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

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how much should I be engaging my glutes during a plank?

I notice that when I plank, I can do a few different things. First of all, when I plank my elbows are together and slightly in front of my shoulders. I could choose to strongly engage my core ...
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How do I make my muscles harder/firmer? [duplicate]

I'm into bodyweight training and it's worked better for me than the gym. I follow the Convict Conditioning program and it's working well for me so far. I'm noticing progress every time I work out so ...
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Combining home exercise with limited equipment with gym

I would like to start alternating workouts/stretchings that I can do from home (with my limited equipment, listed below), with gym sessions (because I am a student, I have access to a full equiped ...
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How to increase push ups

I started doing push ups three weeks ago and I can't seem to do more than 20 in a set. When I do 3 sets I always get stuck on 20. I am 65kg, I used to do 90 push ups, 30 reps, 3 sets. After I ...
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Best protocol for self assisted pull-ups?

I can't do full body weight pull ups, so I do self assisted ones. I try to follow the form described on exrx. I have a few questions that are probably linked, so I ask them as one: What is the best ...
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What quiet exercises should I be fitting into a short morning workout for all-round fitness?

I'm a 40 year old man who manages to maintain a basic level of fitness. Most days I do a couple of sets of press-ups, walk my 10,000 steps and cycle a couple of miles. But I'm not kidding myself that ...
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How does Push Ups cause one side of my chest to be bigger?

I succeeded in fighting a saggy male chest via standard push ups. When I was working out my lower pecs by incline push ups and finished the routine, I saw the left side of my chest is bigger than the ...
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Fitness Under Extreme Time Constraints

Context Unfortunately, due to some recent (positive) life events, I now have very little time to perform physical exercise. We're talking, sub-three mins twice a day**. Under normal time constraints ...
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What kind of muscle workout was Mike Tyson was doing?

I'm looking for the details of the muscle workouts that Mike Tyson was doing when he was training. I need to know what muscle groups he was concentrating on, and what workouts he was doing for those ...
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how much does workout spread matter?

I am currently on the following schedule, or rather, this is what I aim for: (I used to do deal lifts, but its winter, so I cant unless I join a gym, which I might do.) 3 days a week: 2 minute ...
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Plank Progressions

So, I have been doing workout routine for a while now. IDK exactly how effective it is, but it certainly seems effective for me and I like it because each exercise is something I can scale up(by ...
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Effect of an asymmetric weight distribution on a hack squat machine

In a hack squat machine (see figure above), does it matter if I put more washers on one side? May this asymmetry cause an asymmetry of my effort in performing this exercise? For example, if I put ...
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Slight uneven forearms

My left forearm is slightly smaller than my right. Are there any bodyweight exercises I could do to even these out a little? I don't know how noticeable it is to others, but to me it is very ...
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For the same number of repetitions, does it build more muscle to do fewer sets?

Suppose I want to do 50 pushups. I could do: 10 sets of 5 5 sets of 10 2 sets of 25 1 set of 50 Each option is more difficult than the last. But is it more beneficial? Is it "more pain, more ...
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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 didn't have a job and had a lot of free time so I often was at the gym and achieved some results there. But in March things changed and I am waking up at 5:45 am and coming home at 8 pm ...
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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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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' and 'The Practical Programming Advanced Novice Program' prescribe chin-ups/pull-ups to be performed to failure on each set. Each of the ...
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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 workouts and rest routine. I was able to do about 6-7 chin ups, 15-17 push ups ...
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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 ...