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

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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 ...
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Influence of hand position on squatting

I am familiar with two positions to keep the hands when doing body weight squats, either in front of your body with arms straight forward or slightly bent or behind the neck. Does this make a ...
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Risk/benefits of daily abdominal vacuums to workout transversus abdominis?

So after answering this question "Bodyweight exercise for the 'v'-muscle in the lower abdomen" I started doing some investigation into the transversus abdominis (TA). From what I've found, ...
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What equipment can I buy that will build muscle mass and fit in a suitcase

I'm traveling abroad for a year, and I'm wondering if anybody has good experience with portable workout equipment such as resistance bands or suspension systems
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Bodyweight exercise for the 'v'-muscle in the lower abdomen

What exercise can I do for developing the lowest abdominal muscles (colloquially named the V-muscles)? I need something that's bodyweight and I am aware that I'd need to lose some weight until ...
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Exercises for loosening up back muscles

I spend most my time sitting in front of my computer, so my back often feels tight and sometimes my upper back muscles between the shoulder blades are really hurting. So I'm looking for some ...
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How to achieve a “marathon runner's” physique by just working out? [duplicate]

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 ...
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Bodyweight exercises to stimulate fast-twitch muscle growth

So I want to achieve a slim-athletic physique through only doing body-weight exercises. As I understand it, after you do more than 12-15ish reps of an exercise per set, you're no longer utilising ...
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Bodyweight inverted row - where do the elbows go?

With bodyweight inverted row, or body row, I mean hanging by my arms from somthing, the feet on the ground, the body more or less horizontal (head higher), and pulling myself up between my hands. I ...
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Developing both muscle fibres for endurance and explosiveness

I'm an avid runner but I also train BJJ and so I want to have good endurance and some explosive power without being bulky. Recently, my strength training has just consisted of bodyweight exercises ...
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Will I improve by climbing 10 flights of stairs every day?

I started climbing 10 flights of stairs every day. At the end, I'm breathing heavily and by heart is beating rapidly. My calves are hurting a bit... Will I definitely improve, even though this only ...
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Best excercises without machines? [duplicate]

for the next two weeks i won't be able to train with fitness-machines. What are the best excercises to train (with own weight)? I want to cover more or less the main parts of the body: ...
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How long should i excercise?

I used to do physical activity in my school-days but after college it got reduced and after that none. I started doing exercises five month back I am following this regular exercise routine. 6km ...
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Big chest and lats with simple bodyweight routine?

I'd like to build my chest, shoulders, and lats using a simple bodyweight routine that I can do at home. It seems like there are a million options out there, but I just want something simple I can ...
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Why does CrossFit use Kipping Pull-ups?

For regular workouts there is information on the benefits and importance of doing pull-ups regularly. CrossFit even mentions it in this article. Men's Health even talks about this in one of their ...
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What is a bodyweight-only strength workout with a few compound exercises?

Today's paradigm seems to be the Reg Park workouts in different flavours, like Starting Strength and StrongLifts 5x5. A few compound exercises with free weights, using barbells, as opposed to the 80's ...
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What reps/sets should I use in bodyweight excersices, if I need to train for total count of repetitions?

For example, I'm currently doing a lot of push-ups, and I need to increase number of push-ups I am able to do in a row (currently, I can do 34 push-ups in a single attempt). My current routine is ...
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Bodyweight Bicep Excercises

Are there any bodyweight bicep exercises? Or any form of bicep exercise that can be performed without equipment?
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Push-up complement [duplicate]

What is the bodyweight exercise complementary of the push-up? I got contradictory information. Some claim it's the chin-up/pull-up and I always thought this was true. However, others claim that the ...
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One arm chin/pull-up and the lat pulldown machine

I'm currently encountering a weird discrepancy between the force I can generate to lift my body with one arm and the amount of weight I can pull down with one arm at the lat machine, using a ...
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Which collection of specific exercises can be used to completely substitute Deadlift?

One day in my 20s I was stressed and I stupidly tried reverse dumbbell flyes too fast and with too much weight. Something went deeply wrong, more or less under my right scapula, and I completely ...
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ideal rest in between sets for increasing bodyweight exercises

So I want to increase the number of pull-ups, push-ups, sit-ups I can do. I've been leaving an arbitrary 2 minutes in between sets. Is this the ideal amount of time?
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Progressive overload vs. greasing the groove

I want increase my endurance with bodyweight exercises including pull-ups, push-ups, sit-ups etc. Would it be better to use progressive overload and start at, for example: 3x4 reps for Pull-ups and ...
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I want to gain weight. 15 KGs in 5 months [duplicate]

I am 28 Years old Male. My height is 5.6 feet, and weight is 45 KG. My BMI is 17, and I am underweight. I look very skinny, and I get insulted by many people when I am in public gatherings like ...
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Bodyweight exercises to increase legs strength

This year I have returned to alpine skiing and found myself relatively fit for quite intensive skiing session (up to 10 runs per hour for 3-4 hours straight twice a day for 5 days) except for two ...
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Outdoor gyms equipment/machines

Recently I've found out that a few streets from my home the city has built a free outdoor gym. The problem is, the machines in the outdoor gym dont use any weights, and as far as I know, they have no ...
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Bodyweight strength training

Normally I'd be following a typical freeweight strength training program, like Stronglifts 5x5, but lately I have found the necessity to go to a gym is a bit of a problem. Also, I will be leaving for ...
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What bodyweight exercises are good to train the hamstrings?

I'm aware of the following exercises, and I'd like more options: Bodyweight squats (esp. with a raised heel in the lower position) - seems to put far more effort onto the front tigh muscles, so I ...
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Is it safe to exercise after taking bath?

I read in some yoga books that it is not recommended to exercise after taking a bath. Is there reason to this. Is it safe to exercise after bath. I am interested if a prior bath delays the time ...
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What is the opposite exercise of push ups?

I've been doing push ups on a daily basis, and I feel like I need to also train the opposite muscles, to make sure I'm training evenly. What would be a good counter-exercise for push ups?
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What is the simplest way to measure strength?

Background Last August, I started a project to get back into shape after a decade of inactivity. I chose to tackle endurance and cardiovascular fitness first, and to that end followed the Couch to 5k ...
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Bodyweight exercises for improving long distance running

I'm looking for bodyweight exercise for improving long distance running, because winter is coming to the Northern Hemisphere. I can still running outside, but sometimes weather is really bad. Do you ...
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Wide grip pull-ups vs “normal” pull-ups

What is the purpose why people do wide grip pull ups? I know that these pull-ups are harder, but I would like to know why. Are there different muscle groups being stressed? Or is a wide grip pull-up ...
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Is there a significant difference between standing lunges and walking lunges?

I get the feeling that walking lunges are better for balance, but other than that - especially in terms of muscles used and caloric burn - are there any significant differences?
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Whats the optimal height for a pull up bar?

I was looking at some door frame pull up bars yesterday. Now I was standing in my door frame and tried to imagine at which height the bar would be and it seemed a bit low (although I am a bit smaller ...
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Exercise for shoulders strength with no special equipment

I'm traveling to a long period and neither able to attend a gym on a regular basis, nor to have equipment like dumbbells. I'm keen to do full-body workouts, but still can't find an exercise for ...
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Should I be doing dips or push ups?

I am currently trying to progress on both the hundred push ups and the one fifty dips programs. I cannot do them on the same day of course, they both put a huge strain on my triceps. And while ...