minutes) between weight lifting sets reduce or improve the exercise results?

I want to do weight lifting sets through the day, instead of the one after another. Does this have any difference? As i understand the pause between sets needed for the muscles to recharge energy. So ...
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If HiiT only, How many times a week?

I dont have much time to worke out for long time session, so I'm just training according to HiiT protocol four times a week, it takes me up to 15mins per session. If it is Ok for the body to take ...
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Is my routine okay?

Fist of all: Height: 175 cm (5´9´´) Weight: 65.3 kg (143 lbs) Age: 15 years Well my workout is split in three days: Tuesday // TRICEPS and BACK Pull-ups: 8 reps ...
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Collar bone visibility issue

I've been following a bodyweight training routine for 2 months now and I'm satisfied with the gains until now. I am training to improve how I look, and I've succeeded till now except for my shoulder. ...
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I want to gain weight using bodyweight exercises [duplicate]

I just turned 18 last month , and I'm tired of looking skinny.My body already shows well-defined muscles but they are too small. I surfed through the internet and found out , I might be cateogrized in ...
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Can I do exercises after dinner? [duplicate]

I work in a software organization and full busy in work.Go to work at 7 am and come back home at 9pm.And all the time just sit infront of a computer and no physical work at all. And so my weight is ...
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Do handstand push ups and pike push ups work the posterior deltoid

I'm currently doing progression to reach the handstand push up. One of the progressions is the pike push up. I've read on a website that those exercises only works the anterior and lateral delts. Is ...
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Skull crusher workout issue

Usually, I do skull crusher exercise (1st or 2nd exercise of Triceps day and neutral position with an EZ bar) 3 sets with following weights (8-11 reps range). Earlier I used to do 20kg max (for 3rd ...
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Does slowing negative and positive movements of exercises build muscle

I've heard that the perfect form of bodyweight exercises need to be slow. For instance, in pull ups, I have to go up in 2 seconds, pause a second at the top position and then go down in 2 seconds. ...
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Shoulders and lats give up before abs during hanging leg raises

I've already mastered leg raises on the floor and I was advised to progress to a harder variation of leg raises which is the hanging knee raises. The problem is that my shoulders and lats give up ...
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Not gaining strength, even after following routine, diet, exercise, sleep, etc [closed]

I've been interested in the strength world for a long time. While I don't limit myself to any specific muscle groups, I never gain much strength. And when I do gain strength, I tend to lose it very ...
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Can overtraining occur when I'm alternating muscle groups?

I started working out and I'm doing only bodyweight exercises with progressions from convict conditioning book. The workout routine in this book was not intense enough for me. I read on many websites ...
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How to change the weight during an exercise in order to train muscles more efficiently?

I heard of different ways of how to handle weight increase (and decrease) when doing exercises for muscle training. I wondered which technique is the most efficient one when trying to train muscles. ...
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How to increase reps on pullups/dips while doing a 2-day-split?

I had to switch from Starting Strength to a 2-day-split because of recovery. The new routine is a push/pull split, done 4 times a week, which looks like this: Sunday/Wednesday: Squat 3x5 Bench Press ...
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What is the impact of changes in weight placement during weighted dips?

People commonly increase the difficulty of dips by either adding weight around the neck or waist as shown below: Less commonly are using a weighted vest or backpack to add resistance. So, how ...
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How often to train to get muscle mass

I know this is a frequently asked question and it has a a lot of answers on various websites. However, I couldn't get a specific answer for my routine! I'm interested in bodyweight training and I was ...
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Is once-per-week training enough for building muscle

I recently read Convict conditioning book and in the workout routines part the author put a routine for beginners in which trainees workout an exercise only once per week. But I've read on the ...
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Will convict conditioning book help me getting ripped [duplicate]

I want to know whether this book will help me getting ripped or I'll just gain muscle endurance without mass. I do want to be gain strength but I also want to be in a good shape and I don't have gyms ...
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Why perform chin-ups/pull-ups to failure on Starting Strength?

I've seen both 'Practical Programming (2nd Ed) Novice Program' as in 'The Practical Programming Advanced Novice Program' is preescriben chin-ups/pull-ups to be performed to failure on each set. Each ...
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I want to get ripped. Can bodyweight exercises do the job?

Can I get ripped without going to the gym ? I know it sounds lazy but I live in an area where there is no gyms at all. And going to the gym even twice a week can be really tedious for me. So .. Can ...
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Would weightlifting conflict with gymnastics/parkour?

I gather that bodyweight training is superior to weight training for gymnastics (http://www.eatmoveimprove.com/2010/03/the-fundamentals-of-bodyweight-strength-training/). However, I enjoy weight ...
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What is wrong with CrossFit?

Background Information When I started exercising a few months ago, I started with P90X and Insanity (Insanity for the mornings and P90X for the evenings). As a result, I'm getting used to high ...
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How do i arrange a beginner calisthenics workout and rest schedule?

I am a beginner at calisthenics and was wondering if someone could tell me the most basic workouts along with their workout and rest routine. I was able to do about 6-7 chin ups, 15-17 push ups 30-40 ...
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Doing crunches for month and after that stop doing it effect body shape?

I've done crunches for one month regularly in the gym and after that I stopped exercising. And my stomach came out after two months. So is it because I stop doing crunches ? What should I do in order ...
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How much press strength for human flag?

Shoulder strength seems to be the main factor for achieving a human flag. I was wondering if there is some number relative to the bodyweight that indicates when one's press strength is ready to try a ...
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Need to gain weight as soon as it possible

I am girl, I am only 17 years old, soon I am going to be 18. I am only 35 kg and my height is 154 cm. I really want to gain some weight, My body fitness is not good. I am not having proper body shape. ...
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How do I gauge the effectiveness of conditioning workouts that don't involve sets and reps?

I am looking for a way to see if one of my workouts is effective. I work on five to six day cycle where one of the days is usually done on a heavy bag with 6 rounds 2 minutes each with thirty seconds ...
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what to look for in planks

Is there a checklist of things I should look for when trying to see if someone's doing a perfect plank? They always say back straight. I assume that means head to glutes because, unless your legs are ...
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pistol squat mechanics

It seems that pistol squats with are easier with your hands in front of you than they are with your hands behind you. What I don't understand is why. Like with a front lever or planche or whatever ...
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hand balancing on canes

According to http://legendarystrength.com/hand-balancing-stands/ "[canes] actually make balancing easier while giving the appearance of more difficulty". Is that true?
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Don't have a bench for bodyweight back extensions, alternatives?

I don't have bench where I can do bodyweight back extensions, nor the space to put one. What are alternatives to work out the lower back? I'm only aware of one - lying flat on the back, place on foot ...
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How can I build a routine based around a power tower?

Intro: For a few months, I'm not going to have access to my gym. What I do have access to is: A power tower a.k.a chin-up/dip station 2 x 8kg dumbbells An ab roller Some push-up handles When I ...
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HIT training for strength (bodyweight)

I've been doing a lot of reading over the last few days and I've come across "HIT: High Intensity Training". Now I like the idea of only having to do 1 set (albeit with slow reps) and there seems to ...
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Does muscle adaptation occur when strength training (low reps)?

My current strength-training goals are: One-armed pull-ups: 4x5 One-armed chin-ups: 4x5 One-armed push-ups: 4x5 Handstand push-ups: 4x5 (also training legs through running and pistol squats and abs ...
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Can't do handstand presses

I'd like to be able to do handstand presses but can't. I can't even lift my feet off the ground or even get that close. What muscle groups do I need to develop in order to be able to do this move? ...
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Alternative to dips when no suitable “equpiment” available to do dips?

I've been following Nerd fitness' body weight program, starting with the beginner exercises and having built some muscle, now starting to add some of the advanced exercises. Among the advanced ...
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Are so-called “burst workouts” effective for weight loss?

I just bought a $2.99 Kindle book called Burst Workouts which recommends very short workouts at high intensities. His main program recommends timed interval training using bodyweight exercises of 30 ...
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Overcoming a chin-up plateau of 6 in a row

I have a problem. I can only do 6 chin-ups in a row before something gives way. I'm able to go for 2-3 sets, usually with a kip on the last on few. With a weight bearing exercise, there are common ...
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Any Good workout plan for beginner? [duplicate]

I am a beginner in working out and building muscles. I am skinny and have no muscles at all, but I want to start working out, so I could get muscles and get strong. Are there any good workout programs ...
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Free weights or body weight exercises?

I want to build some muscle mass, for both raising my RMR and for useful/practical strength and endurance. I don't want or need to look like a body builder, I just want to lose a little fat (I'm ...